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Food and Support Drop-in

Christmas Arrangements

Anyone wishing to help out on Christmas Day should contact Christine Henderson on 07547 555380 or via the Gathering Place as soon as possible.

  • On Saturday 19th December The Food and Support Drop In will be open as usual for parcels and deliveries.
  • The Food and Support Drop In we will also be open from 8am – 1pm for deliveries on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve and then as usual on Saturday 2nd January 10am – 11:45am.
  • Please note the Food and Support Drop In WILL NOT be open on Boxing Day. Instead it will open on Christmas Day at the Gathering Place from 1pm to 2pm when we will be giving out emergency food parcels.
  • The Banqueting Table will be open on Tuesday 22nd December and Thursday 24th December then closed the following week. It will reopen on Tuesday 5th January.
  • On Christmas Day we are holding a Christmas Lunch starting at 12noon for all those who would be alone or cannot afford their own Christmas Meal at the Gathering Place.
  • The Gathering Place will be closed from Boxing Day until Monday 4th January
  • The Winter Shelter will commence on Monday 4th January


Priorities: tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit, tinned potatoes, other tinned vegetables, tinned meals, pasta sauce, sweet and savoury sandwich fillings, coffee and tin openers.

They also need new underwear, socks, gloves, bath towels, waterproof boots, trainers, deodorant, shampoo, shower gel and washing up liquid.

They are trying to cut down on the large number of ‘throw-away’ carrier bags they use each week by giving people reusable shopping bags (e.g. bags for life) and asking them to bring them each time they visit the Drop-in.

The Drop-in is open for deliveries every Thursday between 9am-1pm and every Saturday morning between 9-11.30am. These are the times they need volunteers for the Drop-in. They also need people to help clean up after the doors close at 11.45am on Saturdays.

If you wish to help at all, please get in touch or visit them:

The Food and Support Drop In, C/o The Gathering Place, 1 St James Road, Halifax, HX1 1YS.

Telephone: 01422 647390

Email: fooddropin@gmail.com

Chance to join the chibs befriending team

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Join our Team of Befrienders

Calderdale Help in Bereavement Service is a small local charity offering support to people with issues relating to bereavement and we are looking for befriending volunteers to join our rapidly expanding service.

Apply now to join our next comprehensive training sessions commencing October 2015

CHIBS fully trained volunteers provide an invaluable service for the people of Calderdale and receive extensive ongoing support and training along with the opportunities to attend social events.

Request your Application Pack by contacting us on: 07921 879853

Or email us at: recruitment@chibs.org.uk


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(DBS Checks carried out on all applicants)

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Social prescribing Pilot Project – call for volunteers

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Making Advice Work project

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MAW partners offer a free service and can help with a wide range of problems and queries and are an excellent first point of contact for the public and support workers.

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VCS Safeguarding Forum

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CS Safeguarding Forum
Wednesday 14th January, 1.30-3.30pm
Community Room, Illingworth Fire Station
Presentation from Ian Burgess – MCA Lead, CMBC

Mental Capacity Act
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) creates a framework to provide protection for people who cannot make decisions for themselves. It contains provision for assessing whether people have the mental capacity to make decisions, procedures for making decisions on behalf of people who lack mental capacity and safeguards. The underlying philosophy of the MCA is that any decision made, or action taken, on behalf of someone who lacks the capacity to make the decision or act for themselves must be made in their best interests.
The MCA came into force on 1 October 2007.
The session will cover the 2 stage test for assessing mental capacity, the 5 Principles which underpin everything in the Act and will also detail how and when to assess mental capacity and who does it / who is responsible (not always the same).
Who should attend?
Anyone who provides a service for vulnerable adults (adults at risk) and/or who is responsible for safeguarding within their organisation.

This is an informal session with plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

*Places are limited so please confirm attendance as soon as convenient by emailing steveb@nbforum.org.uk

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verd-de-gris still need your help!



Call out for volunteers!
Are you looking to do something positive for you and for others in 2015?
verd de gris creative arts are looking to recruit new volunteers for 2015 – our creative dementia sessions will be running every week in Hebden Bridge and Halifax in the New Year. No experience is necessary, but we are looking for people who are committed to a compassionate way of being and can offer some time to help us in this ground-breaking work.
Our positive and uplifting sessions take inspiration from the landscape and seasonal change surrounding us. Our simple arts activities create beautiful results: poems that connect us to each other, simple songs with beautiful melodies that are a joy to sing!
This is an opportunity to volunteer / gain experience with one of the leading companies working in arts and health: verd de gris have worked with some of the foremost practitioners in creative dementia care and have a national reputation for excellence.

If you would like to find out more please contact Jeff @ jeff.vdg@btinternet.com or Sharon @ 07598387772

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