Christmas Message from The Basement Recovery Project

2022 Christmas & New Year Message

Thanks to our community for your support over the years as we are fortunate enough to help those most vulnerable across Calderdale. The cost of living crisis is combining with existing disadvantage and vulnerability and putting many of our members at greater risk of both immediate hardship and reduced opportunity and wellbeing. As we see our homeless population rise we also see an increase in those accessing support for our services as we continue to feed, love and support those that need it.

Here at TBRP, we believe services are a safety net when need cannot be met in the community. We are fortunate that the recovery community here in Calderdale has over 20 mutual aid groups run voluntarily by local people. With the NHS at breaking point, huge waiting lists, the impossibility of getting to see a GP and the hours waiting for an ambulance we have a system that is immediate, responsive and run by people powered communities and individuals who take up the challenge of supporting each other to do the things that only they can, to work with outside agencies to co-produce what only they can produce with help.

We are told these days that we must learn how to do ‘more with less’. We need a new narrative that says let’s do ‘more with more’: more passion, more humility, more listening, and more reciprocity. Do not be alone with your problems at Christmas or at any time. We are here to help. Best wishes to everyone for a safe & happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year ahead.

Michelle Foster,
The Basement Recovery Project