Heath Stroke Club volunteering opportunities

gravatarOver 30 years experience in supporting people with disabilities and enhancing the quality of life for stroke survivors and adults with physical disabilities.

Heath Stroke Club provides a community based day service for stroke survivors and people with physical disabilities, enabling them to enhance their quality of life by maximising independence and preventing social isolation.

Wanted right now :

Volunteer Driver – Heath Stroke Club – To transport service users between their own homes and our premises, on outings and to appointments as required, some of which may mean travel outside Calderdale… More

Volunteer Escort – Heath Stroke Club – To provide escort duties in company vehicles or private transport to aide service users between their own homes and our premises, on outings and to appointments as required… More…

Day Centre Volunteer wanted – Heath Stroke Club – To assist staff and volunteers with a range of duties in our day centre. Duties will include meeting and greeting, assisting with activities, making and serving refreshments, washing up and general tidying…More…

Volunteer Fundraiser – Heath Stroke Club – Duties could include assisting with planning and organising activities and events; maintaining good relationships with funders, donors and sponsors; assisting with and developing appropriate marketing including use of social media… More

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Skillshop – We need volunteers!

The objectives at Skillshop are to improve people’s self-esteem, confidence and personal development and break down social isolation. People will have more fulfilling lives, be less reliant on staff and have developed some independent social networks and friendships.

Commitment, reliability, enthusiasm and a genuine desire to help everyone at Skillshop are the main qualities we are looking for as well as time to be able to support us on a regular basis… full details here…

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Still time to apply for secondary school places

Parents with children who are due to move to secondary school in September 2016 are being reminded to complete their applications online by 11.59pm on Saturday 31 October 2015 but if your application is late it could mean that your child is not offered a preferred school… read more…

You will need to make an application if your child was born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005.

Apply for a secondary school place at www.calderdale.gov.uk/admissions or for advice email cyps.admissions@calderdale.gov.uk or call the admissions team on 01422 392617.

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An Invitation from Ignite Halifax, SharX and Calderdale YFC

If you are in School Year 7 or above go along for an entertaining evening to help equip young people to engage with science and Christianity with a presentation from Test of Faith scientist and music by Chip Kendall & Galactus Jack.

Monday 26 October – From 6.45pm
At New Beginnings Christian Centre, Nursery Lane, HX3 5SX

Tickets cost £3 when booked in advance or £5 on the door – To book in advance contact Sharon on 07871 910300 or email styler288@gmail.com

For more information re the Ignite Youth Conference visit igniteyouthconference.co.uk, call Peter Kemp on 07827 909399 or email igniteyouthconference@gmail.com

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Sure Start Children’s Centres Recruiting Now

sure start nhpNorth Halifax Partnership has been awarded a contract to deliver Children’s Centre Services in North and East Halifax and Lower Valley for three years.

As a result, we are delighted to be able to advertise a number of vacancies including Family Support Worker, Parent Link Worker, Group Site Supervisor, Early Years Practitioner, Receptionist and Cleaner!

Closing date for applications is 12noon on Friday 30 October 2015

For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply, please visit: www.surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk/jobs-2/


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Men United at Ovenden Park

Halifax RUFC ShieldWhat do you do on Wednesday mornings? Get up at the usual time, stroll downstairs, have a bite to eat, switch the television on…. every week, just like every other day. Sound familiar?

One of the real problems around today is that of loneliness, particularly for men of retirement age and who may be single (again).  Hardly ever leaving your home and not much contact with other people are very easy ruts to get into and they can lead to all sorts of problems.

Halifax RUFC, popularly known Ovenden Park and situated just behind Moorside School, is addressing this issue and every Wednesday morning from 10am to 12pm we open our club to men who would like to “get out of the house” and socialise with a few new friends.

At the moment there are about a dozen regulars, all looking forward to Wednesday mornings and keen to share the experience and more men are needed to join us and we hope and believe that if you give us a try it will brighten up your life. Not only will you make some new friends but you will become part of the group.

There are no committee meetings, agendas and so on but what we do is enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit, talk to one another, sometimes play a few games and sometimes have a talk from a group member or an invited friend.

Each session costs just £2 but the first one is FREE. So what are you waiting for?  We hope to greet you Next Wednesday at 10am.

If you would like more details, please ring either Joe 01422 246980, or Dennis on 01422 248734 who will be more than happy to tell you all about the group

mens group

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October Skating School at the YMCA

YMCA Skate School2 fantastic fun skating sessions this October Half Term. Learn to improve your balance, skate backwards, stop and much more with qualified coaches.

Wednesday 28 and Friday 30 October – 2pm to 3.30pm
At YMCA, Crossley Street, Halifax, HX1 1UG.

Only £4 per per session which includes skate hire. For further information drop in and ask at the desk.

