Universal Credit Help to Claim Service

Citizens Advice Calderdale has launched a new service called ‘Help to Claim’ for those who need to apply for Universal Credit in Calderdale.

They are working in collaboration with the Citizens Advice Network and more locally with Calderdale Council and Job Centre Plus (Calderdale) to support people in submitting their Universal credit application to get their first full payment.

Help will be tailored to the individual and be available; face to face, over the phone (0800 144 8444) and online through webchat and advice content (www.citizensadvice.org.uk). This may include assistance with the online application form or help with providing evidence like childcare costs.

The main drop-in has now moved to Customer First so that they can work with the existing Council team to help people start a claim and get ready for their work coach appointment. They will be there Monday to Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm for clients needing help with making a claim and generalist advice needs.

Just as a reminder, they continue to offer bespoke debt advice via their team of specialist debt caseworkers, who help people manage problem debt and the Improving Lives team who help clients make appeals in relation to ESA, PIP and DLA.

If any partners would like further information about the Help to Claim service or any other services available at Citizens Advice Calderdale, please contact Caroline Jones on 01422 340303 or caroline.jones@calderdalecab.org.uk

Push the boat out! Try Sailing in May


On Sunday 19th May HALIFAX SAILING CLUB invite you to visit the highest sailing club in England for their annual open day Push the Boat Out. 

Try out sailing or windsurfing for FREE on 90 acres of water at 1350ft above sea level here in Calderdale!

Whether you’re completely new to the sport, looking to get back on the water or sail regularly, you are welcome to come along and have some fun.

Starting at midday visitors can get out on the water and try out sailing or windsurfing. All you’ll need is suitable footwear but a change of clothes would always be a good idea – just in case.

Club Commodore Graham Norton said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out. We are inviting the local community to come down to the club, have a go at sailing and windsurfing, see what the club has to offer and get involved. Who knows, if you visit you might just get hooked!”

Halifax Sailing Club is based at Warley Moor Reservoir (also known as Fly Flatts) in Calderdale. Find out more, and contact details, visit www.halifaxsailingclub.org.uk

Sparks! Easter Holiday Fun – Easter Basket at Bankfield Museum

Take part in an eggcellent trail and make an Easter Basket ready for Easter Day at Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road HX3 6HG on Tuesday 16 April 2019. 

There are sessions at;

  • 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Tickets are £4.00 per child (£3.00 PTL) and can be booked online at Eventbrite.

Home-Start Calderdale Extraordinary General Meeting

Home-Start will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on Friday 26 April, 1:00pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Square Road HX1 1QG followed by a Thank You and Goodbye Gathering to celebrate the amazing contributions that Home-Start has brought to Calderdale over the last 20 years.

A light buffet and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to info@homestartcalderdale.org.uk

Easter Bunnies, Eggs and Baskets at Ogden Water

Visit Ogden Water on Wednesday 17 April, 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:30pm–2:30pm to make a rustic Easter Bunny out of wood from our woodlands and an Easter basket to collect things in on a seasonal scavenger hunt in the woods with Easter egg prizes.

No dogs. Wear warm clothing for the outdoor part of the session!

3+ (No unaccompanied children)
£4 (£3 for Passport to Leisure holders)

Dean Field Junior Wardens Join in Speed Initiative

Junior Wardens from Dean Field Community Primary School conducted a speed initiative on Tuesday 2 April with help from Community Warden Lee Ackroyd and Dan Marham on Cousin Lane, Ovenden to see if drivers are sticking to the 20mph speed limit outside their School.

Junior Wardens took turns holding the speed gun to find out the travelling speeds of passing vehicles. Although the group were at the roadside for only an hour, a total of 344 drivers had passed in that time.

A lot of those drivers were travelling either at or below the 20mph speed limit with an average speed of 22mph overall, but astonishingly, over 71 drivers were above the 20mph speed limit with one driver recorded at a speed of 32mph!

The junior wardens were in plain sight of all drivers and gave a thumbs up to those who drove within the speed limit and a thumbs down to those who didn’t. The majority of the Junior Wardens live in the Ovenden area and were shocked to find drivers breaking the speed limit in their community.

For more information about Junior Wardens contact Karen by email on Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk or phone 0300 555 0266.

FREE School Uniforms from Halifax YMCA

Don’t forget, if you need a need a school uniform for your child, but can’t afford a brand new one, then the Halifax YMCA may be able to help you.  They have LOADS of donated uniforms just waiting to be second loved.  Mainly Primary School uniforms, but some Secondary too.

The school uniforms that have been donated and are FREE to anyone but if you want to make a donation to the YMCA, that’s up to you. There are also some coats, shoes and reading bags.

Similarly, if you have any unwanted uniforms, these can be dropped off at the YMCA office, Crossley Street, Halifax, Tel: 01422 353626

Last year the YMCA helped over one hundred families to kit their children out with a school uniform.