Halifax Opportunities Trust March Newsletter

The latest newsletter from Halifax Opportunities trust brings you news on the projects of the the Outback, developments at the Elsie Whiteley Innovations Centre and the job hunting opportunities created by their Employment Team.

Read March Newsletter here

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities March 16

Our Family Support team will be running the parenting programme: Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities in mid March 2021 alongside Halifax Opportunities Trust. The course starts on March 16.
The programme is a part of a national research project to evaluate the effectiveness and impact on family wellbeing. Parents who join the project are able to earn up to £40 in vouchers through taking part either on the programme or within the control group that will wait for the next available delivery.
Register now to reserve your place on this course which has received some fantastic feedback from parents who previously taken part
To book contact Julia Brierley 07852 174 007

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities free Parenting Programme

Are you a parent with children aged 3-18?
Do you want to help shape services for the future?
Come and be part of a study to promote family wellbeing!

Halifax Opportunities Trust, Sure Start Children’s Centres & North Halifax Partnership are working with UCL and Race Equality Foundation to offer Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities free Parenting Programme.

This free, 13 week course aims to help you to

  • Build positive family relationships
  • Manage anger and stress
  • Implement effective discipline strategies
  • Gain confidence and communication skills
  • Understand your child’s development
  • Recognise and value your family and cultural traditions
  • Meet others and share ideas

The course is aimed at parents, step parents, grandparents and foster carers who have got a child aged between 3-18.

There will be two groups, starting on Tuesday February 2nd, 2021 at the Elsie Whiteley Innovations centre and Thursday February 4th, 2021 at the Holy Nativity Church in Mixenden.

Another course is scheduled for September 2021.

The programme is part of a research study from the University College London: The Together Study. This means that a researcher would like to talk to you before the programme starts and at three time points after the programme has finished. You will received £10 voucher for each questionnaire you complete with a researcher.

Part of the research is that parents are randomly allocated to either the group starting in February or allocated to a group starting in September. (The researchers can explain more about why) – a computer decides who takes part in the group now or in the group later and the decision cannot be influenced.

For more information please contact

  •  Noreen Safdar: 01422 434 980
  • Beverley Thompson: 07741671792
  • Julia Brierley: 07852174007

Programme details – A5 booklet Elsie Whiteley & Holy Nativity Updated version


Overgate Hospice Open Gardens Comes to Outback Community Garden

As part of the Overgate Hospice Open Gardens events, the Outback Community Garden will be showcasing their amazing garden space on Saturday 6 July, 12:00pm-3:00pm.

There will be a suggested donation of £2 which will go to Overgate and as part of the day, the community gardener will be doing a ‘Walk and Talk’ around the garden.

For more information about this and other Open Gardens events go to www.overgatehospice.org.uk/get-involved/our-events/open-gardens/

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Introduction to Working With Children Course


Are you looking to move into working with Children? Book your place on a 4 week course with Halifax Opportunities Trust and Calderdale Adult Learning starting on ‘Introduction to Working with Children‘. Two 4 week taster courses for anyone thinking of volunteering or working with children

Course 1 begins on Monday 25 February, 9:15am-11:15am at Jubilee Children’s Centre, Lightowler Road, Halifax HX1 5NB.

Course 2 begins Wednesday 27 February, 12:45pm-3:15pm at Parkinson Lane Children’s Centre, Parkinson Lane, Halifax HX1 3XL.

Find out about;

  • emotional wellbeing
  • the importance of play
  • positive communication
  • positive behaviour

For more information and to book a place call Lynette on 01422 347392 or email linette.lee@regen.org.uk.


Introduction to Working In Schools Course

Are you unemployed? Or a parent interested in becoming a Teaching Assistant? Book your place on a 5 week course with Halifax Opportunities Trust and Calderdale Adult Learning starting on the Friday 18 January, 9:30am-12:30pm at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, Halifax HX1 5PG.

Find out about;

  • the role of a teaching assistant
  • communication with parents and children
  • supporting children’s learning
  • managing behaviour
  • safeguarding and health and safety
  • special educational needs

For further information and to book a place call Lisa Connelly on 01422 347392 or email lisa.connelly@regen.org.uk.

Hopeful Families Support from Halifax Opportunities Trust

Hopeful Families is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme delivered by Halifax Opportunities Trust in partnership with Pluss.

Everyone should have the chance to succeed in life, to develop skills and build a career. Hopeful Families is a flexible community programme designed to help participants overcome whatever challenges they face. Run by Pluss and community partners such as HOT, it aims to help families manage the tough times and build a brighter future.

Help with everyday life.

Support includes:

  • Personal development – help to build your confidence, health and wellbeing.
  • Help with daily life – including advice on housing, money / debt, childcare, healthy eating, leisure relationships, anger-management, mental health and much more.
  • Help to manage your health condition, disability, anxiety or addiction.
  • Access to benefits and financial advice.
  • 1 to 1 support – a Family Mentor will work with you and your family to help improve your situation and outlook.
  • Develop new skills.

Support includes:

  • Help to access training – anything from basic skills to vocational and professional qualifications.
  • Help to master digital technology – including computers, tablets, phones, software and the internet.
  • Help to prepare for work – including clubs and work trials so you can try out jobs and gain experience.
  • Job search – preparing CVs, applications and interview practice. Help you to approach employers.
  • Once participants enter into work, Halifax Opportunities Trust stay in regular contact to offer ongoing support.

For more information visit the website at https://www.regen.org.uk/employment/hopeful-families/ or email Michelle.Morris@regen.org.uk