About us

Community Bees supports people experiencing loneliness and isolation by providing hoarding support, meaningful social interaction and hands-on activities.

Community Bees is a small, York based Community Interest Company, providing activities and support for some of York’s most marginalised people.

Community Bees CIC is the brain child of Michaela Shaw

Passionate about tackling loneliness and isolation and giving a voice for people who feel ‘lost’, Michaela’s mantra is ‘to make a difference’ to people who society have otherwise forgotten.

Young or old, from all walks of life, Michaela has seen many people struggle. Whether through unemployment, losing a loved one, living alone or because of an illness or condition, she knows that many people don’t know where to turn. Community Bees helps exactly those people. 

In a supportive, safe manner, Community Bees walks alongside people offering a regular friendly face, encouraging people to participate and get back to having something to live for.  

Michaela’s own personal experience, a military wife who has seen far too many men turn to suicide, caring for her own family through dementia, Alzheimer’s and disabilities, and being a CEO for a charity that supported people marginalised in society has given her a unique perspective on providing the right services that really make a difference to a person’s life.

And her hands-on approach, upbeat personality and non-judgemental style makes her the kind of person people relate and open up to. 

Michaela firmly believes in face-to-face contact, taking time to be be with people and the power of a chat, purposeful activities and a good laugh.

Find out how we support people by reading Our Stories  

People say the nicest things! Some recent testimonials...

I visited Heidi today and what a difference! She even allowed me to go upstairs. You have worked wonders and she is so pleased. I thank you so much.

Maureen Garret, City of York Council 

You don’t realise how much you mean to us, it’s everything. A billion pounds wouldn’t buy the support and work you do for both of us, I can not thank you enough for what you do.

Cecilia, Community Bees client 

want to reach out to others who may be struggling like I was and get them to reach out to Community Bees to help them connect again with themselves and life. Thank you for all your input and dedication. It’s made a huge difference to our life.

Maria, Community Bees client

Michaela and her colleagues assisted with the de-cluttering of one of my service users property.  I am amazed at what they have achieved and love how they work with a person instead of taking over.

Working so closely with the service user they have highlighted and advised on other things as well. I highly recommend Community Bees.

Maureen Garret, City of York Council 

Hoarding Help

Sorting your home so you can manage again

Stepping Out

Getting out of your front door and enjoying company


Bringing socially isolated and lonely people together

Advice & Guidance

making everyday tasks more straightforward