The past year has been a difficult one for Goole GoFar. The growth of the port meant their base at West Dock was needed for development by ABP, so they had to start looking for new premises.
Funding a move for a small charity was not going to be easy and with local funders unable to give a grant, there was a real chance operations would cease. This would have had an impact on the people in Goole who are vulnerable and socially isolated.
Thankfully, the charity managed to find a suitable compound in Carlisle Street and with £10,000 funded from The National Lottery Community Fund and £2,000 from Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust they were able to purchase and convert three former freezer trailers into office space, storage and a meeting room for when it moved premises at the beginning of October.
Our Goole spoke to Andy Smith, the operations manager of the charity, who said: “A big thanks to @TNLComFund and the Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust from everyone here at GoFar, and our service users for having the faith to back us as we move on to the next phase of our development.”
The charity has also received grants from two other charitable trusts for on-going projects. Firstly, The Anna Maria Charitable Trust granted £30,000 over three years for the “Fit, Fun, Food and Friendship Project” to ensure elderly and vulnerable people in the area have access to sports and leisure facilities, days out across Yorkshire and the north of England and lunch outings.
Secondly, The Brelms Trust granted funding of £14,600 to help GoFar fund projects over the next three years. The projects planned will include theatre outings, afternoon tea trips and other cultural events. This funding will allow the Goole GoFar to offer reduced transport costs for these events to those in the community that find themselves socially excluded.
Andy added: “This in turn will encourage new friendships, social inclusion to take place and will have a positive impact on health and well-being. We really are extremely grateful to the grant funders and charitable trusts that have supported us and allowed us to continue offering our services to those most in need within our community.”
For more information on the service Goole GoFar offers, please call the office on 01405 780 344. Visit the website goolegofar.org.uk or find them on social media.