In Shipley, a new venture centred around Health, Well-being, and Community has been granted approval, following the endorsement of a £3 million funding arrangement. The Shipley Towns Fund’s investment will rejuvenate The Old School premises on Farfield Road, presently under the ownership of the mental health charity, The Cellar Trust. The plans encompass a complete overhaul, along with the creation of a well-being garden in the grounds, which will be open to the public.

The new facility will continue to be managed by the long-standing founding member charity, The Cellar Trust, in collaboration with the strategic charity partner, HALE, which is also based in Shipley. Its objective will be to furnish health and well-being services through collaboration with various entities from the voluntary sector, public sector, and social enterprise, all under one inclusive, hospitable, and accessible roof.

The Cellar Trust CEO Kim Shutler said: “We have an established track record of successfully delivering specialist mental health support. We already work in partnership with many organisations across the district. We’re excited for this new opportunity to create even more partnerships and support smaller grass roots organisations, who may not easily have access to such facilities, all with the aim of supporting more people across Shipley especially those who are vulnerable and lonely.

“We’ll be making good use of the improved facilities with the access to green space and the opportunity for classes and activities. This is a fantastic boost for the people of Shipley.”

The services will cater to the entire community, with a specific emphasis on aiding vulnerable individuals. The premises will feature spacious halls for gatherings and functions, smaller activity rooms, consultation rooms for both clinical and non-clinical interventions, in addition to a multi-faith and contemplation area.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “The new community development will deliver improved access to mental and physical health services and will support the well-being of our community. It will be an invaluable facility offering increased classes, activities and events as well as meeting spaces.”

Chairman of Shipley Towns Fund Adam Clerkin added: “We are pleased to support this incredible project, which will change people’s lives. It will provide a wide range of integrated support services, delivered by a skilled workforce and a team of volunteers who are trained in engaging, assessing, motivating and giving people the tools to improve their health and well-being.”

Space for offices and co-working areas has been allocated for health and well-being providers and social enterprises. The entrance atrium and welcoming zone will feature an informal seating section and an open-access café, alongside IT facilities. The space will be open to all, offering an array of services for all age groups.