Happy New Year

Guiseley Community Foundation hopes that our supporters, staff and those whom we work with have had a good Christmas. We wish them all a Happy New Year- a year hopefully better than the year that has just passed!

Toy Appeal                           

Our first Christmas Toy Appeal in partnership with Guiseley Morrisons has been a real success. We received this message from one of the beneficiaries: “R… would like to wish you all the most wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. The bag of gifts she received from you all was amazing and she was over the moon. R… does a lot of charity work herself and is very much aware of what it is like to help in the community, but for the first time received help from her community- she is fully aware what everyone has done for all of this to have happened. We as a family are very grateful to you all and hope that the New Year might improve, but I do know that R… enjoyed her Christmas day and her gifts thanks to the generous contributions of those out there. You were all in our thoughts on Christmas day very much as we could see in R…’s smile.”

Food Distribution                                   

Our distribution of Food Parcels is also going very well. The first collection day on December 22nd was very successful. Our second collection day is today at Yeadon Westfield Junior School. Those with food vouchers will be able to redeem them in return for a food parcel. We would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to Guiseley Morrisons and Rethink Foods who have made holding the food bank possible.

Plans for 2021                                      

We are pleased to have secured funding from the National League Trust and the Haribo Happiness Fund for a new Eco-intergenerational project. Funding to assist with our Premier League Primary Stars activities has also been continued.

The Generations Unite to Help our Planet project is part-funded by the National League Trust, supported by the Premier League, and the Professional Footballers’ Association, with the balance coming from the Haribo Happiness Fund. This multi-generational project will help to bring together not only the younger and the older generations, but the local charities and schools that currently support these individual groups as well. Two strings to this project will come together in order to make a difference in improving the local environment and building cohesion between generations. We aim to do this by providing Sports Leaders ‘Playmaker’ courses in local primary schools, to help build self-confidence and leadership skills in children aged over 9. We will also work with our partners AVSED and the Memory Lane Day Centre to run regular multi-generational social and learning events.                                 As part of the Premier League Primary Stars scheme, we are looking to build on the National League Trust project above to utilise the skills learnt in Playmakers so that each of the schools with which we work will qualify for Eco Schools Green Flag status. This is in addition to our current regular activities supporting teaching staff in the delivery of PE lessons.