Park & Warley Our Communities Award 2015: Lifetime Achievement Award – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Lifetime Achievement Award

WINNER: Denise Keenan (St Augustine’s)

Our deserving winner has given outstanding voluntary service to the communities in Park and Warley wards for many years. “She is the very backbone of St Augustine’s Community Centre.”

Denise has been involved in voluntary work for over 30 years providing much needed support to the multi-cultural communities in the Park Ward area.

She has been the backbone to the success of the St Augustine’s centre on Hanson Lane, which has thrived on a shoestring budget but still provides help, advice and support to the vulnerable.

Providing the basic needs and hope to to those at risk with the help from Denise, St Augustine’s has helped to build their confidence, encouraging participation in the wider community and preventing isolation.

Denise has a lot of time for everybody and never fails to go out of her way to offer support to those who need it.

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Park & Warley Our Communities Award 2015: Community Involvement Award – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Community Involvement Award

WINNER: Sharon Tyler

Our winner is a local mum who in her spare time works tirelessly to organise activities for young people in Pellon. That’s when she’s not planting fruit trees in Warley or planning various community events!

Sharon is local mum from the Pellon area who also works full time in Kirklees and during her spare time in an evening and at weekends she works tirelessly as a group leader with the Sharx youth group based at the Christ Church in Pellon.

The Sharx group is made up of 35 plus young people who meet regularly in the church to take part in organised youth activities and Sharon works with the group on a range of projects out in the community.

These projects have involved the young people cleaning up the Christ Church cemetery and planting fruit trees in the Warley village area which not only benefit the local communities in the Warley ward but also allow the young people to learn new skills.

Sharon also organises fund raising activities where the youth group raise funds for their own group and other charitable causes and also supports other Church groups such as the International group (asylum seekers), lunch club, scouts and girl guides.

As well as the above, Sharon also contributes to other activities/events in the Warley ward including the very popular West View Park family fun day.

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Park & Warley Our Communities Award 2015: Young Person of the Year – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Young Person of the Year

WINNER: Harvey Morgan

Our winner is an inspirational young person who has achieved great personal success. His sheer determination and perseverance to overcome personal challenges has encouraged others to turn up and take part.

Harvey is a truly inspirational young man who has overcome a number of personal challenges since joining the Boys Brigade at just 5 years old.

Harvey has serious Dyspraxia which causes difficulty in activities which require coordination and movement and yet, now aged 18 he has earned all the awards the Boys Brigade has to offer and most recently completed his Queens Badge which is the highest award available.

At first Harvey slightly struggled when it came to competitions but he persevered and tackled all the badge work and initially when it came to competitions the other boys would rally around to help him but as time progressed it was Harvey who became the driving force encouraging boys to turn up and take part.

Harvey is a truly inspirational young man and true to form, he continues to strive towards success and is now working on getting his D of E Gold award.

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Junior Wardens clean up at St Michael & All Angels CE

On Monday 18 May 12 Junior Wardens from St Michael & All Angels CE Primary school got together with staff from OMI and Calderdale Council to have a clean-up of the local snicket near their school.

At first, it seemed it would be a daunting task, as Mark Brazil, Area Manager at the Halifax North and East Neighbourhoods Team, said they had just done a clean up that morning in Northowram and Shelf but not to be put off by it, the Junior Wardens set off, litter picks and bin bags to hand, with great enthusiasm along with 2 workers from the Neighbourhoods Team.

At first glance everything looked spotless, but they had reckoned without these intrepid junior explorers, and explore they did!

Within 45 minutes everyone the Junior Wardens had found litter of some description and a number of local residents, who passed them on their journeys, said what a fantastic job they were doing and what a credit they were to their school and the local area.

At the end of the litter pick all the Junior Wardens got together for a group photograph with their rubbish before taking part in a question and answer session on recycling and burying rubbish in landfill sites.

It was clear that the Junior Wardens had been paying attention throughout as most of them knew the answers to what were fairly tricky questions.

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Park & Warley Our Communities Award 2015: Outstanding Individual Award – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Outstanding Individual Award

WINNER: Nageena Haroon

This year’s winner is a person who speaks her mind and is not afraid to address difficult or controversial issues. She is an active campaigner who seeks to reach out and better relationships between all communities in the area.

Nageena has been involved with local coordinating group, Park Ward Stakeholders since the EDL national demonstration. Prior to this she was a volunteer with Healthy Towns helping children and young people learn to cook healthy food.

Nageena is now involved as a volunteer in a women’s group which aims to address child sexual exploitation and she has also been an active and vocal campaigner to raise awareness of this issue in Park ward – not easy and not without controversy, she always speaks her mind and is not afraid to challenge the status quo.

She works with lots of different organisations and agencies including the Police to help them get a better understanding of the local community and build better relationships and she is a massive advocate of all things that reach across communities, bringing together eastern European and Asian, as well as championing bringing white and Asian women together to address child sexual exploitation.

