COLUMN: Being part of group’s journey is rewarding

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We are well and truly into the holiday season now and the weather has been (mostly) sunny and fine.

For us here at South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation things always seem a little less hectic during the summer months, even if it is only a little bit – although our grants team, who are busy organising and managing our grant panels for much of the summer, might not agree.

This year seems to be a special year for many Sheffield and South Yorkshire charities.

For us it’s our 30th anniversary year.

We were founded to help enable local people and businesses and we have the means to support charities helping disadvantaged people across South Yorkshire.

We specialise in working with the small grassroots groups doing incredible things for their community, which often go unnoticed.

We provide them with the means to keep their work sustainable and to hopefully go on to grow and improve it too.

Being able to support any groups that come to us is rewarding but it is especially so when we get to be a part of their journey.

A perfect example of such a journey is in this week’s feature, left, on JADE.

We awarded JADE their very first grant to get their project up and running.

That was nearly 10 years ago and they have come on leaps and bounds since then.

From a small youth centre in Kiveton which has supported hundreds upon hundreds of young people with every need you can think of, they have now expanded to opening a second much bigger centre in Dinnington too.

From a music room to learn DJ-ing skills to one-to-one crisis support, they do everything they can to help the young people who walk through their doors.

They have grown from a grassroots group to a community asset and a safe space for the young people who come to them.

JADE and groups like them are the reason we continue our efforts to raise funding and to support South Yorkshire groups.

It is also why celebrating our 30th year is so important to us.

Join in the celebrations by helping us to support more groups like JADE.

All you need to do is text: SYCF30 £3 to 70070 or go to South Yorkshire Community Foundation to find out more.