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Secretary’s Report to 2015 AGM

CATCH’s third Annual General meeting was held in Gurnos Chapel Vestry on March 4th 2015. This is the text of the Secretary’s Report for the year 2014-15:

CATCH’s 2014 AGM was held in St David’s Church Hall, and at that time CATCH was still operating from St David’s Church Hall,
We opened here in Gurnos Chapel for the first time a couple of weeks later, and from 21st March 2014, all Friday opening sessions have been in this Vestry. On May 7th, we opened here on a Wednesday for the first time, and since then all openings have been here.
The challenge then was to adapt and equip these spaces for our use, and you can see, just by looking around, the progress that has been made. We are indebted to committee members and volunteers for begging and scrounging units and materials; and to several other organisations who have donated us equipment and furniture, often, sadly because they were contracting or closing – notably Communities First, the Dulais Valley Project, and the Diabetes aid organisation.
You cannot at the moment see the work that has been done in the kitchen area – do go and look after the meeting. We are grateful to Jistcourt for their generous and efficient work in replastering that area and supplying and fitting units and a sink, and doing some rewiring for us – all at no cost to us.

As to the ‘work’ that CATCH has done:
I will try and give you some headline figures for the period March 2014 – February 2015. This task is complicated by the fact that in the second half of the year, our recording system has been changing to make it easier to present a fuller picture of who we have been helping – not in terms of naming individuals, but in terms of analysing households and relationships.
For the whole year, we can report the gross, or cumulative, numbers of people helped – that is to say, people are counted every time we are able to help them.
In these terms, in these twelve months CATCH has given out 320 packs, and by doing so has supported 412 adults, 145 children under 12 and 87 children over twelve. The best indicator of the scale of support given is what we call Person Fed Days (PFDs). For example, if we give a single man a pack intended to support him for 5 days, that amounts to 5 PFDs. We rate a child under 12 as half an adult, and so if we give a couple and one child under 12 food for five days, that amounts to 12.5 PFDs.
The total amount of support given by CATCH in its 2014-15 year, March 14 – February 15, was 2787 PFDs. That means that, averaged over the year, CATCH was supporting 7.63 people every day of the year. In December, the daily average was 13.35, in August it was 9.27, in January it was 8.85, and in February 8.67.
[By way of comparison, the figures reported to the 2014 AGM (figures which covered 9 months in all, and 8 months of full opening) were:
230 Food Packs issued, in support of 278 adults *, 61 children under 12 *, and 27 children over 12 *, making a total issue amounting to 1573.5 Person Fed Days (PFDs).]
For the last seven months of the year, we can go into more detail:
we can tell you the actual numbers of individuals helped;
adults 198; children -12  74 (Infants 4); children 12+ 42.
We can also break the adult figures down into types or classes:
67 single men
25 single women
24 single mothers
5 single fathers
couples with children – woman claiming 16, or man claiming 8
couples without children – woman claiming 9, or man claiming 4
households with more than one adult, but unrelated 2
(although even here, there is some repeat counting – we routinely analyse whether individuals come more than once within the calendar month, but these figures do not analyse whether individuals or families have been to us more than once across the months. )




February 2015 Report


In February, CATCH gave out 34 food packs (a total of 1433 items), in support of

14 single men
6 single women
2 single mothers,
1 single father
4 couples with children, the woman claiming
1 couple with children, the man claiming
1 couple without children, the man claiming
9 Children under 12 (including 2 infants)
6 Children over 12

support amounting to 243 PFDs, an average of 8.67 people fed each day of the month. *

Taking into account the 5 instances where people were supported on more than one occasion, this amounted to
40 adults
9 Children under 12 (including 2 infants)
6 Children over 12

* PFD = person-fed-day
Catch aims to provide some breakfast, a main meal and a snack meal for each day, for each person supported. So e.g. a pack for one person for five days is rated at 5 PFDs. Or a 5-day pack for a couple and two children under 12 is rated as 15 PFDs.


“We agree with David…..”

David Mitchell, that is, comedian and Observer columnist.


“like many of us, (the bishops) feel that something is seriously wrong, not just with the specifics but with the fundamentals of our political system. They’re calling on us to make a leap of faith – not to a belief in eternal life, but to the liberal conviction that society is better, that collectively and individually we’ll be happier, if we look for and expect the best in each other, if our first instinct is compassion, not anger.”



