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Towns Fund cash helps transform Keighley community hub

Melanie Hay, CEO of Keighley Healthy Living

Keighley Healthy Living's building has been transformed following a £95,000 boost from the Keighley Towns Fund.

The community organisation supports health and wellbeing in the town and has been based in the building on Scott Street behind the library for the past 17 years.

About 500 people use the centre each week for a wide variety of activities including yoga, dance fit and tai chi, as well as classes such as drawing and painting, gardening, British Sign Language and IT support.

The charity delivers projects focusing on building social connections, lifestyle change, support for young parents, pain management and mental health guidance, delivering external classes in the community.

CEO of Keighley Healthy Living Melanie Hey said: “We are supporting more people than ever before and it’s so important for us to have a space which not only facilitates what we do but creates a sense of community.

“Thanks to the funding, our architects and builders we have certainly achieved that and it has transformed the way we use the building. People come here and find it a special place to be, so we are excited to be able to reflect that now in the way the whole space looks and feels.”

The work has created a new welcome space, where people can come together. There is also a new community room, which can be split into two, as well as new decoration throughout. The garden has also been re-designed, with full disabled access, and planters at wheelchair height.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport said: “Supporting organisations like Keighley Healthy Living through the Keighley Towns Fund has such a positive impact. The work of this organisation to bring people together and help people live healthier lives will be boosted by having this functional, modern new space to use.”

Acting Chair of the Keighley Towns Fund Liz Barker said: “This charity has made such impressive use of the funding and it’s great to see the way the transformation of the building has made such a genuine and positive difference to the lives of the people who use it.”

Melanie added: “We are delighted that our users have given us positive feedback, particularly around improved accessibility and the garden, which is such a special space here. The building is now owned by KHL, and we’ve stipulated that it must always be used for the community so creating this incredible space will be a legacy for the people of Keighley for a long time to come.”

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