Staying Warm with Staying Well Event

A delicious lunch was served between 12 and 1pm, made by Sarah and Maz from the Illingworth Moor Methodist Church. There were two tasty options: homemade vegetable casserole or corn beef hash, washed down with tea, coffee, and to top it all off some scrumptious homemade cakes!

Staying Well opened the doors at 11.30am and there were people waiting patiently to come in! There were 15 organisations who kindly agreed to come a spend a few hours promoting what they do – too many to mention but they included: Healthy Minds, The Ageing Well Team, The L.A Group, Men United, Smart Move, Better Living Team, Newground Together and the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.

After lunch it was onto the speakers, with 9 brave souls who agreed to talk about their services. To make this session interesting speakers were given only 3 minutes each! First up was Craig, one of our Staying Well Workers for North Halifax. Next up was Lucy from Vitaminds, telling us all about how they can support people around mental health. Everyone did really well and from the comments received our guests now have a clearer understanding about the support services available in Calderdale.

The event was very well attended from both the local community and partners and Staying Well would like to thank everyone for their support.

Safe Green Space Session

Greener Together, Halifax Womens Centre, will be introducing sustainability through the sessions and hopefully making it more relevant on a day-to-day basis.

Greener Together will be looking at the effects of climate change, what is sustainable shopping, greener energy use, recycling, food and more. 

There will be environmentally friendly goodies at each session!

Come down for a one-off Sustainability taster session at: 

The Women’s Activity Centre, Halifax

Monday 20th of March 

10:00 -12:30

A delicious spicy lunch is available for a donation

The Daffodil Club at the Addy

The Daffodil Club has arrived at the Addy in Mixenden. The club runs every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

For only £2 you get three games of bingo, tea and coffee and most importantly CAKE!

No need to book just turn up…

Citizens Advice Calderdale are seeking to recruit trustees 

Citizens Advice Calderdale are seeking to recruit trustees for their board.

If you’d like to support this locally based charity then use the link below to read a description of the role. Click on the document to enlarge.

If you’re interested then email for an informal chat.

The Great British Spring Clean

The Great British Spring Clean takes place from 17 March to 2 April. Attend a litter pick local to you and help make a difference. We hope to see you at one of the events!

Search Begins For Halifax Gala Queen

HALIFAX CALDER ROTARY CLUB are preparing to welcome teenagers from the Calderdale Borough to audition for the popular roles of Gala Queen & Attendant.

Young people who will be aged between 12 and 18 years on Gala Day (Saturday 10 June 2023) who are eager to promote the community and be a goodwill ambassador for the town will be invited to audition for the role.

Entrants will be judged on their personality and enthusiasm, and must live, work, or attend school in the Calderdale area. Previous holders of the prestigious title have been an integral part of community events, for example switching on Christmas lights, opening new buildings, and being invited as guests of honour to occasions at the theatre.

Halifax Charity Gala Queen 2022, Haleema Ghani, reflected on her experience, “I was incredibly lucky to be in an environment where you are surrounded by smiles, enthusiasm and support!” “I never thought I would actually be picked for it; but I am so grateful that I was. It was a day I will never forget.”

But despite previous connections to other competitions, the Gala Queen role is not a beauty pageant. Recent Gala Queens have been engaged with their local communities, the environment & the world around them, and want to make a positive difference in Calderdale. By becoming Gala Queen or the Attendant, they become ambassadors for the local area, so must be polite, courteous & respectful, as they meet & speak to a lot of different types of people.

Any young people interested in becoming The Gala Queen on Saturday 11th June should email or call Elaine on 07960 770675 before Friday 14th April 2023.

Halifax Charity Gala Queen 2022, Haleema Ghani

Elaine Bowers, of Halifax Calder Rotary Club added, “This will be the sixth time we’ve had the honour of arranging the Gala Queen competition, a tradition which we’re proud to be keeping alive in Calderdale.”

“It’s now open to any young person, not just ‘girls’, and our selection focuses on what really matters – the personality of the individual, meaning that everyone who applies has a chance, no matter what their background, how pretty they are, who their friends are or whether they’re doing well in school or not.”

Haleema added, “I encourage everyone young person out there to leap out of your comfort zone and if you get the chance to be involved in the Gala, do it.”

And whilst the Rotarians are busy searching for Calderdale’s next ambassador, the countdown is on until the borough’s most successful not-for-profit annual family event returns to Manor Heath with entertainers, burgers, dancers, chicken, adventurous activities, pop-up cafés, arts, cold drinks, animals, fairgrounds, magicians, charity stalls and a whole lot more.

Advance tickets for the Halifax Charity Gala go on sale in May online at or from local shops.

They are just £2 each admitting 1 adult or 2 children until 31st May, or £3 until 10th June. On the day, they’re £6 per adult, £3 per child / OAP / concession, or £15 for a family ticket (admitting 2 adults & up to 3 children), with under 5s admitted free of charge.

This year will see Halifax Charity stage their 65th event, which takes places on the 2nd Saturday of June in Manor Heath Park, raising money for over 50 good causes that benefit the people of Calderdale.

 More details can be found at

Grants of up to £5,000 available for not for profit organisations through the Support and Integration Fund

The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) has partnered with Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (CMBC) to launch the Support and Integration Fund offering grants between £500 and £5,000 to voluntary, community and faith sector groups to reduce inequalities and welcome newcomers to our community.  Not for profit organisations can apply for funding to welcome refugees and new migrants to Calderdale, especially refugees from Ukraine. Steve Duncan, CEO of CFFC explained, “We are particularly looking to fund projects that help people learn English and about our culture, connect socially, learn life skills and get help to get into employment.”

For more details about the eligibility criteria and to apply by Friday 25th March 2023, please visit