Now group goes it alone

Launch of new disability partnership at King's Centre, Park Road, Halifax.'Pictured in centre is outgoing project manager Kate Smyth with her assistance dog, Hal.
Launch of new disability partnership at King's Centre, Park Road, Halifax.'Pictured in centre is outgoing project manager Kate Smyth with her assistance dog, Hal.
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A GROUP for people with disabilities has embarked on a new era by becoming an idependent charity.

Disability Partnership Calderdale has set out on its own after its funding was scrapped at the end of last year.

The group has managed to find new grants and held its first general meeting

Chairman Malcolm Kielty said: “It’s a new era for the partnership.

“The last 12 months have been challenging and interesting yet rewarding and a real learning curve for many.

“This year will continue at our current level so we can grow into our new roles.” He thanked those on the former steering group who had worked so hard alongside Kate Smyth, appointed by Calderdale Council to help the partnership over the past two years. She has now joined the committee in her own right as secretary.

Mr Kielty said: “A lot of people helped this group get to this position but Kate has been the captain of the ship. It was her experience and guidance which helped the group to get to this point.”

The partnership now hopes to continue the good relationships it has developed over the past two years with agencies including NHS Calderdale, Calderdale Council and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Past achievements include creating new taxi ranks in Halifax, helping women with disabilities attend routine health screenings, improving services at the new Todmorden Health Centre and introducing a passport scheme at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

New members can contact the group from April 1 on 01422 431096.