Ash Green Sure Start Children’s Centre featured in the Halifax Courier!

The Halifax Courier has featured our very own Ash Green Children’s Centre for achieving the Outstanding OfSted rating last month!

Read the feature in the Halifax Courier

Despite what has been a trying year for the Ash Green Sure Start Children’s Centre site, including the fire that affected the upper site, the centre managed to achieve the highest Ofsted rating – and rightly so!

[Excerpt from the Halifax Courier and Ofsted report]

“Highly skilled leaders and staff have superior aspirations for all families and an in-depth understanding of their unique needs.

“All children make significant progress from their starting points on entry.”

The report also said staff meticulously plan a challenging and expansive curriculum, provide excellent outdoor opportunities and inspire parents to support children’s learning.

And the report said staff give a high priority to children’s safety.

Nicola Earnshaw, Children’s Centre Manager, said “I am very proud of all the staff at Ash Green Children’s Centre.

“Their passion and hard work has paid off.”

Calderdale Community Spirit Awards Celebration 24 November 2022

The 2022 Calderdale Community Spirit Awards, organised by Community Foundation for Calderdale will be taking place on 24 November 2022 at The Venue.

Finalists announced for the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards 2022

The finalists for the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards 2022 have been announced. Visit to see who is on the list.

We celebrate another year of amazing efforts by our local charitable organisations.

Hosted at The Venue, Bowers Mill, the Awards are on Thursday 24th November 2022, and it is sure to be a moving evening as we recognise charities and individuals who do so much for the people of Calderdale.

Whether you are a Not-for-profit organisation celebrating your achievements, someone who works with charities, or perhaps a trustee or donor, we would love for you to join us.

Tickets are £35 per person (incl VAT) and include a welcome drink, two-course meal and coffee.

Click here to book a ticket and find out more

Paddock Community Garden wins BBC Radio Make A Difference award!

Well done to the Paddock Community Garden for winning the BBC Radio Make a Difference award !

The Paddock was set up with a vision is to create community gardens in the unused green spaces in Ovenden, with your help and for you. The Paddock itself is the first of these community gardens. It’s an ideal space, already fenced for safety and in the middle of the Rugby, Grove and Athol estates.

This area is for all to enjoy, to be able to grow, plant, sit, meet others, chat and spend quality time with people of all ages.

Have you any ideas? Could you spend some time with us to grow seedlings, plan the area and it’s uses? Please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.


Please continue to support the Paddock, we need people to get involved.

If more people would like to join us please contact us through Facebook or just come along at the Paddock and meet either Lynne or Joan.

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Only a few tickets left for The Business for Calderdale Awards 2022

The Business for Calderdale Awards will take place on Thursday 13th October 2022 at The Venue, Barkisland celebrating the achievements of businesses in the borough over the last year.
It’s a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements of businesses in Calderdale over the last year. We have a few tickets still available to buy. Individual tickets are £50 and a table of ten is £500. This includes a three course meal and the opportunity to network and celebrate. The drinks reception starts at 6.00 pm and the Awards ceremony will finish at 11.00 pm. Traditionally the dress code has been Black Tie or National Dress. Feel free to ‘Dress To Impress – Yourself’. You can order your tickets online here or alternatively email and we will send you an invoice and you can do a bank transfer. If you would like to join us to celebrate the brilliant businesses and their determination, innovation, and resilience, please book your tickets now.

West Yorkshire Partnership Shortlisted for the 2022 HSJ Awards


 West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) is proud to reveal that they have been shortlisted for several awards at this year’s HSJ Awards, recognising outstanding contribution to healthcare and earning the opportunity to showcase their achievements on a national platform. This includes being short listed for Integrated Care System (ICS) of the Year and Communications Initiative of the Year Award for their Root Out Racism Movement, developed in partnership with West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit. West Yorkshire Vascular Service has also been shortlisted for the HSJ Provider Collaboration of the Year.

Other organisations which make up WY HCP, including Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, were shortlisted in the Performance Recovery Award Category for Technology and Relationships Improving Flow. Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust has also been shortlisted for the Staff Wellbeing Award.

WY HCP won the HSJ Award for ICS of the Year in 2021.

The pressures faced across the healthcare sector haven’t been far from the headlines over the past 12 months – yet the quality and overriding positivity of the award entries this year highlight the enduring devotion of workers within the health and social care industry, dedicated to improving patient outcome.

A staggering 1067 entries have been received for the HSJ Awards 2022, with 219 projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist (from across 162 organisations). The high volume – and exceptional quality – of applications is once again reflecting the breadth of innovation and care within the UK’s healthcare networks.

