Volunteer with the Halifax Street Angels


Want to become a Street Angel and help make Halifax and Sowerby Bridge a better and safer place to have a night out? Or maybe you just want to help out behind the scenes?

Why volunteer

  • Full basic first aid training provided
  • Enjoy various social activities with a close knit team
  • make an immediate difference to the safety and well-being of the public
  • be part of a positive difference for the people of Halifax and Sowerby Bridge

If you are interested in volunteering with the Halifax Street Angels visit halifaxstreetangels.org.uk/volunteers and fill in the application form.

Please note:

Filling in the form only indicates your interest. Upon submitting the form you will be contacted by a member of the Street Angels team to discuss it further.

All volunteers will be required to provide at least two references and will be subject to a DBS check before being allowed to join.

More detailed information is in the FAQ section under the title Volunteer Information, here.

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Summer Festival at Halifax Minster – 29 June to 9 July

Enjoy art, entertainment and more from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 9 July at the Summer Festival at Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax HX1 1QL with the following events.

Click here for detailed information on each event…

Thursday 29th June – 7pm to 9pm
Preview evening for Trinity Academy Art Exhibition

Friday 30 June – 7.30pm
Sans Illuminaire – Tickets £5 available from the Minster Shop or call 01422 355436

Saturday 1 July – 7.30pm
Minster Choir in Concert – Tickets £5 available from the Minster Shop or call 01422 355436

Tuesday 4 July – 9.30am to 2.30pm
Schools Poetry Day – Schools should register interest through the Minister on 01422 355436

Thursday 6 July – 1pm
Organ recital from Greg Abrahams – Lunch available for just £4

Thursday 6 July – 7.30pm
Black Dyke Band Concert – Tickets £14 available from Harveys or call 01422 355436

Friday 7 July – 10.30am
Senior Citizens Orchestra – FREE event

Friday 7 July – 7.30pm
A Musical Kaleidoscope – Tickets £5 available from the Minster Shop or call 01422 355436

Saturday 8 July – 7.30pm
The Suitcase Dwellers – Tickets £5 available from the Minster Shop or call 01422 355436

Sunday 9 July – 4pm
Come and sing along Choral Evening – £5 donation on the door

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Halifax Swimming Pool – Mates Rates offer

Right now Halifax Swimming Pool have ‘Mates Rates’ offer … if a member recommends a friend they will both get a free month…or two friends can join together and both get a month free .. join online then let our reception team know you are on ‘Mates Rates’ http://bit.ly/JoinHXp

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Walking with the CREW Heart Support Group

CREW walk ColdenThe CREW Heart Support Group Tuesday walking group were at Colden Clough recently. Tony led 20 keen hikers around a 5 mile route and read them some poetry before they dined at the NEW DELIGHT.

Our latest walk was to Southowram from Hove Edge, with 29 sturdy folk enjoying the uphill….and downhill. 20 stayed for lunch at The Dusty Miller and all enjoyed a good meal for a very reasonable price.

Their next walk will be on Tuesday 23rd May around Northowram. The 4 mile walk led by Andy starts at 10 am from the White Horse on Leeds Road HX3 8SX. Further details can be obtained from Tony Gregson on 01422 365175, Brian Birkby 01484 712037 or Bernard Collins on 01484 712830.

You could also visit the CREW website at www.crewheartsupport.co.uk for more information about joining with all the activities they offer.

CREW will also have an information stall at Picnic in the Park at Beechwood Park on 1st July.

CREW Cardiac Rehabilitation through Exercise and Walking and HEARTBEAT are groups affiliated with British Heart Foundation.

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Taekwondo Grading Success

25 members of Threeways based North Halifax Taekwondo were celebrating after passing there most recent successful assessments and advancements in grade.  The assessments were conducted at the clubs training halls at Threeways Sports Centre, Nursery Lane, Halifax by the undefeated 6 times world Champion and one of the founding members of the Great Britain Taekwondo Federation (G.B.T.F.), Mr Roger Lawrence.

