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We believe it’s important for older people to be able to maintain their independence in their own homes with dignity and a sense of fulfilment. They may often need a little extra support and that’s why we’ve developed a range of community groups to promote practical, social, physical and spiritual well-being.

The Huddersfield Deanery Project

The Huddersfield Deanery Project (HDP), set up in 1994, helps to tackle isolation and loneliness among older people. The team, including volunteers, shares information with older people, offers them advice and support, and puts them in touch with local partners. Older people are welcome to call in to our community groups or to telephone us, and we can even make home assessment visits, enabling us to identify the right activity for each person.

A range of groups and activities enable older people to maintain or improve their fitness (our exercise programme is supported by Age UK), meet new people, develop new skills and lead more fulfilling lives. Older people living with dementia are most welcome to attend with their carer and join in the fun.

  • Happy Wednesday – members enjoy ‘aerobics for mature movers’
  • Thursday Friends – members enjoy a lunch club with activities, gentle exercises, a raffle and bingo
  • Friday Friends – members enjoy a lunch club, raffle and bingo
  • Volunteering opportunities for continued contribution and activity within the community
  • A walking group
  • A craft group
  • A bingo club
  • A prayer group
  • Regular outings

Happy Wednesday’s runs 9.45am-11am weekly

Thursday Friends runs 11am-1.30pm weekly

Friday Friends runs 11am-1.30pm weekly

All groups take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish rooms, Sheepridge HD2 1HF.

Other community groups

We are developing older people’s groups throughout the Diocese.  All of our groups support people living with dementia, as well as those who care for them, which include the following:

Wakefield: Monday Friends
The Canon O’Grady Hall, St John the Baptist, Normanton WF6 2JF.
Join the group for morning coffee, light exercise and indoor games. Held weekly from 10.00am-12:00.

Knaresborough: Friendship Group
The Old School Hall, St Mary’s, Church Lane, Knaresborough.
Join the group for friendship, fun, games and refreshments. Held each Monday from 1.30pm-3.00pm.

Yeadon: Friendship Group
SS Peter and Paul Parish Centre, New Road, Yeadon LS19 7HW.
Join the group for friendship, fun, games and refreshments. Held each Tuesday from 10.15am-11.30am.

Bradford: Lunch Club
St William’s Parish Hall, Ingleby Road, Bradford, BD8 9AJ.
Held each Tuesday from 12.30pm-2.30pm.

Harrogate: Friendship Group
St Joseph’s Parish Hall, 281 Skipton Road, Harrogate HG1 3HD.
Join the group for friendship, fun, games and refreshments. Held each Tuesday from 1.45pm-3.00pm.

Bradford: Lunch Club
St John the Evangelist Parish Hall, Cooper Lane, Bradford, BD6 3NS.
Held each Wednesday from 1.00pm-2.30pm.

Wakefield: Wednesday Friends
St Austin’s Parish Rooms, Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield WF1 3QN.
Join the group for gentle exercise, indoor games and refreshments. Held weekly from 1.00pm-4.00pm.

Harrogate: Knit and Natter
St Aelred’s Parish Hall, 71 Woodlands Drive, Harrogate HG2 7BE.
Join the group for friendship, knitting and refreshments. Held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 10.30am-11.45am

Wetherby: Mature Movers
St Joseph’s Parish Hall, 20 Westgate, Wetherby LS22 6LL.
Join the group for friendship, exercise and refreshments. Held on a Thursday from 2.00pm-3.30pm (not on the 3rd Thursday of the month).

Leeds: Friendship Group
Wheeler Hall, Cathedral Church of St Anne, St. Anne’s Street, Leeds LS2 8BE.
Join the group for friendship, fun, games and refreshments. Held each Friday from 10.30am-12.00pm.