Many Thanks to Asda

Grant and Donation of School Uniform

In every community, there are local businesses that go above and beyond to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Today, Whitehead Storehouse wants to extend our heartfelt appreciation to a remarkable store, ASDA in Larne, that has shown immense generosity and support to our charity. Through their grant of £800 and the donation of new school uniforms for primary school-age children, they have made a tangible difference to those in need.

At a time when resources are scarce, the local store stepped forward with open hearts and a commitment to making a meaningful change. Their £800 grant has provided us with invaluable financial support, empowering us to further our mission of providing food support for individuals and families in economic difficulties in the local community of Whitehead, Ballycarry and Islandmagee. With this grant, we can expand our efforts and enhance the lives of those needing food.

But their kindness didn’t stop there. The store also donated a significant number of new school uniforms, addressing a critical need that often goes unnoticed. For many families, ensuring that their children have proper school attire can be a challenge. However, thanks to the store’s benevolence, we can now provide these children with new uniforms that foster a sense of belonging and equality within their educational environment.

We cannot overstate the impact this store’s contributions will have on the lives of these children. By alleviating the financial burden and allowing them to proudly wear their new uniforms, they are creating a positive learning environment where all students can thrive. The store’s support has not only made these children feel included but has also boosted their confidence and self-esteem, setting them up for success both inside and outside the classroom.

On behalf of the Whitehead, Ballycarry and Islandmagee area, we extend our deepest gratitude to our local store. Their unwavering commitment to the community has truly made a difference. We are grateful for their partnership, generosity, and dedication to uplifting those in need.

In a world where acts of kindness often go unnoticed, it is essential to acknowledge the exceptional efforts of businesses that prioritize making a positive impact. Our local store’s £800 grant and the donation of new school uniforms will touch the lives of many in our community. We are immensely grateful for their compassion and support, and we hope their remarkable example inspires others.

How Whitehead Storehouse Distributed The Uniforms

Whitehead Storehouse volunteers contacted local schools to work with staff to identify those children that might need help with school uniform for the incoming year. It has been possible to distribute all grey and navy school uniform items. It will be necessary to go a little further afield to work with schools that use black uniform clothes.

Summer Economic Needs

Summer School Break

Summer is a great time for kids, no school, better weather, the chance to play outside all day with their friends. But as the school year comes to a close, it’s essential to remember that for many families, the end of classes also means the end of a reliable source of meals for their children.

During school time, many children may have a breakfast club at their school or receive free lunches, giving them nourishing food. However, when schools close for the summer, the responsibility falls on parents or guardians to provide meals, which can be difficult for those with limited financial resources.

At these times, it is helpful to contact your local food bank, Whitehead Storehouse. This covers Whitehead, Islandmagee and Ballycarry. Remember you can reach out and seek support from Whitehead Storehouse which is dedicated to helping families in food need, and committed to assisting families who may struggle to feed themselves or their children during the summer months.

This invaluable resource aims to bridge the gap and ensure that no child goes hungry during the break. By providing food aid and support, we can ease some of the financial burdens faced by families in difficult economic circumstances.

How to Access Support

If you find yourself in need of assistance getting food for your family during the summer, it’s important to know that help is just a request away. You can reach out to Whitehead Storehouse by various means, such as:

  • Phone: 0759 621 3763
  • Facebook page and messenger – Facebook search for Whitehead Storehouse
  • Email –

Maintaining Confidentiality and Dignity

It’s natural to feel hesitant or embarrassed when seeking help, but it’s important to remember that everyone faces challenges at some point in life. Whitehead Storehouse is committed to treating all requests with utmost confidentiality and respect. We understand the difficulties faced by families and aim to provide support without judgment, ensuring that you can access the assistance you need while maintaining your dignity.


No parent should have to worry about their children going hungry during the summer months. If you find yourself in a situation where providing meals becomes difficult due to financial constraints, Whitehead Storehouse is here to lend a helping hand. Reach out for support and rest assured that you will find a compassionate and understanding team ready to assist you. Together, we can ensure that your children have access to the nourishment they need to grow and thrive.

