Children’s Mental Health Week – Help Shape Local Mental Health Services – Young persons survey

Are you aged between 9 – 25?

Do you live or go to school/college in Calderdale?

If so, please could we ask you to take part in this opportunity to have your say on helping shape local mental health services. The survey is open from Friday 7th February until Friday 6th March 2020. Please find the link to the survey here

Open Minds


The information gathered is confidential, meaning we can’t identify you from what you tell us.

We will use the information to help us further improve mental health services
for children and young people in Calderdale.

We, the young people’s Tough Times Reference Group, have released this survey during Children’s Mental Health Week. This is to collect views from all children and young people on emotions and mental health support with the aim to help shape and improve services. We would like everyone who takes part in this survey to know its anonymous, and the results will be shared with managers of services that will listen and take these results from this survey seriously.


We hope to get a 1000 voices and would appreciate everyone’s help to achieve this

Thank you

Calderdale’s Young People’s Tough Times Reference Group


Open Minds Calderdale


Part of Calderdale Open Minds 


Eureka 2020 Access All Areas clubs

Our popular Access All Areas clubs offer different sensory play craft activities. Places are limited and most clubs are fully booked, so get your places on remaining clubs now!

Our clubs are free, include some time exploring the museum before getting crafty and creative with our trained Enablers, and the whole family is invited!

Remember: Places MUST be booked in advance, and clubs do tend to fill up. So give us a call on 01422 330069 to book your places. You can read more about each creative theme on our website.

  • Tuesday 14th April – Sensory Play (Down syndrome)
  • Tuesday 21st July – Summer Fun
  • Tuesday 28th July – Print Making

Have you seen me?


We’re holding an Ear Defender Amnesty!
We lend out ear defenders for visitors with sensory conditions who might find the many sounds of Eureka! a bit overwhelming, but our stocks are running low. Have you borrowed a pair and accidentally taken them home? We’d love to have them back if poss, just drop them in – no questions asked



Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Tel: 01422 330069 or Visit our website

New workshops at Eureka for children with visual impairments – British Science Week


New workshops for children with visual impairments

To celebrate British Science Week on Sunday 15th March we’ll be running FREE workshops for children with visual impairments aged 7-11 to explore the solar system.

Join us for our Tactile Universe workshops and use 3D models and sensory activities developed by astrophysicists from the University of Portsmouth to explore the wonders of space and astronomy.

Children will get to create their own mini 3D models of the solar system to take home. Find out more on our website.

Places are free for visually impaired children aged 7-11 years and their families but must be booked in advance. Places are limited, so call Trizia on 01422 330069 or email to book your place.

Register your childs place for September at Shelf Pre School

Shelf Pre-School is located behind Shelf Village Hall and with highly trained staff who thrive on continuous professional development you are invited to visit, meet the team and see for yourself how how your children will develop the knowledge and skills they will need as they move on to Primary School.

Open 9am to 4pm daily (term time only)
At Shelf Pre-School, Shelf Village Hall, Halifax Road, HX3 7NT

If you have an enquiry or for further information, email or call 01274 676661

shelf pre school vacancy poster

Manic Mondays at Creations Children Centre

manic mondays cccSessions for parents and carers with children from newborn to 5 years old where learning is based around play.

Every Monday – 9.30am to 11.30am
Creations Children’s Centre, Albert Road, Pellon, HX2 0QD.

If you would like more information on Manic Mondays contact Creations on 01422 434006

The Grow Big Sense pod hits the road!

sensory playGrow Big has launched its first sensory play outreach project in Calderdale run by a team of volunteers. The large inflatable pod will be visiting six Children’s Centres over the coming months with an exciting and unique programme of sensory activities for around 100 pre-school children.
sensory objectsEach week the pod will be transformed into different multi-sensory environments including woodland and seaside and the children will also get chance to play with treasure baskets. Our treasure baskets contain over 50 sensory-rich items, containing a range of textures, colours, properties, shape and weight (photo attached). The children will also go home with their own free sensory goodie bag and set of activity postcards.

The Sense project has been funded by Calderdale Council and the National Lottery and aims to improve each child’s personal, social and emotional skills.

Rachel Stewart, founder of Grow Big, explains why the project focuses on the senses:

“Sensory play is vital for a child’s brain development and encourages learning. What’s great though is that parents can provide sensory play opportunities at home that cost next to nothing”.

Maureen Shepherdson from North Halifax Partnership manages 2 of the Children’s Centres in North & East Halifax who are taking part in the project said:

“We are really excited to be part of the new Sense project and can see the benefits that such a sensory-rich resource has on the children’s learning and development”.

To find out more about how you can get involved in Grow Big contact or visit

grow big staff

Clean Up Clifton Beck with Calder and Colne Rivers Trust

Calder and Colne Rivers Trust will be holding a clean-up Clifton Beck Day on Saturday 25 July 2015, starting with balsam bashing from Shelf to Brighouse and a riverside tidy in Wellhome Park from 10am to 12pm with trained monitors to sample all the becks.

There will be an information tent in Wellholme Park where you can find out more about the work of Calder and Colne Rivers Trust, do some bug identification, and children can enter a bug painting competition as well as enjoy a nature goodie bag.

If you want to help with any of these activities, or you would like to put your name down for monitor training, please get in touch and tell us about your skills by email to or just turn up and visit the tent on the day.

For information on the Calder and Colne Rivers Trust visit