Community groups in need of support

Volunteers at Re-Conenct are providing vital be-friending, DIY and transport services to old people around the district who would otherwise be isolated in their homes. The group hopes to find more funding next year and is backing the Wakefield Cash Giveaway campaign.Helen Smith (front) with other volunteers.

Volunteers at Re-Conenct are providing vital be-friending, DIY and transport services to old people around the district who would otherwise be isolated in their homes. The group hopes to find more funding next year and is backing the Wakefield Cash Giveaway campaign.Helen Smith (front) with other volunteers.

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BUSINESSES are being urged to back a campaign to keep vital community groups going after government funding was slashed.

The Express has launched the Wakefield Annual Cash Giveaway to help voluntary organisations care for the vulnerable and needy - but we can’t do it without donations from the business community.

We have teamed up with the Community Foundation for Wakefield District to raise £50,000 by Christmas before groups can apply for grants.

Among organisations which may need help is Re-Connect, which runs befriending services, transport and help in the home to make sure elderly people are not left isolated.

The group provides low cost transport to help people get to social functions through its Wakeybus scheme.

Helen Smith, director of the group, based at the Holiday Inn, Queens Drive, Ossett, said: “We also help our volunteers into jobs looking after older people

“We are trying to get more funding for what we do, although we still have a strong team of volunteers.”

Shona Walsh, chief executive of the community foundation, said many groups were facing tough economic times as government support is slashed.

She said: “The foundation is keen to support our local voluntary groups and organisations throughout the district. However, we need to raise the cash from the district first.

“I know these are tough financial times, but I urge individuals, businesses and other organisations to support the Cash Giveaway. Please donate whatever you can to our new local appeal.”

Companies can donate to the appeal by cheque, bank transfer or by pledging an amount.

To donate, telephone 01924 239181 or write to Shona Walsh, chief executive, Community Foundation for Wakefield District, Suite 5, Vincent House, 136 Westgate, Wakefield, WF2 9SR.