Fire Safety Advice from Together Housing

In light of the fire at a high rise block in London, Together Housing would like to reassure all tenants and nearby residents of any high rise blocks that they are confident everything possible is  done to ensure they are protected and kept safe.

However, as a precaution, Together Housing are double checking all procedures over the coming weeks and will be re-issuing fire safety advice to tenants.

Together Housing has cladding on a number of its properties and, following speculation in the media, understand tenant’s concern about whether it is fire resistant.

In construction, Together Housing have taken every step possible to ensure the materials they use are fire resistant and the design safe. The details from the Grenfell Tower Fire are not yet known but Together Housing are reviewing this on a daily basis as details become available and will be keeping tenants informed through digital channels.

Read the full press release from Together Housing here…

Local RSPCA delighted with Valentines support

16730632_247690772343321_2921676189263606853_nThe RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District branch are thanking their supporters who joined in with their ‘Valentails appeal’ this year. The local branch which is entirely self funded, recently called upon the public to choose an animal at their centre to send a ‘Valentails’ card to to put a little love in their lives!

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator said

“Everyone here at the centre has been truly overwhelmed by the sheer number of cards received for our Valentails appeal. Every single animal received a card and we’ve had some incredibly generous donations too, it’s been very,very heart warming. We would like to thank every individual or organisation that has donated to this appeal, without your generosity we simply couldn’t continue the work we do for so many local animals in need.”

fullsizerenderThe branch received a total of 172 Valentines cards and raised a total of £400. Local after school club ‘Harlequins’ also got involved by making their own cards and even doing a bake sale to raise funds. Calder High School and the Upperthong Brownies also made cards and kindly donated to the appeal.

The branch hopes to continue with the appeal next year due to it’s success and would like to thank everyone who supported the appeal.

To find out more about the RSPCA Halifax & Huddersfield you can visit their website: or to donate please Text RSPC40 £2 to 70070 or visit

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch are a completely self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.


UPDATE! Female Self Defence Class cancelled this evening

Please note that the weekly Self Defence Class for females held at Mixenden Activity Centre every Tuesday has been cancelled this evening and will run as normal from next week.

Click here for details full details of the class

Innovative Police Liaison Scheme nominated for a national HSJ Award

The Calderdale and Kirklees police liaison scheme has been nominated for an HSJ Award 2016, recognising the scheme for its innovation in mental health and the way that it has improved experiences of service users in crisis.

The HSJ Awards celebrate the finest achievements in the NHS and are seen as the most sought after accolade in British healthcare, being the biggest awards scheme of its kind in the world.

The police liaison scheme is run in Kirklees and Calderdale and involves mental health nurses working alongside officers at Halifax and Huddersfield police stations to recognise the signs of mental illness.

This ensures fewer people with mental health conditions are placed on Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, held in a cell or admitted to A&E when there are more appropriate ways of providing health care for them. The scheme also enables practitioners to visit victims and witnesses at home and support police officers at the scene of an incident.

The police liaison scheme is supported by the clinical commissioning groups in Calderdale and Kirklees and has had its funding extended, demonstrating how much of an impact the scheme has had in improving mental health services.

Read more about the scheme at

Latest update on New Central Library and Archive

New look libraryLocated on the Square Church site next to the Piece Hall, the new library and archive will occupy land that has been unused for many years and will blend the remains of the church into an iconic external design and internal layout.

The new library will feature a range of facilities including:

Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction
Adult fiction including crime, sci-fi, romance and horror can be found on the 1st floor with non-fiction including one new feature such as Fine Art collection, presenting a wealth of art, architecture, textiles and photography titles located on the 2nd floor.

An IT Area
The new library will have a fast, easy wifi service throughout the building, which doesn’t need any membership to access. Pcs are dotted throughout all four floors, but the main bank of PCs are in the top-floor IT Area

Media Store
This exciting room on the 1st floor will bring lots of new features to the Central Library with rentable DVDs and CDs, a bookable iMAC, a range of touch-screen devices and much more.

About 30,000 locally handmade bricks will make up the walls of the new building and every single brick has been drawn by hand in the plans, and sample walls have been built to make sure the bricks are exactly the right style, shape and colour to blend with the Grade I listed Piece Hall and the town’s many historical buildings.

You can keep an eye on progress with regular drone shots of the site which show how much the site is changing and developing. Photographs and film of the progress are being taken at regular intervals which can be seen on Twitter and Facebook as well as the films being uploaded onto YouTube.

WomenCentre to provide Calderdale Staying Safe service

WomenCentre is delighted to announce that it successfully tendered to provide Calderdale Council’s Domestic Abuse Support Services Contract. The newly contracted service starts on Friday 1 July 2016 and the service will be rebranded and publicised as ‘Calderdale Staying Safe’.

There will be one office phone number to contact the team for support for children, young people and adults: Monday to Friday / 9am to 5pm / (01422) 323339

The Calderdale Staying Safe office base will be at WomenCentre working closely with its existing Breaking the Cycle Team (funded by the Big Lottery).

Please see the team structure chart which provides information about both teams or click here to see some key aspects of the service.

New Table Tennis Club at Ling Bob Junior and Infant school

DSCF2297A new table tennis club has been created at the Ling Bob Junior and Infant school in Pellon thanks to a Warley Ward Forum Grant being secured by the school’s PTA.

The out of school activity has been well received by students and has also helped to further Ling Bobs extended schools programme.

The below photos show children enjoying the table tennis activity which includes coaching from a Mr Clayton from the Halifax and District table tennis club based in Ovenden.

For information on Ward Forum Grants and how to apply, please click here