Have Your Say! Warley Ward Forum – 7 September 2016

Warley PosterThis September we’ll be in Warley Town talking to people about what matters to them in their area.

Come along to the Warley Ward Forum on Wednesday 7 September.

Venue: Pellon Baptist Church, Spring Hall Lane, Pellon, Halifax HX1 4UA.

Refreshments and signing in from 6.30pm. Meeting starts at 7pm.

Up for discussion:

  • Police Update
  • Ward Forum Grants
  • Community group updates
  • Problem of Speeding vehicles in Warley

Click here for the full agenda…

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015

To coincide with National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015, Calderdale Hate Crime Partnership is working with partners including Calderdale Council, Calderdale Police, Pennine Housing 2000, Calderdale Citizens Advice Bureau, Calderdale College, Victim Support West Yorkshire, Brunswick Centre and partners to supporting activities across the borough.

The week runs from Saturday 10 October to Saturday 17 October 2015.

The Partnership will be raising awareness of hate crime reporting and what individuals can do should they experience or witness anyone experiencing hate crime.

In the Police and Crime Plan 2013 – 18, the Police Crime Commissioner has committed to tackling hate crime and provide support for victims. In Calderdale, we work very closely with partners to ensure that appropriate support in made available to victims suffering from any elements of hate crime.

This year’s campaign is based on, “Hate Hurts. Report it, Sort it, say No to Hate Crime”.

To support the activities during the week, information will be available from Pennine Housing 2000 offices, Calderdale Citizen’s Advice Bureau offices, Calderdale College, Customer First Horton Street, Brunswick Centre, Halifax Central Initiative and Ovenden Mixenden Initiative. We are also working with community organisations in sending out a clear message that hate crimes will not be tolerated in the borough.

How do I report a hate crime incident?

  • Always call 999 in an emergency where there is danger to life or crime is in progress
  • Call 101 for non-emergencies
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired you can use textphone 18001 101 or mobile text phone 07786 200 200
  • Visit your local police station
  • Use the service of the independent Hate Incident Reporting Centre (full list available of Calderdale Council website or West Yorkshire Police website)
  • Report non-emergency hate incidents online using the online reporting form – www.westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrime
  • Speak to the Calderdale Councils Cohesion and Equality Officer on 01422 392869 or contact by email at sail.suleman@calderdale.gov.uk

Title changes hands as youngsters take on the challenge

20150708_103250The MixMatch School Challenge was held for its second year at Mixenden Activity Centre on Wednesday 8 July and saw reigning champions, Trinity Academy, determined to defend the trophy as they went head to head with Park Lane Learning Trust.

Over 60 youngsters, aged between 12 and 15-years-old, took part in a variety of fun and challenging activities at the event organised by Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative and were joined by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS), West Yorkshire Police (WYP) and Calderdale Council’s Children and Young People’s Services.

The challenges included orienteering, a ‘bikeability’ obstacle course, sponge and stocks, a water bucket challenge involving WYFRS hose reels, an assault course and after a great competition and undeterred by the changing weather, Park Lane Learning Trust evened the playing field for next year after being hailed the champions for 2015.

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Karina Gonzalez, WYFRS Calderdale District Prevention Assistant, said:

“The aim of these sorts of events is to foster a respect for the emergency services and to show kids that the fire service is a great organisation they should feel an admiration for.

“Ultimately these events are aimed at reducing arson and anti-social behaviour by engaging with youngsters at an early stage before they get involved in this kind of activity.”

In the build up to the MixMatch Challenge, a number of young people from Mixenden have attended various events and sessions on crimes and the consequences to educate them and help to break down barriers between themselves and uniformed services.

Community Worker Heather Stout from Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative said:

“As well as today’s fantastic event young people have been learning about the consequences of crime, visited the Houses of Parliament and since the sessions began we’ve seen a dramatic reduction in fires and antisocial behaviour in Mixenden.”

