Each year we choose a local charity to support. In January 2020 River Holme Connections was voted in as our charity of the year. We have extended our support to run throughout 2021 as fundraising opportunities proved so limited In the difficult year of 2020. To learn more about the great work they do take a look at their Facebook page and website (which also has some good ideas for getting children interested in their local environment).
Have your voice heard and make a real impact on local, national, and global issues By getting involved in WI campaigns. Our campaigns bring together WI members to take action and achieve real change in policies and practice on issues that we care about. The WI’s democratic model means that every member has a say in our national campaigns, and every resolution stems directly from the concerns of members. Every year we vote on a number of resolutions put forward by our membership and the winning resolution provides a focus for action in the following year.
On a local level we have been involved in initiatives such as ‘Fruit Revival’ (using locally growing fruit to create seasonal dishes and drinks – and to be preserved in jams and chutneys) and ‘Help our High Streets’ (supporting local initiatives to keep a busy and varied retail presence in Holmfirth).
In 2020 we were able to support River Holme Connections by carrying out socially distanced litter picks along the banks of the River Holme – a reminder of a very successful campaign by the WI in 1954 which led to the formation of Keep Britain Tidy! We will also be supporting River Holme Connections throughout 2021.
We are so grateful to our local businesses who are always so happy to help us in our fundraising efforts. Morrisons Supermarket creates a lovely hamper for our Bumper Christmas Raffle and shops and businesses on our local high street respond positively to our requests for help. We are all looking forward to the time when we can safely start browsing and buying in our lovely range of independent shops and supporting our local businesses.