Vital service throws open its doors to community

Calder Valley Club, Mytholmroyd open day.
Calder Valley Club, Mytholmroyd open day.
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A VITAL service in Mytholmroyd held an open day to showcase what it can offer disabled adults in Calderdale

The Calder Valley Club , which provides transport, day care and activities to adults with a physical disability in the area, invited the community in last week.

As well as showcasing its services, the club organised a table top sale, cake stall and tombola - which gave the club an extra boost in raising £432 on the day.

Louise Lancashire, assistant manager, said: “People were able to come and see what a typical day at the club would be like. Service users and any more who came to show their support and how proud they are of the day centre. Local businesses kindly showed their support also by promoting the open day for us with posters in their shop windows and by donating various raffle prizes.”

Star prize on the day was an overnight stay and meal for two with a bottle of wine at the Dusty Miller in Hebden Bridge.

Louise added: “It is hoped that the day helped show people who live in Calderdale and weren’t already aware of us, but would like to access our service, just what we’re about.”

The Calder Valley Club is an independent small charity which was set up 31 years ago. For the past 18 years, Calderdale Council grants have boosted the service’s own fund-raising but it’s future was thrown into doubt with recent changes in how councils commission services. But bosses are hopeful the club will continue.

Pam Sharp, manager, said: “We have been working with Calderdale Council to enable us to keep going for the last few months so we can be in a position to actually bid for the contract and go through the channels that we have done.”

The club’s bid to Calderdale Council was submitted on Friday.