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, […]

17 Jan 2016

Greenspace and healthy living Case study – Peebles Community Action Network (CAN)

Your back yard is committed to developing spaces that bring a positive impact to the communities in which they serve, where a key focus is enhancing community spaces whilst also improving health and well-being. There are many great examples of how developing green space can aide well-being in a community, the below post from guest writer […]

5 Jan 2016

Some ideas for support and securing our public services and community facilities

Here are some of our thoughts on how to support public services and facilities: A support pack for libraries under threat of closure In Yorkshire, as in just about every other part of the country, libraries are under threat. In Kirklees they are all under review, in North Yorkshire they are down to 1 ‘core’ […]

15 Nov 2015

Annual Report 2014-15

We’ve just published our first Annual Report, here it is. Your Back Yard Annual Report 2015