Community at the heart of local football

By Sarah Houston / December 21, 2022
Food donated to Far and Wide and Catalyst Storehouse

Community has often been said to be at the heart of football, so, when it was proposed to the Stonehaven’s girls and ladies football teams that each person in the groups from U7s up to the ladies teams, including the coaches be asked to donate £1 and a non-perishable food item if possible each, to help people in their local community, they pulled out all the stops and raised £300.

Paul Alves, one of the coaches with the Stonehaven U16s girls team tells us that last year the teams collected non-perishable items which were donated to the Haven Community Larder. This year, the teams have once again collected generous donations from players and a wide range of foods which have been welcomed by the Far and Wide foodbank and the Catalyst food bank. Each foodbank received a tailored delivery of food.

Barbara Maclean and Myra Macdonald from the Far and Wide Foodbank accept a donation of food from Paul Alves, U16s girls coach, Sarah Brown U10s Coach, Isla Brown and Layla Lawson from the U10 girls.

In Stonehaven we are fortunate to have three foodbanks meeting the needs of, and supported by, the local community. Each has a different, albeit similar, role to play in our community but the common running through each is care. Barbara Maclean, manager of Far and Wide charity shop and foodbank wants everyone locally to know that, if you find yourself in need, don’t keep it to yourself. We are all here to help you. Speak to someone who can refer you to the Far and Wide foodbank for help, whether that is your GP, nurse or midwife, school, or Citizens Advice Service or social work team. If you can’t turn to any of these groups, then drop in to the Far and Wide charity shop and speak to a member of the team. If you would like to donate to this foodbank, there is a drop off point at the Far and Wide charity shop every Friday from 10am to 12noon.

U14 players Hannah Cameron and Olivia Duncan and Amelia handing over one of their donations to Will Feasey from The Catalyst Church, with Russell Duncan, one of the U14 coaches.

The Storehouse foodbank is run by the Catalyst Church. Ali Elder, site pastor, says that if you need food, you can drop into the Storehouse pantry van or get in touch through Facebook. The pantry van is out and about on Wednesday evenings and anyone who is need can come along and pick out items they require. You can also come along to the van at the same times to donate to Storehouse. The pantry van starts out in Portlethen from 6.30pm to 6.45pm at Bourtree Hall Car Park. Then it is in Stonehaven from 7pm to 7.20pm at Woodview Court, and 7.25pm to 7.45pm at the Scout Hut, then back up to Newtonhill from 8.15pm to 8.30pm at the Betteridge Centre.

Barbara, Ali, and their teams are incredibly thankful to the girls and ladies football teams for the amazing amount of food they have donated and the care they obviously have for their community. They would like to add that anyone else who would like to donate food to the local foodbanks can drop it off at the following locations in Stonehaven:

Main picture: Left: Paul Alves, team coach, with Barbara and Gwynne from Far and Wide. Right: Ali Elder, Catalyst site pastor, with Lauren Alves and Kirstin Alves

Stonehaven FC Girls teams train on a Tuesday evening at the Jim Glennie Astro pitch in Mineralwell from 6pm until 9.30pm with girls from P1 up to U18s all taking part. Contact through the Stonehaven Youth FC Facebook page for more details.