Community Foundation for Calderdale has commissioned Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees to administer their Halifax Older Persons Holiday Fund.
The Fund was transferred to the Community Foundation after the sale of a building in Blackpool, which had previously been owned by the charity ‘The Halifax Old Folks Fund’.
The charity offered free weekends away in Blackpool to older people from the Halifax area who were financially disadvantaged.
Since the Community Foundation has taken over the management of the fund over 157 older people who were in financial hardship or have a long-term illness or disability, have been able to take a short break.
Rob Billson Grants Manager at the Community Foundation said: “Our research shows that there are over 7,000 older people in Calderdale who are income deprived, and over 25,000 older people in Calderdale with a limiting long term illness, our fund will support some of those people to take a much needed short break”.
Grants are available now and must be used by the end of 2017, the maximum grant available is £500 per couple or individual and career, and £300 per single applicant. Holiday destinations must be within the UK.
Priority will be given to applicants who are aged 60+, live in the HX postcode area, who are in financial hardship, have a long-term illness or disability and have not used the fund previously.
Rachel Horner from Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees said “The grants are available by submitting a simple application form to Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees. Please collect one from our shop (4-6 Square, The Woolshops, Halifax HX1 1RJ) or call us on 01422 252040 and return the completed form to the Woolshops. Decisions will be made with 4 weeks and payments will be made directly to the holiday provider”.