Give Local This Winter

Local charities & community groups need your help more than ever to support local people over the festive season.

It has been a difficult year for lots of local community groups and charities who have struggled to deliver their services and activities in lockdown and even to raise vital funds to keep things running. 

So this Winter, the festive volunteering opportunities may be a bit different (so for example, groups that would normally be hosting a Christmas meal for people in need, may be delivering meals to people in their homes, and groups may be asking for money to buy gifts, food and supplies, rather than donations) and there are still lots of community groups and foodbanks helping people in crisis or in difficulty.

Lots of groups are also taking part in local fundraising or crowdfunding schemes (One Community’s Match It Fund and Kirklees Council’s Growing Great Places) and any money you give them can be doubled (up to a total of £5000 with Growing Great Places). So, if you have any spare money this Christmas – maybe because you won’t be going to lots of parties or taking part in an office Secret Santa –  giving local would be a great way to make a real difference in your community.

This year, we’ve also tried to include some activities that you can get involved in at home, perhaps as a family, and some ways that you can nominate someone in your community to receive a gift or treat.

So – take a look at the list below, choose a group that’s local to you or a cause that’s close to your heart, and



University of Huddersfield

International Year of the Nurse and Midwife Creative Exhibitions Showcase – tell us what nurses and midwives mean to you by drawing a picture, writing a poem, creating a story, using photography, knitting, making a craft… as creative as you like!


Neighbourhood Watch

Calling Tree 

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something”

Supporting our neighbours and wider community who are not connected on social media. Call 3 people who call 3 people. 9 people = 27 people.

Visit THE CALLING TREE | Neighbourhood Watch Network (

More in Common – The Grateful Winter Get Together

Join our first campaign event and say thanks to someone who has helped you through this year.

Our ambassador and Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, and a special guest will be joined by local heroes from around the UK who will tell their experiences of loneliness and their stories of thanks to people who have helped them. 

Visit The Grateful Winter Get Together – The Great Get Together

The Great Christmas Concert Together

As part of our Great Winter Get Together campaign to tackle loneliness this winter, join us for a special night of performance, with readings from special guests BBC Yorkshire legend Harry Gration MBE and the Jo Cox Foundations Kim Leadbeater, as well as music and poetry.

Almondbury Support And Care (ASAC)

Patrycja is involved in an art project, called Tree of Hope, and she needs lots and lots of pompoms if anyone can help. Patrycja Bartosinska – 

Give…a few words

Letters for Christmas. 

Help this volunteer run project by writing a personalised positive letter or send a drawing to someone who needs a bit of cheer in a Kirklees care home or charity this Christmas.

Home – Give… (

FB/Twitter/Instagram @giveafewwords 

Post/Email or drop off at a soon TBC collection point

Quilt Project

Chrissie is part of a national quilt project – people make a block showing their time in lockdown and commemorate an unusual and historic year.  These will be combined into a Kirklees quilt and possibly a West Yorkshire quiltPeople can get in touch if they want to take part or are supporting/working with people who might be interested.  TSL Kirklees have supported the project so that she can send out tools, if you don’t have them & she can keep in touch with them via a monthly newsletter. There will be an exhibition of the quilts next Summer to celebrate the NHS’s birthday.

Pompom Project

Patrycja is involved in an art project, called Tree of Hope, and she needs lots and lots of pompoms if anyone can help. 

Patrycja Bartosinska – 

Woven in Kirklees

In June 2021 Woven will be yarn bombing Huddersfield Train Station. They want to make one big spectacular woollen rainbow coloured installation. If you want to get involved visit


Sanctuary Kirklees

Donations of dried fruits; nuts; crisps; sweets and biscuits; fruit juice. Contact Jan Walters

Cleckheaton Foodbank

Donations for Christmas Food parcels. Tinned Ham, crackers, butter, cheese, chutney, Xmas cake, mince pies, biscuit selection, peanuts, savoury snacks, Chocolate Santa, Xmas crackers. 

Donations can be dropped off at Cleckheaton Methodist Church between 1:30 and 2:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Or donors can email or call us to arrange another time if that is not possible for them.

Contact / 07955732598

Full Life Church, Holmfirth

Festive Food Hampers and New Presents for children. Contact Ian Gooch / 01484 684545

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals (Dewsbury)

Support your local hospital by donating NEW Toiletries or comfy clothes e.g. jogging bottoms, tops, slippers for people in hospital for Christmas day. Also donations for Spare a Thought for Gifts in Kind.

Fundraising Team email- 

Tel: 01924 546017/543356

Almondbury Support And Care (ASAC)

This organisation is looking for jigsaws (new or in very good condition) to go to residents in Almondbury who are feeling isolated at this time.  Contact

RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield

Need old newspapers for some guinea pigs who have had babies, Kitten Food and Dog treats.

