#CoronavirusSupportFund – Star Bereavement

We are very pleased to have been able to support Star Bereavement through the #coronavirussupportfund
Claire Taylor from Star Bereavement said “The funding we received from The Community Foundation enabled us to deliver Wellness in the Woods sessions at Eden’s Forest in Kirklees. This was an amazing experience and opportunity for families and was the start of our parent and carer peer support offer. The outcomes were to feel less isolated, support each other with parenting through grief and make new memories.”
“The sessions were very well evaluated with parents and carers requesting to go back as often as possible. The sessions in the forest are therapeutically and trauma informed and create a healing space away from the every day pressures of life.”
“We are very appreciative of the funding and support and hope we may be able to work more closely with The Community Foundation in the future.”

Cllr Denise Jeffery joins as our new Trustee

We are very pleased to welcome Cllr Denise Jeffery as our new trustee. She is very well-known in the district, with a long-term commitment to politics and has been the Leader of Wakefield Council since December 2019 and prior to this was Deputy Leader for 11 years.
Cllr Jeffery brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role with us, and this makes her a great addition to our team.
Her experience is broad ranging; whilst Deputy Leader she held the Cabinet Portfolio for Regeneration and Economic Growth and despite the economic downturn, she was instrumental in bringing inward investment to the district.

Community News Update – Winter 2021

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#Challenge25 – Thank you everyone

Each year the Fuel Poverty Campaign, Give the Gift of Warmth, raises money to help provide emergency winter fuel grants to individuals and families struggling to pay their fuel bills. In the Wakefield District there are hundreds of people still living in fuel poverty. People who spend every hour in bed just to keep warm and families that have to choose between eating and heating their homes.

The campaign raises money through a mixture of donations and pledges via the Big Give Christmas Challenge and this year we also launched Challenge 25! The idea behind Challenge 25 came about because the average emergency winter fuel grant is £25, which provides an immediate benefit to individuals and families in crisis during winter.

Last year, due to the generosity of the public and business community we were able to help over 800 families keep warm and this year we are aiming for over 1,000. We appealed to colleagues, friends and families to get on board with Challenge 25, and to fundraise in whichever way they fancied, just as long as it was safe and legal!

We have been delighted with the response and at the time of writing this news update the majority of the teams had completed their challenge or were nearing the end and collectively on target to raise over £10,000! This amount, together with the £14,000 raised via the Big Give Christmas Challenge, means we are getting nearer each day to reach the overall target of £25,000!

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the wonderful Challenge 25 teams and to WDH and Wakefield Council for their generous pledges towards the Big Give Christmas Challenge. But most importantly, a big thank you to all that have donated to the campaign, whether it is to support a team or to donate directly, we are very grateful and through your generosity we are able to help the vulnerable keep warm this winter!

If you haven’t yet donated and would like to do so please visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/Challenge-25

Thank you!

#CoronavirusSupportFund – Oasis Christian Centre and The Bag Fairies

We are delighted to be able to support Oasis Christian Centre – loving our community and their partners The Bag Fairies through #coronavirussupportfund
Paul Wake from Oasis Christian Centre said “The funding supported our partnership with The Bag Fairies – who collect & distribute clothing and household items for under privileged households.”
These boxes were purchased through the funding shortly after being successful in the application. The boxes stores the items for distribution.