We were delighted to receive your recent donation for £500 and are very grateful for this gift which is so valuable to us at Platform 1. These funds will go towards our projects for people with mental health issues from Kirklees and West Yorkshire.
Your assistance means a great deal to us and our many beneficiaries. It really does make a difference and allows us to continue delivering supportive activities to many people who have mental health problems and a poor quality of life. Thank you for helping us make a positive impact on their lives.
The present economic climate as well as the pandemic is proving challenging for charities such as ours and your backing helps us both financially and to retain our enthusiasm.
At Drop By we try to provide a nice warm, welcoming and safe place for local people. The kettle is always on and for a pound you can get a good warm
drink a biscuit and someone to talk to if you feel like some company.
We also offer craft classes. Talented local volunteers pass on their skills and knowledge to anyone who would like to learn. Some classes are for
older people and some specially tailored for young adults with learning difficulties. As we have been running for about 15 years now, those who
were initially learners have now become the people who run the classes.
We have very lucky to have such supportive and energetic volunteers.
We have been supported by different groups over the years and we are most grateful to Loose Change to your encouragement and support. The people who use
Drop By are not always able to pay large amounts for classes so we keep our prices very low. Fortunately the high quality craft items made by the groups are very attractive and volunteers are welcomed to a lot of shows and fetes to sell their creations. At Honley Show people come each year to look for the knitted goods. Indeed at Honley Show the crafts people often win prizes in the handicraft section for their work.
The amazing donation from The Loose Change project has taken a massive weight off our shoulders. Being able to concentrate on what we wish to achieve without having to worry about our running costs for a while has opened up whole new avenues for us to explore. We are currently in the process of applying for two sets of funding. One from the Co op Community fund and one from Colne Valley Ward Councillors community pot. Both are project specific and are bids we would have been unable to make if it wasn’t for your wonderful donation taking away the worry of not being able fund the premises we currently use.
As a result of the two bids we have being able to Network with various agencies, in particular Kirklees Community Plus who have pointed us in the direction of I.T specialists who offer free support for organisations such as ourselves. Through this support the aim is to make full and better use of our website by linking it with Social Media and really pushing out the message of what we do and the support we offer. We have also being given the chance to offer I.T training to our clients if they wish to learn new skills and gain new opportunities. We have had meetings with Health England with the prospect of being recognised by CHART, the umbrella group for Addiction Support within Kirklees, the major goal.
None of these opportunities would have been feasible if it wasn’t for the Loose Change Project.
We thank you from the bottom of our heart