Want to be part of the West Yorkshire Mayor’s Innovation Prize?

Are you aged 16-26?

Do you want to learn creative ways to solve the big challenges of today?

Do you have a business idea that address environmental challenges in West Yorkshire?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on!

Join us for an exciting innovation journey, where you will learn the tools and techniques to develop new ideas and make them happen. We will also be sharing information about how to enter the Mayor’s Innovation Prize, which is awarding £10,000 to 16-25 year olds for new ideas on how to address environmental challenges in West Yorkshire.

  • Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre
  • Oct 5th 1.00 – 2.30pm
  • For 16-26 year olds
  • Free lunch provided

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/giving-innovation-a-go-the-mayors-innovation-prize-tickets-427789007437

Event to Help Calderdale People on Your Employment or Learning Journey

Local Charity Halifax Opportunities Trust to Host Employment and Careers Event to Unlock Opportunities and Connect Employers with Potential Candidates

Join us at the HOT Opportunities Event
on Thursday 15th September 2022 between 3pm – 6pm

at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre 

Halifax Opportunities Trust (HOT) is hosting an Opportunities Event at its social enterprise business hub, Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, on Thursday 15th September 2022, to help local people take the next step on their employment or learning journey.

The HOT Opportunities Event will provide information on all the opportunities available through the Trust, as well as hosting a market place for local employers to discuss their industry and the roles they have available. The event will offer guidance to anyone in the local community who is looking for support or advice in taking their next step.

Whether it’s unemployed people seeking employment opportunities, young people or school leavers looking to reach their career aspirations, or those currently in employment focused on professional growth or career development, the Trust will meet these needs by showcasing opportunities in a range of industries, areas and roles.

Faye Gilling, Marketing and Communications Lead at Halifax Opportunities Trust, comments: “This event is a great opportunity for anyone seeking guidance on the next step in their career. Whether just starting out or looking for a new challenge, HOT’s Employment, Apprenticeships, Central and Early Years teams will be at hand to provide informed advice on how attendees can navigate and reach their aspirations.

“We acknowledge that recruitment and retention is a growing issue for employers, so we want to offer support for those who are seeking candidates in the local area, too. We will host a marketplace of around eight local organisations, at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, to help them connect with people looking for jobs.”

As a charity offering a broad range of services, HOT is in a unique position to be able to help people at most stages of their career, learning or employment journey. HOT has a great deal of experience in; helping people break down employability barriers, supporting learners with nationally recognised apprenticeship qualifications and building skills and experience through a range of volunteering opportunities. Something that the event will help to showcase.

Halifax Opportunities Trust is looking forward to hosting the event and welcoming people from the local community to discuss opportunities with the Trust and offer guidance for those seeking support in taking their next step. The Trust is also excited to work with local employers and help them connect with potential candidates.

Join us at the HOT Opportunities Event

  • Thursday 15th September 2022
  • Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, HX1 5ER
  • 3pm-6pm

For more information visit: https://www.regen.org.uk/hot-opportunities-event/

About Halifax Opportunities Trust

Halifax Opportunities Trust is a registered charity and a limited company, established since 2000. Our work focuses on transforming lives for the better and involves, but is not limited to, helping people find new or better jobs, learn new skills, start or grow businesses and help raise their families.

For more information contact:

Faye Gilling

Email: Faye.gilling@regen.org.uk

Phone: 01422 399480

Website: https://www.regen.org.uk/

Halifax Opportunities Trust is committed to working towards a vibrant, multi-cultural and self-sustaining community. We care, we are committed, we collaborate, we are enterprising.

Registered charity number 1086183.

Find out more about the work of the Trust by visiting www.regen.org.uk

Halifax’s Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre bounces back from COVID stronger than ever

Calderdale based business centre thrives with new-look casual working and meeting spaces as well as in demand office spaces

 Halifax, West Yorkshire (9th May 2022):  Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre (EWIC) is looking to the future with optimism thanks to its refreshed communal and meeting spaces, as well as in-demand office spaces. The Centre, a social enterprise that offers flexible workspaces with a purpose, is part of Halifax Opportunities Trust. As businesses begin to bounce back so is EWIC, which is seeing increasing demand for its office spaces from local organisations searching for a new work home.

The Centre took the uncertain times COVID presented as an opportunity to refocus and revive its offer for businesses in the local area of Calderdale, which is proving to pay off with a once again thriving business hub in the centre of Halifax. It is currently home to over 50 businesses in industries ranging from finance to care, education to sales, and has a healthy visitor footfall on a daily basis.

The new-look centre has optimised it’s bright, welcoming reception and atrium space with modern features and botanicals that complement its textile mill heritage. Breathing in new life, with semi-private meeting zones and casual work areas that enhance use for visitors, the space has been transformed into a functional yet inviting destination for businesses and the public, alike.

