Students and staff at Huddersfield New College have been supporting the local community in the run-up to Christmas by collecting donations for the Welcome Centre foodbank. 

The collection has been organised by the Early Years and Childcare department, but has seen the entire staff and student body getting behind an appeal for donations. Yesterday a class of our Business students visited a local supermarket to purchase a range of items following a fundraising activity and all departments have got involved.

College has focussed on collecting the centre’s shortage items, running an appeal for Christmas goodies including tinned ham, mince pies, family packs of biscuits,  chocolates and small toys. 

Teacher of Early Years Jill Ferguson visited the Welcome Centre today with a group of students to deliver the donations.

Jill Ferguson, Teacher of Early Years comments: “Our students progress to careers working with children and families, who may be vulnerable or need additional support. Our foodbank collection has helped them to develop an understanding of the agencies that undertake such vital work, and we were delighted to support the Welcome Centre with these donations from the whole staff and student body at HNC. Thank you to everyone who donated. These small actions can make such a big difference to families, and we are very proud to be part of a College community that cares.”

Emma Greenough from the Welcome Centre says: “The Welcome Centre has faced lots of challenges in the past 12 months. The roll-out of Universal Credit, the growing issue if holiday hunger and more and more families and individuals in our community experiencing crisis and needing our support. Last year we gave out 12,355 crisis packs. Without the support of individuals, businesses and community groups there would be no Welcome Centre. Thank you for all your support, we could not do what we do without you.”