Park and Warley Project Weekly Digest 11.1.22

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.

⚽ 🥕 🎨 Healthy Holidays Calderdale February 2022

During the school holidays, children and young people who are on free school meals can access free holiday club places through our Healthy Holidays Calderdale programme.

The Government’s Holiday Activity & Food Programme does not provide funding for half terms. However, Calderdale Council and Community Foundation for Calderdale have joined forces to provide holiday schemes for the forthcoming February half term. We know parents and children in the borough enjoyed and felt supported by the Winter holiday clubs. The February half term programme is on a smaller scale and is funded by Calderdale’s Never Hungry Again campaign.

How Are Children with Additional Needs included? All the programme partners are committed to making their programme accessible for a wide range of children. Providing the programme with good information about your child and their needs will enable them to ensure that your child is fully included and can enjoy the opportunities that are offered.

What’s on? Visit:

Activity provider? The 2022 applications process has launched:  Guidelines are in the attached flyer but you can find a suite of supporting documents here: Helpful Information Healthy Holidays Calderdale 2022. Assessment this year will focus on inclusion, fully-rounded provision and value for money. You can apply by clicking here: Healthy Holidays Calderdale 2022 Registration and the deadline for applications is Monday 28th February 5pm. If you would like any further advice or help, contact CFFC or at the Council

Park Ward Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

Park Ward Neighbourhood Forum has submitted a draft Neighbourhood Development Plan. This sets out a vision for the future of the area and planning policies. This will form part of the development plan used to determine planning applications locally. We invite comments on the plan and supporting documents.

For more details, please see: Park Ward Neighbourhood Plan. Hard copies are available at King Cross Library, Halifax Central Library, Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre, and The Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre.

Last chance! Have Your Say on the Council’s Budget by 14th Feb

The Calderdale Council Budget Consultation 2022/2023 and 2024/2025 is now live.

You can access the online consultation here:

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.

Further support for COVID-affected businesses

Calderdale businesses which have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions, or by the Omicron variant, may now be able to apply for grant support.

The latest round of Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding is open to businesses which have been severely impacted by COVID restrictions, or by issues relating to the Omicron variant, AND have also not previously had an ARG Severely Affected Top-up payment.

All businesses will be paid based on their rateable value. For further guidance about the eligibility criteria and the grants available, visit

Businesses can apply online at the above web page and must include evidence to show fixed costs and losses. This includes bank statements for October, November and December 2021.

Applications need to be received by Monday 28 February 2022 to allow them to be processed before the Government funding deadline of the end of March. The Council will process applications as quickly as possible and all payments will be made by 31 March 2022.

Budget Like a Boss Courses and collect £40 (flyer attached)

Budget Like a Boss: 14th and 28th Feb, 21st and 28th Mar at Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre

Cooking on a Budget: 3rd and 10th March at The Outback Community Kitchen

Bonus £40 Supermarket voucher on completion.

Booking essential. Contact 01422 364664 or email

Free Winter Care Packs available to support vulnerable individuals

Free winter care packs are available to Calderdale organisations supporting vulnerable individuals.

The packs include some essential items to support those most in need during the cold months.
To register your interest, please email the required quantities to

Collection from VAC Resource Centre, Hall St Halifax HX1 5AY

Halifax Opportunities Trust Job Searching and Employment Services (flyer attached)

Halifax Opportunities Trust provide a range of services to break down barriers to work using a range of holistic wrap around support.

Please see full details of the services available including the Inspire programme, the hopeful families programme, the workshop scheme with various other wellbeing, accredited training and specialist support opportunities.

For information please Contact: Lisa Connelly | 01422 347392 |

Need a bit of extra help?

Tackling Poverty: Council website with details of a range of services offering support to tackle poverty in Calderdale. This includes information of support for Children and Families (Healthy start), debt and financial advice,  fuel support and housing support.

Food Support: An update on the food support page linked to Calderdale Council.The page lists food support in Calderdale via the five locality areas and offers addresses, opening times and website details. In addition, info includes access to community meals, affordable food links back to the tackling poverty page.

LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month. There is no place for homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, or queerphobia in Calderdale. This month and always, we stand with the LGBTQ+ community and protect their rights. We’re proud that Calderdale is and will always be a place where you can be your true authentic self, regardless of your sexuality. Let’s work together to protect the rights of our LGBTQ+ community. We’re very lucky to have the fantastic Calderdale Pride and its amazing organisers, who support and encourage Calderdale’s LGBTQ+ community to be themselves.

