Period poverty hit the public consciousness in December 2016 following the release of Ken Loach’s hard-hitting film ‘I, Daniel Blake’.
One scene, where a struggling single mother is caught stealing sanitary towels, particularly caught the imagination, and food banks were flooded with donations of menstrual products.
Recently a car load of toiletries have kindly been donated by Children’s Centre staff ready to be dropped off at Calderdale Lighthouse Project – and still more to drop off.
#FreePeriods is a national campaign calling for free menstrual products for children in receipt of free school meals
In March, the media were full of reports of schoolgirls in Leeds routinely missing school because they were unable to afford menstrual products.
Children as young as 10 were choosing to stay at home to avoid the embarrassment of bleeding on their school uniform in front of their peers, because they weren’t adequately protected. They miss school every month because they cannot face the shame and fear of going to school using socks stuffed with tissues, old torn T-shirts or newspaper. In these families, menstrual products are an unattainable luxury.
Illingworth Community Children’s Centre will be holding a special FREE Christmas event on Saturday 15 December, 11:00am-1:00pm.
BOOKING is essential if you want to see Santa so please ring the centre on 01422 243633 to secure your place! Once your place is secured they will send you a unique reference by text that you will need to provide on the day.
There will be Christmas crafts (including making Reindeer Food, a magic show, lunch and refreshments.
The Illingworth Challengers are holding this year’s Christingle Service on Sunday 6 December, 4:30pm at Illingworth Community Children’s Centre, Occupation Lane, Illingworth.
For those of you who don’t know Challengers kids club is held every Thursday, 6:00pm-7:30pm (term time only) at Whitehill Community Academy, Occupation Lane, Illingworth, and is for all children aged 5 to 11.
Challengers Xtra for children aged 4 to 11 years meets on Sundays, 2:00pm-3:30pm.
Special events are held including discos, showcases, sleepovers and roadshows.
Lots of fun is had at Challengers every week including fun games, dancing, singing, winning prizes and lots more.
There is a weekly subscription charge of 50p.
The Out of Darkness Street Dance Team meet every Saturday, 11:00am-12:30pm at Halifax Elim Church.
50p per person for children aged 6 years upwards.
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There will be a session at Illingworth Community Children’s Centre, on Monday 4 March 2019, 12:30pm–2:30pm which will give you information about becoming a
volunteer with North Halifax Partnership Sure Start Children’s Centres.
Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be provided.
To book, please ask at you local Children’s Centre or call on 01422 251090.
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There is a new, weekly community Stay and Play Group for children 0-3 years, run by Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre Staff and housed in the new Moorside Community Primary School.
Starting on 7 November the group will be run every Wednesday, 1:45pm-3:10pm (term time only). It gives a chance to meet and socialise both for the adults and the children. There will be songs and a storytime as well as messy play and other activities.
The first session is FREE!
For further information call 01422 252209.
The Fun Bus will be coming to Illingworth Community Children’s Centre, Occupation Lane on Friday 2 November, 1:00pm-3:00pm in a FREE event.
There will be bonfire activities, rocket making and plenty of chocolate apples.
No need to book – just turn up on the day!
There will be a FREE Halloween event at Ash Green Children’s Centre (Upper Site Portacabin), Clough Lane, HX2 8SN on Wednesday 31 October 2018, 2:00pm-3:30pm.
There will be creative crafts, spooky storytime and a picnic lunch provided.
This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome.