Let Focus4Hope collect and recycle your tree! – book by January 8th, 2023

There is nothing quite like the look and scent of a real tree at Christmas, but when Christmas is over, they can be a hassle to dispose of.

Why not let Focus4Hope collect and recycle your tree this January!

For a small donation, we will pick up your tree from outside your home and recycle it for you, it takes the stress and hassle away from you and is good for the environment too!

Our amazing volunteers will be collecting Christmas Trees from Thursday 12th January to Saturday 14th January 2023.

Collection postcodes: HD6, HX1, HX2, HX3, HX4 and HX5.

Registration closes 10pm on Sunday 8th January 2023

I was wondering if you would be able to help promote this and make the residents of Calderdale aware of the service we are offering please? For a one off donation we will collect the Christmas tree and recycle it in a sustainable manner at Ogden Water Nature Reserve. The service is run by volunteers with individuals and companies giving up their time and vans to help us. So far we have a number of businesses agreeing to help us which is amazing, however we still need more!

 

Whitehill Community Academy Christingle Sunday 11th December

Charity 1st and Challengers invite you and your family & friends to join us at our Christmas Celebration for festive fun, food and carols with performances by Challengers kids club.

Christingle

Sunday December 11th from 4:30pm onwards

Free hot turkey sandwitches with all the trimmings will be provided.

Everyone welcome!

Venue: Whitehill Community Academy School, Occupation Ln, Halifax HX2 9RL

For further information please contact :
Carol: 07780 778257
Facebook: Charity 1st
Facebook: Challengers

 

Low cost and Free Christmas activities throughout Calderdale!

The team at Staying Well have outdone themselves yet again in bringing you tidings of comfort and joy for the festive period!

The following Christmas Guide is packed full of festive events and celebrations, all the way up to the big day and more!

Don’t be alone this Christmas. With many events, including community meals, you have options.

All these activities are either free of charge or have a small cost entry fee.

Take a look and see what you may find.

Feel free to spread the word and promote so more people can enjoy the festivities.

   

Don’t want to be alone over Christmas?

Staying Well may be able to help you by putting you in touch with someone who can be there for you.

Reach out to Staying Well and let us see if we can be there for you.


Staying Well Calderdale

t : 01422 392767
e : stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk

OSCA Christmas Fair and Tabletop Sale December 4th

Following last year’s successful tabletop and Christmas Fair, the OSCA Foundation will be holding this event once again at the Enderby Hall of Forest Cottage.

Sunday 4th December at Forest Cottage

Sellers: Set up from 8:30am
Buyers and general public: 9am

As always, there will be refreshments available from the bar at the hall and no doubt a couple of treat stalls available!

If you would like to book a table, please contact Neil on 07530874386. Tables cost £5.

 

OSCA foundation
Forest Cottage
Cousin Lane
Ovenden, HX2 8AD

easyfundraising Advent Calendar is back!

easyfundraising is spreading some Christmas cheer to the third sector by giving away £5,000 in their Advent Calendar giveaway. To get involved, sign your organisation up to easyfundraising and you can be a part of 25 days of advent fun and create an easy and accessible fundraising option your volunteers and the local community can get behind. Every time they open the daily door, your organisation gets an entry into the big Christmas Day prize to win £5,000.

Find out more here:  https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/community

Last year’s winner (Wiltshire WI) said: “This money has been a blessing for us. Like most organisations, we have suffered due to the pandemic, and the prize has enabled us to continue to bring women together, to gain new skills, and to campaign on issues close to our hearts.”

Happy Thriftmas! December 10th at Forest Cottage

Come to a Christmas fair unlike any other you’ve ever been!

Saturday 10th December from 1pm to 4pm!

This event is the first and possibly one of its kind!

A family Fun Day with Tips and Tricks to save money and enjoy a Greener Christmas!

Free Event – bring an unwanted gift to ‘Swish’ if you wish!

(click images to enlarge or download PDF here)

  

Thriftmas Poster Flyer Download (PDF)

This is a free community event where you can enjoy some festive fun, craft and
refreshments but with hints and tips on ways to save money whilst enjoying a greener
Christmas.

Christmas can be a stressful time, with the pressure to provide a magical experience for everyone. Even without the cost of living crisis, the festive season can put a strain on our budgets.

We’ve done the number crunching and put together our best tips for saving money without compromising on how you celebrate.

Come along to find ways to do things a bit differently with handmade gifts and decorations and tips to create new traditions that really make Christmas special.

There will also be local organisations to talk about the services and support they offer
to advise and assist local people.

Swishing!

Bring along any unwanted gifts, Christmas jumpers or other festive things for our
swishing table and swap them for something you could make better use of instead.

There will lots of ideas, hints and activities showing easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of Christmas while still maintaining those traditions we all know and love!

Venue: Forest Cottage, Cousin Lane, HX2 8AD

There is a carpark available and the building is accessible on the ground floor.

For more information, please call 01422 392 767
or email stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk

SMKD in Bradford ask you to support Secret Santa Appeal

This year, more children than ever are going to go without a Christmas present. That is why at SMKD we support the Secret Santa Appeal. “

For any further information on the secret santa appeal, this is the link to the website. https://www.jcibradford.org.uk/secret-santa-appeal/

Please donate by the 8th of December

It is getting to that time of year again when Christmas lists are getting longer and the shopping trips seem to never end. But SMKD, a Bradford based vape company, is getting into the Christmas spirit by giving back to the community and joining JCI Bradford’s Secret Santa Appeal.

JCI is a non-profit organisation for 18 to 40 year olds. It was founded to provide opportunities for young people to create positive change. Since 1989, JCI has held the Secret Santa Appeal.

This is an annual event where various organisations act as drop off points for people to donate Christmas presents to children in poverty. The appeal is needed now more than ever with so many families struggling to make ends meet.
According to the End Child Poverty Coalition, 3.6 million children in the UK were living in poverty last year, and this is set to increase considerably with the cost of living crisis.

This means parents all over the country are having to make the tough decision between making their child smile on Christmas, and putting food on the table.

SMKD are determined to give the children of Bradford, Calderdale, and Kirklees the magical Christmas they deserve. From November 21st to December 8th they will be collecting presents, donated by customers, in their Bradford, Halifax, and Huddersfield stores. We were able to speak to the managing director of SMKD, Moe, about their decision to work with JCI Bradford. “It is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of Christmas. Sometimes we forget that the whole point of the holiday is to give to others, and especially to those who can not
afford the luxuries that we take for granted.”

He went on to say, “when we heard about the Secret Santa Appeal, we knew we had to do something for the kids who need a bit of hope during this difficult time.”

The JCI appeal collects thousands of presents every year. SMKD’s goal is to collect 120 gifts, just 20 per participating store. The selected stores are:

  • Bridge Street, Bradford
  • Kirkgate, Bradford
  • John Street, Bradford
  • Sticker Lane, Bradford
  • High Street, Huddersfield
  • Market Street, Halifax

To learn more about the Secret Santa Appeal, you can visit the JCI Bradford website. Or visit www.secretsantaappeal.org.uk to find out how you can help make Christmas merry again for families in need.

Please donate by the 8th of December