Members face an anxious wait

Delight: Calder Valley Club members and staff marking the renovation work in January
Delight: Calder Valley Club members and staff marking the renovation work in January

MEMBERS of Calder Valley Club are waiting to hear if it keeps its contract with Calderdale Council.

They face an anxious few weeks as each day service provider has been told they have to reapply for their contract.

The Calder Valley Club contract ends on March 31 but has been renewed until May 31. If its contract is not renewed fully, they will have to start winding down the service from the end of this month.

Family and friends arranged a meeting at the club in Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, in February to discuss what will happen if they lose their contract with Calderdale Council.

While the clients, who have physical difficulties, have to be given a spot somewhere in Calderdale none of them want to move from the place they call their lifeline.

The charity looks after 38 adults five days a week with clients coming from across Calderdale, from Todmorden to Brighouse.

Earlier this year members were delighted with renovation work, which a £10,000 Awards For All scheme grant helped to fund. The work transformed the cafe and it is clear the club is important to them.

Doug Jones, 55, is blind. He uses the club four times a week and says: “It offers me friendship with people in the same shape as me.”

Since joining the club he has joined a visually-impaired bowls team and become club champion.

He had a simple message for the people who will decide where to make cuts.

“They should start looking at us as normal as they are. They should try living our lives for a while.

“This is the only place I have got to go to. It’d finish me off completely if it went.”

Stella Christie’s husband John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 12 years ago.

He attends the club twice a week. His visits are crucial for both of them.

Mrs Christie said: “It’s a life saver. It makes such a huge difference.

“I don’t think the powers understand how much people who come here and their families and the staff need it.

“They’re going to lose so much more than a day centre. I don’t have to worry about him when he’s here.”

l HOW would losing the service offered by the Calder Valley Club affect you if the contract is not renewed? Email your comments to todnews@todmordennews.co.uk or hbtimes@hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk