Volunteers Week – Susan Parker

Volunteer Week ended on the 7th of June, but we’re still going to celebrate another one of our fantastic volunteers, Susan Parker.

Susan chose to volunteer at The Community Give Box because she was friends with someone who was a volunteer at the shop and asked if they needed any more help.

She loves interacting with the public and the customers and she says the staff and people who come in are very nice and friendly.

Thank you for volunteering with us Susan!


Volunteers Week – Karen Trickett

Continuing our celebration of our amazing volunteers, we have Karen Trickett.

Karen chose to volunteer at The Community Give Box as it is local to where she lives, the proceeds go to local residents. Karen also volunteered here as there was no need for any references or DBS checks with a quick starting date and flexible hours.

She enjoys volunteering at The Give Box as she feels useful in helping the community of Wakefield. Karen has also enjoyed learning new skills such as working on and using the till, plus the retail experience she has gained by volunteering at our charity shop.

Karen would recommend volunteering at The Give Box as ‘it is a fantastic place to pick up new skills and gain experience in a retail environment’.

Karen saw the chance to volunteer at the charity shop on Facebook, a post asking for volunteers caught her eye and she answered the call.

Volunteers Week – Susan Cross

We’re celebrating another one of our great volunteers today, Susan Cross.

Susan chose to volunteer at The Community Give Box because it helps people in the Wakefield District. Susan had previously donated to The Give Box so she knew what it did and how it helped.

The thing that Susan enjoys the most about volunteering in The Give Box is meeting the people that come into the charity shop, along with this, she also feels that she is helping people herself.

Susan would definitely recommend volunteering at The Community Give Box and volunteering in general, ‘You get to meet plenty of different people, and the staff are very friendly and so helpful’.

We asked how Susan found out about the volunteering opportunity at our shop, she simply saw an appeal on our Twitter where we asked for volunteers.

Susan passed on having her photo on social media and the website, but we can’t thank Susan enough for volunteering with us!

Volunteers Week – Janet McGenn

Volunteer Week continues as we celebrate another one of our fantastic volunteers, Janet McGenn.

Janet chose to volunteer in The Community Give Box when she came to deliver some goods and met with Julia, one of the shop managers. Janet says that Julia was so welcoming that it was an ‘immediate done deal’.

What does Janet enjoy most about volunteering at The Give Box? ‘The managers, volunteers but most importantly the customers, and interacting with the customers’.

Janet highly recommends volunteering at The Give Box, stating that ‘It’s an absolutely wonderful sociable atmosphere’

Thank you for volunteering with us Janet!

Volunteers Week – Gary O’Brien

This Volunteers Week we are celebrating our wonderful volunteers in The Community Give Box, today we have Gary.

Gary chose to volunteer at The Give Box because he likes working in retail, he enjoys working at our charity shop because of how nice and generous the staff are and he loves a good chat with the customers who come in, making the shop feel so much more friendly.

The Community Give Box is highly recommended from Gary as a good place to volunteer, with a good set of people to work with who make the experience that much more enjoyable.

Gary chose to volunteer at The Give Box as he simply saw a sign in the window asking for volunteers, but the welcome he received was one of the reasons he chose to stay.

The Community Foundation Celebrates it’s 15th Birthday!

We celebrated our 15th Birthday on the 3rd of May 2022!
And to celebrate, we launched our Birthday Appeal. You can donate £15 which will go towards a child’s Birthday present who may not get
one this year.
Or you can donate gifts at The Community Give Box in Trinity Walk Shopping Centre.
Please consider donating and join us in celebrating our 15th Birthday this year.

The Community Give Box are looking for Volunteers!

The Community Give Box are looking for volunteers to come in on Tuesdays and Fridays. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any retail experience as most of our other wonderful volunteers haven’t had any retail experience either!

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please click the link below to find out more.


You can now nominate your Unsung Heroes

We are pleased to announce that you can now nominate your Unsung Hero for the #unsungheroesawards2022, which is taking place on the 14th of October! 

Who is the special someone in your community that goes that extra mile? The person who volunteers to help make other people’s lives that bit better, or simply puts a smile on people’s faces by bringing the community together.

For the sixth year running, the Community Foundation Wakefield District is celebrating the outstanding contributions made by volunteers from across the Wakefield District.

They represent a hidden army that, put simply, changes people’s lives on a daily basis within their local communities. They may have run/organised activities, or supported older people and families as we all came to terms with a different way of living.  This could include areas such as sport and culture, disability or mental health, illness or bereavement, befriending or caring, delivering medicines or food parcels but they are not exclusive.  If you know of someone involved in another activity area, then please nominate them.

All of the winning nominees are invited to the Unsung Heroes Awards at Wakefield Cathedral on Friday 14th October. This special evening of celebration within the stunning backdrop of Wakefield Cathedral, is hosted by TV personality Harry Gration and recognises the outstanding contributions made by the winning nominees through a series of short films.

At the end of the night two special awards are given, including the People’s Choice Award, voted for by Wakefield Express readers and the Overall Winner, chosen by the awards panel.

Please nominate your unsung hero here!