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.

Blossom hold self defence course for #internationalwomensday

On Wednesday, 9th March, Blossom condition of maximum development are hosting a free self defence course for Wakefield Council, We Are Wakefield and Community Foundation members and supporters in celebration of #internationalwomensday!

Blossom want to use this event to celebrate the wonderful women we have in our community and thank them for their continued hard work and effort as well as celebrate their strength and collective power.

There are limited space available, secure your place by emailing enquries@blossom-uk.co.uk

#CoronavirusSupportFund – CoActive Arts

We are pleased to have been able to support CoActive through the Coronavirus Support Fund!
Jody Gabriel, from CoActive, said “CoActive Arts is really grateful to The Community Foundation Wakefield District for supporting us with a grant during the pandemic. You were flexible, responsive and understanding in meeting our need to get members with learning difficulties to start engaging safely in creative group activity again. Many of our members had a difficult time and were extremely isolated. We were able to develop Yoga activity, which worked well with social distancing and promoting well-being. A highlight from last year was being able to exhibit our work on The Art Walk and even connect with other groups.”

#CoronavirusSupportFund – Stepping Stones Baby Bank

We are pleased to have been able to support Stepping Stones Baby Bank through the Coronavirus Support Fund!
Karen Stockhill from Stepping Stones Baby Bank said ‘The donation from the Coronavirus Support Fund enabled us to purchase new mattresses for the cots and moses baskets that we sent out. This helped us ensure the safety of every baby by complying with guidelines as set out by the Lullaby Trust. We were also able to purchase new safety gates, so that families that were struggling could keep their little ones safe.’

#CoronavirusSupportFund – Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

We are pleased to have supported Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation through the Coronavirus Support Fund.
Colan Leung, Head of Health, Wellbeing & Inclusion said “The Connect Again project focused on three focus engagement points which included interventions designed to support positive physical health and mental wellbeing outcomes within older people.”
“Since March 2021, we have directly engaged with 339 individuals through the following channels:
68 participants got involved with the 11 Zoom calls we hosted. This was an online programme of engagement activity for older people using the ‘Zoom’ platform and Trust’s ‘YouTube’ account. Over the 5 months, content included sports reminiscence, mental resilience, and group learning opportunities. The focus of these sessions was to provide activities of interest which were attractive to older people with the engagement acting as a stimulus for developing new friendships.
271 Wakefield Trinity members and season ticket holders (aged over 56) were called by our staff members using a logbook and a script we produced. Participants were engaged through different topics such as Wakefield Trinity news/updates, physical and mental wellbeing, reducing loneliness and isolation, Zoom calls with players, The Big Feed project, and communicating accurate COVID-19 and vaccination information.”