Can You Help Me Again Please?

While Whitehead Storehouse would like to help everyone in the Whitehead, Ballycarry and Islandmagee areas who needs food and other emergency economic help, it is not always possible to help every time someone asks.

There is a big and growing need for help with food for those who are suffering with the economic downturn. Whitehead Storehouse is an emergency help provider in the local area, supplying food and other items to individuals and families in sudden economic need. To be fair to everyone who needs help, we are having to limit the number of times we can help any individual or family to three times a year.

Whitehead Storehouse is not a regular food supply for those who may need other help, such as budgeting, or mental health or social needs: it is a source of emergency help for those who find themselves in a difficult situation. We do have contacts who may be able to help with those needs, so please do ask. Even if we cannot help out with food, we may be able to point you to some other place or organisation that could perhaps help you.

Having said all this, if you find yourself in a difficult situation, with no food, even if you have already received help 3 times in the year, please ask. We will do our best to help in some way.

FoodBank Near Me Carrickfergus Larne

Help With Food in Carrickfergus and Larne Storehouse is an independent foodbank that covers Whitehead, Islandmagee and Ballycarry. Click here to get help with food in this area. We only serve clients in the Whitehead, Islandmagee and Ballycarry areas, however, there are other foodbanks that cover Larne and Carrickfergus, where those in need of food can get help.

Food banks are a life-saving concept that help those in crisis, they are not supposed to be a long-term solution. And, because they’re meant to be for those most in need, they can often only be used by those referred to them by a third party. This applies to the Trussell Trust foodbanks, which operate in Carrickfergus and Larne.

Larne Foodbank

The Larne Foodbank has the following information for those needing help:

“Please use the form below to get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. If you need help from the foodbank the quickest way to reach us is by telephone. We can then direct you to the most appropriate agency to give you a foodbank voucher.” The Larne foodbank contact page can be found here. The NI advice phone number is 0800 915 4604  and is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm for anyone in Northern Ireland in financial crisis.

Carrickfergus Foodbank

The Carrickfergus foodbank also has a similar page for those needing help:

“Please use the form below to get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. If you need help from the foodbank the quickest way to reach us is by telephone. We can then direct you to the most appropriate agency to give you a foodbank voucher.” The Carrickfergus foodbank contact page can be found here. The NI advice phone number is 0800 915 4604  and is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm for anyone in Northern Ireland in financial crisis.

General Foodbank Information you are in the United Kingdom and you need help with getting food, you can turn to your local food bank for assistance. Here are the steps you can follow to get food from a food bank:

Find your local food bank: There are several food banks across the United Kingdom, and you can find your local food bank by visiting the Trussell Trust website and entering your postcode. The NI advice phone number is 0800 915 4604  and is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm for anyone in Northern Ireland in financial crisis.

Get a referral: To receive food from a food bank, you will need a referral from an agency such as your doctor, social worker, or a Citizens Advice Bureau. The referral will contain a voucher that you will need to take with you when you visit the food bank.

Contact the food bank: Once you have a referral, you can contact the food bank to arrange a visit. You can find the contact details of your local food bank on the Trussell Trust website.

Visit the food bank: When you visit the food bank, you will need to present your referral voucher to the staff. They will then provide you with a parcel of food that will contain enough food to last for a few days.

Foodbanks are for short term support, so you may want to ask for help in finding food on a long term basis.

Remember that food banks are set up to help people in need, so do not feel embarrassed or ashamed about asking for help.

Donate Direct To Whitehead Storehouse

If you would like to donate directly to Whitehead Storehouse, here are the details you will need.

Bank Sort Code: 95-06-79

Account Number 30273201

You can make a one-off payment or set up a regular payment from your own bank account.

Thank you for contributing to the local charity helping people in economic difficulty to eat.

