At Oakwood House, as part of our Community Project and Charity Fundraising Calendar we like to collect donations for the Welcome Centre especially around Christmas. This time we called it the '12 days of Advent' and collected together 12 donations that the Welcome Centre said they needed.
We recieved some very generous donations from our familes and the children delivered them to the Welcome Centre the week before Christmas. The children have been learning about the work the Welcome Centre do and also about how important it is to be kind and help others.
The Welcome Centre food bank is a registered charity and has been open for more than 26 years. Their role in Huddersfield is to provide support to local people in crisis within the South Kirklees area by offering them a combination of essential items such as food and toiletries but also to offer professional advice and guidance to help them get out of their difficult situation. This advice is given by their Development Workers and covers areas such as housing, benefits, grants and funding, healthy eating and much more.
In the last 12 months they have provided the equivalent of more than 200,000 meals to local people in crisis, with a third of them being given to children under 16 years old and with the use of food banks by families on the increase this will only go up.