About us

We are a Registered Charity whose purpose is:

To develop the capacity and skills of the members of the socially and economically disadvantaged community of Haslingden in such a way that they are better able to identify and help meet their needs and to participate more fully in society, in particular but not exclusively by:

  • the delivery of educational and recreational activities that promote and support the development of new community relationships and wider community engagement;
  • the provision of education to raise awareness in Haslingden and beyond of loneliness, isolation and dementia issues;
  • collaboration with other charities, voluntary organisations and public services in pursuance of the Charity’s wider objects;
  • any other charitable activities as may be determined from time to time and that support the primary purpose.

We aim to work with members of the community and partner organisations to reduce loneliness and isolation and raise awareness of loneliness, isolation and dementia.


The short video clip below helps to outline what we do and was kindly produced for us by Bellyflop TV




Rachel Yates-Hoyles

Having worked in the voluntary sector for a national charity for the last 14 years, I have gained many skills, improved my knowledge and met some amazing people, which led to me achieving my degree in Health and Social Care in 2016. I currently have full time national role within a specialist dementia team and travel all over the UK in supporting the charity’s dementia services to achieve the highest possible person centred service they can. My main interests are meaningful activity and creating dementia friendly communities, having set up a Dementia Action Alliance in Bury in 2012.

Throughout my work, I have gained significant experience in developing strategy, raising the quality of dementia care, public speaking, people management, creative thinking, developing workable solutions to challenges, developing projects and setting up community groups. I have volunteered for Dementia Friendly Rossendale for nearly 3 years and deliver monthly public dementia friends sessions in Haslingden .I also volunteer as a director for REAL and I am committed to making a difference for the people of Rossendale.

My friendship with Jane and our passion for making Haslingden a better place led to us combining our skills to set up `Made in Haslingden’ which we hope will grow and develop into a more supportive community.

Having lived in Haslingden for 25 years, I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful place, surrounded by some amazing scenery and friendly people. You may often see my family and I walking our two dogs Lola and Riley around the hills and streets of Haslingden. If you do, please stop and say `Hi’.


Jane Riley

I have spent a large proportion of my working career in the NHS, beginning in a clinical role and progressing through management. I am also Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner and have specialist skills in Risk Management, Corporate and Clinical Governance and am an experienced trainer. I have developed a wide range of people and resource management skills throughout my career and can co-ordinate and organise effectively whilst looking after the detail. I have managed a local Community organisation and now work in the Public sector.

I have volunteered for most of my life, starting as a young leader in a Brownie pack at the age of 14 or so and progressing via Rainbows to leading my own Brownie pack up until starting a family. I was North West Area Co-ordinator for the Leukaemia Care charity, which provided financial help and caravan holidays for people with Leukaemia and their families. This, and family experience gave me real understanding of the problems and hardships faced by families and individuals affected by serious illness. I was also a Governor and trustee of an Independent Primary School for 13 years, with the last 7 spent as Chair of Governors. 

I have lived in Haslingden for over 20 years and love the fact that although we are a town, we are surrounded by beautiful countryside – 5 minutes from home and you can be in the hills!

Made In Haslingden started as a small idea. When Rachel and I started to explore how to make our idea a reality, we found that there was a real need to provide activities which help people overcome loneliness and which are suitable for people living with dementia. I am passionate about community working and hope that we can develop Made In Haslingden to provide sustainable activities which enable members of the community to help others in their community. 


Janet O'Driscoll

I’m Janet, the latest Director to join the Board of Made in Haslingden. However, I’ve been around virtually from the start and was the first Made In Haslingden Volunteer. I hope I bring my various skills to the organisation but we haven’t needed my Mushy Pea Steeping skill just yet!

I have, like the others, been involved in Volunteering for many years. My greatest ‘event’ so far was being at the very beginning of the Rossendale Valley Motor Bike Show where I developed my passion for the volunteering community and looking after the many hundreds of volunteers who came on board with what, at it’s zenith, was the biggest event of its kind in Europe. Many thousands of pounds were raised for various charities and I had such fun working on this exhausting but exhilarating event. The lessons I learnt from the Show were that Volunteers must always be treated with respect and the welfare of volunteers remains my priority.

The Rossendale Valley never ceases to amaze me, we have a beautiful place to live and work and the generosity of citizens is truly humbling. It has been a pleasure to raise my family in such a lovely environment, and whilst I live in Rawtenstall my vested interest in Haslingden is that my son, his wife and their 4 children live just around the corner from Haslingden Community Link. I am incredibly proud that my eldest two grandchildren regularly come along to our sessions and interact with the older generation with no noticeable age gap. On a personal note, we have a person living with dementia in the family and gain valuable insight into dementia through our experience of this dreadful condition. It is my hope that one day, with research, dementia will be thought of as a curable condition just as advances in technology and treatment of cancer has shown that it can be a treatable diagnosis, not a terminal one.

Finally, just a reminder that volunteers are not paid because they are priceless. We have a fantastic team and each one of them is truly an amazing human being.