Bikeability – My Free Bike Riding Training Session by Joanne Dye

I love watching cyclists and for a long time wanted to learn how to ride a bike safely on the road. With everything COVID related, I wanted to get out more and try cycling but still this fear of being on the road was putting me off. I had mentioned to Suzy, our Active Calderdale engagement co-ordinator for North Halifax about wishing there were something linked to cycling that was easy to access in my local area. I was put in touch with a new free project run by Bikeability which provides adult one to one or family training in riding a bike.

The Bikeability instructor called beforehand to discuss what I needed and where best to meet; she was great to speak with on the phone (a real getting to know you phone call). This put me at great ease. We met up at the moor at Manor Health one week later and learned how to safely ride a cycle on the road. Her calm and clear persona made me feel comfortable and confident enough to go out on the main roads. I will be having an additional session, just to make sure I would be confident enough to take my children out on the roads.

I would highly recommend this service to anyone who is looking to get out more, build their confidence or to learn a new skill. Even if it is just to refresh your memory. It is a fun, free, 2 hour service, delivered in line with current Covid-19 Government Guidance. What have you go to lose?

To have a chat about your needs or to register for a Free session when restrictions allow, see Cycle Confidence Building – Bikeability – Active Calderdale.



Explore your Best Energy Deal at Beechwood Library next week!

Have you thought about switching your energy provider, but not found the time to do it?

Come to our free drop in session and we’ll help you find your options there and then (Includes free tea, coffee and biscuits)

Monday 15 January 2018 – 3pm to 5pm
At Beechwood Road Library, Beechwood Road, Halifax, HX2 9BU

Ofgem and Citizen’s Advice give really easy to follow support with Energy Best Deal and .

You’ll  need to bring the following information which can be found on your bill and annual statement from your energy supplier:

  • The name of your supplier and the tariff you are on
  • How much energy you used in the last year
  • How you currently pay for your energy
  • Your postcode

If you are on a pre-payment meter, you may not save as much by switching , but it may still be worth your while coming to the drop in just in case.

The drop in is open to everyone,  just bring yourself and your billing information, which will remain confidential to you

If you’re not sure whether the drop in is for you , or want to know more please contact Liz Broadley on 07852 173723  or email

Money saving ideas at Mixenden Library – FREE session

If you’re fed up of spending so much on your gas and electricity why not come along to a money in your pocket session and get a few ideas on how to save. It’s FREE and impartial, and you could save £200 per year (on average) on gas and electric bills.

Thursday 11 February 2016 – 10am to 11.30am
At Mixenden Library, Mixenden Road, Halifax, HX2 8PU

For information call 07770 125336 or email

Money Saving at Mixenden Library