‘Get involved and get active’ is the message

Line dancing at St Anne's Church Hall, Southowram.
Line dancing at St Anne's Church Hall, Southowram.

NEW courses for the over-50s start have started as part of the successful Neighbourhood Schemes project.

In recent years, with the backing of Calderdale Council, community groups have been springing up across the district.

Neighbourhood Schemes are now running themselves in Todmorden, Sowerby Bridge, Pellon, Central Halifax, Brighouse, Rastrick and Elland.

New groups have also been set up in Southowram, Illingworth and Bradshaw in addition to an Asian women’s network.

Activities include art classes, computing, table tennis, knitting, exercise and singing.

Support worker Beth Maiden said the aim was to form more community groups for the over 50s and support volunteers to run activities.

“We have been going into communities across Calderdale to find what activities people want and volunteering opportunities,” she said.

Ms Maiden said many people wanted to just take part in activities but others, perhaps recently retired, wished to offer their skills as volunteers.

Where needed, they were supported with training for the necessary clerical tasks required.

“We work with Voluntary Action Calderdale to enable people to run groups in their own communities,” she said.

“We get things off the ground and have a bit of funding - everyone is a winner.”

She said getting involved in community groups had prevented some people from feeling isolated and boosted their confidence.

Further information is available from 01422 393794 or nst.admin@calderdale.gov.uk

Courses that started this month:

Mondays, Arts and Tai Chi at Southowram Community Centre

Wednesdays, Tai Chi at Southowram Community Centre.

Wednesdays, knitting group at Illingworth Fire Station community room, computers for beginners at Whitehill Primary School.

Thursdays, Kurling and Wii, sequence and ballroom dancing, at St Anne-in-the-Grove community room.

Thursdays, Tai Chi and watercolour painting at Bradshaw St John’s Church.

Asian women exercise classes and coffee mornings are to be confirmed.