The incredible generosity of residents immediately after the Boxing Day floods in the City has left a storage headache for some voluntary groups.
More material was donated than could be used by victims and much of it has remained in storage for the last 6 months.
The materials issue parallels a similar situation with financial donations. The York (Floods) Disaster Fund has still to allocate to victims over half of the funds that have been donated to it.
Most organisation are now trying to move on although for some – such as the still closed Jorvik centre – recovery may still take many more months
Space is needed at the Sanderson Community House in Chapelfields where officials say the time has come for a final clear out and an attempt to return the centre to its normal day to day use.
They have set a date for the clear out as tomorrow MONDAY 18 JULY from 8am until 4pm.
A message says, “We are Inviting community groups and charities to pop along and collect any of the following items:
- Cleaning materials (Bleach, clothes, mop buckets, mops etc.)
Sanderson House community centre
- Tinned foods and cooking sauces
- Cereals and biscuits
- Pasta, pot noodles
- Baby products (Baby food, Nappies, wipes)
- Toys and books
We are also looking for volunteers to help on the day, whether you are available for a couple of hours or the whole day your time will be appreciated. Tasks will include; moving items, transporting boxes to venues across York and cleaning up the centre.
If you want to collect some of the items listed above or volunteer on 18 July, please contact Charlotte on firstname.lastname@example.org or for further information call 07850 001 002.
For all those volunteers you will be plenty of refreshments and snacks to keep you going“.
An inquiry team is currently looking at all aspects of the flooding crisis which hit the City over the Christmas period.
Several organisations, including the Council and some charities, were criticised at the time for being slow to respond, leaving the gap to be filled by willing – but largely uncoordinated – volunteers. It is this state of preparedness that should be one of the major issues under the Inquiries spotlight.
We hope that the materials donated and money collected will all now be put to good use.