Thank You So Much: Spire Foundation

The Spire Foundation is a charity run by Spire Barristers in Leeds, and aims to support vulnerable adults and children, who have learning or physical disabilities, or have experienced the care system.

YCC has been working in partnership with Spire Barristers since 2021 and has been fortunate to receive two previous donations from them.

First some chairs to be used in our Huddersfield office spaces, and then with a generous donation of £250.00 towards our Christmas appeal.

In April, YCC were nominated by the Spire Foundation to apply for funding for two new laptops, to be used by the students within our alterative provision colleges. YCC were awarded funding and gifted two high quality laptops to be used by our cohort of 60 pupils.

The Headteacher of the colleges, Jacqui Green, said that; ‘The two laptops have not only been fundamental in helping our pupils work on their IT skills, but even more exciting, we have also been able to install adobe photoshop which is supportive in them completing their silver Arts Award and to engage in a coding course – something our students have really enjoyed and a good skill to take into the world of work when they leave us.

Pupils have been delighted to receive such special technology in the schools, and have taken the responsibility of caring for the equipment seriously and using it to its full potential. One pupil (pictured below with the new laptop) told us that; ‘The new laptop is…… it helps me when…… We are really thankful to Spire Foundation for thinking of us and we would like to invite them into our college so we can show them how we have been using them and what we have learned.’

If you would like to support YCC in any way, then please contact [email protected] and find out how you or your organisation could get involved to Improve Lives and Inspire Change.

Thank You So Much: Companies Donate Unclaimed Client Funds

Did you know that companies can donate their unclaimed client funds?

Unclaimed client funds are sums of money which lie dormant in client accounts of many solicitors and accountants, for years. It’s often the case that the rightful owner cannot be traced, a company has closed or they have failed to provide instructions on how the funds should be dealt with.

Unclaimed client account balances cannot be used for any other purpose, so they can be a burden on annual audited accounts. If your business holds funds in dormant accounts, then we would be delighted to receive them to help us support the children, young people and their families that need us – and we can provide a suitable indemnity for individual client amounts exceeding £500.

In April 2022, two incredible companies did just that.

Ramsdens Solicitors donated £484.13 in unclaimed client funds.

Holden Smith Law donated £374.32 in unclaimed client funds.

YCC would like to take this opportunity to thank both Ramsdens Solicitors and Holden Smith Law for their very generous donations – and for considering our charity to receive the funds. These donations will play a significant role in allowing us to broaden our reach and deliver a positive impact to even more families in need over the coming months.

Learn more about how YOU can donate your unclaimed client funds HERE.

YCC’s Young Onset Dementia Support Group Get Gardening!

The kind and enthusiastic team set to work on the garden space at Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield

Spring is officially here! And what better way to enjoy the weather and work on some mindfulness, than with a little gardening under a blue sky.

At the end of March, YCC’s young onset dementia support group did just that!

YCC’s Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield has recently restored a large garden area located at the front of the building, nestled in a quiet nook between the charity’s main entrance and the trainlines. The space has long been an overgrown storage area, but thanks to a lot of hard work from some volunteers at Forbes Solicitors, the space was transformed back in October 21 and is now a clear, open space that can be used by staff and service users alike.

YCC are still working on the space, to make it as beautiful and welcoming as possible – and are dependent on the support from local communities to do so. Over the past few months, garden furniture has been installed and the area maintained by more enthusiastic volunteers.

YCC welcomed the young onset dementia group to the garden, who did some amazing work with the new planters. The group helped to fill the planters with soil, in preparation for them being used for growing fruit and vegetables.

YCC’s Young Onset Dementia Group kindly volunteered their time to help transform the garden space at Brian Jackson House

Since October, the space has really become something special. Take a look at these before and after shots to see just how much hard work has gone into making the space accessible. It’s still a work in progress, but you can really see the potential the space has to offer.

Before (October 21)
Currently (March 22)

YCC are still looking for more keen volunteers to support the maintenance and/or development of the newly refurbished outdoor space at Brian Jackson House. Members of the public are welcome to volunteer their time on a one-off basis, or may also like to form a gardeners’ group that look after the space on a regular basis.

YCC are also looking to collect donations of gardening tools in good condition, that can be used within the space.

If you would like to learn more about the garden space at Brian Jackson House, please contact [email protected]

Thank you so much: Navy Professional

This January, YCC would like send a huge thank you to Rebecca Crawforth (Owner & Director of Navy) and her team at Navy Professional.

Navy is a professional beauty product supplier located in Bircotes, South Yorkshire.

In December, Navy selected YCC as their chosen charity and did some incredible work to raise awareness of the charity and raise money to help fund the services which we provide.

Throughout the festive period, Navy ran several incentives for YCC:

  • The first action was a sale of their Limited Edition Albert Bears, of which £5 from each sale went directly to YCC.
  • Secondly, Navy held an event, selling their Naf X Navy Cuticle Oil whereby 10% of all sales were donated to YCC.
  • Thirdly, Navy sent out a Christmas card with all of their online orders, which included our logo.
  • Finally, Navy held a super special Christmas event in Doncaster, which included a Christmas Grotto. All proceeds from this event were also donated to YCC.

Overall, Navy raised over £1,300.00 for the YCC, on top of the work they carried out to raise awareness of our charity through social media posts and Christmas cards.

To learn more about Navy, visit their website, or follow them on Instagram.

Thank you so much: Stowe Family Law!

YCC would like to send a huge thank you to Stowe Family Law for their very kind donation of £250.00; and to Tom Suttill for coordinating. Your donation is hugely appreciated by everyone at the charity!

Stowe Family Law told YCC; “We are proud to be supporting YCC with a donation towards their wonderful work improving the lives of children and their families in the Yorkshire region. We wholeheartedly recommend that other local businesses get involved wherever possible.”Stowe Family Law are a team of compassionate family solicitors with a strong track-record of success for clients in Huddersfield and Yorkshire. You can visit them here: https://www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk/offices/huddersfield/