The Welcome Centre Receives Support from Yorkshire Water Employees and Barry Sheerman

Doing their bit to ensure vulnerable people don’t go hungry, every year Yorkshire Water employees dig deep at Christmas and this past Christmas was no different.


The company’s support for food banks and homeless charities in the Yorkshire and Humber region stayed true to form this past Christmas, with donations of basic food supplies and Christmas food items pouring in from Yorkshire Water employees and from its sister company, Loop.

Stefan Kears and Elena Mathew of Yorkshire Water were accompanied by Barry Sheerman, Member of Parliament for Huddersfield to deliver some ‘Christmas cheer’ to the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield on Friday 16 December 2016.

The Welcome Centre, which is one of the largest food banks in the region, has been diligently supporting people in south Kirklees for over 20 years. The team of staff and over 70 volunteer source and create, manage and give out 150 packs of food and essentials every week to people in crisis.

Practical, short term help is provided by The Welcome Centre to people in crisis that are referred from a service in Kirklees. In addition to the food parcels, signposting services are also offered to services or charities that can help those struggling with homelessness, money management, debt, and alcohol or drug dependency.

Emma Greenough, Marketing and Publicity Worker for the Welcome Centre, said; “All the food we’ve received today will be given to people who really need a helping hand at Christmas. It’s good to know that other people care at this time of year and this can really make a difference to people who are struggling with life, money and other problems.”

Donations to The Welcome Centre are really needed and would be appreciated all year round, not just during Christmas time. For more information about the centre and how you can help please visit;

Charities in Knottingley, Pontefract, Brighouse, Bradford, and Harrogate will all be benefitting from donations. Join us in a cooking revolution (blog)