Wakefield Wildcats trainees help city’s homeless

Wakefield Wildcats training academy volunteer to work shifts at the Community Welfare Programme, which helps the homeless.'w309a445
Wakefield Wildcats training academy volunteer to work shifts at the Community Welfare Programme, which helps the homeless.'w309a445
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Up and coming rugby stars learned about the challenges facing homeless people when they helped out at a city charity.

Teenagers from the Wakefield Wildcats Youth Academy joined volunteers at the Community Awareness Programme (CAP) in helping vulnerable people.

The organisation, based on Market Street, provides food parcels, household items and housing advice for people who find themselves homeless.

Project manager Kevin Dobson said 28 youth academy players aged between 16 and 19 took part in week-long placements at CAP.

He said: “They helped out our volunteers with things like washing up, working in the store room and chatting to our clients.

“I am delighted to have had them working with us.”

CAP has seen rising demand for its services as households struggle with unemployment, cuts to benefits and rising living costs.

People without a roof over their head are referred to CAP to get help including meals, showers and advice on jobs and benefits.

The organisation also aims to raise awareness of the problems facing homeless people.

Mr Dobson said: “This was a good experience for the academy players and it opened their eyes to parts of life they have not experienced before.

“It is good for us because it helps spread the message about the work we do.”

CAP welcomes donations of food, clothes, toiletries, basic furniture and household goods.

To find out more call 01924 381119 or log on to www.capcare.org