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Celebrating 25 years of Community Foundation for Calderdale


The Community Foundation For Calderdale is a philanthropic advisor to individual

25thdonors and businesses locally, a strategic grant making foundation and community leader. And this year we are celebrating 25 years of the Foundation.

Each year we identify priority local needs via our research – Vital Signs and use philanthropy to address those needs, this year we have identified a hidden homelessness problem in Calderdale, identified a need for stronger communities and uncovered disturbing levels of deprivation and inequality locally.

Via our strategic grant making we are aiming to make real and lasting changes to those three key areas of life in Calderdale. Be inspired to get involved by clicking on each of the themes below.

Stronger Communities 

This years Vital Signs research identified:

Our research revealed over 24,000 older people in Calderdale are experiencing loneliness. Only 26% of people feel they can influence decisions affecting the local area.

Only 66% of people in Calderdale feel they get on well with people from different backgrounds, this is 10% less than the national average. Only 26% of people in Calderdale have volunteered locally.

Housing and Homelessness 

This years Vital Signs research identified:

There are currently 3,500 households in need of affordable housing in Calderdale. There are 3,292 vacant properties in Calderdale half have been vacant for more than 6 months.

Over 350 homeless people have been supported this year by one charity, that’s 276 more people than the official statutory figure for Calderdale suggesting a serious hidden homelessness problem locally.

Deprivation and Inequality 

This years Vital Signs research identified:

10,050 children in Calderdale re growing up in poverty. Half of all pensioners in Calderdale are living in fuel poverty. There were 115 excess winter deaths  (people who would not have been expected to die) during winter 2015, these are deaths which are directly related to the cold weather/poor housing conditions etc. During 2015 it is known that there were over 12 free meal and food banks in use in Calderdale.