Nageena was also an active member of the Halifax Academy Parents group and has always worked hard in the community to address difficult and controversial issues – currently she is involved in a group looking at on line grooming, and stopping girls going to Syria.

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Park & Warley Our Communities Award 2015: Contribution to the Older Generation – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Contribution to the Older Generation

WINNER: Wednesday Lunchbox

This group has been providing lunches for older people in Pellon for more than 20 years. “It’s more than just a nutritious meal; it’s a chance to get together and socialise.

The Wednesday lunchbox operate a lunch club on the last Wednesday of every month from the Christ Church, Church Lane Pellon, Halifax.

This group help to tackle loneliness and isolation amongst older people by providing a nutritional meal for 30 people from the Pellon area are taken to and from the lunch club by volunteer car drivers.

At Christmas time up to 60 people attend the lunch club where entertainment is also organised and lunches are prepared and cooked in the church by 6 hardworking volunteers

The lunch club has been around and operated for over 20 years and it is an essential group in the Pellon area in that it provides an important social opportunity for isolated and lonely older people to come together and enjoy other peoples company.

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Park & Warley Our Communities Award 2015: Contribution to a Safer Cleaner Greener Environment – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Contribution to a Safer Cleaner Greener Environment

WINNER: Friends of West View Park

The friends of West View Park Group is made up of local residents that reside close to the West View Park who came together as a result of problems in the park such as alleged drug dealing, dog fighting, littering, graffiti, fly tipping and ASB.

The group has now been in existence for just over 12 months but in that time they have forged close working relationships with the council gardening team, community wardens, councillors and police, and have also gone on to start a park watch group which reports any problems and issues to the appropriate service.

They regularly meet up on a Saturday morning in order to carry out clean ups in the park and they are now also involved in the planning of the WV Park family fun day.

The group continues to grow in numbers and promotes the park to the wider community as an important leisure and play facility and they are also developing links with the local high and junior schools in the hope of educating young people about the importance of West View Park.

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Park & Warley Our Communities Award 2015: Contribution to Sport and Play – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Contribution to Sport and Play

WINNER: James Sharman – St Columba’s JFC

At the end of this football season St Columba’s say goodbye to Manager, James Sharman who has been involved in the Club now for over 10 years where he has managed the same team for all that time and has also held the Chairman role for the past 6 years.

The club will surely miss his leadership, management, advice and humour because James has contributed an outstanding amount of time to St Columba’s where his knowledge, commitment, experience and professionalism has made the club what it is today.

During his time at the club, James has provided much sought after advice to all of the Clubs managers and Committee members – he should be proud that he has committed 10 years of his life to the Club and everybody involved.

James has now decided to step down as manager and hand over to others although no doubt he can still be relied on for guidance and advice since he has taken on the role of Chairman for St Columba’s AFC continuing to contribute to Sport & Play in some form.

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Park & Warley Our Communities Award 2015: Contribution to Children and Young People – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Contribution to Children and Young People

WINNER: 11pm tutor group at The Halifax Acadmy

Our winners this year are record-breaking fundraisers who have donated gifts to the local hospital and have funded the construction of a new water well in the Philippines.

The 11pm tutor group at The Halifax Academy are recognised for their amazing efforts in raising funds in memory of Ali Raja, a former student at the school who lived in the park ward area who lost his battle against cancer a year ago.

In his memory, the group decided they wanted to give something to the local hospital and they participated in various fund raising events which saw them wash over 100 cars as well as organising and hosting many tea parties, providing all the refreshments themselves.

Students also collected donations from friends, families and the local community and the amount of money raised exceeded everyone’s expectations smashing the school record in the process with a whopping £3,700.

As a result of this honourable achievement 11pm were not only able to donate gifts to their local hospital, to the value of £2,000, but they were also able to fund the construction of a new water well in the Philippines.

The amazing 11pm are now planning the funding and construction of further water wells around the world… These are ordinary students doing extraordinary things.

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Park & Warley Our Communities Award 2015: Contribution to Work and Training – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Contribution to Work and Training

WINNER: Pavel Botos

Our winner is a volunteer who brings to his role personal experience, empathy and professionalism. He is hardworking, passionate and committed to finding work for both himself and other people within the community.

Pavel is a member of the Roma community who has lived in Halifax for the last three years and throughout this time he has been looking for employment but because of his personal struggle and experiences with Job Centre Plus, Pavel became a volunteer at the HCI job Club as well as at St Augustine.

Pavel shows through his volunteering that he is a committed member of the community who is passionate about finding employment for himself and others within the local community.

He has grasped the ethos of professionalism and is a real example to others in his community and should rightly be recognised for the hard work and commitment that he shows week after week.

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Park & Warley Our Communities Award 2015: Contribution to Culture – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Contribution to Culture award 

WINNER: Surraya Bibi – Integrated Calderdale Project

Our winner brings people from all sections of the community together through a diverse range of events, celebrations and fund raising.  She is a natural ‘connector’ within Park ward.

