The Daffodil Club, a new social group for Mixenden at the Addy

You heard it here first, there is a new social café with a brew, cakes and games at the Addy. A club for the young at heart who would like to get out and have fun!

Join us at the Addy Café in Mixenden every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Launch Meeting will be

11th October 12.30pm to 2.30pm

No booking needed, just come along!

£3 for a warm drink and cake and if you feel lucky, £1 for bingo!

For more info, contact The Addy on 01422 241450 or Craig from the Staying Well Team on 07759 364916.

We look forward to meeting you!

Venue : The Addy Mixenden 8QD, Slippy Ln, Halifax

f: Mixenden Addy on Facebook
t: 01422 241450

From RE:Mixy Party in the Park June 2022

When you hear the words ‘climate change’, what comes to mind? As more and more of us are waking up to the urgency of climate breakdown and ecological collapse, we perhaps find ourselves feeling powerless and unsure of where we, as communities, fit into the solutions. For others it may not yet be on their radar, but what is for sure is that we need to be able to have these conversations and more importantly, work together towards the solutions in our local area.

North Halifax Partnership have been working with the new Climate College in Todmorden and All 1 Collective and Lab to think about ways we can involve local people and communities in climate conversations and action.

Following the success of Waste Not, Want Not event in Lee Mount for Halloween 2021, we were keen to host a similar event in Mixenden. Working in collaboration with local partners in Mixenden, together we held the Re:Mixy event on the site of Mixenden Urban Park on Saturday 18th June 2022.

Local public green spaces are key to our communities meeting the challenges of climate change – whether that’s through connecting with nature or having space to grow food – we were keen to hold the event in Mixenden Urban Park to promote it as a place where activity can happen and get people thinking about how this space could be used better to suit people’s needs. Mixenden Urban Park, a large green space tucked away in the Mixenden Valley, may be remembered by local people as a multiuse sports site, with its own bowling pavilion and green, tennis courts and basketball court, but latterly has been a little neglected. Although the bowling pavilion has long since gone, the site can still be enjoyed for its beautiful walks, natural environment and nature and the Hebble Brook flowing through. Although in need of some repair, the tennis and basketball courts are still in useable condition, and being fairly unusual facilities in North Halifax, are crying out to be used once again.

With huge thanks to the team and volunteers at Newground’s Greener Together Programme, who carried out a clean-up and groundworks to the park in preparation for the event, this is now possible. We were also incredibly grateful to Jodie from Community Support Services for helping plan the event but also in allowing use of the Addy kitchen and facilities.

The event was a great success with around 250 people attending throughout the day. It was also lovely to see people travelling to Mixenden for the event and hints at the possibilities of making MUP a destination to visit in Calderdale.

People were able to enjoy a free meal made from food that was otherwise destined for landfill, give their views on what they’d like to see happening at the park, take part in arts and crafts activities, meet local organisation, go on a bug hunt or a story telling adventure, try their hands at different sports and have their faces painted before leaving with a sunflower growing kit and a choice of plastic free products such as wooden toothbrushes, cellulose sponges or solid shampoo to see if this was a change they could make in their households. The feedback showed that everyone enjoyed the day and would like to see more events like this happening in Mixenden, with some ideas for how we could make it better next time. It was fantastic to hear people’s ideas – a community growing and cooking project coming out strongly – but also local organisations committing to make better use of this brilliant space for sports and recreation.

Here’s what our partners had to say about the event, their activity and the future of MUP:

All 1 Collective and Lab talked to the local community about what they would like to see in MUP and what would help them to use the space more often. Families were very keen to see more activities for kids held there ranging from football, arts and crafts, outdoor gym sessions and nature walks. Many would also like to see a play area for smaller kids and for the existing zip line to be fixed. There was also an agreement from many that the paths into the space aren’t currently accessible for wheelchairs and buggies and that building paths for wheels would enable lots more people to enjoy the park. Some local residents would like to see MUP as a focus of community action and think that this would really help with local people feeling more ownership of the park. Ideas for community action ranged from litter picks, wildflower planting, building paths and picnic benches. It was brilliant to hear so many ideas and enthusiasm for returning MUP to a space which people from Mixenden can make use of and enjoy.

