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.
Calderdale Interfaith would like to invite you to a Holocaust Memorial Day event on Tuesday 25th January at 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
Hosted by the Calderdale Interfaith, the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association, and Calderdale College.
Online via ZOOM.us
Meeting ID: 775 9449 8386. Passcode: CIFHMD
C&K Careers – Make the Most of You
Identify your skills and strengths to make the most of your future. A short online course to find out more about your interests, skills/ personality type, motivations and options available for future learning and/or work.
Open to all Calderdale residents, 19+ who are not in employment or earning less than £16,000 . We have a start dates of the 8 March and the 26 April coming up. Please see the attached flyer for more info.
Interested in a career in joinery?
If yes, you may be interested in attending a 4 week work based training course with a fast growing joinery warehouse in Halifax.
Halifax Opportunities Trust is delighted to be working in partnership with a fast growing, local company to offer this opportunity.
Places are strictly limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. Eligibility criteria applies. See attached flyer for details.
Welcome Café at St Augustine’s
Covid doesn’t stop us from building a sense of community at the Centre and helping to provide hot meals to those in need. We served 3,509 takeaway meals from September to December alone! We are so grateful to all those that work so hard to keep our Welcome Café thriving.
Meals are served every Monday and Thursday at 12:30
Find out more here
Glad Rags Sewing Club – Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre
Meet new friends, learn to sew & get creative! There are still spaces on this community sewing group based at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre. Tutor led, with all equipment supplied.
Eligibility criteria applies, please see attached flyer for details
Your local Oxfam shop needs you!
Halifax Town centre’s Oxfam charity shop is currently looking for volunteers to help run the shop from Monday to Saturday 9am to 4:30pm.
There is need for a range of roles and some more specialist roles, from shop floor, till operation, to stock management. Come help us run the shop, be part of a fantastic team and earn some hands on work experience while you’re at it!
We like to give volunteers an opportunity to try a range of areas before they find something that suits them. You might become a Shop Volunteer, Bookshop Volunteer or Music Shop Volunteer. Or, you might find yourself in a more specific role such as a Social Media Volunteer, an Admin/Finance Support Volunteer, or even a Lead Volunteer.
Whatever your skills or interests, there’s something for everyone…
Specific Shop Requirements: Right now, the shop is looking for shop volunteers over the age of 18 and for people who’d like to volunteer with its online shop as a listing specialist.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org your application or to find out more. You can also drop in at the shop and enquire about volunteering options. Volunteering packs are available upon request.
Have Your Say on the Council’s Budget
The Calderdale Council Budget Consultation 2022/2023 and 2024/2025 is now live.
You can access the online consultation here: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/council/budgets-and-spending/budget-2022
To read the Consultation Proposal Document click here… Cabinet Budget Proposals 2022-23 to 2024-25 for Consultation
The consultation period ends on Monday 14th February. The final budget will be agreed at the Annual Budget Council meeting on Monday 28 February 2022.
Healthy Minds Drop In at Kings Street (flyer attached)
Looking for help and support?
The Healthy Minds relaxed, friendly and supportive drop in might be what you need. Due to current Covid circumstances this service is available by appointment only at this time.
Appointments from 1pm-3pm every Wednesday at 1 King Street, Halifax, HX1 1SR
To book an appointment contact by texting or calling:
Main office: 01422 345154
Become a Healthy Minds Trustee!
We are recruiting new volunteers for our board of Trustees at Healthy Minds.
Being a Trustee is a rewarding role, in which you can offer your own skills and expertise, as well as learn new things and give back to your community.
We believe that by becoming a trustee of Healthy Minds, you have the opportunity to help us continue to support the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Calderdale, and your experience, insights and expertise will help us to improve that support even more. We will work with you to provide induction, training and support, as you take up this exciting role.
We welcome applications from all backgrounds, regardless of quantity of experience at board level, to support the board’s drive for quality, inclusive decision making, problem solving and creativity.
Find out more about the role and how to apply in the application pack on our website.
Deadline to apply: 7th February 2022 Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Interviews are scheduled for 22nd and 23rd February 2022 (online or face-to-face, to be confirmed and subject to Government guidelines).
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 17-23 January
These last 2 years have been a challenge, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of cervical screening. One in three women and people with a cervix don’t attend cervical screening so Cervical Cancer Prevention Week which is taking place this week, is not only raising awareness of the importance of screening and attending screening appointments but also offers tips and information about what happens after the test to reduce any fear and confusion.
For further information on the campaign, visit Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and the NHS website.
Major improvement works progressing at Beech Hill
Residents in the Beech Hill area of Halifax will soon benefit from significant home improvement works, as funding for the scheme has been officially agreed and contractors appointed.
A range of essential improvement work is being carried out on the mixed tenure housing estate, as part of the second phase of an extensive programme of work to regenerate the Beech Hill area, off Pellon Lane in Halifax.
