The 13th Annual Deighton Carnival

June 5, 2014 in Fresh Horizons News

Yorkshire Music Library move hits the right note

December 17, 2013 in Fresh Horizons News, Yorkshire Music Library

The service relocated from Wakefield to Red Doles Lane, Huddersfield, last year and now houses over half a million music scores and orchestral sets.

A social Enterprise which brought the UK’s largest music lending library to Huddersfield is on tune for success.

The service relocated from Wakefield to Red Doles Lane, Huddersfield, last year and now houses over half a million music scores and orchestral sets.

The Yorkshire Music Library provides music to over 2,000 choirs and orchestras nationwide.

This month sees the launch of the library’s new online reservation system.

Click here to read the full article in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Press Release

November 27, 2013 in Empty Homes Project, Fresh Horizons News


Press Release                                                                                                                    November 25th 2013

Creating Jobs and Decent Homes from Empty Houses

This week is National Empty Homes Week which highlights the waste of empty properties nationwide, and celebrates the success of initiatives to bring empty homes back into use and to encourage more widespread action.

Fresh Horizons, an innovative Deighton based social enterprise, have been pioneering a project aimed at bringing empty properties back into use, supported by Kirklees Councils and in partnership with Connect Housing Association.

To help carry out the work, Fresh Horizons has recruited four local young unemployed people as apprentices, supported by experienced Construction staff and the company’s Community Learning Mentor.  The Kirklees Council Jobs Fund has helped them to recruit an additional 11 young people working as trainees on the programme for six months.


The trainees and apprentices attend day release at Kirklees College to develop the skills they practice on site.  Staff work intensively with them to build their skills and confidence, providing  interview preparation and access to courses to increase their skills and confidence.  At the end of the 6 month programme all trainees will be interviewed for a limited further number of apprenticeships at the Company.

Glendene Gill, Community Learning Mentor, said “Fresh Horizons is looking for employers who can take on the trainees we can’t at the end of programme, when they will have gained valuable experience and a Level 1 qualification through the College.”  Prosperctive employers can contact Glendene on 01484 551520.

Apprentice Javen Richards, 20, said,  “This is my first ever Job and i am enjoying it so much. I’m learning new skills and I am happy I have been given the opportunity to to work and get paid for it.”

Jason Oldfield, 24, a Kirklees Jobs Fund trainee said, “Fresh Horizons is a good environment to work in. It’s great that people are giving me a chance to get some real experience which will help when I am am working in the real world. I enjoy painting and decorating and joinery and would like to secure full time employment with them.”

“This programme creates a solution for a host of social problems.  Long term empty properties, that can create nuisance and become an eye sore for our communities, are brought back into use.  Owners of the empty homes get an income from part of the rent.  Young people get valuable work experience and skills, many for the first time.  Local people in housing need get affordable accommodation.” commented Mike McCusker Managing Director of Fresh Horizons.


“The trainees and apprentices have been outstanding.”  Kevan McDonald, Construction Manager at the Company says,  “These young people have shown that when given a chance for meaningful work with a future they put every effort in.”

Through approaching social issues holistically Fresh Horizons has been able to demonstrate enormous social and economic value. This initiative helps reduce crime and the fear of crime, improves community assets and provides rental income, as well as enabling long term unemployed young people access learning and jobs.

Kirklees Council Cabinet member for Streetscene and Housing, Cllr Cathy Scott, said: “This project not only helps bring homes back into use but is also providing much needed jobs and training for those working with Fresh Horizons.  Local employers will benefit from the scheme as it will raise the calibre of those applying for jobs once they have completed their training and experience.”

Contact details

For further Information, please contact:
Morris Simpson Business Development Manager
Tel: 01484 551520 Fax: 01484 234224
Mobile: 07949 817185 E:Mail


About Fresh Horizons

Fresh Horizons, situated in Deighton, is a growing social enterprise, employing over 70 people, that helps people in areas of deprivation feel proud of what they do and where they live.


By engaging local people, with local knowledge, to solve local problems Fresh Horizons provides opportunities for learning, development and employment; engages people in community life through managing facilities and local events; and improves the quality and safety of community assets. As a social enterprise surpluses are re-invested into services that benefit the community. And as it grows Fresh Horizons creates more jobs, develops more community assets and helps more people improve their lives.

Flippin ’eck as kids street dance for charity in Sheepridge

November 6, 2013 in Fresh Horizons News

By the end of the day £2,023 had been raised which will be divided between the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall, Huddersfield-based Ruddi’s Retreat and Climb HQ which is for children living with metabolic diseases…

Fidget Feet from Huddersfield

Fidget Feet from Huddersfield
Click here to read the full article in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner

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October 21, 2013 in Fresh Horizons News


Chestnut Cinema

November 8, 2012 in CAP Coordinator, External Promotion, Fresh Horizons News

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The Chestnut Cinema Club is based at the Chestnut Centre in Deighton and it offers the complete cinema experience without the high cost or large crowds.

