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
  • Two-day break to Alnwick and Edinburgh

    Booking forms are now available for our overnight trip visiting Alnwick Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh in May 2019.  Details are displayed on our notice boards.


  • Twixmas Bring and Share Lunch

    Members and friends are invited to join us at the community centre on Friday 28 December at 12 noon.  Please bring a contribution for a shared lunch.  Tea and coffee provided, bring your own bottle.


  • Christmas and New Year break

    We are taking a two-week break over the Christmas and New Year period.  There will be no activity sessions during weeks commencing 24 and 31 December. 


  • Singing is good for you!

    Singing has been shown to improve our sense of happiness and wellbeing and is particularly beneficial for improving breathing and posture.  Our friendly Singing for Fun group meets on Tuesdays from 2 to 3.15 pm at St Anne's community rooms, with a repertoire ranging from traditional to pop.


  • Contact details

    Have you moved home?  Do you now have an e-mail address?  Have your contact details changed? Please let our secretary know so that our records can be kept up to date.




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

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