New creative project launched in local residential care homes

VAC is a local charity that provides a number of different services aimed at improving local lives.  Over the recent months, VAC has developed a range of volunteering activities including the new mystery shopper project and support for the local organisation Weekend Care.

VAC has recently launched its newest pilot project called Molly and Bill; an acronym of ‘making our lives lively and being involved in local life’. The project is working with 5 Calderdale residential care homes and the Community Place at Calderdale Royal. VAC is partnering with the venues to provide an activity programme for their residents and guests. Creative and meaningful activities will be delivered across the venues by community groups, individuals and volunteers.

Liz North, co-ordinator for Molly and Bill, said

“We are really excited to be delivering this innovative project with our partners and are looking forward to working together to provide additional meaningful activities in the venues and also supporting residents to feel more connected to their local community. We are hoping this will be of real benefit to all involved.”

To make the project a success, VAC are currently recruiting volunteers who will support the activity provision, escort guests to community resources and provide one to one befriending.

In addition, VAC are also looking for organisations and individuals who have an interest in delivering creative, meaningful and healthy activities and be part of an extensive and exciting programme for residents and guests to access.

If you are interested in being involved please come and join us at one of our market stalls taking place throughout February:

  • Todmorden market on the 9th February – 8.30am to 2pm
  • Sowerby Bridge market on 14th February – 8.30am to 2pm
  • Hebden Bridge market on the 16th February – 8.30am to 2pm
  • Elland market on the 17th February – 8.30am to 12.30pm
  • Halifax market on the 24th February – 8.30am to 2pm

Alternatively, if you can’t make one of the stalls please email mollyandbill@cvac.org.uk or call 01422 348777 for more information.

Molly and Bill is funded by Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Calderdale NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and the National Lottery.

Mum 2 Mum Market in Sowerby Bridge

Over 30 stalls selling excellent condition baby and children’s goods at bargain prices. Well-known brands at a fraction of high street prices.

Saturday 4 March 2017 – 1.15pm to 3.15pm
At Sowerby Bridge High School, Albert Rd, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2NW

Everything imaginable for your little ones including:

  • Buggies & Travel Systems
  • Stairgates, Toddler Furniture
  • Home & Safety Equipment
  • Baby Carriers & Harnesses
  • Moses Baskets, Cots & Travel Cots
  • Growbags, Bed Guards
  • Sterilisers and Feeding Equipment
  • Highchair’s, Bumbos
  • Trikes, Balance Bikes, Bikes and Outdoor Toys
  • Baby Walkers, Bouncers, Jumperoo’s & Activity Centres

Join the event on Facebook for previews of sale items.

£2 entry per adult (kids are free) also the last half hour of the sale is free Ensure you come early to bag all the best bargains. (2 4 1 voucher available on Mum2mum website)

If you would like to make some money and declutter you can book a stall here

For further information please email halifaxandhuddersfield@mum2mummarket.co.uk

Car Boot Sale in Sowerby Bridge this weekend

Go along and bag yourself a bargain at the Sowerby Bridge Rotary Car Boot Sale on Sunday 11 September 2016

The Car Boot Sale will be held on Old Causeway in Sowerby Bridge (adjacent to The Moorings Car Park) and Shoppers are welcome to go along from 8am

Donate your artwork to an exhibition and art auction for Healthy Minds

Donate your artwork to a fundraising event for Healthy Minds Mental Health Charity taking place in October at The Blind Pig, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ

Art can be a way to express yourself and work through difficult emotions or experiences and this exhibition is to inspire people from all walks of life.

Artwork must be between 4x6in and 12×16.5in and can be donated by handing it in to Healthy Minds at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall Street between Tuesday 30 August and Friday 9 September – 10am to 3pm (Monday to Friday only)

For more information and to arrange handing in your artwork please call 07960 972685 or email mindspace@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

Your Water Community Workshop in Sowerby Bridge

Get involved in a ‘Your Water Community Workshop’ with Aire and Calder Catchment Partnership to have your say and take action to create a healthy and wildlife rich water environment within the Aire and Calder.

Wednesday 27 April – From 7pm to 9pm
At St Pauls Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ

The aim of the workshop is to:

  • Engage with interested parties and groups
  • Put your local areas that need improvement on the map
  • Find out how the partnership can help you

To secure a place at the workshop book online at www.aireandcalderpartnership.org

Sowerby Bridge to Todmorden 10mile Road Race

Join in for a 10mile run from Sowerby Bridge Fire Station to Todmorden Fire Station to raise funds for Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal and the Fire Fighter’s Charity.

Sunday 15 May 2016 – Starts at 10am
Run starts at Sowerby Bridge Fire Station (outside ‘The Works’)

Entry By Sponsorship – Minimum £10 per person and teams are welcome (per person rate applies for each team member)

Showers and changing facilities at Todmorden Fire Station and refreshments provided.

Trophies will be given for the following:

  • Best Team
  • 1st Non Fire Service Runner
  • 1st Fire Service Personnel
  • 1st Female Fire Service Personnel
  • 1st Fire Service Personnel aged 45 plus

Supporting forms

If you would like to take part please complete the Entry Form and return it by email to carolyn.heywood@westyorksfire.gov.uk or by post to: Carolyn Heywood, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Halifax Station, Skircoat Moor Road, Halifax. HX1 3JF

Run Poster

Get creative at the Healthy Minds art & wellbeing group

healthy mindsThese informal, relaxed sessions usually take place the last Wednesday of the month and are for anyone who would like to take time out to be creative, express themselves & meet new people.

The next session will take place on Wednesday 27 January – 1pm to 3pm
At St Paul’s Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ

For more information contact Dianne on 01422 345154 or email Dianne@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk