Local projects across Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford benefit from Locala’s Community Fund

Eleven community projects from across Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford have shared a total of around £10,000 from Locala’s Community Fund to support their work.

Locala provides NHS community health services in the three areas of West Yorkshire and as a social enterprise not-for-profit organisation it invests any profits back into services or into community projects.

The Community Fund is one way of doing this – community groups can apply for a share of the £10,000 available and the final decision on which groups are supported is taken by a group of Locala Members – made up of both Locala employees and people from the local community.

This year the projects supported were:

·         Baildon Imagination Library – awarded £300 to go towards the monthly running costs of the group, who offer a free book to every child under the age of 5 living in Baildon every month.

·         46th Bradford Brownies – awarded £300 to go towards some outdoor equipment for the Brownies to learn about the environment

·         Holme Valley Food Bank – awarded £1000. The Food Bank provides support to those in need in the local community with donations of food items and toiletries. The funds will go towards their weekly costs.

·         Jubilee Friends – awarded £1500. Jubilee Friends is a social group bringing older people together in Lindley. The group is run by young people and the funds will be used to support the social sessions.

·         Thornhill Stay and Play – awarded £1040. Thornhill stay and play is a volunteer run stay and play session for 0-5’s and their parents, carers, families and friends to access play and community support. The funds will be used to purchase new equipment and to make improvements to play areas.

·         Ravensknowle Children’s Gala – awarded £1500. The Gala is an annual event celebrated since 1927, encouraging the local community to get together. The funds awarded will go towards purchasing a new gazebo and chairs.

·         Holme Valley Community First Responders – £113. Holme Valley Community First responders are a registered neighbourhood watch group who have been raising funds for a community access defibrillator. The group have fundraised over £1400 to go towards the defibrillator and the Community Fund donation will top up the shortfall so the defibrillator can be purchased.

·         The Basement Recovery Project – awarded £1500. The Basement Project offers support and inspiration to those involved with alcohol or substance misuse issues. The funds awarded will go towards supporting the open access breakfast club at both Kirklees recovery sites, which is attended by over 125 people every week.

·         Upperthong School Support Group – awarded £822. Upperthong School Support Group are a parental and community group at Upperthong Junior and Infants School, Holmfirth. The funds will go towards a wooden playhouse, to be used in forest school sessions and imaginative play.

·         Overthorpe C of E Academy PTA – awarded £635. The group bring together the school and the local community to raise funds for the school children. The funds awarded will go towards transforming the outdoor quad area of the school into an outdoor provision for structured outdoor play and learning opportunities, by providing outdoor waterproof mats and cushions to make the space usable. Parents and the local community will also be involved in transforming the space.

·         Timestep Community Dance – awarded £970. Timestep Community Dance is a charity dedicating their time to help people of all ages the chance to learn new skills, keep active and socialise through dance and exercise. The funds will go towards supporting a project called ‘Twilight Tutus’ a dance group supporting older people to take up ballet to keep the mind and body in good shape.

Diane McKerracher, Chair of Locala’s Board, said: “It is heart-warming to be able to see the fantastic work that is going on in our communities.

“As part of our commitment as a social enterprise to supporting the development of our local communities we have donated over £50,000 over the past six years through this Fund and we look forward to welcoming many more applications when the Fund re-opens later this year.”

Stephanie Bastone, on behalf of the Holme Valley First Responders, said: “The money donated by Locala has enabled ourselves and our other community partners including local businesses and individuals, to install a community access defibrillator. This vital lifesaving equipment will be available for those living, working and visiting the area around The Catch Restaurant Holmfirth. We are all truly grateful to Locala for the support and encouragement they have provided.”

Liz Orme from Overthorpe PTA said:  “The grant we have received will make a real difference to the children at Overthorpe CofE Academy, helping to bring the community together to transform an unused outdoor space at the heart of the school into a safe and enjoyable space that can be used for art, storytelling, reflection and class discussions.  We are really grateful to Locala for helping us to make our project a reality.”

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