Park and Warley Project Weekly Digest 4.3.22

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.

International Women’s Day at Calderdale Adult Education

Calderdale Adult Education are offering women only classes next week to support International Women’s Day:

  • Monday 7 March, 10 – 12 – Get confident using IT for life and work
  • Monday 7 March, 1 – 3 – Find the best deals – use maths to look for bargains, save money and budget.
  • Tuesday 8 March, 10 – 12 – Mental Wellbeing
  • Tuesday 8 March, 1 – 3 – Learn to express yourself through creative writing
  • Friday 11 March, 10 – 12 – Get creative and relax making bead jewellery.

FREE light lunch included for all participants.

For more information on our courses or to enrol contact us on 01422 392820 or email:

International Women’s Day at Forest Cottage – 7 Mar (flyer attached)

Join North Halifax Partnership this year for a women only event to celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday 7th March, 10am – 2pm at Forest Cottage, Cousin Lane, Ovenden, HX2 8AD

A FREE full day of Fun packed activities including a market place with information on issues that might affect women,  Arts & Crafts, local Inspirational women speakers  and a fun packed boot camp plus muck more!

Please book your ticket through Eventbrite here –

We will also be offering afternoon tea so please let us know of any dietary requirements when you book.

We look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day together!

For information, contact Natalie Ratner:  or Karen Scanlon:
Tel: 01422 252 209

Suffragette Walk – In the footsteps of Halifax Suffragettes – 8 Mar (flyer attached)

Tuesday 8 March, 11am.

To celebrate International Women’s Day join Halifax Central Initiative and others on this heritage walk about the fascinating history of the Halifax Suffragette movement.

Meet at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, HX1 5PG

Led by local historian David Glover the walk will last around 2hrs

For more information email or telephone 01422 368948

Empowering Women – Walk, job or run around People’s Park – 8 Mar

Join other women on Tuesday 8 March, 6.45pm to run, walk or jog around the park and show the world that your hijab is your identity.

Meet at Calderdale College – registration required

Refreshments available afterwards.

Register by emailing:

International Women’s Day at the Outback – 9 Mar

We welcome all women to our Outback community garden on Wed 9th March.

The Outback is a unique community kitchen and garden based in the heart of the Park Ward community, directly behind Jubilee Children’s Centre. The 1 hectare site runs on organic and sustainable principles and the thriving garden is packed full of herbs, fruit and veg. There are lots of interesting areas for local people to explore and learn more about the natural environment whilst the straw bale kitchen provides a perfect space for the local community to gather and cook food.

Please come and see the garden as it prepares for a new growing season & meet our resident Bees! 

Our community kitchen will be set up with info about Bees, encouraging more women to become Bee keepers and to sign-up for our 15th March Bee keeping course.

We will also be providing a simple ‘can do’ windowsill growing demonstration and what to do with edible items you’ve grown.

Please join us from 10am to 12pm and help us celebrate women’s roles in campaigning for a sustainable future.

For more information email Alison Jones

Parent webinars – county lines and criminal exploitation

Starting on the 2nd March through to the 19th March PACE UK are running parent webinars on County lines for parents and carers.

Join this interactive webinar where parents and carers can learn from a panel of experts what criminal exploitation is, how to spot signs it may be happening their child and how to seek help.

The sessions which are FREE come in two parts. The first an introduction for parents on what criminal exploitation is with a specific focus on county lines. The second session runs the following week and this is through the child’s eyes.

Click here for more information and to register.

Prevent training – Contextual Safeguarding: Addressing Gangs, Extremism & Youth Violence

These Interactive training sessions on 10th March are aimed at frontline staff, working with young people in the education and community sector.

The sessions aim to provide participants with:

  • An understanding of how and why gangs target young people for recruitment, exploitation, and violence.
  • An overview of the Contextual Safeguarding (CS) model.
  • An update on serious youth violence in their area using local case studies.
  • Tools with which to practically implement contextual safeguarding principles.




Get INSPIRED looking for work

If you are unemployed and eligible to work in the UK, the INSPIRE programme can help with;

  • Job searching
  • Interview preparation
  • CV writing
  • Training / Re-training
  • Finding an Apprenticeship
  • Starting a college course
  • Finding a University course

A number of local organisations in Park and Warley can support you, completely free of charge with all aspects of job searching, finding education, and in work sup-port once you have found employment.

