Have Your Say! Calderdale Council Talkback Panel

Do you want to have a say on the issues facing Calderdale?

Each month Calderdale Council ask the Talkback panel about a key issue, such as waste and recycling, littering, road safety, physical activity, parks, budgets, vision, museums, libraries, air quality, social care and much more.

They are now looking to recruit new volunteers and it’s really quick and easy to register! Visit the webpage for more information.

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Emily Bronte Bicentenary : a Walk with Nicky Harlow and Craig Bradley

On Saturday 28 July, 10:00am-12:00pm you can take a walk guided by Nicky Harlow and Craig Bradley.

Starting at the Old Cock Pub, Halifax HX1 1DS where Branwell Bronte drank (and owed money to the landlord) you will pass the medieval Parish Church up Beacon Hill on the ancient Magna Via, and view the site of High Sunderland  –  the now-demolished great hall overlooking Halifax, which reputedly inspired the exterior of Wuthering Heights.

From there, you will walk down to Shibden Hall, home of Anne Lister (and possibly the template for Thrushcross Grange).

The walk, which is approximately 3 miles, will finish at Shibden Park’s Mereside Café, where you can buy a well-earned cuppa.

Beacon Hill is steep, but the rest of the walk is fairly gentle. Ideal for moderate walkers. Do wear sensible shoes/boots.

If it’s raining, the route may be subject to revision.

For more information, see Central Library and Archive or call them on 01422 392630.

Tickets are FREE but should be booked from Ticketsource

New Poster for IDENTITY Group for LGBTQ Young People

IDENTITY is proud to announce that the new poster has been created ‘in-house’ by some of the members of the group.

Identity is an LGBTQ group situated in the Halifax/Calderdale area, formerly known as GALYIC. The group offers confidential support and advice to all young people aged 12 – 18 yrs regarding sexual and gender identity, home and school concerns, and all other worries they may have. They are based in a secure location in Halifax town centre that offers a safe environment for young people to meet.

Group sessions are held on Wednesday evenings between 5:00pm-7:30pm.
Please contact us via email identitylgbtgroup@barnardos.org.uk or on the telephone at  01422 371993.

You can find more information on our website at identitylgbtgroup.com or on the Barnados site at  barnardos.org.uk/calderdale.

The group itself is run by experienced members of staff and volunteers that are selected with help of the young people, and that are all qualified to deal with and provide advice on any sexual and gender identity  issues. Kate is one of the youth and support workers who run each session along with volunteers.

More information can be found in the new Identity Leaflet.

Identity is going from strength to strength, and has regular new members joining the group and are busy promoting their training in schools challenging HBT bullying.

Shelf Gala 2018 – Saturday 7 July

Shelf Gala is here again on Saturday 7 July, 1:00pm at Shelf Hall Park with a miniature railway, York birds of prey demonstration, police, fire service and army displays as well as many stalls.

Be entertained by the Magpie Movers, Selah Sounds, Crusaders Drum and Trumpet Corps and more.

For more information contact Trevor Priestley on 01274 600601 or email  trevor@shelfgala.org.uk


65th Bradford Scout Group use Ward Forum Grant for Shelters and Tents

The 65th Bradford South (Shelf) Scout Group recently went on their district camp activity, the group received a Northowram and Shelf ward forum grant of £500 which they put towards purchasing Coleman Shelters and tents.

If you want to know more about how your child can get involved in the scout group please contact Andrew Walker on 07474 155560.

If your group has an idea for a project and it needs a ward forum grant and you want more information please email tony.king@calderdale.gov.uk

Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018

National Neighbourhood Watch Week is back for 2018!

NNWW18 runs from Saturday 16 June to Sunday 24 June – where the national organisation will be asking members how the movement will continue to help build safer and stronger communities over the next three years and beyond.

These are exciting times for Neighbourhood Watch as they look to the future of this fantastic movement and how we can make the most positive impact on communities across England and Wales over the next three years.

The national scheme is hosting a series of six seminars in June and July to give members to help develop NW’s Strategy for the next three years.

Members of the Board of Trustees will be attending each seminar to present and facilitate the Strategy discussion and to meet NW members. The Board know how vital it is to liaise and consult with local NW members and is committed to doing this in order to build a strong Strategy with shared commitment from all stakeholders.

This will be a great opportunity to meet members of the Board, the staff team and to network with each other to see what has been happening in other areas and to have YOUR voice in the future of Neighbourhood Watch.

There will also be the launch of new Crime and Vulnerability Toolkits at these seminars.

Crime in England and Wales is changing and NW is providing new practical information and help for members to support the police in the detection and reduction of these crimes. The network of 2.3 million member households is a force to be reckoned with.

So NW are finding more practical ways to empower members to look at some of the crimes that cause such significant harm to victims and communities. A simple example of this would be that if you regularly see different people going into a nearby house or minibuses turning up this may be a sign of Human Trafficking or if you are aware of an elderly neighbour regularly getting people knocking on their door they may well be being targeted for scams.

This summer NW are going to develop a group of 100+ local NW Champions from across England and Wales at the Seminars. The Champions will then be able to share their knowledge in their local area so even more people can get the important information they need and act as a local resource to other coordinators and members. This may simply mean sharing the information contained within the toolkits, developing a local focus on one or more of the areas or running a local project if they or local coordinators want to.

Anyone – member, coordinator or Association lead – with an interest in gaining information, additional knowledge and the chance to share this within their area with other members and coordinators will be the perfect participants for the seminars.

The toolkits provide information on and cover the following areas:
• Domestic Abuse – which as we know affects all communities
• Serious Violence – particularly knife crime
• Vulnerability and loneliness – affecting more people as families become more mobile
• Fraud and scams – electronic and traditional
• High harm crimes – Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation etc.

The closest seminars to our area are;

  • Tuesday 26 June – Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish North Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester, M15 6BG.  9:30am registration, seminar 10:00am–4:00pm.
  • Wednesday 27 June – Royal Hull Hotel, Ferensway, Hull, HU1 3UF, 9:30am registration, seminar 10:00am–4:00pm.

More information about the seminars can be found at https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/national-neighbourhood-watch-week-2018/

Ward Forum Grants Now Open to Applications for up to £500

It’s Back!

The ever popular ward forum grants scheme for 2018/19 is back, 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 Tony.king@calderdale.gov.uk

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 first round of grants is 31st August 2018.

The deadline for the second round of grants is 16th November 2018.

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 open the link below;