Upperthong School Support Group are a parental and community support group at Upperthong Junior and Infants School in Holmfirth, Huddersfield. They applied to the Community Fund in order to buy a wooden outdoor playhouse, to be used in forest school sessions and outdoor imaginative play. They were awarded £822 in March 2019 and are currently awaiting delivery of their playhouse! They said, ‘Thank you so much for your generosity and passion for helping the local community. We were actually quite blown away on the presentation evening by all the fabulous volunteer work which is going on in our community and we were really humbled by it. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of it all!!’
The Basement Recovery Project is a Calderdale and Kirklees based organisation, offering support and inspiration to those involved with alcohol or substance misuse issues. They applied for the Community Fund to support an existing open access breakfast club at both Kirklees sites; Dewsbury and Huddersfield which is attended by over 125 people every week.
The food bank provide support to those in need in the local community with donations of food items and toiletries. The group rely entirely on donations, and the generous time of volunteers and have seen demand for their services increase somewhat in the last 12 months. The funds went towards their weekly costs
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.
The Gala is an annual event celebrated since 1927, encouraging the local community to get together. It is regularly attended by over 2500 people and provides a free picnic lunch for the children who attend. The funds went towards purchasing a new gazebo and chairs which were used at the Gala in June 2019.
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 were used to purchase new equipment and to make improvements to play areas.
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 are a charity dedicating their time to help older people and those with disabilities 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.
Café 100 are a youth group based in Holmfirth, Huddersfield. There are around 15 local young people who attend the group every week and can use the space to chill out with friends, play video games and much more. They also run regular sessions teaching basic life skills and focused on peer to peer emotional support. The money they received in the fund was used to support at Open Day, raising awareness of the group in the local community.
Baildon Imagination Library offer a free book every month to under 5’s living in Baildon. They rely solely on donations and grants to operate and are currently supplying a free book to 302 under 5’s every month! They received £300 through the Locala Community Fund, which was used to support the monthly running costs of the group.
Jubilee Friends are a social group bringing older people together in Lindley, Huddersfield. They meet once a month and aim to help reduce social isolation, keeping minds and bodies active through a range of activities, such as gardening, quizzes and days out. The group is run by young people and the funds will be used to support the social sessions.