Job Vacancy: Integration Key Worker: Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities is funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme

Integration Key Worker – Calderdale & KirkleesHOT-logo-150x150

30 hours per week

£22,000 per annum (pro rata for part time)

Fixed Term Contract until June 2019

Connecting Opportunities is a new project to increase integration in Leeds City Region by supporting the most socially excluded new migrants to tackle the complex barriers they face in integrating in their local areas, increasing their employability, or finding work. Connecting Opportunities is funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.

As an Integration Key Worker you will develop and provide a range of tailored services to support socially excluded new migrants and refugees to enable them integrate locally and the wider UK host society.

This will include carrying out engagement work and providing one to one and group based support around a range of areas including; education, employment, cultural orienteering and health in co-operation with a wide range of agencies.

To be suitable for this role you must have experience of providing support to isolated migrants and refugees, possess excellent people skills and be able to communicate with a diverse range of communities and individuals across Calderdale and Kirklees.

You must also be able to demonstrate experience of working within community based settings and with a proven background of offering excellent quality information, advice and guidance.

Halifax Opportunities Trust is committed to safer recruitment policies and practices. This includes appropriate DBS (disclosure & barring) checks for all, ensuring references are taken up and adequate training on safeguarding adults.

Closing date for applications is 9th October 2017 @ 5:00pm

Interviews will be held Friday 13th October 2017

For an informal discussion regarding the above post please contact

Surraya Bibi or call 01422 347392.

For an application form, please contact Katy Devereux on 01422 399490 or

Halifax Opportunities Trust is an accredited organisation of the Living Wage Foundation


Spring Hall Bowling Club awarded £3000 from the small grants scheme

Caklderdale Council’s small grants scheme has awarded the popular Spring Hall Bowling Club with a grant of £3000. Neighbourhood officer, Janice Dawson from Halifax Central Initiative has been working with the group, who have been suffering from anti social behaviour resulting in damage to the  pitch and club house.

Janice helped the group complete the funding form along with letter of support from the ASB team, Safer Greener Cleaner team and neighbourhood Police team. The money will be used to erect railings around the pavilion. Work has commenced this week to secure the site.

The Small Grants scheme gives out one-off grants of up to £3,000 for voluntary and community sector projects that help achieve the Council’s ambition of making Calderdale a clean, safe, attractive and thriving area for people to live in, work in and visit. For more information on how to apply click here

Park ward school children present the Mayor of Calderdale with a neighbourhood plan

Students from Beech Hill School and Mount Pellon Junior & Infant school in west central Halifax, have been working with Park Ward Neighbourhood forum, sharing their ideas about they would like to see in the Park Ward neighbourhood plan.  The schools have been working with  Calderdale Council’s Voice and Influence Team and Halifax Central Initiative, and attended a range of workshops to talk about what they like in Park Ward and what they would like to see more off in their area.

Around 40 young people from both schools have produced a report with their suggestions and findings, and this was presented to the Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Ferman Ali at the Town Hall.  The young people were given a tour of the town hall and had the chance to visit the Mayors Chamber. For some children this was the first time they had ever visited the Town Hall and were amazed at the building. The children and staff spent a enjoyable afternoon learning about the Town hall and its history. Thank you to the schools for taking part.

Get into customer service with HSBC – four week programme for young people aged 16-25

The Prince’s Trust is now recruiting for its new Get into Customer Service programme run in partnership with HSBC – In Branch work experience.

Get into Customer Service aims to give young people, who are work ready but do not have vocational skills, a mixture of practical training and qualifications, that will allow them to move into employment, education or training.

The 4 week programme is available to 16-25 year olds, living in Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Pudsey, Keighley, Halifax, Harrogate, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Morley and Wetherby and the surrounding area who are not in employment, education or training.

Over the four-week programme, young people will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about customer service within the banking industry
  • Develop your customer service skills whilst on placement in HSBC branches in Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Pudsey, Keighley, Halifax, Harrogate, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Morley and Wetherby
  • Be supported in applying for positions with HSBC with interview advice
  • Build your confidence and improve your teamwork skills
  • Access up to six months support following the end of the course
  • Your travel costs will be covered and your benefits will not be affected

Venue: To be confirmed

Taster Day: Thursday 28th September 2017, Leeds

Dates: Monday 23rd October – Friday 17th November 2017

As the work experience on this programme will be in a HSBC branch, all young people will also have to complete the DBS and credit checks that this working environment requires. They will be given additional support if needed to do this.

Each candidate will need to provide proof of their right to work and proof of address. Right to work can be evidenced by a current passport or a copy of their birth certificate, a candidate with a birth certificate must also provide evidence of their national insurance number.

To check a young person’s suitability you can contact Kumran Hussain on 07506 692165 or email