Comoodle has provided a van on long term loan to support the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield, which supports local families in crisis.
Comoodle, which helps people in Kirklees to share their stuff, space and skills for community benefit, has provided a van on long term loan to support the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield.
The Welcome Centre offers practical support – including food, toiletries, bedding, household items and warm clothes – to individuals and families who are in crisis. They currently give out 150 to 200 crisis packs per week.
In 2015, the Welcome Centre were one of the first organisations to take part in some very early Comoodle pilots. This work helped the Comoodle team to understand the day-to-day practicalities of voluntary work in our communities to tackle poverty, and to work out how Comoodle could help.
Transport is clearly a big issue for many local groups and, with the help of the Transport Services team at Kirklees Council, Comoodle has been able to offer vans and other vehicles on short term loan. Comoodle has also provided some longer term support where possible for organisations who are tackling poverty.
Emma Greenough, Marketing Worker for the Welcome Centre said: “Over the last few years we have worked hard to develop new partnerships with local food organisations such as Greggs, Sainsbury’s and more recently via the Neighbourly Project Marks and Spencer’s. We rely heavily on a team of volunteers as well as our driver to collect food that was due for landfill, five days a week, and the van has enabled us to collect larger quantities more efficiently. This has been especially important to us during our busy Harvest Festival time.
“Since we took on our second site in Lockwood earlier this year to store our donations, the Lord Street centre now holds only two weeks of stock. This has made for a much improved working environment for our staff and volunteers and has enabled us to make significant changes to our client area also. It would not have been a success without our Comoodled van, which is used daily moving our stock to meet demand.”
Comoodled vehicles have so far supported over 30 community activities across Kirklees, helping almost 20 different organisations to do more to support local communities. Activities have included delivering household goods to families in crisis, taking large outdoor games to community events and collecting surplus materials that can be recycled instead of going to waste.
Councillor Graham Turner said: “Comoodle has already been able to help our communities in lots of different ways by encouraging people to share stuff, space and skills. The Transport Services team at Kirklees council have been real trail-blazers for this work.
“I’d like to thank our staff who have really embraced the idea of Comoodle and are working hard to find new ways of working with community organisations. For example, when the Fusion charity’s Mirfield warehouse was hit by the Boxing Day floods last year, our Transport Services team were incredibly helpful, not only in finding the right kind of vehicle but in organising special terms for an extended loan.