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We have had a busy year at the Community Foundation for Calderdale, we have processed 335 grant applications and awarded £1,123,862 to local charities, community groups and individuals in crisis in Calderdale. We have been making giving count locally!

As Calderdale continues to grow, it is important to identify the issues that need our attention and care. The Community Foundation brings stakeholders together who share a passionate vision for progress. Our leadership approach creates unique solutions that foster growth, connections and sustainable change. Aligning and leveraging resources allows us to strengthen our community for the long term.

Behind each of the doors of the advent calendar, you will find a case study or video showcasing some of the work we have undertaken this year.

To drive long-term change in Calderdale we are taking on some big isues facing local people. To demonstrate the role we play in addressing these issues, below are three examples of initiatives in different stages of development.

Tackling Isolation and Loneliness

In Calderdale 17,688 older people are ‘sometimes’ lonely and 6,367 older people are ‘always or often’ lonely.

With so many local people affected we have taken the decision to invest £150,000 in local voluntary sector projects, which aim to tackle isolation across three themes: Befriending, Access, and Micro-commissioning services. Seven delivery partners have been commissioned to deliver this work.

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Todmorden Mental Health Project

Community Foundation for Calderdale and Calderdale NHS have invested £150,000 in a Todmorden mental health commission which aims to support those affected by the flooding experienced in the Calder Valley on Boxing Day 2015.

The commissioned charitable organisation is providing services that will improve the mental health and wellbeing of Todmorden residents.

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Tackling Homelessness

Our annual socio-economic research identified that homelessness is once again on the increase nationally, and the signs are that trends in Calderdale reflect this national picture. Homelessness acceptances to Calderdale Council have risen by 29.6%.

Because of these findings we took the decision to award a strategic grant of £20,000 per year for three years to Calderdale SmartMove, to enable the charity to increase its capacity, and help tackle the rising issues of homelessness locally.

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