Laura, a previous student from the Climate Challenge Course at Tod College and Paula, teaching assistant and outreach talked to people about the exciting free, yearlong course at the College which is focused on developing practical skills for the green economy. The course has 4 modules: sustainable building, food and land, understanding the climate challenge and Energy. If you would like to find out about this course starting in September 2022, please contact: climatechallenge@tlchub.org.uk or call 01706 318 133.

“It was great to see so many people enjoying the outdoors and using the Mixenden Urban Park. This is a special spot in the heart of a fantastic community and it would be great to see this used more often. We will definitely consider how we can use the space for the young people who attend our Mixenden Youth Club” – Sam Harrison – Youth Work Coordinator, Newground

If you would like to get involved to influence the future of MUP, have an idea that you’d like to share or an activity you’d like to start, please get in touch with Natalie at Natalie.ratner@nhpltd.org.uk or call 07881952542 for advice, support and funding.

   

Lantern Making at Mixenden Addy

A great time was had by all on Wednesday 30 October when members who access Community Support Services at The Addy, Mixenden made lanterns to take to this year’s Lantern Parade.

All are welcome to join this year’s Lantern Parade which will be starting from the lower site of Ash Green Primary School, Mixenden on Tuesday 6 November, 4:30pm-6:00pm. There will be Halloween games and a raffle after the parade along with refreshments.

There will be prizes for the best lantern and the most spooky outfit and the witches will be telling spooky stories outside Mixenden library.

 

North Halifax Star 2017: Contribution to Work and Training – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

WINNER: The Addy, Mixenden

The Mixenden Addy offers a place to gain skills with Network building, meeting new people and playing an active role within the community.

It’s a place where people can go whether they want to build their self-esteem, need help with job applications, creating CV’s, employment search and other related employment skills to individuals who require various levels of support

The Addy in Mixenden provides a Café, Preparation For Employment Program, Day Services, Gardening, Ironing Service, Kids Clubs, DJ sessions…. there is something for everyone.

Sitting right in the heart of Mixenden, the Addy has provided the area with employment and training opportunities since the day it opened its doors and the individuals who work there are provided with a high standard of training and are continually reviewing new ways of working.

The Addy is run by support workers and people with disabilities which really helps to break down social barriers within Mixenden.

The Addy has built up strong links with other services in Mixenden such as the church, Parents Resource Centre and the schools.

For information on more of the services visit communitysupportservices.co.uk

North Halifax Star 2016: Contribution to Work and Training – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

WINNER: Dawn Hartley

Dawn Hartley is a local business woman who had a vision to make a difference and help people in the village where she was born.

For over a quarter of a century Dawn has run the the successful and well respected care company, Community Support Services.

After investing in an unused building in Mixenden, Dawn designed and opened the Addy for the people of Mixenden and for those who need that little bit extra support.

Dawn is an exceptionally hard working individual who is always going above and beyond to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided with high quality care.

The Addy offers adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn, develop and nurture their skills so that they are ready to enter the world of work. Those that have attended have come on leaps and bounds, obtaining work placements, gaining extra skills and support to make the transition into employment.

To find out more about Community Support Services visit communitysupportservices.com and keep up to date with what’s going on at the. Mixenden Addy on Facebook

 

Half Term Fun in Mixenden at The Addy

Have fun this half term with various activities at The Addy, Mixenden from Halloween themed activities to dance and drama on the following dates:

Monday 26 October – 10am to 1pm
Halloween crafts and face painting

Tuesday 27 October – 12pm to 3pm
Ghost story telling or Halloween themed baking

Wednesday 28 October – 10am to 3pm
Mixed activities including Halloween make up, costume making and fun games

Thursday 29 October – 10am to 1pm
learn how to graffiti

Friday 30 October – 12pm to 3pm
Dance and mini drama

Each session costs £5 and payments can be made on the day but bookings must be made at least 1 week in advance by dropping into The Addy or by calling 01422 241450 and speaking with Danielle.

If you aren’t calling in to book then it is asked that parents arrive 10 minutes early on the first day to sign the relevant paperwork.