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, […]

13 Oct 2016

Health Funding for Community Activity – salvation or vanishing mirage?

I’m often told that health is integral to economic and social development – that whatever I want to see happen has a health dimension, and that public health is interested in everything from improved access to employment (because work generally improves the health of folk who don’t have it) to better access to green space. […]

22 Sep 2016

Community Life Chances

Life chances are good.  Like motherhood, apple pie, Liverpool goals and fresh air, you just can’t have too many life chances.  The Government has recognised this, with a move to replace the Child Poverty Strategy with a Life Chances Strategy (deftly avoiding the inevitable failure to reach the target to eradicate child poverty by 2020) […]

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 […]

23 Aug 2016

The Price of Olympic Glory

  Olympic glory, but at what price? The Olympics are over, team GB (whatever happened to Northern Ireland??) have wiped the floor with everyone bar the Americans and the country has put the Brexit blues behind it and started feeling good about itself again. Seb Coe is going around with a smile wider than his […]

12 Jul 2016

Regeneration Brexit style

The people have spoken and as things stand we are heading out of the EU.  While we think this is potentially a major blow for the communities we work in (for reasons explored below), life goes on and there are always opportunities to make things better. We don’t know exactly what a post Brexit UK […]

14 Jun 2016

Launch of the Healthy Living Park!

          After what seems like many years in the YBY development pipeline. our Healthy Living Park pilot is finally about to get underway, hurrah! The project is aimed at getting more people into Parks, and exercising, particularly those with health and mental health issues. The launch is Tuesday, 14th June, 2pm, […]