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ABS Anniversary Fund Series – July: Illingworth Moor Methodist Church

Congratulations to Illingworth Moor Methodist Church who are the July recipient of the ABS anniversary fund!

The ABS Foundation and our charity partner, Community Foundation for Calderdale, will be supporting 12 different charities who deliver vital services in Calderdale. Every month, between May 2019 and April 2020 the ABS 19/20 fund will make an award to one fantastic local charity.

Meet our new team-Toby

Pictured left to right: Brian Robinson, Geoff Widdop, Graham Wood, Neil Making and Leonard Davies.

What Do They Do?

Their Centre Manager Neil Making along with his fantastic team run many events through the week as well as their church services.

Their space includes:

  • A café
  • A charity shop
  • Life skills courses
  • Family gathering events
  • Children’s activities
  • Sports clubs/ fitness classes
  • Craft clubs

The team at the church send out a monthly newspaper and is distributed by the Illingworth Messenger Trust free of charge. It includes the monthly activities coming up, hints and tips for around the home, puzzles such as word search and crosswords, jokes, support groups, and adverts for local businesses.

What Will They Do With The Donation?

Man Shed at the Moor

Neil and his team plan to create a space primarily for males, providing friendship and fellowship, encouragement to interact, discuss and find guidance.

The “Man Shed” will be a 20” x 8” shipping container with lining to keep the container dry and warm, a safe electrical supply, seating and work benches.

Running costs will be minimal and run by volunteers. Voluntary donations by those using the Man Shed will be used for hobby and craft work, together with tools which have already been offered.

It is hoped that the Man Shed at the Moor will be ready early November.

Building A Future

Neil Making, centre manager of Illingworth Moor Methodist Church comments: “We have already had a number of enquiries about membership. We know the internal space we have is limited, and we know that similar projects have expanded rapidly, so depending on the success of the project, we may be looking to expand with further units and seek support from our current fund providers. Watch this space!”

Dave Lees, trustee of the ABS Foundation and director at ABS UK said of the recent donation, “This is a really great initiative which will support the wider community of Calderdale. It is a fantastic idea that has got the potential to expand into other key areas to support mental health”

If you’re a charity in Calderdale and like what you see, check out our blog post introducing the fund and to find out how you can apply.

You may also be interested in:

  1. Barkisland Active Together
  2. Calderdale Lighthouse
  3. ABS Foundation