Giant Jumble Sale for Flood Fund – can you help?

Halifax Central Initiative

​The Todmorden Flood Hub  had a huge amount of clothing, fabric, curtains and toys donated to flood victims which are surplus to need and so the flood volunteers are holding a giant jumble sale at Todmorden Town Hall to raise money for the flood fund. We need help transporting the jumble from Todmorden Community College to the Town Hall on the morning of Friday 12 February.
We also need help running the jumble sale during the half term week 14 -21 February,  If you can help us please contact

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Volunteers Needed at St Augustine’s Centre

Halifax Central Initiative

At St. Augustine’s Centre we depend on our volunteers and often refer to them as our life-blood.  We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities – if you would like to get involved, or would just like to know more then please get in touch for a chat.

We currently need highly skilled people to fulfil the following roles:

  • Professional Skills: Marketing, PR and Human Resources.
  • Translator/ Language support: Arabic, Tigrinyan, Amharic, Czech and Farsi (Mainly Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday mornings).
  • ESOL support: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Employability 1-2-1 Support: Various days of the week.
  • Employability Job Search: People with good literacy, computer literacy and attention to detail to help Centre Users (Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 9.15-1pm).

If you are interested in any of the volunteering roles please

More info at

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How to save money on fuel bills and making the most of money online

Halifax Central Initiative

Money in Your Pocket and Citizens Advice Calderdale presents ‘How to Save Money on Fuel Bills’ and ‘Making the Most of Money Online’

Wednesday 3 February – 10am to 12pm (Light refreshments from 9.30am)
At Calderdale Parents & Carers, Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, Halifax, HX1 5PG

  • Find out how to make real savings on fuel bills
  • Tips and ideas for savings on the household budget
  • Try out online tools that help make budgeting easy
  • Find out how to get free help with your money worries

Spaces are limited, so to book please call Calderdale Parents & Carers on 01422 343090.

*Please feel free to take your own laptop or tablet as some of the session will be presented online

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One month on from the Boxing Day floods

Halifax Central Initiative

A month after the unprecedented flooding on 26 December 2015, Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, talks about the damage and recovery work so far.

“The Boxing Day floods caused devastation across Calderdale. The impacts are extensive and widespread, and will be felt for a long time to come. Amongst those affected include an estimated 2,781 homes and 1,635 businesses, communities, the local economy, a number of schools, bridges, roads, library and visitor facilities and GP surgeries.

“Throughout this really difficult time, Calderdale’s amazing community spirit continues to shine through. I’m so impressed with how volunteers, community groups, businesses, the Council and other organisations are working relentlessly and pulling together to get the borough back on its feet. I’d like to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.

“Since Boxing Day we have paid out 1,082 grants to households at a cost of £541,000; approved business grants worth over £1…

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Wring out the Clowns – Calder Valley Flood Relief Comedy Gala

Halifax North & East Blog

Sarah Millican, Chris Ramsey, Justin Moorhouse, Rory Bremner, Jack Carroll and a mystery guest are set to bring you laugh out loud comedy and all for a great cause!

Monday 8 February 2016 – 7.30pm
At Victoria Theatre, Fountain St, Halifax, HX1 1BP

All comedians are performing for free and Calderdale Council have kindly waived all costs meaning every single penny will be going to Community Foundation For Calderdale and Upper Calder Valley Renaissance to help people and local businesses who have been affected by the recent flooding.

Tickets cost £20/£15 and can be booked online here.

Wring Out The Clowns

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Deadline for Community Grants – 1 February

Halifax Central Initiative

Is your organisation looking for funding for an event or equipment? Monday 1 February is the next deadline for the Council’s Community Small Grants Scheme and Community Festivals and Events Fund.

Calderdale-based voluntary, community or faith groups can apply for up to £3,000 from the Small Grants Scheme, and up to £5,000 from the Festivals & Events Fund. You will need to provide signed copies of your most recent annual accounts and an eligible constitution; if you work with children or vulnerable adults you will also need to provide a copy of your safeguarding policy.

In the past the schemes have supported youth groups, sports clubs, and community centres, as well as major festivals and events throughout the Borough.

For further information and application packs visit the grants webpages or phone Steve on 01422 392317.

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Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2016

Well worth a visit, and note the pre-ordering service if there is a variety that you want in particular.

Halifax Central Initiative

Get your organic goods at the Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2016; with children’s activities, information displays, stalls including cheese, compost CVOG plant and sundries, refreshments and more.

Saturday 27 February – 9.30am to 2.30pm
At Mytholmroyd Cricket Club, Moderna Way, Burnley Rd, HX7 5PZ.

Admission costs just £1 and includes entry to Potato Raffle – For further information, catalogue and order form for postal pre-orders for collection at the event call 01422 846173, email or visit

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners

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