Community Group - group award
For groups that carry out ongoing voluntary activities in their neighbourhood.
Crofton COVID-19 Mutual Aid was created in response to the coronavirus pandemic to help support older and vulnerable people who were shielding in Crofton during lockdown. The group is made up of older and younger volunteers who offered to help ‘at risk’ residents with a variety of tasks including collecting food supplies and prescriptions and posting mail. The volunteers helped residents to avoid loneliness and social isolation with friendly phone calls to check on people’s wellbeing and have a chat during this difficult time. The group maintained social distancing whilst helping people and ensured that no one in the local community missed out on the support.
Stanley Residents Group has community spirit right at the heart of what they do. They carry out regular litter picks to keep Stanley looking clean and tidy as well as planting spring bulbs and providing hundreds of hanging baskets every summer to brighten up the local area. They organise an annual summer gala to bring all the residents of Stanley together. This year this has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, however the group has still pushed ahead with their Sunflower Activity, providing 130 free grow packs for families to encourage them to keep growing and brightening up their streets with the sunflowers. They also supported local residents with a leaflet providing details of local services that could help those in need during the lockdown period.
The ECHO Community Project in Knottingley is a new initiative that was set up to the help provide early intervention for young people who were at risk of falling into antisocial behaviour. The service, based at Ashgrove Medical Centre, promotes health and wellbeing to young people, provides education and stops them getting involved in antisocial behaviour and crime in the area. The ECHO community project provides a range of specialist services to young people who need them such as holistic therapy, behaviour support and counselling. They also offer invaluable advice to parents and staff at the local schools and academies.
This group works hard to make Smawthorne Park, Castleford, a better place for the local community. They 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. They have created a sensory garden for people to enjoy and a new picnic and play area to help improve the park for future generations. Last year they held a very successful Christmas Fayre that was well attended by the local community. They have also delivered Easter eggs and Christmas presents to the children’s ward at Pinderfield’s hospital that were all donated by members of the local community following social media appeals from the group’s members.
Havercroft Parents Forum demonstrates outstanding commitment to providing activities and support within the local community for children and their families. Their commitment is to local families and enabling them to be a part of something. At Christmas they work hard to create hampers for families and elderly people who are struggling to make ends meet. They also put on events for local families to attend during the school holidays, something that has been limited this year due to the pandemic.
They collect donations of clothing and food and every week provide these for people in need, keeping this service running during lockdown when people needed it the most.
Pontefract Community Kitchen works hard to help and support the homeless and people in need in and around Pontefract. The team cooks and provides hot meals and also gives out bags of food to help those that are struggling. They have helped the vulnerable throughout lockdown despite their premises being closed, finding new ways to offer this much needed service. The volunteers at the Community Kitchen have worked hard during the ongoing pandemic to continue to support the homeless and vulnerable people, even starting a new project to get homeless people off the streets and into accommodation, helping them with food, supplies and signing up for benefits which has had a massive impact on their mental health.
The Well Project helps support the local communities in Normanton and the surrounding area. The group works across the whole community providing a range of activities and services for people to get involved in. These include a food bank, youth clubs, OAP friendship groups, coffee mornings, walking groups, counselling sessions, budgeting and debt advice sessions and job clubs. During the coronavirus outbreak The Well Project has acted as a Community Hub for Normanton and surrounding areas for those in need of support. They have 63 volunteers who, between them, have given over 26,000 hours of their time. Many of the volunteers have continued to help during lockdown, shopping, collecting medication, delivering food parcels, delivering socially distanced youth club activities and raising funds. Volunteers who had to self-isolate have even offered a telephone befriending service.
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