Men’s Activities Networking Event – 8 Nov

North Halifax Staying Well Steering Group and Phoenix Shed (Men in Sheds) invite you to a Men’s Activities Networking Event on Thursday 8 November 2018.

1pm – 4pm at Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden, HX3 5SW.

The event will focus on activities that get men talking, socialising and doing things to improve their wellbeing.

There will be a variety of workshops, demonstrations and talks on the agenda from some local groups who are already reaching men with significant success, including,

  • Phoenix Shed
  • Andy’s Man Club
  • Men United
  • Halifax Rugby League Foundation
  • DadsRUs

Open to all men, women and community groups who want to discover what works to engage men and what doesn’t. Have you got an idea for an activity that could improve the health and wellbeing of men in Calderdale? Come along to our networking event and see who else might be able to help you?

Refreshments included.

Please email to reserve your space and ensure we have enough cake to go round!


Mothershare in Ovenden is looking for Board Members

North Halifax community launch the Daisy Chain Café

Local services, ward councilors, residents, school children and even dogs came to Halifax Rugby Union Club this week to support the launch of the Daisy Chain Café.


Daisy Chain Café is a new community run, monthly meeting place in Ovenden run by volunteers and partners from the North Halifax Staying Well Steering Group who are working towards a Dementia Friendly North Halifax.

Funded by the ‘North Halifax Community Fund’ Daisy Chain Café is open to anybody especially people and living with or affected by dementia. The mission of the cafe is to provide friendship, support, activities and cake!

Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Chris Pillai opened  the event by thanking the hard work of volunteers in working to set the cafe up.  Some of the volunteers have personal experience of dementia and understand how a café of this nature can really make a difference to the lives of people affected by dementia.

Councillor Anne Collins who welcomed everyone to the event said,

How exciting this is for the North Halifax to host a Dementia Café that will run once a month working towards making North Halifax Dementia Friendly

Based at Halifax Rugby Union Club, Ovenden Park  the cafe will open from 1pm – 3pm every second Wednesday of the month and will include activities such as quizzes, visiting entertainers, chair exercises, Bocha (a type of boules), singing and bingo.

The next opening will be Wednesday 14 November.


The North Halifax Community Fund includes funding from the Community Foundation for Calderdale Isolation Fund and Staying Well funding. Read more about the fund here.

Hayley Conlon, Staying Well Worker said,

“The North Halifax Steering Group, which is made up of local people and community groups decided that  Daisy Chain Café was well deserving of  the funding from Community Foundation for Calderdale and Staying Well as it supports our aims to develop activities that improve social opportunity and prevent loneliness and isolation in adults in Calderdale”

For more information, please ring Karen on 0300 555 0266 or email

Special thank you to Community Foundation for Calderdale, North Halifax Partnership, Illingworth Moor Church, Halifax Rugby Union Club, Memory Lane Café Sowerby Bridge, Illingworth and Bradshaw Local Activity Group, Men United at Ovenden Park, Phoenix Shed, Calderdale Council, Age Uk, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire Service, Together Housing, Savile Park Care Home, the Junior Wardens of Dean Field Community Primary School, Alzheimer’s Society, Angels Corner Café Pellon and everyone who came along to support the launch!

Ignite 2018: Calderdale’s Inclusive Sport and Music Festival

Join Ravenscliffe School on Tuesday 30 October 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm to celebrate inclusive sports and music for Ignite 2018! A wide variety of free inclusive sports in the morning and music and dance sessions in the afternoon.

For more information contact Malcolm Kielty on or at or email

The timetable so far is as below;

Launch of Dementia Friendly Daisy Chain Cafe at Ovenden Park – Tomorrow!

Get ready for the launch of the dementia friendly Daisy Chain Cafe tomorrow on Wednesday 10 October 2018, 1:00pm at Halifax Rugby Union Club, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, Halifax HX2 8AR.

The café will run on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and is part of the initiative to make the North Halifax region Dementia Friendly.

For further information please call Karen Scanlon on 0300 555 0266 or email


‘Woodland Wildlife Discovery Toddle’ with Sure Start Children’s Centres at Ogden Water


Following the massive success of the Forest School at Ogden Water this summer, Sure Start Children’s Centres NHP is pleased to offer the “Woodland Wildlife Discovery Toddle”.

Visit Ogden Water on Wednesday 31 October for a morning or afternoon exploring Boggart Wood. Make a leaf hat, hunt for mini-beasts and do some bark rubbing. Session ends with a chance to sit around a fire pit and eat a snack of fruit kebabs with chocolate sauce.

The session will take place on Wednesday 31 October and you can choose from the 10:00am session or the 12:30pm session.

To book a place on the session please complete the online application at, or complete a form at your nearest Children’s Centre.

If you have any questions please contact the Family Learning Team on 01422 266197.

Sure Start Children’s Centres Autumn Newsletter

Sure Start Children’s Centres, North Halifax Partnership have published the Autumn Newsletter which includes information about the family learning courses that are taking place September – December 2018, along with the accredited courses on offer. It also includes their What’s On Guides, which shows the weekly groups on offer across the Children’s Centres and services provided by partner agencies. The newsletter can be downloaded here.

This has also been uploaded to the website, along with a booking form. To book onto the courses you can either complete the booking form electronically on the website or contact the Family Learning Team on 01422 266197.