Free Creative Writing Workshop at the Orange Box

Would you like the chance to get your work published on the Time Out website? Come to our workshop led by author and Time Outer Tara Guha and learn how to express yourself through creative writing.

Wed 18th Aug 2 – 4pm
Orangebox Youth Centre,1 Blackledge,Halifax HX1 1AF

To book, complete the online booking form and quote the name and date of the workshop: https://forms.office.com/r/WqKNGYkeHt

Any questions? Get in touch by emailing us at: timeout@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

Time Out FREE Half Term Activities at Orange Box Young People’s Centre

Orange Box young people’s centre will be hosting free Half Term activities over the school holiday for ages 13 – 19 years run by Time Out Calderdale. Activities will run from Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February as shown below.

There will also be access to Youth Works drop-in which is a safe space for young people aged 13-25 to come along, ‘chill out’, listen to music, access the internet or have a brew.
The drop-in is always staffed by youth workers who can offer advice, information, support or guidance on the whole range of issues that affect young people.
The drop in is open weekdays from 3:30pm-5:45pm.

No need to book, just turn up – you will need to register when you arrive (with parent or carer if under 16) if you haven’t already, or you can fill out a registration form here and bring it with you when you come.

For more information email annie@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk call 01422 345154 or message on the Facebook Page.

The Return of Orange Box Rock School

Following the summer break, Rock School has returned to Orange Box at Blackledge, Halifax and will be running on Monday 24 September, 6:30pm-8:00pm then on 1, 8, 15, 22 October, 12, 19, 26 November
and 3 December.

These exciting workshops for aspiring songwriters and musicians aged 11 to 16 – from beginners to those with some experience.

Working with professional musicians, you can explore all aspects of music-making, from the nuts and bolts of song-writing to chord progressions, composition and recording.

Meet like-minded people, form a band, share your ideas and learn new skills!

Bring your own equipment or use theirs. Sessions take place on Monday evenings, with additional opportunities to perform to the public.

The Rock School is delivered in partnership by Square Chapel and Orange Box – to find out more please telephone Square Chapel’s Box Office on 01422 349422, or email info@squarechapel.co.uk.

Orange Box Rock School is supported by Youth Music using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

FREE Summer Holiday Activities at Orange Box

Orange Box young people’s centre will be hosting FREE Summer Holiday activities over the school holiday for ages 13 – 19 years.

Activities will run from Wednesday 25 July to Friday 31 August, 2:00pm–4:00pm, Monday – Friday (excluding August Bank Holiday).

This Summer Holiday activities will be taking on a health and well-being theme, chosen by our young people. Get active in the fitness workshops run by Orange Box volunteers and young people.

Enjoy art and design sessions for a mood boost and release your inner interior designer by upcycling a piece of furniture!

You will also have the opportunity to create something stylish to wear with Worn Reborn, show your talents on our open mic stage, sing karaoke, climb the bouldering tunnel, play table tennis and pool, skate in the rooftop skate park and try a Mindfulness or Drama workshop delivered by Time Out Calderdale.

There will also be access to Youth Works drop-in which is a safe space for young people aged 13-25 to go along, ‘chill out’, listen to music, access the internet or have a brew.

The drop-in is always staffed by youth workers who can offer advice, information, support or guidance on the whole range of issues that affect young people.
The drop in is open weekdays from 3:30pm to 5:45pm.

No need to book, just turn up – you will need to register when you arrive (with parent or carer if under 16) if you haven’t already, or you can fill out a registration form here and bring it with you when you come.

Activities will vary from week to week so keep an eye on the Orange Box Facebook page for regular updates.

FREE Half Term Activities at Orange Box Young People’s Centre

Orange Box young people’s centre will be hosting free Half Term activities over the school holiday for ages 13 – 19 years. Activities will run from Tuesday 29 May to Friday 1 June, 2:00pm–4:00pm.

This Summer Half Term activities will be taking on a health and well-being theme, chosen by our young people. This time there will be a particular focus on the negative effects of gang culture and crime explored through Drama.

Enjoy the art and design sessions for mood boost and release your inner interior designer by upcycling a piece of furniture!

You will also have the opportunity to create something stylish to wear, show your talents on our open mic stage, sing karaoke, climb the bouldering tunnel, play table tennis and pool, skate in the rooftop skate park and try our drama workshops.

There will also be access to Youth Works drop-in which is a safe space for young people aged 13-25 to come along, ‘chill out’, listen to music, access the internet or have a brew.
The drop-in is always staffed by youth workers who can offer advice, information, support or guidance on the whole range of issues that affect young people.
The drop in is open weekdays from 3:30pm-5:45pm.

