SOFA was set up in 2011, as part of Calderdale Council's Neighbourhood Schemes.  Its aim is to offer people primarily in the 50 plus age group within the community of Southowram and surrounding areas, a range of fun activities to help promote their health and well-being.

Sessions cost £3 which is payable on the day - so you only need pay for the sessions you attend.

If you're not sure whether an activity is for you, come along and give it a try, or just sit and watch.  The first two weeks 'taster' sessions are free!  (Please note that this concession does not apply to those sessions which are planned to run for a limited number of weeks.)

Worried about coming on your own?  Call 01422 346204 to arrange to meet someone when you arrive, or just to find out more.

Membership is currently £5 a year.

Members are encouraged to attend meetings of the Management Committee.  Please go to the Management Committee page to see the date of the next meeting and view minutes from the most recent meetings.

We're all about keeping active, having fun and making friends!

Here's what some of our members have to say about SOFA:

'SOFA has given me something to look forward to, meeting new people and joining in the activities.'

'I meet people from the local community which makes me feel I belong.'

'SOFA has been everything to me.'

'SOFA has been one of the best things to happen to our village . . . met some very nice people and made friends.'

'I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know them.'

Latest news
  • Easter closure

    SOFA is taking a two-week break over the Easter period.  There will be no regular sessions during weeks commencing 26 March and 2 April.  Back to normal from Monday, 9 April.

  • Oxford and Blenheim Palace break

    Join us for a two-day break visiting Oxford and Blenheim Palace departing Friday, 11 May.  See notices at our venues for details.

  • Sainsburys donation

    Thanks go to Sainsburys, Halifax for their generous donation of tea and coffee which members can enjoy following activities.

  • Coach trip to Liverpool

    Liverpool is the destination of our next coach trip on Tuesday 27 March.  A chance to visit the Terracotta Army exhibition.  See details of how to book at our venues.

  • Community Foundation for Calderdale

    Our grateful thanks go to Calderdale Community Foundation who have awarded SOFA a grant of £1,000 towards our venue hire costs.  This is a huge achievement for SOFA and great news for our membership.

  • Contact details

    Have you moved home?  Do you now have an e-mail address?  Have your contact details changed? Please let our secretary, or any member of the committee know so that we can keep our records up to date.

SOFA is based in the hilltop village of Southowram, near Halifax in West Yorkshire

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