Get in touch with the Inclusive Economy Team today by emailing

Age UK Home Energy Checks

Keep warm and save money this winter. Book a FREE home energy check today and receive information about keeping warm and well and have free energy saving equipment installed in your home (conditions apply).

Call and book today 01422 252040

Free School Uniform at YMCA (flyer attached)

Primary and secondary Calderdale school uniforms available. We collect all uniform items including warm winter coats.

No referral needed. Free service. Collect and donate.

The YMCA, Crossley Street, Halifax,

This weekend! Ukrainian Refugee Aid Appeal (flyer attached)

Rotary Halifax Calder is asking fr help to support those who have left their country as a result of the Russian conflict and are currently living as refugees.

Please see the attached flyer for details a list of items them would like which will be taken in the coming days to aid refugees:

Drop off point Saturday 5 March, 9am-4pm at Woolshops Halifax, outside M&S.

Calderdale College Open Evening – 15 Mar

Come along to our Open Evening in March 2022 and discover what it’s like being a part of #TeamCalderdale!

Are you considering your next steps after school? Deciding on the career path that’s right for you? If you want to join the best College in West Yorkshire for student success then you’re on the right track….

Come along to our Open Evening on Tuesday 15th March, 4:30 – 7pm and find out everything you need to know about Calderdale College.

We have a wide variety of Further Education and Higher Education courses, as well as Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ apprenticeships on offer, so there’s something for everyone! Come along and:

• Check out our fantastic facilities

• Meet your tutors

• Enjoy classroom demonstrations

• Speak to current students

• Apply for your desired course on the day

Register here

Starting this April! The Green Hand Gang (flyer attached)

Halifax Opportunities Trust is excited to launch this new Hopeful Families project. A weekly supported group for young adults with learning difficulties & disabilities to come along, create & maintain a small wildlife garden, grow fruit & vegetables, learn new skills and meet new people.

We will be incorporating employability skills like team work, effective communication and confidence building too…..

If you live in Calderdale and would like to know more, please take a look at our the attached flyer and get in touch.

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities is an evidence-based parent course for parents, who have children aged 3+ to take part in the research.

All parents can earn up to £40 in vouchers for completing all the questionnaires. A creche is available but there are limited spaces so it will be first come first served.

Read attached flyers for more details: Strengthening Families 1 and Strengthening Families 2

*parents are randomly selected to attend the delivery in March or wait for later delivery.

Help parents with childcare costs and open up new opportunities for all

A Tax-Free Childcare webinar for local authority/council officers, partners, and family-facing professionals. 15 March, 10.00 – 11.30am.

You are invited if you are a health visitor, social worker, housing officer, or work in children’s centres, early help, job centres, schools, or if you are someone else who works with families across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The webinar is designed to share up-to-date information and to raise awareness of Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) and increase understanding of it. We will be providing a useful overview of TFC and how it could better benefit children and families. We also want to help and equip attendees with ideas and tools that can motivate parents to sign up and use TFC to pay for childcare, out of school and holiday activities. Helping families and children and the provider in turn.

Book your FREE place here…/tax-free-childcare…

This weekend! Halifax Thespians Open Mic at The Playhouse (flyer attached)

Hopefully spring will be doing its thing by 6th of March, but even if it’s not, why not come to the Playhouse, and do yours?!

Sunday 6 March, 2.30pm. Sing, Play, Read, or Just Chill!

Halifax Star Boxing Club

Whatever your level, get fit, have fun and meet new friends.

The combination of athleticism, physical and mental conditioning, sportsmanship, and self-worth that you will develop from boxing are unequalled in any other sport.

The gym on Gibbet Street is open to the public for drop in sessions Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7am – 12pm.

It’s £5 per session, feel free to pop in and hit the bags.

More info: 

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

All comments must be received by 5pm on Thursday 24th March 2022.

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.

Vacancies! Suma Wholefoods – We’re Hiring!

We are recruiting People Development Co-ordinators to become members of our workers co-op. Deadline is March 18th.

See our website for more information

Vacancies! Age UK – Drivers/Escorts for Home from Hospital Service

We are looking for friendly drivers and escorts to work in our Home from Hospital service in Calderdale, Kirklees and Dewsbury.

For more info and to apply email or call 01422 252040

Vacancies! Calderdale College

Vacancies! Apprenticeships

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team