FREE Adult Confidence Building Cycle Sessions

Want help with your skills and confidence to ride a bike safely in traffic? Improve your bike skills, plan routes and get tips on basic cycle maintenance by taking part in our National Standards Cycle Training session.

Whatever your cycling ability or experience, our qualified Bikeability Instructors will help you get more confident riding your bike.

To book your training session contact bikeability@calderdale.gov.uk

What does the course involve?

  • Training on quiet roads (close to where you live if possible)
  • Opportunity to progress to busier road training when confident.
  • The best way to ride with your children if applicable.
  • Route planning for your journey/commute.
  • Basic cycle maintenance.
  • Up to 2hr sessions available in your area and availability

What do I need?

  • A working bike that fits you, Sustrans 11-step M-Check contact us if you need to borrow a bike.
  • A cycle helmet is recommended.
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather.

Your cycling instructor will contact you prior to the course to confirm the meeting place and discuss your requirements from the training.

Cycling training will be delivered in line with current Covid-19 Government Guidance.

If you have any questions about these sessions please contact Steve Pullan on 01422 392800 or email Bikeability@calderdale.gov.uk

Ovenden Ways – Walk alongside the region’s rich history!

Phoenix radio was successful in receiving a grant from Go Higher through the Leeds Community Foundation. The idea is to create an inter-generational project based on strengthening families and the community.

We have developed a series of walks and accompanying information sheets about Ovenden role models from musicians such as Champion Jack Dupree, a New Orleans Bluesman who lived at Ovenden Way, Sir George Dyson, the son of an Ovenden Blacksmith who won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music and Jack Scroby who played for Ovenden Amateur Rugby League club before signing professionally for Halifax Rugby League and representing Yorkshire. Percy Shaw, who invented ‘cats eyes’ was born in Lee Mount!

The worksheets can be modified to suit the skill sets of young people as well as adult learners. The material is also to help families do a project together and to encourage young people aged 13 to 18 to get back into education.

Much of the information we gather will eventually be available via a new PREP (Phoenix Radio Education Platform) website but for now, if you are interested in learning more about the project, going on a walk or being sent copies of the walks and histories to use for yourself please contact Howard Priestley on 07810 864752 or email sales@phoenixfm.co.uk

Calderdale PCNs’ Personalised Care Team First Newsletter September 2020

The Calderdale PCN are pleased to present you with their first newsletter, introducint the team and the organisation. There are news, events and even healthy recipes to be found.

If the newsletter isn’t showing below, download it here: Calderdale PCN September 2020.

 

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Locala Community groups support fund open until October 12

Grants of up to £1500 to support community projects and groups in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees are now available as Locala’s Community Fund is open for 2020.

Over recent years more than £60,000 has already been donated to a variety of community, not for profit and voluntary groups doing exciting and important work in their local area. These have included Scouts and Brownies, junior sports clubs and church groups as well as programmes supporting people dealing with issues such as dementia, social isolation, drug and alcohol misuse and disability, along with work to promote community cohesion and environmental programmes.

This year, the Fund is particularly interested in receiving applications from groups who focus on:

  • Reducing social isolation
  • Opportunities for young people
  • The local environment
  • Supporting carers

More details, including the eligibility criteria and online application form can be found on the Locala website here: https://www.locala.org.uk/get-involved/community-fund.

Application forms can also be sent by post, and any questions or further information can be requested from Hollie Scargill, Engagement Officer via membership@locala.org.uk

The deadline for applications to this year’s Locala Community Fund is 12th October 2020, at 5pm.

Tell us what you think to win a £50 shopping vouchers

Calderdale Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority want to hear your views in how we can create better places for walking and cycling and improve access to public transport in North Halifax (Illingworth, Ovenden, Mixenden, Lee Mount and Pellon) and Park Ward.

The online survey closes on Friday 16 October. 

Every completed entry will have the option to be entered into a draw to win one of five £50 shopping vouchers.

