One Community Foundation – AGM Roundup

In October, our AGM brought together local companies, groups, donors and councillors to celebrate the work to support people in Kirklees this past year.

The event shared how One Community distributed donations to help community projects thrive in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. Donations from local philanthropists and businesses supported organisations in Kirklees fund targeted projects – or rent, heating and electricity costs.

Hello, Goodbye

As guests arrived, there was a chance to network, with local organisations meeting counsellors and businesses. We also invited some of the top 100 businesses and SMEs to join us, providing an opportunity for local businesses to connect.

The first half hour also included music, provided by one of the young people supported through Yorkshire Youth & Music’s project through the Thornton & Ross Anti-Knife Crime Fund.

We heard from our Chair, Ian Brierley, who provided the minutes from last year. There was also a touching farewell to Sir John Harman, a former Chair of One Community Foundation. John has stepped down from the Foundation to enjoy retirement.

Cost-of-living Crisis & SKY Positive Minds

A main focus of our funding this year looked to support organisations combatting the current cost-of-living crisis. These groups supplied much needed food parcels and financial support for energy costs, especially over colder periods.

SKY Positive Minds spoke about their work with young or vulnerable mothers in the Kirklees area. The charity’s focus is improving mental health and reducing the isolation experienced by mothers. The not only provided food parcels and support for energy bills, but also coaching on financial resilience.

Anti Knife Crime with Yorkshire Youth & Music, and Huddersfield Giants Community Trust

A tragedy led Thornton & Ross to set up the Thornton & Ross Anti-Knife Crime Fund. The Fund has supported organisations working to connect young people with their community, reducing the societal isolation that can lead to knife crime.

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust shared the impact of their outreach project. Over the year, they held a series of events in schools across Kirklees to help young people realise the dangers and consequences of knife crime. 

Yorkshire Youth & Music worked with West Yorkshire Police, and Kirklees Youth Justice Team to prevent at-risk young people entering knife crime. The project sparked young people’s creativity, and a hope to find worthwhile careers in music.

Combatting Isolation & improving mental wellbeing with HomeStart

Recent years have taken such a toll on mental health in our community. We had only just come out of a global pandemic when we began facing a cost-of-living crisis. The isolation and stress of it all can lead to mental illnesses like anxiety and depression.

We heard from HomeStart Kirklees about their work to support young mothers. They completed extensive research into combatting loneliness following a survey from their service users. The funding allowed them to set up a 4 week series of events, including wellbeing walks and workshops. They also created wellbeing bags, with self care items for attendees to take home.

Environmental concerns with Roberttown Youth & Community Association

Finally, we looked at our work to fund environmental schemes around Kirklees in the past year. It’s an area of funding that has developed year on year. We’re seeing a wider range of groups apply for funding.  

Once such group was Roberttown Youth & Community Association.  The funding replaced old light fittings with more energy efficient ones. Energy consumption has been reduced by up to 60%, allowing them to continue running a range of community groups on the premises.

Each group we’ve funded in 2023 has shared some amazing stories, and we couldn’t have shared them all at our AGM.

If you’d like to read more about the groups we’ve funded this year, please read our annual review, which has case studies and information on each of our key target areas.