Pennine Magpie Raising Funds for Red Nose Day

Pennine Magpie students have requested that they help to raise money for other charities.

The first event that has been chosen is Red Nose Day on Friday 15th March.

To ensure as many students as possible are involved there are going to be fundraising events throughout the week, starting on Monday 11th March.

To make the event unique and even more fun, they have decided to mix it up with St. Patrick’s Day which is on Sunday 17th March.

Students are being encouraged to dress up either as Leprechauns or in the colours of the Irish flag (Green, White and Orange); as well as having a red nose.

Any other creative ideas are welcome also!!
A donation of £1 is requested from those students who choose to dress up.

There will also be other events, such as games and cake stalls to help raise funds.

Pennine Magpie hope that you are able to assist them in making the whole week a fun and enjoyable time for the students, whilst supporting a very worthy cause.

Pennine Magpie Receives Duke of Edinburgh Awards Licence

Pennine Magpie is excited to announce that it has received the Duke Of Edinburgh Licence.

This means that they are now registered as a licenced organisation to provide Duke Of Edinburgh Awards for Bronze, Silver and Gold.

“To complete a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, young people volunteer in their communities, learn a skill, get fit and plan and undertake an expedition, fulfilling six to 18 months of challenging activity. Through this sustained, meaningful activity, young people develop key life and employability skills, such as self-management, problem solving, team working, communication and confidence.”

For more information or to show your interest, please email

Pennine Magpie joins Halifax Magpies Mixed Ability Rugby Taster Day

Halifax Magpies hosted a Mixed Ability Rugby Taster Day at their club on Sunday 19 November. The taster day was to host mixed abilities and the sessions were run by the RFU and Yorkshire Carnegie.

It was a great opportunity to learn more about what is involved in the game and how it benefits people in different ways.
Pennine Magpie is a sponsor and some of the students play for the team.
If you would like information on how to get involved or join the team, please contact Halifax Rufc.

Free Advice and Help from Citizens Advice Calderdale


Free Advice and Help from Citizens Advice Calderdale for adults who have a learning disability and their parents and carers at: Pennine Magpie Unit 4a Calderdale Business Park Club Lane Halifax HX2 8DB

To book an appointment phone 01422 383550

Citizens Advice Calderdale can help with:

  • Filling in forms
  • Welfare benefits issues
  • Money problems and budgeting
  • Employment problems
  • Housing issues
  • Maximising your Income and much more

For more information visit

MacIntyre Tea Party with Pennine Magpie

Pennine Magpie are hosting a MacIntyre Tea Party and everyone is welcome to join at the centre for some tea and cake with money raised from the cakes and drinks being donated to the MacIntyre Charity.

Saturday 25 June 2016 – 11am to 12.30pm
At Pennine Magpie, Unit 4A, Calderdale Business Pk, Club Lane, Halifax HX2 8DB

MacIntyre are a national charity providing support to people with learning disabilities for 50 years. Visit for further information.

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Magpie Mixed Ability Match Of The Day

Magpie MOTDJoin Pennine Magpie for a day of football fun to learn basic football skills with fully qualified staff before testing your new skills in a fun match.

Tuesday 27 October 2015 – From 10am to 2.30pm
At Centre at Threeways, Nursery Lane, Ovenden, HX3 5SX

The activity costs £3 per person.

For additional information please contact Richard Bell on 01422 383550 or click here for a downloadable booking form.

North Halifax Star 2015: Contribution to Culture – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

WINNER: The Magpie Movers

Never mind Britain’s Got Talent – North Halifax has Got Talent!

The Magpie Movers were set up in 2014 to allow students to show off their dance skills and get out and about in Calderdale.

The dance group, from Pennine Magpie independent day centre for adults with learning disabilities is made up of individual dancers of mixed ability aged between 18 and 50 who put in so much hard work and effort learning routines to show off their skills making the staff at Pennine Magpie Independent Day Centre extremely proud..

Pennine Magpie’s Kelly Beck said:

All of the students love dancing; they are dedicated and practice very hard. We are very proud of all staff and students involved

The Movers have performed at a number of events, such as the Christmas light switch on events in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Halifax, Beat It night club at Salvation, Keighley College sports open day and a performance for the residents at Bankfield care home.

For further information on Pennine Magpie and the Magpie Movers visit where you can find details of events, news and also read a student produced Newsletter.