Download your copy of Recovery Times here

recovery timesA must read for all those interested in drug and alcohol addiction recovery.

Click here for the July edition…

In this issue:

  • Client interviews and stories
  • Volunteering information
  • Mindfulness
  • An Addicts Guide to Inner Space
  • An Holistic Approach to Recovery
  • Acupuncture and Recovery
  • Detox House Update
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‘Start Your Own Business’  Drop In Sessions – August 2014

Can’t find a job and are you considering starting your own business but don’t know where to start or who to contact?

Why not check out the FREE monthly drop in sessions run by the Calderdale Council’s Business Support Team.

You are welcome to attend any sessions at any location but if you can’t make it to any of the sessions, please contact us to arrange a 1 to 1 advice meeting on 01422 392222.   Evening appointments are available by arrangement only.

Click here for sessions coming up in August…

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Police look to recruit community volunteers

Calderdale Police are currently recruiting community volunteers to help improve their area, while also gaining valuable experience.

Acting Sergeant Alex Langley, Specials Liaison Officer and Volunteer Co-ordinator at Calderdale, said:

“It’s a two-way thing. They can gain good experience and we can show that we are working with the community by reducing crime and improving their quality of life. But we don’t want people who are just putting it on their CV. We want people who want to make a difference in the community.”

Acting Sergeant Langley said the police are looking for people interested in helping out at projects over the summer and going into the winter, such as the Halifax Police Station open day on August 16, as well as crime prevention initiatives and leaflet drops.

A recent volunteering “success story” is Ripponden resident Callum Gomes, who signed up to be a Police Support Volunteer in October 2013. Having been involved in police operations, he has now applied to become a special police constable.

Acting Sergeant Langley said his experience as a volunteer has helped him along that path and will hopefully one day lead him to becoming a full-time police officer.

To apply to become a community volunteer the please email APS Langley at

If you can cover in your email what skills you have and your motivation behind wanting to be a volunteer as well as your personal details.

Applications must be in by Friday 22 August.

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Appeal for bikes stolen in Ovenden

West Yorkshire Police website: Tuesday 22 July, 2014

Police are appealing for anyone who spots any of these bikes pictured to get in contact.They were stolen from an address on Oakdale Close, Ovenden between 11pm on Sunday 20 July and 0840am on Monday 21 July.

The makes of the bikes are Oset (black and red coloured), Beta (orange coloured) and Gas Gas (red coloured).

PC Daniel Watson of Halifax Police, said:

“These bikes are quite distinctive and I would urge anyone who recognises them or who is offered them for sale to get in contact on 101.”

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Sick of being skint?

The SOBS team work with young people to help them budget and manage their money better.

Their aim is to reduce the number of young people who lose their homes and make them more financially streetwise.

You can contact SOBS yourself or be referred by a worker that you are already seeing at another organisation.

Contact Sherraden on 07525908921 or email

Or Find them on Facebook

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Talent Match for 18 – 24 year olds

talent matchTalent Match supports young people who are furthest away from work. Many need one to one coaching to gain the skills they need to get into employment.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Talent Match will engage with 18 – 24 year olds across Calderdale who have been out of work for a long time and require intensive coaching and support.

A Key Worker will help you access training, coaching and support to you get closer to work.

You are eligible if:

  • You are aged 18 – 24 years old
    Have been out of work for 12 months or more
    Are a resident in West Yorkshire

Contact Shaun Breeze, Pennine Housing 2000, and find out what we can do to help you
T: 0300 555 5557

If you know someone who might benefit from Talent Match, please use the Referral Form  and return to

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Motorbikes and Quad nuisance – help stop it!

Ian Harris

PC Ian Harris

With the summer months now upon us, there has been an increase in the reports of off road motorbikes and quads being driven antisocially around the Mixenden estate.

PC 1212 Ian Harris – Mixenden ward officer would like to remind all residents of the law around this and the obvious dangers.

Under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act, the police have certain powers:

If you are seen:

  • Driving in a careless or inconsiderate manner
  • Driving on common land, a footpath or bridle way or any land which is not part of a road
  • Driving in a manner which is causing/has been causing, or is likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public.

Then a Section 59 warning can be issued to you. This warning is placed against both the driver and the vehicle and lasts for 12 months.

If the driver of the vehicle or the vehicle with the warning issued to it is then seen driving in any of those conditions again in the next 12 months the vehicle can be seized and, if not collected after paying for recovery and storage costs, it will be crushed.

On top of this it is important to remember that if you are using any motor vehicle on public roads then the vehicle must be insured, road legal and registered with DVLA. The driver/rider must also hold a policy of insurance to use such vehicle. Failure to comply with these requirements will mean a vehicle can be seized under the no insurance scheme and the rider issued with a fine.

Finally, there are inherent risks involved in riding motor bikes and quads in a dangerous manner. Please do not jeopardise the safety of your fellow residents by engaging in such activity.

Contact PC Harris in confidence on 101 or email if you have any information you would like to pass on.

