Park and Warley Project Weekly Digest 19.11.21

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.

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This weekend! Christmas starts today at the Piece Hall!

From Friday 19 November until 31 December there will be Christmas Events Galore at the Piece Hall as the magnificent Piece Hall is transformed into a real winter wonderland as the festive season gets underway.

The festive events open with the Christmas Makers Market running until 2nd November.

On 4th December, Father Christmas will make a special appearance with a magical new Father Christmas storytelling experience until December 24th, so be good girls and boys!

Workshops for Christmas arts, Family events and (hopefully!) a Christmas funfair are lined up.

For a current, updated and detailed list of events including prices, visit Christmas at the Piece Hall

This weekend! 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:

This weekend! Winter Vaccination Walk-in Clinic at the Piece Hall (Covid-19 and Flu)

Receive your Covid-19 jab and the NHS flu jab this weekend at the Piece Hall. No appointment needed and all three doses (1st, 2nd and booster) will be available! Vaccinations will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday 20 November, 10am-2pm

Sunday 21 November , 10am – 4pm

Covid first and second doses available for anyone 16+. Please note, you need to wait at least 8 weeks from your first dose to receive the second dose. Booster jabs available for those who had their second dose on or before the 22nd May 2021.

Find more walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination sites at You can also book a vaccination appointment at

This weekend! RSPCA Christmas Fair

RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District are having their Christmas Fair on Sunday 21 November at the Maurice Jagger centre, next door to their animal shelter.See full information on events including more happenings at our local RSPCA

Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary seeking new committee members

Would you like to join us? We’re looking for new committee members, especially with finance and administration skills. We offer full support / training and enthusiasm.

Get in touch to see if you’d be a good fit! Email

St. Augustine’s 2021 Christmas Appeal

Help provide 700 Christmas gifts to those in need. St. Augustine’s is currently seeking donations for their 2021 Christmas Appeal in order to provide Christmas gifts to refugees and people seeking asylum in Calderdale – many of whom will be isolated and alone this Christmas. These gifts bring so much joy, celebration and a sense of community to those that need it most.  

You can drop off donations of new gifts directly to the Centre or contact Amber at

Check out the Christmas gift guide on the website for ideas (new gifts only please) –…/christma…

Alternatively, donate funds directly for the purchase of gifts on the crowdfunding page –…

Home Instead Santa-gram campaign

Home Instead are asking children in local primary schools to join their second Santa-gram campaign by using their creative talents to design Christmas cards for elderly people in Calderdale. The Santa-grams will be delivered to elderly people during the first two weeks of December. If your organisation, church or community group would like to receive Santa-grams, contact Julie Ingham, Community Engagement Officer at Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale on 01422 292424 or email Read more on the HXCentral Blog…

Hopeful Families Walking Group

Are you currently out of work? Would you like to be more active and improve your health?
The Hopeful Families walking group meets every week to explore new routes across Calderdale. Get active, meet new friends and improve your well-being. Numbers are strictly limited and booking essential. Please see the attached flyer for contact details.

Hopeful Families is delivered by the Halifax Opportunities Trust Employment Services team. You can contact them on 01422 347392 or email:

Halifax Opportunities Trust AGM 2021 – 24 Nov

Drop in to Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre between 1pm-4pm on Wednesday 24th November. Annual General meeting starts at 4pm.

Healthy Minds AGM 2021 – 6 Dec

Healthy Minds’ Annual General Meeting will be held on Zoom on Monday 6th December. Starting at 7pm and lasting for about an hour.

This is an opportunity to hear about Healthy Minds’ work for the 2020-21 financial year, along with how we’ve managed during 2021 with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, and our new hybrid approach to supporting people who live and work in Calderdale.

All are welcome to attend the AGM. To book a place, please email  and they will send details of how to join when they confirm your place.

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

Between 4 November and 19 December 2021, we are asking for your feedback on the proposals. Your views are important, so please tell us what you think.

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.

Think you know Halifax?