Be an ally for the LGBTQ+ community and find out how you can support LGBT History Month here.

Park and Warley Climate Conversation

Interested in Climate Change? Do you want to know more about what you can do to help?

What is your role in making our environment safer?

If any of these questions are on your mind then come and join us on Tuesday 1st March at the Hanson Lane Business centre 10am – 1pm to participate in some healthy conversations with likeminded people of the community

For further enquiries or questions you can email or call on 07594 510712.

The event is FREE and includes refreshments!

Mind Mapping for Wellbeing

Feeling stuck? In need of a new direction?  This workshop from Healthy Minds will use mind mapping techniques to reconnect with what’s important and create achievable goals to move forward.

Monday 14th February 12.30-2.30 on Zoom

For more information or to join on Zoom contact Nicola:

Or call 01422 345154

Free online Yoga courses for all every Wednesday and Friday

WEA Adult learning have set two yoga sessions open to all ages and abilities.

These online courses aim to help learners experience a positive and long lasting effect on general health and well-being through the regular practice of yoga techniques with a particular focus on relaxation.

Gentle Yoga every Wednesday (Course reference: C3680076). Starting Wednesday 9th February for 12 sessions from 12pm – 2pm

Relaxing Yoga every Friday evening (Course reference: C3680077) Starting Friday 11 February for 12 sessions from 7.15 pm – 9.15 pm

To enrol please quote the course reference either online at or over the phone on 0300 303 3464

CFFC Ash Green School Appeal Fund

On Tuesday 1st February at approximately 7.45pm the Fire Service was called to a fire at Ash Green Community Primary School on Clough Lane Mixenden. At the height of the fire fifty fire fighters were deployed and managed to bring the fire under control a few hours later.

In the aftermath of the fire part of the school is closed and there’s inevitable disruption for parents, pupils and the local community.

It is heart-breaking for Ash Green Community Primary School to experience this traumatic event when they have had deal with so much upset and upheaval over the last 2 years with Covid-19.

would like to offer our support to the school by pledging a £5,000 donation.

Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) have set up the Ash Green School Appeal at CFFC (Charity No. 1002722) and added a £5,000 contribution to this. They are happy to receive other donations and will add these to the Appeal and pass them onto the School when the appeal closes

Thank you for your contributions.

HOT Networking: How to spot burnout in the workplace

Wednesday 9 March, 8 – 10am at The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane

Join HR consultant Tracy Carpenter of Mint HR to learn about the importance of mental health support in the workplace. This event is a must for any managers concerned about their teams welfare at work but also for freelancers and small business owners who don’t always have co-workers to rely on for support and advice. Includes breakfast!

Book on Eventbrite here…

HOT Networking attendees are welcome to stay on after the event to use our atrium and co-working facilities for the rest of the day.

NHS Childhood MMR vaccination campaign 2022

Parents and carers of small children are encouraged to ensure the children receive their vaccinations against Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

All three diseases are highly contagious and can cause serious health complications in unvaccinated children, teenagers and adults.

For more information please read the following (from the website:

Measles, Mumps, Rubella explained (PDF 12 pages)

Measles: Don’t let your child catch it (PDF 2 pages)

The Bike Doctor will see you now 🚴 🚴 🚴

That old bike taking up space in your garage could make a huge difference in someone’s life! It would mean –

  • the ability to complete essential trips
  • build friendships in local areas
  • gain a sense of normalcy
  • improve their physical and emotional wellbeing
  • and save transportation costs.

It doesn’t matter if it needs a bit of work, either! St Augustine’s resident Bike Doctor Ian will fix it right up whilst training our centre members in the process – win, win!

If you have a bike you could donate, message us here or email us –

West Riding Stonecarving Association – FREE introductory session

Our aim is to keep the art of carving stone by hand alive and bring it to the general public. We teach a foundation course for beginners with no experience and always welcome new members.