Visit www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/calderdale-sfp

Making our streets greener and healthier

Article found in the Calderdale Council website

People living in an area of Halifax are being asked for their views on how to make their streets greener, healthier and more attractive.

The £1 million project, which is being delivered by Calderdale Council in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is part of a “Streets for People” programme aimed at creating safe, healthy and more inclusive places where people choose to walk, cycle and use public transport.

This project will focus on Park ward, with Illingworth, Ovenden, Mixenden, Lee Mount and Pellon set to benefit from wider improvements.

These areas have been identified because they are seeing traffic congestion at peak times, pockets of poor air quality and fewer walking and cycling facilities.

Residents will receive a letter asking them to take part in an online survey to help shape the improvements.

The survey runs from Monday 14 September until Friday 16 October 2020 and will be available at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/calderdale-sfp(external link)

Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy, said:

“Making sustainable travel choices is so important for our health and the environment. We want our communities to be places that look good and help us to feel good – places where we want to spend more time and which help us achieve our best.

“Our work in Park ward and North Halifax will help us to understand how we can improve walking and cycling facilities and boost access to public transport. This is a key part of our priorities to make Calderdale the most active borough in the North by 2024 and to tackle climate change.

“We want local people to shape these improvements, so we encourage them to complete the survey to let us know their thoughts.”

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said:

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Calderdale Council on this exciting project, which demonstrates how we are putting local people at the heart of our work.

“Our Streets for People projects, of which this is one, will help make walking, cycling and public transport the natural choice for short, everyday journeys, helping to reduce air pollution, and increase road safety and physical activity.

“We want to create welcoming, safer, quieter and attractive places where people want to spend more time.  It goes without saying that nobody is better placed than local people to tell us how we can do that.”

Calderdale Council and the Combined Authority are working in partnership to make wider improvements as part of Leeds City Region’s £317 million Transforming Cities Fund – a major new programme of transport infrastructure investment announced as part of the West Yorkshire devolution deal earlier this year.

The Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund Programme aims to provide around 627,000 people in the most deprived 20% areas in the country with better access to employment and skills opportunities. Through investment in high-quality, sustainable transport infrastructure, the programme aims to enable inclusive growth, boost productivity, support clean growth and create a modern transport system.

Have your say on the future of Centre at Threeways

Calderdale Council has launched a public consultation seeking local people’s views on the future of the Centre at Threeways in Halifax.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy, Cllr Jane Scullion, said:

“This is a well-loved building which has provided a much-used range of facilities in the heart of the community. 

“The Council is firmly committed to making sure that the centre continues to work for the community, and to ensuring that the centre’s tenants – including social enterprises, small businesses, a church and a GP surgery – can, wherever possible, continue to operate on the site.

“Unfortunately however, the nature of the building provides many challenges.  It’s an expensive building to maintain and operate, so future options are somewhat limited but we would welcome creative ideas from the community about how it can be adapted to secure its future for the years to come.

“In particular, we’d like to hear about people’s priorities. We’d be keen to hear what they feel is missing in their neighbourhood and how the centre could be used to meet their needs.” 

As the consultation is taking place during the pandemic it is not possible for the Council to hold public meetings, however people can still share their views in a number of ways:

  • by visiting the Engage section of the Council website
  • by emailing Paul.Rhodes@calderdale.gov.uk
  • or by posting comments to: Paul Rhodes, Regeneration & Strategy, Princess Buildings, Halifax, HX1 1TS

The consultation will run for three weeks, ending on 19 October 2020. 

All responses will be considered within a feasibility study and will help the Council to develop a range of options for the future of the centre.  These will be shared with the community during a further consultation and then the findings will be considered by the Council before any final decision is made.

In March 2020 the condition of the building led to serious concerns about site safety and the Council was forced to take back the management of the centre.

As the owner of the building, the Council has a legal responsibility to make sure that it is safe for everyone who visits or works there.

The Council has worked hard to improve safety at the building and is keen to secure a financially sustainable future for the centre.

Many of the facilities at the centre were closed during lockdown, however some, such as the foodbank, have remained open, supporting the local community throughout the pandemic.