Reflecting on a Year of Impact: Community Bees CIC’s Achievements in 2023

As we turn the page on 2023, we are thrilled to share with you the incredible journey that Community Bees CIC has experienced over the past year in this newsletter. It’s been a year filled with success, connection and most importantly, positive impact within our community.

An infographic describing the acheivements of Community Bees in 2023. These statistics are all referred to in the text.

Transforming Lives through Hoarding Support

In 2023, we’ve continued our commitment to help to people struggling with hoarding. Through tailored support and dedicated efforts, Community Bees CIC has made a tangible difference to many individuals and families. From offering practical organising, clearing and cleaning to creating a supportive environment in our community groups, our initiatives have helped people overcome the hurdles associated with hoarding, promoting healthier and happier lifestyles..

Community Bees CIC support doesn’t end when a house is cleared, we continue to help our clients both emotionally and physically for as long as we’re needed. In 2023, we have carried on popping in, taking warm clothing and dropping off foodbank parcels to many in the community.

Fostering Community Connections

Our community groups have been the heartbeat of our organisation, bringing people together and creating a sense of belonging. Through various events and gatherings, Community Bees CIC has brought people together to create strong, resilient communities, hopeful for the future. The success of our community groups is a testament to the power of collective action and the positive influence it can have on individual well-being.

Spreading the word and dispelling myths around hoarding

A really important part of what we do is about smashing the stigma around hoarding disorder. We’ve featured many times in local media this year, amplifying our mission and reaching a wider audience. Our community events have been a highlight, providing platforms for connection, plus playing a crucial role in raising awareness about hoarding challenges.

Community Bees on the BBC News Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-67663978

Community Bees on ITV Calendar: https://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2023-11-27/daughters-heartbreak-after-hoarders-home-destroyed-in-fire

And in 2023, we started the Community Bees Clothes sales. Don’t miss the next one!

A BIG thank you

We couldn’t do what we do without huge support from our community and funders. We’re so grateful to everyone who’s made our work possible this year from funding to your generous Acts of Kindness.

Huge thanks go to;

Our volunteers – everyone who has helped with our hoarding support, our community groups, bookshelves, tombola’s and clothes sales

Our Directors

Costa Coffee Haxby

Two Ridings Community Foundation

National Lottery Stronger Communities Fund

Co-op Stores across York

Roko Health Clubs

Sainsbury’s in York

Social Vision

Training for you and your organisation

Hoarding. It’s a complex mental health disorder.

It means there’s a lack of understanding, a lack of support and a lack of funding to help some of the people most isolated and vulnerable in our communities. So where are we going wrong? Join Michaela Shaw, Manager and Founder of Community Bees CIC for a 90-minute training session, exploring the signs to look out for, the wider impact on our communities and ways we can help people suffering with hoarding disorder.

Sign up to our Hoarding awareness training today.

Available dates: Tuesday 11th June or Tuesday 10th September 2024

Where: York Eco Business Centre, Amy Johnson Way, Clifton Moor, York

Cost: £250 for max. 12 people per session.

Book by emailing Michaela Shaw – Michaela.communitybees@gmail.com If you would like to book for smaller or larger numbers in your organisation or team, please contact us

Thank you for your support in reading our newsletter! Here’s to 2024!