Get organised event 2014!

Do you have a son or daughter who is in year 11? If so, you don’t want to miss this event.

You’ll be able to speak with school sixth forms, colleges, further education providers, universities, work based training providers and employers from across the region. C & K Careers Advisors and teams from the Council will also be available at the event to provide support and information on money, benefits, transport, Special Educational Needs and disability support.

See what options are available at the Shay Stadium, Monday 29 September 2014 from 3.30pm until 7.30pm.

For more information visit the Get organised 2014 web page.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 19 August – 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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Shelf & District Community Group meeting

On Monday 29 September 2014 at 6.30pm at Stone Chair Variety Club, Ing Head Terrace, Halifax HX3 7LB

Doors open at 6pm

Shelf and District Community Group, which includes Coley and Stone Chair, is a fledgling organisation with the aim of improving the area for local people.

The meeting is open to anyone who resides in the area or representatives from any group or business in the area.

During the meeting we welcome your views on possible improvements to Shelf Hall Park and we will be sharing plans for events in Shelf to which you are all invited. We will also be joined by our Policing Team for a PACT (Police and Community Together) update and discussion.

This is an opportunity to have a voice about local matters so please come and have your say. Any raffle or tombola prize donations will be welcomed.

Click here for the minutes of the last meeting…

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Coming up and special offers at the Victoria Theatre

Special offer: £10 tickets to hear World War Two expert Sinclair McKay discuss The Moments of Dunkirk, 28 September, 7.30pm.

An don’t miss:

Visit or call 01422 351158 to book now.

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Youngsters make their mark on community

Posted on 17/09/2014


Calderdale youngsters have been taking on new challenges, meeting new friends and making a difference in the community as part of a scheme to build their skills for work and life.

41 teenagers have raised nearly £1000 for local charities over the past four weeks by taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) through Calderdale Council’s Young People’s Service at Mixenden Activity Centre.

NCS is open to 16 and 17-year-olds in England and Northern Ireland. It brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.

The Calderdale young people split into three teams and worked on projects that they had identified in the local area. Staff from Calderdale Council were there to support them throughout. The participants were awarded certificates at a celebration evening at the Shay Stadium last week to mark their achievements over the summer.

‘The A Team’ ran a series of events to raise money for Halifax-based charity Happy Days, which helps homeless people. Their projects included making dinner at one of the charity’s accommodation units, carrying out maintenance work at the main office and holding a coffee morning at Norwood Green Village Hall.

The ‘Fight Club’ team brightened up a communal patch of land in Shelf by removing weeds, painting fences and planting herbs for people to pick. They worked with The A Team to organise a gig with local acts at Heath Rugby Club in West Vale, and donated the takings to the Forget Me Not Trust.

The ‘Heads then Legs’ team set to work sprucing up Shaw Park in Holywell Green. They cleared flowerbeds, paths and the park entrance, built bird boxes and repainted the notice board, helped by the Council’s parks staff. The teens also put on an afternoon tea at Stainland and Holywell Green United Reformed Church and raised money for Halifax Street Angels and Wood Bank Primary School at Luddendenfoot.

NCS runs in spring, summer and autumn. Participants have a short time away from home, living in group accommodation, and take part in a team project that will help their community.They develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action.

Find out more:

  • If you fancy getting involved in the National Citizen Service, head for more information.
  • Find out more at the Council-run parents’ information event on Thursday 25 September at Mixenden Activity Centre, 6pm – 8pm.
  • The Council also visits schools to tell young people more about NCS and how to sign up.
  • Please call 01422 245006 if you have any questions.
  • NCS applications are open for autumn 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015.
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Sure Start Children’s Centre’s Autumn Newsletter

NHPSure Start Children’s Centres are here to stay with services now being provided by the North Halifax Partnership  across North & East Halifax, and in the Lower Valley.

Our newsletters are packed full of fun activities and training courses for children and families.

Autumn newsletters Out Now!!    Lower Valley Autumn       North & East Autumn

We’re now running Children’s Centres in Ovenden, Mixenden, Illingworth, Pellon, Brighouse, Elland, Rastrick, Holywell Green Hub and Northowram & Shelf Hub.

