Tabernacle Church has officially opened its Arcot Street foodbank today – to coincide with the holding of Harvest Festival.
Attending the official opening were the Town Mayor of Penarth, Cllr Mike Cuddy, Cllr Stuart Egan (Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan) and Mr Nigel Gibbs who acts as consort to Cllr Egan.
The Arcot House Centre (converted from former retail commercial premises on the corner of Arcot St and Plassey St) is run in association with “Home Access” – a charity which provides advice and support for those who are “homeless or threatened with homelessness” and is – so far – the 10th retail shop in Penarth to have been taken over by a charity .
The Arcot Centre also has a weekly Foodbank (opened on Wednesdays each week) a Breakfast Club, a Job Club and also offers “money management services”.
It’s now emerged that the centre will also provide accommodation for up to five homeless people although this provision was not included in the original planning application for “change of use”.