Covid rules permitting please drop them off at one of the RSPCA Charity shops in Huddersfield Town Centre, Trinity Street (Marsh), Holmfirth or Cleckheaton.

Westend Community Champions (HD3)

Gifts for parents to give to their children for Christmas. 

Contact Shaun Weatherhead (Club Chairman) direct or 07841 632023

Uniform Exchange

Pre-loved school uniforms but also winter coats hats, gloves and scarves  (due to Covid – check opening hours of drop off points). Visit

Local Services 2 You – Baby Boutique (Deighton)

Currently looking for donations of double prams, cots, baby toiletries (milk, nappies, wipes etc), warm winter clothes 0-5 years – check their Facebook page for regular updates:

Batley Sporting Charitable Trust and Batley Bulldogs

Donations of new toys for children of Primary School age, such as puzzles, games, sports equipment, things to get creative such as colouring, painting or making or toys that both boys and girls will play with. 

Any toy donations can be dropped off at the door to the Community Gym building on the entrance to Heritage Road, between 8am – 9.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays the 3rd, 8th, 10th & 15th December or by prior arrangement with the Community Team Clare and Jon on the numbers below.

We will also be taking donations via our Go Fund Me page to buy toys:

Northorpe Hall (Mirfield)

Accepting donations of hamper items and gifts for families in need: 

Milnsbridge Village Hall

In partnership with Colne Valley Help, the Village Hall are asking for donations of food for their distribution of hampers to local residents. They particularly need, tinned puddings, custard, biscuits for cheese, boxes of chocolate biscuits, cup o’ soup packets, jams, long grain rice, tins of ravioli, custard cream biscuits. The village hall will be open to receive deliveries on:

Wed 9th Dec, 1-7pm / Fri 11th Dece 9.20am-4pm / Sat 12th Dec 10am-2pm

Random Acts of Kindness – HD9

Festive Food & Crafts.
Stuff you make or stuff you bake! Edible and non-edible gifts are welcome. For details on what’s needed please visit:


RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield 

Donations for their Christmas Meal appeal COVID Christmas Meal Appeal | RSPCA Halifax.

Match It! One Community

Match it is One Community’s new fund that makes your donations twice as impactful. They are matching the fundraising efforts of sixty local community groups over a 3-month period (November – 31st Jan 2021).

The full list of 60 charities and their fundraising pages here:

Laura Crane Trust

Make a monetary donation to fund a Christmas present for a young cancer patient in hospital:

Kirklees Visual Impairment Network

Support people with sight loss to live independently

The Welcome Centre, Huddersfield

Food bank and more

Growing Great Places 

Lots of local groups are also using Kirklees Council’s Crowdfunding Platform, Growing Great Places to raise vital funds. As with MatchIt!, the Council will double any money raised if groups reach their target:

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals (Dewsbury)

Donations for Spare a Thought for Gifts in Kind.

They are really keen to support and ensure that everyone has a reason to smile this Christmas, and if one small gift means the difference in enabling this then this is something we as a team are really keen to make happen.

Fundraising Team email- / Tel 01924 546017/543356

The Christmas Dinner Huddersfield

Donate money that can be used to purchase a gift or provide a Xmas lunch for a young care leaver who has no family to spend Christmas. Email us for a list of gifts that we are hoping to give.

Random Acts of Kindness

We know it’s not been easy for many of us throughout the pandemic due to loss of income, loved ones, or having to endure prolonged isolation.
So, we wanted to perform some random acts of kindness to give people something to smile about.
You can buy Local Business Vouchers and gift cards from local participating businesses supporting the cause and these will be distributed to nominees. Find a list of supporting businesses on the Holmfirth Tech web page and on Holmfirth Events.

DASH (Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield)

We’re bulk buying Kirkwood Hospice vouchers so asylum seekers have the opportunity to shop with dignity. One donation benefits two charities. In addition, One Community have agreed to match fund every pound raised, making this appeal THRICE AS NICE!


Callaloo Pop-Up Carnival 2021

We propose to bring a series of Pop-up Carnival performances to local housing estates, care homes and communal spaces in Spring 2021. We want to bring the excitement, colour and fun of those large events to local people in local spaces in a way which will entertain and delight, but still working within Public Health guidelines and keeping performers and audiences safe.

Pledge here

The Denby Dale Centre – Christmas Day in a Box for 1

We have too many older people in our rural area who are on their own, and have been on their own over the pandemic. Christmas is going to be hard for them, and we want to put a smile on their face – they deserve it!

We are providing this services for older people who live on their own in HD8.

We are providing a box of goodies containing:

  • Presents
  • Games
  • Activities
  • A HOT Christmas Dinner

All delivered on Christmas Day!