Amongst the successful students were Adam Hoyle-Capper, Nicola Blay and her son, Isaac, Natasha Rhodes, Cole Thompson and Ellie Shearn who all passed their Black Stripe belts.  Instructor Neil Capper said “This is a great result for these 6 students.  After many years of training these 6 are now only one step away from achieving their Black Belts.  The next step for them is to impress three senior members from the G.B.T.F.  If they are successful, these individuals could go on to be instructors with their own clubs and students.  They will also be eligible to apply to be officials at any future competitions.

Also amongst the students who passed were Jameson Oddy, Julia and Weronika Lawniczak, Kacey Redpath, Philip Guminski and Wictoria Aszyk who all passed there very first assessment.  Neil commented “These individuals have just begun their journey in Taekwondo and have a very promising future ahead in this Martial Art.  Already they are showing a high level of skill and there is no reason why, in the not too distant future, these individuals will not be competing in Regional and National competitions and winning medals at these events.

North Halifax Taekwondo trains Monday Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  If you would like more information on the club, you can contact Neil on 07530 874386 or call in to any training session.

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What’s on at Square Chapel – 2017 Summer Brochure

There’s lots to enjoy  including family shows, comedy, music, movies and much more on offer at Square Chapel so why not take a look at the Summer 2017 Brochure and find something for you and your family.

Click here to view the latest brochure from Square Chapel.

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Ogden Water Practical Days

Help with the ongoing management and new projects designed to look after the wildlife and infrastructure of this Local Nature Reserve.

Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve offers a superb opportunity to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Over 300,000 people visit Ogden Water every year for picnics, walking, feeding the ducks, family outings and nature activities.

Meet Chris Sutcliffe at Ogden Water. The session runs 9.45am – 3pm.

Please contact Chris on 07769 954956 for more details.

Bring a packed lunch. No dogs allowed (with the exception of guide and hearing dogs). Please wear old clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Practical days are running on:

  • Tuesday 20 June – 9:45am
  • Tuesday 25 July – 9:45am
  • Saturday 19 September – 9:45am


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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 12 May – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…


  • Boosting your energy and saving money with NHP Energy Levels!
  • Look out for the summer floral displays in Halifax Town Centre!
  • Shelf Pre-School Garden Party!

Join us tonight as we celebrate the stars of North Halifax. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter using #nhna2017 for updates as your winners are announced!

The Friday Flyer is our weekly e-newsletter which includes upcoming events, activities, information, local services and themes. We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think.

Have a great weekend!

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Look out for the summer floral displays in Halifax Town Centre

Junior Wardens from Lee Mount Primary School made the most of the sunshine on Wednesday 10 May by visiting Shroggs Park where they took part in a litter pick and planted flowers which will soon be part of the stunning floral displays around the Halifax Town Hall.

Accompanied by Peter Oddy CMBC North Halifax Parks Area Manger, Paul Marshall CMBC /Halifax In Bloom, Karen Scanlon and Dan Marham from the Ovenden Initiative, some groups were out litter picking whilst one Group stayed behind to plant bedding plants which will be displayed in the Halifax Town Hall.

As part of the Halifax In Bloom who work to increase civic pride through local people taking on the planning and management of their local environment including long-term improvement in their local environment through planting, floral displays and displaying high levels of cleanliness and a boost to the local economy through increased tourism

The activities of the Wardens caught the attention of a passing dog walker who said how great it was to see such caring young people looking after the park and the area they live in.

Keep a look out if you are visiting Halifax for the stunning displays

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National Children’s Day 2017 this Sunday 14th May

Come along to Eureka! to celebrate this years National Children’s Day on Sunday 14 May. A chance for kids to be kids at the UK’s leading interactive museum for children as they celebrate this national day dedicated to children.

National Children’s Day UK is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults

Standard entry or free with your Annual Pass 10am – 5pm

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 2NE

Contact telephone: 01422 330069


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Beat It Night Halifax Super Hero Theme!

Beat It Night is a monthly social event for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health conditions to get together and just have some fun. We wanted to run a night where anyone would feel welcome. Where people could sit and chat or get up and have a boogie. Or people could listen to live music. Where artists would have an opportunity to showcase their talents, musicians, dancers and poets. A place where people could meet old friends and make new ones. A night that felt like a celebration.

