Park and Warley Weekly Digest 15.7.22

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

DIY Utopia

What does Calderdale mean to you? What could it be? Work with local artist, Michael Powell in these creative sessions this summer at Artworks in Halifax.

We are looking for people to collectively create a pictures of the challenges we face as a community.

3 sessions starting on 12th August and culminating in a DIY Utopia Community Summit and exhibition on 9th September.

See attached flyer for more details

Donate your old school uniforms

St Vincent’s Charity Shop, King Cross is asking for any jumpers, trousers, shirts, PE kits that you no longer need, and are in good condition.

They are going to be offering free school uniforms to people in the local area.

Dates to be announced.

Ward Forum Grants

If you live in Calderdale, you can apply for a grant of up to £500 to help with repairs, new equipment or a celebratory project from Ward Forum grants.

Find out more….

This weekend! Charity 1st Mega Sale at Halifax Elim Church All items 50p – £1

Charity 1st charity shop is holding a table top sale of clothing, shoes and accessories at Halifax Elim Church car park on Saturday 16th July from 9:30am to 12pm

All items starting from 50p to £1

Come find good quality clothes and shoes, including schoolwear at bargain prices!

Halifax Elim Church, Hall St HX1 5AY (Bottom of Gibbet Street)

This weekend! South Asian Heritage Festival

South Asian Heritage Month starts on Saturday 16 July and is a celebration of the ongoing cultural legacy of the region and the lives of the people of South Asian heritage in Britain today, many of whom live in Calderdale. It is an opportunity for us all to celebrate the long and rich history of British Asians and the positive impacts they have within our communities.

The Piece Hall event begins at midday and will feature Indian drumming, henna painting, calligraphy arts, face painting, antique Pakistani jewellery, handmade bags and free, fun, family activities in the main courtyard. There will also be music and writing workshops and performance events at Square Chapel Arts Centre over that weekend. All activities are FREE! And there will be a real community market feel in the courtyard … a chance to celebrate the friendship and generosity of South Asian culture


This weekend! Anita Sethi – ‘I Belong Here’ at Square Chapel Arts Centre

Saturday 16 July. Doors 1pm Start 1.30pm

Part of the South Asian Heritage Festival – ‘I BELONG HERE’ is a t talk and writing workshop with award-winning author, Anita Sethi
A two-hour session with tutor Anita Sethi, award-winning author of I Belong Here: a Journey Along the Backbone of Britain. After a short talk, in a workshop we’ll explore themes of place, nature, journeying – both geographical and emotional journeys – and how nature and writing can bring a sense of belonging. A workshop filled with practical tools and tips, in which you have time and space to work on writing exercises and share and develop your voice.

Tickets are FREE
Book now –

This weekend! Readings from ‘Into The Wilds’ – A new anthology of British South Asian Writers at Square Chapel Arts Centre

Saturday 16 July. Doors 3.30pm Start 4pm

Part of the South Asian Heritage Festival. Fox & Windmill is the UK’s first independent book publishing company for British South Asian writers. Since establishing in 2021, bringing new and aspiring writers to the forefront of UK publishing has been their mission. They are dedicated to bridging the gap in the industry for writers from underrepresented backgrounds and sharing their unique stories and perspectives.

This first publication is an anthology of short stories and poetry, debuting fifteen writers from British South Asian backgrounds. The writing has been described by Kia Abdullah, “An immersive collection of wry, absorbing, surprising stories about the human condition. Lust, loss, grief and jealousy mix with themes of family, responsibility and identity, proving that there’s no such thing as the singular South-Asian experience.”
We are delighted to bring founders HABIBA DESAI and SARA RAZZAQ from Fox and Windmill to the Festival accompanied by five contributors to this wonderful new anthology.

Tickets are FREE

Book now –

This weekend! Unique Community Hub Sports and Community Fun Day – 17th July

Team Unique present a family fun day at Calderdale College on Sunday 17 July, 12-4pm at Calderdale College.

Football tournament, and fun activities including boxing, henna, