What is The Need Project?

We are a Christian organisation motivated by Jesus’ teaching on poverty and injustice. We operate according to Christian principles of compassion, honesty, integrity, openness, kindness and care of all people, regardless of backgrounds or beliefs (or none). We are passionate about inclusion and being non-judgemental is central to what we do. We believe that everyone has the right to have food on their plate, dignity, skills, a chance to work and hope for the future.

For more information please read 'Our Basis of Faith' >

Our Main Hubs


Food Parcel Drop Off Points

Shefford Stotfold

Meet The Need Project Team


Our employed staff are made up of just a few key members who are paid to do either a full-time or part-time role. The rest of our team are volunteers who dedicate several hours a day in fulfilling the food parcel requirements to villages across Central Bedfordshire.

Gordon Hamilton

Project Leader

Dawn Addams

Assistant Project Leader/Admin

Gerry Dale

Flitwick Hub Leader

Pastor Steve Lloyd

Cranfield Hub Leader

Rev Adrian Semerene

Gamlingay Hub Leader


  • I am writing this letter in appreciation and thanks for all that you and your team at The Need Project have done to help support my clients. As you know I worked with vulnerable young people aged between 18 to 24, many of whom are care leavers and have come from abusive backgrounds and many who have mental health issues as well as other ongoing problems. I am so grateful for the ongoing support that your project has been able to offer over the years. This practical support in the way of emergency furniture, food, clothing and baby equipment etc. is vital to these young people being able to live independently. With government grants being cut in all directions it is becoming harder and harder to find the practical help that is needed locally. The Need Project has filled a very big void that these cuts have left. Please thank your team for all the hard work that goes into providing this service for free to those most in need. We value the partnership we have with you.
    Support worker, Aldwyck Housing Group
  • I work in a hospital setting and have many people in need. I have utilised The Need Project on a number of occasions now, to help with people in desperate need. JM was a gentleman who had been leaving in a hotel for over six years all he had was one suitcase containing a few personal belongings, I worked with JM and the council to get him into sheltered accommodation, I contact Gordon (Need Project) who was more than willing to help me and JM. Gordon helped kit JM out with furniture including a bed, wardrobe and chair, he also provided some kitchen essentials including a microwave and kettle, he also set JM up with food and toiletries to help him when he first arrived. This helped settle JM into his own property, without this charity JM would have slept on the floor, he had no money or belongings which added to his anxiety. JM was able to have a good start from the help of The Need Project and feel part of society again, this also impacted on his well-being.
    Community Care Officer, Lister Hospital
  • The Need Project has played an integral part in the service we provide at Amicus Trust to Single Homeless between 16 and 64 and Veterans, providing food parcels and furniture, The Need Project has helped many feel at home in Supported Accommodation and to have enough to eat. Amicus Trust greatly values the tireless work carried out by The Need Project and hopes its kind donations and Food Parcels will long continue.
    Project 17, Amicus Trust Ltd
  • The NEED Project has helped Central Bedfordshire Women's Refuge on numerous occasions in many different ways. We are supported with Easter Eggs at Easter so all clients and their children as well as at Christmas with donations for all and supporting with bringing Christmas Trees over supporting with food parcels also. Along with this, The NEED project have kindly donated items for clients moving into their new homes - this ranges from table and chairs to sofas and fridge freezers. On one occasion, Gordon supported with a sofa and table chairs for a lady and her autistic child as the table and chairs that were provided were not sufficient for the needs of the child. Gordon kindly brought the items to the clients new home and removed the other set. On another occasion, Gordon has supported a client with other good for the home to ensure a homely environment for that client after the hardship and trauma she has suffered for years. The NEED Project have always been so giving and without them, we would not be able to support our clients to empower themselves, be safe and have everything they need, whether that is with us or when they move. Staff and clients are truly appreciative of all the support we have received and The NEED Project is a major part of our service in order to promote the aforementioned.
    Senior Project Officer, YMCA
  • Young single mum, 18 years of age with a baby The Need Project provided furniture and baby clothes, together with several food parcels. The mum was extremely grateful for the furniture provided, sofa, drawers and vacuum cleaner. She was in receipt of limited benefits and struggled on a daily basis to be able to get by. The Need Project were happy to provide the furniture and clothing, together with food parcels and delivered the items to the Service user 1 who resided in a flat.
    Family Safeguarding Team, Children's Services
  • Thank you so much for the food parcel! It really helped us out during a time we were struggling financially, Thank you! The food was great. The people who we spoke to on the phone to confirm delivery were lovely as were the people who delivered to our door step. Thank you all so much.

    Mum, Central Beds Children's Centre

  • The Need Project have been very instrumental in providing clothing, food and necessary living accessories amongst other things to The Nightshelter for many years to which we are very grateful. The Nightshelter relies in part on the kindness of the public with donated items and without these items the residents would sometimes go without extra clothes to wear and the wide variety of food that is on offer but thanks to Gordon and The Need Project we have been able to offer an array of extra clothing and food amongst other things, these items have always been delivered to us by a wonderful couple (Mick and Joan) who have been very faithful and dependable in their service of The Nightshelter.
    Nightshelter Team Leader, The Kings Arms Project Nightshelter