Help needed to spread festive cheer

Help needed to spread festive cheer image

Colleagues are appealing to Bradford businesses to donate food and other essentials to help support people on probation.

Staff at the West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation (CRC) are working with two food banks – Bradford North and the Trussell Trust Foodbank in Jermyn Street – to ensure the CRC’s service users get access to basic necessities, such as groceries, toiletries and food.

Sarah Hughes, a probation officer based at the CRC, has helped organise donations of money and Christmas presents from colleagues that are being distributed to offenders who are clearly in need. With the support of the Bradford Unpaid work team, User Voice and P3, a collaborative approach to helping the most vulnerable families and children this year

The CRC has already secured a £100 from Wilko’s and food and toys from the local Tesco store.

Sarah said: “It’s been a double whammy for some of our service users this year. We’ve always had people on probation who were vulnerable and who struggle to make ends meet, but COVID-19 has dramatically increased the problems people are facing.

“Many of the services that support vulnerable people have closed or reduced their services. We’ve therefore organised links with two foodbanks and are providing emergency parcels, a festive parcel with Christmas puddings and biscuits and presents for those families with children who literally can’t afford to give gifts to their children.

“I would absolutely love it if businesses could get in touch with me if they have anything they can donate. Christmas is about goodwill and generosity of spirit, and that’s needed now more than ever.”

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  • The photo is of CRC staff collecting food donated by Tesco.