Invictus Peer Support Drop In sessions held at Forest Cottage – Ovenden

Invictus Wellbeing, West Yorkshire’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health Charity will be holding a face to face peer support drop in at Forest Cottage in Ovenden starting February 2023.

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These peer support face to face, informal drop in self help groups are a place where young people can come together to help one another through shared experiences and emotional support.

All groups are friendly, non-judgemental and confidential spaces.

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Magpies set to open on a Saturday!

We have some great news….Magpies will be opening on Saturdays!

Starting from Saturday 4th of March, the Magpies will be open between 10am and 2pm and everyone is welcome!

Join us for 4 hours of Magpies fun including sports, cooking, arts and crafts and more….

The day costs £40 which includes activities, a meal and full staff support.

Every Saturday from 10am until 2pm, starting from Saturday 4th March.

Our outreach events are a great way to make new friends and try new activities.

You don’t have to be a Magpies member to join us, these events are open to everyone.

Get in touch now to book on!

Find us : Magpies, Unit 15, Calderdale Business Park, Club Lane, Ovenden
Halifax, HX2 8DB

Once upon a Thriftmas (December 2022 event)

For those who celebrate it, Christmas can be a magical time of year, coming together to enjoy yearly traditions of food, music, decorations and presents. But this all comes at a cost, both to our purses and the planet and the work that goes into making Christmas special often falls disproportionately to women.

As we begin to understand the challenges posed by climate change and the gathering pace of the cost-of-living crisis, we wanted to get back to the true meaning of Christmas and show that it doesn’t have to be all about consumerism and pressure to create the perfect day.

And so, together with our brilliant partners from across Calderdale, we held the first Thriftmas event on Saturday 10th December at Forest Cottage. There was a wide variety of activities on offer as well as advice and free goodies that aimed to give a different perspective on Christmas whilst maintaining the traditions we all know and love.


Did you know that every year, we spend around £700 million on unwanted gifts and that of all gifts, only 1% will still be in use come June?

When it comes to gifts, it really is the thought that counts so we had NHP’s Tracy hosting a Swishing table where people could bring in something they no longer wanted or needed to swap for something they could use or gift. The table was empty at the end of the day.

Natalie from NHP was there to help people make their own bath salts and bath bombs with recycled packaging good enough to gift to emphasise that handmade gifts can be the most thoughtful, waste free and cost-effective gifts out there.

Dan from NHP showed people how to make unique planters from recycled bottles that also make lovely and unique handmade gifts.

Festive food is another area where we could do better to save money and be greener. With supermarkets employing tactics to get us to buy more than we need, its no wonder we collectively bin enough food to provide 42 million meals.

Rachel from NHP made a delicious turkey chilli from leftovers in the slow cooker with the recipe to take away and try at home. There was also a slow cooker to be won by one lucky attendee.

Every year, we send 165,000 tonnes of Christmas decorations to landfill including 68,488 miles of string lights so we wanted to find ways of decorating that would use natural and recycled materials that will also save money. Nicola from Staying Well hosted a table to make cardboard gingerbread decorations. Nicola from Todmorden Makery inspired people to make their own decorations from tech waste and Calderdale Green New Deal were promoting the use of natural and traditional decorating materials like leaves, twigs, and flowers.

Of the one billion Christmas cards sent each year, only 1/4 will be recycled creating 300,000 tonnes of waste. Sara Nursey from Elland Children’s Centre hosted a table where you could use paint and recycled materials to create handmade Christmas cards which are more likely to be kept and cherished than end up in landfill.

Paul Whiteley Photography was there to take beautiful and fun photos in the Christmas themed photo booth which will make lovely personalised and waste free gifts and e-cards.

Similarly, around 40,000 Christmas crackers are sent to landfill each as many are not recyclable with foil, glitter, and a useless piece of plastic. Sam and team from NewGround were on hand to show people how to make their own reusable crackers that are environmentally friendly and where you can choose your own gift that will be useful and reusable.

All One Collective’s Hillary was there to chat to people about how they’re managing with the cost-of-living crisis and how being a little greener can also help save money.

And of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the big man himself – Santa took his place by the beautiful original fireplace to give gifts to all the children who came.

It was a wonderful event, that put a different vibe on Christmas festivities, and we had great feedback from the people who came along. Thanks so much to everyone who was involved organising and hosting and to everyone who came along and participated.

We look forward to doing it all again next year!

OSCA Foundation invite local talent to perform in their venue!

The OSCA Foundation would like to invite local talent to perform at their public bar venue.

Solo singers or bands living in the North Halifax area, including Ovenden, Illingworth, Bradshaw, Holmfield, Mixenden or the surrounding areas are invited to perform at the OSCA bar to a live audience.

If interested, please contact Steve Smith on 07727 860731 or email

Ovenden Ward Forum meeting Thursday 8th December

Come along to the next Ovenden Ward Forum meeting

Thursday 8th December
5.30pm at St Georges Church Hall, Lilac St, Lee Mount, HX3 5BT


Ovenden Ward Councillors will be there to answer any questions or concerns you have on the things that matter to you as well as a representative from the West Yorkshire Police Neighbourhood Policing Team

We look forward to seeing you there.

Grants of up to £10,000 from the Ovenden Wind Farm Fund November 18

The Community Foundation for Calderdale have launched the Ovenden Wind Farm Fund and are inviting Not-for-profit organisations to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 for general charitable purposes to groups operating or delivering within a 7.5km radius of the Wind Farm (HX2 7UA). The Ovenden Moor Wind Farm Fund is being managed by CFFC on behalf of Yorkshire Wind Power Ltd (YWPL).

For more details about the eligibility criteria and to apply by 18th November 202”, please visit

Next Tabletop Sale at the OSCA November 20th – Book a table now!

Following the success of the last sale, OSCA Foundation will be holding another one on Sunday 20th November.


Tabletop Sale
OSCA Foundation – Forest Cottage – Enderby Hall
Sunday 20th November
Sellers from 8:30am
Public from 9:00am until the sellers are gone!

Sellers: £5 per table – Set up from 8.30am (we are usually on site a bit earlier)

 Buyers: Doors open 9am – Free entry to those buying only

 Refreshments available : Tea- Coffee – Chocolates- Crisps (Sorry we do not provide cooked food)

End – When the sellers have left!!!!

There are plans for further tabletop sales during December 2022 – January 2023 on the following days

  • Sunday 4th December 2022
  • Sunday 18th December 2022
  • Sunday 8th January 2023
  • Sunday 22nd January 2023


Other activities at the OSCA Foundation

OSCA foundation
Forest Cottage
Cousin Lane
Ovenden, HX2 8AD