Now in its 42nd year, the HSJ Awards continue to provide an opportunity to shine a light on the outstanding efforts and achievements that individuals and teams across the sector deliver daily.

Of the 25 categories, three are new for 2022, representing some of the recent challenges and triumphs within the NHS. These comprise new awards for Covid Vaccination Programme, Reducing Healthcare Inequalities and Performance Recovery Award.

The judging panel was made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including; Sarah-Jane Marsh (Chief Executive, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT); David Probert (Chief Executive, University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust); Dr Bola Owolabi (Director Health Inequalities, NHS England and NHS Improvement); Eugine Yafele (Chief Executive, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust); Tracy Allen (Chief Executive Officer, Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust)

Following the thorough judging process, WY HCP was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held later this year (November 17th).

Shortlist for ICS of the Year: Since 2016, WY HCP focus has been on the collective difference they make to people’s lives, improving quality and efficiency of services. This long-term change covers all aspects of integrating health and care and making lasting improvements to inequalities by concentrating on wider determinants of health as set out in WY HCP’s improving population health annual report 2021/22. The five local places (Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield District), provider collaboratives, primary care networks, VCSE, communities and local people are the vehicles for change. WY HCP tackle issues reaching far beyond the ‘NHS norm. WY HCP won the HSJ Award for ICS of the Year in 2021.

Being short listed for Communications Initiative of the Year, a WY HCP race review (2020) identified the need for an anti-racism movement aimed at colleagues and communities. The Partnership serves one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the UK (20% of people are from minority ethnic communities), and its structure offers a reach of 100,000+ workforce, with a population of 2.4 million. The Root Out Racism Movement was co-created with a project group of 42 colleagues and over 100 other staff involved in focus groups, the majority of whom have a lived experience of racism. The movement has over 550 organisations and community champion supporters.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, said: “On behalf of all my colleagues, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate WY HCP on being shortlisted as a finalist in the category of ICS of the Year and Communications Initiative of the Year. All of the applications represent the ‘very best of the NHS’ and often leave our esteemed panel of judges with an impossible choice!


“Year on year the number of entrants continue to rise which I find so encouraging and is testament to the effect that HSJ Awards can have on improved staff culture and morale.


“We’re all very much looking forward to welcoming our finalists to the awards ceremony in November, celebrating their impressive achievements and jointly acknowledging our values of sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes and continuously driving for better service. But we never forget that the award ceremony is not just a celebration within a night, but a platform to recognise the hard work of all our NHS staff, all year round.”

The full list of nominees for the 2022 HSJ awards can be found at alongside details of the Awards partners;

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on November 17th, 2022.

Announcing the Finalists of The Business for Calderdale Awards 2022

The Business for Calderdale Awards will take place on Thursday 13th October 2022 at The Venue, Barkisland celebrating the achievements of businesses in the borough over the last year.
The finalists for each category are:

New Business of the Year

  • Crust and Crumb
  • Full Circle Funerals
  • The Digital DRA

SME of the Year

  • Andy Thornton
  • British Recycled Plastics
  • Siddall & Hilton

Manufacturer of the Year

  • Faulkner Moulds
  • Rosehill Polymers
  • TEV Limited

Employer of the Year

  • Covéa
  • Craggs
  • CP Media

Promotion of Calderdale

  • Holdsworth House
  • The Piece Hall
  • Todmorden Information Centre

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Chris Bingham
  • Claire O’Connor
  • Dominc Walsh

Covid Resilience

  • Angelcare Residential
  • Baby Ballet
  • Freightlink
Thank you to everyone who nominated. When tickets are available to buy, you will receive an email. We are giving finalists the opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general business community.
Congratulations to All of the Finalists!

Final Call for The Business for Calderdale Awards July 8 at 5 pm!

The Business for Calderdale Awards 2022

NOMINATION DEADLINE: 5.00 pm on Friday 8th July 2022

Only a couple of hours to get your nomination in for the Business for Calderdale Awards

The Business for Calderdale Awards will take place on Thursday 13th October 2022 at The Venue, Barksisland celebrating the achievements of businesses in the borough over the last year.

The categories include:

  • New Business of the Year
  • SME of the Year
  • Manufacturer of the Year
  • Employer of the Year
  • Promotion of Calderdale
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Covid Resilience
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Business of the Year


If you know a business in Calderdale who deserves to win an award, you can nominate them online by visiting
Nominate a business now


Nominate a business now !!