Project_Twelve:31- Photography Project

Project_Twelve:31 are continuing with the 3 week Photography Project with Aim High West Yorkshire looking at producing ‘Our Own Book in Pictures‘ on what we like and don’t like in Ovenden.

All the girls took some amazing creative pictures of Ovenden using smartphones.

The aim of the second session with Calderdale College was to use the pictures and images that the group had previously taken and mount them onto wood.


Project_Twelve:31 team up with Handmade Parade making Koinobori

Young people from Project_Twelve:31 worked with Handmade Parade artist Bee Jasko and writer Emma Decent to create work as part of Fly Project  throughout the Summer holidays.

Three sessions were held throughout the summer programme. Handmade Parade had approached and  arranged with Project _Twelve;31 to deliver the sessions where a total of 20 young people attended across the three sessions, creating  very detailed and imaginative wind socks.

They created designs on silk using dye to make wind socks called Koinobori by drawing patterns & dying fabric.

They were then allowed to flutter in the wind in Shibden Park. The custom is followed in Japan on Children’s Day, which takes place on May 5, the last day of Golden Week, the largest break for workers and also a week in which businesses usually close for up to 9–10 days. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honour of children for a good future and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.

The fantastic work was displayed on Saturday 9 September 2017 at Shibden Hall, Halifax, as part of the Heritage Open Day

Fly! is a community engagement project in partnership with Handmade Parade, Yorkshire Water and Pennine Prospects that aims to use the arts and kite making to encourage local people to access the South Pennine landscape.

Look for us on or handmade parade

Brand New Girl’s Group Launches with Pizza and Hot Chocolate

young-people-with-mp-holly-lynchThursday 12 January saw the successful launch of the brand new Project_Twelve:31 Girls Group at Forest Cottage in Ovenden. 20 girls and a variety of partners of the project braved the cold to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a slice of pizza whilst talking together about some of the activities that will be on offer.

partnersOver the coming 50 weeks these ‘girls only’ sessions will include educational and confidence building activities will address issues relating to anger management, relationships, legal rights, responsibilities, risks associated with drugs and alcohol and healthy living and diet.

Sessions will be structured in a way to allow the young women to have fun and let off steam in a positive way including  physical and sporting activities that build confidence, strength and fitness.

Danielle, a parent whose daughter signed up to on the night, said

“What a fantastic variety of activities – I’m really looking forward to my girls starting the programme. I wish I could join Girl’s Group!”

Karen Scanlon, Ovenden Initiative, said

“I think there are so many pressures on young people these days, especially girls who are expected to do well at school, manage friendships on social media whilst at the same time being bombarded with unrealistic images of females in the media. This bespoke Project_Twelve:31 programme aims to build positively on a the girl’s personality and existing strengths, and to support her to flourish as a strong and confident individual”

If you missed the launch, it’s not too late to join us…. The first session is on Thursday 19 January from 6pm to 9pm at Forest Cottage, Ovenden and is open to any girl aged 12+.

For more information about the programme please call Karen on 07434 702896 or email