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Q1. Who are CAP?

A. CAP was formed in September 1997 from a desire by Ernest & Elisabeth Hibbert to try and meet some of the needs of the community, i.e. the residents of Wakefield Metropolitan District and to raise the awareness of the general public not least of all those attending the local churches, as to the problems in society today.

The Project is funded and resourced by public and private donations. The Programme is headed by 8 trustees and a working committee and manned by a team of over 40 dedicated volunteers.

 

TRUSTEES

Kevin Foster (Chair)

Elisabeth Hibbert

Ernest Hibbert

Colleen Bimrose

Joanna Carroll

Sheila Hornby-Mould

John McGuire

Lynn Poole

 

Honorary Members

Joy Phillips

Noreen Denison

A clear purpose and a set of core Christian values underpin all the Trust’s services and aims.

 

Q2. How was CAP formed?

A. On a Saturday evening in February early 90’s whilst on a weekend away in London we visited firstly St Pauls Cathedral, it was evensong and the awesomeness and grandeur of the occasion left us both speechless. Continuing our sightseeing we walked until we had arrived at St Martin in the Fields. We went into the crypt and saw the soup kitchen, we went into the church and in the dimness could see men and women huddled on the radiators for warmth, asleep and oblivious to our intrusion. We crept out feeling we should not be disturbing them but the affect on both of us was profound. We walked away and back to our hotel in silence. Who had got it right? That evening still lives with us and it was from that night that CAP was birthed.

We felt the need and obligation to make the Church aware of what was happening in our ‘community’ and also to let the ‘community’ know that there was a God who cared.

CAP was formed in September 1997 from a desire by Ernest & Elisabeth Hibbert to try and meet some of the needs of the community, i.e. the residents of Wakefield Metropolitan District and to raise the awareness of the general public not least of all those attending the local churches, as to the problems in society today.

The Project is funded and resourced by public and private donations. The Programme is headed by 6 trustees and a working committee and manned by a team of 40 dedicated volunteers.

A clear purpose and a set of core Christian values underpin all the Trust’s services and aims.

 

Q3. What is CAP’s timeline?

A. 1997 – Opened early September at New Life Christian Centre, providing food parcels and clothing

    1998 – Provided food parcels and clothing.

              164 client visits

    1999 – Provided food parcels and clothing

               276 client visits

               Obtained charitable status

     2000 – Provided food parcels, clothing & toiletries

                370 client visits

     2001 – Provided food parcels, clothing & toiletries

                Started to provide starter packs and warm snacks.

                3 complete home starts

                362 client visits

     2002 – Provided food parcels, clothing, toiletries, starter packs and warm snacks.

                4 complete home starts

                1078 client visits

                Met with WMDC scrutiny committee with a view to building a working partnership

                Started to look for our own premises

     2003 – Provided food parcels, clothing, toiletries, starter packs and warm snacks.

               1020 referrals

                983 meals

                Received sizable grants from various trusts including promise of 1 years rent from Lloyds TSB

                Secured lease on no 7 Wood Street

      2004 - Provided food parcels, clothing, toiletries, starter packs and warm snacks.

                Gained 3 year core funding from Lottery for project manager & cleaner

                Extensive media coverage (Newspaper & TV)

                Officially opened no 7 Wood Street in November

      2005 - Client visits increased by 247%.

                Important links made with Turning Point, Clear Springs, WMDC, West Yorkshire Police.

                Partnership with Green Pastures – Housing Managers.

      2007 - Green Pastures – Southport based Charity bought 2 houses for clients, housing 6 of our clients.

                238 new clients. We also:

                                     •Served 8523 meals

                                     •Clients had 475 showers

                                     •871 issues of clothing

                                     •703 issues of toiletries

                                     •103 were referred to other agencies

                                     •Provided 17 home starts

                                     •Others helped: 68

      2008 - Successful 5 year core funding Big Lottery bid

                Ernest & Elisabeth receive Yorkshire Community Hero award for founding and running CAP

                A 3 year lease on a warehouse at Thornes Wharf

                Big Lottery purchased van

 

      2009 - Received Wakefield Express Community Award

      2010 - First 16 School Marathon "If the CAP fits Wear it"

                Awarded Cooperative Grant

      2011 - Awarded Lloyds TSB funding for Deputy Project Manager - Nigel Miller, appointed November 

      2012 - Awarded Supporting Change and Impact funding from Big Lottery Fund for one year

                Second 16 School Marathon "If the CAP fits Wear it"

      2013 - Project Manager & Co founder Ernest Hibbert retires and becomes a Trustee

                Kevin Dobson takes up the post as Project Manager

                Employed Anthony Cox as Warehouse Facilitator.

      2014 - Move to 2 Market Street after extensive refurbishment

                Successful BLF bid giving corefunding for 4 years

                Employed Susan Knowles as Client Support Worker.

      2015 - Enjoyed settling in to our new building!

      2016 - Property was purchased for our use by Green Pastures.

      2017 - IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY 20 YEARS!

                Successful Persimmon bid to refurbish the toilet/ shower area

 

Q4. How is CAP funded?

Received £450,000 from Big Lottery Fund March 2008. This is core funding and spread over 5 years. Over and above the Big Lottery fund CAP requires 20k per year to maintain the status quo!

In December 2011 received monies to pay for salary of Deputy Manager for 2 years from Lloyds TSB

Monies also received from public donation and 100 club members.

Received £139,254 from lottery Community Fund May 2004

Also received money from Scarman Trust, Yorkshire Building Soc; Redcats, New Life Christian Centre. St Austins RC Church; Kings Church; Leeds & Holbeck Building Soc; Awards for ALL, Lloyds TSB; various anon.

 

Q5. What does the future hold for CAP?

A.To set up a network of training and resources for clients

To resource needs on the various estates in Wakefield and area

To extend referral base

Provision of accommodation

 

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