Youth Action Project in Almondbury managed by Almondbury Methodist Church
Almondbury Youth Action Project &
Almondbury Mobile Film Club 2008

The Almondbury Youth Action Project was setup in 2008 with the main purpose of coordinating work with young people in the neighbourhood.

The Committee was and is made up of representatives of people who are, broadly speaking, trying to engage people in worthwhile and community focussed activity. Our Committee is made up of people from the Kirklees Metropolitan Council Young People's Service, local schools, neighbourhood wardens, police and Open Art, an Arts in the Community Organisation based in Huddersfield Town Centre, and including our Minister here at the Methodist Church, and two of our members, John R as Treasurer, and Mike T as Chair.

We meet as frequently as is necessary and have organised various events and activities including: two clean-ups of local areas; the Shaping the Future and Forgiveness Projects; the Almondbury Flurry (Fun Run linked to the Almondbury Gala) and more recently the Almondbury Alive Project, which brought young people together with older people to prepare an Exhibition and Film Show about Almondbury past and present. We were fortunate to get funding from the Childrens Network in Calderdale for this particular Project and we have now learned that a bid for funding for a follow up Project, the Almondbury Mobile Film Club, has been confirmed by the Awards For All Lottery Fund.

This latest Project is designed to follow up 'Almondbury Alive' by arranging for the showing of six films in various venues in the village, including The Wesley Centre, and enabling us, with the help of Open Art, to make at least two films about the neighbourhood which will also be shown to village audiences.

We are currently in discussion with the people who have been concerned about the future of the Library to make a film about the Library and the history surrounding it and the interest which has been generated by recent events.

We are grateful to Awards for All for making this new Project possible. At the same time we are pursuing the development of the Almondbury Community Arts Project which was inspired by Paula B, and which has now been taken up by The Wesley Centre Management Committee, who have appointed a sub group to work with Open Art.

Again this will build on the foundations laid by the Almondbury Alive Project by encouraging wide local involvement in all aspects of the Arts: that is in painting, sculpture, music, dance and drama. We believe that we have a great heritage to preserve in Almondbury. At the same time it is important that we take into the future a community that is united, tolerant, and caring, a community in which people want to share experiences and work together towards a future in which people of all ages, and from all social backgrounds and cultures can live together in a flourishing community.

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