Thursday 18 May 2017, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

£6.00 Regular Ticket £2.50 Staff / Support Ticket Payments: Made at the door on the night of the event. You can call and Pre book your tickets for a cheaper price and payments for Pre bookings are also made at the door on the night of the event.

The Salvation Bar, Bull Green, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 2DZ

Contact telephone: 01422363817


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NHP Energy Levels – Boosting Your Energy, Saving You Money

Our NHP Energy Levels Project is all about helping you to make the most of your fuel – whether it’s the food you eat or the gas and electricity you use in your home.

Look out in our Sure Start Children’s Centres across the Lower Valley and North and East Halifax, and at our Staying Well activities for our seasonal campaigns and ways that you can get involved.

Take our quiz to test your knowledge on how much money you can save by making small changes around your home or simply sign up now to receive handy energy saving tips and entry into a our free prize draws where you could win yourself some energy saving goodies.

Find out more at northhalifaxpartnership.org/energy-levels/ or click the images below to take our quiz or join up to start saving today.

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Community Fun Day at the new Halifax Academy Primary School

Saturday 20 May, 12pm to 4pm

The Halifax Academy Primary Building, Spring Hall Lane.

Grace Baptist Church and The Halifax Academy invite you to a Community Fun Day at The Halifax Academy Primary Building. Join them for an afternoon of fun with friends, family and neighbours and help raise funds for an end of year trip for the Primary children.

Tombola, face painting, henna tattoos, cake stall, bouncy castle, sack races, refreshments and more!

Free entry!

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Tennis Parties at Queens Sports Club

Children’s tennis parties are a great way to celebrate whilst doing something fun and learning new skills.  Supporting LTA’s Tennis for Kids Programme, Queens Sports Club are offering tennis parties run by qualified coaches.  All their parties are planned on an individual basis, so if you have any particular requirements or requests please do get in touch with them by contacting Queens Sports Club on 01422 360487.

Tennis Flyer - A4 Master

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The 61st Halifax Charity Gala

It’s time again for the Halifax Charity Gala to take place on Saturday 10th June!

Tickets are available at reception at Threeways Sports Centre for just £1 each.

The Grand Procession is setting off at 11:30 from Eureka car pack then goes on (following the same route as the last two years through the centre of town):

  • Church Street
  • Square Road
  • Horton St
  • Union Street
  • Market Street
  • Old Market
  • Corn Market
  • Southgate
  • Ward’s End
  • Commercial Street (very small section by Victoria Theatre)
  • Portland Place
  • Skircoat Road
  • Heath Road
  • Skircoat Green Road
  • Manor Heath Road
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Funding from Rosa’s Voices from the Front Line

Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, has announced the second round of Rosa’s Voices from the Frontline grants programme.

Established in June 2008, Rosa is the first UK-wide charitable fund specifically aimed at supporting projects that promote justice and equality for women and girls.

Rosa’s Voices from the Frontline Grants Programme is designed to support women’s organisations to promote their fight for gender equality in the UK through charitable advocacy work.

The programme offers one-off grants of between £500 and £2,000 and expects that up to 25 projects will be supported in 2017/18. The funding is for charitable advocacy work across Rosa’s four pillars of leadership and representation, safety, health and economic justice.

Rosa is looking to support a range of women’s voluntary and community organisations, from those who are just beginning to make their voices heard, to those looking to begin to catalyse change at a higher level.

Given that the fund aims to address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out most, proposals from organisations that support disadvantaged women and girls, such as the following, are particularly welcomed:

  • Homeless
  • Refugees and seeking asylum
  • LGBT
  • BME
  • Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Survivors of gender violence
  • From low income backgrounds

The funding can be used to cover costs relating to increasing the skills, capacity and credibility of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change.

Grants will be awarded for projects that:

  • Stimulate debate and amplify women’s voices.
  • Raise awareness of one or more of Rosa’s four pillars.
  • Influence the public, policy makers, media and/or government.
  • Change behaviours, attitudes or policies.

Creative approaches are encouraged. Examples of work that will be supported include:

  • Coaching or travel costs for a service user to speak at an event or national conference.
  • Presentation, media or lobbying training to support organisational advocacy strategies.
  • Costs of creating campaign materials, such as posters, infographics or videos.
  • Articulating the story of one woman to champion an organisation’s work.
  • Making a case to local commissioners for the value of the group’s service.
  • Meeting costs with local/national government representatives or for planning a campaign.

