The Together is Better West Yorkshire launch event on the 29th May at Brian Jackson House was a huge success.   Thank you to everyone involved!

Together is Better Event

Launched in August last year Together is Better aims to promote personal budgets and partnership working in order to improve people’s health and well-being and identify new funding streams for charity and voluntary groups.

Another key aim of Together is Better is to campaign for an increase in donations from the private sector to charity and voluntary organisations, in order to help provide a sustainable future for the services that have a positive impact on peoples quality of life whilst further strengthen the partnership approach to their care at home.

We had a brilliant day and it was great to see so many people at the event. We had a wonderful cross section of the Kirklees community in attendance with professionals from the health and social care industry as well as public and third sectors members. We also had many individuals and family members join us.

The day included an introduction to Together is Better, the charities journey and vision for the future by Gary Smelt from Together is Better. Bruce Adams from HomeCareDirect then gave a presentation on Why support planning is important and the community well-being benefits through good support planning.

The highlight of the day was definitely being able to demonstrate the purpose of Together is Better by charitable donations being made to charities chosen by people who use and value their services.

HomeCareDirect have made a pledge to begin donations of 5% of their charge to charities chosen by their service users.  We were delighted to have HomeCareDirect clients and/or their family representatives at the event making donations to charities of their choice.

Donations made to great local charities…The Nerve CentreCarers Trust Mid Yorkshire and Markazi Jama Mosque Riza & Islamic Centre. 


We will publish individual articles to tell you all about these charities and the donations made to them.

We’d like to make a few special mentions and give a big thank you to everyone who was part of the event and to those who made valuable contributions to the day.

Gemma Blagbrough, CEO of Jigsaw Enterprise Training gave a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening talk on her personal journey through personalisation and managing her own personal budget and employing her carers over the last 10 years.

Huge thanks must also go to the Skill Builders group from Jigsaw Enterprise Training for their personal presentations and delivering their “Bucket Full of Confidence” session, which was great fun and which we highly recommended!

The market place area had a varied range of Kirklees community support based charitable and voluntary organisations including CloverleafSkills for CareJigsaw Enterprise TrainingThe Stroke AssociationCarers CountKirklees Visual Impairment NetworkThe Nerve Centre​ and Carers Trust. Many thanks to all for supporting Together is Better!

Together is Better was very lucky to gain media support from Kirklees Local TV (KLTV) who not only filmed the event but also interviewed a wide range of attendees. We will share these with you on our YouTube channel soon.

Catering was provided by Sara Gill and team. Sara is the director of Stanley Training Project, a catering training programme for people with a disability based in Dewsbury.

The event was a great success and enjoyed by all that attended, we hope this will be the first of many such events and if you’d like to find out more or get involved with Together is Better please get in touch with us here.

We also hope that other companies sign up to the Together is Better approach and start donating!