Calderdale Countryside News Winter/Spring 2021

Welcome to the winter/spring newsletter for 2021, hope you are all keeping well as we start the New Year.  Being back in lockdown is tough and is proving to be a challenge to lots of us, but now there is light at the end of the tunnel with the roll out of the vaccine and the days getting lighter as we head towards spring.  Winter is currently in full flow with storms and snow to contend with, but despite that here’s hoping you manage to get out and explore your local countryside over the next few months to make the most of the changing seasons.

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Your Calderdale Countryside News for Winter/Spring 2020 is here!

Welcome to the first newsletter of Countryside News for 2020, packed with ideas of how to make the most of enjoying the great outdoors, right at your doorstep!

There are events for you to get involved in, wildlife awareness courses, volunteering opportunities, as well as news and updates you don’t want to miss.

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Calderdale Citizens Advice help with employability skills for 16-20 year olds

Do you know someone between the ages of 16 and 20 who wants to improve their employability skills?

Or maybe they want to gain valuable experience whilst making a real difference to people living in Calderdale?

If you know someone who might want to take advantage of this exciting opportunity or simply have a chat about the options available, contact us using our website at .

We are able to deliver this project thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale through the #project and The Big Lottery

Garden Party at All Souls Church, Haley Hill

all souls.jpgAll Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax HX3 6DR will be holding a Garden Party on Saturday 29 June, 11:00am-1:00pm.

This Halifax landmark is one of most magnificent buildings to be designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and paid for by Edward Akroyd, a Halifax manufacturer. Scott thought it his best church but he still lamented it was not grander still.

Completed in 1859, it has a 72-metre-high spire and dazzling stained glass created by Victorian master craftsmen.

Join the volunteers for a cup of tea and take your stories and memories of the church. Perhaps you were married here or part of the congregation?

Discover the history and talk to our team of dedicated volunteers about how you can get involved. Even if you only have a little time to give, they would still welcome your help. Please come and get involved if you would like to volunteer to care for this beautiful building which is celebrating 160 years.

*If the weather is poor the event will be inside the church

This is a FREE event and there is no need to book, but if you have any questions please contact Alison Pearce  on

All Souls – come on in and find out about volunteering with us

all souls.jpgJoin us on Saturday 13 April, 11am – 2pm to find out more about this amazing church and find out about volunteering!

Venue: All Souls Haley Hill Halifax HX3 6DR

The church will be open between 11am and 1pm for all to visit. This remarkable Victorian Church, designed by George Gilbert Scott was built in 1859.

Discover the history and talk to our team of dedicated volunteers about how you can get involved. Even if you only have a little time to give, we would still welcome your help.

This is a FREE event and there is no need to book, but if you have any questions please contact Danielle Rowbottom  07867974738 / or, Alison Pearce  07900685796 /

SmartMove Volunteer Engagement Event

Calderdale SmartMove is a registered charity assisting homeless and vulnerably housed people to access accommodation and skills.

Our volunteers come from many walks of life: Health workers, Waiters, Students, Job Seekers, Drivers, Sports Centre Workers, People who have been homeless, Retired people, ex Teachers and many more.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. Come on down to our volunteer event this New Year and find out how!

On Tuesday 8 January 2019 from 10am – 1pm at Halifax Fire Station, Skircoat Moor Rd, HX1 3JF Halifax, West Yorkshire

As a volunteer with SmartMove you will play a crucial role, adding enormous value to the services we are able to provide. Volunteer representation is encouraged at every level of the organisation.

VAC Volunteer Open Morning

On Thursday 21 September at the VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, HX1 5AY 9:30am – 12:30pm, VAC are running a drop in session where you can find out more about volunteering with VAC.

(VAC will also be at the Calderdale College Fresher’s Fair on Wednesday 13 September 10:00 – 13:00)

VAC have a number of volunteering opportunities.

Molly and Bill has developed significantly over the summer and the programme of activities in care homes has expanded. Volunteers have been undertaking a variety of roles and activities within the different care settings. There have been many positive stories of residents engaging in activities, such as a lady who is not able to communicate joining in a singing session.

Weekend Care has changed its name to Our Place and moved venue to Heath United Reform Church. They had a launch event this summer and are looking for new volunteers to join the team.
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