Free Diploma in Childcare or Health & Social Care in your Local Community!

The 16 week Intro to Childcare Course is back, if you are interested or would like to explore the opportunities offered then why not come and join us!

Following completion of this there will be opportunity to then complete Level 1 Diploma in Childcare.

Please see the flyers below for booking URL and QR code.

You can find the booking form at the Sure Start Children’s Centres website

Classes run 9:30 am to 2:30 pm – during school hours!

Course starts: Thursday 23rd February

Creations Community Children’s Centre

Albert Road, Halifax HX2 0QD

If you live in the Lower  Valley area, there is a similar course at Elland Children’s centre : Free Diploma course – Elland

For more information and to apply:

Contact Creations Children’s Centre on 01422 434006 or 01422 251090

Verd De Gris : Empowering Women to bring about Social Change March 3rd

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Verd De Gris invites you for a day where women from diverse backgrounds from across West Yorkshire become One Voice for Social Change.

Click to register – VerdDeGris Arts International Women’s day Event

Further information including agenda for the day and highlights

Join us at The Gaygill Rooms at The Piece Hall
Friday 3rd March 2023
9.30 am  – 14.30 pm

Drawing on the life experiences of women from communities across Calderdale, special guests include Holly Lynch MP & Alison Lowe OBE West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor.

Crucially, we want to look at what we can do together to address some of the key factors that impact on health, opportunity, aspiration and social justice. The event will draw on the life experiences of women from diverse communities across Calderdale, using their voices to raise awareness of keys issues, and importantly, discuss ways in which lived experience can be used to inform and help shape policy and decision making at a local regional and national level.

We want to make sure that the voices of women and girls are included in regional and national discussions around health, poverty and social cohesion. We want to make our communities stronger. ​And by creating this safe space for visitors to learn and connect around tough local issues, we aim to provide a unique opportunities for people to get involved in helping to shape and influence change.

This event has been made possible thanks to support from West Yorkshire Mayor’s Safer Communities Fund, The National Lottery Community Fund and the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

If you would like more information please contact Sharon:

tel: 07907 822323
web: www.verddegris.org

Places are limited. Booking via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/516816390737

Keep up to date with other events as they happen by following our Facebook page Verd de gris arts and on Twitter and Instagram

Twitter @verddegris
Instagram @verddegris

Magpies set to open on a Saturday!

We have some great news….Magpies will be opening on Saturdays!

Starting from Saturday 4th of March, the Magpies will be open between 10am and 2pm and everyone is welcome!

Join us for 4 hours of Magpies fun including sports, cooking, arts and crafts and more….

The day costs £40 which includes activities, a meal and full staff support.

Every Saturday from 10am until 2pm, starting from Saturday 4th March.

Our outreach events are a great way to make new friends and try new activities.

You don’t have to be a Magpies member to join us, these events are open to everyone.

Get in touch now to book on!

Find us : Magpies, Unit 15, Calderdale Business Park, Club Lane, Ovenden
Halifax, HX2 8DB

Staying Warm with Staying Well March 1st at Illingworth Methodist Church

Staying Well Calderdale is holding another Staying Warm with Staying Well event at Illingworth Moor Methodist Church on

Wednesday 1st March 2023 from 11.30am to 2.30pm

Come to our friendly community gathering, enjoy a warm drink and lunch, including a main and cake!

We will share tips on keeping warm, healthy and save money in your home.

Local organisations will come along and share useful advice with you.

The event is free of charge, feel free to come along for some or all of it. No need to book, just drop in.

For more information contact Craig on Tel: 07759 364916 or
craig.watson@calderdale.gov.uk

Illingworth Moor Methodist Church, Keighley Rd, Halifax HX2 9LL
w : https://www.illingworthmoor.org.uk/
f : https://www.facebook.com/illingworthmoormethodist/

Once upon a Thriftmas (December 2022 event)

For those who celebrate it, Christmas can be a magical time of year, coming together to enjoy yearly traditions of food, music, decorations and presents. But this all comes at a cost, both to our purses and the planet and the work that goes into making Christmas special often falls disproportionately to women.

As we begin to understand the challenges posed by climate change and the gathering pace of the cost-of-living crisis, we wanted to get back to the true meaning of Christmas and show that it doesn’t have to be all about consumerism and pressure to create the perfect day.

And so, together with our brilliant partners from across Calderdale, we held the first Thriftmas event on Saturday 10th December at Forest Cottage. There was a wide variety of activities on offer as well as advice and free goodies that aimed to give a different perspective on Christmas whilst maintaining the traditions we all know and love.

