Category Archives: Calderdale-wide

Self Employment Workshops Exclusively for Over 50’s in Halifax

training-workshop-300x261If you are over 50 and considering starting a business, then here is the perfect opportunity for you to support your journey into self employment.  The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) working in conjunction with Calderdale Council are offering you the chance to attend their intensive workshops exclusive for over 50’s in Calderdale.
FREE taster session ‘Introduction to Self-Employment’ Workshops at Horton House Adult Learning Centre in Halifax on Tuesday 8 April, 1pm – 3.30pm or Wednesday 9 April, 9.30am – 12.30pm.
Whether you are considering your employment options, thinking about becoming your own boss or just interested in hearing about the support available to help you become self-employed, then why not come along to one our sessions?
What topics will the sessions cover?
• What is involved in running a business?
• The benefits of becoming your own boss
• Business idea creation
• Your business vision
• The support available to you
• The next steps you can take
For more information and how to book the above sessions, please visit

Become a British Cycling Ride Leader

 British Cycling is on the hunt for new Ride Leaders to help inspire more people in West Yorkshire to get on their bikes and start cycling for fun.
A FREE, assessed one-day course qualifies you to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths.
The next FREE  British Cycling Ride Leadership Award courses available in Calderdale will be Saturday 3 May.
Cost: FREE
After completing the leadership award, Ride Leaders will receive free kit and British Cycling Ride membership.
For more information and to register your interest visit

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Job opportunity – Handmade parade




Handmade Parade CIC General Manager/Fundraiser
Handmade Parade brings artists into communities to create parades, festivals and stunning celebrations. Based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire we produce the annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade and the Todmorden Lamplighter Festival and have created bespoke parades and participatory events for Yorkshire Festival, Incredible Edible Todmorden, Skipton International Puppet Festival and the Rochdale Canal Festival. Please visit for more information.
We are in the process of growing from one major event a year to a year-round organisation and are seeking a general manager to help us establish and maintain a sustainable platform to facilitate that grow.
Job Description
We have an exciting opportunity for a creative, motivated and well-organised individual to take on the job of Handmade Parade General Manager. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, reliable, an excellent communicator and has a good understanding of arts management and fundraising.
The General Manager will work closely with the Artistic Director, Event Producer(s), Volunteer Coordinator and report to the Board of Directors.
Key Responsibilities include:
            • Working with Handmade Parade team to develop partnerships and income-generating opportunities
            • Help create and action a long-term plan to sustainably grow the organisation
            • Create and maintain budgets with Artistic Director and Event Producer(s)
           • Fundraising: researching, applying for and administrating grants and other income-generating opportunities
            • Banking and Accounting
            • Overseeing year-round running of the organisation
The applicant should be experienced in arts management and/or managing a creative business and have a proven track record of fundraising and revenue development. This position is part-time, 2 days per week.
This is initially a 3-month paid position to be reviewed with the possibility of becoming a permanent position.
Applications due: April 25, 2014 Interviews will be held on May 9 Position to start the week of June 16, 2014 
Please email for a complete Job Description.


Feed community spirit with this year’s Big Lunch…

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.


Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of community across the UK. Last year 3.65 million people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the fifth annual Big Lunch.

This year’s Big Lunch is on Sunday 1 June 2014.

A Big Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown street party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic.

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Representing your Community

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Name: Representing your Community
When: 18 February 2014,1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Voluntary Action Calderdale
Details: The session will explore these questions and help participants to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding to become more effective community representatives. The session will be interactive and participative, and participants will be able to share their own experiences and learn from each other.

The Health Connections Training Calendar will keep you up to date with all the Health Connections Training Courses scheduled throughout the year. All our current training courses can also be found in our Spring/Summer 2014 Training Programme which is available to download here.  Hard Copies are available on request by calling 01422 431095 or by emailing

AgeUK Will-Making Month

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March is Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees Will Making Month

Making a will is the best way to ensure your wishes are carried out after your death.Make your will this March and help Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees and Age UK Todmorden provide services and support for all our older people.
• Local solicitors are donating their time and expertise to write wills for Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees and Age UK Todmorden supporters.
• All you have to do is contact a solicitor from the list to make an appointment between 1st and 31st March 2014.
• Please say you are calling about Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees ‘Make a Will’ month.
• All they ask is that you make a suggested donation of £60 per person or £100 per couple.
For more information please contact them on:
t: 01422 399830  e: w: 

National Libraries Day

On Saturday 8 February, the Library Service will be running a series of free events, in libraries across Calderdale, to celebrate National Libraries Day. There are events for all the family, including quizzes, displays, lucky book dips, craft activities, tea and chat, book chats and an author talk. To see what is going on
and/or to find an event near you please visit: or follow Calderdale Libraries
on Twitter @CMBClibraries.book_pile

