Grants of up to £5,000 available for not for profit organisations through the Support and Integration Fund

The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) has partnered with Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (CMBC) to launch the Support and Integration Fund offering grants between £500 and £5,000 to voluntary, community and faith sector groups to reduce inequalities and welcome newcomers to our community.  Not for profit organisations can apply for funding to welcome refugees and new migrants to Calderdale, especially refugees from Ukraine. Steve Duncan, CEO of CFFC explained, “We are particularly looking to fund projects that help people learn English and about our culture, connect socially, learn life skills and get help to get into employment.”

For more details about the eligibility criteria and to apply by Friday 25th March 2023, please visit

Grants of up to £5,000 Available through the Todmorden Wind Farm Fund

The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) is working with Blackmead Infrastructure to provide grants of up to £5,000 for projects that benefit the communities of Bacup, Cornholme and Portsmouth, Todmorden and Walsden. Steve Duncan, CEO of CFFC explained, “We are particularly looking to fund environmental projects, projects combating fuel poverty, project supporting vulnerable local people, and community projects. These grants can also cover running costs such as salaries and core costs.”

Grant applications need to be submitted by 23rd March 2023 and to find out more information and apply, please visit

Friday Night Live – International Women’s Day Special at Square Chapel on Friday 10th March

Friday 10th March – Doors at 19:00

Ticket just £5+ booking fee –

Friday Night Live Celebrates International Women’s Day 2023 with some of our local and inspiring female artists. We’re proud to provide equal opportunities for women all year round but recognise the challenges female musicians face within the music industry.

Let’s come together and show support for our incredible women in music.

Ella Playford – is a well established versatile musician from West Yorkshire. Her impeccable songwriting skills combine with a powerful voice and intricate guitar lines to create compositions which are pleasing to the ear and leave the listener wanting more.

Megan Hardaker – is a local singer with a golden voice. Drawing inspiration from the like of Joni Mitchell and Julia Jacklin she puts her own acoustic twist on classics as well as showcasing her own music producing pure ear candy.

Molly Gaskell – is a singer and guitarist from Halifax who plays covers and originals.
She puts her own spin on songs ranging from No Doubt to Amy Winehouse and especially Lady Gaga. Gaskell’s performances are fun, quirky and soulful.

Hayley’s Little Big Band – breathes life into classic jazz and blues numbers, celebrating such legends as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. This Sowerby Bridge based trio features Hayley Doherty on vocals, Geoff Nemec on acoustic guitar and Persia Babayan-Taylor on double bass.

BEGIN 2 CHANGE – Creative Well-being and Empowerment for women

Verd de Gris announce their next 14-week well-being course for women in Calderdale.

This course has been designed to be responsive to YOUR needs, YOUR situation. With group sessions and 1-2-1 support to help rebuild confidence and make important changes in your life.

Find out more on the Verd de Gris Facebook page

“This project is everything to me. It has changed my life!” Sophia

“I’m not nervous anymore. I don’t have panic attacks. I’m like a new person. Now I’m saying YES to new opportunities” ShaminThis is open to women of any age or background in CalderdaleNO CREATIVE EXPERIENCE NECESSARYNO PRESSURE – JUST GENTLE ENCOURAGEMENTCome join us embark on an amazing uplifting journey! To book a place please contact SHARON:Mobile: 07907 822323Email: sharon@verddegris.orgKeep up to date with other events as they happen by following Verd de gris arts on Facebook, on Twitter and InstagramTwitter @verddegrisInstagram @verddegris

Where: The Old Courthouse, Blackwall, Halifax, HX1 2DL

When: Every Monday 10:30am – 12:30pm except holidays

Starting: Monday 17th April

Magic Moments Singing Group with Calderdale Music Trust

Do you enjoy singing? There is a new opportunity for individuals to join a signing group with the Calderdale Music Trust in Central Halifax.

Magic Moments Singing Group

This group is for adults of all ages who want to sing for well-being. Coming together in song helps wellbeing and brain activity whilst being a great way to be social and meet new friends. You don’t need to be a great singer to benefit.

