Category Archives: Calderdale-wide

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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Sector Support Funding Fair for voluntary and community groups…

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

Sector Support Calderdale invite you to their Funding Fair Thursday 26th June 9.30am-4:00pm Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill Halifax HX1 2YT A free full day event for voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises working in Calderdale  to network, learn, share experiences and meet:

  • Local, regional and national fundraisers
  • Voluntary sector supportor ganisations
  • Charity experts

The day will consist of a market place of stalls and information from support organisations and funders including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation for Calderdale
  • Calderdale Council Small Grants
  • Sported
  • The Key Fund
  • SEE Ahead
  • Fit 4Funding
  • Charity Bank
  • Your Consortium
  • PERS
  • Business Connectors
  • Armed Forces
  • MaD Resource

There will also be a series of presentations and two workshops: Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Overview  – Mike Salt, MaD Resource Evidencing Need  – Pippa Robson, North Bank Forum. The workshops are free to attend and bookings will be taken on the…

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CCG Grant Funding open now: Healthy BME and Older People Communities

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

Grants for developing the capacity and capability of the voluntary/community sector to meet the needs of BME and Older People’s and communities in Calderdale.

Projects must:

·         Meet at least one of four listed CCG outcomes

·         Address CCG clinical priorities

·         Adopt CCG design principles

·         Be delivered in partnership

·         Start after September 1st 2014

·         Be completed within one year

Deadline for applications is Monday 30th June 2014. If you require help with your application, setting up and deciding how to running your partnership or to meet the minimum management standards, then please contact one of the Health Connections Team.  Further details are given in the CCG BME OP Guidance notes

To download an application form click here

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Neighbours Day – reminder

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Calling all Knitters and Crotcheters – the Big Knit is here again

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How the big knit helps

As many as 24,000 older people die needlessly because of the cold every winter. Many others spend the time lonely and isolated, unable to heat their homes and struggling to get out and about.
So ten years ago Innocent had an idea. They asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats. They put those hats on their smoothies, and for each one sold they made a donation to Age UK.
For each behatted smoothie bottle they sell, they give 25p to Age UK to spend on things like hot water bottles, blankets, hot meals and social gatherings. Many older people also knit hats themselves through knitting groups organised by Age UK. The impact of the knitting groups is incredible and for some, they’re a real lifeline.

If you would like to have a go, here are a couple of patterns to get you started:
Knitting Pattern 2012-page-001       BigKnit2012_Sheep Knitting Pattern-page-001

or alternatively go to

Dementia Awareness Week May 19th – 23rd.

Please share this and pass on to highlight the benefits that creativity can have, for those living with dementia; and support the Alzheimer’s market place events in Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Friday morning and at the Maurice Jagger centre on Friday afternoon.

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Halifax hosts Sing-a-long Grease this June…

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

Grease screensaver The Victoria Theatre, Halifax will host Sing-a-long-a Grease, when the unique, interactive show rolls into town as part of a nationwide UK tour, and this time there’s a matinee and an evening show!

Starting the tour in 2012 during the 40th anniversary year of the original stage version of Grease, we are delighted to start another year of fun in 2014!

You’d better shape up to sing along to the great movie musical, complete with on-screen lyrics and the chance to become a T-Bird or Pink Lady for the night and enter the world famous fancy dress competition.

It’s the one that you want, says its producer Ben Freedman, who previously brought us Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music and Sing-a-long-a Abba. “Sing-a-long-a Grease is the show that audiences have been asking for since we first presented a singalong show back in 1999”
Now, at last, Summer Lovin’, Grease Lightning and the…

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