North Halifax Active Community Engagement Coordinator


Based in the Neighbourhood team at Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre
37 hours per week
£26,045 per annum

From the first Sure Start Children’s Centre to the first Men in Sheds group in Calderdale and lots in between. North Halifax is an area with a history of successful volunteer and community led programmes. And you could be part of it!

North Halifax Partnership is looking to appoint an individual to lead the Active Calderdale place based work in North Halifax.

The role involves:

· Establishing relationships with community organisations, services, projects and programmes to embed the Active Calderdale agenda and change how physical activity is perceived and approached at a local level.

· Understanding the driving factors affecting physical inactivity levels in a place and working with the community to address and change these factors.

It is essential that you have

– Experience of developing and maintaining positive stakeholder relationships that deliver impact.

– A track record of achievement of results and impact gained by experience in a field related to community development.

We are especially looking for someone who will recognise the existing potential in North Halifax and be able to harness the power of the community to find solutions that are practical and lasting. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of approaches of addressing physical inactivity in communities and will have the ability to advocate for local people, whilst keeping good working relationships with service providers.

About NHP

North Halifax Partnership is a community-led charity with a purpose to support individuals from cradle to grave, and to carry out activities which relieve poverty and disadvantage, promote health and wellbeing, and strengthen communities.

We deliver children’s centres and family support services; a Staying Well service to tackle loneliness and isolation; the Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative helps people into employment and training, provides youth and diversionary projects and delivers activities that make the community safer, cleaner, greener and more cohesive.

NHP supports the Calderdale ambition to be the most active borough in the North.

If you are interested and want to know more, we encourage you to get in touch and ask us about the role, all enquiries welcome.


Contact: Tina Burke on 01422 251090

For an application pack please visit our website Northhalifaxpartnershipworksupport Or


If you have any problems please contact our Core Services team on 01422 251090.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 14 July 21


North Halifax Partnership LTD is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Due to the nature of this post you will be required to undertake a DBS Check.

The Paddock Community Garden – Meet (Eat) and Move

Over the last year there has been a greater recognition of the importance of our local green spaces.  Parks, gardens and green areas can help us feel happier, healthier – by providing a chance to potter, play or explore and more importantly the opportunity to get out and meet safely with others.  

In North we are lucky to have a lot of green spaces, but not all are used or loved.  

Here is the story (and film) of the Paddock Community Garden featuring its creators Lynne and Joan, and how from it’s humble beginnings, it’s now helping residents and groups meet (eat) and move. Supported and championed by community organisers Natalie and Jaime, decorated and danced around by Leanne, Lauren and the children of Kevin Pearce and soon to be used by Staying Well, Innovations and a host of others.  

The Paddock is one of a number of green spaces in Ovenden (including Innovations allotment) that the Ovenden Moving Network are supporting and working to join with a gentle walking route.  

The Paddock Facebook has more about what they’re up to, including the date of the next litter pick.   

Your views matter Active Calderdale Survey extended

Active Calderdale want your help to gain true insight across the borough. This is your opportunity to express how you feel about being active in your local area so that Active Calderdale can gain further understanding of how to help improve the perceptions and reduce the inequalities.

That’s why we’ve launched the Your Views Matter Survey, which is aimed at adults living in Calderdale and will be sent out annually from 7th May to 7th June. This year’s survey is now live and can be completed via

This survey will provide us with the insights we need to shape the direction of Active Calderdale and create impactful change.

Complete the survey before 7 June 2021 to have your say and make real difference.


Translated forms are available in the online version of the survey

If you prefer a paper copy, you can pick up one from an open local library. Paper copies are available in English only.

Further information on the Your Views Matter Survey can be found at

If you have any other questions or feedback regarding the Your Views Matter Survey or the Your Views Matter Partner Pack, please contact

Your answers will help to tackle inequalities and get more people moving in the borough, evaluate the perceptions of residents on their physical and mental wellbeing, and how they feel about being active in their local areas.


Join Active Calderdale on our Family and Friends February Challenge!

“Two-fifths of people say they are being less active in this lockdown than during the first one in spring 2020”

Have you seen this in the news recently? Are you feeling the tougher effects of this lockdown on your physical activity levels? Moving more is one of the best tools we have to boost our physical and mental health – and we’re more likely to do it if we have encouragement from people that we know and trust.

That’s why need your help to spread the word about our latest social media challenge: #FamAndFriendsFeb.

The challenge to everyone in Calderdale is simple; can you encourage as many of your family and friends as possible to be physically active in February?

We all want to find new ways to support our family and friends during this lockdown. Reminding them to keep active is a brilliant way to help the people that we love to stay physically and mentally healthy, to stay connected with them, and have some fun!

Active Calderdale have put together some handy tips and ideas for different ways to keep active with your family and friends whilst sticking to the lockdown restrictions, which will be posted daily on our social media channels using #FamAndFriendsFeb.

We’d love it if your organisation could help us to spread the word on social media, and if you could take part yourself!

Visit our website for more information on the challenge, and download our social media pack for some suggested posts for your organisation. If you need any help with this drop us a line at


First Steps – Walking Workshop in Calderdale February 1st

Getting out for a stroll is one of the few ways we can all move more at the moment. We’d like your help to understand what groups, routes and resources are out there so together we can make it easier for everyone to find a way to walk. For further details and to register on to the event, please visit

Facebook event:

Actual Eventbrite link to register:

Active Calderdale walking workshop full

Active Calderdale advice on improving your sleep

Getting enough sleep is so important to ensure that we feel replenished and ready for the day.

There are many reasons why we may be struggling to sleep, including working from home, stress, illness, alcohol consumption and the inability to relax.

If you need advice, have a look at these sleep guides. It is amazing how much better we all feel after a good night’s sleep!

Basic Introduction to Sleep
Introduction to the neuroscience of sleep and effects of sleep deprivation

Top 13 tips
13 tips on how to improve the quality of your sleep

Food for Thought
List of foods that help you get better sleep – and those that don’t!

It’s not too late to join in with Active Calderdale’s December challenge!

Let’s not let the dark winter evenings stop us from getting active! Active Calderdale is challenging EVERYONE to get outside for at least 10 minutes every lunchtime during the month of December to improve our physical and mental health.

Take a look at this calendar which supports this challenge; it has interesting tasks to do each day based around the Five Ways to Wellbeing – go on, challenge yourself to complete it.

Further information on the challenge can be found here.

The Take Ten #StepOutChallenge aims to challenge everyone to get outside for at least 10 minutes every day for a walk during December. To support with this we have created a calendar which includes additional challenges based around the five ways to wellbeing to further encourage and support people to take at least 10 minutes out of their day to get outside and walk.

 How can you help?

We’d love it if you could support the challenge by doing the following:

  1. Take part in the challenge yourself, and join us on Twitter using #StepOutChallenge
  2. Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to take part in the challenge
  3. Spread the word to your service users or customers and any other residents that you have contact with. We have included a pack with social media posts and some graphics to go with them. You can also download an accessible version of the calendar on our website.

Take Ten December #StepOutChallenge Full Calendar