OrangeBox Halifax Half Term Activities Digital Programme

The OrangeBox in Halifax have put daily activities for the Half Term, including Live Dance Workshops, Live Skate Park, Arts and Crafts session, Choir singing and Drop In sessions, aimed at school age children and young people.

If interested contact them on: 01422 392003 or

@AJDanceCompany @SkateItYourself @timeoutcalder

Reimagining Communities Zoom Poetry Workshop

We are really excited to be working with Donald Jenkins of Born Lippy to host community poetry workshops on Zoom for the people of North Halifax!

The workshops will take place in November and December 2020.

Whether or not you have tried creative writing before, this workshop will show you how you can express yourself and tell your story – everyone has a story to tell!

Donald Jenkins is a spoken word poet from Newcastle upon Tyne with over 20 years’ experience of working with youth and community groups. His poetry has featured in a variety of online and printed anthologies. Winner of the Gateshead Poetry Slam 2018, Donald has also performed at Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Albert Hall. He has written and performed commissions for the Curious Festival, Elswick Community Leisure Centre and 24 Hours in Isolation Project. He is one of the directors of – SlamFresh CIC, running poetry slam workshops in schools and youth projects.  He runs and hosts Newcastle’s leading spoken word night –‘Born Lippy’ which has featured as part of Lindisfarne and Word Weekender festivals.

Having attended one of Don’s workshops, I can vouch for the fact that they are really fun, even for someone who has never written creatively before. Check out some of Don’s work below and be sure to get in touch with Natalie to register your place for November or December.

Here are some video links of his poems

State of the Art

I Wouldn’t Dare

Stay Locked Down

To register your interest please contact Natalie at or on 07932883499.

Community Thank You 2020

No matter how awful 2020 has been (and at times it really has) its certainly been a fantastic year for community involvement and volunteering. Across Calderdale more people than ever have been looking out for their neighbours, helping out the vulnerable and finding new ways to reach out and support strangers in their communities. Annual awards celebrations have sadly not been able to go ahead this year due to the COVID19 situation but we don’t think the amazing community effort should go unrecognised. Who has stood out to you this year by making a real difference to local people? If you could send them a message what would you say? We will be publishing Community Thank Yous across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley on our Community Blogs and Friday Flyers. Tell us who you would like to thank and we’ll pass the message on! Click here to post your thank you…

Keeping Calderdale Cosy with Citizens Advice

Citizens advice in Calderdale are here to help you keep yourself warm during the coming winter months. They can offer advice on saving energy, reducing your energy bills where possible and finding you all the help you are entitled to with heating your home.

Being able to keep your home warm improves your health and levels of happiness.

You can contact Citizens Advice on 0300 330 9048.

You can also ring a local energy advisor on 07436 408323 to arrange a telephone appointment.

VSI Alliance Training Programme Survey

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


VSI Alliance would like your feedback to help them plan their next training sessions.

We’re conducting a short survey for our next training programme and your input would be very much appreciated.

Click the button below to start the survey. Thank you for your participation!

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CREW Heart Support Group – Walk through Wainstalls and Whitley

This week’s CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin features a self guided 4.5 miles walk through Wainstalls & Wheatley. The walk is marked as Grade 2 and estimated to take 2.5 hours to complete.

We start our walk at the crossroads with Mount Tabor Road and Balkram Edge at Wainstalls, next to the Crossroads Inn. There is plenty of parking on Balkram Edge.

From the crossroads walk along Balkram Edge for about 150 meters, on your right you will see a bridleway, walk along the bridleway for about 500 meters. You will come to a junction of tracks, turn left and walk towards Upper Greenroyd House. The track turns right in front of the house and then left towards Greenroyd and Moor End Road.

On reaching Moor End Road, turn left and walk along the pavement for 200 meters, cross the road and go down the track, Mixenden Lane Ends. Continue along the track, you will pass Grindlestone Hall, one of Halifax’s oldest buildings. Continue along the track until you reach the cobbled road of Gibb Lane.

