Work Support at Mixenden Library

Are you looking to get back into work, want help creating or updating your CV or need to make a fresh claim?

These are just some of the things you can get help with at our North Halifax Work Support sessions.

Pop into Mixenden Library on a Thursday morning from 10am to 12noon and speak to Dan Marham our Ward Link Worker who will be happy to help.

Dan is also at Beechwood Road Library offering the same support on Monday’s 3pm to 5pm and Thursdays from 1.30pm

If you would like more information email or visit our North Halifax Work Support page

Cracker Scheme delivers boost in North Halifax

fullsizerenderFunded through Calderdale Council’s Economic Task Fund, the 2016 Christmas Cracker Scheme delivered Christmas treats to residents in the North Halifax wards of Ovenden, Illingworth and Mixenden.

The scheme saw Christmas crackers distributed to various local community groups across North Halifax to raffle off as prizes at their Christmas events. Each cracker was accompanied by a voucher to the value of £20 which can be spent at a local store and some offered membership to local community groups such as Men in Sheds at Threeways and Men United at Ovenden Park.

img_1255Crackers were also raffled off at Ovenden, Illingworth and Mixenden Ward Forums where residents and local services got together to enjoy Christmas Carols.

Attendees of the North Halifax Work Support Groups also enjoyed festive celebrations with light refreshments and each received a cracker with voucher to spend at a store local to them.

FORGET me Not Trust raised raised £757.07 on the day held at Morrison’s

Karen Scanlon, Ovenden Initiative said

“This is a wonderful seasonal scheme in its 2nd year helping all the wards to benefit, including Community Groups, Schools and Voluntary Organisations in the Ovenden,  Illingworth and Mixenden Wards of North Halifax with a boost in trade for the three areas funded through Calderdale Council’s Economic Task Fund.”

A big thank you to all who got involved with the Christmas Cracker Scheme this year; businesses, community groups and local residents who make ideas such as these worth it!


FREE work clubs with North Halifax Work Support

North Halifax Work Support is run by Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative.  Our work clubs are open to anyone who is looking for work. They are friendly and informal and are run by Karen Scanlon and Heather Stout on:

There are Work Clubs and support available throughout the week in North Halifax. Visit and click on latest jobs to find out more.

Sign-Up For Skills Course To Help Your CV Pack A Punch!

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Halifax Boxing Club to run an exciting new initiative aimed at the unemployed.

The free, 12 week course hopes to give participants something to put on their CVs that will knockout the competition.

boxing clubIt offers training in skills, such as food hygiene, fire marshalling and how to do a risk assessment, which will appeal to employers across the board, and furnish participants with accredited qualifications.

Meeting for one, three-hour session per week at the club in at Ladyship Mills, Old Lane, Ovenden, there’s always the opportunity to have a go at some sparring too!

The initiative is supported by Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative, as well as West Yorkshire Police’s Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Induction has started for the first cohort of a two year rolling programme, funded through grant money secured from The People’s Health Trust.

Boxing enthusiast, Kyle Scully, has signed up as a summer activity despite having a place secured at Leeds Trinity University in September, and there’s still time for others to get involved.

The 18-year-old, who has recently completed a Btec diploma in sport at Huddersfield New College, said:

“I’m really excited to take part in this initiative. I think this is something different in the community.

“I’m hoping to get an idea of the hazards in the general working environment and what it’s like to be in a situation where you have to think on the spot.”


Head Coach at the boxing club, Mick Rowe added:

“This course is not specifically about boxing but the opportunity will be there to get involved in that side of things.

“Boxing gives you confidence, discipline and it a route to good fitness.”

Elements covered during the course are:
• First aid
• Fire/road safety
• Fire marshalling
• Risk assessments
• Manual handling
• Nutrition
• Food hygiene
• Personal safety
• Cyber crime
• Fitness

Anyone who is interested in completing the course can contact or

The course is open to men and women and there is no upper age limit.

Implementation of Universal Credit information event

The Department for Work and Pensions and Calderdale Council are co-hosting an information event to raise awareness of the implementation of Universal Credit in Calderdale.

Come along and hear about:

  • Who is affected from 27 April 2015
  • What is Universal Credit
  • How it will work
  • The potential challenges faced by local people
  • What support will be available

There will also be an opportunity for questions and networking.

When:  Thursday 21 May 2015
Where: Shay Stadium, Halifax
Time:     2pm – 4pm

Please contact to confirm your attendance.

Earn while you learn! Apprenticeship Event

apprenticeship flyerAn apprenticeship event on Tuesday 7 October 2104.

At Calderdale College, Inspire Sports Centre, Francis Street, Halifax

9.30am – 11.30am

Meet the employers who are offering opportunities to young people.



SEN Careers and further education advice

Join us at The Shay Stadium on Thursday 16 October 2014 from 1 – 7pm, where there will be a transition event held for young people aged 14 to 25 with a statement of special educational needs.

The event will include workshops and presentations with an opportunity to produce your own one page profile.

There will be stalls and displays providing information on a number of things including:

  • careers advice
  • 6th form providers
  • local colleges
  • support providers and much more!!

For more information visit our Social care and wellbeing hub