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.

Back Onside for Men

The Back Onside project is a Sport England funded project offering a range of activities designed for men who haven’t exercised for a while to get back into exercise in a gentle and fun way.

Monday nights, 6.30 – 7.30pm at 3GI Soccer, Shaw Lodge Mill, Halifax, HX3 9ET

Aimed at men aged 35 – 64 years this 10 week programme with Halifax RLFC Foundation is FREE to attend and includes walking, running, touch rugby, netball type games, circuits and dodge ball.

To join the team, call 07947 827627 or email chrismitchell@halifaxrlfc.co.uk

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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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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.

Bird Boxes, Toilet Roll Holders and Garden Benches from Phoenix Shed

The guys at the Phoenix Shed have been busy making bird boxes for this Spring and now have a small stock, just waiting for some bird friendly customers. The ‘Standard’ bird box is of a typical RSPB design, but is easier to clean. Our newest offering is a ‘Swift’ nest box. All of these are on offer at £15 each, or £24 for two. Their quality means that they will give many, many years of service, without needing to be painted, or treated.

 

 

 

 

 

A Posh Toilet Roll Holder

 

The brief was’ “I would like a sort of rustic toilet roll holder that will hang from the towel rail under the hand basin”. So here’s what was made for the lady.

 

 

Garden Benches

They now have garden benches all ready to grace your garden this summer. Made of pressure/heat treated timber and triple coated with Ronseal 5 year paint, they should give many, many years of faithful service. They are also very sturdy and competitively priced at just £125.

And next week a story about Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge and how The Phoenix Shed has worked with the local community to clean up the are in time for summer.

Award-winning International Market returns to Halifax

A fantastic selection of global traders will be returning to Halifax from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 April as part of Market Place’s award-winning International Market.

Shoppers will be spoilt for choice with tasty treats and unique crafts and gifts from all over the world at Corn Market, Russell Street and Southgate in Halifax town centre.

Some of the returning favourites will be Greek Taste who will be offering the famous and authentic flavours of Greece, including souvlaki and gyros; Island Spice Grill offering their authentic Jamaican food; whilst Minot will be cooking fresh French crepes and galettes with a range of tasty toppings such as fruit, chocolate and other sweet and savoury goodies.

Other delicious flavours to arrive in Halifax will include Asian-twist chicken skewers, spicy ramen noodles, Korean and Chinese BBQ chicken and for those wanting to take the flavours of the world home with them, there will be a great selection of fresh foods including cheeses, olives, salami, breads and cakes.

There will also be UK based traders, with the Little Red Pizza Shop selling wood-fired pizza, all individually made, as well as family-run business, The Crusty Pie Company bringing their homemade pies and chutneys.

It’s not all about food though, as Market Place will be bringing a fantastic range of crafts and gifts from a number of countries, with jewellery, coasters, mugs, keyrings, magnets and much more.

Taking advantage of the lighter nights, keen gardeners can liven up their outdoor space with some unique garden ornaments, or create the perfect place to relax with some beautiful garden furniture.

Calderdale Council’s Markets Manager, John Walker, said:

“The International Market is always a popular event, with food, drink and unique gifts from around the world lining the streets of the town.

“Whether it’s a delicious lunch, a perfect present, or food and drink to take home, there’s something on offer for everyone. And of course our historic Borough Market is just around the corner, with our friendly traders always happy to help.”

The International Market will be open in Halifax from 9am to 6pm Thursday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.