Park and Warley Project Weekly Digest 26.11.21

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.

WOW courses at Calderdale Adult Learning

Calderdale Adult Learning is offering lots of courses over the coming weeks, most of them only £5. You can learn how to make Christmas cards, advent calendars, chutneys, Christmas wreaths, wrapping paper, jewellery and much more. With Christmas just around the corner what better time to learn a new skill and impress your friends and family with homemade Christmas treats.
Find the full list of courses attached and to book a place visit the website – all these courses start with the word WOW.

Apprenticeship Job Fair at Calderdale College – 9th December, 4-7pm

Want to get yourself a job for the New Year? On Thursday 9th December Calderdale College is holding an Apprenticeship Job Fair at the College. Individuals wanting to reinvent themselves or start their career with an apprenticeship can join us anytime between 4-7PM. We currently have over 60 live vacancies in a range of sectors, meaning there’s something for everyone. For more information and to book visit   

Grow Yourself LAB Wellbeing Course 3rd to 10th December

Lost confidence during lockdown? Anxious about getting back to work? Or has isolation affected mental health, motivation, communication and planning skills?

This is how you might benefit from the free one week LAB  Wellbeing course

  • Gain additional confidence to get back to learning or work
  • Re  – connect with others and have some fun
  • Get a boost to mental wellbeing via learning CBT / NLP techniques   
  • Try out strategies for dealing with setbacks and stress

We have all faced difficult situations and this has been a time for reassessment.  Having some information and tools and techniques to deal with the effects of stress  can leave us feeling more in control.

Using the 5 Ways Wellbeing model this lively course, this aims to offer a look at strategies we can all  use to plan for a more positive future.

This course is delivered by award -winning Proper Job Theatre Company and uses fun theatre training and arts based techniques.

Seeking work or a change of career?  We use can  offer places on our flagship two week follow on LAB Project course Employability course ( leading to Level 1 Employability qualification) to  any suitable learner who completes this.

Find out about other Calderdale Adult Learning courses that might suit you at an on –  course progression session.

Course induction date: 3rd December. Class dates: 6-10 December

Hours – 10 am – 4 pm 

Please contact Melissa for enquiries or to book a place at  or  Tel 07368291874

The course is available to anyone with any Calderdale or Todmorden post code.

For more information on Lab Project view booklet here

Young Advisors Manifesto poll to share with children and young people aged 11+

Calderdale Young Advisors are running a poll to discover what young people demand for the future of Calderdale, for your future! You can influence what senior leaders should be doing to make Calderdale a better place to live and help young people become adults who are able to live a larger life.

We will use the most popular topics/issues to create the Calderdale Young People’s Manifesto and ask councillors, headteachers and strategic leaders to adopt this manifesto as a priority of their own.
Please watch this 2 minute video before accessing the poll using the QR code in the video. Please also read this prompt sheet to understand each topic/issue. The deadline to complete the poll is Monday 3rd January 2022.If you have any questions, please contact Sophie.Wrafter@helloitshalifaxcentral

This weekend! 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!

This weekend! Carols and Brass at the Victoria Theatre

Start the festive season in style with CAROLS AND BRASS this Sunday, 28 November at 6:30pm.

Presented by Halifax Choral Society with the celebrated Black Dyke Band.

There will be a collection in benefit of St. Augustine’s Centre after the performance.

Book your tickets now at

Be Prepared. Stay Winter Wise!

With the forecast set to change to more wintery weather this handy Winter Wise guide gives lots of useful advice on how you can prepare for winter and this week we are focussing on how you can be prepared at home.

  • Clearing paths of ice and snow will help you and your neighbours. Follow the national snow code here.
  • Keep your room temperature between 18-21°C. Information and advice about switching to different energy tariffs and insulation is available by calling 01422 288001.
  • Check on older neighbours or relatives. Offer assistance when needed, such as clearing paths, moving bins or collecting essential food or prescriptions. Remember to stay socially distanced.
  • Stock up on non-perishable items, such as tinned food, nappies and cleaning products.
  • Ensure that you have enough animal food to last several days. Don’t leave them outside in cold weather.
  • If you use oil, LPG, wood products or solid fuel make sure that you have a sufficient supply. 

There is also lots of advice and useful links on the Winter Wise website.

Christmas Tree Festival at Halifax Minster

Between 3rd – 6th December Halifax Minster will be filled with the wonderful scent and magical sight of over 30 Christmas trees for this annual event. The trees have been sponsored and decorated by different families and organisations across the town for everyone’s enjoyment. The Minster is an important gathering space for people of all faiths and those of none, a warm welcome is offered to everyone!

The festival is open 10am – 4pm Friday, Saturday and Monday and 12noon – 4pm Sunday.

Adults £2. Children FREE. Refreshments available and the Minster ship will be open.

Knitters! Age UK would like your help!

This year they are having a Christmas Tree in Halifax Minster and they’d love to have your help creating some baubles. All baubles must be sent in to our shop in Halifax by 29th November.

🧶FREE wool will be provided by us – please contact for more information.

Bag a Black Friday bargain with Calderdale sports centres

Calderdale Council’s sports service is launching its first ever Black Friday offer, with the opportunity to sign up for 23 days of fitness membership for just £20.

