North Kirklees youth facilities to receive £1m funding from council


Earlier this year, Kirklees Council invited local organizations to apply for part of the £1million funding to improve and expand facilities for young people in the district.

This funding has been set up by the council and its partners to improve provision for 13 to 19 year olds in Kirklees – or up to 25 for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

With the application process now complete, Kirklees Council has announced that over 15 voluntary and community groups in the district will receive funding for a wide range of projects, including five in North Kirklees.

Council Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities.

One organization that has received funding is Sensory World on Old Westgate in Dewsbury.

The funding enabled Sensory World – a multi-sensory play center for babies, children and adults – to create an interactive sensory floor and expand its range of accessible equipment and facilities – including a bed and a lift for disabled.

Linda Homes, owner of Sensory World, said: “Sensory World was established in 2014 and we have grown bigger than I ever imagined.

“We were originally a play center for children with autism, but now we have many more adults visiting us.

Katie Graves and Rowena Kyle with Sensory World’s new interactive floor, Dewsbury.

“We applied for the funding because the toilets just weren’t for that. People were also asking if we had adult changing beds and a hoist etc.

“When I got the email from Kirklees telling me I had secured the funding – considering I’m 62 – I ran into the center cafe like a five-year-old. was a dream come true.

“I really owe Kirklees Council a big thank you.”

All of the new equipment is now in situ at Sensory World, the only such facility in the district.

Other funded projects in North Kirklees include:

Heckmondwicke Community Center – Funding will be used to create two additional community halls, so that more young people can use the building. Ravensthorpe Community Center – Funding will support a new extension, making it more inclusive for all and improving kitchen and catering facilities. Fanwood Activity Centre, Gomersal – Funding will support the development of new outdoor facilities, which will support well-being, mental health and physical health. Dewsbury Moor Sports Club – Funding will help improve facilities, allowing for greater participation in sports, especially for girls.

These projects are carried out under ‘Our Space’ – a new way to provide children and young people with great places to visit, meet friends, make friends, access support and participate in a multitude of high quality activities.

Councilor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said: “Our space is a fantastic concept which means more young people from the age of 13 will be able to access excellent facilities that are safe and inclusive.

“We are delighted to be working with a wide variety of partner organisations, all of whom share the aim of further improving the offer for young people in Kirklees for many years to come.

“Once they are all up and running, they will help us improve thousands of lives.”

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