Between 2019 and 2022 Castleford Heritage Trust delivered the Connecting Communities project which involved increasing wellbeing support for people over 60 in Castleford.

Building on the earlier Community Anchors in Care Homes project, we introduced ‘Wednesday Activity Afternoons’ and commissioned an accessible minibus to help transport people to activity sessions held at Queen’s Mill and to sessions out and about in the community including visits to markets, RSPB Fairburn Ings and the cinema.

We also started delivering regular workshops including a craft group ‘Crafty Hands’; Art Appreciation sessions; a Book Club, Community Talks and Heritage Walks.

This project was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this difficult time Castleford Heritage Trust delivered a wide range of online weekly activities including an online creative festival. We made and delivered physical activity packs for distribution into the community for those without internet/online access.  Queen’s Mill also became a Covid-19 Response Hub and later a Help at the Hub location – delivering shopping and prescriptions to affected households and connecting the community with key services. See Our Services for more details.

Despite going through this difficult period, the Connecting Communities project was very well received and attended throughout its lifetime and many of the activities from these years now continue or have been built upon in our Castleford Together new community project.

< Back to Projects
A List of activities from the Connecting Communities Project showing that the project included Crafting Cooking Book Club Local History Painting and so much more