World Homeless Week 7-14 October

World Homeless Week this year is 7-14 October 2018 and includes World Homeless Day on Wednesday 10 October.

The concept of ‘World Homeless Day‘ emerged from online discussions between people working to respond to homelessness from various parts of the world.

The Inaugural World Homeless Day was marked on the 10 October 2010.

Since its founding, World Homeless Day has been observed on every continent except Antarctica, in several dozen countries.

Use of the idea of ‘World Homeless Day’ is open for all to use… anywhere in the world.


The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides.

What can we do?

Calderdale Council’s Empty Homes Strategy can be found on the Council website here. It describes how empty homes are a wasted resource as they could be used to house homeless or vulnerably housed. Also they can attract vandalism etc. or just fall into disrepair because of lack of use.

The Council is currently carrying out an Empty Homes Review.

In support of the government’s national initiative to tackle the shortfall in housing, Calderdale Council is currently undertaking a review of all empty homes in the area that are currently listed as long term empty premises. The review is being undertaken in conjunction with a company called Capacitygrid.

If your property is currently classified as empty, then Capacitygrid may contact you to confirm whether the property is still vacant. If you receive correspondence from Capacitygrid regarding your property, please would you update the property records for your address. You will need the information provided on the letter sent to you to do this.

To try to reduce the possibility of empty homes, Social Housing groups generally have a clause in the tenancy agreement that requires that they be informed in writing if the property is expected to be vacant for more than 28 days.

FLY! Kite Festival at Hunter Hill, Mixenden

What we have been building up to – and building kites for. The FLY! Kite Festival is on Saturday 29 September, 11:00am-5:00pm at Hunter Hill, Mixenden HX2 7TZ.

Kites, workshops, stalls, fun!

Art, music, dance and great local food.

Bring your own kites or make one on the day. Includes a customised parachute drop – bring your own teddy!

Check the latest on the FLY! Kite Festival Facebook page.


The Return of Orange Box Rock School

Following the summer break, Rock School has returned to Orange Box at Blackledge, Halifax and will be running on Monday 24 September, 6:30pm-8:00pm then on 1, 8, 15, 22 October, 12, 19, 26 November
and 3 December.

These exciting workshops for aspiring songwriters and musicians aged 11 to 16 – from beginners to those with some experience.

Working with professional musicians, you can explore all aspects of music-making, from the nuts and bolts of song-writing to chord progressions, composition and recording.

Meet like-minded people, form a band, share your ideas and learn new skills!

Bring your own equipment or use theirs. Sessions take place on Monday evenings, with additional opportunities to perform to the public.

The Rock School is delivered in partnership by Square Chapel and Orange Box – to find out more please telephone Square Chapel’s Box Office on 01422 349422, or email

Orange Box Rock School is supported by Youth Music using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan at Pellon Baptist Church

Pellon Baptist Church, Spring Hall Lane, Halifax HX1 4AU is holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning  on Friday 28 September, 10:15am-11:45am.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.

People all over the UK are asked to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan.


Macmillan Coffee Morning at St. Hilda’s Church, Halifax

The coffee morning this year at St. Hilda’s Church, Gibraltar Road, Halifax HX1 4HE will be on Saturday 29 September, 10:00am-12:00pm. The £2 admission includes tea, coffee and cake and everyone is welcome.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.

People all over the UK are asked to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan.


Islam and Mental Health Women’s Event at Madni Mosque

Find out more about Mental Health and how to look after yourself at this Ladies only event on Wednesday 10 October, 9:30am-1:00pm at Madni Mosque, Gibbet Street, Halifax HX1 5LE. There will be speakers of Urdu and Punjabi and Service Providers will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Refreshments will be available.
For further information please contact:
Neelam Singh: 01422 345154
Zeenat Hussain: 07920 082174

Baby and Toddler Event from Sure Start at Threeways Gym

Innovations Children’s Centre is holding a FREE baby and toddler event on Wednesday 26 September, 10:00am-11:30am at Threeways Gym on Nursery Lane, Ovenden HX3 5XS.

As well as Bookstart and Baby Massage there will be the usual Arts and Crafts and Rhythm Time.

To find out more and book a place, call Innovations on 01422 248222.