No need to book, just turn up – you will need to register when you arrive (with parent or carer if under 16) if you haven’t already, or you can fill out a registration form here and bring it with you when you come.

Here’s what’s happening each day:

Tuesday 29 May, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Open Mic/ Karaoke – bring your instruments, plug in and perform live on our Acoustic Stage. If you don’t play an instrument then why not sing along to our many backing tracks on Karaoke
Ping Pong / Pool – challenge a friend to a game or learn to play with a member of staff
Skating – practise your tricks or have a go for the first time in the rooftop skate park
Drama – Explore the themes of gang culture through Drama with students from Calderdale College’s BA Honours in Acting Performance course
Bouldering – climb your way around the bouldering tunnel

Youth Works drop-in – ‘Chill out’, listen to music, access the internet or have a brew. Staffed by youth workers who can offer advice, information, support or guidance 3:30pm – 5:45pm (ages 13-25)

Wednesday 30 May, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Furniture upcycling / Arts and Crafts – make old furniture look new again or try your hand at making crafts
Drama – Express yourself through Drama with techniques lead by the Time-Out team
Open Mic/ Karaoke – bring your instruments, plug in and perform live on our Acoustic Stage. If you don’t play an instrument then why not sing along to our many backing tracks on Karaoke
Ping Pong / Pool – challenge a friend to a game or learn to play with a member of staff
Skating – practise your tricks or have a go for the first time in the rooftop skate park
Youth Works drop-in – ‘Chill out’, listen to music, access the internet or have a brew. Staffed by youth workers who can offer advice, information, support or guidance 3:30pm – 5:45pm (ages 13-25)

Thursday 31 May, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Fashion upcycling – release your inner fashionista with Worn Reborn http://www.wornreborn.co.uk/
Furniture upcycling / Arts and Crafts – make old furniture look new again or try your hand at making crafts
Open Mic/ Karaoke – bring your instruments, plug in and perform live on our Acoustic Stage. If you don’t play an instrument then why not sing along to our many backing tracks on Karaoke
Ping Pong / Pool – challenge a friend to a game or learn to play with a member of staff
Skating – practise your tricks or have a go for the first time in the rooftop skate park
Youth Works drop-in – ‘Chill out’, listen to music, access the internet or have a brew. Staffed by youth workers who can offer advice, information, support or guidance 3:30pm – 5:45pm (ages 13-25)

Friday 1 June, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Open Mic/ Karaoke – bring your instruments, plug in and perform live on our Acoustic Stage. If you don’t play an instrument then why not sing along to our many backing tracks on Karaoke
Ping Pong / Pool – challenge a friend to a game or learn to play with a member of staff
Skating – practise your tricks or have a go for the first time in the rooftop skate park
Bouldering – climb your way around the bouldering tunnel
End of week Party end the week with a DJ dance party and lighting effects in the atrium!
Youth Works drop-in – ‘Chill out’, listen to music, access the internet or have a brew. Staffed by youth workers who can offer advice, information, support or guidance 3:30pm – 5:45pm (ages 13-25)

For more information call 01422 433200 or email hello@orangeboxhalifax.org

Training Courses with Sector Support Calderdale

Do you want to get to grips with the refugee crisis and the impact it’s having in Calderdale? Maybe you want to learn more about setting up a not-for-profit organisation.

Sector Support Calderdale is holding a variety of training sessions from Tuesday 24 January including a Dementia Friends information session and more at the Orange Box, Halifax and Illingworth Fire Station.

Click here for a list of available training

Sector Support Calderdale training courses are now chargeable and the training costs vary from £10 to £55 – Payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque made payable to North Bank Forum –  If you would like to pay by bank transfer, please contact for details.

To reserve places or to request a booking form contact Olivia Swingler or Jake Farrar on 01422 345174 or email sectorsupport@nbforum.org.uk.

FREE festive activities at Orange Box for ages 11+

If you know a young person aged 11 or over, then tell them to head down to Orange Box young people’s centre this Christmas holiday for some free festive activities.

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December – 2pm to 4pm and Friday 23 December – 2pm to 9pm at Orange Box Young People’s Centre, 1 Blackledge, HX1 1AF

Participants can make their own Christmas crafts, sing their favourite karaoke tunes, act out a Christmas scene, cook an alternative Christmas dinner, enter a table tennis tournament, climb to new heights in the bouldering tunnel or make Christmas party treats.

For information and a full timetable of activities visit orangeboxhalifax.org