Jason Bell, Business Centres Lead, comments: “It’s great to see Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre buzzing with activity again. With an uncertain road ahead when the pandemic struck, we took the opportunity to improve the Centre’s communal and meeting spaces, so people could hit the ground running once restrictions lifted.

 “We’ve worked hard to create an enjoyable experience for anyone who visits Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre. Our meeting spaces have been fitted with state-of-the-art technology to make conferencing easy, whether on a local or global scale, as well as introducing contemporary features that make the spaces flexible to most user requirements. On top of this, our atrium has new considered zones that welcome casual working to support freelance, hybrid and flexible work patterns, which is a popular addition.”

 The Centre is also home to Café No.5, which is open weekdays from 7.30am – 3pm, welcoming the general public as well as businesses from the Centre and the wider Halifax area. The Café offers catering for those using the meeting spaces at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, as well as set-menus for those pitching up and working from their laptop.

Alison Haskins, CEO of Halifax Opportunities Trust, says: “As a social enterprise our key focus is to reinvest into our facilities, so we can continue delivering high quality services. The Centre not only looks great, but we hope that businesses who call this space their home feel great working here, too. This extends to all of our visitors; we want everyone who comes to the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre to feel like they are a part of our growing community.”

 Whether looking for a dedicated desk in a modern space, a day or two in a co-working environment, or something a little more permanent; the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre is home to a whole host of spaces that allow local businesses to optimise productivity, hone their craft and grow.

Businesses can book a tour of the Centre by dropping by in person or heading to our webform here: https://www.innovationhalifax.net/book-a-tour/

Calderdale (VCSE) Assembly – Thursday 5th May 2022 – *Still Places Available* 

There are places still available for the Calderdale Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) Assembly on Thursday the 5th of May 2022.

Would you like to:

  • Understand the changing strategic landscape at Calderdale and West Yorkshire level?
  • Understand more about the changes that are taking place in the Health, Social Care, Environment and Economy worlds?
  • See where you organisation is contributing or is filling a gap in your community?
  • Feel more in the loop?
  • Be part of the initial conversations?

Calderdale Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) Assembly Thursday 5th May 2022 –  Elsie Whiteley Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER 12.45pm networking lunch* prompt 1.30pm start – 3pmTo reserve a place for you or an organisation rep, please email benjamin.opie@vsialliance.org.ukPlease let us know if would like to attend the lunch ASAP & *If you have any dietary/special requirements or access requirements*.

Book Via Email Here


Optimal HR: Grant Funded HR Essentials Workshop – 23rd & 24th March


Optimal HR: Grant Funded HR Essentials Workshop – 23rd & 24th March – Elsie Whiteley Centre in Halifax – Book Now! 

Optimal HR have been working in partnership with VSI Alliance and Voluntary Action Calderdale to provide grand funded HR support to charitable organisations within the Calderdale area who employ people.We are running a two day HR Essentials two-day workshop aimed at staff who have line management responsibility for other staff as part of their role. This grant-funded workshop supports each organisation to provide managers with essential, practical HR knowledge, skills and understanding required to pro-actively and consistently manage people issues including those relating to an employee’s conduct, capability and grievance.

There are a limited number of places available on this workshop. If you would like to request a maximum of two attendees from your organisation.Please email Admin@optimal-hr.co.uk to request a place. All places will be confirmed within 2 weeks.

VCSE Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers at the Elsie Whiteley Centre Halifax

VSI Alliance: VCSE Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers- One Day Course -Face-to-Face – 3rd November – Elsie Whiteley Centre (Halifax)
In a national survey, 50% of employers said they would like to do more to support staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right skills or training. This one-day course is delivered by a local organisation: Unmasked Mental Health. The day aims to provide managers with the knowledge, competence and confidence to identify mental health disorders within teams and to learn how to take appropriate early intervention. The face-to-face one-day course covers the awareness of the mind and body, what’s at the heart of mental health conditions and the soft skills to have great conversations about mental health with your team.Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 3rd 2021
9 am – 5 pm

Elsie Whiteley Centre – Halifax

Please contact engagement@cvac.org.uk with your Name, the Training Title and VCSE organisation details. Please email by *Friday 29th October* to register in time.

Budget like a Boss! with help from Noah’s Ark

Do words like debt, balance, finance, budgeting confuse you? Would you like to take charge of your money for good?

Noah’s Ark have put together a two half-day course that will show you exactly how you can do that.

Due to the popularity of this course, extra sessions have been added.

  • 21st June and 12th & 19th July
    at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre (Hopwood Lane, Halifax)
  • 2nd & 9th July Illingworth Children’s Centre
  • 15th and 22nd July Ash Green Children’s Centre

Sessions start at 9.30AM until 1.00PM.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Reasonable travel expenses paid.

To book a place, contact Andrew, Lesley or Kelly on 01422 364664 or email debt@noahsarkcentre.org.uk