Project_Twelve:31 Learn More About LGBTQ+

Well before the Happy Valley Pride Festival in Hebden Bridge – July 22-28 2019, Project_Twelve:31 had a fantastic session at Illingworth Methodist Church on Thursday 6 June learning more about LGBTQ+.

If you are girl aged between 12 and 18 years of age and you live in the North Halifax area and are looking for something different and exciting to do in 2019 then join Project_Twelve:31 on Thursday evenings. Call 0300 555 0266 and ask for Karen or email to find out more.


Happy Valley Pride all started in response to a piece of homophobic graffiti in the Hebden Bridge Town Centre during 2016, now it’s a annual festival bringing people together. It was a stark reminder that there’s still work to be done – a casual phrase, that has been knocking around school playgrounds for decades, it was none-the-less shocking, simply because it is still in use in a seemingly, tolerant and open-minded community.

The mission statement outlining the fundamental purpose of the organisation reads

“To celebrate LGBTQ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. Promoting equality and diversity to eradicate discrimination, based on sexual orientation and gender identity, through education and engagement.”

Project_Twelve:31 Receive their Motor Skills Certificates

Well done to all the girls of Project_Twelve:31 who received their qualifications in Motor Skills Certificates at a presentation on Thursday 18 October at Bumpy Limited in Birstall.

Bumpy Limited offer on and off road motorcycle training – open 7 days a week with a full range of motorcycle rider training courses as well as off road tuition on trials bikes for young people from the ages of 7 to aged 60 and beyond!

A charity established in 1988 and since its foundation has assisted hundreds of people of all ages to start motorcycling and pass their tests.

They have a large fleet of fully maintained motorcycles consisting of Suzuki SFV650’s, Kawasaki ER6’s, Yamaha YBR125’s as well as various 125 scooters and 50cc mopeds, plus a variety of Off-Road Trials bikes to hire as part of your lesson.

Project_Twelve:31 Off-road Motorcycling and Maintenance at Bumpy

Project_Twelve:31 spent a week with Bumpy (Birstall Urban Motorcycle Project for Youth) for a week of off road motorbiking, and learning mechanic skills.

Birstall Urban Motorcycle Project for Youth was established in 1989 as a training, testing and skills centre aimed at young motorcyclists causing a nuisance on wasteland.
The registered charity, nicknamed BUMPY, was the brain child of Police Woman Julia Morris, nee Rookledge, and followed a far from smooth course having taken four years to draw up.

The Idea stemmed from a period when Julia, as local Birstall Community Constable, had to deal with complaints from local residents, about youngsters riding motorcycles illegally on open areas of land. Julia, saw a need for the young people of the area to have a safe and legal place to ride.

In February 1984, representatives from the Police, probation service and motorcycle clubs came together in an attempt to provide a solution to the problem which was making the life unbearable for many residents living near these areas.

The result was a scheme turning the site off Nab Lane into a purpose built track for bikers to practice their skills legally and without causing nuisance.

As well as enjoying the off-road riding, the girls had experience of stripping down and servicing the motorcycles and will be receiving a certificate in ABC Motorcycle Maintenance.

Project_Twelve:31 would like to say a massive thank you to Caroline, Chris, Tom and Owen at Bumpy Ltd Leeds West Yorkshire.

Our Ovenden in Pictures and Words

Project_Twelve:31 recently took part in the ‘Our Ovenden Photography Project’ .

To Project_Twelve:31 these photographs  aren’t just images or your typical pieces of art. These are stories. All different and all unique. Each one creating a different interpretation and different opinion of the imagination. None of the stories  are the same. None of them tell the same tale. All of them describe our Ovenden and how the group see it. Some positive perspectives, some negative. But all our truths.

We hope you enjoy seeing them as much as Project_Twelve:31 had in making them.

Abigail – ‘The Woods’

‘I like that the trunk and the branches are dark and creating a spooky vibe, but I like how the light shines through highlighting the greenness of the leaves. I think it shows that Ovenden is a mysterious and puzzling place’



Alexandra – ‘Light and Dark’

I like that there’s a balance between beauty and gloominess shown in this photo. Ovenden is also very hidden and a place like no other. I has it’s ups and downs but through forlorn darkness, a bright sun shines though and a path to happiness is shown.



Brooke – ‘Through the Wall’

This image looks through Ovenden’s hidden scenery, highlighting that it looks ugly on the outside but once you look deeper it looks beautiful. It shows the untold story of Ovenden.


Chloe – ‘Friendship’

This photo shows the friendship of these 3 girls which were made in Ovenden. This photograph also captures all the different personalities of the girls. The photograph also captures the different lighting from the sunset at the back, making the girls blend into the picture as well as the trees.

Courtney – ‘Autumnal’

I like this photograph because the tree looks dead, it shows the seasons of the year, which can give it a depressing feeling, but you know it will change when Spring comes.