The sessions have included educating the young people on the consequences of car crime, what prison is really like and the consequences of other crimes; such as bullying, car theft, Anti Social Behaviour and more.

Chloe Sullivan aged 16 gave her view on a session about deliberate fires, saying:

“This was the best session out of the whole lot. The staff who visited were really friendly and they were all interacting with us, which was good because we got to see it from different points of view.

As a result I would never start a fire with friends to show off because I feel strongly about the way people treat the firemen and I think it is utterly disgraceful. I would like to thank them for coming to talk to us and we really appreciate them for doing their job!”

Due to their willingness and the commitment shown since the start of the MixMatch Scheme, the youngsters have found themselves being rewarded for their efforts through activities such as entry to the Birkenshaw Bonfire & Firework Extravaganza back in November 2014, a paint-ball trip, a London visit to see the houses of parliament and of course the 2015 MixMatch Challenge.

Services the who took part and supported the 2015 MixMatch Challenge were The Mixenden Initiative, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Police, Mixenden Activity Centre, Pennine Housing, CMBC Community Wardens, Chris Mitchell from Calderdale Community Coaching Trust (CCCT), Morrisons who donated refreshments and Halifax Young Farmers supplied The Tug of War Rope for the final.

Have Your Say! Warley Ward Forum – 22 June 2015

This June we’ll be in Warley Town talking to people about what matters to them in their area.

Ward forum posterCovering the areas: Warley village, Norton Tower, Highroad Well, Fountain Head Village, Mount Tabor, Mount Pellon and Pellon.

Come along to the Warley Ward Forum on Monday 22 June.

Venue: Maypole Inn, Warley Town HX2 7RX

Refreshments and signing in from 6.30pm. Meeting starts at 7pm.

Up for discussion:

Blackbird Cafe for people with dementia and their carers

bbird cafe logoIf you have been diagnosed with dementia or you are caring for someone with dementia then you may find that The Blackbird Cafe is just what you need.

Go along to Blackburn House on Monday 29 June 2015 from 1pm to 3pm and relax in a friendly environment where refreshments will be available.

There are varied and interesting activities to get involved in with access to a range of information and advice as well as the opportunity to share your experience of dementia with others who understand.

For more information you can call Pauline on 07811 438228 or simply turn up on the day.

Dodge Holme clean up shifts 13 Tonnes of waste

WP_20150520_002On the morning of Wednesday 20 May 2015 there was a community clean up event in the Dodge Holme area of Mixenden, involved in the event were staff from the Ovenden Mixenden Initiative, Pennine Housing,  Calderdale Councils safer cleaner greener North East team and local Councillors.

A grant from the Illingworth and Mixenden ward forum helped pay for the event including 3 large skips that were positioned around Dodge Holme whilst Pennine Housing and CMBC provided cage vans, pick-ups and street cleaning vehicles.

Tony King, Ward Coordinator from OMI who helped organise the clean-up said:

“The event was a success due to the hard work of partners involved and that members of the local community were very appreciative for the opportunity to get rid of their bulky waste and rubbish.”

And local resident, Shane Wilkinson said:

Things like this are good for the Dodge Holme community, if it wasn’t for the skip provided no doubt most of the rubbish would have ended up finding its way over the banking and into the stream, we could do with this more often

In total there was approximately 13 tonnes of rubbish removed in the space of just 2 hours including 3 piece suites, old mattresses, garden waste, old furniture and general household waste.

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Have Your Say! Warley Ward Forum – 25 March 2015

Ward forum posterThis March we’ll be in Fountain Head Village talking to people about what matters to them in their area.

Come along to the Warley Ward Forum on Wednesday 25 March

Covering the areas: Warley village, Norton Tower, Highroad Well, Fountain Head Village, Mount Tabor, Mount Pellon and Pellon.

Venue: Long Can Hall, 12 Ovenden Wood Road, Halifax, HX2 0TQ

Refreshments and signing in from 6.30pm. Meeting starts at 7pm.

Up for discussion: