Two simple ‘Acts of Kindness’ that improved lives

At Community Bees we’re hands-on, upbeat and non-judgmental and in last week we received two calls for help that we were more than happy to answer. We do many ‘Acts of Kindness’ throughout the year. In 2023 we did 76 of them! Act of Kindness 1: We recieved a call in the evening to ask […]

Changing lives in 2024 amidst growing demand for hoarding support in York

In the City of York, Community Bees CIC is making a huge difference to people dealing with hoarding issues. This local community interest company is taking a compassionate approach to address the root causes of hoarding, providing vital and unique support for those affected. Community Bees CIC understands that hoarding is more than just physical […]

Community Bees CIC on ITV Calendar

It’s been such a busy year for Community Bees CIC. Our mission here at Community Bees is to make a difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our city. We also work to reduce the stigma surrounding hoarding disorder and as the only organisation of it’s kind in York, we get many requests […]

National Lottery fund Community Bees’ hoarding support

Community Bees have recently been awarded three years’ funding from the National Lottery. They will receive £27k each year to reduce isolation and loneliness specifically concentrating on the hoarding problem in York.  Community Bees are delighted to be recognised by the lottery for the work they do and are keen to support more and more […]

Ending the stigma around hoarding

In this blog Michaela Shaw, the founder of Community Bees, attempts to explain what hoarding is and to dispel the myth that people who hoard are ‘just lazy’.  Hoarding is, in fact, a much more complex issue.  So what is hoarding?   Is it an illness? Is it laziness?  Is it hereditary?  Michaela has been […]

Transforming the home and wellbeing of an anxious hoarder

Heather’s story: Following the death of her father, Heather was anxious, lonely and isolated. She was also living amongst a mountain of clutter. Community Bees helped her declutter her home which turned out to be the start of transforming her whole life.  Michaela of Community Bees started working with Heather 18 months ago. Heather had […]

From being supported, to supporting others

Ellie’s story: Ellie is a single parent who struggles with anxiety and low self esteem, particularly in the pandemic when her usual networks were unavailable. Through regular walking, supportive chat and being there in difficult circumstances, Community Bees helped her turn her life around Ellie’s Mum approached Michaela during the first lockdown saying her daughter, who […]

Community Bees Coronavirus Update: January 2021

Community Bees is closely monitoring the current government guidelines and WHO recommendations regarding the coronavirus pandemic.  We are constantly assessing how we can fulfil our mission to reduce loneliness and social isolation and to provide a lifeline of activities and support for those people experiencing it, as safely as possible.  As the pandemic directly impacts the people […]

Bringing support conveniently to the local store

The story of The Shop that Talks: Community Bees run a monthly support and social session, The Shop that Talks,  directly in Haxby Co-op.  Recognising that many people in society were lonely, vulnerable and needed support, and that everyone used their local store, Community Bees approached the Co-op, along with Dementia Forward to act as […]