The Well Project
In Normanton, the Well Project has continued to run the Normanton Food Bank; operating the normal collection service and a new delivery service to those unable to afford food or struggling financially.
The Well itself adapted its services into a Community Help Hub- offering a shopping service, medication collection service and a telephone befriending service to those shielding/self-isolating or unable to get out who have not got an existing/available support network. The Bike Library has continued to run throughout the lockdown, offering free bike hire to key workers enabling them to continue working as well as to families for exercise. Our Youth Club team have reached out to young people through online platforms as well as delivering activity packs to do at home and a brunch club pack which included meals for the school holidays.
The things that I am most proud of locally are our volunteers and staff. Without them, we would not have been able to offer the services that we have throughout lockdown and continuing. Also, the continued support for the Well Project by individuals and local businesses for donations of food, toiletries and money - all which help us to continue our work in the community. The community have really come together and looked after vulnerable people.
How do you know what help people need that you can respond to?
We know what help people need that we can respond to as we are part of the Wakefield Food Bank Network, Nova and work closely with referral partners including Wakefield Council, Schools, Surgeries and Local Welfare. All of whom work with their clients and refer them to us if and when needed. Word of mouth has also played a part in this, with neighbours who know us from before lockdown telling those around them (who they know to be struggling/without a support network) where they can get help.