Drawing on new £1m pot to help isolated over 65s

Verd de Gris, who deliver a creative arts class every Tuesday in The Hebden Bridge Town HallAn example of a community group of this nature - Verd de Gris, who deliver a wekkly creative arts class at HBTH
Verd de Gris, who deliver a creative arts class every Tuesday in The Hebden Bridge Town HallAn example of a community group of this nature - Verd de Gris, who deliver a wekkly creative arts class at HBTH

From Cornholme and Walsden down to Luddenden Foot, some funding is being made available to create or develop activities for people over the age of 65 who may be isolated within their community.

Staying Well can draw on funds for a £1 million project which is being funded across the borough by Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group through Calderdale Council.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall is delighted to announce it has been nominated by Calderdale Council to be a community hub in the Staying Well project, but covering the whole of the upper Calder Valley.

Director of The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, Amy Leader, said the project would be focusing on helping helping groups, businesses and individuals who wanted to create or develop activities in the area for isolated people over 65. “We’re managing a pot of money to financially assist the work and we’re looking for great ideas to support through the project.”

Staying Well is looking to help reduce the number of unnecessary GP visits and unnecessary emergency admissions to Calderdale Royal Hospital in the overs 65s in particular.

There are four community hubs across Calderdale - in Central Halifax, North Halifax, Elland, and Hebden Bridge.

“We already work with lots of groups who deliver exceptional work with our community and I know there’s plenty of other people out there with great ideas that would be eligible for this funding,” Amy explained.

“We’re not looking for activities that only look to engage the over 65s, we’re looking for general activities that people will want to go to and meet new friends.

“And we want to see long term sustainability passed the start-up funding.

“In terms of the type of group we are looking for the range is wide, it could be anything from exercise to art and so on.”

Details of the criteria and the application form can be found on The Town Hall website, www.hebdenbridgetownhall.org.uk, or forms can be picked up from the reception at The Town Hall,which is at St George’s Street, Hebden Bridge.