Join the fun this summer and enjoy a Healthy Holiday!

If your child is eligible for free school meals through qualifying benefits, they may be able to access a fully funded holiday place during the school holidays this summer.

Calderdale Healthy Holidays programme provides enriching activities, delicious nutritious meals and a chance for young people to meet new friends in a safe & fun environment, during the school holidays!

Please discuss needs of your child with providers.


  • Tumble TAGS Summer Camps
  • Cricket Activity Camp – Illingworth
  • The Brooksbank School Summer Camp

and many more!

For the full, continuously updated list of activities, click here: Calderdale Healthy Holidays

Grants to deliver Healthy Holiday Activities for schoolchildren by June 29th

Calderdale community organisations, schools and childcare providers are invited to apply for a share of the £926,000 Healthy Holidays grant to offer fun and creative activity programmes over the summer holidays, in partnership with Calderdale Council.

Deadline for applications 29th June. 

Activities should take place during the period Mon 9th August to Fri 3rd September 2021


More information on the news section

Healthy Holidays Calderdale – Information Session June 15th

Delivery of Summer Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme in Calderdale.

We are excited that the government announced the expansion of its tried and tested Holiday Activities and Food programme across all local authorities.

This programme is aiming to provide healthy food and enriching activities during the summer holidays to children who are aged between 5 to 16 years old and receive benefits-related free school meals (8000 children in Calderdale).

We are holding an information session for organisations planning to apply for the summer Healthy Holidays grant funding:

Date & Time: 15th June 1.00-3.00pm

Zoom link:


The Healthy Holidays grant programme is now live and groups and organisations can access the full guidance and online application form on the Community Foundation for Calderdale’s website. The deadline for applications is 10am on Tuesday 29th June 2021. 

Access the Full Guidance on the Community Foundation for Calderdale website

Spruce up your CV with Real Life Futures for young people

Real Life FuturesReal Life Futures Courses take place on Thursday’s throughout the summer holiday as part of Summer MixMatch 2016 with Project_Twelve:31 and the best part is that it’s FREE.

The first week saw young men take part in a session around the danger’s of fire which included hard hitting footage of the tragic event that took place at Bradford City Fc’s, Valley Parade stadium resulting in the loss of 56 lives on 11th May 1985.

Over the duration of the course attendees will gain qualifications such as First Aid, Fire Marshalling, Manual Handling, Risk Assessing and more.

It’s not too late to get involved and spruce up your CV for potential future employers!

Come along on Thursday 4 August from 4pm at Forest Cottage Community Centre, Cousin Lane, Ovenden, HX2 9AD.

Click here for other activities taking place with Summer MixMatch including Prison Me? No Way!, Great Bake Off, Football with Ovenden Phoenix and much more to keep you busy and your summer filled with fun.

Summer MixMatch 2016 with Project_Twelve31

sUMMER PROGWe’ve packed our summer programme full of FREE positive activities for young people in North Halifax to get involved in.

Some will make you think, some will make you sweat and others might just challenge you to try something new

It’s all for FREE!  Just 1 rule – you must Mix it Up!

Red activities collect skills for the future and can even look good on your CV!
Blue sessions are a mixture of fun and games – it is the holidays after all! Have a go at something new?
Purple sessions are volunteering roles or community projects for those looking for an extra challenge

Starting next week FREE sessions include:

  • MixMatch sessions
  • Real Life Futures course
  • Bake Off!
  • Boxing at Old Lane
  • Swimming / Gym
  • Skating/BMXing/Scootering
  • Football training with Ovenden Phoenix FC!
  • Taekwondo
  • Fitness Bootcamp

And we’re adding new sessions all the time!

BOOK NOW!! Ring 01422 255402 and ask for Karen. Or drop in Forest Cottage on Tuesady evening or Wednesday from 2pm.

Find us on Facebook   Project_Twelve31

MixMatch and Project_Twelve:31 are delivered in partnership by West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service,  Ovenden Phoenix FC, Busoasis, West Yorkshire Positive Futures, Ovenden Sports and Community Foundation, Lifeline, Calderdale Council, and supported by Morrison’s Supermarkets ltd. 

For further information about these projects and the Summer Programme 2016 please contact the Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative on 01422 255402 or email


FREE activities at Orangebox this summer

Enjoy FREE activities throughout the summer for ages 11+ including arts & crafts, acting & singing, skating & climbing, cooking & baking and hair & beauty.

Every Monday to Friday – 2pm to 5pm
At Orangebox Young People’s Centre, 1 Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1AF

For further information email or call 01422 433200

Summer Orangebox

FREE Bricks4Kidz session at Mixenden Library!

Bricks4Kids logoJoin us at Mixenden Library for a FREE Bricks4Kids session and get your creative hat on.

On Tuesday25 August – 3.30pm to 5pm

Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide an extraordinary atmosphere for children, where we learn, we build, we play… with LEGO® Bricks. For ages 8+ years

16 Places available, so please book early to ensure a place – Call Heather at Mixenden Library on 01422 244694 to book today

For further information on Bricks4Kids and upcoming sessions in your area click here.