The Welcome Centre

Categories: Food Aid and food banks
The Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre offers practical support, including food, toiletries, bedding, household items to individuals and families in crisis.
The people we help are facing job loss, debt and eviction, homelessness, fleeing violence, have drug or alcohol problems or are struggling with mental or physical health issues, younger people and asylum seekers and other problems.
In fact anyone who needs our help in South Kirklees!

We are one of the largest food banks in the region and have been supporting local people for over 25 years
We are now giving out up to 200 packs a week. Donations of items of cash are always welcome – our service relies on them.

Connect with us
Welcome Centre – twitter
Welcome Centre – web site
Welcome Centre – donate online

15 Lord Street
Huddersfield HD1 1QB
Tel: 01484 515086 (office)
01484 340034 (referrals)
Email emma.thewelcomecentre@gmail.com

How Kirklees Markets helped the Welcome Centre
We wanted to share this lovely example of how one of our local food partners has been able to help another…
The Welcome Centre are a small registered charity providing practical, short-term support to help local people who are in crisis. They give out 150 to 200 packs of basic essentials every week, including food, toiletries and household items.
A great deal of work goes on behind the scenes, with lots of volunteers involved in organising and storing donated items, buying fresh food like bread and milk, supporting service users and much more.
It’s a huge logistical challenge – and growing demand for food banks means that the centre often struggle for space.
Kirklees Markets, a council service, have premises nearby. They have storage spaces available for market stallholders to store their stock in, but not everyone needs to make use of this facility all the time. Changes in the type of business that have market stalls, and changes in the way that businesses manage their stock, mean that some of the storage space currently goes unused.
What started as a conversation at a meeting of local food partners quickly led to a temporary solution to the Welcome Centre’s short-term storage issue. The Comoodle project, who are looking at useful ways for people to share stuff, space and skills, used this as one of their pilot projects, to test out practical ways of sharing unused spaces.
They asked some Kirklees Council staff to spend a lunchtime during Volunteers’ Week helping to shift 150 trays of food tins from the Welcome Centre over to a market storage unit. They also ‘comoodled’ a van to help, complete with ‘John the van’ from Kirklees Building Services. Nine people took part, volunteering their own time to help.
The result is that the Welcome Centre have gained an interview room and a toilet thanks to a small mountain of food tins now being stored elsewhere, and everyone who was involved is looking forward to working together more in the future.

Got a story to share?
If you’ve got a story about how local food organisations are helping each other, we’d love to share it – please contact us.