Fancy becoming a Gig Buddy?

Gig Buddies Calderdale is an exciting new initiative which will seek to match people who have a learning disability with volunteers who have similar interests.
The aim of the project is to promote friendship and increase opportunities for people who have a learning disability to become involved in their local community.
The idea of a ‘gig’ is up to you and you and your buddy will meet monthly to choose and plan an event you would like to go to.
It could be music, festival, theatre, cinema, a walk in the park – it is entirely led by our Gig Buddies and Gig Goers.
Gig Buddies was pioneered in 2013 by Brighton based charity ‘Stay Up Late’ and is now running in Scotland and Sydney, Australia.
Gig Buddies Calderdale is based at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax which is at the heart of cultural events – watch this space!
The project works with people with a learning disability aged 16 and upwards and for Gig Buddy volunteer roles, you must be 18 plus.

FREE Go Cycling drop in hub at OSCA

On September 16 2017 at  10am12pm, working in partnership with Go Cycle, OSCA offer a free, fun and sociable way to get healthy and more active. Qualified cycle instructor and bike provided.

Drop in to the Ovenden Sports and Community Arena, Cousin Lane, Halifax for more information .

Cost: FREE and no booking necessary just turn up.

Services and Events at Mixenden Parents Resource Centre

Mixenden Parents Resource Centre Nursery have a few half day places left for over 2’s
Open Monday – Thursday 9am-4pm
Sessional 9am-11.30am or 1pm-3.30pm £5.00 1 healthy snack and drinks provided.
Times can be negotiable. Please phone 01422 240043 for more information and to speak with one of our fully qualified Early Years Practitioners.

Lunch Club
We run a lunch club every Wednesday from 12 pm at Flat 3 Mixenden Court for a small cost of £1.50 where you will receive a meal all from fresh ingredients includes main, pudding and cup of tea/coffee. Everyone welcome just turn up at 12 noon.

Free Advice & Support
We have on site Monday – Thursday 9am – 4pm our own advice and support workers who can help you with Benefit problems, form filling, debt, housing, household goods or just a general chat to off load a problem. Don’t despair help is just a call away please ring 01422 249343 or 01422 240043 to book an appointment.

Coffee Morning
Every Tuesday morning we run a coffee morning from 10am–12 noon with free tea, coffee and cakes but this Tuesday 19 September we will be joining Holy Nativity Church at their coffee morning to help raise money for Macmillan cancer support with our cake sale baked by members of staff and children from our Nursery with a prize going to the child who sells the most slices. Church will be holding a tombola, tea & coffee. Everyone welcome just call in to the Church at the bottom of Sunny Bank Road Mixenden and help raise money for a great cause.

VAC Volunteer Open Morning

On Thursday 21 September at the VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, HX1 5AY 9:30am – 12:30pm, VAC are running a drop in session where you can find out more about volunteering with VAC.

(VAC will also be at the Calderdale College Fresher’s Fair on Wednesday 13 September 10:00 – 13:00)

VAC have a number of volunteering opportunities.

Molly and Bill has developed significantly over the summer and the programme of activities in care homes has expanded. Volunteers have been undertaking a variety of roles and activities within the different care settings. There have been many positive stories of residents engaging in activities, such as a lady who is not able to communicate joining in a singing session.

Weekend Care has changed its name to Our Place and moved venue to Heath United Reform Church. They had a launch event this summer and are looking for new volunteers to join the team.
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Wood Carving at Phoenix Shed

The Phoenix Shed Presents

for men over 55  wanting a new challenge an Introduction to the art of Wood Carving by Sticky G of Ogden Fame starting Friday 29 September  10am – 12.00pm
The Phoenix Shed
Threeways Centre
Nursery Lane
£2 Shed members £5 others

To reserve your place
Please Phone
Chris 07930 207537
Eddie 07481 543881

Step inside the Shed where tea, coffee, biscuits and friends provided

Together Stronger in Halifax this Sunday

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World Suicide Prevention Day is on Sunday 10 September (this Sunday).

To mark it Andys Man Club wants to repeat what they did last year and send a powerful message that #itsokaytotalk and there are lots of people out there who are willing to listen.

Please meet outside Sprial Seven (next to McDonalds) in Halifax town centre at 10:30am

The event will feature a walk through town and across north bridge, a minutes silence and then back up to the Woolshops to hold a ‘together stronger human chain’ all around the workshops.

For more information go to Facebook and search the event ‘together stronger halifax’

World Suicide Prevention Day #ITSOKAYTOTALK


Connecting with others and letting people know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK is a key message for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday 10 September.

If you are having suicidal thoughts

  • You’re not alone
  • It’s OK to talk
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help – from a friend, your family, your GP, the Samaritans on 116123, NHS 111 or by calling 999 if the situation is urgent

If someone expresses suicidal thoughts

  • Be direct and talk openly about suicide
  • Listen and allow the person to talk honestly about their feelings
  • Don’t say things like ‘it’s not so bad’, ‘don’t be stupid’ or ‘think of your family’
  • Be available, show support and let them know that you care
  • Encourage and support them to seek help – from their family, their GP, the Samaritans on 116123, NHS 111 or by calling 999 if the situation is urgent

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