About Charity of the Month
Tracy Brabin’s Charity of the Month is an ongoing campaign to promote and celebrate the fantastic, selfless work of our many local charities.
Each month, Tracy will nominate a charity to be featured on her website to showcase their brilliant work, highlight any volunteering opportunities, and to encourage people to give what they can to these great causes.
Tracy will donate any earnings she makes through work such as completing MP surveys to the chosen charity each month. If Tracy does not raise any donations through surveys or similar methods, she will make a personal donation to that charity.
December – Samaritans
The Samaritans offer vital emotional support for people in distress, struggling to cope or considering taking their own life – often through their telephone helpline.
Samaritans help people to explore their options so you can make decisions that are right for them.
Their services now go way beyond their telephone helpline and can be accessed in a number of ways.
More information on the Samaritans can be found here and they can be contacted by calling 116 123.
November – Batley Food Bank
My charity of the month for November is a service that is providing a lifeline for an increasing number of people, Batley Foodbank.
The foodbank, with it’s network of volunteers and the support it receives from generous individuals, businesses and organisations, has become a vital service in the constituency for those who are struggling to get by.
Batley Foodbank does not have the support of a larger network such as the Trussell Trust so is reliant on the generosity of those who kindly donate.
To find out more about how you can help, where to donate and what items the foodbank is in particular need of, click here.
October – Batley Barracudas
My charity of the month for October is the fantastic Batley Barracudas – the junior team of Batley Octopush.
For those not in the know, the Barracudas and Octopush play underwater hockey and have won many prestigious prizes over the years.
It’s a great way to get young people to get involved in sport and fitness and has increased in popularity in recent years.
August – Batley and Spen Youth Theatre
My Charity of the Month for August is a cause very close to my heart, the Batley and Spen Youth Theatre.
As many of you will know the theatre company of which I am a patron was set up last year to honour Jo Cox and, thanks to the numerous volunteers who given so much of their time, care and expertise, we have been able to inspire many local young people with the More in Common values Jo held so dear.
Our inaugural smash-hit Les Miserable was followed up with an equally stunning show this summer, Deeds Not Words: A Summer of Suffragettes and Soldiers.
Batley and Spen Youth Theatre rely on donations so any help at all would be very gratefully appreciated.
July – Bumpy Ltd
Bumpy (Birstall Urban Motorcycle Project for Youth) has been proud to serve the local community of Birstall, Batley, Birkenshaw and beyond for 30 Years.
The charity offer several services, including:
- A unique 10 acre off road riding / training facility allowing people to ride motorcycles in a safe and legal environment.
- Work supporting young people with additional needs access with off road experiences.
- Delivering valuable motorcycle road safety training.
- Working to supporting local schools and disadvantaged young people.
Carolyne Kenzitt, project manager at Bumpy, said: “Bumpy are proud to be acknowledged as Tracy’s nominated charity.”
June – Roberttown Youth and Community Association
The Roberttown Youth and Community Association, which runs the Roberttown Commuity Centre, relies on donations, fundraising and grants to keep the much-used building going.
Numerous local groups use the building including the pre-school, a baby and toddler group, the WI, martial arts and the community cycling group.
It really is a vital community resource and I’m happy to support the charity in any way I can.
May – Jo Cox Foundation (with funds to support More in Common Batley and Spen)
The Jo Cox Foundation was established to support Jo’s friends, family and colleagues in their efforts to continue her work and to highlight the issues she cared about so deeply.
More in Common is an initiative set-up in 2017 to build communities and societies that are stronger, more united and more resilient to the increasing threats of polarisation and social division.
April – Batley Care and Drop-In
Batley Care and Drop-In is a voluntary organisation staffed by 22 volunteers which supports homeless people, those who are socially isolated and others in need of help.
Based at Brimer Hall (below Central Methodist Church on Batley Market Square) the centre is open every Monday and Thursday between 10am – 12.30pm and provides breakfast, tea and coffee and a two-course cooked lunch.
The centre also provides food parcels, hygiene packs, clothing, shoes and small domestic items for those who need them. A friendly ear and a counselling service are also available.
A spokesperson for the centre said: “Anyone is welcome and no referrals are needed, and, at present, there are over 280 individuals on our books, whom we have been helping in the past year.”
The charity’s work is supported solely through grants and donations. For more information or to find out how to get involved or donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07762 141646.
March – Yorkshire Down Syndrome Group
The Yorkshire Down Syndrome Group is a group based in Batley that holds a fortnightly meeting for families and people who care for children with down syndrome.
Clare Ellarby, who runs the group, says they are delighted to have been chosen as Tracy’s Charity of the Month.
She said: “Yorkshire Down Syndrome Group supports families with children/ adults with down syndrome and don’t forget to rock your socks on the 21st March for World Down Syndrome Day.”
February – St John’s Cleckheaton’s Emergency Roof Fund
St John’s Church in Cleckheaton launched an emergency appeal in December to raise much-needed funds to fix their leaking roof.
It has been a problem for some time, but it is deteriorating more and more and is now in danger of putting their vital community work and events at risk.
Vicar of the church, Brunel James, said: “We want everyone who cares about the local community to be aware of our appeal and consider contributing.
“St John’s provides a Mother and Toddler group, a befriending cafe and a host of other community activities, but all this is under threat. Please look at our website for more information – beneficeofcleckheaton.org.uk or ring me on 07811195280.”
St John’s need to raise a total of £10,000 to fix their roof, so all donations – big and small – are very welcome.
January 2018 – The Whole Autism Family
Tracy has chosen The Whole Autism Family as her charity of the month for January.
The Whole Autism Family was formed in 2014 to offer help, support and guidance to families who are impacted by autism in Kirklees.
The charity, formed by a local family who had to battle to get a diagnosis for their son’s autism, offer support group meetings in a friendly, safe and non-judgemental environment.
Anne-Marie Kilgallon from The Whole Autism Family said: “We are extremely honoured to be chosen as Tracey’s charity of the month, its a fantastic opportunity to raise much needed autism awareness within the local community.
“We are excited about the positive difference we can make together!”
To find out more about the charity and how you can help and donate, click here.
December 2017– Batley Xplosion
Batley Xplosion are the cheerleading squad for the Batley Bulldogs, made up of local children, and have been on a mission to raise funds for a once in a lifetime trip to a competition in Paris.
Olivia Scott, community dance manager at Batley Bulldogs said: “The Batley Xplosion kids are trying their very best everyday to make Batley a better community by bringing as much excitement and celebration through cheerleading.
“We are taking Batley on tour to Paris to compete in a once in a life time competition taking on teams across Europe, we are so deeply touched as a team to know our amazing MP Tracey is behind us and looking out for us as a group to help make our aim to provide once in a life time opportunities for the kids in the community into a reality.”
To find out more, go to https://batleyxplosion.com/
Previous Charities of the Month:
November – ESCAYP www.escayp.org.uk
October – Scholes Lunch Club http://communitydirectory.kirklees.gov.uk/communityDirectory/organisationdetails.aspx?orgid=3582
September – Kirkwood Hospice https://www.kirkwoodhospice.co.uk
August – Downs and Special Friends https://www.facebook.com/Downsandspecialfriends/
July – Batley Food Bank www.batleyfoodbank.org.uk