Chestnut Cinema Club offers a chance for people to watch, and discuss if they so wish, a series of films in a comfortable environment with refreshments available for the price of a small donation or you can borrow 5 books from our Library.

They may be films that you love and have seen time and time again or films and genres which are completely new to you.

To become a Cinema Club member all you have to do is be a Kirklees Libraries card holder and you’re all set!

Creative Ashbrow Partnership (CAP) Coordinator

September 11, 2012 in CAP Coordinator

Hi my name is Dani Maloney & I am the Creative Ashbrow Partnership (CAP) Coordinator for Fresh Horizons.
The purpose of CAP is to inspire, support, link and promote all creative activity within the Ashbrow Ward.

That’s Brackenhall, Deighton, Sheepridge & Riddings.

I’m trying to gather information in order to create a Whats On Guide for Ashbrow with contact details, what it is you do etc which will be easily accessible by the community.

So if you are a member or organiser of a creative group or an artistic individual active in the area I would like to hear from you.

You can contact me on 07545 926 471 or at

Thank you

Yorkshire Music Library

June 28, 2012 in Fresh Horizons News, Yorkshire Music Library

Welcome to the Yorkshire Music Library.

The collection, originally housed at Wakefield’s Library of Music & Drama, was saved by Fresh Horizons in 2012 and is now in Huddersfield’s Red Doles Lane siteThe Collection comprises over 500,000 music scores and although it is no longer a public browsing library it acts as a distribution centre servicing over 2000 customers nationwide.

Borrowers can view the catalogue online at:  The catalogue now also functions as a reservation system and so music can be ordered online for concerts in advance.

You do not need any log in details to browse our catalogue but to place an order with YML you must first become a member and this is free to do.  If you would like to become a member of the Yorkshire Music Library please complete a Membership Form and email it to We will respond to emails within 3-5 working days.  Alternatively, please contact the library on 0844 800 3331 and a member of staff will be happy to help. 

0844 Charged to the Caller at 4.255 ppm at all times

Membership Form

Hire Charges 2014

Visit Catalogue


You can collect and return music to our Red Doles site in Huddersfield:


Yorkshire Music Library 
Front Line Services
Red Doles Lane
West Yorkshire
HD2 1YF 


Please arrange collections and returns a member of staff.  Office hours are 09:00 – 17:00 Monday – Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

If you have any comments/ideas or concerns regarding the service provided by the YML, please contact Project Manager, Rosalyn Wimpenny at


For further information about the Yorkshire Music Library, please visit the YML website at:

BBC News Video – Filmed in The Chestnut Centre

May 10, 2012 in Fresh Horizons News

Tax and benefit changes will ‘hit families hardest’

Visit the link to watch the video


Fresh Horizons celebrates its role in providing affordable housing

April 12, 2012 in Fresh Horizons News

Fresh Horizons celebrates its role in providing affordable housing

Martyn Broadest of Connect Housing, signs up to 50in250 with Mike McCusker of Fresh Horizons and Lucy Findlay of the Social Enterprise Mark.

Fresh Horizons, a social enterprise certified with the Social Enterprise Mark, has signed a deal with Connect Housing, the West Yorkshire housing association, to help bring empty homes into use as affordable housing.

As a result, Connect Housing have become the latest company to sign up to the Social Enterprise Mark’s 50 in 250 Campaign, by contracting with Huddersfield based Fresh Horizons.

The 50in250 campaign is designed to help 50 businesses each buy from 5 social enterprises, within 250 days. By using certified social enterprises in their supply chain, businesses can demonstrate easy corporate responsibility in an ongoing, valuable and meaningful way.

Fresh Horizons will deliver housing refurbishment and management.  Managing Director, Mike McCusker, said: “We are delighted that such a prestigious organisation as Connect Housing, has added us to their supply chain as part of the Engage Project to bring empty homes into use as affordable housing.  The 50in250 campaign is designed to help businesses use certified social enterprises within their supply chains, and in the process dramatically improve the benefit they deliver to communities. This work will certainly do just that. ”

Lucy Findlay Chief Executive of The Social Enterprise Mark said: “50in250 will help companies know who can contribute real social value to their supply chains. As the certification for social enterprises, the Mark provides the only reliable way of knowing that the people you do business with have genuine commitment to use profits to support their social or environmental aims.”

Martyn Broadest Director of Regeneration at Connect Housing said “Connect Housing is delighted to be working with Fresh Horizons as part of the Engage partnership, with the aim of bringing empty homes back into use as affordable rented housing.  Our partnership will bring benefits to both organisations, helping Fresh Horizons to create a sustainable property lettings and management business, and offering Connect the opportunity to learn from Fresh Horizon’s entrepreneurial success.”