Tea in the Garden with Friends of Rishworth Mill Dam

The Friends of Rishworth Mill Dam invite you to Tea in the Garden on Sunday 23 June, 1:30pm-3:30pm at The Gatehouse, Rishworth HX6 4QE (opposite Rishworth Palace).

Have tea, coffee and cake and learn about the project and plans for the future.

Tickets are £3 and are available from Geoff on 07912 079999, from the Malthouse Hotel in Rishworth, Ripponden library and from Hair Care in Ripponden.

If you are going by car, can you please use Heathfield school car park.

Northowram Community Sports & Activity Club Invites New Committee Members

Northowram Community Sports & Activity Club (NCSAC), Westercroft Lane, Northowram HX3 7EN will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 25 June, and is looking to fill some of the committee positions.

The club needs new support to help to drive things forward, ensuring that they can develop what they do and continue to be a superb facility in the local community. Are you someone who could play a part in the next chapter of development and wants to be part of exciting developments at the heart of the community? If so, NCSAC want to hear from you!

Any skills are welcome, but at the AGM (where all are welcome to attend), all the committee positions are available for election. The main roles include Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Facilities Manager, Events Secretary and Development Officer. They are also looking for volunteers who are willing to offer a few hours week for simple day to day tasks to ensure the club runs smoothly.

If you’d like to know more about the club, committee positions or to find out a bit more about it’s future, please contact northowramsportsclub@gmail.com.

Garden Party at All Souls Church, Haley Hill

all souls.jpgAll Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax HX3 6DR will be holding a Garden Party on Saturday 29 June, 11:00am-1:00pm.

This Halifax landmark is one of most magnificent buildings to be designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and paid for by Edward Akroyd, a Halifax manufacturer. Scott thought it his best church but he still lamented it was not grander still.

Completed in 1859, it has a 72-metre-high spire and dazzling stained glass created by Victorian master craftsmen.

Join the volunteers for a cup of tea and take your stories and memories of the church. Perhaps you were married here or part of the congregation?

Discover the history and talk to our team of dedicated volunteers about how you can get involved. Even if you only have a little time to give, they would still welcome your help. Please come and get involved if you would like to volunteer to care for this beautiful building which is celebrating 160 years.

*If the weather is poor the event will be inside the church

This is a FREE event and there is no need to book, but if you have any questions please contact Alison Pearce  on apearce@thecct.org.uk

Befriending Volunteer Opportunities with Age UK

Are you looking for a way to share your time and give something back to the community?

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are currently recruiting volunteer befrienders. Join them in helping older people love later life through personalised activities, friendship and getting out and about – just having a chat and a cuppa!

Contact Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees on 01422 252040 or email: enquiries@ageukck.org.uk for an application pack.

National Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2019

Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.

During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

On Wednesday 5 June, 12:00pm-2:00pm there will be a volunteering showcase in the Albany Arcade in Halifax Borough Market, providing information about volunteering opportunities across the Calderdale area. Have your lunch and find out more.

Across this Volunteers Week website (https://volunteersweek.org/) you’ll find inspiring volunteering stories, ways to get involved in the week and free downloadable resources to help make your celebrations a success.

You can also download a communications pack containing key information about the purpose and aim of the campaign, how to get involved, key messages and statistics and template posts that you can use across your organisations’ social media accounts.

The campaign was established in 1984 by Volunteering England, which merged with NCVO in 2013. NCVO now leads this UK-wide campaign.Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.


Charity Fair with Calderdale Riding for the Disabled

Looking for something to do with the kids on Bank Holiday Monday??

The Riding for the Disabled Group will be holding a charity fair at Meadowview Stables, Cow Hill Gate Lane, HX2 9PB on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, 1:00pm. 

There will be pony rides, face painting, glitter tattoos and a raffle.

For more information visit the Facebook page or email rdacalderdale@outlook.com



Training Course for Volunteer Lay Chaplains (Mental Health)

The Spirit In Mind project has been established to promote collaboration between the NHS and different faith communities and is being developed in line with the NHS plan to achieve an integrated system of health promotion and preventative care which is necessary to meet the future health needs of the population.  The project seeks to build on the experience of faith organisations in responding to social and health care needs i.e. their deep understanding of local health needs and priorities as well as their strong local presence and direct channel in to deprived and hard to reach neighbourhoods.

The project is now looking to recruit Volunteer Lay Chaplains (Mental Health) as an exciting opportunity for involvement in NHS pastoral ministry.

There will be a 12 week course commencing Monday 2 September 2019.

They are seeking people with a strong faith background and enthusiasm, openness, sensitivity and commitment to join a lively and highly motivated team of chaplains, trainers, counsellors and volunteer support.

There will be:

  • Comprehensive training
  • Ongoing support and professional development opportunities
  • Experience of working within a vibrant and caring NHS healthcare team
  • Participation in innovative faith and healthcare projects
  • Involvement in a very rewarding sphere of pastoral ministry

Following an initial informal discussion with members of the chaplaincy team, suitable applicants will be invited to complete the Trust’s volunteer recruitment process.  This includes a reference from their local minister or faith leader as well as clearance checks for safeguarding purposes.

If you are interested or would like further information, please contact the Pastoral and Spiritual Care Department on 01924 316282 to speak to Revd Stephen Oakley or Revd Mike Gartland

stephen.oakley@swyt.nhs.uk / mike.gartland@swyt.nhs.uk.

The training will be at Fieldhead Hospital, Ouchthorpe Lane, Wakefield WF1 3SP and will follow the timetable below;

Week 1 2 September 2019 9am – 4pm Welcome to the course

Mental health awareness

Week 2 9 September 2019 9am – 4pm Volunteer mandatory training


Week 3 16 September 2019 9.30am – 12.15pm Reflective practice


Week 4 23 September 2019 9am – 12.15pm Verbatim


Week 5 30 September 2019 9am – 12.15pm Verbatim and role play


Week 6 7 October 2019 9am – 12.15pm Communication in difficult circumstances


Week 7 14 October 2019 9am – 12.15pm Developing an understanding of Islam
Half term break


Week 8 28 October 2019 9am – 12.15pm Speakers from wards, staff and service users
Week 9 4 November 2019 9am – 12.15pm Grief and bereavement


Week 10 11 November 2019 9am – 12.15pm Understanding the bigger picture


Week 11 w/c 18 November 2019

Dates/times to be arranged

Ward visits
Week 12 25 November 2019 9am – 12.15pm Final day, allocation, feedback and thoughts