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 school and the real driving force behind this) thought it might be a good way of getting young people, to Read more…

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 findings included: The project was overall a success; over 700 people participated, more than 40 sessions were delivered and more Read more…

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 which will deliver a range of services to local communities. The post, based in Leeds, will initially be a part Read more…

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, on 27th May. Instructors and coaches will be there to provide Zumba, Boogie dance, rugby, football, a guided walk, parkour, Read more…

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 had well staffed and funded Regional Development Agencies, specifically set up to reduce economic inequalities across the country. In term Read more…

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 wallet pocket, scorning the people who had doubted the legacy he had promised London would deliver. Bring on Toykio.  How Read more…

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, in the People’s Park in Halifax, with a planting session with children from one of the local primary schools. This Read more…