Think again. That’s the message from Calderdale Council’s new campaign to showcase over £200 million of investment in Halifax. A brand new web page and film have launched this week, as the exciting next stage of the campaign gets underway.

Visit the website:

Watch the film:

Light up a Life Service at Halifax Minster

Sunday 28 November, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Annual service organised in association with Overgate Hospice, to give thanks for their work and to remember those lost in recent years. Dedicate a light on the Overgate Hospice tree in memory of a loved one. To make your dedication visit

The Minster is an important gathering space for people of all faiths and those of none, a warm welcome is offered to everyone!

HOT Networking Business Planning Workshop

An interactive workshop on future proofing your business and planning for success on 8th December, 8am-10am at Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre.

RSVP 01422 399507. Please contact Maryam for enquiries at

Do your Own Thing!

Final few places remaining the second group for Do your Own Thing! A self-employment programme for unemployed women in West Yorkshire.

Are you currently unemployed Would you like to work for yourself? Are you female and live in West Yorkshire. This is a FREE and friendly 14 week online course from See Ahead. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Vote now for the Great British Market Awards 2022

Calderdale has lots of fantastic markets and we’d like you to vote for your favourites in the Great British Market Awards 2022. You can vote for one market each day so you don’t only have to choose one! You have Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden to choose from.

Please share with your friends and family and help us get as many nominations for our markets as possible.

Deadline for nominations is 13 December 2021. VOTE HERE !

Starting Well Parent / Carer survey and prize draw

Are you a parent/carer with children under 8? Or expecting a child? Calderdale Council would love your views!

By completing the survey you have the chance to be entered into a free prize draw to win one of three prizes of high street vouchers before Christmas.

You can find out more and complete the survey by going to

The survey will be open until 5th December for you to give us your views.

Engagement on Older People’s Care Homes.

Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale CCG are working in partnership, leading on a piece of engagement that will inform our work to build a sustainable model of older people’s care home provision across Calderdale.  

It is important that we hear from residents, staff members and relatives/friends. Our aim is to gather as many views and experiences as we can so we have an understanding of what really matters to the people who live, work or have a relative/friend who lives in a Calderdale care home. 

Please click here to take you to the survey that’s relevant for you to complete.  Closing date for response Friday 26th November 2021.

If you would like to know more information about this piece of engagement or would like a paper copy of the survey then please contact Joanna Marshall, Commissioning Engagement Officer at Calderdale Council

Carers Wellbeing Service Launch Event – Kings Centre

To celebrate the launch of the new service Making Space are hosting an event on Thursday 25th November 10am-2pm at The King’s Centre in Halifax.

The event is open to carers, the person they care for and professionals. The event will provide an opportunity for you to meet the team, hear about all the support we will be offering to carers and to also find out about other services that support carers in Calderdale. Read more here…

Latest Vacancies! Community Emotional Health and Wellbeing workers with Healthy Minds

A fantastic opportunity has appeared to work for Healthy Minds. They’re looking to employ Community Emotional Health and Wellbeing workers for Central Halifax, Calder and Ryburn and North Halifax, ideally each from their locality:

  • Central Halifax area: 2x full time workers (bi-lingual would be advantageous)
  • Calder and Ryburn area: 2x full time workers
  • North Halifax area: 2x full time workers

Community Emotional Health & Wellbeing Workers are vital new roles created as part of Calderdale’s ambition to change how mental health services work across the borough.

Full job details here

Closing date for applications: 6th December

Latest Vacancies! Membership & Communications Assistant with VAC

The purpose of this post is to support and deliver a range of functions within the team, including the implementation of VAC’s Communications and VCS/Membership engagement plans

Full job details here

The closing date is Monday 22nd November (midnight).

And finally…

The windows to St Augustine’s Community Building were smashed this week and they are appealing to the local community for any information to be reported to West Yorkshire Police.  

St Augustine’s said, “This building is the heart of all that we do, providing a place of warmth and support for those that need it most. We never turn anyone away. It’s so demoralising, and now freezing inside when we have many people to support. We really hope that we can find those who have caused this damage.”

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team