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Community Group

Group Award

For groups that carry out ongoing voluntary activities in their neighbourhood.

Airedale Baby and Children's Bank

Airedale Baby and Children's Bank

Over the last three years, Airedale Baby and Children's Bank has helped dozens of families with essential items to make sure no child in the community goes without. During the economic crisis, the group has been essential for so many families who would have otherwise struggled to sufficiently clothe and look after their children. No items go to waste, even stained or damaged items are recycled into items that can be utilised in different ways. At Christmas time, the group turn into Santa and give out gifts to the families so that the children have something to open at Christmas.

Bless Community Services

Bless Community Services

Bless Community Services is a group supporting residents in and around Upton. The group brings people together from all walks of life, providing activities to help reduce loneliness and social isolation within the community. The group provides all sorts of things to get involved in, including a crochet group, memory friendship group and environmental workshops on recycling and saving the bees. The group is open to people of all ages and encourages them to come along and get involved for free, meeting new people and helping to improve their mental health along the way.

Hemsworth Keep It Clean

Hemsworth Keep It Clean

Hemsworth Keep It Clean has worked tirelessly to restore a rundown community. The work the members have done has helped restore watercourses and create fresh and vibrant planted areas which has seen the return of a lot of wildlife and helped people suffering from mental health conditions. In the past two years, the group has collected over 2,500 bags of litter from the area and run regular group collections where they encourage all ages to take part and take pride in their community. The group looks to help people enhance their life with the relationships they build and teach children about the importance of not littering and keeping the community clean.

Millenium Support

Millenium Support

Millennium Support members are champions for inclusion and the importance of people with learning difficulties being valued members within their community. Having dealt with learning difficulties themselves, the people who run the group pride themselves on breaking down stigma and taboos. The group works in partnership with the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract and helps maintain the Hospice grounds while also running its own private allotment where the members grow fruit and vegetables which is made into fresh and healthy meals for patients. The members of the group take pride in this work and enjoy bringing some colour and joy to those in the Hospice. In addition to this, the group has worked with Featherstone Rovers to plant blue and white flowers to add a community feel around the club and help brighten the stadium and surrounding area up.

Pontefract Community Kitchen

Pontefract Community Kitchen

This group has worked hard to help families that have been hit hardest by the cost of living crisis. It provides food parcels and hot meals to those most in need. When the kitchen is not open, the group provides crisis bags that can tide over families who are struggling most. Thanks to fundraising efforts, the Pontefract Community Kitchen opened a café/dining area where it serves meals and offers a full breakfast to almost 80 people each Sunday. With a motto of Unity in the Community, Pontefract Community Kitchen is a key figure in helping to tackle mental health and anxiety when it comes to the cost of living.

Sharing is Caring Uniform Bank

Sharing is Caring Uniform Bank

This incredible group of women have banded together to make sure that no child goes without school uniform. The group is there to help parents and carers who might be worried about the cost of uniform. Over the past couple of years, the group has collected gifts at Christmas time and made sure that families who are struggling for money have presents to wake up to on Christmas morning. Initially the group members bought extra uniform from their own money but have since received donations from individuals and worked in partnership with other groups around the area to make sure they are stocked up.

Smawthorne Welfare Action Team (SWAT)

Smawthorne Welfare Action Team (SWAT)

This group works hard to make Smawthorne Park, Castleford, a better place for the local community. The group has transformed the park into a pleasant, well-kept place with a modern play area. The group members organise an annual gala for local families to attend and join forces with youth groups to undertake planting projects and litter picks in the park. Last year they held a very successful Christmas Fayre that was well attended by the local community. All monies from events are put back into the effort to maintain and improve the park. The group works with local junior schools to plant flowers, bulbs, trees and shrubs to not only enhance the appeal of the park but to instill a sense of ownership and community responsibility into the next generation.

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