 

Did you know that every year, we spend around £700 million on unwanted gifts and that of all gifts, only 1% will still be in use come June?

When it comes to gifts, it really is the thought that counts so we had NHP’s Tracy hosting a Swishing table where people could bring in something they no longer wanted or needed to swap for something they could use or gift. The table was empty at the end of the day.

Natalie from NHP was there to help people make their own bath salts and bath bombs with recycled packaging good enough to gift to emphasise that handmade gifts can be the most thoughtful, waste free and cost-effective gifts out there.

Dan from NHP showed people how to make unique planters from recycled bottles that also make lovely and unique handmade gifts.

Festive food is another area where we could do better to save money and be greener. With supermarkets employing tactics to get us to buy more than we need, its no wonder we collectively bin enough food to provide 42 million meals.

Rachel from NHP made a delicious turkey chilli from leftovers in the slow cooker with the recipe to take away and try at home. There was also a slow cooker to be won by one lucky attendee.

Every year, we send 165,000 tonnes of Christmas decorations to landfill including 68,488 miles of string lights so we wanted to find ways of decorating that would use natural and recycled materials that will also save money. Nicola from Staying Well hosted a table to make cardboard gingerbread decorations. Nicola from Todmorden Makery inspired people to make their own decorations from tech waste and Calderdale Green New Deal were promoting the use of natural and traditional decorating materials like leaves, twigs, and flowers.

Of the one billion Christmas cards sent each year, only 1/4 will be recycled creating 300,000 tonnes of waste. Sara Nursey from Elland Children’s Centre hosted a table where you could use paint and recycled materials to create handmade Christmas cards which are more likely to be kept and cherished than end up in landfill.

Paul Whiteley Photography was there to take beautiful and fun photos in the Christmas themed photo booth which will make lovely personalised and waste free gifts and e-cards.

Similarly, around 40,000 Christmas crackers are sent to landfill each as many are not recyclable with foil, glitter, and a useless piece of plastic. Sam and team from NewGround were on hand to show people how to make their own reusable crackers that are environmentally friendly and where you can choose your own gift that will be useful and reusable.

All One Collective’s Hillary was there to chat to people about how they’re managing with the cost-of-living crisis and how being a little greener can also help save money.

And of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the big man himself – Santa took his place by the beautiful original fireplace to give gifts to all the children who came.

It was a wonderful event, that put a different vibe on Christmas festivities, and we had great feedback from the people who came along. Thanks so much to everyone who was involved organising and hosting and to everyone who came along and participated.

We look forward to doing it all again next year!

Free Diploma in Childcare or Health & Social Care in your Local Community!

Gain a degree in your local community without having to travel to College!

Course runs one day a week, within 16 sessions.

All coursework is completed in class.

Classes run 9:30 am to 2:30 pm – during school hours!

Course starts: Thursday 26th January – ends 15th June.

Creations Community Children’s Centre

Albert Road

Halifax HX2 0QD

If you live in the Lower  Valley area, there is a similar course at Elland Children’s centre : Free Diploma course – Elland

For more information and to apply:

Contact Creations Children’s Centre on 01422 434006 or 01422 251090

Calderdale Cares Careers recruitment fairs Jan 25th and Feb 4

Are you looking for a new role in social care?

Calderdale Cares Careers recruitment fair Calderdale Employment Hub join forces with Welcome Independent living to host the first Calderdale Cares Careers event of 2023. This career’s fair is open to job seekers, secondary schools, and further education students from across Calderdale to explore career opportunities in the Health & Social Care sector. The event will allow people to learn about career options directly from employers and professionals. In addition, this event will showcase the educational pathways and explain the skills needed to pursue different careers in the sector. The event will promote a range of careers linked to the care sector. There will also be an opportunity to meet employers, get support with interviews, CV and apply for live vacancies. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a career change, career development and those who are finishing compulsory education. Upcoming events The Orange Box 1 Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1AF on Wednesday 25 January,10am – 2pm – Register hereTodfellows Space Oxford St, Todmorden OL14 5PU on Thursday 2 February,10am – 2pm – Register here For more information about the event, please contact growyourfuture@calderdale.gov.uk. You can also visit the Calderdale Cares Careers website for live vacancies.

Calderdale Cares : Why Work With Us?

Calderdale Council is supporting our adult social care providers in their recruitment to support vulnerable people. We want to make it easier for people looking for roles in social care to connect directly with care providers working in Calderdale.