About Castlehaven

Castlehaven Community Association is a small charity based in Camden that brings people of all ages together through fun and interactive activities.

The Foodbank is a new project for Castlehaven.  In its short lifespan it has had a huge ‘positive’ impact in our local community, based on the amount of food donations, volunteers and support we have received throughout this period.

Tricia Richards
CEO, Castlehaven 



How the £19,361 grant from the CAF Resilience Fund helped establish Castlehaven's new foodbank


A brand new foodbank manager was employed to recruit, supervise and train volunteers.

Health and Nutrition

Improved health and nutrition amongst the poorest members of the community whom Castlehaven would never have reached before.


Enabled fundraising activities to make sure the foodbank can continue beyond the pandemic with food co-ops to supplement.

Castlehaven: Their story

Castlehaven, in addition to their other charitable activities, set up a brand new foodbank during the pandemic to provide food to local people living in food poverty. The foodbank has helped over 130 local families weekly, with over 50% being Somalian and Bengali.

The healthy food parcels include fresh fruit, vegetables, pulses, store cupboard items and toiletries.  Nappies, baby food and sanitary items are provided for women and children.

With the CAF Resilience Fund grant, a new food bank manager was employed to organise this ever-increasing need for a foodbank which will now be able to continue in the long term. 

Castlehaven have been overwhelmed with the support from the local community and food donations. Over Christmas, they were able to supply the families most in need with two weeks of Christmas food and were even delivering donated turkeys on Christmas day morning!

The Impact 

"The biggest benefit for Castlehaven is that we have been able to find the 'hard to reach' that live on our doorstep.  We have helped many local residents who may never have needed our services before, but now that they have, we can continue to work with them."

"We have also been able to refer those most in need to the correct services, advice and guidance and assisted more than 60 people in setting up sustainable food co-ops so they no longer need our foodbank service."

Tricia Richards
CEO, Castlehaven


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Providing vital services for children with cerebral palsy

Find out how a grant of £12,200 helped Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity support children with cerebral palsy.

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Providing emergency dental care to those in need

Find out how a grant of £36,288 helped Dentaid provide dental care to vulnerable people.

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This funding has been jointly provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Community Match Challenge funding scheme as part of the Government's £750 million coronavirus support package for charities along with matched funding by the Covid-19 Support Fund created by the insurance and long-term savings industry.

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