Resources for Children Young People and their Families in Calderdale

The following list of agencies and support groups are here to assist children, young people and their families with a number of issues that may trouble them, ranging from health, social to personal issues.

Tough Times Reference Group

The young people’s Tough Times Reference Group works for Calderdale Council on the emotional health and wellbeing (EHWB) agenda. During lockdown they have been working with services across Calderdale on producing this  Children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing services poster.

Their intention is for every young person and their families to know about the different services, not only by name, but also what each service specialises in, to ensure young people receive the support that best fits their emotional health and wellbeing needs.

Open Minds CalderdaleWorry Cards on Returning to Education – created by young people for young people
Recently, 16 young people came together to create 14 flash cards for students returning to education. The purpose of these cards are to help decrease stress levels surrounding any worries or queries that students might have. These top worries have been selected as the most frequent worries that students said they would face on returning to education last September.

Online Halloween Activities for Children

Newground Together Youth Team have planned a series of online Halloween Arts and Crafts events aimed at children between 8 and 12 years of age.

It gives children an opportunity to make their own homemade Halloween decorations.

The sessions run from the 26th – 30th of October. There will be two online sessions each day, a morning session from 11-12 and an afternoon session from 3.30-4.30pm.

If interested, please email for information and to book.

Free activity packs will be posted to you before the half term.

Halloween Online Activities

Central & Hub libraries are now open

We have been working hard to make our libraries Covid Safe, and as part of this we are operating in a different way to usual. All of the Calderdale Libraries are now open. Please observe the opening days and hours.


Central Library
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 – 4pm

Brighouse, Hebden Bridge, King Cross, Sowerby Bridge & Todmorden
Monday – Saturday: 10 – 4pm

During this second phase, you can:

·         Browse & select your own books

·         Use the computers, maximum of 70 minutes per day (slots can be pre booked)

·         Use of Microfilm/fiche Readers (where available) is limited to 1 hour in Hubs & 2 hours in Central Library and must be pre-booked

·         All children’s areas are limited to one household & 30 minutes. This needs to be pre booked when using Central, King Cross & Hebden Bridge Libraries on a Saturday.

·         Return items

·         Collect pre-ordered items using our select & collect service or by reserving individual titles online

·         Request items that are in stock at the library of your choice

·         Visit Local Studies in Central Library for up to 2 hours, by appointment. Please ring 01422 392631 or email: providing a contact phone number.

·         Access e-books, e-audio books, digital magazines and comics. All are available to download free from

·         Access 24-hour reference resources from the Digital Library at

·         Enjoy story time and craft sessions at Libraries

·         Use the Home Library Service. E-mail: or call 01422 288062. This service will continue to operate for anyone who needs to use it!

·         All libraries are operating a one-way system, face masks are mandatory as per Government guidelines & there are sanitising stations placed around all the libraries.

·         There are staff available to assist you at various points within our libraries & we have track & trace in place or the QR-code for the NHS Tracing App.

A reminder that all items currently on loan are due back by 30th November.

Please remember you can renew online, in person or by phone & you can also register to receive an email reminder 3, 5 or 7 days before your items are due back.

We realise that this may seem very different but we are very pleased to be able to move into this phase & look forward to welcoming you all back.

Dean Field Primary celebrates Black History Month

In honour of Black History Month, the students of Dean Field Primary from Nursery to Year 6 have been learning about one important person of the Black community as part of the History curriculum.




As part of this the students got involved with a range of activities including a Diversity dance from Nursery to a boxing focus on Muhammad Ali and tennis skills based on Venus Williams.

Some activities linked more specifically to cross-curricular sessions such as poetry and writing. Each person they learned about was added to the classroom historical timeline.




Students and teachers really enjoyed their projects and will embed this each year into the History curriculum.


SureStart Children’s Centre Autumn What’s On Guide

Welcome to the Autumn Edition of Sure Start’s Children’s Centre What’s On Guide. You will find the complete programme of events running in our children centres including information on half term, Family Support sessions and Family Learning activities.

Download What’s on guide Oct – Nov

Access Calderdale Industrial Museum on social media

In addition to the existing Calderdale Industrial Museum facebook group which is a fantastic forum to share and discuss interesting information, the museum has now set up it’s own dedicated facebook page where the latest updates and news about the museum will be posted.

Please view and like this new page at –

There is also a Twitter page which can be followed at –

You can always get information about the  museum on the dedicated museum website –


YMCA offers Free School Uniforms

The Halifax YMCA have a large selection of preowned, in great condition school uniforms, including shoes, uniform accessories and even school specific jackets and jumpers. They’ve everything you can think of to get your children kitted out. And what’s more, it’s all free.

We have uniforms for pre-schoolers, primary and secondary school children. Drop by at our uniform shop on Halifax, The Marlborough Hall, 13 Crossley St, Halifax HX1 1UG (same building as the Roller Skating venue, two doors down from our Charity Shop).

Have your children outgrown their school uniforms before wearing them out? We are always looking out for donations of good quality preowned school uniforms.

Donations are quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours before going to the shop floor.