During National Volunteers week, the Huddersfield Town Foundation caught up with the team at the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield.
The Foundation has a long-standing relationship with the Centre and recognises that both organisations only survive with the support of local volunteers
A registered charity, the Welcome Centre offers a Food Bank service to local people in need, as well as giving guidance and support to those looking to get back on their feet.
It does this with the help of funds raised from the Town Foundation’s Big Sleep Out events, which see Huddersfield Town supporters spend the night at the John Smiths Stadium.
The Centre also benefited from the Foundation’s Little Big Sleep Out event in 2019. Aimed at raising awareness of homelessness in Kirklees, Primary School children put together a food parcel worth £5, which was generously matched by Approved Foods.
May saw an increase in demand for the Welcome Centre’s services for the second month running. An average of 65-70 packs were made per day, despite having roughly 30 volunteers working compared to the usual 100.
With that in mind, we asked Welcome Centre Treasurer and Food Bank Volunteer Richard Whiteley about his role, the benefits of volunteering and more - read the full article with Richard here