Free school meals uptake is very high and a lot of "holiday hunger” exists in the area, where low-income families struggle to eat healthily outside term time. We value our local community and engage with local supermarkets to use their surplus food to provide a free meal and a bag of food to take home for people experiencing food poverty. The Breakfast Club offers a warm, hospitable and engaging welcome, providing families with a place where children and parents/carers can have a hot, nutritious meal with their neighbours.
Breakfast Club provides an opportunity to build social networks and enables people from different cultures and backgrounds, who may not otherwise meet, to come together and form solid connections and friendships, thus strengthening the community in which they live and bringing about ongoing positive impact.
We bring together many ethnic groups, the elderly, those without permanent homes, ex-offenders and asylum seekers, and give access to advice, activities, education and volunteer opportunities. Volunteers from all backgrounds help to raise funds by face-painting, holding table-top sales and holding seasonal childrens' events. Outdoor events are held in order to provide necessary items to the homeless. All our volunteers feel they are respected members of our community.
Angela Bullard was born on Swansea Street, Splott, Cardiff on 8 April 1949. She well remembers the community spirit that existed there when she was growing up and, on marriage, experienced the same kind of familiarity when she moved overseas with Fred, a Serviceman. Always loving the feeling of involvement in, and concern for, her local community, Angela first became involved in volunteering by doing some face painting in schools with a friend. However, a project on food poverty in the area shocked her into wanting to address this particular problem.
Fred Bullard was born on a farm in Royston, Stevenage in 1943. He moved back to Wales with Angela in 1992, on his retirement from the Royal Air Force, as he loved the warmth of the people of Cardiff. First spending a lot of time in Splott with their disabled elder son, Fred then became a volunteer by assisting on the 'Man Van' for Tenovus Cancer Care and repairing hearing aids and giving general advice with the charity 'Action on Hearing Loss' before having the idea to hold a Community Fete which raised funds for a Breakfast Club to tackle food poverty.
Trisha Mardon was born in Marion Street, Splott, youngest daughter of a large family of girls. Her parents were well-known in the area as event organizers for their local Social Club and, despite suffering with fibromyalgia, Trisha has inherited her parents' community spirit and wants to give back to the community as they did. She began by helping to establish a Lego Club for the youngsters in the community. She first met Fred and Angela after they were introduced at a Tea Dance they all organised together to raise funds for Breast Cancer Now.
Why Was The Organization Founded?
When completing a project on food poverty, Angela was appalled to find that food poverty in Wales is increasing, with a significant impact on families already struggling to meet basic nutritional needs. Splott is now home to a large population of asylum seekers in Cardiff, representing a large section of potentially vulnerable individuals. The founders were aware that loneliness and lack of activities to promote socialization have been constantly identified as an issue and this, combined with a rising homeless population in the area, prompted the desire to create a Breakfast Club to help relieve the problems and regenerate the community cohesion experienced in the past.
We will work together with other partnership organisations, raising funds to provide a range of services, in order to make people feel more positively integrated and included and thus strengthen the community.
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How We Are Moving Forward
The Breakfast Club concept came about when Wrap Cymru announced that the Welsh supermarkets now had to restructure their food waste and must first offer it to local charities who had the means to use this food.
Beginning with a small donation once a week, Breakfast Club has now become involved with Food Cloud, which has brought further partnerships with other larger chain supermarkets and allowed us to grow. Knowing that we can work more effectively together, Breakfast Clubs have evolved into the Splott Community Volunteers' Breakfast Club we have today.
We have already hosted community-based meals which have also involved the use of surplus food, with extras and raffle prizes being kindly donated from local businesses.
We hope to host many more of these, and other, evening events in the future.
We have been fortunate to receive support from the People’s Postcode Trust, which is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our project received £2000 from the Trust to enable us to provide training for volunteers and essentials to enable Breakfast Club to continue its efficient operation.