Calderdale Council has received official confirmation that this phase of the project is to receive £1.2million from the government’s Getting Building Fund, via the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. This scheme will support the £35million investment already being made in the wider area with the construction of 106 new homes as part of Phase 1, and further work to improve surrounding properties. Together Housing Group, which owns 16 homes on the estate, has also pledged its support to the scheme with funding of £580k towards the overall cost of the Phase 2. Other funding is also being provided by the Council and contributions from private landlords. Read more here…. https://hxcentralblog.com/2022/01/17/major-improvement-works-progressing-at-beech-hill/
Transforming Cities Consultation period extended to 30 January
We’d like to remind you that the consultation period for the development projects planned in North Halifax and West Halifax has been extended to Sunday 30 January. We are keen to receive your views. Read more here… https://hxcentralblog.com/2022/01/14/transforming-cities-consultation-period-extended-to-january-30th/
Halifax Railway Station consultation extended to 30 January https://hxcentralblog.com/2022/01/14/take-the-halifax-railway-station-consultation-by-january-the-30t/
The consultation deadline for the proposed Designs for Halifax Railway Station has been extended to Sunday 30 January. Please complete the survey and share your views. Read more here… https://hxcentralblog.com/2022/01/14/take-the-halifax-railway-station-consultation-by-january-the-30t/
Anti-Poverty Partnership event – Working Together to Strengthen Money & Debt Support in Calderdale
Join Calderdale’s Anti-Poverty Partnership for a thought-provoking and informative afternoon on 28th February.
Tickets need to be booked on Eventbrite by Monday 21st February. Click the link here.
This virtual event will include a combination of presentations and workshop discussions.
Come along to this event to find out…
• What is the data telling us about the problems?
• How does debt impact on mental health and wellbeing?
• How can we eradicate the stigma of debt?
• What services are in place and how do they help people?
• How you can help signpost and refer people to the right services?
Who should attend……
• Staff from all organisations supporting vulnerable people / households
• Service providers of welfare and debt information and advice
• Housing associations
• Voluntary sector
• Council staff
• Clinical Commissioning Group
Discussions will focus on how we can work together to meet future challenges. The feedback will then be incorporated into the Anti-Poverty Action Plan.
Fund launched to help celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee this year
It’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year and CFFC have launched grants to fund community organisations to celebrate through creative and cultural activities. We are encouraging groups to work collaboratively with artists and cultural organisations. If you are looking for between £750 to £5,000, please have a look to check your eligibility and to apply at https://cffc.co.uk/lets-create-fund/
The Calderdale Survey 2022
As we look to rebuild in 2022, your views of our place really matter. They change where we’re going and how we get there. If you’re 16 or older and live in Calderdale, please take a few minutes this January to tell us about your life here.
Complete the survey here for a chance to win 1 of 6 three-month fitness memberships for our sports centres in Brighouse, Halifax, Sowerby Bridge or Todmorden. Please ask friends and family to take part too – the more the merrier.
If you are already taking part in Dry January, well done and keep going!
If you haven’t yet started and would like to join in, challenge yourself to do 31 dry days starting from today. Alcohol is linked with more than 60 health conditions including liver disease, high blood pressure, depression and several cancers. Cutting back on alcohol long-term reduces your risk of developing these conditions. For the 31 days, why not swap alcoholic drinks for something softer and you’ll boost your wellbeing and energy levels, sleep better, lose weight and improve your skin. It might also help you re-evaluate your relationship with alcohol for the future to help you lower your risk of ill-health. For more information and support, simply visit Dry January
Need a bit of extra help?
Drinkaware has lots of advice, support and tools which you may find useful if yourself or anyone you may know needs help in cutting back their alcohol intake
Calderdale Recovery Steps is your local drug and alcohol service. We work together to provide recovery and treatment services across Calderdale. With hubs in both Halifax and Todmorden, we offer a range of support and advice around issues relating to drugs and alcohol. Telephone: 01422 415550 or visit the website http://calderdalerecoverysteps.org.uk/contact-us/
The Basement Recovery Project at 10 Carlton Street, Halifax, is an award-winning, independent, community-based organisation which operates throughout Calderdale & Kirklees. We offer those in addiction to alcohol or drugs a new way of life, free from the need or desire to use any mood altering substance; we call this RECOVERY. Ring 01422 383063 or visit the website at https://thebasementproject.org.uk/
The Citizens Advice Bureau give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem. They offer confidential advice online, over the phone and in person, for free. Telephone: 0808 2787879 or email via the “contact Us” on www.calderdalecab.org.uk
Ward Forum Grants
Ward forum grant funding is still available for this year, apply now to receive a grant before 31 March 2022. We welcome community groups and individuals to apply for funding to spend on eligible activities and projects that benefit the ward.
You can get an application form by contacting us on 01422 365948 or email HCI@calderdale.gov.uk or contact us for more information.
Vacancy! Organisational Development Officer
This post will work as part of the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance (VSI Alliance) team. VAC is a partner within the VSI Alliance which provides a range of infrastructure services and support to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations across Calderdale. The VSI Alliance team works closely with voluntary and community organisations to ensure that all groups have equal access to good quality services which in turn help build the capacity of local groups and communities, enabling them to carry out their own objectives effectively.
The closing date for applications is Friday 4 February 2022 (midnight).
More information here…
Latest vacancies at Calderdale college, please find the vacancies in the link https://jobs.calderdale.ac.uk/
- Apprenticeship Coordinator – Apprentice
- Business Administration Apprentice
- Facilities Receptionist
- Maths Lecturer
- Training Officer – Plumbing
Healthy Minds job vacancies: Community EHWB workers
As part of Calderdale’s Community Mental Health Transformation programme, we’re now recruiting for Community Emotional Health & Wellbeing workers in four areas:
- Lower Valley
- Upper Calder Valley
- Calder & Ryburn
- North Halifax
Have a great weekend!
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