Here at Totties we are passionately dedicated to supporting our local community and we demonstrate that commitment in a multitude of ways.
One of the most simplistic but important ways we do this is to be a place where friends and families can meet and enjoy shared experiences which will enrich their lives for years to come. Buying a gift which will be planted in the garden to grow and flourish or enjoying a meal together while reminiscing about the past or planning for the future.
We also champion community in more tangible ways such as hosting charity events.
One of our staff members has a life threatening condition and is involved in a charity called Vasculitis UK which supports research into better treatment for the disease. Totties staff, customers and a community group based in Scholes joined together to do their bit to support the campaign at Christmas. In 2014 the local choir came to Totties two consecutive Sundays to sing carols while diners enjoyed a Christmas lunch. Donation boxes were passed around afterwards and all proceeds went to Vasculitis UK. In 2015 the proceeds went to Action for Children, 2016 Forget me not Children’s Hospice, 2017 Alzheimers Society and this year the Roy Castle Lung Foundation will benefit.
We host SRAPtastic workshops run by fairandfunky (Holmfirth) which are very well received with regular attendees, it’s £3.50 to make a model and for the children to understand more about recycling and how they can take little steps to change the world.
We also regularly collect and donate to Kirkwood Hospice, RSPB, McMillian Cancer and have recently begun supporting Marie Curie.
Our commitment to educating and developing children is proven in our continued support of local school; Wooldale, Kirkroyds, Hade Edge and Scholes Junior and Infants, where we’ve donated seeds to the Green Team to use in their vegetable garden and offered expert advice on the best growing techniques. This has allowed the youngsters to learn about the process of seed to plate for a large variety of plants, fruits and vegetables. They have also incorporated the experience into Science, Maths, English and Art lessons. The Green Team have then used the produce in the School kitchen and cooking club run Mrs Beardshall and Mrs Johnson.
It isn’t only children from the village school who can benefit from this type of learning. We offer school visits to youngsters from across Kirklees and beyond. Depending on the time of year we tailor make our tours so each child is getting the best out of us whether that be learning about the seasons, insects in our gardens or choosing a Christmas tree for their school from our large range of home-grown specimens.
We like to think we make a positive impact on our community and mutually reap the rewards.