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REPORT: Age-Friendly Cities & Communities

Building Age-Friendly Cities and Communities

‘Age-Friendly Cities and Communities’ are those that have policies, services and structures that enable older people to ‘age actively’ – that is, live in good security, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society.

A comprehensive new piece of research explores how to develop urban environments that can best support sense of place amongst older adults living in diverse urban areas. By sense of place they mean the physical, social and community resources needed to enable older adults to feel valued in their community, to facilitate a sense of belonging, to enable a sense of identity (sense of self in relation to others) and to develop a sense of place attachment (to people and place).

If this sounds complicated, the research report is actually very readable and contains some real nuggets of common sense – it’s well worth a read, if this topic interests you:  Read Research


HOUSING: New Houses in Brighouse

Ward Court housing development in Brighouse

Not for profit housing and care provider, Housing 21 has unveiled modular build bungalows at Ward Court in Brighouse, West Yorkshire with a grand opening event.

The offsite modular construction project is one of the latest in older people’s housing and has taken place on land owned by Housing 21 at Ward Court. The new properties mark a step forward in an in-filling approach, which provides much-needed housing by utilising existing space and minimizing disruption to neighbouring residents.

The organisation worked with construction firm, M-AR Off-Site Ltd and Henry Riley LLP consultants to build the modular one bedroom bungalows specifically for people over the age of 55 and are delighted to announce the site has been shortlisted for the ‘Best approach to modular construction’ category at the Inside Housing Development Awards.

The bungalows are complete with kitchens and shower rooms, and were transported by road before being lifted into position where external finish and roof construction took place.

Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, said

“We’re delighted to welcome the first modular affordable housing scheme to Calderdale. We’re very impressed with the quality and speed of construction, and we’re glad that residents are too – it’s fantastic to hear that their new homes are making a real difference to their lives. The Council is committed to bringing a wide range of quality new homes to the borough, to increase choice for local people at all stages of their lives.”

Housing 21 currently has one of the largest build programmes for older people in England. The organisation has committed to providing at least 2,100 Extra Care properties and 210 Retirement Living properties by 2022, and 1,000 new homes per annum thereafter.

View the construction video of Ward Court in Brighouse here.

EVENTS: Market Time

News of a couple of upcoming markets that might just tug at the purse strings!

Brighouse Artisan Market
Brighouse’s town centre will host an Artisan Market, celebrating independent producers and markers. The town will once again welcome talented traders from the local area with an array of different farmers, artisans and vendors offering lots of different things 27 October, 10am onwards.

Vintage Arts and Craft Market
This takes place on the last Saturday of every month in the Albany Arcade in Halifax Borough Market. Come along and find an unusual and unique present or something for yourself. Next date Saturday 26 October.

SUPPORT: Apply For a Holiday Fund

The Community Foundation for Calderdale’s Older Person’s Holiday Fund makes going on a holiday more affordable for older people who do not have the opportunity through social isolation, ill health or disability or financial hardship.

A holiday can provide a change of scenery, a chance to sightsee or simply a relaxing break with loved ones.

Grants of £300 for a single person or £500 for a couple are available towards a holiday in the UK. If a single person needs a carer it is possible to apply as a couple to enable the carer to go too.

Applications are weighted towards:

  • Applicants who are 60+
  • People who live in postcode areas HX although people who live in other areas of Calderdale are encouraged to apply.
  • Those in financial hardship
  • Those who suffer from long term illness or disability.
  • People who have not benefited from the fund before

The application deadline for UK breaks in 2020 is 15th December 2019

Please return your completed application form to:
Post: Holiday Fund, Staying Well, 87 Turner Avenue South, Halifax, HX2 8EF
Apply online: click here for the online application form 

Decisions will be made within 4 weeks of the grant deadline and payments will be made directly to the holiday provider.

If you require support completing the application, please contact Staying Well on 01422 392767 or email

HEALTH: Pilates in Shelf

shelf.pngShelf and Northowram Staying Well Steering Group have launched a new exercise for all class at Shelf Village Hall starting on Thursday 3 October.

With funding from Community Foundation for Calderdale through the Isolation Fund, this Pilates For All class will include standing and seated exercises so everyone can take part.

Enjoy a 45 minute class with a highly qualified instructor for just £5 a session.

For more information, call Eve on 07930 803229.


SOCIAL: Pellon High Five Group

High Five is a community group based in Pellon, Halifax. They have been going since 2011 and run a programme of fun and healthy activities, aimed at older people, throughout the week.

All are welcome to come and you’ll make new friends, try new things, get fitter and most importantly of all, have fun!

They are a membership organisation, with membership usually costing just £3 per year.  However 2019 Membership is now free.

More information about Pellon High Five

High Five began as a Calderdale Neighbourhood Schemes initiative and is now an independent, self-organised group.

They have a committee of 8 members each active within classes registering, taking money & representing the committee at the activities and attending regular meetings.

They now have five paid tutors – for Tai Chi,  Singing for Fun, Line Dancing, and Monday’s  Art class at New Hope. Other sessions are run by volunteers. Two committee members run an indoor Kurling session.  There are also two Gentle Exercise classes at Highgate together with two Pilates classes at different venues and a Scottish Dancing class.

All of these activities are designed to keep an older group of people fit, independent and socialising.

The group currently uses four different venues.

Find out more on their lively website:

SUPPORT: meals on wheels service

Are you looking for a meals on wheels service for you or perhaps a family member or friend?

Park Care Meals is a family run Yorkshire based “Meals on Wheels” service that has been established since 1995.  They say of themselves the following:

“Our mission is to provide a daily visit whilst delivering delicious, wholesome meals to your door at great value for money.”

“A sensible well balanced diet is the key to good health at any age. We take great care to constantly monitor and improve individual dishes in order to ensure that every meal is nutritionally well balanced.”

Links: Current 4 Week Menu

How Does it Work?

Each hot meal and dessert costs just £6.00 including delivery

  • We offer a flexible meal service.  It operates every day of the year and you can choose how many days a week you would like a meal.  The meals will be delivered by the same friendly person each day*.
  • We aim to deliver all our meals between 11.30 and 1.30 each day, arriving at approximately the same time once we have made the first delivery.
  • We offer a choice of 4 nutritious meals each day, delivered hot together with a choice of a hot or cold dessert for only £6.00
  • A sandwich and dessert tea can also be delivered along with the lunchtime meal for only £2.40 extra.
  • A wide variety of special diets are available including vegetarian options, diabetic meals, gluten free and modified texture meals for people with chewing or swallowing difficulties.
  • Every 4 weeks you will receive an order form for the following week’s meals, this should be filled in and returned to the delivery driver.
  • Park Care Meals customers benefit from daily friendly contact from our team of helpful delivery drivers.

Payment methods

They can collect payment in 3 ways:

  1. Cash collected each day when delivery made.
  2. Cash or cheque collected at start of the week for 1 weeks meals.
  3. A monthly invoice can be sent out to the customers address or a relatives if preferred.

How To Order (Halifax & Bradford area)

Call 01274 498877 or email:

Visit their website: