High Five is a community group based in Pellon, Halifax. We have been going since 2011 and run a programme of fun and healthy activities throughout the week.
All are welcome to come and join us. You’ll make new friends, try new things, get fitter and most importantly of all, have fun!
We are a membership organisation, with membership usually costing just £3 per year. However 2019 Membership is free.
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High Five began as a Calderdale Neighbourhood Schemes initiative and is now an independent, self-organised group.
We have a committee of 8 members each active within classes registering, taking money & representing the committee at the activities and attending our regular meetings. We find this link very important. A number of our committee members have health issues, or caring or grandchild responsibilities, so a lot of work falls on a small number of people.
We now have five paid tutors – for Tai Chi, Singing for Fun, Line Dancing, and Monday’s Art class at New Hope. Our other sessions are run by volunteers. Two of our committee members run an indoor Kurling session. George and Sue did Gentle Exercise training with Age UK and Sue has continued her training over the last four years by embarking on training in Pilates. Sue now runs two Gentle Exercise classes at Highgate together with two *Pilates classes at different venues, whilst George runs the Scottish Dancing class.
All of these activities are designed to keep an older group of people fit, independent and socialising. We regard ourselves very much as part of a local community. We encourage our members to care for one another and to let us know if anyone has needs. We have good links with Age UK and, via the Neighbourhood Schemes Team at Calderdale Council, we can access Adults Health and Social Care, physiotherapists and all the other services and sources of help for an aging population. We have been actively linking with the NHS both locally and regionally (Calderdale & Kirklees) through meetings to plan the future of the NHS. We feel it is so important that the planners know that we are here to help keep folk healthy and happy.
We currently use four different venues and have very good relationships with them. We are constantly trying to promote ourselves so that we can reach more people. We are fortunate to have an excellent and very skilled treasurer who applies for grants when necessary, and guides us carefully .
There are so many opportunities and so many needs! We know that we are only reaching a small fraction of those who would benefit but we have to keep the organisation to a scale that we can manage. We aim to keep our groups well run and good fun as well as beneficial .
* Read more on Sue’s training qualifications click this link About Sue and her passion for Training