Mail address: 1 Rhossilli Avenue, Rumney, Cardiff, CF3 3NH
Phone: 07305 065508
Based at Singleton Road, Splott, Cardiff, CAERDYDD CF24 2ET
8.00am - 10.00am
at the Old Splott Library
Singleton Road, Splott
8.00am - 10.00am
Breakfast Club at
69b Splott Road
We are a nonprofit organization focused on helping make the community around us a better, happier place. With the help of our tireless unpaid workers, we organize fundraisers, community-building events, and in-depth training sessions for our volunteers.
Do you empathise with what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We would be happy to have you join the team!
Whether you help through donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
“Breakfast Club has always been so supportive, with friendly faces and kind hearts. Getting breakfast here is so helpful, especially when times are hard, and it’s wonderful for the community – it feels like a family.”
“Always I like the people caring and the love.
“I like to come here to meet people, talk, and
they help me. Nice, good people who like to help.”
“Breakfast Club is a fantastic place to come. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I come every week with my two children and they love coming to Breakfast Club too.”
“I don’t get to go often but, when I do, I love it. Such a welcoming setting. It’s great to see the same faces but just as good to see new people coming along too. It’s nice to have a chance to have a chat, a cuppa and a nice bit of food together with some people I don’t get to see often since I’ve been working. I like that we get to work in partnership with Splott Community Volunteers and us at Oasis. We help with gifting Breakfast Club things like bacon, sausages, tea bags and cereal and then, when Breakfast Club is over, the leftover bread and vegetables get delivered to Oasis.
It’s lovely to work together.”
“I like coming here every Thursday. It’s good company and a very good breakfast. It gets me out on my day off from work. The staff are nice and there is a variety of stuff to take home.”
“Me and my kids we all like to come to the breakfast. They enjoy the breakfast, they like come here and taste different things and the people join together in one table. Also I don’t need cooking. Many thanks.”
“I am coming every Thursday 8am in the morning because the breakfast very well and the staff are very helpful and nice because they provide us good and hot breakfast. Sure they will continue.”
"I come each Thursday because in my present circumstances the Thursday Breakfast Club gives me the only hot cooked breakfast that I have each week (as distinct from sometimes cereal with hot water and milk). Also, there is usually crusty bread to take away, also crusty rolls.......Also, there is fruit to take away often, recently, whole pineapples! One Thursday, jars of fig syrup from Iraq! As well as the food, I like to people-watch, meet people I’ve never met before, faces I don’t see elsewhere. It gets me out......."
Q. What's in it for me?
A. Volunteering is two-way. You give some of your skills and time and in return you gain new experiences, meet new people, explore your potential and enhance your skills and abilities.
Q. How do I find something that suits me?
A. It's important to do something you will enjoy and, if you feel strongly about our aims and objectives, you may want to give us your time and energy. Volunteering can help broaden your thinking, stimulate new ideas or help you develop new skills and can also help by connecting you to a completely new network of people and new ways of thinking.
Q. How much time will I have to give?
A. Breakfast Club is held for just a few hours every week and regular commitment to this is most helpful. You could get involved in a specific project or event however, and volunteer for just one full day or a weekend. Alternatively you could take on a specific position with responsibilities that need an ongoing commitment. Our Allotment project is much more flexible and, after discussion with the Project Manager, you can work as many, or as few, hours as you wish.
Q. Will it help me get a better job at the end of my studies?
A. If you are looking to change career direction, then employers will look at your relevant skills and experience. They will ask you what kind of things you enjoy doing and what skills you have. Your past experience may be helpful but you may need additional skills or experience that could be gained by undertaking voluntary work.
Q. Will it cost me anything to volunteer?
A. It should only cost your time.
Q. Will I have to have an interview?
A. An informal chat and completion of a Volunteer Agreement is all that is initially required.
Q. Will I get any training?
A. We do provide informal training and support to ensure you are able to do what is asked and formal certificated training is provided in food hygiene and first aid.
Q. Will I get the chance to do quality work or something that interests me?
A. It depends what you want to do and where your interests lie. There will be something that meets your needs. Its important to work out what you enjoy doing, what skills you want to learn, or experiences you think will be most fulfilling and discuss this during your initial informal chat to get the best from your volunteering role.