When we wanted to start 2 Pilates classes at the beginning of 2015 we needed money to pay the rent & the only equipment we had was a few donated mats. I had just finished my Pilates training & gained a level 3 CYQ & was raring to go– BUT building up new classes can be slow. We needed funding to take us through the lean months until class fees were equal to the rent bill. We applied to Community Foundation for Calderdale & they gave us all that we asked for. We were able to buy 10 better quality, thicker mats. Older backs have been so grateful for the extra cushioning. We could also make & purchase some promotional material, including 2 small banners which we display each side of the fences at our 2 venues, when it is not raining & windy. Chi balls, which we also purchased, are soft balls which can be used to enhance moves & add challenges to Pilates exercises. They are so versatile that we use them in the 2 Gentle exercise classes which I also teach. Everyone’s favourite is the gentle massage & manipulation the balls can also give, helping sciatica, aching backs, tired feet & more. They have proved very popular & are much used.
So we give CFFC a great big thank you for our grant & a cheer for all the wonderful support they give to big & small voluntary groups, helping us all to make a difference in Calderdale.