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.



Proudly announcing new ‘Men in Sheds’ group

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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

HealthwatchEvent Details
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: