Centre will play a role in tackling loneliness

North Halifax community organisation representatives and residents met at Threeways to find out about their role in the Staying Well pilot project
North Halifax community organisation representatives and residents met at Threeways to find out about their role in the Staying Well pilot project

A centre has joined a community partnership which will play a leading role in delivering future services to tackle social isolation and loneliness in North Halifax.

Threeways Centre, Ovenden, has joined the North Halifax partnership and plans to utilise its facilities for the benefit of community cohesion.

More than fifty community organisation representatives and local residents attended Threeways Centre to find out more about the launch of Staying Well – a Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Calderdale Council pilot project aimed at improving health and wellbeing outcomes for older people in the community.

Vicky McGhee from North Halifax Partnership, said: “We’re working with Threeways with a vision to deliver future services at the centre – it’s a fantastic venue that needs using.”

North Halifax Partnership and Threeways Centre will work together to build a community partnership capable of delivering and driving the project.

An initial grant of £50,000 will be invested into existing activities and will fund new initiatives.

Representatives from local activity groups, community organisations, religious, health, council, emergency and housing services met with others in a bid to inter-connect services in the community and to establish links for the project’s steering group.

The project recognises people living and working in North Halifax are best placed to inform the partnership of existing services and well informed to recommend where to focus future services.

Colin Davies, Threeways Centre’s chief executive officer, said: “A lot of local people are best placed to know what is already available in the community, where the gaps in services are and who are the people best qualified to say where we should focus future services.

“We were really pleased with the amount of local community representatives and residents who attended - the Staying Well project presents a real opportunity for North Halifax to do things differently.”

Vicky said: “Loneliness has a huge impact on the whole of society. We’ve got to take responsibility for vulnerable members of the community – a whole lot more can be achieved if we work together. We want everyone who lives or works in the area to see themselves as a member of the North Halifax hub.”

If you think someone you know might benefit from the scheme, call Staying Well worker Helen Enevoldson on 01422 255402 or email helen.enevoldson@calderdale.gov.uk

Staying Well will run across four key areas of Calderdale: North Halifax, Elland, Hebden Bridge and West Central Halifax.