Category Archives: Calderdale-wide

Mentoring with Choice Volunteering…

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

Are you reliable, patient and willing to help others? Would you like to be a Mentor for Choice?

The next training course will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall street, Halifax HX1 5AY on the following dates.choice

  • 16/09/2014 Introduction to Mentoring and Befriending
  • 23/09/2014 Safeguarding Adults at Risk
  • 30/09/2014 Learning Disability Awareness
  • 14/10/2014 Mental Health Awareness
  • 21/10/2014 Deaf Awareness

All expenses will be paid and a light snack provided.

Contact Audrey Smith 07729154259 or email for more information.

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Well Aware: A Healthy Minds Recovery Course starts this September…

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

 Well Aware: A Healthy Minds Recovery Course

10.30am -1.00 pm at The Orange Box, Thomas St, Halifax, HX1 1AF.

Mondays 15th September – 8th December 2014

Well Aware is a recovery course developed and delivered by workers and volunteers with lived experience of mental distress.

This 12 week course is for people who wish to explore their personal attitudes and develop skills to improve and manage their wellbeing. The sessions encourage people to look at their life as a whole, and explore positive ways to address areas that cause them concern.

The course will help participants identify, challenge and change unhelpful thinking, learn new coping strategies, improve resilience, and regain control of their life.

All sessions will be held in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space.

The first six weeks will look at a range of topics including:-

  •  What recovery means to me
  •  Making…

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People’s Commission – We want to hear from you!

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

People's CommissionCalderdale Council’s People’s Commission Panel is asking local people to share their experiences of using local health and social care services.

Local health services are currently being reviewed by Calderdale’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The People’s Commission will give local people an opportunity to debate what services are needed and will also collect and review evidence.

Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:

“We would like to hear from you.  We want to hear about you and your family’s experiences of health and social care services; which health services you think should be provided locally; which you think should be provided from hospitals; and how you think we can make social care services for older people and people with disabilities as easy to use as possible.

“If you’d like to tell us about other social care services, that’s also fine.  We want to hear about whatever people feel is…

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Volunteers needed For Yorkshire Kidney Research, Tesco charity appeal…

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

10548757_843580635652977_3250925138088182136_oThe Yorkshire Kidney Research Fund will be holding charity collections at Tesco Stores in Brighouse, Halifax and Huddersfield in August.
These opportunities are really hard to come by and present a fantastic opportunity for us to raise much needed extra funds! To have volunteers to help us will make a really big difference in covering the hours available between 9.30 am and 6.30 pm.
It just involves standing at the store entrance with a collection tin and handing out stickers in exchange for a donation – as simple as that!
If you can spare an hour or more on one or two of the following Saturdays, please contact for more information
Saturdays are:

August 2 – Tesco Halifax;

August 9 Tesco Brighouse;

August 30 Tesco Huddersfield.
Follow us on Facebook /KidneyResearch and Twitter at @SecretaryYKRF, or visit for more news

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3Ways – Lunch, Bingo and Friends

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

A chance to meet old and new friends at an over 65s lunch at Threeways Centre, Ovenden. On Thursday 31 July

Includes lunch, bingo with prizes and arts and crafts activities.

Booking essential on 01422 321155 or e-mail

Event times: 12 noon – 3pm

Admission: FREE

Centre at Threeways, Nursery Lane, Ovenden, Halifax, HX3 5SX, Tel: 01422 321155

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British Sign Language Course at Halifax High

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

The Specialist Inclusion Service is offering the following course:

BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE LEVEL ONE (This is a Signature accredited qualification)
Start date: 8 September 2014, Time: 4pm – 5.45pm
Venue: Halifax High School , Cost: £300 (Term time only)
For more information contact: E-mail: or Telephone: 01422 394136

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Crime writing duo Bridgestock in Calderdale tomorrow night…

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

Meet the crime writers RC Bridgestock, the consultants on the BBC1 series Happy Valley, at Todmorden Library on Wednesday 9 July at 7.00pm.Husband and wife crime-writing team Bob and Carole Bridgestock have 50 years combined experience of real police work, giving their fictional stories unique insight. Hear them read from their latest books and answer questions about their work. Reserve your FREE ticket on 01706 548160 or at

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New Walk-it Timetable

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Guided walk on Rochdale Canal

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Free Advice Surgery

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Free Advice Session for Not for Profit Organisations & Voluntary & Community Groups, Tuesday 17th June, 10.00-14.00, Mytholmroyd Community Centre   Sector Support Calderdale is holding a free advice session where you can get support on a wide range of issues affecting your group or organisation, including:

  • Setting up a new organisation
  • Governance & legal structures
  • Business & project planning
  • Funding sources & bid writing
  • Community engagement and consultation
  • Community Asset Transfer

Also if you have recently been turned down for a CMBC Small Grant we can review the feedback with you and help you to improve future applications.   For further details, or to book a place, please contact: Jo Budgen, 01422 345174/ 07791 060614,     Venue: Mytholmroyd Community & Leisure Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 5AF

Halifax Food & Drink Festival 2014

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

Halifax FOod FestSaturday 21 June – Sunday 22 June

In Halifax Town Centre

Live cookery demonstrations and Farmers Market.

