Celebrating Volunteers’ Week

It is Volunteers’ Week and we want to say a very big thank you to all our volunteers for making a huge difference in helping people in need! Sandra, from The Community Give Box gave us her reasons why she volunteers:
I volunteer to give something more than financially, to the local community. I enjoy the recycling aspect of forwarding someone else’s unwanted goods to people who are really in need of them. Some people come into the shop to chat and share their thoughts, good or bad. It is really nice when they leave in a much better mood than when they came in. It makes you realise how lucky you are to have a home and family support, when so many people do not have them.
If you have a few hours to spare to volunteer, please contact murray.edwards@wakefieldcf.org.uk. Thank you.

Treasure Hunt, Thursday 8th July

As part of the Give the Gift of Warmth campaign, we have partnered with Yorkshire Sculpture Park to offer friends/colleagues a treasure hunt in the beautiful grounds of the park. 

In our communities there are many people still living in fuel poverty. People who spend every hour in bed just to keep warm or families who have to choose between eating and heating. 

Entry is £25 and will provide an emergency winter fuel grant to help a family in need. 

The Treasure Hunt is approximately 5K and you can choose a time between 10am and 4pm to set-off. On your return there will be refreshments waiting for you.  If you find the treasure you will be entered into a draw to win a prize and there is also a prize for the team/person who completes the route the fastest.  

This event was originally planned for the cold month of February but due to the pandemic it has been postponed on a number of occasions. Although now going ahead in the warm month of July, it is still really vital that we provide as many winter fuel grants as possible. 

Entry: Entry is just £25 per adult and £5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please enter here.

Contact: For further information please contact theresa.barrett@wakefieldcf.org.uk

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Unsung Heroes Awards

The Unsung Heroes Awards 2021

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to nominate their Unsung Hero.  Nominations are now closed but we are delighted to announce that we had more entries than ever before. We are now in the process of choosing the 10 winners which will be announced late summer, in time to ask the public to vote for their overall winner.

This will be the fifth year we are 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. These are the people who go that extra mile by running/organising activities or supporting older people and families to make their lives that bit better.

The main People’s Choice winner will be chosen by Wakefield Express readers. Each award is a celebration and acknowledges the contribution of those who are rarely, if ever, in the limelight; people who give their time freely.

All of the winning nominees are invited to the 2021 Unsung Heroes Awards, at Cedar Court Hotel, Friday 1st October. The event, which is hosted by TV personality Harry Gration, celebrates the individual achievements of the nominees through a series of short films.

If you would like to attend this wonderful evening of celebration, please book your tickets here. Thank you for supporting your local community.

Welcome to our new website!

Please take a look at our new website. Throughout each area of its development we have tried to consider our mission …to inspire local giving, support communities and changes lives… and hope that whether you are an individual, family or local business, we have made it easier for you to support people in need in the Wakefield District.

You can support the overall work that we do by becoming a Friend of the Foundation, or you can donate directly to one of our existing funds. If there is a cause close to your heart, you can now set up your own personalised fund.

If you are a charity, community group or individual needing support, we have also made it easier for you to apply to one of our grants. We have given more of an insight into how our charity shop, the Community Give Box, works and how you can donate or become a recipient of the donations we receive.

Whatever your reason to visit our site, we hope you are pleased with what you find.

Coronavirus Support Fund

In a bid to help local good causes during these difficult times, the Community set up a fund supporting small organisations working with people, groups and communities, disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Murray Edwards, Community Foundation Director said, “We wanted a fund that would help children and young people in low-income households, older people and those with disabilities or underlying health conditions.”

As a result, the Coronavirus Support Fund was set up in collaboration and investment with the Wakefield District Health & Community Support (WDHCS), together with funds raised through the #WakefieldCares campaign.

Murray continued, “As you can imagine, we received many worthy applications and were oversubscribed. The good news is that we were able to support the following organisations with their projects: Shared Harmonies, Wakefield District Sight Aid, Kidz Aware, Oasis Christian Centre, Co-Active Arts, Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation, Star Bereavement and Stepping Stones Baby Bank. All eight applicants have experienced a significant increase in demand for their services and the Foundation is pleased to support them in their valuable work.”

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Unsung Heroes 2021

We hope you have had the chance to watch last year’s awards but don’t worry if you missed them, just click here!

It may only be a matter of weeks since we celebrated the wonderful Unsung Heroes of 2020 but we have already started making plans on how we are going to honour the heroes of 2021. Further details on how to nominate your Unsung Hero will be published soon.

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The Community Give Box

The Community Give Box is a charity shop with a difference. We sell a range of new products, in addition to good quality preloved items but our main focus is as a donation point for clothing and household items. We have a large area at the back of the shop where the donated goods are sorted and then given to community groups across the Wakefield District to distribute to individual and families in need.

Are you a community group needing our help?

Despite the restrictions we have adhered to during the pandemic, we have been able to provide donated goods to local community groups needing stock to hand out to people in need.

If your organisation would benefit from this type of support, then please get in touch with our team at the Community Give Box. Please call on 01924 239 181 to find out more information.

Here are just a few of the charities we have helped over the last year:

  • Break the Silence
  • Bag Fairies
  • C.A.P
  • The Clothing Bank
  • City of Sanctuary
  • Kidzaware
  • Small Steps Uniform Bank
  • Stepping Stones Baby Bank
  • St Catherine’s Adults
  • The Street Kitchen