Park and Warley Project Weekly Digest 3.12.21

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.

Introduction to Working in Childcare

Are you unemployed & living in Calderdale? Interested in finding out more about a career in Childcare?

Halifax Opportunities Trust’s brand new Introduction to Working in Childcare course is designed to give you a taster of what to expect from working as an Early Years Practitioner. Designed and delivered by a Level 6 qualified Practitioner with a number of years experience in the sector.

What’s more, if you decide this is the right path for you, the HOT employment team will support you on your way.

Places are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Eligibility criteria applies. Details in the attached flyer

Want to help change the world? – FREE 6 month Green Futures course

Applications open for January 2022

The Todmorden Climate Challenge College is offering the Green Futures Course, a free 6-month sustainability taster course for people aged 16+. This introductory course develops practical skills in environmental land management, natural building, repair and reuse, energy-saving, and renewable generation schemes. It is based in Tod College and is the first of its kind in further education with a practical green careers focus and learner-centred pedagogical approach. Click here for more info

New support for local businesses to tackle modern recruitment challenges

Local businesses from throughout Calderdale are invited to attend an upcoming digital session offering guidance and advice on the topic of recruitment.

The ‘Recruit, Retain, Recover – Post Pandemic’ webinar is free to attend and takes place on Wednesday 15 December at 10.00am.

The session will feature discussions on the broad topic of recruitment, including new challenges associated with the process and how these can be overcome.

The session is being held as part of the Let’s Talk Trade series of panel discussions, which are being delivered in a partnership between Calderdale Council and the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. The sessions have so far supported firms in exploring new opportunities for international trade, as well as exploring topics including climate change and procurement.

Speakers confirmed for this latest event include People Director Janet Wilkinson from People’s Puzzles, and Covéa Insurance Senior Matthew Metcalfe. They will be joined by senior officers from Calderdale Council.

To register to attend the event, please visit:

HOT Impact Report 2021

Halifax Opportunities Trust is delighted to share their Impact Report for 2021 with you. It’s full of both inspiring stories from across the Trust and their plans for the future.

The Impact Report is testament to their staff’s resilience and dedication in the face of uncertainty and adversity.

If you would like to know more about our work, please visit the Halifax Opportunities Trust website at

Staying Well Newsletter

Read the latest Staying Well Newsletter

The latest Staying Well newsletter is full of winter ready information, groups and activities, funding options and as always, help for anyone who may need someone to listen.

Visit the Staying Well Hub

Have a Healthy and Fun Winter! (flyer attached)

The Healthy Holidays Calderdale Winter Programme bookings are now OPEN!

Including session provided by:

  • Unique Community Hub (Team Unique)
  • Himmat
  • FC Halifax Town Foundation
  • The Cricket Asylum Foundation
  • Calderdale Libraries
  • Calderdale Museums
  • Halifax Panthers
  • Invictus Well-being
  • North Bridge Leisure Centre
  • Calderdale College Inspire Centre

To check eligibility or for more information on what’s on offer visit

Eat, Learn and Play with the Panthers Family Dec 20-23

Halifax Panthers invite you to join them in an action packed three day Christmas events, at the Shay Stadium in Halifax.

You will have the chance to play Rugby, Football, Cricket, Dodgeball and New Age Curling.

All attendees will receive a hot meal as well as health and nutrition information and much more!

You can book your tickets through the Halifax Panthers Shop

Christ Church Mount Pellon Christmas concert December 12

The Halifax Young Singers are having their annual Christmas Concert at Christ Church Mount Pellon on Sunday 12th Dec.

Concert starts at 2.30 tickets are £7 for adults. Children 16 and under go free.

These amazing youngsters are performing once again at this very popular Christmas event, so bring your children/grandchildren if they enjoy singing or might even want to be one of them just to see how a real choir performs.

Tickets from Michael on 01422 363892 or pay on the door.

Last chance to win! Don’t forget the Starting Well Parent / Carer survey – closes December 5

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

St Augustine’s Christmas Gift Guide

Would you like to bring joy to refugees and people seeking asylum this Christmas?

St Augustine’s need your help to provide 700 gifts for thier centre members. Use the Christmas gift guide for ideas (attached), then simply drop off your gifts at the centre. Email with any questions.

If you prefer, you can also donate directly to our crowdfunding campaign here:…

Thank you so much for your help!

Household Support Fund

If you’ve received a letter or email from us about the Household Support Fund this week, please be assured it’s genuine and you can apply safely at From 13 December Calderdale Council will be contacting eligible families about extra funding they can apply for before the Christmas school holidays. Find out more on the Calderdale website here

Engagement on Older People’s Care Homes-  Closing date extended until 10th December
Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) along with other providers, and professionals are committed to working together to build sustainable and quality services to improve the quality of life of older people who live in nursing or residential care homes. Take the Survey Here.

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? Or know someone who’s looking for a new career? On Thursday 9th December Calderdale College are holding an Apprenticeship Job Fair at the College. Individuals wanting to reinvent themselves or start their career with an apprenticeship can drop in anytime between 4-7PM. They currently have over 60 live vacancies in a range of sectors, meaning there’s something for everyone. For more information and to book visit

Dawn Till Dusk Litter Pick – Queens Road

In spirit of the season and to mark the shortest day of the year, local Community Organisers want to give thanks to our community, our planet and our home. We are organising a community litter pick on Tuesday 21st December starting at 8.20 am (sunrise) and finishing 3.48 pm (sunset),meeting at the junction of Queens Road and Pellon Lane to clean Queens Road top to bottom! We would be delighted if you could come along, for the whole thing or as long as you want. We will have all the equipment you’ll need so just turn up – we’ll be somewhere along Queens Road and its side streets! COVID safety precautions will be adhered to.  We hope this will be a really successful day of community action and would be very grateful if you could promote this event with your networks, social media accounts, colleagues and friends. Please find attached two language versions of the poster to share.

This weekend! Christmas Tree Festival at Halifax Minster (flyer attached)

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.

This weekend! 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.

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.

T Levels

Calderdale College is an official provider of T Levels! The most up to date qualification designed by the Government with businesses, to make sure students walk away with their qualification and all the current skills and knowledge they need to get on the job market and start their career.

This two-year qualification for 16-18 year olds combines industry experience with classroom study – think of it as a mixture between an apprenticeship and a BTEC! All T Level students get to spend 45 days on an industry placement where they will get the opportunity to put skills into practice, with the help of a local employer.

Calderdale College are currently looking for local businesses to come on board and deliver high quality industry placements for T Level students. Those getting involved can claim £1,000 incentive payment for every placement student – this incentive is open to businesses of all sizes and is available for any placement that commences between 27 May 2021 and July 2022.

For more information visit   

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.

HOT Networking Business Planning Workshop – 8 Dec

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

VAC AGM – 9 Dec

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! Apprenticeships

And finally… Congratulations!

A huge well done to everyone who were finalists and winners at the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards last week…

  • Lifetime Achievement – Chris Harris, DL
  • Outstanding Individual – Lorna Butterick
  • Young Community Champion – Alfie Roberts
  • Great & Green – Joint winners Joan Tillotson/ The Paddock & Litterfree SB
  • Best Fundraising Campaign – Brodstock
  • Arts & Culture – Artworks
  • Volunteer of the Year – Kev Sheils & Nawroz Lateef
  • Best New Charity – S4Nd
  • Breakthrough of the Year – Access Hospitality
  • Going Above & Beyond during Covid19 – St Augustine’s Centre
  • Charity of the Year – Calderdale SMartMove

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team