CrowdFunding For a TRJFP Brum Van – Your Thoughts Wanted!

We’ve known for some time now that TRJFP could really do with its own van. Lots of interceptions go on through the week with our many wonderful volunteers in their own cars (and cargo bikes!) but we also have volunteers with larger vehicles we need to utilise to collect the larger loads. This can become overwhelming and exhausting when we’re continually relying on the same few people because they’re the only ones with enough capacity.

If we had our own vehicle, insured so anyone over 25 with the correct licence could drive it, then we’d be able to do more of the larger collections (we’d still keep doing the smaller ones too – it all adds up!!), and the workload could be shared among more people, and at more days and times throughout the week.

But we also know that having a van comes at a cost. There’s the upfront cost to purchase one; a minimum of £2,000 for an old, potentially unreliable one, but this could turn out to be a false economy if we’re constantly spending money on repairs and if it’s really inefficient on fuel. Ideally we’d prefer to look at spending around £15,000 for one that’s only a few years old and likely to be in better condition. (Well, if we’re completely honest, ideally we’d like a van that is more eco friendly – gas or electric powered, but this just doesn’t exist within our needs and budget right now!)

£15,000 is a lot of money for us! Much more than we have, and we need to meet the financial commitments we already have like rent, insurance, utility bills etc. Then there will be ongoing running costs of a van; diesel is likely to be a few hundred pounds per month, insurance probably at least £1000 per year, plus tax, repairs, and so on. Probably at least £500 per month/£6,000 per year.

So we’d like your thoughts. Do you think we could do it?

We’d like to set up a crowdfunder to try to raise £15,000 (or as much as possible!) towards our first van. IS this the right way to go about it? Would you contribute towards a vehicle? Could you help us fundraise for one? Have you got any ideas for things we could do to fundraise?

We have applied to various funders for cash towards our goal, but because we are a Community Interest Company and not a charity, we’re not eligible for about 90% of available grants (we’re not considering converting to charity status, that’s a whole new can of worms!).

So let’s start by crowd-sourcing your thoughts! All ideas welcome! Please email by Friday 3rd November – we’d love to hear from you!



TRJFP Brum 3rd Birthday Competition!

Would you believe it – TRJFP Brum is another year older!

Over the three years we’ve been working, we’ve rescued and redistributed 161.8 tonnes of food. One Hundred and Sixty One (point eight) tonnes!! That’s more than the weight of 20 elephants! (according to this website at any rate…)

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers past and present for making this possible.

But can you guess how many meals we’ve served over the last year? We’re running a little competition – you could win a box of chocolates! Enter here:

We’ll be celebrating our 3rd Birthday on Friday 20th October 12-2pm at Ladywood Health and Community Centre – come along, have a Pay As You Feel lunch, shop at the boutique, say hi and wish us a Happy TRJFP Brum Birthday!



TRJFP Volunteer Wins Gold For England!!!

Huge congratulations to Tomas Kirby, and the Midland Mencap Big Flyerz Hockey Team who recently won GOLD at the Euro ParaHockey Challenge in Amsterdam, beating Spain 2-1 in the final!

TRJFP Volunteer Tomas wins GOLD!
TRJFP Volunteer Tomas Kirby (Front Centre) and some of the Midland Mencap winning team.

If you’ve visited our Kings Heath café, you may recognise Tomas as one of our lovely volunteers – he’s there most weeks helping out with veg prep and service, and he and his Mum Carol are also Freegan Box delivery drivers, particularly in the Hall Green and Frankley Areas.

Please join us all at TRJFP Brum in saying a big Well Done to Tomas and his teammates!

Midland Mencap Big Flyerz Hockey Team
Midland Mencap Big Flyerz Hockey Team

Sharehouse Reopening!

Sharehouse Reopening

Fanfare Please!

We’re delighted to be able to announce that following a great deal of hard work by our amazing volunteers, our Sharehouse in Winson Green is once again open for the public to visit.

If you’ve never been before, welcome! If you have been before, please be aware that a few things have changed and new systems have been brought into place; we appreciate your patience while everyone gets used to the new procedures.

For more information, including a map and opening times, please click here:

Volunteers Meeting – Friday 21st July 5pm

Hello all!

We are having a volunteers meeting at 5pm on Friday 21st of July at Ladywood Health and Community Centre. All volunteers from all areas of the project (cafes, freegan boxes, events, sharehouse – whatever!) are invited to come along and have their say.

***Sadly, due to personal circumstances, Adam Smith, the founder of TRJFP, has had to cancel his attendance. We hope to see him at another meeting sometime in the future, and would like to send Adam our very best wishes.***


If you are able to come from 4.30pm onwards, you’ll have a chance to meet some other volunteers you might not know.

Ladywood Cafe will be running on a single continuous service next Friday, so you can join us any time in the afternoon if you wish.

So join us for an hour or so to have your say, make some new friends and contribute your voice to the project!

(If you can’t make the meeting but you have any thoughts/compliments/complaints/ideas you want raised, please do pass them onto myself, Ann Gallagher, Tina Stanton, Heather Beasley or anyone else you feel happy to represent your voice! Please send on any comments by Thursday 20th July so we have time to print them 🙂 )
Many Thanks

Ann Gallagher