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A message from PC Ian Harris – your Police contact in Mixenden

Ian Harris

PC Ian Harris

“It has been brought to my attention that addresses in Mixenden are suffering, and have suffered from anti-social behaviour and are at the risk of property being damaged as a result.

“If you should observe or have experienced damage and/or anti-social behaviour please contact me as I would very much like to speak to you.

“In addition, if you have children residing at your home, please could you make them aware of the consequences of reckless behaviour i.e. risk of damage or injury, in the hope that they will not be encouraged to commit anti-social behaviour in the future.

“Examples which have been brought to my attention are stones being thrown at vehicles and house windows, verbal abuse, threats, anti-social use of off-road motorbikes/quads and damage to property/vehicles.

“Those who come to my attention will be spoken to in the first instance. This will be followed by the issuing of an anti-social behaviour warning letter. Persistent anti-social behaviour could result in an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) or you could be at risk of eviction from your property.

“Anti-social behaviour is defined by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 as any behaviour that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more person not of the same household. The behaviour which has been brought to my attention falls way below what is acceptable.

“Furthermore, anyone who is implicated as being involved in criminal acts will be dealt with through the Criminal Justice System.

“Please do not hesitate to contact me on 101 or should you need any advice or assistance in this matter”.

PC 1212 Ian Harris
Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Team
Mixenden Ward Officer

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Sparks! 2014 – Summer Fun for a fiver!

sparksDuring the summer the Holy Nativity Church in Mixenden runs ‘Sparks’, a series of fun days for 5-11 year olds.  Last year the church was transformed as 30 children came to sing, dance, play and have fun doing arts and crafts before having their lunch.

For £5 your child can spend four mornings doing all of this and get their lunch as well!!

One of the highlights of the summer last year was clay modelling with a professional artist. Whilst looking at Noah building a giant Ark little fingers shaped and moulded clay to form model animals ornaments.  The following week tiny brushes applied vivid colours and transformed the uniform  grey shapes into animals that now take pride of place in countless homes around Mixenden and Illingworth.

Children must be aged between 5 and 11 years old to take part in the days.

Each of the days will be four hours from 9am until 1pm.  We will also feed them lunch before they are picked up!

The dates are Wednesdays mornings on July 23 and 30 and August 6 and 13.  The cost for the activity days will be £5 per child for all four weeks which can be paid either in advance or on the first day itself.  By signing up for the days we hope you are committed to all four weeks as places for children are limited.

Please ensure that you have booked a place for your child with Church Warden, Sue O’Brien as soon as possible.  Unfortunately when all thirty places have been filled we will be unable to take any more children.  Once your registration is confirmed and the consent forms have been filled in, please drop your child off at Holy Nativity Church at 9am on the day and pick them up again at 12:50-1pm.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 18 July – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

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 good weekend!

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What does the Care Act mean for Calderdale?

Healthwatch Calderdale is offering an opportunity to come and discuss the Care Act with the  Director of Adults Health and Social Care at Calderdale Council, Bev Maybury, on Wednesday 30 July at 1pm, at the Elsie Whiteley Centre.

From next year, some significant changes will be taking place about how care will be offered to people. This is an opportunity to ask questions and make recommendations about how the Care Act should be commissioned and implemented here in Calderdale.

Representatives of groups and organisations likely to be affected by the Care Act are welcome to attend to listen to the presentation, ask questions and share their concerns.  It would be helpful if attendance could be confirmed prior to the meeting by calling Healthwatch on 01422 431099.

If you are unable to come to the meeting, but would like to ask a question then please submit these to Healthwatch Calderdale via an email; or telephone us on 01422 431099.


Please submit questions by noon Monday 28th July 2014.

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Summer holiday offer at Mags On Ramps indoor skatepark

Summer  Holiday 2014

21st July – 31st August, Monday – Friday, 10am – 8pm .

  • Members £5
  • Non members £9

The park will remain open from 8pm-10pm at normal entrance prices.

Weekends are normal prices.

Mags on Ramps is a family run indoor skatepark welcoming Skateboards, Scooters, BMX and Inlines, and based in the Club Lane Business Park, Ovenden.

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Sports memberships with you in mind

With 12 months for the price of 11 this summer Calderdale Council have membership packages for everybody.

Your leisure time is precious which is why Sport Calderdale want to make your every visit as enjoyable as possible.  They want you to love coming to their fitness classes, swimming in their pools, training in their gyms and taking part in the other activities as much as you love the release of the happy hormone after your workout.

Sport Calderdale are on a mission to create a fitter Calderdale and they want you to join them!!  Find out more about the summer offer at and follow the twitter account @ActiveCdale for regular updates

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Missing the Tour de France?

You can relive the day through the Council’s Storify which celebrates the Tour in Calderdale and shows some of the amazing photos from around the region

Or, this weekend why not join a Skyride in Calderdale?

