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The Community Foundation for Calderdale supports hundreds of charities and voluntary groups across the borough, addressing inequalities and working together to help create opportunities for those that most need help.

As part of a national network of UK Community Foundations we invest in these groups by distributing grants and sharing advice – acting as a catalyst for positive change. Community Foundation for Calderdale relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses and public sector organisations to help local people to gain the support they need while investing in a brighter future for all.

Our Impact 2018

1082471
awarded in grants 2018
335
grants given in 2018
We’ve distributed over £28 million in grants since 1992, enabling positive change in the lives of thousands of people in our communities.

We distribute grants and loans and use our specialist knowledge to help community projects thrive, so they can make an even greater impact.

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

Poverty & Disadvantage

In response to evidence of increased poverty and disadvantage amongst families in Calderdale, the Community Foundation for Calderdale funded Citizens Advice Calderdale to employ an additional full-time specialist caseworker to work with families with multiple needs, to maximise their income.

The caseworker worked intensively with 70 clients over one year and secured a total of £176,000 for these clients.

Sarah’s story provides an example of the impact made.

Read Sarah's story here

Mental Health 

The Community Foundation for Calderdale and the Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust made an initial investment £150,000 to kick start a Todmorden mental health project aimed at supporting those who had been affected by the devastating floods of Boxing Day 2015. Since that time a further investment has been made, and the service is now available in other areas of the Valley.

The project offered mental health support, information and advice in accessible, coordinated and holistic ways.  It supported 1,522 people in its first year, including 367 people who attended information and support drop-ins.

Find out more here

Homelessness

Research and consultation carried out by the Community Foundation for Calderdale has identified a significant rise in homelessness in Calderdale, with demand for support considerably outstripping supply.  For instance, local charity SmartMove reported a waiting list of over 80 people, in addition to the 110 people it was supporting at any one time.

In an attempt to ease the situation, the Community Foundation awarded a grant of £20,000 per year for three years to SmartMove, enabling an additional caseworker to be employed in order to support more homeless or vulnerably housed people into appropriate housing.  This enabled SmartMove to complete assessments out of office hours, reduce waiting times substantially, and support more people at any one time (an additional 38 people were helped over one year).

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