Neil Burns, Belfast beneficiary, blogger and volunteer
“When someone's eating healthily, their wellbeing increases” Neil Burns, hostel resident, prolific Belfast blogger and volunteer at numerous homeless projects across the city -
"Food is a basic human right and it should be maintained and looked after." He has been living at a homeless hostel in Belfast city centre for nearly two years. It was here that he first became aware of FareShare; as a recipient of food and by engaging with our army of volunteers. "Another guy at the hostel started volunteering at FareShare. I found it inspirational that he, as well as the team of delivery drivers, were giving their time for free to help. So I began volunteering at a number of places that receive FareShare food."
Neil now gives his time at Stella Maris, a hostel for chronic alcoholics, and The Welcome Organisation, a housing and homelessness charity. "I had a couple of addiction problems in my teens to mid-
Many clients at the projects that Neil volunteers with have mental health issues. He tries to encourage healthy eating, outlining the importance to both mental and physical wellbeing. Meals also provide opportunities for social interactions and can brighten the day. "Food helps alleviate the boredom; a yoghurt really does go a long way. There are lots of young people in my hostel and it's good to have treats to help get them through the day."
Neil has written about FareShare on his blog http://belfastismymojo.blogspot.co.uk/