Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing Zoom sessions from Healthy Minds

The first online Arts and Crafts sessions from Healthy Minds were met with success. Following this, there will be more of these online sessions in September and October.

Sessions are as follows:

– Monday 21st September 6-7.30pm – Japanese stitching – Sashiko
– Monday 5th October 6-7.30pm – Making Sock Puppets

More sessions will be announced shortly.

The sessions run online via Zoom. The session link will be emailed close to the date of the session. Please book your place at least a week in advance as materials may need to be posted to you.

Participants had the opportunity to tap into their creativity and many reported that the process of making and connecting with others have been helpful with their wellbeing.

No experience is necessary, just the willingness to have a go! Join us in a friendly, supportive environment.


For more info and to book contact



Ward Forum Grants still available – Deadline Tuesday 31st March 2020

If you have an idea for a project that is going to benefit your local community and need a small grant of up to £500 then please apply. The criteria for the grant is quite varied but it must benefit the community, it is preferred that your group has a constitution and bank account, but if you haven’t you still may get funding.

If you have an idea for a project in your area and want some advice then please contact Tony King on 0300 555 0266 or email

One thing you must do is make sure you put as much information on the application form, many projects will not be funded due to poor application forms.

The deadline for the 2019/2020 applications is Tuesday 31st March 2020 so it is advised that you act fast if you would like to apply.

However if you would like a grant before the deadlines please submit your application and include why you need the grant before the deadline.

Good Luck!

To apply for the grant please use the link below;

Road Safety Partnership tackles parking at Lee Mount School

On Wednesday 23 October 2019, partners from the Calderdale Road Safety Partnership attended Lee Mount Primary School after it was highlighted that parking outside the school was an ongoing issue and has been for some time.

The event was organised by Dan Marham, Ward Link Worker for the Ovenden Initiative following a meeting with Lee Mount Primary School headteacher Emme Ford and was supported by partners from West Yorkshire Police, CMBC Community Wardens and Calderdale Community Safety Wardens who were joined by students George and Jack.

The morning proved to be a success as the zigzag markings were kept clear enabling pupils to safely cross the road on their way into school in the morning. Small posters were fixed onto the school railings to highlight the dangers of parking outside schools and a larger banner was given to the school by the Community Safety Team which is now also on display on the railings.

Work will continue in the future as the Road Safety Partnership work on ways in which  issues such as school parking can be proactively dealt with and there is a full week of action planned from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd November 2019 at schools throughout Calderdale.


Halifax RUFC Big Bang and Fright Night firework spectacular

Enjoy FREE admission all night to the Halifax RUFC Big Bang and Fright Night including fun fair rides, street food, fire breathers, beer tent and much more.

Thursday 31 October 2019 – 4pm to 10pm
At Haliax RUFC, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, Halifax, HX2 8AR

Firework display starts at 8pm – Strictly no fireworks, sparklers or alcohol to be brought into the event.

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Mental Health Awareness Level 2 training – Understanding stress

Friday 25 October 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm
At The Room Brighouse, the Old Town Hall, HD6 1EA

Focus4success are pleased to be able to offer three units from Level 2 Mental Health Awareness qualification.  Each unit can be accredited as a stand-alone unit and can also be used as part of accredited prior learning for anyone wanting to progress to the full qualification.

The first unit is Understanding stress.

Eligibility for fully funded courses as follows; 

Unemployed and in receipt of JSA, ESA or WRAG, Universal Credit or other State Benefit / Job seeking or working 16 hours or less a week and/or earning below £15,736.50 annual gross salary.

Must have lived in the UK or EU continuously for the last 3 years.

Learners who haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the required 3 years are eligible if they have refugee status, indefinite leave to remain or other (please enquire for more information).

Please contact Louise on to book your place

Spontaneous Potter Kidz at Square Chapel – Age 5+

Spontaneous Potter KidzSaturday 26 October 2019 – 2.30pm
In the Red Brick Auditorium at Square Chapel, Halifax HX1 1QG

Grab your wands, don your house robes, and apparate yourselves to the box office!

A very magical improv show awaits…

The smash hit Spontaneous Potter is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. Hilarity ensues as an entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot – with live musical accompaniment!

Tickets cost £10 and can be booked online here

For further information call 01422 349422 or visit


Medley Matinee at St Michael’s Church, Shelf

Join Shelf with Buttershaw for the Medley Matinee – Buttershaw Community Choir, Krys Lyon and Pauls Singing Choir make up a great trio of acts to bring you a very special afternoon of song and sign .

Saturday 19 October 2019 – 2pm doors open, performance starts at 2pm
At St Michael’s Church, 80 Carr House Rd, Shelf, HX3 7RJ

Entry is FREE – Refreshments and raffle tickets on sale and a collection will be taken during the show with all proceeds going to the church funds.