If you can help, please do so here

The Denby Dale Ward Food Fund 

The Denby Dale Centre has changed it’s operation to react to the local pressures during the Corona Virus – we continue to support and connect people.

Our services at this time are:

  • Food Delivery Service
  • Volunteer Car Service
  • Chatterbox phone buddy service
  • Walkies – Volunteer Dog Walking
  • Urgent Food Fund
  • Kirkburton Ward Food Fund
  • Denby Dale Ward Food Fund

We need your help to support these services. Donate here

The Denby Dale Ward Food Fund 

Six different community groups share recipes that are important to them and their families.

The book includes 30 easy-to-follow recipes for nutritious meals on a budget. A great Christmas gift for anyone you can’t visit this year.

ALL proceeds from the sale of these books will support local community groups.

Purchase the book here:


Colne Valley Help

Colne Valley Help is aiming to provide a Christmas hamper to some of their most vulnerable families and individuals. Please get in touch by 6th December to nominate yourself, an individual or family who you know who might benefit from this offer. Contact:

Colne Valley Care Cooperative

Slaithwaite Mutual Aid

They are also looking for donations for the hampers including chocolate and sweets, biscuits, toiletries, stationery books, jigsaws and games or any new gifts that you wish to pass on. You can drop your donations off at any of the following:

  • Civic Centre, Slaithwaite
  • Slaithwaite Fire Station
  • Cowlersley Community Out of School Club
  • Premier Total Convenience Store, Linthwaite
  • Marsden Help
If you need help or know someone that needs help with food & essentials then just give us a call. No awkward questions. Call 07434930993.

St Bartholomews and Marsden Co-op

Overwhelming response for nominations for our Christmas dinner appeal nearly 50 meals are going out..but we can take more…
So lets keep nominating people to make them a Christmas to remember.

Also if you can donate the cost of a meal £10 or what ever you can the link is below. Please click family and friends.

Random Acts of Kindness – HD9

We know it’s not been easy for many of us throughout the pandemic due to loss of income, loved ones, or having to endure prolonged isolation.

So, we wanted to perform some random acts of kindness to give people something to smile about.Tell us who you think could benefit from a Random Act of Kindness by completing their info on this link or contact us directly / 07512 236764.

Thornton Lodge Action Group

We are pleased to launch the “Holiday Meals Project”, providing food and support to families struggling during the school holidays. Priority group: children from Thornton Lodge, Lockwood, and Crosland Moor aged 7-13.

To register a nomination click here: or call 07871938174.


Jubilee Centre (Paddock)

We are looking for people to deliver a present and sing a carol during the afternoon of Christmas Day. Families and Christmas ‘bubbles’ can volunteer together. Social distancing will be in place.

Email: Charlene Novak

Kirklees Council 

Volunteers to support us who drive 4 x 4s if we get snow to help with food deliveries, prescriptions in response to Covid.

Sanctuary Kirklees

Drivers on 24th/25th December for dropping off food parcels – willing to deliver to properties around Kirklees but the majority of our guests are in the Huddersfield area (Drive at own risk). Contact Jan walters

Kirkwood Hospice

Kirkwood Hospice Christmas tree recycling campaign.

This year, we’d love to have our biggest year yet and collect 2000 trees! To make this possible, we need recruit around 70 volunteers! The collections will be taking place on Saturday 9th – Wednesday 13th January 2021 .

Roles Required:Van driver

Driver’s mates 

Drop point assistants

Volunteer Requirements:

Anyone volunteering on Saturday 9th – Monday 11th must be available at 6pm or 8pm on Friday 8th January, and anyone volunteering on Tuesday 12th – Wednesday 13th must be available at 6pm or 8pm on Monday 11th January for a compulsory briefing and to receive their routes. 

Volunteers must be aged 16 or over. Drivers must have a valid UK driving license and proof of insurance. 

Tel: 01484 557911 Email:

Forget Me Not Hospice

Christmas Tree Campaign Volunteers needed Monday 4th-Friday 8th January 2021. 

Email or 01484 411040

Westend Community Champions (HD3)

Delivery of gifts for parents to give to their children for Christmas. 

Contact Shaun Weatherhead (Club Chairman) direct or 07841 632023

Random Acts of Kindness HD9 

We need hands on deck to support this project from pickers and drivers, to bookkeepers and tech support. Your time is precious and every bit you can give us will be very much appreciated.
To get involved:
Call: 07512 236764
Find us on Facebook: @RAoKHD9
Or pop into our Covid Safe environment at The Tech on Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth.

South Pennine Community Transport

We’re looking for volunteers to help with Food Bank deliveries and collections on Christmas Eve. We are continuing our work with the Full Life Food Bank and we want to make sure our local families have everything they need at Christmas.
Email if you are able to help.
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