Calderdale Heritage Walks: Dark Halifax

The winter programme has fortnightly walks plus an extra one at Christmas. The majority are on Sundays, with 2 Saturdays and 2 on Bank Holidays.
No pre-booking required, just turn up and pay the Guide – its £3 (all ages)

Almost all starting points are served by public transport. Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed on walks unless indicated by the No Dogs symbol.

Tuesday 26 December – Dark Halifax 


Certain areas in central Halifax have experienced objects such as severed heads, ghosts, creaking gibbets, strange burials and other peculiarities – like the guilty pig . Find out more!

Meet John Billingsley at 2.15pm by the West Gate (i.e. top gate) of Halifax Piece Hall.

The complete Winter Walks Programme as shown below can be downloaded here.

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Sports Membership Scheme for Disabled Children and Young People

Since 30 June 2017, Sports Services have been running a new membership project aimed at assisting and promoting the inclusion of SEND children and young people.

The membership scheme will enable children and young people 5-25 to access swimming and gym provision across all Sports Services facilities.

The cost is £10 per month by direct debit or £120 for a 12 month cash advance. There is a ‘pro-rata’ payment charge but no joining fee.

Application forms can be collected or completed at any swimming pool or leisure centre following production of relevant eligibility (DLA letter or reference number, letter from GP or school) and clients will then be issued with a membership card.

For further information contact Debbie Greenwood, Disability Sports Development Officer on 01422 341527 or emailing

For more information about what is on offer view the Disability Sports Directory online.

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 15 December – OUT NOW!!


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  • Christmas Concert at the Town Hall – Tonight!
  • Check Your Local Carol Services
  • Making North Halifax Dementia Friendly
  • Autism-friendly Santa’s Grotto at Eureka
  • Beer and Carols at the Holy Nativity Church

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!

Ovenden Ward Forum Moves to Make North Halifax Dementia Friendly

On Wednesday 13 December at the Ovenden Ward Forum, local residents, Ovenden Ward Councillors Anne Collins, Helen Rivron and Bryan Smith, West Yorkshire Police PCSO Joel Hudson & Karen Scanlon from the North Halifax Partnership took part in a session to raise awareness around Dementia.

Chris Wills from the Alzheimer’s Society highlighted the awareness and what it’s like for someone living with Dementia including a lighthearted bingo game to highlight everyday issues that someone might face that lives with dementia the session which was topped off with them each receiving a Dementia Friends Badge and promising to help make North Halifax Dementia friendly.

From 2018 a steering group will be formed and a small budget to support the development in North Halifax to help make North Halifax a Dementia friendly community.

Anyone who would like to be involved in raising awareness or on a new steering group for North Halifax and have a say about what matters please get in touch with Karen Scanlon on 01422 255402 or email for more information on how you can get involved.

Project Search in Calderdale Helps Young People with Learning Disabilities

A new scheme in Calderdale is helping young people with learning disabilities to prepare for life in the workplace.

Calderdale Council, Calderdale College and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust launched ‘Project Search’ in September 2017 and it’s already having benefits for the 12 young adults involved.

The scheme offers a year-long supported internship combining classroom-based learning delivered by Calderdale College and work experience with the Council and the NHS. The aim is to boost opportunities to learn new skills to help secure full-time, paid employment.

Cllr Megan Swift, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said:

We want to ensure that when people with learning disabilities leave school or college, they have access to good-quality, paid jobs and can achieve their full potential. Project Search is a great opportunity for them to gain knowledge and practical experience in a safe and supported environment.” 

Laura Lavender, Team Leader – Employability & Life Skills, Calderdale College, said:

“We are so proud of our interns’ progress so far – they have really stepped up to the challenge and have become real assets to the teams they’re working in. Project Search is a fantastic supported internship model which we are hoping will make a big difference to the long term career prospects of the young people taking part. We are thrilled to be involved in this project and are dedicated to ensuring its success.”

The Council and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust are working together to provide a variety of work experience to the young people enrolled on the scheme. From September to December 2017 the work placements are based at the Council, and from January 2018 they will be provided at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Where can I go to get more information? 

You can speak to a member of staff at Calderdale College, your C&K Careers advisor at your school, Lead the Way or the SEND Team. Leaflets about Project SEARCH can be posted to you by calling the Admissions Team at Calderdale College, phone: 01422 399316, or pick one up from the College Admissions Team.

Christmas Opening Hours for Kooth Online Counselling for Children and Young People

Kooth was the first online counselling and therapy service for children and young people in the UK.

The Christmas Opening Hours for Kooth are as follows;

  • Sunday   – 24 December 4pm – 8pm (instead of 6pm – 10pm)
  • Monday – 25 December 4pm – 8pm (instead of 12noon – 10pm)
  • Tuesday – 26 December 4pm – 8pm (instead of 12noon – 10pm)
  • Sunday   – 31 December 4pm – 8pm (instead of 6pm – 10pm)
  • Monday –    1 January 4pm – 8pm (instead of 12noon – 10pm)

XenZone was founded in 2001 to make it easy and safe for all generations to access the best mental health and emotional well-being services as and when they need them.
They use technology to remove the barriers hindering children, young people and adults from seeking mental health support. Technology helps to increase access and removes the stigma associated with reaching out for help. They work closely with the NHS, CCGs, local authorities and other health and social well-being organisations to deliver an innovative approach to mental health delivery.
They are pioneers of online counselling and emotional well-being support. In 2004, they founded Kooth, the first online counselling and therapy service for children and young people in the UK.

Following on from Kooth’s success they launched an online counselling and well-being platform for adults, Qwell.
Digital is at the heart of all they do, underpinned by their deep-rooted philosophy of co-production and joining-up with traditional services.
While digital increases accessibility, is native to many young people and convenient for all, there are times when face-to-face is more appropriate. They work with  stakeholders, commissioners and partners to develop an integrated approach, taking the benefits of digital and coupling them with face-to-face services.

More information about XenZone can be found by downloading their brochure

Sure Start Children’s Centres Newsletter Spring 2018

The Sure Start newsletter for Spring 2018 includes details of the new baby clinics, a what’s on guide for all our Children’s Centres and how to follow each individual Centre on it’s own Facebook page.

Have you thought about getting a better deal on your energy bills? With NHP Energy Levels you could boost your energy and save money. The newsletter gives details of the drop-in sessions January to March 2018 when Ofgem and Citizens Advice will show you how to go Energy Shopping.

The newsletter also includes dates for Sure Start training courses taking place in both Lower Valley and North & East Halifax from January to March 2018.

Click here to read the newsletter online