Judith’s story: Connections that last

I’m really proud of the Crossroads Project in Meltham, which started out 25 years ago as the first church charity shop to open as a collaboration between all the local denominations. This in itself was just the start and has evolved organically over time. There is now an Advice Centre, Food Bank and Legal Advice service. The food bank alone currently supports 50-60 local families. I’m also involved in the Warehouse Project where we send shoe-boxes of gifts to children in East Africa, Philippines etc. In 17 years we have sent over 200,000 shoe boxes from West Yorkshire

Our community has achieved so much and really pulls together when needed. Our recent Covid project, Meltham.org involved over 300 volunteers who came together to set up and run a helpline and service desk for anyone who needed support during the first Covid lockdown. The buddies we set up for people and the connections we helped build proved to be so strong that they have lasted through our current lockdown. Our help desk hasn’t been needed! I’m so impressed by the talents and technical skills of Richard Noon and Chesh Jurczyszyn who just made it happen.

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Meltham Crossroads

illustrations from our workshopsThank you to Judith for sharing this story after participating in one of our “How can more people come together to make local places better?” online workshops for Kirklees citizens.

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