the Community Foundation for the people of Kirklees.
It’s been a challenging year for us all and our funds have proven to be an essential resource for the local front line charities supporting people most in need. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved and it evidences that by working in partnership we all achieve more.
We have so many great stories about the people we have helped. It’s been hard to choose, but here are a few…
ONE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AND DCMS SUPPORT FOUNDATION’S BREAKFAST CLUB SCHEME
Coming from their Coronavirus Response fund, the money will be used to support the running of the Town Foundation’s Breakfast Club programme and help the families of children that attend breakfast clubs.
Since its launch in 2012, the Breakfast Club initiative has gone from strength to strength with 41 local schools now signed up.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we operate but we continue to supply every club that remains open, ensuring that children still in school have a good start to their day.
One Community’s funding will help the Town Foundation continue to supply Breakfast Club items such as bread, cereal, fruit pots and juice to the schools that are able to open.
Since the start of the pandemic, the number of children attending Breakfast Clubs in schools has risen, with parents and guardians’ household income dropping due to being placed on furlough or losing their jobs.
In addition to #HTFBreakfastClub, we have also been able to support 75 families over a five-week period by delivering them a food parcel.
On the funding received Lisa Bottomley, Fundraising Executive at the Town Foundation commented:
“I would like to thank the One Community Foundation and DCMS for the funding that they have kindly awarded to the Foundation. We’re very proud of the Breakfast Club scheme and it’s always nice when an external organisation recognises its importance as well.
“We will continue to do anything within our power to alleviate the strain facing families at this difficult time, with Breakfast Club playing a key role in that.”
Emma Woods-Bolger, CEO of the One Community Foundation added:
“Since March 2020 One Community has been taking a local approach to the national crisis, and our Coronavirus fund has now supported hundreds of charitable organisations working on the front line in Kirklees.
“The Town Foundation is undertaking vital work and we are honoured to be supporting them with this grant.”
We provided the swimming squad received a grant of £4,000 to help with the cost of providing coaching and training for their team. The squad is extremely successful and has won several competitions in the UK, and competed in the Special Olympics national games in Bath, where they won many medals.
The money was presented on behalf of Comic Relief by One Community. The award is part of £4.5m being made available by Comic Relief to projects UK-wide that address issues of economic and social deprivation, through the Local Communities programme.