Saturday Art Club, Bankfield Museum, Halifax

Fortnightly – Saturday 22 July, 16 September, 30 September, 14 October, 28 October, 11 November, 25 November, 9 December 10.30am-12.30pm, Bankfield Museum, Akroyd Park, Boothtown Rd, Halifax HX3 6HG.

Come and take part in a fun and creative workshop at Bankfield Museum. The Saturday Art Club is for children aged 8-14 years old. We explore a variety of arts and crafts activities using the gallery exhibitions and museum collections for inspiration.

Workshops costs £5.00. To book a place please contact Jeffrey on 01422 352334 or email


Memory Lane Cafe Coming Soon to Maurice Jagger Centre

Make sure you put Wednesday 2 August 2017 in your diary.  That’s the launch date for the Memory Lane Cafe at  the Maurice Jagger Centre, Lister Street, Winding Road Halifax.

The cafe will be open on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 2pm to 4pm and for £2 there are refreshments as well as crafts and activities, music and games and just general conversation. Sometimes you just want a brew and something to do.

For further information contact June on 01422 706373 or 07920 549131 or you can email

A copy of the poster to display in your premises can be downloaded from Memory Lane Cafe Halifax 2017.

This dementia-friendly Memory Lane Cafe will be held this year on:

August 2 and 16

September 6 and 20

October 4 and 18

November 1 and 15 and December 6


Eureka Super Sunday and Holiday Clubs

Eureka’s Super Sunday and Holiday Clubs are for disabled children and the whole family. They’re run by trained Enablers, are lots of fun and a great way to meet other families. Our clubs are possible thanks to the generous support of the Morrisons Foundation.

Clubs are completely free of charge, plus all families that attend receive a free Eureka! annual pass. What’s not to love, right?

Here are the dates for the rest of the year:

•Tuesday 25 July: Autism holiday club (only a few places left!)
•Tuesday 1 August: Mixed holiday club
•Tuesday 8 August: Mixed holiday club
•Tuesday 15 August: Mixed holiday club
•Tuesday 22 August: Mixed holiday club
•Wednesday 30 August: Mixed holiday club
•Sunday 10 September: Impaired mobility
•Sunday 15 October: Hearing Impaired
•Sunday 12 November: Down syndrome
•Sunday 3 December: Autism Early Years
Our clubs do fill up so call asap to book your place: 01422 330069.
If you are hearing impaired, you can book your place by emailing us:

2017 events with Dads R’ Us – Join now for just £5

DadsRus_LogoDads R’ Us is a group in the North & East Halifax area, providing a fun and safe environment for dads/male carers to spend quality time with their children, with the added bonus of a FREE breakfast.

Membership costs just £5 for the year and all events start at 9.30am unless specified otherwise.

Click here for the full list of events for 2017…

The group runs monthly with themed activities and events and various annual outbound trips.

For further information please visit or contact Nathan Watts on 07943 486333 or by email to

Over 50’s Luncheon Club

Enjoy on stage entertainment, a buffet lunch, raffle bingo and more for just £4 at the Halifax & District Irish Society Luncheon Club for over 50’s.

Every Month from 12noon to 3pm at The Pellon Social Club, Moor End Road, Halifax, HX2 0HF

For Further Information Contact Maurice Kidney by email to or call 01422 343483

Halifax and District Irish Society 2017 Luncheon Club Dates

Cracker Scheme delivers boost in North Halifax

fullsizerenderFunded through Calderdale Council’s Economic Task Fund, the 2016 Christmas Cracker Scheme delivered Christmas treats to residents in the North Halifax wards of Ovenden, Illingworth and Mixenden.

The scheme saw Christmas crackers distributed to various local community groups across North Halifax to raffle off as prizes at their Christmas events. Each cracker was accompanied by a voucher to the value of £20 which can be spent at a local store and some offered membership to local community groups such as Men in Sheds at Threeways and Men United at Ovenden Park.

img_1255Crackers were also raffled off at Ovenden, Illingworth and Mixenden Ward Forums where residents and local services got together to enjoy Christmas Carols.

Attendees of the North Halifax Work Support Groups also enjoyed festive celebrations with light refreshments and each received a cracker with voucher to spend at a store local to them.

FORGET me Not Trust raised raised £757.07 on the day held at Morrison’s

Karen Scanlon, Ovenden Initiative said

“This is a wonderful seasonal scheme in its 2nd year helping all the wards to benefit, including Community Groups, Schools and Voluntary Organisations in the Ovenden,  Illingworth and Mixenden Wards of North Halifax with a boost in trade for the three areas funded through Calderdale Council’s Economic Task Fund.”

A big thank you to all who got involved with the Christmas Cracker Scheme this year; businesses, community groups and local residents who make ideas such as these worth it!


Staying Well moves into Warley

dscn0736On the 7th December, Halifax Academy Primary School, High Five and the Staying Well project held an over 50s event with over 80 local residents and local community groups to talk about how we can all work together to help lonely and socially isolated people living in the Warley ward.

The event also included a number of taster sessions including kurling and gentle exercise and entertainment that was provided by both primary and secondary pupils from the school and High Five’s own ‘Singing for Fun’ group.

dscn0810Many thanks to NHS Falls Prevention team, Age UK, Community Connections Befriending Service, Better Living Team and West Yorkshire Police who were on hand to offer advice and information regarding their services.

The project works one to one with people who were isolated or lonely to link them to social activities in their area.

dscn0740It is estimated in Calderdale there are 11,520 people aged over 65 and that 1 in 5 are mildly lonely (over 2300)  and another 1 in 10 are intensely lonely (over 1152). If these trends continue than by 2029, people aged 75 and over who are lonely will reach over 25,000.

So far a total of 779 people have been referred to the programme. And we estimate between 2500 – 3000 people benefited from Staying Well activities over the pilot period.

“Didn’t we have a wonderful time at the Staying Well event at the beginning of Dec! High Five singers provided some of the entertainment. Lots of people attended the Gentle exercise sessions and seemed to enjoy themselves. Let’s hope that they are inspired to keep up the exercise and  even to join us for a class in the future.” – Sue Watson High Five

“What a fantastic afternoon I’ve had, I really lovely day out! “ Local resident

“The event was a great success! There’s plenty of work to do to address some of the barriers people face in accessing activities but I’m really confident that in Warley there are loads of people willing to promote and support the project” – Hayley Conlon, Staying Well Worker

dscn0718Staying Well is about helping you to stay healthy and improve wellbeing. Referrals are for anyone 18+ and can include a chat with a Staying Well worker, a home visit and information and support to attend activities in your area.

If you know someone who could benefit from our service, please contact the Staying Well Team on 01422 392767 or email