For the past month, staff from Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing have supported a reverse advent calendar campaign, making regular donations of non-perishable food and toiletries to help the centre’s stocks over a particularly busy time of year.
The Welcome Centre relies on cash and food donations to provide short term support such as food, toiletries, household items, warm clothing and bedding.
The manager of the centre, Ellie Pearson, said: “It’s a year round mission and we typically give out around 200 parcels a week. But that number always goes up at this time of year when more people, especially families, find themselves in financial crisis. , We very much appreciate donations like this – they really do make a difference to people’s lives and help give a little hope at Christmas.”
KNH Chief Executive, Liz Cook, said: “The Welcome Centre plays a vital role and helps many of our tenants who are facing tough times, so we were keen to support their fantastic work and give something back. I’m delighted that so many of our staff recognize the value of the work and the impact on people in need,and hope that our donations make life a little easier for people at this time of year.”
As well as food donations, staff have also supported the centre throughout 2017 by taking part in a number of activities, including a bowling competition, sponsored fast, fuddles and a tuck shop, which have raised nearly £1350.
If you’re in crisis and need help, please contact your housing or support worker or call Kirklees Local Welfare Provision team on 01484 414782.