January Report, 2015

January Report

In January 2015, CATCH gave out 30 food packs,

in support of 28 individual adults, 12 individual children under 12, and 7 individual children over 12.


Taking into account people who returned for further help, those supported amounted in all to 41 adults, 15 children under 12 and 7 children over twelve.


The food aid given amounted in all to 1566 items, or 274.5 PFDs (Person Fed Days). In other words, across the month as a whole, CATCH was supporting 8.85 people every day.


In January CATCH supported


8 single men

7 single women

3 single fathers

2 single mothers

2 couples without children (in both cases, it was the woman who came to us)

4 couples with children. (In 2 cases, the woman came to us, in 1 case the man came to us, and in the final instance, the man and the woman came to us on separate occasions three weeks apart.)


December Report, 2014

December Report, 2014

In December 2014,

CATCH gave out 34 food packs, which catered for

54 adults,

24 children under 12, and

18 children over 12.

These are the cumulative figures – that is, some people were helped

more than once.

In terms of actual individuals, CATCH helped

42 individual adults,

17 individual children under 12, of whom 2 were infants, and

12 individual children over 12.

Those helped included:

11 single men

4 single women

8 single mothers with children

2 couples with children, where the father was the claimant

2 couples with children, where the mother was the claimant

3 couples without children, all claimed by the woman

1 household with several unrelated adults.


Christmas and New Year opening times

CATCH will be open

in Gurnos Chapel Vestry

as follows:

Monday December 22, 2014 11 – 2

Wednesday December 24, 2014 11 – 2

Friday December 26, 2014 CLOSED

Monday December 29, 2014 11 – 2

Wednesday December 31, 2014 11 – 2

Friday January 2, 2015 11- 2




Thank you, Mrs Tesco !

Delighted to welcome  Jackie, manager of our local Tesco, to the Chapel this morning. She came bearing gifts, of which the photo is just a symbolic summary !



Thank you, Jackie, and Christmas wishes to you and all your staff.


November Report

This month the report comes early -  as the dates run, we shall not open again in November, though the month is not yet ‘out’.

During November, CATCH gave out 16 food packs, to

  • 9 single men
  • 5 couples, of which in 4 cases the woman claimed, and in 1 the man did
  • 1 single mother with children
  • 1 single father with children

supporting in all 22 adults, 10 children under 12 and 2 children over 12.
In all the support given amounted to 142 PFDs, an average of  4.58 PFDs for each day of the month.

The numbers are not overwhelming, compared to some previous periods; but many of these people were in serious difficulties of one kind or another.

Just one example: 4 packs supported people who had lost their former accommodation and had not yet found a new home; and in another case the break-up of a relationship may also yet lead to such difficulties.


Jistcourt staff play Father Christmas

CATCH had a visit on Wednesday from Jistcourt bearing gifts:

Advent calendars Jistcourt

Advent calendars and all manner of Christmas goodies

to lift packs and hearts this Christmas.

Thank you so much, Jistcourt people !


And they are planning further kindness and practical help

with more work to improve and fit out the kitchen  – watch this space !


TESCO Appeal update

It’s a huge ‘thank you’ to the Cwmtawe community for the way so many people responded on our Tesco Appeal Day in October.

We have recently completed the booking-in of what you gave us – and it amounted to a whopping 1853 items. Just to show what that means: if the ‘take’ is balanced across the range of foods we need to make up a pack, 1853 items will go out as 280 Person-Fed-Days. One Person-Fed-Day is a basic food-supply for one adult for a day. (Our packs normally contain 5 days’ worth of food.)

Can we now say to you who have donated: we need your help in another way, a way that will cost you nothing.You have given us this food, to support those who need it. Can you now help us to promote the understanding that it is ‘O.K.’ to look to CATCH for help when you need it ?

It is not ‘charity’. It is solidarity. It is the community looking after its own.

If you know a young family, for instance, who constantly have to watch every penny, and then are hit with a sudden major expense, say to them, “Why don’t you talk to CATCH ?’

Let’s be clear. We are not saying we are suddenly a free giveaway centre.

We give out what you have given us, with the respect your gifts deserve.

But we are anxious to reach local people in genuine need, in work or out of work, especially households with children, and we will help wherever we can see the need.