Masons hand out tens of thousands of pounds to Huddersfield charities

The following is a section from a news item which appeared in the Huddersfield Examiner

“Freemasons are paying out tens of thousands in grants across Kirklees.

Four Huddersfield area charities are being boosted by major grants totalling £72,000 while a further nine small organisations are also being gifted handouts bringing the total to more than £84,000.

Mencap in Kirklees is the biggest beneficiary with a huge £26,000 donation.

The Lindley -based charity, which provides support for people with learning difficulties, is using the cash from the West Riding Provincial Grand Master’s Fund to buy a new a 14-seater bus to replace its 20-year-old vehicle.”

We are so grateful to the Masons for their support in replacing our bus and we honoured to be the largest beneficiary in Kirklees. The support and understanding they have shown to our work is really overwhelming.

With thanks to the generosity of the West Yorkshire Freemasons our new bus has been delivered. It is fantastic, shiny and new. The new arrival is missing some signs which will hopefully be with us soon. 


Charity Ball

We are proud to be hosting our first ever Charity Ball in October 2017.

The ball is shaping up to be a great night. Tickets are only £30 and include a three course meal and entertainment.

We have had amazing support from local businesses who have been donating to our auction and raffle which will take place on the night.

The Ball will take place at the Casa Brighouse on Saturday 7th October at 6pm. If you would like more information or would like to purchase a ticket, please contact Samantha on 07711 589580 or

National Citizen Service (NCS)

The NCS have been working with us over the past couple of weeks and it has been a great experience.

The group started by visiting Waverley Hall to find out more about what Mencap in Kirklees do and to learn more about learning disabilities. The group used this experience to plan and hold a workshop for our members. The workshop was for our annual Christmas card competition and although we are only in July, our members really got into the festive spirit.

The NCS found a sponsor to pay for the printing of the cards and raised further funds to pay for the craft goods needed. The group raised over £400 and the remainder of this will come straight to us to use for our social groups.

It has been a pleasure working with the group who showed great enthusiasm, willingness to learn and professionalism.


Exciting developments for Safe Places

Our Safe Places scheme would like to say a big thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We were awarded £2610 through People’s Postcode Trust for our Safe Places scheme.

People’s Postcode Trust is a grant giving charity funded by player’s of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The money is to help us lower the age limit for Safe Places members. People can now join the scheme from the age of 14.

We have worked with the Children’s Safeguarding Board to make sure this is the right thing to do.

The Children’s Safeguarding Board check that services are effective and keep children safe.

We will be working with a number of services to make sure younger people know about Safe Places.

Thanks again to players of People’s Postcode Lottery and also to the Safeguarding Board for their support.


WAVERLEY HALL – THURSDAY 22.9.16 between 11am – 2pm ‘Back in Time’ Event

Waverley Hall, (Waverley Road, Huddersfield, HD1 5NA) are busy preparing an event to celebrate our 70th anniversary.  Tickets are now available for their ‘Back in Time’ event which takes place on Thursday 22 September between 11am – 2pm.  Tickets cost £3 and includes a 1940’s rationing themed meal.  There will be 1940’s themed dress, music and memories. We hope you can join us.  Contact Waverley Hall on 01484 340844 or Samantha on 07711 589580 for information or to get your tickets.

Waverley Hall - Back in time



Huge thanks to the National Citizen Service (Team 8) who have helped with our gardening at Head Office at Brunswick House, Lindley today. The group have been on volunteering projects, assisting Leeds Mencap, taking part in fancy dress and are busy planning a fun run. They kindly donated to Mencap in Kirklees a Flymo Scirocco electric garden blower which will be useful to help keep the garden leaves tidy at Brunswick House. Thanks again to everyone who helped today.

NCS - Gardening project - HO 16.8 (1)

Music Fest

Music Fest 2016 4

Following last year’s success our Music Fest makes a welcome return.

On Saturday 25th June from 3pm-8pm we will be holding our popular Music Fest. The festival is a real family day out with games and craft for the young ones, great acts, a BBQ and Bar for the Grown Ups.

The acts this year include Spirit of Smokie, The Last Minute, Darren Ellis, Music from the Cubicles, Sam H and Ian Howarth from the original Black Lace.

Don’t miss out – get your tickets now! Call 07711 589580 or email

Tickets cost £5 Adult, £3 Child, Under 2s free. Discounts are available for 10 or more tickets.









Skills for care have announced that personal health budget (PHB) holders employing a personal assistant (PA) can apply now for individual employer funding from Skills for Care to cover the full cost of care related training for both themselves and their PA (s). For further information, please follow the links or go to Skills for Care website: Skills for care – Individual employer funding


YORKSHIRE 3 PEAKS – Fundraising event

Thank you to all participants, helpers and supporters of The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. The weather and the walk (over 24 miles) proved very challenging for the team.  The route took the walkers up Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough taking in some spectacular scenery.  Well done everyone.

3 Peaks Challenge Poster


For more information about future fundraising events, please contact Samantha Jones on 01484 340811 or email

Mencap in Kirklees are holding their first ever Music Fest

Music Fest

We are holding our first ever Music Fest to coincide with Learning Disability Week. The day will be an opportunity to appreciate some fantastic music, raise awareness about learning disabilities and to thank our loyal supporters.

Jr Burrows Property Group have kindly sponsored the event so with thanks to them and Audio Hire Co. for supplying us with the equipment we need, the event is able to go ahead on Saturday 20th June from 3pm-8pm and features acts including Ian Howarth from the original Blacklace, Danny Tetley who has appeared on Pop Idol and The Outsiders.

