Barnsley Healthcare Federation and South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust are funding and distributing over 300 bags of essentials this winter. The bags contain a range of non-perishable foods and toiletries plus hats, hot water bottles, blankets and flasks. All the bags will be given to vulnerable local people in need of help.
Our two organisations, who work in strategic partnership across a range of innovative health services, have jointly gifted in the region of £22,000 to fund the initiative.
Members of staff volunteered to research and source the most popular general household products, items for helping to keep warm and favourite food selections including pasta, cereal and tinned foods.
The bags will be distributed by staff from Barnsley Healthcare Federation’s home visiting team and South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust’s community mental health team to vulnerable residents across the Barnsley area.
Mark Brooks, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust, commented:
“Our Trust recognises that it is important to help support people within the local communities in which we provide our services. As a Trust we are committed to putting people first, helping them reach their full potential and live well in their communities.
“We are working closely with Barnsley Healthcare Federation to support local communities through what we already know will be a difficult winter. We appreciate the difficult times that are currently affecting everyone. Throughout winter health conditions are worsened by the cold weather and seasonal illnesses circulating. The financial pressures of increased costs of food and energy bills that everyone is facing, are particularly experienced by the most vulnerable. We are hopeful these essentials will help people during difficult times.
“We will continue to support joint initiatives with Barnsley Healthcare Federation, which will help contribute to making a difference to vulnerable people living within Barnsley.”