Introducing 'The Breadline' - a new community innitiative to support the people of Buxton.

My name is Carolyn Kidd and I am the proprietor of The Tradesman’s Entrance Café on the Market Place in Buxton.

Six years ago I took the decision to open the café on Christmas Day – we called it “Christmas for the Community” - to welcome and feed anyone in the local community who had nowhere else to go.

The need has grown every year and now the café is a hub for a number of community projects as well as a place to eat.

This Christmas the number of people needing “Christmas for the Community” rocketed.

We saw a huge increase in families literally on the breadline desperate for our help, so we pulled together and provided over 50 families with a food hamper to enable them to feed their family at Christmas, as well as over 150 hot dinners made at the café and delivered to vulnerable residents of Buxton.

Connex Community Support

So, in response to an ever increasing need driven by the financial effects of the pandemic, I am working with Connex Community Support and Buxton Street by Street to set up a project called The Breadline.

This project will offer emergency hardship grants to local residents of Buxton who, for whatever reason, have fallen on hard times.

We will offer help and support in the form of vouchers for food, electric and gas top-ups, travel for medical reasons or job interviews and mobile phone top-ups.

Every application for help will be assessed on its own merits and agreed by our Steering Group, comprising representatives from The Tradesman’s Café, Connex and Street by Street.

You can download our referall/application from our contact page