Grove Court and Moorside Primary School Intergenerational Activity

Many people can experience social isolation in many ways. Some live on their own, and others have their nearest and dearest around them but still experience a sense of loneliness. This is what we had seen with the residents at Grove Court, in Ovenden.

Many older adults were isolated and reluctant to socialise and engage with others due to the fear of covid-19 still being present. Grove Court is a Together Housing Residency with facilities of a large community room and kitchen, yet this was not being used much by the residents.

June Harvey, who runs the Memory Lane Cafés in Calderdale and another volunteer have recently volunteered more of their time to run a weekly Bingo activity every Thursday afternoon for the residents at Grove Court in the community room. This was to support residents to interact and socialise, play a fun game of Bingo, share a brew and a natter and to reduce isolation and loneliness.

Following a meeting with June, Zain (Staying Well worker in North) and Linsay (Community Wellbeing Officer for Together Housing) we decided to explore other ways to engage with more residents in Grove Court out of their rooms to reduce their social isolation.

Skipping forward a few weeks, another meeting was arranged with Paula Howarth (Pastoral Manager at Moorside Primary School) to discuss whether children from the school would like to support the Bingo activity as part of their programme with the Junior Warden Scheme. This idea was well received, and a plan of action was formed.

Fast forward a month, six children from Moorside Primary School attended the Bingo activity with a total of 12 residents attending. This intergenerational activity benefited both generations by bringing a new dynamic into the activity, bringing new energy and conversation between everyone, and putting smiles on everyone’s faces!

We were also delighted to be joined by the amazing Tony Austin, guitar player and musician who plays at the Daisy Chain café at Blackburn House. Tony played a variety of songs from the 1940’s and 1950’s of which everyone played Musical Bingo (crossing out the songs on their card Tony was playing). The children helped the residents in completing the Bingo cards, engaging in conversation, and supporting with handing out snacks and drinks.

Overall, the Bingo was an even bigger success with more people coming out of their own rooms to take part in this activity. As an outcome from this, Moorside Primary School have arranged to send six new pupils down once a month to support in the activity with dates for the next academic year to be discussed in September 2022.

Similar event at the Daisy Chain cafe, picture not related to this article

 

Moorside Junior Wardens Bag It Up Again !!

This week the Junior Wardens from Moorside Community Primary School helped with the #springclean at Brant Avenue and Moor Lane Park in Illingworth.

The Wardens collected 8 big bags of litter from around the area With Karen Scanlon & Dan Marham from the North Halifax Partnership.



We would like to thank the junior wardens, as well as Karen and Dan for helping with the unpleasant littering.

 

17 Bags Full picked by the Junior Wardens of Moorside Community Primary School

The Junior Wardens from Moorside Community Primary School collected 17 bags of rubbish from the Moorside area in the Great British Spring Clean!

The Wardens were very proud of collecting so many bags of rubbish and waste. Some items were even taken to a special museum of old items, collected by Natalie Ratner from The North Halifax Partnership.

The Junior Wardens were supported by Karen Scanlon and Dan Marham from The North Halifax Partnership.

Watch out for more spring cleans in the North Halifax area with Junior Wardens.

       

       

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Moorside Junior Wardens: My Neighbourhood 

On Tuesday 8 February 2022 The Junior Wardens from Moorside Community Primary School took part in a Reimagining Communities  Consultation with Karen Scanlon and Natalie Ratner Community Organiser from the North Halifax Partnership.

The Purpose of the Consultation with the Junior Wardens was to look at what affects them in the Neighbourhood.

A very detailed plan shows how the Junior Wardens can in partnership move forward to improve the local community.

Please look out for the fantastic ongoing work  from Moorside Junior Wardens during 2022.

         

Have Your Say! Ovenden Ward Forum – Tuesday 3 March 2020

Come along to the Ovenden Ward Forum and have your say on what matters to you on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at Moorside Community Primary School (new building), Keighley Road, Halifax HX2 8AP.

Refreshments and signing in from 6:00pm. Meeting starts at 6:15pm.

Up for discussion:

  • North Halifax Transformation
  • Road Safety Group 
  • Police Updates
  • Waste/flytipping hotspots

Full agenda here…

Note of last meeting here…

 

Moorside Junior Wardens meet the SCG Partnership

Junior Wardens from Moorside Community Primary School had the opportunity to meet the Safer Cleaner Greener Partnership on Monday 7 October 2019.

A Q&A session was held with SCG partners including the CMBC Recycling Team,  Anti-social Behavior Officer and Active Calderdale who spoke to the Junior Wardens  to give them an insight of their day to day job roles and discussed how the Junior Wardens can work in partnership with them and be involved in small scale activities throughout the year to help make a difference to their local community.

Karen Scanlon said

“The Junior warden scheme is a team of children and young people who are dedicated to helping clean their environment and assist in helping to improve their community’s overall quality of life.”

“As a team we will work to identify environmental and safety problems within our area and report them. Encourage friends, family and our community to look after the environment and the safety of others and be proud of where we live and help make our neighbourhood a better place to live.”

The Junior Warden scheme has been set up again at Moorside Community Primary School to look at tackling issues within the Ovenden community so be sure to keep an eye out for any future work being done.

Have Your Say! Ovenden Ward Forum – Wednesday 5 June 2019

Come along to the Ovenden Ward Forum and have your say on what matters to you on Wednesday 5 June 2019 at Moorside Community Primary School (new building), Keighley Road, Halifax HX2 8AP.

Refreshments and signing in from 6:00pm. Meeting starts at 6:15pm.

Up for discussion:

  • Local ward updates
  • Police updates

To find out the latest from the Ovenden Ward Forum held on Tuesday 26 March, you can download the minutes here.

For more information email team@halifaxandnortheast.com