Projects supported in January 2020

Bradford PHAB Club

Bradford PHAB is a voluntary organisation based in Bradford, who aim to promote and encourage inclusion and community cohesion. They run a weekly youth group, on a Wednesday night, that brings together children and young people with and without disabilities, to make new friends through pantomime visits, sports activities, dance workshops and learning life skills, in a safe environment supported by volunteers. The funding will go towards a sports day in 2020, for all children and families to enjoy.

ESCAYP – Emotional Support for Children and Young People

ESCAYP offer free counselling/therapeutic play service to children/young people, aged 3 – 21 years. Every year they therapeutically support over 300 children and young people across West Yorkshire. The funding will go towards supporting children and young people who have been exposed to domestic violence with at least six counselling/ therapeutic play sessions.

Kirklees Haven

Voluntary peer support group who provide support to carers and families of people affected by drug and alcohol misuse issues. Two of the group’s members currently take it turns to facilitate the sessions, and the funding will go towards paying a trained facilitator to run some of the sessions, allowing everyone to receive the same level of support.

Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge

Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge are a Calderdale based community support group aiming to make Sowerby Bridge a dementia-friendly community. They held a successful Dementia Action Day in 2019, and the funding will go towards a second Dementia Action Day in 2020, where residents over 65 will be invited to come together to learn more about dementia and the local support that is available.

Safe Anchor Trust

Safe Anchor Trust is a charity based in Mirfield, who provide therapeutic & enjoyable boat trips, to individual and groups with physical or mental disabilities, poor health or are experiencing social isolation. The funding will go towards the cost of their ‘Santa Special Week’, which took place in December and saw 372 disadvantaged & disabled children visiting Santa and receiving a present as well as taking part in some signing and craft activities.

Huddersfield Live at Home

Huddersfield Live at Home is a new scheme, growing out of an existing community hub who support over 140 older people to live independently. The scheme offers people aged 60+ opportunities to engage in services and activities that aim to reduce loneliness and social isolation and improve wellbeing. They currently offer befriending services, lunch clubs, dementia activities, dance classes, intergenerational groups, plus trips and outings; enabling older people to live at home independently with a better quality of life for as long as possible. The funding will support their creative minds group to hold twice monthly music therapy sessions for those living with dementia.

The Sutton Centre

The Sutton Centre are a community group who took over the running of their local community centre in 2018 and they have developed a program of activities for local people to access seven days a week. They run a monthly youth council, have run an ambassadors program and have provide accredited training to empower young people into community action projects. The funding will go towards renovating their café area to provide a home cooked meal and drinks to local people on a weekly basis to help reduce social isolation and eventually bring support agencies into this space to provide people with the knowledge and understanding to access support themselves.

Eden’s Forest CIC

Eden’s Forest provide outdoor opportunities for children, young people and adults to support good mental and health wellbeing. Set in an ancient, deciduous woodland, they facilitate bush-craft, adventurous play and outdoor cooking activities, whilst also working to maintain their forest site. Their sessions aim to develop independent learning skills, self-esteem, confidence, resilience and a life-long love of nature, through time spent enjoying time in the woods and outdoor natural spaces. The funding will go towards providing fun and rewarding sessions to young carers, to enable them to indulge themselves and have time to play and create.

Young at Heart

Young at Heart support elderly isolated people who live in North Kirklees by facilitating weekly meetings in a safe supportive environment where members meet to socialise, play games and go on outings. To help overcome problems with going out, they also arrange transport to and from the meetings and if members are ill or miss meetings they provide telephone contact and home visits. At present, their group is reaching full capacity and due to the nature of the group, they are keen to ensure the meetings do not become too large and impersonal. The funding will therefore support setting up an additional group.

ROKT Foundation

ROKT Foundation support people that would not normally engage in health and fitness to become more physically active; providing bespoke activity through one to one and group sessions to support physical and mental health and wellbeing. Funding will be used to secure enhanced instructor training for 10 individuals, aimed at supporting children and young people to climb, allowing instructors to tailor sessions to a varied client bases.

Disability Support Calderdale

Disability Support Calderdaleare run by and for disabled people and provide information and support with benefits, housing and homelessness issues. They offer drop in meetings at a range of locations across Calderdale.  The funding will help support facilitating extra group sessions for those who are isolated.

Aspire Creating Communities

Aspire Creating Communities run weekly social support groups who promote a diverse range of activities 45 weeks a year, providing support to those who are socially isolated in five locations across Kirklees. The funding will go towards supporting the weekly running costs of the group for around three months.


Streetbikes run all-inclusive cycling sessions at Spenborough running track where people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can cycle in a safe environment. They have bikes of various adaptations that can be foot or hand propelled and have three bikes that wheelchairs can be loaded onto. The funding will go towards supporting the existing running costs of the group.

Birstall Knit and Natter

Birstall Knit and Natter hold a weekly knitting group in Birstall Library, aiding local people to get out and about, socialise, learn a new skill and meet new friends. They also have several members who knit for the group from home, being unable to attend a meeting in person. Each year, they choose a charity they would like to support and sell their knitted items throughout the year and donate the profit towards their chosen charity. The funding will go towards purchasing materials and storage, as well as purchasing some specialised needles to support a member who is losing their sight.

Take Ten

Take Ten are a mental health and suicide peer support group run by volunteers with lived experience. They aim to raise awareness and remove the stigma of mental health whilst supporting individuals, families and friends of those who are affected. They support anyone from 8 years old upwards through facilitating group sessions and activities that open up conversations about mental health. The funding will be used towards facilitating a homework project to support 33 young people who currently attend their peer support groups, as well as any other young people or adults who would benefit from accessing laptops and other IT equipment.

Sky Positive Minds

Sky Positive Minds provide one to one sessions and group workshops aiming to improve the confidence and emotional resilience of women and children in North Kirklees who have experienced domestic abuse, have anxiety, stress or have experienced other challenges, through one to one sessions or group workshops that will give them skills and techniques to improve their confidence and emotional resilience. Funding will go towards delivering a confidence and emotional resilience programme to girls in one to one sessions.

Greenfields Family Centre

Greenfields Family Centre is a voluntary run independent neighbourhood based charity, providing the residents of Dalton and the surrounding areas of Rawthorpe and Moldgreen with access to education and recreational activities for local residents to enjoy and benefit from. Funding will go towards storage facilitates for an already established food bank.

Friends of Batley Station

Friends of Batley Station are a community group who work to promote practical environmental enhancement works to the local train station in Batley for the benefit of the local community. The funds will pay for a defibrillator to be installed at the station for the local community to have access to.  

Honley Business Association

Honley Business Association work to bring businesses and the community together in the village of Honley. They run a weekly youth group, attended by over 20 young people every week and funding will go towards supporting a Youth Manager who will help expand the work of the youth group.