Smart Move by Community Foundation Helps 1800 over winter
The Community Foundation for Calderdale has been leading a project that started with an empty room in the basement of Calderdale SmartMove and an empty garage at Voluntary Action Calderdale that needed filling with items that could be distributed in winter warmer packs and food packs to local people who are over 75 years of age, the homeless and families in need with a child under five, to help them stay warm and healthy over the winter months.
The Community Foundation launched a public appeal in the Halifax Courier in January (As below) that has seen many local people donate their unwanted Christmas presents including hats, scarves and jumpers to the causesmartMoves cellar at beginning of the project
Local schools also took up the challenge to collect unwanted children’s items. Bolton Brow Academy head Mr Jonathan Longstaff commented, “We wanted to join in the project because it impacts on us all. We are all aware of the current financial climate and we are all being affected in one way or another. Our children and families wanted to help others in a very simple yet very effective way. It was a project in which all of us could play a part.”
Local businesses, and those further afield, came forward to help the project Suma Wholefoods based in Elland were quick off the mark to donate 1500 packs of organic pasta for the food packs. Paul Collins – Suma Wholefoods Member stated, “As a workers’ co-operative Suma is the sum of the interests of its workers, and its workers are part of the local community. As such Suma tends to concentrate its charitable efforts close to home, this is why when approached by the Community Foundation for Calderdale we felt that donating health foods, which is our business, to help older and vulnerable people affected by the cold winter was a worthwhile cause”
Harvey’s of Halifax donated quilts and pillows, Pennine Leisure Supplies based on the Lowfields Business Park helped with supplying microwaves & kettles at cost, A & K Hosiery based in Leeds helped with hats, gloves and rain macs, Tommee Tippee donated children’s flasks, iDeal Direct ltd helped with Hot Water Bottles and ICE Trekkers UK helped with ice grippers for shoes. All the items have been added to winter warmer packs and safety packs and distributed to vulnerable people across Calderdale.
By working with other local agencies such as Calderdale SmartMove, AgeUK, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Voluntary Action Calderdale, Calderdale Council and The Green Doctor and children’s centres we have been able to deliver a multi service program over winter which has included help with emergency heating, home visits, winter warmer packs, Ice safety packs, energy efficiency advice, the installation of draft excluders and energy-efficient lighting and power down boxes.
Steve Duncan DL CEO of the Community Foundation commented, “This project has seen businesses and the public join forces to help local people who are at risk and vulnerable, we have been overwhelmed by the response from everyone involved, we would like to say a huge thank you to every single one of you. The project has delivered over 900 packs so far and has received great feedback from the recipients, which makes all the hard work worthwhile”
You can follow warm Homes Healthy people on twitter @CalderdaleWHHP & the Community foundation @CalderdaleFound for more information bout the project or Community Foundation for Calderdale please visit www.cffc.co.uk
If you would like to Help by donating items for this years Warm Homes Healthy People please e-mail Emma@cffc.co.uk