Due to a successful lottery bid, we now have 6 ipads available for people to try and see how they would make a difference to people living in rural areas. We also have some tablet computers and laptops, or if you already have equipment but are struggling to use it, please call in for coffee and cake and someone will give you a hand! Equally if you are stuck with your phone, we can try to help you with that too.
Food For The Soul
Older residents in Haworth were concerned about the loss of the mobile library and the centralisation of day services. They wanted somewhere to continue to meet. We have worked with Haworth West Lane Methodist Church to provide space and the local community have rallied around to donate books. We now have a community library open every Wednesday between 10 and 2.
Haworth Seniors meet immediately afterwards so we now have soup and cake available at lunchtime.
The Welcome Place Café
The Welcome Project members were concerned about the number of people struggling to pay for food. We also know of some people living alone who don’t cook for themselves because it seems too much effort, and those who are relying on emergency food parcels which contain, out of necessity, long life products.
We realised that if we recruited more volunteers for the allotment project that we could make fresh soup (currently twice a week) so that anyone could access it. We use a model where people can come and learn how to make soup or can help in the process by washing up, setting tables etc and then we all eat together. We encourage those who are not donating time or ingredients to make a donation towards our work.
We are working in conjunction with the Airedale Methodist Circuit who are supporting us with the use of their premises in the Shared Church Hall, next to Morrison’s.
Everyone is welcome to attend to have soup freshly prepared from locally grown produce from local gardeners and gardening projects adn to bring and share cakes. We encourage volunteers of all ages and those with disabilities or none to get involved growing, cooking, washing up and sharing friendship!
We have Andy Sheppard and Geoff Grange on hand if anyone needs support or signposting to organisations who can help with issues around poverty.
This project is kindly supported by Airedale Methodist Church Circuit and Safer Communities, West Yorkshire Police.
Find us Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-2pm.
These are the projects we facilitated in 2014
Our partnership with Jam Radio, a community radio station in Keighley, allows us to offer somewhere for people to spend the day engaging in activities connected with creating radio programmes.
The intention was to create a radio soap, similar to The Archers, but the people who have attended so far have needed support around confidence. We have used two types of programmes to help which are ‘The Roof Top Cafe’ where participants sit in a café setting selecting current stories from the newspapers to discuss and ‘Sounding Out’ where we have interviewed people in groups and in the street to ask them four basic questions: ‘Who are you?’ ‘Where are you?’ ‘What are you doing?’ and ‘Can you pick a track of music?’ They have learned how to edit these into shows which can be heard on podcasts on the Jam Radio site.
The intention is not to focus on mental health, but to help people engage in something they enjoy doing. Our outcomes have been positive in that those who were unable to engage at the start of the process are now confidently using interview and editing skills.
This project was kindly funded for 12 months by a donation from Bradford Association for Mental Health and Bradford Community Fund.
CLICKs (Computer Links in Communities, Keighley.)
A tea party for over 50s brought a request from a woman who wanted to regain confidence using her laptop. She had been on a computer course some years ago but hadn’t used the skills she had learned. We agreed to facilitate a group if sufficient people were interested. 12 people attended the sessions at Sue Belcher Centre in Bracken Bank and proved popular so a second site was set up at Foster Gardens in Brathwaite. The sessions were intended to be social and rely on people sharing what they have learned with each other to keep their skills active.
The groups were offered free space in community centres, Cloud-free IT in Keighley loaned us 12 laptops free of charge and refreshments were kindly provided by Keighley Town Council. In total 42 people gained confidence in using their computers using this informal model.
Sessions in Haworth and Stanbury were facilitated by Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council which has established there is a need for more groups. The funding ended in March 2015 but if you know people are interested in sessions we have a waiting list and are looking at other funding sources, so please get in touch.
Our aim to combat loneliness is to create a number of ‘hubs’ where local people can get together, offer support and friendship to each other. Rather than a traditional lunch club, these will be supported by local business and be self-sufficient. The first NOTHY! was at Haworth Parkside Social Club. A second was trialled at another club, but this ended when the club committee insisted on charging room hire, despite people joining the club. Charging for room hire forces the group to apply for funding which perpetuates into a lot of red tape that we try to avoid.
The group now eat lunch on Fridays at the Bronte Hotel rather than eat alone. There is a choice of ten main meals which cost £6.25 for seniors. We offer to book taxis for those who live locally. The taxi fare is £3 which can be shared amongst 3 attending where possible so that people only pay £1 each way. An added benefit is that people become accustomed to taxi sharing to go to other places, for example, to the shop.
We have devised a ‘Welcome’ Badge for businesses who opt to create a warm welcome for our members and we are in the process of engaging other places who will offer either meals or drinks (at the person’s own cost) while they socialise and network.
The hubs themselves cost us nothing, but our time to facilitate the groups has been kindly funded by a donation from Bradford Association for Mental Health.