23 Mar 2018

Student researchers bringing skatepark in west leeds a step nearer!

Hi there!  I am Asha Oguri, an undergraduate student from the University of Leeds on a placement with ‘Your Back Yard’.  I am currently studying Social Policy due to my interests in social and political issues.  The opportunity to work with YBY has been a great experience for me as it has allowed me to […]

21 Mar 2018

Lottery funding secured for Wibsey Park!

‘Your Back Yard’ has just been awarded a 10k grant from the national lottery to work with the Friends of Wibsey Park in delivering a fun programme of fun, healthy activities for all ages, this summer. Hurrah! This project is the 4th park to be awarded funding (from various sources), all part of a wider […]

7 Mar 2018

Collecting the evidence for a healthy living LS6!

Hi this is Katy again with an update on our research project for ‘Your Back Yard’, in partnership with the Cardigan Centre (see photo!). Over the past few weeks we have been conducting fieldwork in the LS6 area to obtain the overall target of 650 questionnaires. We have also inputted the data from the completed […]

6 Feb 2018

Developing a Healthy Living Programme in Inner West Leeds

Hi, I’m Katy Diamond, a second year student at the University of Leeds and I will be working with ‘Your Back Yard’ on their healthy living initiative over the next few weeks. Research will be conducted in partnership with the Cardigan Centre, who YBY are working with on a potential exciting new development focused on […]

10 Oct 2017

Inactivity, the new smoking!

According to recent research from Public Health England (PHE), more people die a premature death now from inactivity as they do from smoking (come to think of it, have you ever seen an inactive old smoker?). More than 1 in 4 of the population is obese, and this ain’t cheap. Simon Stephens, the chief exec […]

5 Jun 2017

Orienteering in the rain-What a great sport!

Fantastic orienteering session today in People’s Park with the children from St Mary’s school Halifax! Despite the horrendous weather, more than 100 kids, from, years 1, 3 and 5 had a great time, taking part in 3 separate sessions. The reason for trying out orienteering was we (myself and Lisa Foster, KS2 leader from the […]

17 May 2017

Evaluation of Healthy Living Park project finally hits the news stands!

          Not sure what to make of the fact that the People’s Park ‘Healthy Living Park’ Project in Halifax took 7 months to develop and deliver, whilst the Evaluation into its efficacy and impact took 9 months! Must be a veritable masterpiece, judge for yourselves (HLP-Evaluation report, final PDF version). Headline […]

10 May 2017

Your Back Yard are hiring!

Research and community liaison job Not the biggest job in the world, but it could grow! Thanks to a grant from the lottery funded ‘Big Potential’, which helps social enterprises get ready for social investment, we are looking to recruit. We need someone to help us develop ideas for new base and community resource centre […]

8 May 2017

Healthy Living Park, the second!

    After a highly successful pilot project in ‘People’s Park’ Halifax last year, YBY is delivering a second HLP project in Haw Hill Park in Normanton, near Wakefield, in partnership with the ‘Friends of Haw Hill Park’. To get things started we are holding a Family Fun Day and -Launch event, Haw Hill Park, 12-4pm, […]

19 Sep 2016

A New Deal For Communities, mark 2?

Remember the halcyon days of regeneration, back in the nineties and early noughties? Oh what bliss it was in that dawn to be alive, knee deep in multi million pound regeneration programmes; Single Regeneration Budget, New Deal for Communities, Neighbourhood Renewal, Housing Market Renewal, more ‘Pathfinders’ than you could shake a stick at. We even […]