Park and Warley Weekly Digest 17.6.22

Hello!  Here is a quick update of some of the latest opportunities in Park and Warley that you might be interested in.

What’s On – Activities and Events

Coming up!

Please support our Flavourfest Community Market next weekend!  

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June at Calderdale College

We’ve got so many stalls booked now it’s looking brilliant – a real taste of Calderdale! All of them are local and many of them are new enterprise and never tried market trading before  – we just need the customers now!!

There really is something for all tastes… Afghan, South Asian, French, Italian, Nigerian, Iranian, Syrian, locally produced and organic, Vegetarian, Vegan, Healthy diets, cakes, desserts and sweets!

Find out more here…

Refugee Week 20-26 June 2022 : Events Near You flyer attached

This Year’s Refugee Week theme is Healing.

Please take a look at all the attached Refugee Week events happening near you.

There are all week long events, online events and localised events to take place.

South Asian Comedy Club

Date for Your Diaries! Saturday 23rd July 8pm: To celebrate South Asian Heritage Month the Victoria Theatre Halifax is hosting a special evening of comedy featuring some of the best Asian comedians on the comedy circuit today – Preet Singh, Isma Almas, Imran Yusuf and MC Mickey Sharma.

Tickets £12.75

More info……/south-asian-comedy…

CALDER CROCS – Mixed Ability Squash flyer attached

Saturday 25 June, 1-2pm at Old Crossleyans’ Squash Club, HX3 0JE

Come and join in the launch of the Calder Crocs: the UKs first mixed ability racketball team.

Everyone welcome.  See attached flyer, for more info

The Big Drop – Charity Abseil at Wainhouse Tower flyer attached

Do you have a head for heights? Could you brave the drop? A 275ft drop abseil has been organised by My Mito Mission, a charity that raises awareness and funds to support people with Mitochondrial Disease.

Take part in this charity abseil on Saturday 16 July for an adrenalin-fuelled experience you’ll never forget that raises money for this good cause.

Places are limited so please register your interest here today!

Trustee speed dating event – volunteer networking

Thursday 30 June between 5-8pm, at the Square Chapel in Halifax where you can grab a drink on us and find out more about our amazing Calderdale voluntary sector organisations and what it takes to be a Trustee.

You might be mulling over whether to be a Trustee, you might want to support a certain cause or charity and make a difference, plus you might want to increase your strategic leadership experience. Why not come along to this networking event and find out more? We’d love to see you there.

To book a place contact  

Safeguarding Week 2022 – 20th – 24th June

The Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safeguarding Adult Board and Calderdale organisations present Safeguarding Week 2022 to raise awareness about safeguarding children and adults and the importance that safeguarding is everyone’s business.

This virtual Safeguarding Week 2022 Programme provides a varied offer that includes live online learning sessions, live chats, pre-recorded videos, webinars, and podcasts, as well as useful links to research reports and other; all aimed at practitioners, managers, and members of the public.

Safeguarding Week Programme – Click here to download Doc 
Safeguarding Week Timetable – Click here to download Doc 

The majority of the sessions have a Teams or Zoom link included. To attend those sessions please block time out in your own calendar at then on the date log onto the session via the link included.

Where there is a requirement to book onto the sessions an email will be included, please email that person and they will advise next steps.

Park Ward Forum Wednesday 6 July 2022

Join in the Ward Forum and tell us what matters

Wednesday 6 July, 7pm at Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre.

More info here…

Ward Forums are for people in Calderdale to get involved in what happens in your local area and discuss what is important to you. By working together, we can talk about local issues and plan for the future.

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus Next meeting

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus meets bi-monthly to provide a voice for older people in Calderdale and an opportunity for everyone in Calderdale to contribute their views, tell us about their work or raise issues of concern.
Our next meeting is on Monday 20 June at 10.30am at The Shay Stadium in Halifax and is expected to last around one and a half hours.

If you live or work in Calderdale and have an interest in the lives of older people, we warmly invite you to attend.  We’d like to hear about your issues and concerns.  This will help to give direction to our website, newsletter and surveys.

If you are part of a community group serving older people – come along and tell us about your activities.

To join our next meeting, RSVP 

RSPCA Welfare Assistance Day

We’re now taking appointment bookings for our Welfare Assistance Day on Tues 28th June between 11am-3pm. We will be providing free microchipping, flea treatment and wormer and also issuing neutering vouchers. Please note you will need to provide proof of means-tested benefits.

To book your appointment call 01422 365628 or email – thank you!

Warley Cricket Club – Juniors Required!!

If your child is aged between 6 & 11 (girl or boy) and would like to learn to play cricket this summer, then why not come to Under 9s & 11s training this Thursday evening at Warley CC. These fun, educational and enjoyable sessions are run by ex Cricket Scotland & ECB L3 Coach Ian Shaw. No previous experience is required and may lead to selection to one of our two representative junior teams.

For further details please contact Ian on or just turn up at the ground 18:25 on Thursday evening.

Fancy volunteering? Trustee speed dating event

Thursday 30 June between 5-8pm, at the Square Chapel in Halifax. Grab a drink on us and find out more about our amazing Calderdale voluntary sector organisations and what it takes to be a Trustee. To book a place contact

Employment and Training

Introducing ISCAL flyer attached

Do you know somebody with disabilities who is looking to gain work experience?

Volunteering at ISCAL Coaster Factory can offer you skills and training to prepare you for future employment. Come along for a tour of the factory, meet the staff and chat to current volunteers.

