The Storehouse Bideford
2-3 Grenville Street
"The Store" which was already in existence, became a registered charity in 2005. It was founded by former Torridge Poverty Action Group administrator and street worker, Joe Buckingham, assisted by Pauline Ravenscroft and Steve Toms of "The Storehouse Church" and provided around 70 free emergency food bags weekly, together with free furniture, household goods, free removals, and many other services. "The Store" was open to clients "24/7".
In our busiest years of operation, our volunteers dealt with more than 3000 cases of need annually. Since the very welcome formation of "Harbour Charity" and "The FoodBank" we now concentrate on providing furniture and household goods to needy families and individuals. However, in addition to this, and with the help of volunteers from a number of churches, we also fund and run the "Cornerstone" Free Meal Outreach weekly, and give support to "Nepalese Childrens Home" Pokahara, Nepal.
Operating from our Charity Recycling Centre in Grenville Street and a 1000sq foot warehouse and overflow storage in Pitt Lane Bideford, The Storehouse has raised funds to assist clients with flat deposits, debt problems and provide welfare payments to single parents where appropriate and resources permit.