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Family Fun at Rastrick Fire Station Open Day

RFS open dayHave fun at the Rastrick Fire Station open day with emergency service vehicles, stalls, childrens rides, bouncy castle, refreshments and much more.

On Sunday 11 October 2015 – From 10.30am to 3.30pm
Rastrick Fire Station, Clough Lane, Rastrick, HD6 3QH

Entry costs £1 for adults and children go FREE.

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Volunteer and be a Diabetes Community Champion

xpert healthDo you have a passion for community based health promotion work and motivating your community to be healthier? Are you from the local South Asian community in Calderdale? Are you able to speak English, Urdu and Punjabi?

If so, then the Diabetes Community Champion volunteer role could be for you. You will receive diabetes awareness training at our centre in Hebden Bridge.

Closing date Monday 19 October 2015

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What is the role of a Diabetes Community Champion?

  • To educate and raise awareness of diabetes to people from South Asian communities, including explaining what Type 2 diabetes is, who is at risk, signs and symptoms, myths and misconceptions, complications, and the NHS and other services that are available.
  • To spread the word about diabetes in the local South Asian community by organising awareness stands, talks, drop-in sessions and healthy living days.
  • To prepare and circulate diabetes awareness newsletters via social media and traditional methods.
  • To provide support, advice and information, helping to instil self-confidence in people and helping them to better manage their own health and wellbeing.
  • To commit to a minimum of 1 session per month for a 6 month period

If you are interested in applying, please email admin@xperthealth.org.uk to obtain a role description and then apply by sending a CV and a letter stating why you want this volunteering role.

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Free Comedy Event at Halifax Central Library

Halifax Comedy FestivalHalifax Comedy Festival organisers would like to start a conversation with colleagues in the health sector about the role of laughter, health and wellbeing and also offering an exclusive FREE comedy event especially for professionals working in the Health Sector.

On Tuesday 27 October 2015 – From 2pm to 3.30pm
At Halifax Central Library

This event is FREE to attend but places are limited so booking is advised by calling the Festival Box Office on 01422 305959.

For further information please call Tim Fagan on 01422 305950

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Find volunteering opportunities at Threeway’s tomorrow

VOlunteer North HalifaxIf you are interested in becoming a volunteer then come along to our Volunteer Market Place on Wednesday 7 October at The Threeways Centre, Ovenden and speak to a number of organisations and groups about how you could get involved.

There’s no need to book just drop in 12.30pm to 3pm and see if there’s an opportunity that suits you – includes light lunch and refreshments.

Not only does volunteering allow you to connect to your community and make it a better place but even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people and organizations in need.

It can benefit you and your family and dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills as well as gain valuable experience in your field of choice.

Organisations that will be there for you to speak to include:

  • Sure Start Children’s Centres
  • Pennine Housing 2000
  • Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative
  • St Georges Community Trust
  • Threeways Centre
  • Staying Well in North Halifax
  • Sector Support Calderdale
  • North Halifax GoWalking
  • Calderdale Parents and Carers
  • One Good Turn Charity
  • Ovenden Phoenix Football Team
  • Halifax in Bloom
  • Calderdale Youth Offending Team
  • Community Task Force
  • Halifax Rugby Union Club
  • Halifax Opportunities Trust
  • Neighbourhood Schemes
  • Calderdale Countryside Service
  • OSCA Foundation
  • Disability Support Calderdale
  • Calderdale Help in Bereavmen
  • Healthwatch Calderdale
  • Victim Support
  • Bluebird Care Calderdale
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Do you have an appetite to shape local food culture?

Join in for this unique event and help kick-start a food revolution in Calderdale.

Thursday 8 October 2015 – From 9am to 2pm
At The Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, HX3 5SX

As well as hearing from leading experts and local innovators, this half day event will mostly be about working together to identify opportunities to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where we live and to think about how to turn that vision into reality.

The session will be followed by a light lunch and an opportunity to continue the conversation so if you would like to request an invite, contact Kerry Greenwood on Kerry.greenwood@calderdale.gov.uk or 01422 266172.

For information on previous Assemblies and partnership working in Calderdale, visit www.calderdaleforward.org.uk

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Sparks! Half Term Fun, Spooky Mobiles

Join a spooky character for scary stories and even create your own spooky mobile at Bankfield Museum.

On Wednesday 28 October 2015 at the following times:

  • 11am to 12pm
  • 1pm to 2pm
  • 2pm to 3pm

Costs just £3.50 per child or £2.50 for Passport to Leisure.

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This weeks screening with King Cross Library Film Club

‘The reckoning’ is this weeks screening with the King Cross Library Film Club.

Wednesday 7 October 2015 – From 2pm
At King Cross Library, Haugh Shaw Rd, HX1 3BG

This Jack Gold film is the ‘missing link’ between Room at the Top and Get Carter, with a Liverpool backdrop for one of Nicol Williamson’s best performances as a tough businessman coming ‘home’ with scores to settle.