This is a FREE event

Times: Saturday 10pm – 5pm and Sunday 10pm – 4pm

To find out more click here

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New Support Groups with Healthy Minds from June 2014

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

Lower Valley Anxiety & Depression Support Group
12.30pm-2.30pm Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
at Cornerstone, Barnardo’s, 75 South Gate, Elland, HX50DQ

Mind Your Head: Wellbeing Support Groups for Men
12.30pm – 2.30pm Every 2nd Wednesday of the month
at Victoria Theatre, Halifax
12.30-2.30pm Every 4th Wednesday of the month
at The Saltonstall Rm. Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George’s Street, HX77BY

Self Harm Support Group
12.30pm-2.30pm Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
at The Women’s Activity Centre, Hope Mill, Hope Street,
Halifax, HX1 5DW This Group is open to men and women.

Chronic Pain Support Group
3pm-5pm Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
at The Women’s Activity Centre, Hope Mill, Hope Street, Halifax, HX1 5DW
This group is open to men and women.

Upper Valley Anxiety & Depression Support Group
6pm-8pm Every 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month
at The Saltonstall Rm…

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Halifax Charity Gala 2014


Changes to bus services – have your say

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Get involved with the Southowram Scarecow Festival…

Reach Out launches new website

Reach Out is proud to launch it’s new website. Designed and built by Beth Maiden on the WordPress platform, it goves a refreshing new look to the groups activities and news.

Why not have a look and see what they are up to, by using the link on the right hand side of this page in the community links section.



Summer Tea Dance at Square Chapel Ooh la la!

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Volunteers’ Week Roadshow

Volunteers week 2014

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place on 1-7 June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. In Calderdale the Volunteer Centre has organised a ‘Volunteering Roadshow’ with promotional stalls at a number of locations across the Borough. On Monday/Tuesday 2nd/3rd June 10-3.30pm it will have a promotional stall next to Marks & Spencer in The Woolshops, Halifax. To find out more about the volunteer opportunities available locally (over 500) head to our stalls on these dates. Chat to our friendly staff and pick up your free guide to volunteering in Calderdale.

The roadshow is at Elland Market on 6th June (10-2pm) and Todmorden Market on Thursday 12th June 830-230pm

Contact Steve Blackman – 01422 356758 / for further details

Looking for the chance to improve the lives of children and families in Calderdale?

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

Then this is how you could do it . . .
Halifax Opportunities Trust has recently been awarded a contract to deliver Children’s Centre Services in Central Halifax and Calderdale’s Upper Valley. As a result, we are now looking for a passionate and enthusiastic team member, committed to supporting vulnerable and isolated families from the local community.

Vacancies in Central Halifax:
DEPUTY CHILDREN’S CENTRE MANAGER IN DAY CARE – £25,500 per annum at Jubilee Children’s Centre
FINANCE OFFICER IN DAY CARE – £15,795.29 per annum at Jubilee Children’s Centre
MOBILE RECEPTIONIST (25 hours) – £15,132 per annum (pro rata to £10,088 for part time contract) across Central Halifax Children’s Centres
SENIOR EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER IN DAY CARE – £19,890 per annum (2 year contract) at New Road Children’s Centre, Sowerby Bridge.

Vacancies in Upper Valley
FAMILY LINK WORKER (with responsibility for Dads/Male Carers engagement) £15,954.84 per annum (pro rata to…

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Calderdale Interfaith Council; Tour De Faith

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

Saturday, 21st June 2014 at 10.30 Halifax.
Calderdale Interfaith Council invites you to get on your bike for faith on the above date. Route will begin at the  Jamia Mohammadiya Noorul Uloomiya, Gibraltar Road, Halifax
and continue as follows:

St Hilda’s Gibraltar Road, Halifax
Jamia Markazi Mosque Rhodes St, Halifax
St Mary’s Catholic Church, Gibbet Street Halifax
World Peace Cafe, Northbridge, Halifax
Walk through Northgate and Westgate, Halifax
Halifax Minster Grounds

Email to if you wish to participate by 7th June 2014

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