We will be holding a raffle, children’s activities and food and drink aplenty.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £5 per adult and £3 per child.

For more information contact the office on 01484 340811 or email

Learning Disability Week

Learning Disability Week this year takes place between Monday 15th June and Sunday 21st June.

During the week, Mencap in Kirklees will be raising awareness about all the work going on around Kirklees to ensure that people with learning disabilities feel included, supported and valued. We want to get people across Kirklees involved to help challenge perceptions and attitudes.

Please take a look at our Learning Disability Week film and share with your friends to help raise awareness about Learning Disability Week.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner visits Safe Places



Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire visited our Safe Places scheme on Wednesday 29th April. The Safe Places scheme has been supported by his Safer Communities Fund so Mark was keen to see how the money was being used and meet some of the people the scheme has helped.

The visit took place at Huddersfield Bus Station which is one of the busiest Safe Places in Kirklees. Mark was able to talk with Helen who credits the scheme with her achieving employment as her confidence has improved since joining the scheme. A group from Kirklees College also paid a visit to let Mark know how the scheme fits in with their Keeping Safe topic and promoting independent travel.

The visit coincided with one of the scheme’s road shows where events are held to demonstrate partnership working and allows people to come along and find out more. West Yorkshire Police, Kirklees Involvement Network and Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance attended to give out information and there were a number of people who joined the Safe Place scheme.

Further road shows are planned for Thursday 21st May at ASDA Huddersfield, 10.30am-12.30pm and the Options Centre, Dewsbury on 16th June, 10am-12pm.




Last night’s ASDAN presentation was a great evening and showcased all the hard work that goes into our Employment Training Schemes, Oddjob and Waverley Café. With 15 trainees attending to receive their awards it was lovely to hear about their personal journeys through the 6 months training and to hear what they are doing now. With several trainees moving on into further training and volunteering, and one who has just been offered a job in a care home kitchen, there have been some real successes.
Congratulations to all the trainees and the staff and volunteers at both Oddjob and Waverley Café. Thank you as well to the staff who organised a fantastic awards evening and to the family and friends who attended and helped us celebrate.

ASDAN awardsASDAN awards 2

Date for your Diary

National Mencap is organising some information sessions for carers to find out about setting up wills and trusts for the benefit of someone with a learning disability.  The sessions are free and the nearest one to us is on

Tuesday 17th March 12.30pm  – 2.30pm

at St George’s Centre, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3BR

To book a place ring 020 7696 6925


We have several people who are making a difference to people with learning disabilities across Kirklees this year by taking part in a challenge to raise funds for us. We cannot thank them enough. Our organised Challenge this year is the Yorkshire 3 Peaks which will take place on May 9th. Some of our supporters have signed up for the Great North Swim and runs. If you are interested in taking part in a challenge for us this year or are interested in taking part in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge in May please contact Samantha on 01484 340811 or

Yorkshire 3 Peaks for facebook

Hate Crime

Disability Hate crime is when someone treats you badly because you have a disability. It is important to tell someone if anyone makes you feel bad, scared or they harm you or your things.

West Yorkshire Police have some useful easy read leaflets to help raise the awareness of hate crime.


For more information visit their website:

You can also report hate crime online:


The voting for the Engage Foundation awards has now opened. Mencap in Kirklees applied to Engage Mutual for funds to assist in buying a hoist and a changing table for our Dewsbury Shop’s, disabled toilet. This equipment would make a huge difference to people with multiple disabilities and their loved ones/carers in the Dewsbury area. Having a facility available would allow them to participate in their local community much more easily knowing that there is a facility close by should they need to use it.

To vote follow the link below.

Voting closes on the 17th of November. Thank you for your continued support.


A big thank you to everyone for your support. Thanks to everyone who attended the Barn Dance on Saturday, you all looked to have a good time. Thanks to everyone who helped and thanks to the people who donated raffle prizes including: Print Bureau, Cheshire Mouldings, Timbmet, Lindley Fine Wines, Halo, The Courtyard, XL Joinery, The Huntsman Inn, John Dodman and Wendy & Dave from Jive Time.
The Great Northern Ceilidh Band did a great job as did the staff at The Ukrainian Club.


Safe Places becomes a vulnerable person scheme

How can a Safe Place help

Safe Places has successfully helped people with learning disabilities feel safer whilst travelling around Kirklees for the past two years.

Funding from Kirklees Council has this year allowed the scheme to open it’s doors to help more people. Safe Places is now for people aged over 16 who might be vulnerable when they go out. The scheme will now be able to benefit people with dementia, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and those with Autism/Asperger’s.

Samantha Jones, Safe Places Co-ordinator told us, “the scheme has always had the scope to be able to help so many more people. These are very exciting times.”

Our leaflets and application form have been updated. If anyone would like some copies, or for more information please get in touch with Samantha on 01484 340811.


Safe Places has been nominated for a Lloyds Community Fund Award. We need your vote to help us receive up to £3000.

This money will provide Safe Places with resources to help more people by expanding the scheme to help any vulnerable person… not just those with a learning disability.
There are 4 ways to vote
Text ‘VOTE KBB’ to 61119
Visit enter your email address and click confirm when they email you.
In branch at Holmfirth and Slaithwaite
You can only vote once from each number/twitter account/email address and once per visit to local branch
Thank you for your support