Book your free place here!…/introducing-iscal-tickets…

For further info email 

FREE ESOL – English for speakers of other languages flyer attached

Calderdale Adult Learning is offering courses at:

  • Health Campus
  • Halifax Academy
  • King Cross Library
  • Central Library
  • Brighouse Library

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

New Digital Courses at Calderdale College

Tech it to the next level with our part-time adult courses that will help you develop your existing skills and gain new ones across software and systems.

  • Level 3 Systems Infrastructure
  • Level 3 Software Development

Find out more…

For Business and VCSE

Business Growth Grant Programme has reopened for applications

The Business Growth Grant Programme offers grants between £10,000 and £50,000 to businesses in West Yorkshire looking to purchase equipment which will support their growth and create additional jobs. The grant is limited to between 10% – 20% of capital costs depending on number of employees. It is available to eligible SMEs in West Yorkshire region with less than 100 employees. The grants are open for a short period of time due to high demand. Find out more about the grant, eligibility and how to apply here.

Made Smarter Project
The Made Smarter Project provides business growth advice to manufacturing and engineering-based businesses which are looking to adopt new digital technologies. The programme helps businesses explore technology that can reduce costs, reduce downtime, increase efficiency, or create more products. The programme offers technology advice, skills and culture development and leadership development. More information available here.

Digital Investment Fund
This fund has been developed to support the growth of businesses in the creative, digital/tech, MedTech or FinTech sectors. Businesses can apply for a grant between £10,000 and £50,000 to help towards purchasing equipment, office re-fits or make alterations to premises. Find out more here

West Yorkshire Employers – Financial Wellbeing Event

In the current climate incomes are becoming more squeezed as outgoings increase (e.g., to energy bills, petrol costs, national insurance contributions etc). Are your employees worried how they will manage? Do you know how this crisis could impact on your business?

Your people are your most important asset, so their happiness and wellbeing matters, and the financial worries that some people may face due to rising outgoings can impact a workforce’s mental and physical wellbeing, which in turn can affect work performance. 

There are many small steps you could take to creating a happy workplace, from flexible working through to empowerment… but what about financial wellbeing and support? 

Come along to our webinar on Thursday 23rd June 10am -11am and find out what FREE services can be offered to help your employees and help you understand how poor financial wellbeing can impact your staff and the effectiveness of your business.

Register here:

Nominate Now for the Calderdale Business Awards

Business for Calderdale is hosting the Business Awards which will take place on Thursday 13th October 2022 at The Venue, Barksisland celebrating the achievements of businesses in the borough over the last year.

Following a tough couple of years, this is an opportunity to celebrate the resilience and success of businesses in our area. Categories include:

•             New Business of the Year

•             SME of the Year

•             Manufacturer of the Year

•             Employer of the Year

•             Promotion of Calderdale

•             Entrepreneur of the Year

•             Covid Resilience

•             Lifetime Achievement

•             Business of the Year

Chair of Business for Calderdale, Nick Worsnop explained, “Calderdale is known for it’s resilient, innovative and successful businesses and we want to celebrate those. Everyone has been working so hard and under so much pressure, they have had to pivot and react quickly to changes in the market, be that operating in lockdown or coping with decrease in availability of materials. We felt it important to reintroduce the Business Awards in 2022 to give people and businesses recognition for going above and beyond.”

“The appetite to have Business Awards has been very well received and it’s been heart warming to see sponsors eager to show their support. Headline sponsor BCA Leisure were the first to offer their support and category sponsors were quick to follow. I think this is evidence that the business world is ready to acknowledge the achievements again after the difficult period we have all been through.”

If you know a business in Calderdale who deserves to win an award, you can nominate them online by visiting

COVID Additional Relief Scheme (CARF) for 2021/22

Was your business previously ineligible to receive any funding or grants support through COVID-19 pandemic? If so, you may be able to apply for the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF). Applications are open until the end of May. More information is available here

Start up West Yorkshire

Have you been working on a business plan or would like to explore an idea?

Start-up West Yorkshire offers workshops, seminars, one-to-one support and resources, to help you grow your ideas and set up a business. Our free Enterprise West Yorkshire program is open to everyone, no matter where you are on your start-up journey and to businesses who have been trading for 3 years and under. For more information contact

Numeracy skills programme

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has been allocated £12,483,680 a numeracy skills programme for adults aged 19 years and over to help improve numeracy skills & confidence across the region. They’re looking for employers from all sectors within West Yorkshire to help understand how meaningful training can be provided, and will it have a solid impact on productivity and job prospects within the region. You can take the survey here

Latest Vacancies

Vacancy!   Tutors and learning support assistants required

Calderdale Adult Learning is looking for accredited and non-accredited tutors and learning support assistants to help provide inspiring education and opportunities to learners across Calderdale.

If you’d like more information, come along to the Open Day this Saturday 18th June 10am-1pm.

Please see attached flyer for more info.

Vacancy!   Development Officer (Employment and Skills) – Calderdale Council

Salary PO1 to PO4 – £31,895 – £34,373 per annum

The position will play a lead role in developing and implementing a partner-owned Education, Skills and Employment Framework. You will continuously adapt the framework to reflect the needs and growth opportunities of the Borough. In addition, the role will help shape, develop, and influence services and programmes that support Education, Skills and Employment across Calderdale and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Closing Date: 21 June 2022

More details…

Vacancies! Halifax Opportunities Trust

Vacancies! Calderdale College

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team