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

 

Ovenden Junior Wardens meet The SCG Partnership 

The newly formed Junior Wardens at Dean Field Community Primary School had the opportunity to meet the Safer Cleaner Greener Partnership on Wednesday 13 October 2021

A Q&A session was held with SCG partners including the CMBC Recycling Team, West Yorkshire Police, Together Housing, Ward Councillors and The North Halifax Partnership 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 Dean Field 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.

Harnessing Diversity Grant

We have put aside a modest sum, per annum, to fund small community activity/projects to promote diversity and community cohesion within Together Housing Group’s or Pendleton Together’s operating area.

The fund is open to residents, staff and members of the community. The minimum amount you can apply for is £100 and the maximum is £1,000. We can allocate no more than £10,000 of grant per year.

Who can apply?

Any group or organisation that operate and/or deliver projects within Together Housing’s or Pendleton Together’s area. Together Housing Group staff members who are not part of a formally constituted group can also apply.

Download full information and the Application Form :

Harnessing Diversity Grant Leaflet and Application Form blank

FREE I.T. Drop in Sessions in Halifax

Are you confused or frustrated by computers, the internet or social media?

Do you want to improve your computer technology skills in a relaxed environment?

Meet Healthy Minds volunteers on Thursday 17 January, 1:00pm-3:00pm at 1 King Street, Halifax HX1 1SR to find out what support might be available to you.

For more information call 01422 345154 or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk.

Singalong with Steve at Blackburn House

Singalong with Steve at Blackburn House, Nursery Lane, Ovenden HX3 5SJ.

For aged 60 plus. Steve Brown is a professional musician with a wide range of experience.

Dates (2:00pm on the last Wednesday of each month):

31 October, 28 November, 19 December 2018

30 January, 27 February, 27 March 2019

Stay on for a relaxing time chatting over coffee and cake.

Fire Safety Advice from Together Housing

In light of the fire at a high rise block in London, Together Housing would like to reassure all tenants and nearby residents of any high rise blocks that they are confident everything possible is  done to ensure they are protected and kept safe.

However, as a precaution, Together Housing are double checking all procedures over the coming weeks and will be re-issuing fire safety advice to tenants.

Together Housing has cladding on a number of its properties and, following speculation in the media, understand tenant’s concern about whether it is fire resistant.

In construction, Together Housing have taken every step possible to ensure the materials they use are fire resistant and the design safe. The details from the Grenfell Tower Fire are not yet known but Together Housing are reviewing this on a daily basis as details become available and will be keeping tenants informed through digital channels.

Read the full press release from Together Housing here…

Hebble Court demolition to commence

The physical demolition of the high rise Hebble Court in Mixenden will start from the week commencing Monday 1 June 2015 onwards.

Early on Sunday 31 May a very large machine will be police escorted into the site and will be there for about 2 weeks to take down the height of the block with operatives positioned on the surrounding streets to make sure passers by & drivers are aware of the works.

No roads are planned to be closed but operatives may ask drivers & passers by to just hold for a time depending on which sides of the block are coming down.

Residents at neighbouring houses are advised that due to the location of the tower and exposure to the wind it is likely that dust will migrate from the site therefore it is recommended that windows are kept closed during the day during the demolition works.