HARIBO Happiness Together Fund

HARIBO, in partnership with Community Foundation Wakefield District, have unveiled round 2 of the HARIBO Happiness Together Fund, a four-year programme to encourage friendships across generations.

Creating opportunities for memorable, shared experiences, the HARIBO Happiness Together Fund will deliver moments of fun and enjoyment that will reduce loneliness while improving the welfare and wellbeing of local people.

Community groups, charities and social enterprises are being invited to submit funding applications that engage intergenerational groups, help to improve facilities available within the local community or provide events and activities for family, friends and neighbours.

The HARIBO Happiness Fund will support programmes that deliver intergenerational events and activities which will engage older and younger people and target those in the 18-24 age-group and those who are 55 plus. Working together, both groups will benefit and learn from the other.

Round 2 of the HARIBO Happiness Together Fund opened on 15th February 2022.

Applications closed on Friday 15th April 2022.

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Coronavirus Support Fund

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

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.

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.

One of the recipients of the grant is Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation, and their Head of Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion, Colan Leung, commented, “The funding allows us to launch our ‘Connect Again’ project and reach out to those in need and discuss the importance of opening up and talking to people; this has never been more prevalent especially in a bid to combat social isolation and loneliness.”

Paul Wake from the Oasis Christian Centre also added, “The Coronavirus Support Fund grant has already started to help the work of the charity Bag Fairies, to collect, pick up and distribute clothing and household items to families in need in our community. The grant is much needed support for people as they contend with the impact of the pandemic.”

Thank you for supporting your local community.

Here is a list of the charities who we have helped:

Star Bereavement

Shared Harmonies

Kidz Aware

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

Wakefield District Sight Aid

Oasis Christian Centre and The Bag Fairies

Stepping Stones Baby Bank

CoActive Arts

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The Elderly Persons Social Isolation Fund

The Elderly Persons Social Isolation Fund is to help older people overcome loneliness and enable them to make a bigger contribution to society. The fund was launched in 2017 as a result of an anonymous donation which has enabled the Community Foundation to make a significant contribution, to what is now recognised as something that affects a growing number of people across the country.

With such a growth in the elderly, increases in health and well-being services are becoming more and more stretched with incidents of social isolation growing. This effect is compounded by the fact that due to austerity measures Wakefield District Council and the local health authority are having to scale back their support services. It is essential that the voluntary sector react to these changes and this fund’s aim is to “inspire local voluntary groups and charities to meet this challenge through local action”.

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Umbrella Fund

The aim of the Umbrella Fund is to provide small grants to individuals, local community and voluntary groups that are wanting to make a real difference and help build better communities within the Wakefield District.

We will help facilitate projects to get underway or if they are have already started then we can help them grow.

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Women’s Fund

The Women’s Fund was developed to engage local women interested in helping other women in the wider community and, at the same time, raise money which can be distributed to essential projects that will particularly benefit women.

Our vision is to have a district where women can flourish, feel safe and free from fear by funding projects that will:

  • Support community groups helping vulnerable women and girls
  • Help women without financial support to feel valued and confident and fulfil their aspirations
  • Assist groups addressing ongoing concerns of historical sexual abuse and domestic violence
  • Tackle women’s poverty and isolation in the semi-rural areas which adversely impacts all areas of their life.

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Fuel Poverty Campaign

We raise money each year 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 last two years have been extremely difficult for everyone but more so for those who were furloughed or made redundant due to the pandemic, furthermore, due to the escalation of fuel prices and the reduction of Universal Credit there will be many more families that find themselves in crisis during the winter months.

Thanks to the support of the public, WDH, Wakefield Council and all the local businesses taking part in Challenge 25, we have raised £25,000 so far for the Council’s Welfare Fund which will help over 1,000 families in crisis. We are in no doubt that this is just a drop in the ocean and that there will be many more families needing support in the coming months. To support this campaign, please donate here!

Thank you!

Are you suffering from fuel poverty?

To find out how to access help if you or someone you know is suffering from fuel poverty, please contact Craig Shepherd, Chief Executive Officer on 01924 239 181 or email craig.shepherd@wakefieldcf.org.uk