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

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

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

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.


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:

Application forms can also be sent by post, and any questions or further information can be requested from Hollie Scargill, Engagement Officer via

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

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 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.

Do Your Own Thing! Start your own business this October!

Are you  a woman, unemployed, not in education and living in West Yorkshire? Do you have an idea to start your own business? This course may be just what you need!

The aim of the programme is to support women to set up their own business.  We will provide the information and support to do this, with the intention that they will have set up a business by the end of the programme.

The criteria for joining is that participants must be:

  • A woman
  • Currently unemployed and not in education
  • Living in West Yorkshire

The first cohort start date is 1st October, with a second cohort starting on 13th October,  so we are looking to get people signed up quickly.

Due to Covid restrictions we are now running the programme online.  If restrictions ease, we may run later sessions face-to-face.

There will be lots of support throughout the programme including:

  • Live online training
  • A printed resource pack/workbook
  • One-to-one business and personal development coaching
  • Group coaching/networking support

For more information, please look at the course flyer. If it doesn’t display, download it here.


Peer to Peer substance recovery support from Becky’s Line

The  Basement Recovery Project and Calderdale in Recovery are pleased to announce the introduction of Becky’s Line. A confidential peer to peer support phone line manned by volunteers in recovery from addiction.

This service is designed to allow people struggling with drug and alcohol issues a chance to talk to someone who’s been where they are.

Volunteers are not trained counsellors or mental health professionals but they can signpost service users to appropriate avenues of support such as Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, Samaritans and Calderdale Recovery Steps/The Basement Recovery Project.

The telephone will operate seven days a week from 5pm to 10pm and callers will have the opportunity to arrange a face to face chat with a volunteer if they want additional support.

You can contact Becky’s Line on the following numbers:

  • As an individual: 07541 021 553 Mon-Sun 5PM – 10PM
  • As a carer: 07541 021 554 Mon-Fri 10.00 – 16.00