Happy Days Homeless Charity Big Sleepout

Join Happy Days Cycles and Cafe for their Big Sleep Out at Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club from Sunday 8 February, 7:00pm. Sleep under the stars to raise money for the homeless.

There will be a hot supper for the sleepers and music from the Landlubbers.

Tickets for the non-sleepers are just £5.

To take part contact beth@happydaysuk.org. Catch up on the event on the Facebook page.

How to Train Your Dragon – LEGO Bricks Workshop

This workshop is open to all children aged 5+.

This Festive Fun workshop on Sunday 20 January 2019, 10:00am-12:00pm at Southowram Community Centre HX3 9QJ will provide children with plenty of themed model building during this exciting activity.

Beyond the village of Berk lies many far off lands and in some areas the elements – Water, Fire, Ice, and Earth – have influenced the Dragons which grew up there.

Our builders will use their imagination to raise their very own Dragon and create its home based on these elements.

During the workshop children will create models using unique Technic LEGO kits and exclusive building instructions.

Bricks4Kidz and the young builders will also use LEGO bricks to create, from their imagination, additional models to help tell this epic story.

The activities are also suitable for children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or awaiting a diagnosis. In addition, their siblings and peers are welcome to join in the activities. Check the event listing on www.brickworkshops.co.uk for the earlier start providing a quiet time.

The Building Better Calderdale Futures (BBCF) programme is funded by the Short Breaks initiative and subsidised by Calderdale Council.

The BBCF programme aims to support families of disabled children – primarily those with learning difficulties – with LEGO brick-based sessions delivered locally in the district.

During the session, the children will be provided with a safe environment to access a range of LEGO brick building activities which can be undertaken at their own pace. Experienced Bricks4Kidz instructors will be on hand to assist and support.


– Parents/Carers of children with autism must remain at the venue.

– A simple form must be completed by all parents/carers to allow us to provide data to Short Breaks. No personal data will be retained without consent.

Booking is essential through Eventbrite.

Bradford University Trip from Threeways Centre

On Tuesday January 29, 8:30am-2:30pmThreeways Centre, in conjunction with the Go Higher project, are arranging a visit to Bradford University for any parents of children aged 13 – 19 who may be considering University life.

The day will start with a breakfast at Trio’s Neighbourhood Café at the front of Threeways.

Transport will then be provided for those who require it, to arrive at Bradford University Campus for 10:00am. You are free to make your own way to the campus if you wish.

Sculpture Season Launch – Friday 25 January 2019

Enjoy Burns Night and celebrate the launch of the new season of Sculpture at The Piece Hall on Friday 25 January 2019, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Experience ‘The Blanket’ by artist David Murphy in the Courtyard.

There will be live music, food, drink, fire, and children’s activities – a free fun event for all the family.

Following that on Saturday 26 January, 10:30am-3:00pm have some family fun with the Willow Sculpture Family Workshop.

Join artist Frank Darnley in The Piece Hall Courtyard to celebrate his fantastic sculpture by contributing to a huge willow sheep artwork which will be created throughout the day. Make your own foil version to take away.

For more information visit https://thepiecehall.co.uk/events/willow-sculpture-family-workshop

Understanding Dementia Online Course in February 2019

Understanding Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest in dementia research and care. This free course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of an international community, without requiring exams or assignments.

Understanding Dementia is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds, including:

The mooc.utas.edu.au website enables access to the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) developed by the University of Tasmania, including the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.

Health professionals

  • Community and residential facility support staff
  • People in the early stages of the disease, their families and carers
  • Social scientists
  • Health policymakers
  • Individuals with a general interest in dementia

Understanding Dementia addresses the foremost issues surrounding dementia, providing avenues for discussion as well as rich global networking opportunities to engage with this major international health Issue. The course provides knowledge designed to maximise quality of life across the trajectory of dementia for people with the condition, their families and carers.

To obtain the most from this course, participants should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week engaging with the content and completing related course activities. There are 7 weeks of scheduled content. After completing the final quizzes for all three modules of the course: ‘The Brain’, ‘The Diseases’ and ‘The Person’, participants will be eligible to download a certificate of completion.

Course Outline
A background on basic brain anatomy and function

The Brain
The Brain provides background content on basic nervous system anatomy and function, followed by a discussion of the diseases that cause dementia, current dementia research and future directions.

Nervous system anatomy

  • Anatomy with Body Central
  • Pathology of dementia
  • Future directions of dementia research
  • Explores the differences between dementia and normal ageing

The Diseases

The Diseases explores differences between normal ageing and dementia, risk factors, issues surrounding diagnosis, as well as medical management.

Difference between normal ageing and dementia

  • Risk factors for dementia
  • Domains of dementia
  • Diagnosis of dementia
  • Younger onset dementia
  • Stages of dementia and focusing support
  • Medical management

The course addresses the difficulties in recognising symptoms, progression and staging of the disease and also what it is like to live with dementia

The Person
The Person addresses difficulties in recognising symptoms, living with dementia, palliation, pain, dementia friendly communities, dementia inclusive design, and non-pharmacological therapies.

Insidious onset of dementia

  • Living with dementia
  • Dementia palliation
  • Non-pharmacological therapies
  • Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
  • Pain and dementia
  • Advanced dementia symptoms and management
  • Dementia friendly communities
  • Dementia inclusive design

Enrolment Details
Enrolment opens: 4 November 2018
Enrolment closes: 8 March 8 2019 6:00am

Course Details
Course opens: 18 February 2019 10:00pm
Course closes: 3 May 2019 8:00 AM

Introduction to Working In Schools Course

Are you unemployed? Or a parent interested in becoming a Teaching Assistant? Book your place on a 5 week course with Halifax Opportunities Trust and Calderdale Adult Learning starting on the Friday 18 January, 9:30am-12:30pm at Hanson Lane Lane Enterprise Centre, Halifax HX1 5PG.

Find out about;

  • the role of a teaching assistant
  • communication with parents and children
  • supporting children’s learning
  • managing behaviour
  • safeguarding and health and safety
  • special educational needs

For further information and to book a place call Lisa Connelly on 01422 347392 or email lisa.connelly@regen.org.uk.

The Battle of Heptonstall Community Play

The Brutish Multitude are a voluntary group that was formed in early 2018 in the ancient village of Heptonstall West Yorkshire, to research and produce a community play based upon the 1643 English Civil War battle, the Battle of Heptonstall.

The script for The Battle of Heptonstall was written over the summer by commissioned playwright and director Michael Crowley

There will be three shows at St Thomas the Apostle Church in Heptonstall from Thursday 28th February to Saturday March 2nd and  a fourth show at Halifax Minster on March 9th. There is promotional film about the play and the battle itself here.

“I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he; and therefore truly, Sir, I think it’s clear, that every man that is to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that government; and I do think that the poorest man in England is not bound in a strict sense to that government that he hath not had a voice to put himself under.

Colonel Sir Thomas Rainsborough, Leveller and MP for Droitwich, The Putney Debates 1647.

Tickets are £10 and are available through Eventbrite.