March 2020

Welcome to March!

Spring is in the air (well it should be anyway) and at last we can see new buds and daffodils beginning to appear! This month we have a lot going on, as well as our usual jam-packed intinerary, we have a couple of additional projects on the go including an induction day for FREE level 2 courses (see below) and the launch of our exciting Making a Man Shed campaign! Please read on…

FREE Home Study Courses (Level 2 Certificate)

We have a number of different home study courses available for induction on Friday 3rd April from 10.30 – 12:00 subject to criteria. All candidates MUST attend the induction to qualify for this FREE funding. Please email Lucy at for full course details and to secure your place.

Sedbergh Spotlight – Carers’ Cafe

The Sedbergh Carers’ Café is a monthly session taking place on the third Wednesday of the month. Set up to give respite to those who care or who have cared for others, we offer a light-hearted social network including lunch, carer information, games, quizzes, crafts & holistic well-being sessions. Admission: £1.50.

“When I first came [to Sedbergh] I was isolated and a loner. [The Carers’ Café] gets me out of the house and [is a] time to talk and meet others.”
- Sedbergh Client

Help us Make a Man Shed

Can you help us make a Man Shed – a weekly session – for men to get together for social activities, support & laughs to help clients gain a renewed sense of purpose, belonging & well-being? A Man Shed can help build social connections; forge new friendships and go a long way towards improving health & happiness – reduce loneliness and even save lives.  Now we want to crowdfund £1,000 to really get the project started and are asking for donations of any amount to pay towards providing refreshments; develop the project out to more men and make a contribution towards utilities. 


There are a number of rewards available for specific donations and it is easy to contribute. Please visit from 4th March until 22nd April and ‘like’ and ‘follow’ our page at to join the crowd!

Dancers Wow Disneyland

Pro-dance Academy Bradford recently performed in Disneyland, Paris! After successfully gaining a place, they flew out 27 of their advanced dancers; took part in a workshop then showcased a 20-minute performance in front of a huge audience. The dancers were amazing and received comments from the Disney Director saying what a brilliant job Pro-dance Academy did – from the dancing to the costumes on stage! Before the dancers came home, they enjoyed the theme parks by meeting the Disney characters and went on the rides. Pro-dance Academy would like to thank Sedbergh Youth & Community Centre for helping with fund-raising and venue hire, Tesco Halifax Road for allowing them to bag-pack and everyone who contributed. Pro-dance Academy, Bradford – we couldn’t be prouder! Well done.


February 2020

Welcome to February

We’re glad the nights are staying lighter longer but not so happy about the cold weather snap. Many of you may be entitled to £140 off your electricity bill for the winter period under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. If you’re on a low income or get the Guarantee Credit element of pension credit contact our AIG Worker, Colleen on 01274 679843 for some advice.  

Thank you to everyone who took part in the latest survey regarding potential new groups for the centre and to those who came along to the Man Shed taster session. We have collated some valuable feedback on our ideas which helps us to decide whether the groups are needed and the information collected supports our funding applications. We hope to have some news for you about these groups in the Spring/Summer season. 

Sedbergh Spotlight – Toddlers Stay & Play

Toddlers Stay & Play runs three times a week for children aged 0-4 years and their parents/carers. At the sessions children can play with toys and race around the gymnasium on ride-ons. In the warmer months we open the outdoor play area which includes swings, slide and climbing frame. A state-of-the-art sensory room and library are also available during sessions which open Mondays 09:15 – 11:15 and Tuesday/Thursday 13:00 – 15:00. Admission: £1.50 (2nd child 50p) includes snacks & drinks. Café access for parents/carers. Please call 01274 679843 for details or just turn up.

The staff [at Toddlers Stay & Play] are so kind and welcoming and there are lots of things for babies and toddlers to do! They have a sensory room which is lovely – my 8-week old daughter loved watching all the lights and listening to all the different sounds – it was brilliant!” – Claire

Teapots & Teacups

We are currently seeking donations of teapots and pretty cups & saucers for a bird feeder craft project. None of the crockery needs to match (in fact it’s better if it doesn’t!) but the teapots should be small please. If you can donate any of these items, we would be grateful if you could drop them off at the centre ~ Thank you.

Join Our Friendship Group

We believe that life is better with friends so would like to invite people to come along to our Friendship Group which takes place at the Sedbergh Centre every Monday from 10.30a.m. until 12 -noon. This lovely group is run by the Health Champions of Low Moor Medical Practice & includes craft sessions for those interested. Call 0790 512 3706 for info.

