Park and Warley weekly digest 5.7.21

With so much going on we couldn’t wait for our next newsletter so here is a quick update of latest opportunities in Park and Warley that you might be interested in.


Health and Safety at Work – Level 2 Accredited – BOOK NOW!

Halifax Opportunities Trust is offering training on Friday 9th and 16th July*, 9.30-2,30pm at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, HX1 5ER.

To book a place please ring Jo on 07891 956062 or email

*You must attend both days of the course in order to achieve the certificate. Space are limited and booked on a first come first served basis. Free to eligible learners – for more information ask at the time of booking.


Free childminder training available

Are you interested in becoming a childminder? Calderdale Council is currently funding training places to help Calderdale residents take the next step towards a career in childminding. For more information, email


Let’s Talk Trade

Could you and your business be part of Calderdale’s Global Future? Join Calderdale Council for a free, virtual discussion on Tuesday 20 July at 10am and get expert advice on how to trade with India as a new market. Click here to register for the online event….


Budget like a Boss! with help from Noah’s Ark

Do words like debt, balance, finance, budgeting confuse you? Would you like to take charge of your money for good? Noah’s Ark have put together a two half-day course that will show you exactly how you can do that.

On 12th & 19th July at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre (Hopwood Lane, Halifax).

Sessions start at 9.30AM until 1.00PM. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Reasonable travel expenses paid.

To book a place, contact Andrew, Lesley or Kelly on 01422 364664. Or email


Test and Trace support payment

You may get financial assistance of £500, if:

  • You have been told to self-isolate and meet the eligibility criteria;
  • or you are a parent: who needs to look after a child; and has been asked to stay home by their school or childcare provider from 8th March 2021 onwards.

You can find out if you are eligible for a self-isolation one off payment here:


Join St Augustine’s Board of Trustees

Would you like to join a diverse community, help shape the future and support people seeking sanctuary in Calderdale?

St Augustine’s is looking for 5 new, voluntary Trustees with passion and commitment. They welcome people from a wide range of backgrounds, particularly those with lived experiences of the asylum and refugee system as well as knowledge of other specialist areas including:

  • Human Resources and/or the law
  • Social enterprise/business development
  • Communications or campaigning
  • Fundraising or finance
  • Safeguarding

Being a Trustee at St. Augustine’s involves a minimum of eight hours a month, including 6 Board meetings a year.

Interested? Email or call 07394 937663 or visit


Our Park and Warley Project Newsletter

Our  Inclusive Economy Project newsletter is a place to hear the latest news, and to share opportunities for people and businesses in the Park and East Warley areas.

The next newsletter will be out on 20th July. If you would like to promote a service or event, please send us our information by 14th July. Email


Park and Warley Project Steering Group

We are looking for local residents and businesses to get involved in our project and help us shape the future of Park and Warley. Our next steering group in on Thursday 2nd September at 2pm – please join us if you would like to know more about the project and have your say on what it needs to achieve. The project steering group is only one way you can get involved. If you have an idea about what is needed to make your local area thrive, then please get in touch!

Email us at


Current Vacancies


New opportunities for a brighter future with Calderdale Adult Learning

The new Calderdale Adult Learning (CAL) prospectus is landing on the doorsteps of every household in Calderdale, with a new curriculum full of exciting, affordable courses to inspire and help people towards the jobs and lives they want.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, CAL has worked hard to introduce an innovative mix of COVID-safe learning methods. Whilst socially distanced face-to-face lessons are now available at CAL’s Heath Campus, many courses are available to access from learners’ own homes with CAL successfully using Google Classroom software to bring lessons to learners.

The new prospectus includes a rich range of interesting courses, many discounted by 50% or free. CAL want to help everyone in the borough access the learning they need to enrich their lives and improve job prospects. There’s a course for everyone, from developing an interest, improving maths, English and job search skills, to professional training for the workplace.

CAL’s Community and Family Learning has a vibrant range of sociable, welcoming classes, helping people to better wellbeing with opportunities to meet others. In addition, Skills for Adults with Learning Disabilities offers learning opportunities in everything from digital employability, photography and preparation for volunteering, to work improving confidence and skills.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy, Cllr Jane Scullion, said:

“The last year has been challenging for everyone and our adult learners have shown such resilience and an impressive commitment to their learning journey. As we approach the registration period for 2021/22 courses, we’re looking forward to welcoming even more learners to CAL and have a range of courses and different learning options to suit everyone.

