Celebrating their 30th Anniversary year supporting local people in South Yorkshire, the charity marked the achievement with a big evening reception with over 150 people attending, hosted by the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire.
Taking place at the Vulcan Hangar at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the community foundation gave guests an exclusive look at some of the incredible initiatives working for community benefit across the region.
Nine community groups showcased their work on the night. Doncaster charity, Artistic Spectrum exhibited it’s ‘Famous Faces’ exhibition, whilst Barnsley community organisation TADS treated guests to the complimentary therapies they use to support the people with mental health issues and their carers, who come to them for support.
South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation is a local grant-making charity, founded in 1986. Its aim is to raise money to distribute to small community groups and charities working at a local level. In its 30 years the charity has raised and given out over £26 million in funding, totalling to over 8,250 grant awards.
Ruth Willis, CEO of SYCF said:
“Our 30th year marks some big achievements for us so we wanted to make sure we celebrated properly. We especially wanted to use this opportunity to showcase the charitable groups that we support through our own charity work. There are so many of these small and less recognised groups out there and we wanted to give them a chance to shine. We know how brilliant they are, which is why we work so hard to keep our grant funding available to South Yorkshire groups. So they can keep up all their hard work.”
SYCF also hosted a raffle and a mass text to raise money for the 30th Anniversary Community Fund for South Yorkshire. The fund is dedicated to tackling the biggest issues we face in our region and is open to donations. The funding has already supported the Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre to continue their current work and the Haven House Project, which supports survivors of domestic violence, to raise awareness of their work.
The High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Julie MacDonald said:
“What is great about the 30-year fund is that the people who donate to the fund will be able to say, ‘I did that.’ and it is the feel good factor and that sense of community that I think sometimes we lose.
“We all know that we have needs within our community and this is a really simple way to help your own.
“It’s really easy to give. All you need to do is text SYCF30 £3 to 70070.”
South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation are undertaking a full year of celebrations, ending in May 2017 and will continue their fundraising efforts for their community fund for local people.