The Welcome Centre
The Welcome centre is one of the largest food banks in the north of England, providing food, essentials, guidance and advocacy to local families in financial crisis in Huddersfield, Families experience challenges such as unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence, debt and eviction, and physical and mental health problems.
The team also supports people who need living essentials such as bedding, towels, and kitchen items. Their dedicated advice and guidance manager helps individuals to get the right support with things like benefit claims, additional grants, managing bills and mental health services. Last year the team provided local people with enough food to create 280,437 meals.
Since the start of the pandemic, the food bank has seen a significant rise in demand. Funding from the NET Coronavirus Appeal, through One Community Kirklees, helped provide stock for its food and essential packs. Kirklees Council and Kirklees Neighbourhood housing partnered with The Welcome Centre to make food deliveries as the centre has been closed to the public since March 2020. Without the kindness and dedication of their volunteers the centre wouldn’t have been able to keep helping vulnerable people in the Huddersfield community.