HARIBO Happiness Together Fund

We are delighted to announce this new fund which has come about through the desire of Haribo to support the needs of the communities where their business (and the majority of their workforce) is based. Following detailed discussions, we shall be targeting the issue of loneliness in society, which has become much more prevalent as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Haribo UK plays a major role within the Wakefield District, through high levels of ongoing investment providing employment opportunities in the Castleford/Pontefract and wider Wakefield areas, and across six retail sites in the UK. Working with the Community Foundation enables the two organisations to continue investing in local communities and thus try to alleviate “the cycle of social isolation’. This will be done through a programme of intergenerational activities aimed at improving the welfare and wellbeing of local communities.

This fund will operate for an initial period of 4 years, with a total investment of £250,000. Applications will be invited annually, and Round 1 opened on the 1st October 2021.

Currently Closed

#WakefieldCares Appeal Fund

#WakefieldCares Appeal is supporting frontline coronavirus charities to make a real difference to the people in our communities needing help at this difficult time.

Charities and community support teams are helping older and vulnerable people, and those who are unable to leave their homes due to self-isolating. The aim is to raise much needed funds which will give a direct help to boost community resources like food banks, community hubs, and provide door to door deliveries of vital support for vulnerable families and elderly people.

With your help the #WakefieldCares Appeal will provide the money to make a real difference so that we can get the help to where its most needed.

This is an enormous effort on behalf of the whole community. We can achieve more together to bring individuals, families and local business through this current health crisis.

Thank you for supporting your local community.

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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.

Currently Closed


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.

Currently Closed

Fuel Poverty Fund – Give the Gift of Warmth

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.

Donating just £2 will ‘Give the Gift of Warmth’ and help families and the elderly keep warm for a day. Your support really does make a difference and if you donate online between 12 noon on 30th November to 12 noon on 7th December 2021, your donation will be doubled as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

For the third year the Foundation is taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge.  We are calling on our amazing supporters to help smash our £6,250 online target, which will be gratefully matched funded by Wakefield District Housing and Wakefield Council raising a grand total of £12,500.

So don’t forget, to double your donation to the Give the Gift of Warmth campaign, please donate here from 12 noon on 30th November until 12 noon 7th December 2021.

Please note, this link is only live between these dates.

If you are a UK tax-payer, please don’t forget to tick the Gift Aid box when you donate, as your gift will be worth even more at no extra cost to you. For example, a donation of £10 during the Big Give Christmas Challenge week will be worth £22.50 towards achieving our target. A £100 donation would raise an incredible £225.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of the public and local businesses, the Fuel Poverty campaign, Give the Gift of Warmth, helped over 800 households. Following the continuing harsh effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the increase in fuel prices and the reduction in Universal Credit, many more communities are likely to suffer the effects of fuel poverty, this winter.

Alternatively, you can support Challenge 25 which is also part of our Fuel Poverty Campaign. We have teams of supporters fundraising in many different ways to raise money for fuel poverty.

This challenge is open until the end of the year, please find out more here or donate to our JustGiving page here!

We are hoping that both challenges will raise a grand total of £25,000.

Thank you for your support.

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 Murray Edwards, Foundation Director on 01924 239 181 or email craig.shepherd@wakefieldcf.org.uk