If you’ve been inspired by the Tour de France to get into cycling, then sign up for one of this weekend’s free guided bike rides across Calderdale. Rides this week include a steady ride from Hebden Bridge to Luddenden Foot, a challenging ride from Ravenscliffe School or a Breeze (Women’s only) ride up Cragg Vale. 

For more information and to book your place visit and don’t forget to release your inner cyclist!

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Positive Futures Activities Programme

West Yorkshire Positive Futures is run by young people for young people and provides free activities all over Calderdale!

If you cannot see something you like, just ask! We might be able to add something to the programme!

Day Activity Location Age
5 – 6pm
Fitness/Gym/Swim Halifax swimming Pool 14 – 19
5 – 6pm
Football Ridings Sports Centre Ovenden 10 – 14
6 – 7.30pm
Street Dance The Dance Mill, Holmfield 10 – 19
4 – 5pm
Boxing Old lane Boxing Club, Ovenden 14 – 19
4 – 5pm
Gym Todmorden Sports Centre 14 – 19
4 – 5pm
Skate/Scooter/BMX (Please bring own equipment) Mags on Ramps, Ovenden 10 – 19
5 – 6pm
Football Ridings Sports Centre Ovenden 14 – 19
1 – 3pm
Fitness/Gym/Swim Halifax Swimming Pool 14 – 19
6 – 7.30pm
Climbing (Please book before session) ROKT, Brighouse 10 – 19
Monday – Friday
9.30 – 5pm
1 to 1 sessions – CV Writing, Gym, Skating, Digital Music, Gaming etc Various Locations 10 – 19

For more information on any of the activities or how to get involved please either call into the office at 11 Wards End, Halifax, 01422 510000 or call Lucy on 07540 691151, Adam on 07739 983027, or Jack on 07545 939229.

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Sector Support Calderdale Free Advice Sessions for July 2014

Free Advice Sessions for Not for Profit Organisations & Voluntary & Community Groups in Calderdale

Are you applying to the CMBC Small Grants Scheme or Community Festival & Event Fund, next deadline Friday 1 August? Sector Support Calderdale can support you to complete your application, or review it and give you feedback before you send it in.


  • Drop in to our advice session on 22 July, 10.15-2pm, at the New Ebenezer Centre, St James Rd, Halifax (Helen Galvin from WYCAS is also attending)
  • Book a 45 minute session on 29 July, 10.15-2pm, at Brighouse Adult Education Centre, Church Lane.
  • Or e-mail Jo Budgen, with any queries

We can also support groups with:

  • Setting up a new organisations
  • Governance & legal structures
  • Business & project planning
  • Finding funding sources & bid writing
  • Community engagement and consultation

For further details, or to book a place, please contact: Jo Budgenor Olivia Swingler on 01422 345174,, or

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Sure Start Summer Programmes

Sure Start Summer

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There’s load going on this summer in North and East Halifax and across Calderdale.

Click here for the summer schedule from Sure Start Children’s Centres.

For information on what’s going on in the Lower Valley, click here…

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RSPCA K9 Party in the Park

Sunday 27 July. The annual K9 Party in the Park is back! A great day out for dogs……..and the whole family!

Featuring the fun Dog Show (with over 25 classes!) Springers Agility, various stalls and games with fantastic prizes on offer, behaviour advice, dog parade, scrumptious snacks and refreshments, doggy gift bags for all participants and to top it off, the whole day is dedicated to our fabulous four legged friends.

Entry to the K9 party is FREE, but donations are welcome!

Entries for the dog show is £1.50 per class.
Dog Classes are £1.50 each, 12pm – 5pm

At Manor Heath Park, Halifax. Contact telephone: 07538 114079
Call to check latest times or cancellations

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National Play Day 2014 at Eureka!

Playday 2014 is on Wednesday 6 August and is being ran in partnership with Calderdale Play Development Service and Eureka.

The event will again take place in the grounds of Eureka! Childrens Museum 11-3pm.

On Playday thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK. From small-scale events to thousands of children taking over Trafalgar Square – Playday is celebrated by each community in a way that suits them.

As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.

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Goodbye Year 6 – Hello new Junior Wardens!

We’re always sad to say goodbye but it’s been another fantastic year working with our local schools to improve the environment for everyone to live in and enjoy.

Over the  last week Junior Wardens from four local schools have received their achievement certificates to recognise their hard work in the community.

Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative, Community Wardens and local Police officers, presented the children at Leavers’ Assemblies at Mount Pellon Primary Academy, Dean Field Community Primary, St. Michael and All Angels and Ash Green Community School.

And they have worked hard! – What with multiple clean-ups, litter picks, speed checks, gardening, and being fantastic ambassadors for the school and their local areas.

To our old Junior Wardens, thank you for your support, and we wish you all the best in year 7 and at your new high schools!

To our new year 6, we can’t wait to meet you next term! There’s lots to do!! Starting off with a public services day in Shibden Park in September, and this year will see a big anniversary for the Junior Warden programme, which started 10 years ago in North Halifax.

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