Saturday 27th March 8:30pm – 9:30pm is Earth Hour, Switch off.

Get your candles out, have some board games at the ready for Saturday 8:30pm, because it’s Earth Hour.  To join in a worldwide ‘switch off’, all you need to do is switch off your lights for one hour, and join the other people across the world doing the same. 

It’s just a reminder that small changes across a lot of people add up, for more details and to calculate your carbon foot print see Earth Hour 2021: How you can get involved | WWF

Africaniwa: She Chose to Challenge March 26

This Friday 26th March at 6pm, in celebration of IWD2021, Africaniwa is proud to present: She Chose to Challenge, a Photo Exhibition.

Marking International Women’s Day, we are reminded that a challenged world is an alert world. And at a time where recent events call us to challenge masculine violence and empower women to #reclaimthestreets, we might have pondered, ‘what would it look like to have a world where women lived free from the patriarchy?’.

Over 30 years ago, one woman chose to make this a reality for the women who live in Umoja, a village where only women and children live. Meet Rebecca Lolosoli as we hear her story and mission in founding Umoja and what life is like living without men.

This month in celebration of IWD2021, Africaniwa is proud to present She Chose to Challenge, a Photo Exhibition.

Click on the link to register for your free ticket. You will receive the zoom link on the day of the exhibition:

Africaniwa are raising funds to help Umoja village after their main source of revenue, tourism, has been hampered by the pandemic. This will be used to buy basic provisions like food, chalk for classrooms and toys such as footballs for the children. Every little helps so please spare whatever you can give at PayPal to Thank you.

Kritics YouTube pilot series Casting opportunity March 28

Would you like to feature in a YouTube series and be paid for your views on art?

Kritics is a new YouTube series aiming to flip art criticism on its head by inviting a group of ‘non-art going’ Brits to become…Kritics!

The project is light-hearted with a Gogglebox reaction-style format where members of the public will be encouraged to respond honestly to examples of contemporary art (from the comfort of their own homes).  The project aims to build a large, diverse and engaged audience throughout the country with the mission of demonstrating art is for everyone – it’s up to you whether you like it or not!

We’re looking for members of the British public to become our KRITICS, especially if they’re not already engaged with art or educated in the arts to take part.

We’re after enthusiastic, opinionated people to be filmed reacting to contemporary art from the comfort of their own living rooms! We want honest, ‘no holds barred’ reactions and opinions!

We need pairs or groups from the same household/bubbles, no art or artist knowledge preferable!

Download promo flyer

If that sounds interesting and you wish to apply, please visit and fill in a short application form to receive the information. Your application involves submitting a casting video and if selected, one evening for filming in April.

If you have any questions contact Lucy Rogers, Casting Director & Producer

t: 00 44 (0) 7769900781

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities free Parenting Programme April 22

Are you a parent with children aged 3-18?
Do you want to help shape services for the future?
Come and be part of a study to promote family wellbeing!

The Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities free Parenting Programme for local parents & carers will be run again, starting April 22.

The course will take place in person at Ash Green Children’s centre in Mixenden.

This free, 13 week course aims to help you to

  • Build positive family relationships
  • Manage anger and stress
  • Implement effective discipline strategies
  • Gain confidence and communication skills
  • Understand your child’s development
  • Recognise and value your family and cultural traditions
  • Meet others and share ideas

The course is aimed at parents, step parents, grandparents and foster carers who have got a child aged between 3-18.

The programme is part of a research study from the University College London: The Together Study. This means that a researcher would like to talk to you before the programme starts and at three time points after the programme has finished. You will receive a £10 voucher for each questionnaire you complete with a researcher.

Part of the research is that parents are randomly allocated to either the group starting in February or allocated to a group starting in September. (The researchers can explain more about why) – a computer decides who takes part in the group now or in the group later and the decision cannot be influenced.

Halifax Opportunities Trust, Sure Start Children’s Centres & North Halifax Partnership are working with UCL and Race Equality Foundation to offer Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities free Parenting Programme.

For more information please contact Julia Brierley: 07852174007

Programme details – A5 booklet 


Final Call for Ward Forum Grants in North and East – March 31st

The deadline for applying for a Ward Forum Grant is March the 31st. These grants of up to £500 can be used for projects that will benefit your ward area or local community.

Deadline 31st March 2021

These grants are available to organisations based in the North and East regions of Halifax, including Ovenden, Warley, Illingworth, Mixenden, Northowram and Shelf. We are keen on projects that improve the environment and the health and wellbeing of residents.

Calderdale Council has made a total of £ 5,000 available for each ward to be spent by 31 March 2021. We welcome community groups and individuals to apply for funding to spend on eligible activities and projects that benefit the ward.

Apply online here

Or Download an application form

The maximum grant per application is £500.

Please ensure your application is thorough as insufficient information may result in your application being rejected. You can get help with your application by contacting us on 01422 252209.
or email Tony King on

You may resubmit your application if you feel you have left information out.

Your application should meet one of the 3 following priorities:

Priority 1 – Community Celebrations and bringing people together (not during Covid emergency)
Priority 2 – Improve the health and well-being of local people
Priority 3 – Improving the Environment in the Ward

To find out more read the FAQs on our website.

Don’t be put off by the application form! If you’ve got a good idea for a project, ring us on 01422 252209 and we can help you.

Offload men’s mental fitness programme is coming to Halifax

Excerpt taken from Halifax Panthers. Read full article on the Halifax Panthers website

Rugby League Cares is delighted to announce that Offload, its hugely successful men’s mental fitness programme, is coming to Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield.

The programme is a free 10-week course of one-hour fixtures designed to equip men with the skills, tools and techniques needed to manage their own mental health and provide help for others.

Offload fixtures usually take place at the host club’s stadium and are led by former Rugby League players, who share their own life experiences in dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and other challenging situations.

The presenters include ex-internationals Keith Senior, Lee Crooks, Paul Wood, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Johnny Lawless, Shaun Lunt, Paul Broadbent and Kevin Larroyer.

“Offload is proven to work: since 2017, more than 2,500 men have taken part in Offload and taken away lots of advice and insights that have helped turn their lives around.

“Offload has a fantastic ability to not just change lives, but to save lives as well. The fixtures are a great way for men who may be struggling, or who know someone who is having a tough time, to tackle sensitive issues in an engaging, fun and confidential way.”

The delivery of Offload in Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield has been made possible with support from the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

“Whether you’re struggling due to unemployment, lack of social contact or financial problems, or just need an outlet beyond the four walls at home, we’re here for you.  The Bulls Foundation is proud to support the wellbeing of the people of Bradford through our delivery of the fantastic Offload programme.

“We hope to make a positive difference for the men who take part and we will provide long term support for their overall fitness and wellbeing.”


Free Podcasting Course – Hebden Bridge Arts Festival – April 5th

Here is a great opportunity for young people interested in Podcasting.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival  are offering a Free Podcasting Course for 16-19 year olds living in the Calder Valley who would like to upskill in digital communication. We’re especially looking for young people’s voices that might be under-represented.

This course is free for anyone aged 16-19 living in Calderdale. 

As part of the ‘Engaging Communities’ project, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival are collaborating with Reform Radio, a multi award winning online station based in Manchester.

The course will be delivered online. 

No previous experience is required, and the deadline to apply is 5th April 2021. Please send all enquiries to :

Download the poster here


Hebden Bridge Art Festival
Reform Radio