If you have friends or relatives in this area please encourage them to like our page so they can receive the latest updates in their newsfeed… Like…

sure start north and east

sure start lower valley

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An Evening of Sport, Comedy and Supper

Saturday 18 October 2014 sees the Halifax Golf Club at Ogden open its doors for an evening of light entertainment and fun in support of junior sport development, so why not go along with your partner or friends and let your hair down.

The price is £20 per head and tables of 6 or 10 are available for a party of family, friends or colleagues.

The evenings entertainment consists of ex Hull City and Bradford City footballer Dean Windass and ex rugby star Lea Roberts who is making his mark in comedy.

To book your place now call Steve on 07727860731.

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North Halifax Grammar Car Boot & Table Top Sale

The North Halifax Grammar School Parents’ Association is holding a Car Boot and Table Top Sale on Saturday 20 September in the school car park.

Set up for sellers starts at 7.30am and the gates will open to the general public at 9am.

The pitching fees for sellers are £5 for a Table top, £8 for a Car or £15 for a Van.

Admission price is 50p (children are FREE) and there will be various activities and stalls available including:

  • car wash ‘n’ bacon butty – £5
  • refreshments – teas, coffees, bacon butties
  • cupcake stall, tuck shop stall
  • face painting
  • giant games – connect 4, jenga, noughts and crosses, catch the rat

For more information please contact Karen by email at or call 07984 166112

North Halifax Grammar School, Moorbottom Road, Illingworth

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e-Books and e-Audiobooks have arrived!

All Calderdale library members can now choose and download from a choice of over 400 FREE e-Book titles, to compatible e-Readers, tablets and PCs.

It’s really quick and simple and you can borrow them for up to 14 days by simply logging on to your account and Books are automatically “returned”, so there will be no late return fee to pay.

You’ll also find a selection of e-Audiobooks, which can be downloaded in many formats, to suit most listening devices.

Click here to make a visit to your virtual library today!

More information on how to download to different devices can be found here.

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Social Investment, Creating Big Potential in Calderdale

The Council is pleased to be organising a significant regional event with Key Fund and the Community Foundation for Calderdale on Thursday 25 September 9.30am – 12.30pm, at Mereside Cafe, Shibden Park.

The event is free and aimed at social ventures and community enterprises looking for social investment, organisations, professionals and council officers advising social enterprises on how to grow their business. It’s also open to Councillors with an interest in this area.

The morning will include presentations from Sam Tarff, the CEO of Key Fund, an introduction to Big Potential and the launch of the Calderdale Social Investment Fund with Calderdale Community foundation.

There will be a chance to speak to Big Potential support providers and pose questions to a panel of social investment leaders.

Click here to book your place on Eventbrite.

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Child Protection Designated Officer Training

Do you work or volunteer for an organisation that delivers a service to children or young people? Sector Support Calderdale have places available on their FREE one day training course for staff who are responsible for child protection issues.

On Thursday 9 October from 9.30am to 4pm.

The course will cover:

  • The role of the Designated Named Person – Legal & Guidance
  • Safeguarding Policies and Protocols
  • Monitoring and Recording Requirements
  • Information Sharing
  • Developing a “collective responsibility”
  • Managing Disclosure
  • Legal / Serious Case Reviews
  • Risk Assessment
  • Internet /Social Media Safety
  • Best practice- examining the impact of influences and values

If you wish to book on this course please download training booking, complete and return the booking form as soon as convenient to

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Calderdale Forum 50+ Annual General Meeting

Calderdale Forum 50+ will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12 November 2014 at the Shay Stadium Banqueting suite from 10am till 2pm.

Over 50 groups are invited to take up a FREE table to present their group activities, as well as other relevant groups, charities and statutory services.

Also a lunchtime buffet and the opportunity to network and engage with older people to discuss/find out what are their issues of most concern.

Further details will follow shortly as they are confirmed but in the meantime please put this date in your diaries.

Please book your free table as soon as possible so as not to be disappointed by calling Malcolm Kielty on 07946510900 or you can email

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FREE Adult Learning at Ryburn Valley High School

rvh courseRyburn Valley High School is offering the chance for adults over the age of 19 years to take part in FREE evening workshops or various courses over a duration of 8 weeks.