January 2020

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2020 everyone – and what better way to start off the New Year than with a brand new start. We work tirelessly at the centre all year round to make sure we can offer 

lots of activities and resources to benefit our local residents. Whatever age or ability – we have something for you. This year we want more people to come along and join us 

in making our local community something to be proud of. Here is a snapshot of what we can offer:

Stay & Play 

0-4 years

Mon, Tue & Thu

Youth Club

6-13 years


Pro-dance Academy

Different ages

Week nights

Sedbergh Boxing 

Adults & children

Week nights 


Young people additional needs 

Wednesdays & Saturdays

Friendship Group

All ages


Young at Heart

All ages


Breathe Better 

All ages



All ages

Mondays to Thursdays

Job Club



Nu Futures 


8-weeks (Thu/Fri)

Carers’ Cafes

All ages

Monthly (Wed)

Happy Cafes

Monthly (Fri)

Venue Space 

Subject to availability


Subject to availability

If you would like more details on any of our activities or resources then please call the centre on 01274 679843 or email us at

Thank You – Supporters, Funders & Volunteers

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients, funders and volunteers who support us throughout the year. Whether you attend activities; volunteer or provide funding – we really wouldn’t exist without you. So thank you very much!

Sedbergh Spotlight – Nu Futures

Nu Futures is a fantastic FREE 8-week personal development course for those actively looking for work and who wish to improve their skills and fitness levels. Running on a Thursday and Friday, this is a gentle introduction to learning employment skills, managing stress levels, improving confidence and focusing on goals while gaining nationally recognised qualifications. The course takes place at the Sedbergh Youth & Community Centre and Sedbergh Leisure Centre. All those attending the Nu Futures sessions will be entitled to 2-months FREE membership at Sedbergh Leisure Centre. Attendance counts as job search hours. Please contact Mark Longley on 07967 889343 or email for more details.


Mark Longley – Head of Learning

Youth Club Festivities

In December, our Youth Club members enjoyed making these fabulous snow globes and cards! Every week we try to provide different activities and sports for our young members to take part in. The Youth Club takes place every Tuesday from 17:30 – 20:30 HOURS. Admission is £3.00.

Enjoy the Gift of Giving

Christmas may be over but you can still enjoy the gift of giving by donating any duplicate/unwanted gifts to our charity. We’ll make good use of any donations by using them for fund-raising purposes to help continue to provide the many activities used by our local community. Please call 01274 679843 if you can help.

December 2019

Welcome to December 

We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came along to our Christmas Fayre last month and we believe that it was our best one yet! This is all down to YOU – our lovely community and local businesses who supported us by volunteering, donating and coming along to join in the fun!  We can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work and support. All proceeds from the day have gone back into our charity pot to ensure we can continue to provide low-cost activities. Our raffle was as popular as ever & all prizes have been claimed apart from # 15. Winning tickets were:


Christmas Closures

Our regular sessions will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Monday 23rd December 2019 until Saturday 4th January 2020. Sessions will re-open week commencing Monday 6th January.

Pro-dance Academy’s last session will be on Saturday 14th December 2019 and they will re-open on Monday 6th January.

There will be no Carers’ Cafe or Young at Heart sessions on Wednesday 18th December as this is our Christmas meal day out. The New Year Carers’ cafe will open on Wednesday 15th January 2020.

There will be no Happy Cafe on Friday 20th December as this is our Xmas Brunch day out. The New Year Happy Cafe will open on Friday 31st January 2020.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our funders, large and small, who supported us throughout 2019 and enbabled us to continue to provide activities and resources to our local community.


Check out our website for information on all of our activities and resources for all ages and abilities at:

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

November 2019

Welcome to November

As we start to prepare for our biggest fund-raiser of the year, we have never been more amazed at the generosity of our local community! The donations have poured in and we are very excited as we wrap and ribbon some fantastic prizes. As a charity, we rely on the goodwill of those around us and this year we have not been disappointed. We hope you will all come along on the day and take part in the community spirit, whether you browse our numerous festive stalls, bring the kids to see Santa in his magical grotto or pop in for a bite to eat – we would love to see you. All of the proceeds will go back into the centre so we can continue to provide our much used activities and resources at low cost admissions. See you there!

Young at Heart Dinner Cruise

Last month, the Young at Heart group embarked on a dinner cruise along the Leeds Liverpool canal. Thanks to funding from the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded  entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, our clients enjoyed a roast dinner and picture perfect weather.

November Carers’ Café

Come and join us for High Tea at the Sedbergh Centre Carers’ Café on Wednesday 20th November from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Carers meet monthly for food, social activities, quizzes, games, crafts and advice & information. Please feel free to pop along – many of our carers benefit greatly from this respite activity which we believe is the only one in the Bradford area. Admission: £1.50.