Cuts threaten to sever ‘lifeline’

A CLUB which has been a lifeline for many Brighouse people could close despite its base undergoing a £10,000 transformation.

The Calder Valley Club, which looks after adults with physical difficulties, was awarded the money after applying to the Awards for All, a lottery grant scheme, last summer.

The money which has to be used for a particular project or activity has been put to good use transforming the drab cafeteria into a bistro-style cafe. Before the transformation, the ground floor room was full of cafeteria tables, painted cream and had an aged carpet. Now it has a feature wall, smart leather chairs and flowers on every table.

Every penny of the £10,000 has been spent wisely. The money has also bought a new front door for the club, on Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, and a new carpet for the upstairs lounge.

But the club which has been in operation for more than 30 years could face closure in May if it doesn’t secure funding from Calderdale Council.

Doug Jones who lives in Hipperholme, has been attending the club for six months and said it had changed his life. “I have made some great friends at the club,” he said. “If it closes then I will just be sat at home and so will a lot of other people.”

Mr Jones who is blind and only has one leg attends the centre four times a week and says he enjoys going out for trips with the club. “It will take a lot of peoples freedom away if it closes,” he said. “There is about 15 of us from the Brighouse area and we all get picked up on a minibus and taken to the club. It gets us all out of our houses.

“Some people have been using the club for years and they are all like family.

“I think closing it down is going to destroy a few peoples lives. I’m so happy going to the club.”

The charity looks after 38 adults, five days a week. Clients come from all across Calderdale.