Daisy – ‘Urban Dandelion’

Daisy took this image by finding a different perspective, she used a low angle and the granite post as a backdrop. The vibrant yellow of the dandelion is in direct contrast with the urban granite post, that reminds us, no matter where we might be, on a street in a city, we can always find the smallest piece of nature peeking through.


Emma – ‘Under the Tree’

I like this photo of the sun as it’s very pretty and lovely. If I could change anything I might make it less blurry.




Poppy – ‘Beauty, the Bench and Blue Sky’

This is such a rundown part of Ovenden but captured in this photograph, it is a lovely setting.


Ruby – ‘Wildflower White’

This photo shows the nature which can grow around anything. What I like about this image is that it’s focused on the flower and everything in the background is blurred out.


Staff Photos

                               Elodie – ‘Natural’

This photo shows that there is an urban vibe within the Ovenden / Halifax landscapes. If I could change anything I would possibly add more people to illustrate the whole group. I really like the casual stances of the young people and it makes me feel very natural. I also like the lighting from the sunset and the beautiful patterns in the sky.

Jorden – ‘Friendships Made, Friendships Kept’

I think this shows that Ovenden has friendships and that there’s a lot of trust in each other. I like that it has good scenery along with two people in the image, adding to the scene, showing there is a lot going on.



Karen – ‘#herecomethegirls’

This photograph is a fantastic picture of the silhouette of #herecomethegirls, a group made up of girls aged 12-19 years old from the North Halifax area. Ovenden is a brilliant area with some fantastic young people.



Naomi – ‘ Great Heights’

I choose to take this photograph because I liked that the girls were working together, enthusiastically throwing themselves into their task and supporting each other.

Friends for Life – Mother and daughter event!

FREE Event!

An evening of soap-making and chat for teenage girls and their mums (or a special aunty, grandma or friend) – Refreshments included

Wednesday 4 July 2018 from 6pm
Illingworth Children’s Centre, Occupation Lane, Illingworth, HX2 9RL

*Peer pressure and society*  *Friendships and healthy relationships* *Online safety, grooming  and staying safe* 

Booking only: Call Karen on 07434 702896 or email

Project_Twelve:31 Complete the 5k Pretty Mudder Race for Life

Congratulations and all credit to the girls of Project_Twelve:31 who completed the 5k Pretty Mudder Race for Life. What a Fun Packed Opportunity for Project_Twelve:31 with every girl giving 100% commitment, support & encouragement to each other & The Race for Life

In Honour of Lost Loved Ones, Ones who are Still Battling & Ones Who have Won the Battle.

How to talk to children about the Manchester attack

18581523_10156164210969951_1706289496868063529_nThe Ariana Grande Manchester bombing that left 22 dead and many injured is in all out thoughts at the moment. There were 21,000 people at the concert that was targeted by a suicide bomber yesterday evening and a large proportion were children and teenagers.

It can be really hard and upsetting to try to explain to children what is happening in the world and why. This incident is all the more shocking because it appears to have been a deliberate attack against children and young people.

Here are 8 things to remind someone who is scared:

1.     It’s really important the you don’t cover up your feelings if you are scared. Don’t worry quietly inside. Talk to someone you love and trust if you are worried about frightening news events.

2.     When there is a big event in the news, lots of inaccurate information ends up on the internet, so try to avoid it. Make sure you get your news from a trusted place like the BBC, Channel 4 or Sky news. Things that happen in the news will be talked about in the school playground or lunch hall, or in online chats. Better that you know the real facts, rather than hearing exaggerated or confused versions from other people. You need correct information, not misinformation.

3.     Remember that terrorism has always been there – as far back as Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot in 1605. There were seven assassination attempts on Queen Victoria during her 63-year reign in the 1800s. For 30 years, Britain lived with bomb attacks from the IRA over the Northern Ireland troubles. But there is always a solution. Right now, Islamic State (known as IS or Daesh) and other terror groups are trying to frighten the world into doing what they want. But, they will be defeated. There will be a solution. In the meantime, children will continue going to school, parents will continue to go to work, families will continue to go to sports events, concerts and on holiday

4.     Life continues.

5.     Remember that events like the Manchester attack are extremely rare, which is why they are in the news. We haven’t seen a big explosive attack like this in Britain since the London bombings in 2005 – some children today won’t even have been born then! The likelihood of being caught up in an event like this is so, so small, you can’t even do the sum to calculate the risk.

6.    The police are doing all they can to make sure that you are safe. More than 400 police officers were working through the night after the attack. Thousands more are working to try to stop events like this happening again.

7.     Remember, too, that there is much more good news than bad news happening. And that there are many more good people than bad people.

8.     Love is stronger than hate. Hug your family and friends a little bit closer and for a little bit longer.

Source: FirstNewsUK