Surraya has been the lead for delivering the Integrated Calderdale project for the last 5 years, which has been a huge success whilst proving crucial in encouraging women from Park Ward to become integrated with other communities.

Various pieces of work have been carried out with the project including awareness of services, meeting influential people within the public sector as well as helping women recognise the important role they play within our community.

Surraya has always been a passionate woman who excels in everything she does ensuring that her projects have involved working with different communities highlighting the benefits of communities and cultures and what they offer, integrating work alongside cultural traditions and easing the transition for many newly arrived women from countries including Pakistan.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 22 May – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

Find out your 2015 Park & Warley Community Award Winner’s tonight!
Join us from 6pm on Twitter or Facebook for updates as our 2015 winners are announced.

The Friday Flyer is our weekly e-newsletter which includes upcoming events, activities, information, local services and themes. We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think

Have a great weekend!

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Dementia Awareness Week – Are you entitled to SMIPS discount?

This week is dementia week and if you live with someone diagnosed by their doctors as having dementia you could be entitled to the Severely Mentally Impaired Persons’ Status Discount.

A person can qualify if he/she is suffering from a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent and is entitled to at least one of the qualifying benefits found on the link below.

When making an application for the discount you will need to provide a copy of the Letter of Entitlement from the relevant Benefit Agency confirming entitlement to the benefit and you will also be asked to give the Billing Authority signed authority to contact your medical practitioner to confirm your status.

To receive an application form or for further advice please contact the Billing Authority on 01422 393631 or at central.services@calderdale.gov.uk

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Comedy at the Victoria Theatre

American comedian, writer and mental health activist Ruby Wax visits Halifax on 19 November with a brand new show based on her award-winning book, Sane New World. Plus, don’t forget that Alan Davies, Dara O Brien and Bill Bailey are also at the theatre this November.

If you’re looking for a laugh over the next few weeks, don’t miss Milton Jones on Sunday 24 May and Dick and Liddy’s Comedy Club on Friday 29 May 2015.

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Be a mentor for people with additional support needs

choice volAre you patient, confident, a good listener with a good sense of humour? Can you set goals, use your initiative and be resourceful? Do you believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to reach their potential?

If yes, why not consider joining a  pilot project?

You will need to:

  • Commit to 2hrs a week for 6 months
  • Complete a training program
  • Have a DBS check
  • Provide references

In return you will receive:

  • support and supervision
  • out of pocket expenses
  • the satisfaction of knowing that you made a difference.

Training will take place in the second week of June which will be confirmed at a later date but if you require more information please email Audrey Smith at choice@cvac.org.uk

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St Georges Messy Church

messy churchGo along to St George’s Church Hall on Saturday 13 June 2015 from 2pm to 3.30pm for another FREE Messy Church.

Everybody is welcome to join in the fun with music, stories, arts and crafts and more.

Just turn up on the day.

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Personal Health Budgets Information Session

A Health Connections training session

Friday 5 June
9.15am – 12pm
Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

Delivered by Gail Burton, Personal Health Budgets Advisor Commissioning Support Unit and Liz Leach, Director of Imagineer and Chair of the National Brokerage Network

This half day session will include:
• What is a PHB
• Who is eligible
• How can a budget be used
• Support Planning
• Outcomes & Review
• Practical examples of brokerage and how people have benefited

Click here to book

Health Connections training courses are FREE to Calderdale Voluntary and Community groups working around health. For all other organisations, please contact for cost per place.

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Health Connections – Cancer Awareness Session

*This session would be useful to volunteers, Practice Champions and anyone who has completed the Make Every Contact Count (MECC) course*

Tuesday 2 June 2015
10am – 12pm
Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

Delivered by Ruth Henderson, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service Manager.

This two hour briefing session will help participants increase their awareness of cancer and provide them with the information needed to support someone living with cancer.

The session will cover

• What is cancer?
• Types of cancer
• Causes of cancer
• Tests and screening
• What to do if concerned about having cancer?
• Treatment options
• Local and national support available for anyone affected by cancer.
• Question and answer session

Click here to book…

Health Connections training courses are FREE to Calderdale Voluntary and Community groups working around health. For all other organisations, please contact for cost per place.

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Animal Hero Kids: Voices for the Voiceless

4df093423fd922934cfa0613773cfed8Go along to Hebden Bridge Library on Thursday 4 June at 4.30pm, and meet Susan Hargreaves from Animal Hero Kids and a canine special guest from the RSPCA to hear inspiring stories of animal rescue.

Books will be available to buy and will be signed by the author. This event is suitable for age 6 years and above and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are available from Hebden Bridge Library and places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment by calling 01422 288040.

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Try your hand at tennis for FREE

GBTWGet involved with the Great British Tennis Weekend at the Inspire Centre, Calderdale College on Saturday 13 June from 2pm to 4pm by going along to try tennis for FREE.

Suitable for adults, children and families alike… why not give it a go.

For further information or to book visit www.lta.org.uk/gbtw

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