Park and Warley Project Weekly Digest 5.11.21

Hello!  With so much going on we couldn’t wait for our next newsletter so here is a quick update of some of the latest opportunities in Park and Warley that you might be interested in.

This weekend! Light Up Lives for Diwali at the Piece Hall

The Piece Hall is celebrating Diwali with a daylong festival of music, food, dance and of course light on Saturday 6 November between 11am – 5pm.

The Festival of Lights is observed by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. It also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, and marks new beginnings, the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. The Courtyard will be alive with traditional Indian music and dance, alongside vegetarian food stalls, family crafts and even a meditation session. And embracing the spirit of the festival, lantern making workshops will be held suitable for the whole family. Click here for more information and more events at the Piece Hall

Please Stay Safe this Bonfire Night

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to attend organised displays rather than setting off fireworks at home. There are a number of events across Calderdale and many are free. Try a Google search to find one near you.

This weekend! Firework display and disco at Siddal Ex-Servicemens & Social Club

Friday 5 November. Starting at 7pm. Hot food available, and it’s FREE entry!

Siddal Ex Servicemens & Social Club, Siddal Lane, Halifax

This weekend! Bonfire & Fireworks Extravaganza with WY Fire and Rescue service

Saturday 6th November

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service invite you to their bonfire event, which is guaranteed to be fun and totally safe at their Birkenshaw headquarters.

  • Gates open 5pm
  • Large bonfire lit at 6.30pm
  • Autism Friendly between 7pm – 7:30pm. Mini Fireworks Display (Suitable for small children and anyone who doesn’t like loud noises)
  • Main Fireworks event at 8.15pm!

Tickets are sold on the gate, Adults £8, Children £5 and Under 5s free! All proceeds from the event go to the Fire Fighters Charity.

Read more:

Have your say on plans to improve walking and cycling in north and west Halifax
Calderdale Council is working with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to deliver improvements to walking and cycling journeys in north and west Halifax.
The proposals cover areas around Dean Clough, Lee Mount, Ovenden and Illingworth in north Halifax and on and around Gibbet Street, Queen’s Road, Hanson Lane, Parkinson Lane and the Beech Hill estate around west Halifax. A number of changes to the proposals have been made since the consultations in March and April 2021.
Features of the west Halifax proposals include:

  • Improved walking routes between Halifax town centre and Gibbet Street
  • Additional parking bays to address issues with pavement parking
  • One-way systems to reduce conflict on narrow streets and improve bus reliability
  • Turning restrictions for some vehicles on Queen’s Road to improve safety and access to local shops 
  • Improvements to planting, seating areas and access to bus stops, as well as new crossing points

The updated proposals are now available and the Council would like to hear your feedback.

Feedback on proposals can be submitted until Sunday 19 December 2021. Those who do not have access to the website can contact West Yorkshire Combined Authority via Metroline on 0113 245 7676 for a printed copy of the designs and survey along with a freepost envelope.

Calderdale homeowners benefitting from Government insulation scheme

Calderdale Council is working in partnership with Eclipse Energy and Better Homes Yorkshire to deliver Phase Two of the Local Area Delivery (LAD) of the Government’s Green Homes Grant with funding from the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy. The work involves fully insulating attic space, plastering and redecorating the area, installing trickle vents in the windows for air flow and, if needed providing mechanical ventilation to bathrooms, such as an extractor fan. Work can be completed within two weeks (can take longer) and households are urged to sign up before the colder months set in.

To qualify, households need to meet criteria, which includes a total combined income of less than £30,000. Canvassers have been visiting properties to explain the scheme and assess if households qualify.  Private landlords can also apply for the scheme if their tenants qualify and will have to make a contribution towards the total cost.  All work is also subject to a free, no obligation survey.

Those interested need to act fast as this limited funding is available for a short time only – properties will not be able to benefit after the sign-up target is met.
Click here to read more…

Our path to a brighter future

As the world’s attention focuses on the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Calderdale Council is launching a new campaign this November, to inspire people to take their own action to tackle the climate emergency. 

The ‘Our path to a brighter future’ campaign will raise awareness of climate change in Calderdale, and the steps being taken as the borough leads the way on tackling this vital issue. Read more….

For more information, visit

Join the conversation on social media using #ClimateActionCdale. For simple actions we can all take to reduce carbon emissions, head to

Halifax Opportunities Trust Employment Services

Have you recently lost your job and not sure where to turn? 🤔 We can help 🙂

Our Employment Services team are a friendly bunch who can make a cracking cuppa, but more importantly have a collective total of over 60 years’ experience of helping people find good quality jobs.

