£260,000 gift means the show goes on

Staff celebrate: John Carter, David McQuillan, Mike Chapman, Suzanne Wynne (back) with Kate Hornby, Michaela O'Sullivan and Lucy Burnett
Staff celebrate: John Carter, David McQuillan, Mike Chapman, Suzanne Wynne (back) with Kate Hornby, Michaela O'Sullivan and Lucy Burnett
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Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax is celebrating after the future of its community programmes was secured for the next three years.

It has been awarded £260,907 from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Programme to develop its outreach programme.

As well as maintaining current classes, the centre will be able to increase the programmes it offers.

It currently runs visual arts and crafts classes, afternoon dances for older people and schools outreach programmes as well as drama, dance and arts workshops for young people.

But it will now be able to include more art classes, a choir for older people, and from January it will fund a youth theatre for children aged five to 12, visual art classes and street dance lessons.

It will also enable the current Open Door schools outreach programme to continue, and will be used to fund the full-time post of education and outreach manager and a part-time outreach worker.

The new education and outreach manager is Michaela O’Sullivan, who secured the funding from the Big Lottery.

She said: “Square Chapel is delighted to have received funding from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Programme.

“The grant will be used to continue and develop our community outreach programme over the next three years, working with schools, children, young people and older people from across Calderdale.

“It will allow us to increase access to social and cultural opportunities,” she added.