North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 17 November – OUT NOW!!

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  • North Halifax Partnership AGM – 22 Nov
  • Free Cooking Session for Male Carers and Kids at Ovenden Park
  • Events, News, Jobs and much more!

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!

Halifax Christmas Lights Switch On and Night Market

Halifax will be bustling with activity on Saturday 25 November for this free event with a day of entertainment and activity across the town centre.

Pulse Radio will be broadcasting live from Halifax from 2pm with entertainment on stage from 4pm. Stilt walkers and fire breathers can be found at Woolshops Shopping Centre, face painters and balloon modellers in Halifax Borough Market and a whole host of entertainers across our town centre.

The light switch on will take place at 5:30pm at the top of Woolshops.

Starting on the same evening, the Night Market: Enchanting Window Displays will be on show from dusk until the close of the Piece Hall each night until 10 December. 

Inspired by The Night Market animation and characters created by artists Chris Mould and Matt Howarth in 2016, a series of bespoke window displays have been crafted by local schools and community groups led by artist Frank Darnley.

Explore The Piece Hall at dusk as the artworks light up and come to life.

Free. No need to book.


Children in Need (and Pudsey) come to the Piece Hall

The famous mascot made an early “in person” appearance at a Halifax nursery this week and in spirit he is likely to be with BBC Look North presenters Harry Gration and Paul Hudson as – strapped together, three-legged style – they make their way through Elland, Rastrick, Brighouse and Hipperholme today en route from Huddersfield to their finishing line 15 miles later at Halifax Piece Hall!

After conquering the hills, including venturing over the infamous Shibden Wall, they aim to reach the Piece Hall at 5pm.

This week Pudsey popped in to see all at Shining Stars Day Nursery, Illingworth, where events included crazy hair day, a nursery bake off and dressing up. Pudsey visited with Amanda Clegg, ASDA Halifax’s community champion. Nursery manager Victoria Wilson said: “The children love getting involved in a range of activities and parents have been extremely supportive in making sure we had such a fun-filled week.”

Also at the Piece Hall, Look North presenters Amy Garcia and Owain Wyn Evans will be joined by 163 pupils from schools including Salterhebble, Old Town and Luddenden Foot, to form part of a national choir singing a beautiful jazz rendition of Over The Rainbow.

Are you doing something for Children In Need this weekend? Why not send us your pictures and a few details about what you were doing?

Branching Out in Bradford and Calderdale

Branching Out have taken part in a new initiative in Bradford as part of DISC (Developing Initiatives for Support in the Community) to meet with Positive Futures in Calderdale and Bradford to move forward in Alcohol Awareness Week 2017.

Branching Out is a confidential alcohol, drug and tobacco service provided by DISC. It is for all young people under 21 in Calderdale. They work with young people who are using alcohol, drugs, tobacco or solvents at any level, and those at risk of using substances, including standalone stop smoking services for under 18’s.

Branching Out offers a flexible service for young people with a wide range of services on offer. Providing honest, accurate advice and information, they support young people to a work closely with other health providers such as Sexual Health, and workers are available in the CASH (Contraception and Sexual Health) clinics at Broad Street Plaza Health Centre.

DISC provide free GP and one to one support to young people who may require substitute prescribing/detoxification, or have health concerns related to their use of substances and access to Hepatitis A&B vaccinations.

The service has dedicated workers providing support to anyone who is concerned about a young person close to them and can provide support on a one-to-one basis or even just over the phone. The worker can provide awareness and training, either as a peer group of friends or as part of a group of parents who might have the same questions and / or fears.

Whatever the requirements DISC can tailor training packages from one hour to a day at any venue (including home). During sessions, parents, carers and family members will be provided with information and facts about drugs to better equip them and increase their confidence to talk to their young people.

The service also employs an Education, Training and Development worker who delivers alcohol, drug and tobacco basic training, enhanced training, and current trends / legal highs training packages.

These are offered to young people and any professionals working with young people and / or their families in Calderdale. This is offered through schools, youth centres, multi-agency in-house training days, or delivered to staff teams (minimum of 8 attendees) by email request.

All training packages are free of charge and certificates of attendance are issued. Sessions can range from one to six hours, and can be delivered at a time to suit you.

Please contact 01422 415550 for further details.

Research suggests that seeing parents with hangovers, instead of offering a useful lesson not to drink, can legitimise drunkenness and encourage children to drink

Ovenden Community Alcohol Partnership 1st Year Survey

This week is Alcohol Awareness Week and West Yorkshire Police & Project_Twelve:31 are supporting Alcohol Concern by increasing the awareness of the impact of alcohol on Young People.

We are asking You to spare 5 minutes to fill in the Ovenden Community Alcohol Partnership 1st Year Survey on your thoughts and if you think the scheme has made significant impact to the area

To take part in this important survey, please click on the link below.

New Community Wardens

A new group of community wardens will be tackling issues from anti-social behaviour and road safety to littering and dog fouling across the borough. Calderdale Council has increased the number of its wardens to provide a more visible presence. This will build on the service already provided by the Council’s eight existing neighbourhood-based community wardens. Councillor Susan Press, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “Community wardens provide a valuable contribution to communities around Calderdale and we know that residents feel reassured by their presence. “I’m delighted that we’ve recruited another 15 new wardens to contribute to the great work that our existing wardens have been providing across Calderdale.” The new recruits have been in training since the start of October, working closely with Council services and partners such as the fire service and trading standards. West Yorkshire Police has also provided a vast amount of training to help the wardens understand partnership working. Police Chief Inspector Gareth Crossley said: “Community Wardens are a fantastic asset to the communities of Calderdale and further extend and complement the partnership working already in place across the district. “Community Wardens enhance the high visibility presence we have already across Calderdale and their support in tackling civil issues will allow our teams to focus on appropriate enforcement where justified.

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50% Off on Equality and Diversity Course at VAC

VAC will be holding a course on Equality and Diversity on Wednesday 13 December, 9:30am – 4:30pm at the VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, HX1 5AY.

This session will help you to review and improve your performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 and align your policies and procedures with the NHS Equality Delivery System (known as EDS2) to help deliver public services.

The one-day training course looks at:
1. Key definitions around equality and diversity including equality of process, equality of choice and equality of outcome
2. The Equality Act 2010 – the Protected Characteristics. The latest breaking news from the courts and tribunals covering service delivery and employment
3. Links to other laws such as the Care Act – brief outline
4. The Public-Sector Equality Duty – paying due regard to equality
5. Implementing the Duty with EDS2 – an audit framework for your policies and procedures including corporate governance, human resources, access to services, service user involvement AND partners/stakeholders
6. Signposting other sources of information and help

Booking is via the VAC website

Alternatively, please ring the Training Administrator for more information on 01422 348777 or email