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 £2 which is payable on the day - so you only need pay for the sessions you attend.  Please note that this fee will increase to £3 from January 2018.

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
  • Line dancing

    Due to bereavement, line dancing will not be taking place until the New Year.  It is envisaged that sessions will start again on 4 January, but watch this page for confirmation.


  • Christmas/New Year closures

    SOFA sessions are taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period.  The last sessions take place on Tuesday, 19 December and we commence our 2018 sessions on Thursday, 4 January.


  • 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.


  • Bring and Share buffet lunch

    This free event takes place on Wednesday, 27 December from 12 noon at the community centre. Please bring food to share for a buffet lunch.   


  • Can you help?

    We have a supply of new flyers advertising SOFA sessions.  Please can you help to distribute these to friends, neighbours or others who may benefit from our activities?  Have a word with any committee member.


  • Tesco donation

    Thanks go to Tesco Brighouse for their generous donation of tea, coffee and biscuits which members can enjoy following activities.


  • 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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