FREE Activities with Positive Futures – Never Be Bored Again!

Positive Futures provides FREE activities for young people all over Calderdale! From Gym and Swim, archery to climbing and bouldering, the current programme of activities can be downloaded here with details on how to book.

If you cannot see something you like contact them with your ideas as they might be able to add something to the programme.

For more information on any of the activities or how to get involved please contact Sammy or Leanne: Sammy: 07702 916526. Leanne: 07947 785320.
Office: 01422 415550 (opt2)
Email – or

Brand New Girl’s Group Launches with Pizza and Hot Chocolate

young-people-with-mp-holly-lynchThursday 12 January saw the successful launch of the brand new Project_Twelve:31 Girls Group at Forest Cottage in Ovenden. 20 girls and a variety of partners of the project braved the cold to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a slice of pizza whilst talking together about some of the activities that will be on offer.

partnersOver the coming 50 weeks these ‘girls only’ sessions will include educational and confidence building activities will address issues relating to anger management, relationships, legal rights, responsibilities, risks associated with drugs and alcohol and healthy living and diet.

Sessions will be structured in a way to allow the young women to have fun and let off steam in a positive way including  physical and sporting activities that build confidence, strength and fitness.

Danielle, a parent whose daughter signed up to on the night, said

“What a fantastic variety of activities – I’m really looking forward to my girls starting the programme. I wish I could join Girl’s Group!”

Karen Scanlon, Ovenden Initiative, said

“I think there are so many pressures on young people these days, especially girls who are expected to do well at school, manage friendships on social media whilst at the same time being bombarded with unrealistic images of females in the media. This bespoke Project_Twelve:31 programme aims to build positively on a the girl’s personality and existing strengths, and to support her to flourish as a strong and confident individual”

If you missed the launch, it’s not too late to join us…. The first session is on Thursday 19 January from 6pm to 9pm at Forest Cottage, Ovenden and is open to any girl aged 12+.

For more information about the programme please call Karen on 07434 702896 or email

Lifeline launching new project to support military veterans

Lifeline Project, with funding from the Armed Forces Covenant, are launching an exciting new project to support military veterans affected by alcohol use, and their families.

As part of the launch there will be an event held on Tuesday 8 November – 3pm to 6pm
At Orange Box, 1 Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1AF,

The money awarded by The Armed Forces Covenant has enabled MARCH (Military Achieving Recovery and Choosing Health) to be launched. MARCH is a specialist service working across Calderdale, Bradford and Rotherham aiming to reduce alcohol related harm and improve the employability, health and well-being and family relationships of veterans affected by alcohol and offending.

Part of this funding will provide specialist training to services working within the criminal justice system ensuring veterans with alcohol issues and involved in offending behaviour are identified and offered support at the earliest opportunity.

Working in partnership with other agencies, MARCH will offer Veterans a wide range of support including access to diversionary activities, one to one support and group programmes.

Launch of MARCH – 8 Nov

lifelineMARCH (Military Achieving Recovery and Choosing Health)

Lifeline Project with funding from the Armed Forces Covenant are providing a service to Veterans and their family members affected by alcohol and offending behaviour.

The project aims to reduce alcohol related harm and improve the employability, health and well-being and family relationships of veterans affected by alcohol and offending.

You are invited to celebrate the launch of this exciting project on Tuesday 8 November 2016, 3pm – 6pm at Orangebox, 1 Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1 AF

Including workshops, information stalls, guest speakers, refreshments.

This is a family event, children welcome.



Moorside Junior Wardens new badges

JJunior Wardens Badgeunior Wardens from Moorside Community Primary School have each received a Junior Wardens Badge to wear with pride as they go about their duties within our community.

Junior Wardens are a team of children and young people who are dedicated to helping clean up their environment and assist in helping to improve their community’s quality of life.

As a team, Junior Wardens:

  • Identify environmental and safety problems within our area
  • Are proud of where they live and report any problems
  • Help make our neighbourhood a better place to live
  • Encourage friends, family and the wider community to look after the environment and the safety of others

Junior Wardens wearing new badgesThe Junior Wardens have come up with some really good guidelines for working with one another which are as follows:

  • Join in and have fun
  • Understand that people have different issues and needs
  • Never feel you should know everything and if in doubt… Just ask!
  • Others may need help, and as a team, that is what we are here to do
  • Welcome all ideas, comments and debates
  • Allow others to make comments and have their say
  • Respect others and be open and honest
  • Enjoy everything we do and never judge
  • Share and exchange information, ideas and suggestions

The Moorside Junior Wardens have taken to their new roles naturally and have already taken part in sessions such as community clean ups.

Junior Wardens Drug Awareness SessionThe latest session saw the Junior Wardens taking part in a Drug and Alcohol awareness talk with Dave Calcott from Branching Out, Lifeline Young Peoples Services.

The purpose of the session was to raise awareness and to learn about the effects that Drugs and Alcohol can have on a young person in a fun and friendly way by introducing fun games that gave out a clear and meaningful message.

Dave Calcott LifelineBranching Out offers a flexible, informative service for young people and has a wide range of services on offer. They provide honest, accurate advice and information, and support young people to achieve their goals.

This includes one to one support, positive activities, clinical treatment, advocacy and signposting.

Improve your health and well being with Lifeline Tea Parties

Lifeline Tea PartyIf you’re over 50 and want to meet other people then go along to a Lifeline tea party starting 14 April 2016 for just a £1 donation.

Every Thursday – 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Maurice Jagger Centre, Lister Street, HX1 1UZ.

  • Carers Welcome
  • Dementia Friendly
  • Transport Provided

Lifeline also offer trips and other activities.

To find out more and book, please get in touch with:

  • Zoe – 07540 127631 / 01422 258800
  • Alice – 07872 869688 / 01422 842642
  • Hannah – 07740 180085 / 01422 842642

Volunteer role – Over 50’s alcohol champion

More than a third of the UK population is over the age of 50 both nationally and in Calderdale. It is estimated that 1 in 5 older men and 1 in 10 older women are drinking enough to harm themselves.

Lifeline recognise that this group of the population have different needs and are delivering a project to specifically deliver key prevention messages across Calderdale, so that over 50’s become more informed to make choices about their alcohol consumption and are equipped to support their positive health and wellbeing in the future… volunteer today…