More than 400 people took part in the second Airedale Community Activity Day at the Hut Leisure and Community Centre, recently.
Adults and children from the community had the opportunity to have a go at a range of activities led by local groups, volunteers and services. They were entertained over the half-term holiday with free activities including bowling, cycling, football, and arts. Children were also treated to a healthy lunch and a free fruit smoothie that was created by pedal power.
Local community members volunteered their time to help run activities, with young people volunteering to run fitness challenges, the Friends of Ferry Frystone Woods and Colour Me Calm providing arts and crafts. New local group, The Bike Yard, provided free bike maintenance and cycling courses.
The volunteers were supported by Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Wakefield Council, and Yorkshire Sport Foundation, who are working alongside the community on a project that uses sport and activity to make a positive change in Airedale.
Kathryn Mudge, Focus Communities Development Manager at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people coming together and enjoying a range of activities. Airedale has a strong community spirit and we want to see how we can support local people to create more opportunities like this, more often.”
“It’s great to see so many different services and members of the community coming together to deliver, such a fun and engaging day for the local community,” said Lorna Catchpole, Community Engagement Coordinator at Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
“We hope to build momentum off the back of community days like these to provide more regular community-led activities in Airedale.”