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.

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#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.

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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 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.

The Community Foundation Wakefield District, raises money each year to help provide winter fuel grants to individuals and families struggling to pay their fuel bills. This year because of the rises in fuel costs and the reduction in Universal Credit, the charity has launched Challenge 25, which encourages teams to raise as many multiples of £25 as possible, as this is the average cost of a winter fuel grant.

Craig Shepherd, the Foundation’s CEO, said: “We are appealing to colleagues, friends and families to get on board with Challenge 25, so we can help even more people in our communities that are struggling. The last year was extremely difficult for everyone but more so for those who were furloughed or made redundant due to the pandemic, furthermore, now that fuel prices have risen there will be many more that find themselves in crisis during the winter months.”

Teams can raise money in any way they fancy and a number have teams have already signed up and plan to fundraise in a multitude of ways including, football tournaments, mass sleepovers, marathon running and even wearing a different hat each day for 25 days!

Craig Shepherd, added: “Thanks to the support we were given last year by the public, corporate supporters and through funds raised at a Treasure Hunt at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, we were able to donate £21,250 to the Council’s Welfare Fund to help people in need at a critical time.”

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health at Wakefield Council, said: “I’d like to thank all those who have played a part in raising this fantastic sum of money. It will help residents who need it the most over the coming months.

“We’ve seen an increase in demand for help with fuel costs throughout the pandemic, not only from those affected by coronavirus, but also from people in crisis.

“This money will help keep people in our district safe and warm as the nights draw in.”

Join in Challenge 25 and have fun with you colleagues, family or friends whilst raising much needed funds this winter. Find our more here.

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