New Community Wardens

A new group of community wardens will be tackling issues from anti-social behaviour and road safety to littering and dog fouling across the borough. Calderdale Council has increased the number of its wardens to provide a more visible presence. This will build on the service already provided by the Council’s eight existing neighbourhood-based community wardens. Councillor Susan Press, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “Community wardens provide a valuable contribution to communities around Calderdale and we know that residents feel reassured by their presence. “I’m delighted that we’ve recruited another 15 new wardens to contribute to the great work that our existing wardens have been providing across Calderdale.” The new recruits have been in training since the start of October, working closely with Council services and partners such as the fire service and trading standards. West Yorkshire Police has also provided a vast amount of training to help the wardens understand partnership working. Police Chief Inspector Gareth Crossley said: “Community Wardens are a fantastic asset to the communities of Calderdale and further extend and complement the partnership working already in place across the district. “Community Wardens enhance the high visibility presence we have already across Calderdale and their support in tackling civil issues will allow our teams to focus on appropriate enforcement where justified.

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50% Off on Equality and Diversity Course at VAC

VAC will be holding a course on Equality and Diversity on Wednesday 13 December, 9:30am – 4:30pm at the VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, HX1 5AY.

This session will help you to review and improve your performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 and align your policies and procedures with the NHS Equality Delivery System (known as EDS2) to help deliver public services.

The one-day training course looks at:
1. Key definitions around equality and diversity including equality of process, equality of choice and equality of outcome
2. The Equality Act 2010 – the Protected Characteristics. The latest breaking news from the courts and tribunals covering service delivery and employment
3. Links to other laws such as the Care Act – brief outline
4. The Public-Sector Equality Duty – paying due regard to equality
5. Implementing the Duty with EDS2 – an audit framework for your policies and procedures including corporate governance, human resources, access to services, service user involvement AND partners/stakeholders
6. Signposting other sources of information and help

Booking is via the VAC website

Alternatively, please ring the Training Administrator for more information on 01422 348777 or email


Headspace Healthy Minds places still available

There are still a couple of places left on this Headspace course for anyone who is experiencing emotional distress and wants to improve their wellbeing

Mondays 12:30pm – 2:30pm at Todmorden Community College

Please contact Deborah on 01706 810311 or

Boxing Day Lunch at Illingworth Methodist Church

Unfortunately not everyone is lucky enough to have people to celebrate with over the festive season, so Amanda Hardy will be opening up the Illingworth Moor Methodist Church again this Boxing Day with a bunch of volunteers to provide a 3 course meal, entertainment and most importantly company! If you know anyone who may be alone this Christmas, who would benefit from this please use the contact form to send a message to discuss further. Transport can be provided. Amanda will also be collecting donations again. A list of what is needed to follow nearer the time.

Calder Valley Youth Theatre presents Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde takes off at Square Chapel For The Arts Halifax Next Week!! Book your tickets and experience the colour, emotion and excitement of this Broadway smash hit musical with full live band. Enjoy the new Cafe Bar with great food and speciality ales. It promises to be a great night out.

Wednesday  15 November — Saturday 18 November 7.15pm, plus 2pm

Saturday Matinee at Red Brick Auditorium

Tickets: £13-£15

Age: 12+

OMG you guys!!  Look what’s coming your way. CVYT is performing everyone’s favourite – Legally Blonde The Musical.  This highly acclaimed youth theatre will entertain you with an all-singing, all-dancing spectacle of a show.

This uplifting musical reveals the journey of the perky sorority sister, Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntingdon III for a more serious girlfriend. In an effort to prove to Warren that she is more than just a ‘pink loving’ blonde, she follows him to Harvard Law to try and win him back. Ultimately, she defies expectations and manages to prove in her own delightful pink way that ‘being true to yourself never goes out of style’.

This is a fun-filled romantic comedy packed with humour and good music.  The ultimate feel-good show.

Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture this amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)

Free Winter Home Energy Checks

Age UK is working to support older people to keep safe and warm this winter by carrying out free home energy checks. The aim of the check is to deliver energy efficiency information and advice to older people, including small practical measures which could potentially reduce their energy bills. Some restrictions apply.
The home energy check will include :
– An assessment of the client’s circumstances, usage of energy, hot water system and insulation
– Basic advice on how to keep warm and save energy
– Supply and install simple energy efficiency measures (draught excluders ,letter box brushes, radiator foils, sockets timers, remote control sockets and cold alarms)
– Where applicable refer onto other Age UK and external services for further support
Call 01422 252040 to book your free home energy check.

‘Brought to your Knees’ in the Warley Ward – Staying Healthy and Well

The Staying Well Team held another successful event at Pellon Social Club on Monday 9 October. Attended by over 60 local residents,  there were  talks by Sue Watson from High Five on keeping fit and well, Men’s United and The Phoenix Shed also attended to talk about the benefits of their groups, and how they can make a difference to  help men who feel lonely and isolated.  Other agencies who attended were Victim Support, Better Living Team, Better Lives and Calderdale DART, who were also on hand to offer advice and information regarding their services.  The highlight of the day finished with the very popular singer Sally Glennon, who managed to entice the attendees to show off their dancing skills!

The Staying Well project works one to one, with people who are isolated or lonely to link them to social activities in their area. These local events have been successful in reaching even more lonely and isolated people, and following the success of ‘Head over Heels’, ‘Look over your Shoulder’ and ‘Brought to your Knees’ events, Staying Well is now moving throughout the Warley district with the view to working alongside existing community groups/churches and also planning another community ‘Dip your Toe in the Water’ event in the New Year, with the theme of staying positive and motivated.

Staying Well is about helping you to stay healthy and improve wellbeing. Referrals are for anyone 18+ and can include a chat with a Staying Well worker, a home visit and information and support to attend activities in your area.

If you know someone who could benefit from our service in the Warley Ward, please contact the Hayley Conlon Staying Well Worker on 01422 393956 or email