Community Awareness Programme

Making a difference for the disadvantaged in Wakefield

Timeline

Below are some facts and headlines from each year in CAP's history since 1997:

 

1997

  • Opened early September at New Life Christian Centre, providing food parcels and clothing

1998

  • 164 client visits
  • Provided food parcels and clothing.

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
  • Secured lease on No 7 wood Street
  • Received sizeable grants from various trusts including promise of 1 years rent from Lloyds TSB

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.

2006

  • Clients visits over 4000 in year

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...
  • Regularly welcoming now THIRTEEN external agencies for drop-in service delivery
  • Welcomed our 3000th client to the service!

2016

  • Property was purchased for our use by Green Pastures.
  • Up to 20 external agencies providing "one-stop-shop" services

2017

  • IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY 20 YEARS!
  • Successful Persimmon bid to refurbish the toilet/ shower area

2018

  • Hosting of "Let's Talk About Addiction" discussion evening
  • Over 1000 Family Christmas Hampers delivered for the third year running
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2019

  • Volunteers from Lloyds Bank completed external decorating
  • 2019 was our busiest year to date with an average of 81.8 clients per day attending
    • Served 20615 meals
    • Total of 932 individuals helped in year
    • 384 new referrals
    • 3533 items of clothing issued

2020

  • Centre remained operational throughout the COVID restrictions, providing vital lifeline services
  • Sadly Ernest Hibbert the Co-Founder of CAP passed away in November.  He had worked tirelessly since 1997 for those who were vulnerable and in need of CAP Care’s help, and will be sorely missed by many.

2021

  • Continued service provision under strict COVID social distancing guidelines
  • COVID Vaccination Centre opened on site

2022

  • A new Citroen van was bought by Wakefield Council to replace the one used for the last 14 years.
  • 5th September – CAP’s 25th birthday.

2023

  • 2023 was a record year in terms of every single metric we use to monitor the activity of the charity. Demand has simply never been higher...
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