Whether it be getting help with creating a CV, completing a good application form, job searching or introducing you to some employers – we can help.

Give us a call for more info 01422 347392 (we’ll put the kettle on 😉)

HOT Networking – Brilliant Branding

Join Paul Greenwood of Hive of Many on Wednesday 10 November, 8am – 10am at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre to learn how brilliant branding can make your business stand out from the crowd. Click here to book your place

CFFC Weight Management Fund

This week Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) have launched the Weight Management Fund. You can apply for grants of £5,000 before 22nd November to deliver adult weight management programmes that focus on weight loss. This includes voluntary and community sector organisations and local private businesses.

Please share with organisations, gyms, personal trainers, and groups who might be interested in helping adults lose weight in Calderdale.

For more info, please visit

Support Men’s Health with the GVC Fund

This programme aims to support local communities and projects, with grants of up to £5k with a focus on sports and healthy activity projects, and those that support men’s health.

Priority will be given to small, locally based organisations in areas of disadvantage, run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting. This can also include “Communities of Interest” which cover a wider geographical area. Groups can apply for up to 50% of the grant as core costs and the remainder as project delivery costs.

The aim is to use sport and physical activity to raise awareness, tackle mental health stigmas and support men with mental or physical health problems to become more active.

Examples of the types of projects GVC are aiming to fund: 

  • Men’s health projects  
  • Community sport activities 
  • Men’s Sheds

Find out more here :

General Grants from CFFC – second round

For General Grant applications, CFFC will prioritise applications which contribute to the Foundation’s strategic priorities, these are:

  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Poverty and Disadvantage
  • Mental Health and wellbeing
  • Community Cohesion.

Grant applicants will be expected to show how their proposals will contribute to these priorities.

Full info and deadlines:

Lunch Club restarting 

Halifax Heritage Rugby League Lunch Club is restarting its monthly lunch club on Monday 8th November at a new venue. King Cross Park ARLFC, Social Club, Hopwood Lane, HX1 4HA (Wheelchair accessible).

11am start. Bar opens 10am, with two course lunch for £3.99

Car Parking available on site or take a bus

Lunch club runs the second Monday of the month,

Lunches have to be ordered – For reserving a meal please ring or email Chris Mitchell on 07947-827627 or

Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees – Tai Chi 

 Come and try something different with us!

Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow, flowing movements designed to reduce stress, improve posture and balance, and improve general mobility. As a low impact exercise Tai Chi is suitable for all ages and many of the Tai Chi movements can be adapted to suit people with a disability, including wheelchair users. 

We have managed to bag an amazing local Tai Chi teacher, David Crabtree, and are hosting this at two of our wellbeing centres. Sessions will be running for £3.00 a session – Tuesdays at 5:30pm at our Rimani House Wellbeing Centre in Halifax, and Fridays at 11am at our Sundale House Wellbeing Centre in Huddersfield. A free Tai Chi t-shirt and non-slip socks will be provided when you join. 

For more information about our sessions, please visit our website.

Calderdale College Open Day

Find out everything you need to know about Calderdale College at the upcoming Open Day on Saturday 20 November, 10am-1pm.

  • Discover a wide range of courses and apprenticeships
  • Find out everything you need to know at one of the College Talks (10am, 11am & 12pm)
  • Explore the industry standard facilities
  • Speak to tutors
  • Meet current students

Need help with something else?

Get all the information and guidance you need on finance, career support and student wellbeing from our team of expert advisors. They’ll be on hand to help you and answer all your questions on the day.

Fast track

Want to make your visit smoother? Avoid having to sign in on the day and skip the queues by REGISTERING for this event now! Sign up here:

Virtual IAPT webinar for professionals supporting Calderdale residents

Wednesday 17 November, 10am – 11.30am

VitaMinds have created bimonthly virtual Open days for professionals to develop their knowledge on IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services for when they are referring or signposting patients, as well as a taster CBT session.

This Open day focus’ on mental health in B.A.M.E communities. It is a 1.5hour webinar where the first half attendees will be informed what is IAPT and the services offered. The second half of the webinar will be presented by a CBT therapist, where the focus will be on mental health in B.A.M.E communities.

Click here to join –

Grab a Jab – Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site. Dates and times are available at More clinics are added each week so keep checking for details. You do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to attend these walk-in clinics. These walk-in clinics are subject to change due to demand and vaccine availability. Please check the type of vaccines being administered at each site. You can also book a vaccination appointment at

Latest Vacancies…

Calderdale College has the following apprenticeship vacancies:

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team