We are now open on a Tuesday and Thursday all day (10am – 9pm) due to popular demand from 2021, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

All are welcome to try the ancient craft of carving at a FREE introductory session. Contact us to arrange your free workshop tour and practical session at Shaw Lodge Mill, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX3 9ET

Email: Tel: 07519931784

FREE First Aid for Mental Health Course (flyer attached)

A free 2-day course on March 7th – 8th available to book on now and run by Unmasked Mental Health. Covering What is First Aid for Mental Health? – Identifying mental health conditions – Providing advice & starting a conversation – First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace – First Aid for Mental Health action plan – Post-traumatic stress disorder – Self-harm – Suicide – Eating disorders – Personality disorders – Mental health conditions – Drugs and alcohol – Stress – Bipolar disorder – Psychosis – Schizophrenia – Depression – Anxiety

More details in the attached flyer. Groups can book by emailing

Sport Academies Open Days 21st – 25th Feb (flyer attached)

Want to become the next big thing in the world of sport? Attend one of Calderdale College’s upcoming recruitment events, whether it’s Football, Netball, Rugby or Basketball you’re interested in, it’s time to get the ball rolling! With Bradford Dragons, Huddersfield Town, Calderdale Cubs and Halifax Panthers.

To book email:

Calderdale College Open Evening – Thursday 17th February, 4.30-7pm.

Find out everything you need to know about Calderdale College at the upcoming Open Evening on Thursday 17th February, 4.30-7pm.

  • Discover a wide range of further education, higher education and adult courses as well as our apprenticeship qualifications
  • Find out everything you need to know at one of the College Talks (5pm & 6pm)
  • 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:

Aged 16-24 And Ready To Kickstart Your Career?

The Kickstart Scheme has been launched by the Government to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people. The scheme is aimed at those aged 16-24, who are currently on Universal Credit or at risk of long-term unemployment.

  • Enjoy a 6-month paid work placement with a local employer
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Boost your future job prospects
  • Improve your CV
  • Enter the job market!

 Sound interesting? Calderdale College has a number of exciting vacancies with local employers for you to explore. Discover more and start your future career now:

Calderdale Community Small Grants Scheme

Local voluntary and community groups in Calderdale are encouraged to apply for funding of up to £3,000 as part of the Council’s Community Small Grants programme, which relaunches this February. The Small Grant programme will be directed to help local community and voluntary groups get back on their feet. The Community Small Grants programme will concentrate on the Council’s priorities: Supporting Strong and Resilient Towns, Reducing Inequalities, and Tackling the Climate Emergency.

Grants of up to £3,000 application deadline by Monday 21st February 5pm

For more information about the Community Small Grants programme and to apply, visit

Fund launched to help celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee this year

Are you an organisation who want to organise a cultural or creative event to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee? Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

The grant could cover costs such as:

❖ costs of organising your events and people needed to manage the project

❖ artist fees (both creating and delivering the event); there is guidance available on the fair pay of artists here

❖ volunteer expenses

❖ materials or equipment needed for the event or activity*

❖ food and non-alcoholic drinks

❖ marketing costs and promotion of the event

❖ overheads relating specifically to the project (such as insurance)

❖ costs of making your event accessible to all, such as BSL interpreters, translation services, additional signage

You need to apply by 28th February 2022 and can apply here

Vacancies! Bluebird Care – It’s more than just a job!

Whilst you put your training into practice and help our customers to go about their daily lives, to them it’s so much more than that.

It means they can live safely in their own home with dignity. Enabling them to spend ‘normal’ time with friends and relatives.

Can you give our customers ‘more than’? Learn more:

Apply now and benefit from working with us at Bluebird Care Calderdale & Bradford:

Vacancies! It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2022!

Want to start your journey to a rewarding career? Or maybe fancy a change or want to upskill in your current role? There’s never been a better time!

Make it happen with one of Calderdale College’s apprenticeship vacancies:

Vacancies! Calderdale College

Calderdale College HR Jobs Site

Vacancies! Halifax Opportunities Trust

Vacancies! North Halifax Partnership

  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations Children’s Centre – 24 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Elland Children’s Centre – 25 hours x 2
  • Early Years Practitioner – Elland Children’s Centre – 37 hours (Term time only)
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Wellholme Children’s Centre – 37 hours (Term time only)
  • Early Years Practitioner – Ash Green Children’s Centre – 37 hours
  • Senior Early Years Practitioner – Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre – 37 hours
  • Senior Early Years Practitioner – Innovations – 18.5 hours
  • Advanced Administrator – Family Learning – 30 hours
  • Advanced Administrator – Innovations Children’s Centre – 37 hours
  • Projects Administrator – OMI – 37 hours
  • Receptionist/Admin Assistant – Wellholme Children’s Centre – 24 hours
  • Site Supervisor – Creations/Illingworth Children’s Centre – 37 hours
  • Cleaner – Ash Green – 10 hours

Closing date for these applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 16th February 2022. More info

Vacancies! 2 x Operational Managers – Women Centre Closing Date 16.2.22

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team