Yellow and Blue

Financial support of £10,000 to Yellow and Blue (YaB) to enhance and extend its cost of living support to residents has been agreed at this morning’s Executive Board.

YaB is a non-profit organisation primarily supporting vulnerable members of the Wrexham Community. YaB aims to help anyone struggling, facing short or long term hardship, illness and or disability.

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During the festive period of 2022, YaB provided a safe, warm, friendly and free environment where individuals and communities could enjoy refreshments, social activity, information and advice and the company of other people when many buildings, services and organisations were closed for the Christmas break due to Bank Holidays.

The decision to allocate £10k to YaB will enable the organisation to expand, enhance and replicate its provision into spring 2023 to:

  • Provide refreshments, snacks and more substantive meals
  • Meet the additional expenses associated with extending their opening hours e.g. internet, heating, lighting, cleaning and refuse costs, facilities for charging mobile phones and IT equipment, enrichment items and activities etc
  • Produce promotional material including physical and electronic  posters, notices, posts, tweets etc

Cllr David A Bithell, Chair of the cross party Cost of Living Group, said, “YaB is staffed by volunteers and does an amazing job with those needing help and advice. They have a fantastic food larder that was used 467 times in December alone. They deserve our support as do the individuals and families they are helping.

Cllr Beverley Parry Jones, Anti Poverty Champion, said, “There’s no questioning that times are hard at the moment, particularly for the most vulnerable. YaB offers a safe and welcoming place. I know the funding given will be well spent on those who deserve it most.”

The allocation follows the allocation of £141,000 in November to support a number of initiatives to help with the cost of living crisis. You can read more about that here:

£22,000 to help Wrexham Foodbank expand its provision

Approval was also given at the Executive Board for the employment in partnership of a Food Network Coordinator to scope, map and establish a Cross Sector Food Partnership in the county borough. £97,000 has been awarded by Welsh Government to fund this position.

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