Mutual aid groups in the Colne Valley have added something a little extra to their food deliveries after local organisations got together to create a recipe book. As well as being value for money, the recipes in the book are easy to make and are nutritionally balanced.
Third Sector Leaders Kirklees supported the groups with funding from One Community and One 17 Charitable Trust have produced the book. The recipe books will now be given out with food packs in the Colne Valley.
Liz Quinn, a director of Pride in Linthwaite, has put together the recipes. She says in the book:
“I’m an NHS dietician in my day job and I felt that this was something that I could help with. I tried to keep the recipes nutritionally balanced and easy to prepare, inexpensive and accessible for everyone. Tinned, dried and frozen foods can be a fantastic source of nutrients. We hope you enjoy the recipes.”
Among the 18 recipes are the likes of Sausage and Bean Stew, Pea and Pesto Soup, Tuna Pasta Bake and Tinned Meat Hash. If you fancy a dessert there is Banana Flapjack.
Just as different ingredients come together to make a healthy meal, it is the many different groups within a community working together who can make useful projects like this happen.
Co-operative Care Colne Valley are the community anchor organisation who are working with community groups and citizens to respond to needs and priorities across the Colne Valley. Along with mutual aid and community groups, they have been at the heart of support for the community during the Covid-19 crisis, providing food supplies, supporting isolated people and developing community activities in Linthwaite, Slaithwaite, Marsden and Golcar.
Community anchor organisations such as Co-operative Care Colne Valley play a significant role in bringing local groups together to help make healthier and happier communities.
Third Sector Leaders Kirklees are a local charity who support and represent charities, community and groups, and social enterprises anywhere in Kirklees. They have been working incredibly hard to support local organisations and informal groups during Covid-19 and are keen for you to know what free support is available for groups in all our local places. Groups and organisations do not need to become members in order to access this free support.
TSL Kirklees offer a free volunteer matching service. The TSL Kirklees Volunteering team (formerly known as Volunteering Kirklees) work with organisations to develop their volunteering programmes and opportunities. They can promote volunteering opportunities from local groups via their volunteering website:
Organisations can get involved in various TSL Kirklees projects which are designed to fill gaps in service and delivery and support communities. TSL Kirklees have some small pots of funding that groups can access to try out new ideas and activity in their local place.
TSL Kirklees membership – free to April 2021
In addition to all the free support on offer, any group or organisation can choose to become a member in order to help lead and promote the voluntary and community sector in Kirklees.
The benefits of membership include access to a Members Area on the TSL Kirklees website where groups can:
Add their own news and updates (these will appear on the TSL Kirklees website and will also be shared via email updates and social media)
Add job vacancies to the jobs board (again, these will be shared with the network)
Find member offers
Find details of other members
Join a members-only Facebook group
Members can also take part in additional networking meetings and will receive extra communications.
In March 2020, TSL Kirklees offered 3 months free membership to support local organisations who might be struggling financially during Covid-19. This offer has since been extended twice. The free membership offer is now available until April 2021.
Regular membership costs are:
£12 per year for micro or start-up organisations
£36 per year for any other organisations
Third Sector Leaders Kirklees are hosting an online event on Thursday 25th June 2020 for mutual aid groups and other voluntary groups in Kirklees. You can get help with information about funding, volunteering and support.
If you’ve been helping run a Mutual Aid Group or other voluntary group over the last few months, you might now be wondering about how to develop your group and keep it going for the benefit of your community. This event will help you explore what the possibilities and options are, enabling you to continue the invaluable work you have been doing.
You will no doubt have already faced operational challenges over the last few months. Third Sector Leaders Kirklees recognise this and through working in partnership with Kirklees Council’s Democracy team and other experts, will be able to support you with a considerable range of advice and insights to take your next steps.
The meeting will take place on Zoom, from 6pm to 7.30pm.
For things like the Welcome Mentors project to work, willing volunteers are needed and it’s always nice to hear first hand the stories of those directly involved. These stories from Volunteering Kirklees say more about the practical help that Mentors provide to migrants, along with what the volunteers get out the experience as individuals. It’s heart-warming stuff.
People Helping People is a local network run from Third Sector Leaders for small community organisations across Kirklees.
They will be hosting a virtual meeting on Thursday 21st May 2020 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm for community groups and organisations to get together, meet each other, share what you are doing and learn what others are doing. It will be a good opportunity for you to learn about funding opportunities, share best practice and discuss how you might be able to support each other.
How to take part
The meeting will take place on Microsoft Teams. Please book a place and you will be sent details of how to join the meeting nearer the time. You don’t need a Microsoft account and you won’t need a special app or to login.
Hundreds of new volunteers have signed up to support others using our Community Response online form or helpline. We are screening potential volunteers and where they have a DBS check we are recording this. These volunteers will be working directly for the council, with tasks allocated by one of our volunteer co-ordinators, including:
Collecting shopping and dropping off on the doorstep (or other items)
Telephone befriending – a chat which may help reduce loneliness or isolation
Helping to link people to what other help and support there is locally
We are not asking people to go into people’s houses or do any activities that will go against current guidance from the NHS and government about How to help safely. We are asking all volunteers to follow NHS guidelines on keeping social distancing and maintaining safe practice, so they do not put themselves or others in danger.
One of our volunteer co-ordinators will talk through the process of getting an ID badge with the people who have registered with us.
Kirklees Council are also providing photo ID cards for volunteers in local organisations, including our VCS anchor organisations and mutual aid groups in local neighbourhoods. All of these groups are a vital part of the co-ordinated Community Response in Kirklees.
If you’re part of one of these groups or organisations, you can apply for Covid-19 Volunteer ID online. We’ve shared the link with groups who are already on our contact list.