Invictus Peer Support Drop In sessions held at Forest Cottage – Ovenden

Invictus Wellbeing, West Yorkshire’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health Charity will be holding a face to face peer support drop in at Forest Cottage in Ovenden starting February 2023.

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These peer support face to face, informal drop in self help groups are a place where young people can come together to help one another through shared experiences and emotional support.

All groups are friendly, non-judgemental and confidential spaces.

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February Half Term activities from Time Out Calderdale

February half-term is already upon us, and Time Out Calderdale have got an adventurous programme in store. From archery to acting, there’s something for everyone!All are free to attend for children and young people in Calderdale.BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment👇🏽Full timetable: https://www.timeoutcalderdale.co.uk/timetable.htmlAnd don’t forget to tell your friends!

Fun & Games at Cricket Asylum, Sowerby BridgeWeds 15th Feb, 9am – 12pm
Ages 7-14

Valley Theatre Workshop at Calder HighWeds 15th Feb, 10am – 3pm
Ages 10-16

Outward Bounds (indoors) at C I Adventures, HalifaxFri 17th Feb, 10am – 3pm
Ages 10-14

Calderdale 2023 Apprenticeship Event March 8th at the Shay

C+K are organising the Calderdale 2023 Apprenticeship event, taking place on Wednesday 8th March 2023 from 5-8pm at The Shay Stadium, Halifax. This annual event provides visitors with the opportunity to talk to employers, colleges, and apprenticeship providers to find out about their vacancies and company information.

Visitors do not need to book to attend and can turn up anytime between 5-8pm on the 8th March.

Students and their parents/carers will be able to talk to exhibitors and current apprentices. They will be able to access information, leaflets, details of live vacancies and C+K Careers advisers will be on hand to give individual advice and guidance.  All students are encouraged to attend, even if they have an idea of their future plans.

Information to help schools to promote the event to their students has been sent into school and all Year 11 students in Calderdale have received an email inviting them to the event.

Event sponsors include Calderdale College, Nufarm and Sonoco Alcore. Other exhibitors include: ALS Environmental, Calderdale Council, Covea Insurance, Ferno UK, FMG, Halifax Opportunities Trust, Lubrizol, Royal Airforce, Walter Dawson & Son and many more.

For more information about the event, contact the events team – events@ckcareers.org.uk or check out the website MyDirections | Calderdale Apprenticeship Event 2023

Rock Painting workshops for February Half Term with Alex Abel

Alex Abel, freelance illustrator and Arts Educator will be running Rock Painting workshops for children and young people during the half term, one at the Orange Box and the other at the Kickstart Wellness centre in Greetland.

Places are ÂŁ8 per child and this include all the materials needed for the workshop.

You can pay on the day but you need to book in advance.

Monday 13th Feb: 11am-12pm – ages 10-15 years @ The Orangebox, Central Halifax, next to the Piece Hall entrance.
Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/3xXzwhKwZ

Wednesday 15th Feb: 10am-11am – ages 8-12 years , Kickstart Wellness, Greetland.
Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/2ltmWw8Lf

To book contact : alex.abel@hotmail.co.uk or 07905 315914

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 6-12 February

 

This year’s #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek (6-12 February 2023) theme is ‘Let’s Connect’.

1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health condition.

We’re proud to be supporting Place2Be #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek campaign, raising awareness of the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

Join us and help shine a light on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

For local support, you can contact your Children’s Centre. Our Family Support Team are only a phone call away:

https://surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk/core-services/family-support-team/

Place2Be free resources will help children, staff and parents explore how to connect with others in healthy, rewarding and meaningful ways.

Learn more: childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

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 ÂŁ700 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!

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.