Hopes to build on best year yet

Independent Living Todmorden members with Rev Gill Page following her ordination
Independent Living Todmorden members with Rev Gill Page following her ordination

A group for adults with learning disabilities has lots of plans for the year ahead as it hopes to build on a successful 2012.

Independent Living Todmorden (ILT), which meets twice a week in The Crypt at St Mary’s Church, had its best year since it was established in 1999, mainly thanks to the support and encouragement received from local groups and individuals.

Group co-ordinator Sandra Peach said: “Independent Living Todmorden has received support from many groups and individuals.

“Friends of the group have given their time to come along to our meetings and join in our activities, partner members on theatre trips and come along on Thursday evenings to work behind the coffee bar, play X-box games and encourage the members to have a good time.”

A particular highlight was being invited to Halifax Minster to attend the ordination of Rev Gill Page, a major supporter of the group.

Regular fundraising activities are held by the group. Money raised has resulted in the purchase of a karaoke system and art materials.

Sandra said: “We are so grateful to all who have given their time to support us.

“Our biggest thank yous go to St Mary’s Church, our home for the past 13 years, and its members who have welcomed us and supported us in so many ways.

“Also thank you to our volunteers who turn up each week or however often they can to help out.

“The work is interesting. It can be challenging but most of all it’s fun.”

Events planned for the future include theatre trips, a music event and supper, a coffee morning and the publication and launch of a recipe book.