West Riding Freemasonry and West Yorkshire Lord Lieutenancy Partnership Fund
As reported in the Chairman’s annual report and following the success of a similar initiative in South Yorkshire, the new partnership with West Riding Masonic Charities Limited and the West Yorkshire Lord Lieutenancy has been launched; with a total of £25,000 donated in grants to smaller charities.
Dewsbury South Community Support
DSCS is a multicultural, multi-faith, non-profit Community Group run by volunteers; supporting the people of Dewsbury who are in need, including those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
They provide food, hygiene and sanitary products and promote wellbeing. They have representatives on their committee from seven local organisations, from different parts of the community including; Darul-ilm Mosque, Thornhill Community Academy, Quba Community Hub, Thornhill Parish Church and the parish of Ravensthorpe.
Established in March 2020, they started by supporting people who were self-isolating; by shopping and collecting prescriptions. Having become aware of households suffering from food, period and hygiene poverty, they developed a food bank, with sanitary items and some basic cleaning products also provided.
The grant of £2,000 will enable the operation of the food bank to continue as restrictions are lifted.
The Rotary Club of Calverley
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to their normal charitable work, members of the Rotary Club of Caverley started to provide fruit and vegetable boxes to the tenants of Leeds City Council in sheltered accommodation.
The grant of £1,000 will help them continue their much-needed assistance to the tenants.
Leeds Junior Conservatoire
This specialist conservatoire offers part-time opportunities for young musicians aged 9 to 18, with a range of programmes and short courses; to help to draw a diverse demographic of students and provide them with a range of high quality and accessible musical activity.
The Junior Conservatoire is committed to developing high-quality ensemble, musicianship and composition training in an effort to develop the talents of enthusiastic young musicians each year. Each project is designed to help broaden the musical horizons of each individual who participates.
The grant of £2,500 will go towards their outreach programme; specifically, to develop and enhance their activity with the Holy Rosary and St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School via their partnership with the Leeds Cathedral Choir School.
Batley Food Bank
The Food Bank was established in 2013 and provides food aid to meet one-off and short-term requirements for residents, in North Kirklees; referred by partner agencies such as Local Welfare Provision, support and health service professionals and community groups.
Being a part of the network of Kirklees emergency food aid providers, they provide 7-day packs for everyone in the household, providing as balanced as possible a diet to meet their dietary or cultural needs, along with toiletries, household cleaning products and pet food as required.
The grant of £2,000 will employ a cleaner to maintain hygiene and cleanliness in their kitchen, while volunteers concentrate on increased demand for their services.
Age Concern Todmorden
A small local charity supporting older people in Todmorden, Walsden, Cornholme, Portsmouth and surrounding areas, they provide information and advice, social opportunities to reduce loneliness, and healthy activities to ensure people have a long, active and happier later life.
The grant of £1,500 will be used to replace an old laptop and scanner/printer; to enable them to provide a more efficient service.
The Geraldine Connor Foundation
An arts organisation established in 2012 to continue the legacy of the renowned theatre director, musician and educationalist Dr Geraldine Connor.
GCF aims to continue her legacy by bringing people together through arts and culture by engaging with more children and young people, from diverse communities across Leeds, who have limited access to arts and culture.
The grant of £2,000 will help to continue to deliver “Global Mash Up” participatory arts activities in deprived communities in Leeds over the next three years.
Bracken Bank & District Community Association
Based on a large housing estate in Keighley, the Association seeks to address inequalities through the promotion of self-help, community pride and mutual support; by facilitating the provision and development of services, activities and resources for the benefit of the
Aimed at the government’s drive to combat obesity, it is intended to construct an outdoor exercise suite, capable of being used year-round by families, young and old.
The grant of £1,500 will contribute to the cost of providing the facility, for use by the whole community.
City of Leeds Sea Cadets
City Of Leeds Sea Cadets aim to give young people an experience that will help them grow into the person they want to be, in a safe and friendly environment. Through various activities and adventures, they’ll learn teamwork, respect, loyalty, self-confidence, commitment, self-discipline, honesty and how to be the best version of themselves.
The cadet training centre is based on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, near Thwaites Mills; they currently have 60 cadets trained by 15 volunteers.
The grant of £2,000 will help towards replacement of a boiler in their kitchen as part of ongoing work on the building.
Todmorden in Bloom
Todmorden in Bloom is a voluntary group dedicated to creating a big, bright, beautiful blooming community in the heart of the Pennines. The volunteers look after 25 pocket gardens, 130 hanging baskets, 45 barrier baskets and Todmorden and Walsden Railway Stations.
For the past twenty years they have worked with most of the town’s community groups, the young, elderly, disabled and the vulnerable.
The group supports neighbourhood and community groups to help them develop gardens, run school gardening clubs and an annual local garden competition.
The grant of £500 will assist in the hard landscaping of a Memorial and Sensory Garden.
The Bradford Court Chaplaincy Service
Working in one of the most deprived areas in the country, the Chaplaincy Service provide free, confidential, on-the-spot, practical support to anyone attending courts in Bradford, both the Magistrates’ and Combined Courts (Crown, Civil and Family); including defendants and their families, friends and other court users.
The charity is funded by grants from charitable trusts, individual donations and local fundraising but these funds have been affected by the pandemic.
The grant of £1,500 will be used towards core costs.
Future Transformation CIC
Future Transformation is an ambitious social enterprise working to provide awareness and opportunities for communities in tech.
Working collaboratively with businesses, local authorities, social enterprises, community groups, schools, colleges, universities and trusted partners they provide people with the skills to rebalance and unlock their potential. transforming the future of work, communities and personal lives. Their commitment is to help close the productivity gap, the skills gap and the inequality gap.
The grant of £1,000 will be used to provide tech skills training to young people in Bradford, with the purpose of helping them discover meaningful, sustainable employment.
Unmasked Mental Health
Unmasked was set up by three friends from Halifax, who battled and overcame mental ill health.
Their goal is to remove the stigma surrounding mental ill health, nationwide and get people talking.
Services are accessible to everyone and several clubs have been established that meet on a regular basis. Structured meetings provide a safe platform to communicate with each other, create bonds and friendship.
The grant of £1,000 will enable the continuation of their work, through existing clubs and opening of new venues.
The Old Quarry Adventure Playground
The ‘Addy’, as it is locally known, provides free, open access adventure play sessions to the children of the Warwick Estate and wider Knottingley area, five days a week and longer during the school holidays.
It also provides services for the elderly, children with additional needs and for local youths and tots.
The grant of £1,500 will enable a repair to a bi-folding/sliding door that is damaged. This will enable access to the toilets of the building from outside and will improve security.
Ruddi’s Retreat aim to help families with seriously ill children to have access to a holiday home for free. They help families with young children suffering from the effects and after-effects of cancer treatment, life limiting illnesses or bereavement to enjoy a family holiday together.
They have recently leased premises in Slaithwaite and the grant of £2,000 will go towards the cost of the installation of a heating / cooling system.
Huddersfield based, Talkthru provides a confidential counselling service, offering specialist psychological support for those facing pregnancy-related mental distress.
Women and their partners can access the service for support for miscarriage, stillbirths, birth trauma, and termination for foetal abnormalities.
The grant of £1,500 will allow the volunteer counsellors to concentrate on helping clients, rather than having to spend time raising necessary funds.
Meanwood Valley Urban Farm
This is a working farm in Leeds, open 365 days a year for the public to visit the animals, gardens and flourishing woodland.
It was established more than 20 years ago to introduce disadvantaged urban children to farming and the countryside. It also offers day placements in horticulture for adults with learning difficulties.
Pond dipping is an important part of the educational programme and generates great enthusiasm among the children.
The grant of £1,500 will pay for equipment hire and materials to drain, reline, refill and replant the pond on the farm.
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