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 did a reverse advent and collected donations that the Welcome Centre said they needed!
Everyone was very generous, and we delivered the donations 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, so we arranged a visit for the children today. They had a tour of the Centre and asked lots of questions.
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.
Last year they gave out over 14,000 crisis packs over 9,000 of these were food. The food packs they give out contain enough food for seven days. They try to provide a good quantity of nutritious, high quality food in the packs, and tailor each pack to meet people’s dietary requirements and preferences. They believe in respecting people's food choices no matter what financial predicament they find themselves in.