25 Jul 2017

Haw Hill Healthy Living Park

We kicked off our Healthy Living Park in Haw Hill Park, Normanton, this week with a fantastic Zumba class! A variety of different sporting activities are being run the park throughout summer, from yoga to football. All of our sessions will be led by qualified coaches, are open to all ages and most importantly, are […]

21 Jul 2017

Community Centre Week 2017!

The role of the community centre is to provide a focal place for members of the community to meet, with over 4 million people using community buildings each week. The establishment of the community centre came after the First World War, parallel to the development of new social housing. The purpose of the community centre […]

7 Jul 2017

Our Projects… An Update!

We currently have three new and exciting projects at YBY in Bradford, Doncaster and Bramley. Visit our ‘Projects’ page on the website for more information… http://www.yourbackyard.org.uk/projects/ In Bradford we will be undertaking surveys in Wibsey park and with surrounding households in order to understand the public’s use of the park and create an action plan for […]

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 […]