“As well as face-to-face courses, we’re pleased to also be able to include online learning in this year’s prospectus, to ensure that everyone can access the learning they want in a way that’s right for them.

“Many of us have reassessed our priorities over the past 12 months and I’d encourage anyone looking to develop their skills or look for a new challenge to browse the courses on offer. Many are free or discounted and our experienced tutors are ready to welcome you and support you to reach your goals.”

CAL continues to receive amazing feedback about its courses. Existing learner Bex, said: “I’m on an exciting journey. I was born and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The CAL courses at Heath are a massive part of the network which allows me to achieve.”

Retired learner, Katherine has been learning Italian for three years at CAL and is now at advanced level. She said: “It’s a great place to make new friends, have a brilliant learning experience and feel welcomed. I’m glad to be able to keep learning the language I love.”

Learners have also welcomed the opportunities to access courses in a number of different ways and full support is offered for those unsure about online options.

Marcus Gregg, CAL Maths Tutor, says of the online learning, “Last year’s feedback from learners has been really positive. Full [free] training is given at the start of each course and you don’t need IT skills to use it.”

To find out more about Calderdale Adult Learning, or to view the brochure online, visit:

Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College update

This is the weekly update for the Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College. You will  find information on courses up and coming as well as some useful and interesting community opportunities and information.

This week has an extensive list of heritage walks alongside the most current courses.

Read the updates on their website

Weekly Update

Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business: June 21-27

(read full article on the Calderdale Council website)

The Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safeguarding Adult Board and Calderdale organisations present Safeguarding Week 2021 to raise awareness about safeguarding children and adults and the importance that safeguarding is everyone’s business.

This virtual Safeguarding Week 2021 Programme provides a varied offer that includes live online learning sessions, live chats, pre-recorded videos, webinars and podcasts, as well as useful links to research reports and other; all aimed at practitioners, managers and members of the public.The programme has daily themes based on safeguarding priorities for Calderdale:

It also includes some good practice examples and positive stories about the changes to services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions about Safeguarding Week 2021, please contact: Sophie Boyles or Sally Fletcher

Safeguarding is everyone’s business

Six-month writing mentorship for aspiring authors now open

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is thrilled to announce the launch of 2021 Madeleine Milburn Mentorship Programme.

This agency is committed to champion new and exciting voices around the world and launch debut writing careers.

For more information, visit their werbsite:


Pellon Hub Job Club open Tuesdays 9am-12.30pm

Sometimes, finding a job, or even knowing where to start after the year we’ve all had, can seem impossible. That’s where the Pellon Hub Job Club comes in!

You will find it open every Tuesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm at
53-55 Rye Lane, Pellon, Halifax, HX2 0QB

Whatever is getting in your way, whether it’s debt issues, housing problems, low confidence or needing new skills, we will give you the help and support you need to get you into training or find work.

You must be 18+ and ready to take that next step to getting you back on track. Booking is essential as places are limited due to covid-19 rules.

Call Steph on 07719 954176 or text JOBCLUB to same number to receive a call back.

Pellon Hub Job Club Flyer

Confidence, Communication and Teamwork course

Are you seeking work, looking for a career change or hoping to volunteer in the community? If you may need to work on a team online in future, or wish to face virtual interviews with more confident presentation skills, this may be for you.


Induction session  – 2pm Fridy 28th May 

Classes start 10 am Tuesday 1st June   

Calderdale Adult Learning and the national award – winning Proper Job Theatre Company have joined forces again to offer the free two week LAB Confidence, Communication and Teamwork course. This is designed to develop confidence in managing online meetings or interviews.

Polish up those virtual communication, group and team skills quickly and earn a nationally recognised Award. The free fun sessions use drama and media training techniques to develop confidence.

So start unleashing your creativity today and move forward to a bright future.

For enquiries –  or to register for a place – contact Melissa on 07368291874 or email:

View or download our latest course schedule

LAB Online is part of the LAB Project. This is currently aimed at supporting adults in Calderdale who would enjoy keeping connected and using creative learning techniques to boost wellbeing, confidence and  employment skills.

If you are thinking about upskilling for work, tell us about other topics of interest. We may even be able help you to enrol on other free CAL courses, including IT security, Spreadsheets for beginners and Basic Web Design.