Wellbeing and Community Festival on 27 and 28 April

The Piece Hall will host its first ever Wellbeing & Community Festival this April; a free two-day event which will help the local community get active and creative, as well as offering much-needed support services.

The Courtyard will host four different ‘zones’ for visitors to explore themed around Active, Creative, Support and Wellbeing. From fitness fanatics to first timers, anyone looking to get moving can try their hand at a whole host of sports including all-adapted cycling, kurling, dance, tai chi, wheelchair basketball and yoga, and also pick up some tips from Sport For All and Threeways Sports Centre. Visitors with a creative flair can try their hand at mindful colouring and stone carving, amongst other calming artistic activities.

An array of Support services will be on offer across the courtyard from charities Basement Recovery Project, Healthy Minds and Samaritans, and there will be food pop-ups and music from community choirs and local musicians. Inspired by the contours and undulations of the local landscape, the public will be invited to collaboratively weave yarns and threads onto an interactive loom structure, building up natural elements through colour and texture. Visitors can add their own message of hope for Calderdale onto a range of surfaces, which will be incorporated into the structure as it grows.

Pond Life as Part of the Up North Film and Television Festival at Square Chapel

Pond Life (15) will be shown Friday 3 May-Thursday 9 May at various times in the Copper & Red Brick Auditorium at Square Chapel Arts Centre.

It’s summertime 1994 in a quiet ex-mining village in Yorkshire. Trevor is treading on everyone’s toes at home as misfit Pogo is trying to make sense of the world. Lovesick Malcolm is trying to mend his broken heart and best friends Shane and David have nothing better to do. When rumours of a giant carp at the local ponds begin to swirl about town, this young community, led by Trevor, embark on a fishing expedition they will never forget.

With breakout performances by a cast of rising stars, and an evocative original score by Richard Hawley, this bittersweet debut feature sits alongside Billy Elliott and Brassed Off in the great British tradition of films about post-industrial communities.

This event is part of the Square Chapel Up North: Film & Television Festival.

For more information and to book tickets at £7-£5 visit https://www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/pond-life/

Universal Credit Help to Claim Service

Citizens Advice Calderdale has launched a new service called ‘Help to Claim’ for those who need to apply for Universal Credit in Calderdale.

They are working in collaboration with the Citizens Advice Network and more locally with Calderdale Council and Job Centre Plus (Calderdale) to support people in submitting their Universal credit application to get their first full payment.

Help will be tailored to the individual and be available; face to face, over the phone (0800 144 8444) and online through webchat and advice content (www.citizensadvice.org.uk). This may include assistance with the online application form or help with providing evidence like childcare costs.

The main drop-in has now moved to Customer First so that they can work with the existing Council team to help people start a claim and get ready for their work coach appointment. They will be there Monday to Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm for clients needing help with making a claim and generalist advice needs.

Just as a reminder, they continue to offer bespoke debt advice via their team of specialist debt caseworkers, who help people manage problem debt and the Improving Lives team who help clients make appeals in relation to ESA, PIP and DLA.

If any partners would like further information about the Help to Claim service or any other services available at Citizens Advice Calderdale, please contact Caroline Jones on 01422 340303 or caroline.jones@calderdalecab.org.uk

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 12 April 2019 – OUT NOW!

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Featuring;

  • Our Communities Awards 2019
  • Easter and Bank Holiday Waste and Recycling Arrangements
  • Bring ya Butties for Riding for the Disabled Brunch
  • Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers Open Day at Ravenspring Park
  • Get Ready for the West View Park Family Fun Day
  • Easter Disco with Calderdale Riding for the Disabled
  • Spamalot at the Victoria Theatre
  • Latest Entertainment Listings for the Pellon Over 50s Lunch Club
  • Buy your Bird Boxes from The Phoenix Shed

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Make Your Home Green and Energy Efficient with Government Grants

Rural Funding Services is an established organisation set up exclusively to deal with ECO funding in Rural areas.

There is lots of Government money around to help you make your home greener and more efficient and RFS can help you unlock that money. Farms and Rural buildings can generally have Electric Storage Heaters, Electric Boiler, Solid Fuel or LPG systems. The main focus with the ECO 3 funding is to fit insulation measures to properties to make homes more efficient and in time help people save money on their bills.

RFS has people who are experts in these areas and can integrate modern insulation techniques which will save you significant amounts of money.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

The scheme began on the 1st October 2018, you actually qualify under the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO). Under HHCRO, obligated suppliers must provide measures which improve the ability of households to heat their homes. This includes actions that result in heating savings, such as; insulation measures.

For more information and to see if you qualify for funding, go to the RFS website, call 01642 909660 or email info@ruralfundingservices.co.uk.

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees Newsletter April 2019

Volunteering makes a world of difference

Nia started volunteering as a befriender in 2018. “I started to volunteer as I work shifts and had some spare time and being there for someone who may be lonely and in need of someone to talk to seemed like a good option. I work with infants and children so volunteering with the elderly was a good contrast”. 

Hopefully I’m there to provide some additional support when they feel alone.  Older people may have little family around, or  suffering with illness or may have lost a beloved lifelong partner which must be very challenging and difficult, so being able to help at all seemed just the right thing to do.” said Nia.

She was introduced to Ann and they hit it off from their first meeting, sharing interests and values including volunteering!

Ann is in her 80’s and is now housebound, not strong enough to go out without support.
She was – and still is – a free, caring and creative spirit who cares about other people and the environment. She has volunteered in UK and abroad and has been vegan all her adult life.

She lives in a lovely cottage which she shared with her husband who has sadly passed away. But his death, after 59 years of marriage, was devastating and she still misses him deeply.

She was visited by Age UK C&K to see if we could help her situation and after refusing a befriender at first, changed her mind “And I’m so glad I did” she said. She and Nia have lots in common – they both love gardening and animals – dogs in particular – and obviously volunteering! “She has changed my life” says Ann “I really look forward to her visits and we are so well matched it really does make a world of difference”.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender, call 01422 252 040 or 01484 535994.

You can download the full newsletter here.

Family Fun Day at Threeways Sports Centre

Stillbirth Awareness group is holding a Family Fun Day on Saturday 4 May, 2:30pm-6:00pm at Threeways Sports Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden.

There will be a bouncy castle as well as face painting, stalls, raffles and refreshments.