Turn left and go down the hill, passing Gibb Farm, on your right you will see the concrete access road to Ramsden Reservoir, continue up the track passing the ruins of Ramsden Wood Farm. Just after the ruins turn left on the path, towards the woodland, you will come to a junction of paths, turn right and walk up hill. The path will soon become Buckley Lane, continue to the junction with Moor End Road.

Cross the road and walk up Broadley Road, you will come to a walled gap leading you into Roils Head. Keep the wall to your right and walk up the track until the wall turns right, turn left and walk along the wide track for 300 meters. Turn right and walk down the bridgeway for 250 meters. Turn sharp right, passing some stables, to a gate and snicket. Bear left here, down a footpath on Tower Hill, to meet Heath Hill Road. Turn right and walk up for 150 meters, you will come to a track on your left.

Continue along the track, you are walking below Sentry Edge, after about 800 meters, you will pass a farm on your left and you will come to a way-marker leading you down onto Stocks Lane.

If you walk down the lane for 30 meters, you will see on your left a stone circled wall, the entrance is at the top, it is a ‘Pinfold’ and stray animals were put in here by the Pinder, who would then charge the owners a small fee to return them

Continue up the hill for 100 meters, on your left you will see a track, this track will lead you back to Mount Tabor Road, with the Crossroads Inn in front of you.


We would love you to try this walk and send us your photos so we can pop it in the newsletter.
It doesn’t have to be this walk, we would love to feature your scenic photos in the newsletters.

Crew Heart Support Website
CREW Facebook page

VSI Alliance Update October 16, 2020

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Calderdale News & Information


West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Weekly Update
This week’s leadership message comes from Dr Sara Munro, CEO for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Keir Shillaker, Director for the Partnership’s Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Programme. There is also a blog from Sayma Mirza as part of celebrating Black History Month.

Events and Training

In case you missed it:

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Climate Change Virtual Summit – 19th & 20th October
Over the two days there will be twelve workshops, each one will explore how as health and social care partners we can reduce the effects of climate change and prepare for its impacts.


Sir George Martin Trust
The Sir George Martin Trust has tightened up its geographical area for funding and will now be focusing its grant-making towards charitable projects which support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in West Yorkshire.

Women’s Sector Resilience Fund
The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund has been created with the support of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to safeguard the vital frontline jobs and support services of women’s organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In case you missed it:

Nesta’s New Prize Supports the Vulnerable to Access Post-COVID Jobs and Finance – Deadline: 26th October
UK organisations are invited to apply for support to accelerate innovations that can help vulnerable workers, hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, to secure jobs and financial help.

The Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme
The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.


Apprenticeship and Training Delivery Manager – Closing date: 23rd October
You will be responsible for the development, operational management and successful delivery of all apprenticeship and work-based programmes delivered by the Halifax Opportunities Trust work-based learning arm.

Sessional Youth Worker – Closing date: 25th October
Newground are looking for someone who is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of young people and the communities they serve. This role will be for 1 evening a week between 6PM – 9PM, with the potential of overtime.

Bank/Relief Enabler – Closing date: 30th October
Pennine Magpie are looking to increase their team of Bank/Relief Enablers to cover staff holidays and sickness. The role will include both 1:1 support for students and facilitating group sessions.

In case you missed it:

Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) – Closing date: 19th October
The Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) will be part of a team that will work closely with NHS Calderdale CCG engagement team to lead on and/or support a wide range of patient and public engagement projects.


New Treasurer Required at Memory Lane Cafe Calderdale
Memory Lane Café run regular pop-up cafes providing entertainment, information, support and socialisation for individuals, their families and carers. Since they began, they have steadily increased their membership (firstly with their Sowerby Bridge cafe and, a year later, their Halifax cafe).

In case you missed it:

Community Covid-19 Champions
Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

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