Entry to all showings is FREE and all showings start at 2pm, unless stated otherwise.

Since seating is limited, you will need to book a ticket by calling 01422 288028/288084 or in person from King Cross Library.

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Weekly stop smoking clinic at Sainsbury’s

Due to the high smoking rates amongst LGBT communities and people with HIV, The Brunswick Centre and Yorkshire Smokefree are pleased to announce that they will be running a weekly stop smoking clinic which is open to all.

Starting Saturday 10 October – From 12pm to 2.30pm
At Sainsbury’s in Halifax, HX2 7NP

For further information email farzana@thebrunswickcentre.org.uk or call Farzana Ali on 07976 402222

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Health Connections Grants & Bursaries open to applications

Grants up to £7,000 for single organisation bids and £25,000 for partnership bids are now available for projects contributing to the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group NHS Care Closer to Home areas and design principles within the following health priorities:

  • Cancer & Tumours
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory
  • Alcohol Conditions
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cardiovascular
  • Mental Health
  • Urgent Care

Bursaries up to £3,500 are also available to assist VCS Organisations become business ready and improve their organisational development.

Deadline for applications is Monday 16 November 2015

FREE briefing sessions are being held to provide guidance & information on the application process as follows:

  • Wednesday 21 October – 1pm to 3pm at Brighouse Central Methodist Church
  • Friday 23 October – 1pm to 3pm at Todmorden Health Centre
  • Monday 26 October – 6pm 8pm at Voluntary Action Calderdale

For help & support with the application, and/or to book onto a briefing session, call Voluntary Action Calderdale on 01422 438729 or email  moya.kirkman@cvac.org.uk

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Looking for a job in Care? Attend the Jobs in Care event

Are you or anybody you know looking for a job in care but don’t have the experience or qualifications? If you are unemployed, age 19+, reliable, flexible, caring and compassionate, then local employers are looking for you.

Go along to the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre on Tuesday 27 October from 9.30am to 1pm to find out more.

There will be care managers and carers available for you to talk to, and the Council will provide training, a care placement and funding for DBS checks.

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Half Term Fun in Mixenden at The Addy

Have fun this half term with various activities at The Addy, Mixenden from Halloween themed activities to dance and drama on the following dates:

Monday 26 October – 10am to 1pm
Halloween crafts and face painting

Tuesday 27 October – 12pm to 3pm
Ghost story telling or Halloween themed baking

Wednesday 28 October – 10am to 3pm
Mixed activities including Halloween make up, costume making and fun games

Thursday 29 October – 10am to 1pm
learn how to graffiti

Friday 30 October – 12pm to 3pm
Dance and mini drama

Each session costs £5 and payments can be made on the day but bookings must be made at least 1 week in advance by dropping into The Addy or by calling 01422 241450 and speaking with Danielle.

If you aren’t calling in to book then it is asked that parents arrive 10 minutes early on the first day to sign the relevant paperwork.

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The Grow Big Sense pod hits the road!

sensory playGrow Big has launched its first sensory play outreach project in Calderdale run by a team of volunteers. The large inflatable pod will be visiting six Children’s Centres over the coming months with an exciting and unique programme of sensory activities for around 100 pre-school children.
sensory objectsEach week the pod will be transformed into different multi-sensory environments including woodland and seaside and the children will also get chance to play with treasure baskets. Our treasure baskets contain over 50 sensory-rich items, containing a range of textures, colours, properties, shape and weight (photo attached). The children will also go home with their own free sensory goodie bag and set of activity postcards.

The Sense project has been funded by Calderdale Council and the National Lottery and aims to improve each child’s personal, social and emotional skills.

Rachel Stewart, founder of Grow Big, explains why the project focuses on the senses:

“Sensory play is vital for a child’s brain development and encourages learning. What’s great though is that parents can provide sensory play opportunities at home that cost next to nothing”.

Maureen Shepherdson from North Halifax Partnership manages 2 of the Children’s Centres in North & East Halifax who are taking part in the project said:

“We are really excited to be part of the new Sense project and can see the benefits that such a sensory-rich resource has on the children’s learning and development”.

To find out more about how you can get involved in Grow Big contact info@growbig.co.uk or visit www.growbig.co.uk.

grow big staff

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Get Active at Threeways Sports Centre

There are some new classes taking place at Threeways Sports Centre so go along, get involved and get active.

  • Konga – Mondays from 4pm to 5pm – Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm
  • Piyo – Mondays from 6pm to 7pm
  • Line Dancing – Every Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
  • Boxercise – Every Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
  • Kurling – Starting Monday 2 November from 10am to 11am

If you require further information, contact Threeways Sports Centre on 01422 321155

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