Our weekly outreaches in both Dewsbury and Leeds will continue throughout lockdown.

However, in the interests of the health and safety of both our volunteers and service users we will be making adjustments to our usual services:

Our Key priorities:

  1. Keeping greater social distance of volunteers indoors.
  2. Reducing direct close contact with service users outdoors.
  3. Avoiding large gatherings outdoors.

Dewsbury Outreach

4 Bond Street, Dewsbury WF13 1AG
Due to the reduced number of volunteers indoors, we are only operating a bag only service in Dewsbury every Friday from 4.45pm to 6pm approx. ALL service users are encouraged to wear face coverings outdoors where possible.

The bag will obtain essential weekly food items such as tinned and dried foods. In addition, a sandwich and cold drink will be provided.

**No hot food, hot drinks, clothing or toiletries will be provided over the initial lockdown period**
**Emergency bags (subject to urgency and needs) can be arranged by appointment only and picked up separately to our normal Friday opening.

Please text your request by text to 07428652683, Facebook message or by email to info@westyorkshirehardship.org.uk

Leeds

Our Leeds Walkabout Outreach will continue every Thursday in Leeds City Centre from 6.30pm. Only small teams of 2 people can walk together. Hot meals, snacks and additional support materials e.g. sleeping bags can also be provided.
No gatherings of people are allowed. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.

We really thank everyone for the support and understanding.

Our wonderful volunteers are key to continuing to deliver our services and I really want to thank them for their ongoing commitment to help people and the compassion they show.

Keep safe everyone.
Derek Hallas
Chairman

Great news! In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic and the economic and social impact on our communities the charity formerly known as ‘Batley Homeless Project’ has changed its name to West Yorkshire Hardship Project.

The charities key aims, however, remain unchanged and it will continue to support those who are homeless or in severe financial hardship. Derek Hallas chairman explained “The charity’s aims have always been to find solutions and ways to reduce or prevent hardship and homelessness, in addition to supporting those who are currently experiencing it. We know that following the outbreak of Covid-19 that the social and economic outlook further down the line would potentially have a detrimental and significant impact on the community in the future.

The Trustees of the charity felt that the name change would clearly reflect our wider inclusion of those in need and to open up new ways in which we can support our community”