The offer gives full access to all Calderdale sports centres from 1- 23 December, and includes:

  • 100+ fitness classes a week
  • Access to three swimming pools at Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden
  • Use of four gyms at Brighouse, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden
  • Free off-peak badminton
  • Free off-peak table tennis

The offer is valid on adult memberships and is available until Tuesday 30 November (membership will be activated from Wednesday 1 December). Visit to find out more and to join.

Free festive parking in Calderdale

Shoppers in Calderdale will be able to park for free on Saturdays in selected car parks across the borough in the run up to Christmas.

On Saturdays throughout December, parking will be free in the following car parks:

  • Halifax – High Street and Mulcture Hall Road
  • Brighouse – Parsonage Lane
  • Elland – Timber Street
  • Sowerby Bridge – Tuel Lane
  • Todmorden – Bramsche Square
  • Hebden Bridge – Garden Street

All car parks offering free parking will have notices displayed to remind customers that parking is free. Any car parks or on street bays without a notice will be subject to normal restrictions and charges.

New Year, New Courses, New You – Courses starting at the University Centre Calderdale College!

Looking for a new challenge or need a qualification to be able to progress in your current role? It’s not too late to make a change! Kick off 2022 the right way with one of the University Centre Calderdale College courses starting in the New Year:

Further education courses also available – visit to find out more!

Want further information about our courses? Get in touch with the College’s Admissions Team by emailing or calling 01422 399 316.

Warley Community Association Christmas lights switch-on

Christmas fair and switch our Chirstmas lights on Saturday 4th December. Starting from 3pm outside the Maypole with lights switching on at 4pm. There will be Santa’s grotto, cakes, singing and a lot of festive cheer, so join us!

And you can still purchase a copy of the Warley Community Association annual Calendar for 2022. The price for the calendar is £6 + £1.50 for postage and packaging. If interested, please contact Warley Community Association on

Telephone 01422 833824. Call or text 07957992192. Email:

The Calendar, if ordered, can be hand delivered within a 2 mile radius of Warley or posted with a charge of £1.50 p&p for a total cost of £7.50.

For more news about events happening at Warley, please visit Warley  Community Association.

Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees – Race Night 

Race Night will be held at our Rimani House Wellbeing Centre (14-16 Hall St, Halifax HX1 5BD) on Friday 10th December. The night will start at 7pm with the first race kicking off at 7:30pm! Tickets are only £5 with a pie and pea supper included!  

Everyone is welcome to attend the event and it promises to be fun evening for all the family to enjoy! 

Tickets can be bought remotely by transferring money to the Age UK account with the reference ‘Race Night’ along with your name.

Name of account: Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees 

Bank: Barclays. Sort code: 20-35-84. Account number: 10807133 

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.

Have your say on exciting plans to transform Halifax rail station

Plans to transform Halifax rail station are moving forward and Calderdale Council is asking for people’s feedback on the £30 million-plus West Yorkshire Combined Authority funded scheme.

The latest designs have been refined using feedback received as part of the previous consultation, which took place in January 2021. The latest plans can be viewed at where there’s also a survey for people to have their say.

Read more on the HXCentral Blog….

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

Household support fund grants by December 2nd

Are you a Not-for-profit organisation who are supporting people and families who are vulnerable and are facing hardship this Winter?

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has provided councils with funds to offer direct support to households facing hardship this Winter. These grants are for organisations who help people keep warm, clean, and fed this Winter.

The objective of the Household Support Fund is to provide support to vulnerable households in most need of support this winter as the economy recovers. The fund should primarily offer food and energy support but also provision has been made to support households in need of other essentials e.g. blankets, toiletries, bills, fuel.

Grants are available on a sliding scale depending on how many people you are supporting and applications need to be in by 2nd December 2021.

For full details about this fund, application process and more winter support options, visit Household Support Fund – Community Foundation For Calderdale (

What’s happening with YORtender? 

As you may already know, Calderdale Council uses an e-portal to advertise and receive quotes and tenders. The system that the Council uses is YORtender, a regional system shared by all of the Yorkshire & Humber authorities. In conjunction with all other Yorkshire and Humber local authorities and WYCA, the system is currently being changed over from its current provider, Proactis, to a new provider, Mercell EU Supply. This means that the system is moving to a different web address: . The name of the system will still be YORtender.

VAC AGM – Thursday 9th December 2021

The VAC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held virtually on Thursday 9th December from 3pm.

The meeting will be held via Zoom video conferencing on this occasion and we would be delighted if you could join us.  To register your attendance or apologies, please email

Read more…

Latest Vacancies! Kickstart

Halifax Opportunities Trust is currently supporting a number of local employers with the following Kickstart roles:

  • Sight Support Advisor
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Labourer
  • Admin Assistant
  • Passenger Assistant
  • Goods in/out

Aged 16-24 & on UC? Get in touch to find out more 01422 347392 or

Latest Vacancies! Assessor/Tutor with Halifax Opportunities Trust

We are advertising the job role of assessor/tutor and looking for someone who is highly organised and possesses effective communication skills amongst other requirements.

To apply visit our website:

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! Apprenticeships

And finally… THANK YOU !

In last week’s edition of the Weekly Digest we mentioned the terrible news that the windows to St Augustine’s Community Building vandalised. Well here’s some lovely news from St Augustine’s:

“We’d like to send a huge thanks to Quest Solutions UK Ltd for repairing our windows for free after they were vandalised last week. We are so grateful to our local community for rallying together in support. Thank you!!”

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team