Computers For Beginners – Learn how to use your computer. Basic advice and tutoring on how to create documents, use email and access the internet.

Social Media as A Marketing Tool – Step by step basic advice to get the best out of Facebook, Twitter and other social networking applications as a marketing tool for your business or to promote your group/charity etc.

Website Design For Beginners – Create your own personal website, promote your business or market your product.

Photography For Beginners – Learn how to use your camera! Create beautiful and interesting photographs and manipulate those images using Photoshop.

Educational Computer Driving License (ECDL) – 3 modules which can be taken individually or as a complete course. If all modules are completed successfully, the resulting qualification is equivalent to a GCSE.

Each training session is FREE of charge.

A registration fee of £25 is payable if you wish to take the ECDL optional online tests, + a fee of £6.50 per test.

To book a place on one of these courses, or for more information, please contact Karen Allen on 01422 832070 or email

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Say ‘YES!’ to Calderdale 6th!

Calderdale 6thAre you interested in widening choice for post-16 students? Then say ‘yes!’ to Calderdale 6th!

Calderdale 6th is a new, state-of-the-art post-16 centre due to open in 2016. Offering 1000 places and a huge range of course options, young people will benefit from an outstanding experience.

We are happy to visit local groups working with young people to explain more about Calderdale 6th, and the difference we will make to their future.

To ensure that this exciting development becomes a reality for all Calderdale young people, we need 13-16 year olds and their parents, to register their interest.

Further information and a form can be found by clicking here.

To arrange a visit from Calderdale 6th please email or call now on 01422 232042

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Restorative Approaches to Conflict Resolution

On Wednesday 24 September there will be a free information session from 10am to 12 noon held at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall street, Halifax HX1 5AY

The Session will give information on how restorative processes bring those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

All expenses will be paid and a light snack will be provided.

For more information Contact Audrey Smith on 07929291249 or email

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Volunteers wanted in Boothtown

Boothtown requires volunteers to help with various jobs in the community:

  • A volunteer level 3 play worker is required for Boothtown Rascals session at the POD, Boothtown on Tuesdays 2-6pm
  • Volunteers are required to help alongside Lloyds banking group to clean up All Souls grave yards Boothtown on Wednesday 24 September
  • Volunteers needed to help at Boothtown Community Shop

For further information contact Douglas on 07939496804 or Vicky on 07895408660

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Online at Home: Digital Inclusion Programme

Age UkDo you know of elderly people who might benefit from supported access to a computer?

If you or someone you know is elderly or housebound we may be able to offer FREE of charge:

  • Loan of digital equipment for 6 months
  • One-to-one support from an experienced IT volunteer
  • Access to the internet

If you would like more information or to see if you or someone you know is eligible, please call Anne Cuthbert, Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees on 01422 252040.


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Join the High Fives for £1!

High Fives is a friendly, active group that holds classes for over 50s in Pellon, and this year your membership costs just £1!

Get involved in a varied set of activities such as:
• Kurling
• Tai chi
• Gentle exercise
• Scottish dancing
• An art group

If you or anybody you know would be interested in volunteering they would like to start up a boccia class and a craft club.

The group are also looking for new volunteers to join their managing committee.

If you would like an informal chat about what might be involved, you can contact the committee by phone on 07407531481 or by email at

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Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees – We’d love to come and talk to you!

Age UkAge UK Calderdale and Kirklees can organise speakers on more specialist topics such as Pensions, Powers of Attorney, Going into Care.

If you would like a representative of Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees to come and talk to your group, please give us a call and we’ll do our best to make it!

Please call us on 01484 535994.

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Halifax Goes Purple!

Purple flag webPurple Flag week will take place in Halifax Town Centre between 27 September and 3 October 2014.

Purple Flag recognises excellence in the management of the evening and night time economy and is a good indicator of where to go for a good night out.

Halifax remains the only place in West Yorkshire to hold this status. During Purple Flag week, events are taking place in the Town Centre of Halifax and we would like people to promote the week by wearing purple for the day on Tuesday 30 September.

Send your pictures to!

Click here to find out more.

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