Three sessions have been scheduled :

  • Wednesday 15th March
  • Wednesday 3rd May
  • Wednesday 24th May
  • Wednesday 28th June
  • Wednesday 19th July

Each session runs from 1:30pm – 3:00pm during term time.

Each session costs £5 per person, this includes a barista-style hot drink for our café, Rhythm & Brews. Carers can come for free (no hot drink).

Please contact in advance where possible.

Calderdale Music Trust is working to support communities in North Halifax to engage in their new premises and reduce their social isolation. These sessions are for anyone who would like to get involved in some capacity

To find out more for yourself or to refer a client, please contact or call 01422 401260

Venue: Calderdale Music, The Old Courthouse, Blackwall, Halifax, HX1 2DL. On street parking, pay and display but free with a disabled badge.

The building is accessible for all. There are disabled toilets on both floors and a lift to upstairs.


The yoga teacher on a mission to bust industry myths

A Halifax-based yoga teacher has launched a new campaign to encourage more people to give yoga a try. Adele Wills, owner of Adeles Yoga, introduced the ‘Keeping it Real’ campaign this month to bust myths traditionally associated with the practice of yoga, as well as celebrate the many benefits it can bring.


Adele’s Yoga : Keeping it Real

One myth that the campaign seeks to tackle is that yoga is only suitable for the fit and flexible. By showcasing the real people that practice yoga, the campaign hopes to show that yoga can be done by all shapes, sizes and abilities, encouraging more people to give it a go as a result.

Adele Wills said:

“So often, the yoga we see in the media just isn’t true to real life. Usually, you’ll see a stick-thin girl with their legs wrapped behind their head. The pose she’s doing probably makes your muscles ache just looking at her. With these types of images all over the media, is there any wonder so many of us feel that yoga isn’t for us?

But that’s not even close to what real yoga is – and it’s certainly not exclusively for people that look like they’ve just stepped off the pages of a fashion magazine. Real yoga is for everybody and every body. It welcomes us, just as we are – wobbly bits, bad days and all. Through my ‘Keeping It Real’ campaign, I really want to break down those barriers and encourage more people to give yoga a try.”

The campaign also strives to bust myths about what yoga actually is and how it can be easily incorporated into everyday life. To support this, Adele will release weekly ‘Mindful Minute’ videos on her YouTube channel. These 60 second self-care practices can be done anywhere, anytime.

Adele said:

“When I first talk to people about yoga, they assume it is just complex poses and strange chanting. Of course, you can choose to bring that into your practice if that works for you, but real yoga is actually much simpler than that. Yoga is mindfulness, yoga is three deep breaths, yoga is self-care. In fact, anything you do with attention to how you feel is yoga.

My ‘Mindful Minute’ videos have been designed as a quick wellbeing boost to help deal with the stresses that we all experience as real people. I really hope people will give them a watch to see that yoga really is for everybody and doesn’t just happen on the mat.”

Alongside the videos, Adele will also be offering a series of free taster sessions over the next few months where new students can come along, find out more about yoga and give the basics a try alongside others who might be new to yoga too.

To find out more about upcoming taster sessions, watch yoga videos or learn more about the campaign, visit:

Help shape Family Hubs at the Orangebox March 8th

Do you care for children or young adults 0-25?

We’re looking for parents, grandparents and carers to help shape the brand and design of new family support centres in Calderdale.

Children’s services are being brought together in a one-stop hub of support for families in Calderdale. We’re calling them Family Hubs.

Family Hubs are for you, your children, young adults and families with children with SEND, so it’s only right we co-design them with you.

Refreshments will be provided along with a £10 voucher to thank you for your time.

Wednesday 8 March 2023 – 13:00 – 15:00

Orange Box – Young People’s Centre
1 Blackledge Halifax HX1 1A

Spaces are limited.
Register today by using the QR code in the poster.

You can also email with your contact details for more information.