Saturday, 20 December 2014

Reportage: £500,000 boost for Square Chapel

Halifax’s Square Chapel Centre for the Arts has been awarded more than half a million pounds to deliver its Creative Communities project.

The £500,927 grant from the Big Lottery Fund will enable Square Chapel, in partnership with Hebden Bridge-based arts organisation Verd de Gris and Orangebox young people’s centre, Halifax, an outreach project aimed at improving community cohesion, to improve skills and opportunies for those involved.

The partnership programme includes arts and crafts classes and afternoon dances for older people; drama, dance, arts and music workshops for young people; some creative inter-generational projects; and an extensive schools outreach programme.

The project aims to reduce social isolation, improve community cohesion and improve skills, knowledge and quality of life for people in Calderdale.

Michaela O’Sullivan, education and outreach manager at Square Chapel, said: “We’ve been delivering outreach programmes for the last 12 years, and this funding will help us to continue the great work we’ve been doing for at least the next three years - it’s a really exciting prospect.”

Verd de Gris will be delivering a large programme of work with communites across Calderdale to improve cohesion between generations and cultures.

Jeff Turner of Verd de Gris said: “We do a lot of work with older people, a lot of work with schools - the main focus is to bring people together from different age groups and different communities.

“We do a lot of work about sharing and learning from one another.”

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