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In Kind Direct Year at a Glance

To mark the start of the New Year, this month’s Community News focuses on the achievements made during the last twelve months – both by In Kind Direct and by our amazing charity partners.

Every Friday, our team takes 20 minutes out of our day for 'Tea at Three'. We have a cup of tea and a slice of cake and a member of our team shares an inspirational story from a charity visit they've made that week. For this Community News, we wanted to highlight some of our favourite stories/moments of 2016:

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The Africa Advocacy Foundation turned 20 in 2016. Their tireless campaigning to end female genital mutilation and their support for people living with HIV and AIDS inspires everyone who meets them. We’re always made welcome by Agnes, Denis and the wonderful team of volunteers.


In February, Laura visited Community Gateway Association in Preston. From delivering food parcels to distributing toys to children who might otherwise go without; Julie, Jackie and the team go out of their way to deliver the best for their community.

In March we were pleased to meet Michael and his team of fantastic volunteers and service users from the Baron’s Court Project. Supporting people on low incomes who are vulnerable to mental ill health, homelessness or both, Michael and the team have created a warm and welcoming centre which is valued by the whole community.

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In April it was Claire’s turn to hit the road (or train tracks). NAViGO Tukes Project in Grimsby was the destination and what a welcome she received from Barry, Marion and the team. They provide a wide range of health and care services and we were bowled over by the pride that staff, volunteers and service users have for their work.

Another one with a birthday in 2016, congratulations to St Andrew’s Club who celebrated their 150th anniversary last year. The world’s oldest youth club, Linda and the team provide a huge programme of activities, sports and opportunities to enable young people to be the best they can be.

In June Claire was off to Liverpool to meet Eva and Dave from Daisy Inclusive UK. Describing himself as ‘a blind man with a vision’ Dave wants all disabled people to reach their true potential. Dave and Eva help people to achieve what mainstream society might view as impossible for people with disabilities.

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We heard about the brilliant work of Emma and the team at Multi Organ Transplant Support (MOTS) via our Facebook page. Supporting people undergoing small bowel and multi-visceral transplants, their “Hug in a Box” packages are designed to pick patients up when they are having a tough time and contain treats for both patients and family members

In August, we welcomed our new volunteer Jane. Jane loved meeting Mandi, Donna and the team of volunteers and service users at Epsom Street Community and Volunteer Service in Liverpool. The centre provides free play sessions and a range of exercise classes, training, volunteering and development opportunities, all of which are helping to build a stronger and safer community.

Harriet and Laura joined Nick from the Club Doncaster Foundation (CDF) to photograph a cooking session for service users at Doncaster Mencap. We loved getting to know the brilliant staff and service users at both CDF and Doncaster Mencap. All of them made excellent models!

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The 10th October was World Homeless Day. Thomas and Laura joined Keith, Daniel and Rebekah at Caritas Anchor House for their reception at the House of Lords which highlighted that the number of homeless people in the UK has doubled since 2010. The event celebrated Caritas Anchor House’s achievements in providing homes and support for homeless people in East London.

In November, Harriet volunteered for an evening with David and his team at the Coombe Trust Fund. Under their Street Souls project, volunteers distribute sleeping bags, socks, shoes, toiletries and food to homeless people in London. Harriet helped to prepare delicious sandwiches and cook a range of hot dishes for around 100 homeless men and women.

For the third year running, Disney Store teamed up with In Kind Direct to distribute over 6,000 Mickey Mouse soft toys to hospices, nurseries, community centres, homeless shelters and refuges for Christmas. The Mickeys were a lovely treat for hundreds of children this year.

However you marked the end of 2016, we’d like to say a big thank you for your support over the last 12 months. Here's to a great 2017!


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