Local groups benefiting from £5,000 cash from the council

One of the grant recipients - Todmorden Community Brass Band
One of the grant recipients - Todmorden Community Brass Band

A wide range of community groups in Todmorden are to benefit from a £5000 grant allocation from Calderdale Council.

Local Labour councillors Jayne Booth, Susan Press and Steve Sweeney were asked by the Todmorden Ward Forum to distribute the fund designed to help people working for the benefit of the community.

The money is now to be allocated to a number of charities and organisations including Todmorden Orchestra, Todmorden Community Brass Band, the annual Kidsfest event and Independent Living, which helps people with special learning needs.

Labour Councillor for Todmorden Steve Sweeney said:” Our aim was to try and distribute the fund to as wide a range of people as possible who work hard in the community.

“We have therefore provided some funds to enable the Youth Cafe at St Mary’s Church to employ a worker for a short period whilst looking for longer term finance. The popular Kidsfest event will also get some funding for the coming year.

“We also felt that we should aid local groups providing support for those most vulnerable in the community and have therefore allocated funds for the Dementia Friends group, which helps raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other conditions of ageing. Todmorden Food Drop-in will also benefit and there is assistance for the Independent Living group.”

Other groups receiving funding include Todmorden Hippodrome, Todmorden Harriers and the Old Library community hub in Cornholme. Another round of funding will be available in the new financial year.

The full list is as follows : Todmorden Parochial Church Council Youth Cafe, £500; Kidsfest, £400; Dementia Friends, £500 ; Independent Living, £500; Todmorden Hippodrome, £500; Todmorden Community Brass Band, £400; Todmorden Orchestra, £400; Todmorden Harriers, £400; CROWS – Walkers group, £500; Todmorden Food Drop-in, £400 ; Cornholme Old Library , £500.