No matter how much or how little you choose to give, we are very grateful for any donations that help us to help those in need in Whitehead, Ballycarry and Islandmagee.

Warm Space Whitehead Community Centre

Whitehead Community Centre Warm Space

Whitehead Centre are pleased to offer a new Warm Space in the Small Meeting Room- access via Balmoral Avenue side and to the top of the stairs. They will have tea, coffee and biscuits on offer as well as some games and jigsaws if you fancy.
This will run on Mondays 2.00pm- 4.00pm
Tuesdays 10.30am- 12.30pm
and Thursdays 2.00pm- 4.00pm
Everyone welcome!


Heating Costs Are High

With the horrific increase in heating costs, many people are having to keep their homes at a lower temperature  than is maybe healthy for them.

“Warm Spaces” is a new concept aimed at providing a temporary, warm and safe environment for people who may be struggling with heating costs or for those who may not have adequate heating in their homes. The concept is that of a warming centre, where individuals can come and seek refuge from the cold.

The idea of providing these warm spaces is a great way to support those in need of extra heat, particularly the elderly and vulnerable. Not only do these spaces provide warmth, but they also offer a place for people to socialise and keep occupied, which can be crucial during the winter months when people may be more isolated due to the cold weather.

It’s important for communities to come together to support those who may be struggling with the costs of heating or inadequate heating in their homes. Warm Spaces is a great initiative that can help alleviate some of the challenges faced by individuals and families during the winter months.

Donations To Whitehead Storehouse

Christmas 2022 Donations

We have been asked what donations can be made to the Storehouse, to help others out over Christmas. Here is a list of items that would be useful for the Storehouse to receive for Christmas deliveries, though these will be made on Thursday 16th December 2022.

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Shloer, dilute juice and morning juice.

Jams, marmalade and peanut butter.

Tins of custard, rice and fruit.

Tins of pork, ham, corned beef and Fray Bentos pies.

Tins of potatoes, carrots and peas.

Christmas puddings, chocolate puddings, mince pies and shortbread.

Selection boxes and tubs of sweets.

Toilet rolls kitchen rolls washing up liquid, soap.

Vouchers for the local shops or supermarkets.

If you feel you would like to donate to Whitehead Storehouse, please leave your donations at Whitehead Spar, Whitehead Community Centre or any Whitehead Church.

All donations are gratefully received and are used to help those in economic difficulty in Whitehead, Ballycarry and Islandmagee.

New Year 2023

Even if you cannot donate in time for Christmas 2022, there will still be an ongoing need for help in 2023, so please feel free to make donations at a later date if you wish.

Thank you everyone, for all the help you have provided in 2022.

Larne Winter Coat Project

This Saturday 5 November, anyone in the Larne and surrounding areas are very welcome to Millbrook Community Centre, just off the first roundabout into Larne, to pick up any winter coats,hats,scarves and gloves they or their children/dependents could do with this winter. There is also a selection of gifts and preloved toys free to good homes, that could be used as potential Christmas presents.

We know this Winter will be difficult for many, even if in employment. This is not means tested in any way. People are free to browse and fill a bag/s at their leisure, and have a cup of tea and coffee for as long as they want in the heat. We will be open from 10.30am to 3pm.

This is being run by Millbrook Church of the Nazarene and Millbrook Community Centre, in association with the ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) Winter Coat Project.

Thank You Islandmagee Primary School

Islandmagee Primary School held a harvest collection event and has donated the items brought in to Whitehead Storehouse to help those in economic difficulty this winter. Thank you very much for thinking of those who will not have very much and donating items that will help keep people fed during hard times.

Thank You Whitehead Congregational Church

Thank you very much to all those who contributed items at Whitehead Congregational Church’s recent Harvest Festival Service. These have been donated to Whitehead Storehouse to provide emergency food help to those in economic need in Whitehead, Ballycarry and Islandmagee. With the threat of a cold and difficult winter for all, these donations will help the most vulnerable in the local area.