Allotments to Let at Pellon Allotments

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

  • Grow your own fruit and vegetables
  • Enjoy really fresh produce all year round
  • Know what you are eating
  • Get some healthy and productive exercise

Contact: Pellon Allotment Association, Stretchgate Lane, Pellon

Telephone: 07407 122237. Email:

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Ryburn Valley High School present – High School Musical

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Support for the Ebenezer Centre

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

The Ebenezer Centre delivers the Food and Support Drop-In service, which is the Food Bank for Halifax; it also has a satellite Food Bank in Elland. As we draw near to Christmas the pressure increases on those who are on low incomes, and a collection is being held in Northgate House (boxes are in the lift lobby area). They need non-perishable goods (tins, packets, cereals, as well as items such as toilet roll, washing up liquid, washing powder, tin openers, shower gel and strong carrier bags).They would also like to be able to give their guests something special for Christmas, such as warm socks, gloves, hats, scarves, chocolates etc. However, they are unable to accept boxes of toiletries as they often contain alcohol. Any queries please contact either Carole Horner 01422 392403 or Heidi Wilson 01422 392406.

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We need Umbrellas!

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

Halifax Festival is working with artists and schools throughout the Calder Valley to create a fantastic Umbrella parade for next year’s festival.

We welcome any size, shape, design or colour to be decorated, loved and paraded through the town. Our target is about 400 so we need to get started collecting soon!

Please contact us on or 01422 353073 for more information or simply drop them off at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, 10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG.

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Sowerby Bridge Winterlight Festival

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

sbwinterlightDue to the success of last year’s festival, Sowerby Bridge Fire and Water will be holding a Street Festival of light, music, theatre, film projection & fireworks in on Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge on Sunday 15 December from 4.00pm to 8pm.

This will be an open free festival organised by local residents and supported by the whole community. There will be over 100 artists and performers, and it should attract 2000 people. Local schools, churches, youth clubs and businesses have all been involved in creating this festival. Come along and be amazed. For more information click here

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Tudor Christmas at Shibden Hall

Calderdale Carers – Christmas Felicitations!

December 18 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Calderdale Carers special Christmas carer’s event will take place on December 18th

There will be lunch, music, carol singing plus much more to begin the festive season…

Carers, Cared for’s and Former Carers are all welcome to join us!

Booking Essential to book please call 01422 369101

Wednesday December 18th at St Paul’s Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge from 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Calderdale Carers Project, Carers Support Group Christmas sessions


Calderdale Carers Project, Rimani House, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5BD

12:30 – 14:30 3rd December and 7th January

Lower Valley Group:

Brighouse Library, Halifax Road, Brighouse, HD6 2AF

13:30 – 15:30 5th December

Todmorden Group:

Todmorden Health Centre, Halifax Road, Todmorden, OL14 5RN

11:00 – 13:00 10th December and 14th January

Asian Carers Group (women only):

Calderdale Carers Project, Rimani House, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5BD

10:30 – 12:30 17th December and 21st January

Sowerby Bridge:

St Paul’s Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ

13:00 – 15:00 18th December and 15th January


Get in the mood for Christmas at Square Centre for the Arts

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Christmas Meal Appeal Launched


Angels Rest Cafe

Angels Rest Cafe 

Street Angels have opened a Cafe in the centre of Halifax

Angels Rest is a friendly new cafe conveniently located in the centre of Halifax, just away from the hustle and bustle. Open every weekday lunchtime, we’re perfect for a tea break from your shopping, or why not pop in for a panini at lunchtime. Our prices are very competitive and all our produce is locally sourced wherever possible. Come along and give us a try – you’re always guaranteed a warm welcome, we’d love to see you soon!

Find us at Angel’s Rest Cafe, 15 Crossley Street, Halifax, HX1 1UG, Open Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm.

Community Foundation Christmas Meal Appeal

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From 10am on Tuesday 15 October Community Foundation for Calderdale will be launching the Christmas Meal Appeal. From then are offering match funding on the first £10 you donate.
We are asking all our supporters to take part and donate £10 this will be matched and with gift aid will be worth £22.50 to us, we can then make a real difference this Christmas to local families.
Hopefully this Christmas you will be surrounded by family, food and presents, but some families in Calderdale won’t be so lucky. More families than ever are struggling to make their basic needs.
This year help us to support them with the gift of Christmas dinner; working with ASDA Halifax we will provide a family of four with Christmas dinner for £10.
Donate via and double your donation – please add reference SW2013.

Thank you.

Committee Members Wanted!

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Ryburn Valley High School’s lovely Christine Knowles Memorial Community Garden is now open to the public, but we are still looking for members of the community to join our committee. If you would like to help us make decisions about the development and future of the garden, please contact Karen on 01422 832070 or email