Women’s sector voluntary and community organisations in the UK can apply as long as they have a written governing document, have been active for at least one year and can produce annual accounts for an entire year, a governing body or management committee with at least three unrelated members, and a UK-based bank or building society account in the organisation’s name with at least two unrelated signatories.

Although it is not required to be a registered charity, the applicant’s activities must be charitable, legal and for the benefit of women.

The deadline for applications is 15 June 2017 (5pm).

Full details can be found on Rosa’s website.

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Funding from Skipton Building Society

Skipton Building Society is providing its Grassroots Giving programme for a fifth year in a row to small, local community groups in the UK.

The Skipton Building Society established the Grassroots Giving programme in 2013 to mark the anniversary of its 160th birthday. It offered 160 donations of £500 to local grassroots groups and organisations that are “passionate about making life better for others” but which get very little support elsewhere. The winners were chosen by a public vote.

This year, there are 164 pots of £500 to give away to voluntary groups, community organisations and sports clubs throughout the UK.

The funding will be awarded to projects that create empowering opportunities and make life better for local communities. Priority will be given to projects which get very little support elsewhere.

Local grassroots groups, such as community allotments, social groups for older people, and groups running activities for young people, from across the UK may apply. Groups should have an annual net profit of less than £10,000.

The online application runs from 2 May 2016 to the end of July 2017.

Following the application closing date, a shortlist of organisations will be compiled and listed on the Grassroots Giving website. The public will then be free to vote for their favourite organisation, and the winning groups will be announced in early November 2017.

Please note that registered charities may not apply.

Full details can be found on Skipton Building Society website.

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Better Living Families Clubs

The Better Living Service in Calderdale run Better Living Families Clubs at various locations.

Enjoy lots of fun activities and learn more about healthier lifestyles with our friendly Better Living Trainers.


For more details and to book your place, contact blt@calderdale.gov.uk or phone 01422 230230

Better Living Families

A copy of this poster to display in your premises is available as a PDF file by clicking Families poster.

Just to update you, there are Free  family activity days at various venues during the summer school holidays as follows;

  • Mixenden Activity Centre – Wed 26 July, Wed 9 Aug, Wed 23 Aug
  • North Bridge Leisure Centre – Thurs 27 July, Thurs 31 Aug
  • Todmorden Sports Centre –  Wed 2 Aug, Wed 16 Aug

all at 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

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Free Advice and Help from Citizens Advice Calderdale


Free Advice and Help from Citizens Advice Calderdale for adults who have a learning disability and their parents and carers at: Pennine Magpie Unit 4a Calderdale Business Park Club Lane Halifax HX2 8DB

To book an appointment phone 01422 383550

Citizens Advice Calderdale can help with:

  • Filling in forms
  • Welfare benefits issues
  • Money problems and budgeting
  • Employment problems
  • Housing issues
  • Maximising your Income and much more

For more information visit www.calderdalecab.org.uk

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North Halifax Star 2017: Lifetime Achievement Award – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

WINNER: Margaret Lambert

Born in Ovenden, Margaret Lambert has worked with older people since 1983 and began working at Moffat Close where she was a warden for 9 years. Following her time at Moffat Close she started work at Blackburn House where she went on to become a support officer for the elderly.

Throughout her working life Margaret has always found time for others and continuously went above and beyond her duties by making meals and visiting people who had no family in her own time.

The number of people that Margaret has helped is somewhere in the hundreds and even after retiring 6 years ago she still finds time to host a coffee morning every Tuesday and a church service in Blackburn House once a month as well as dinners and small outings for the residents.

Margaret is event’s organiser for Halifax Parkinsons and was the main person who organised the catering for the Mayors charity event last year at Halifax Town Hall where she made afternoon tea and an overall sum of 21k was raised.

Margaret retired from her care role and now volunteers in the community supporting many organisations. She always puts a smile on the faces of residents and those who know her and is always willing to go that extra mile to help those in need making her a very deserved winner of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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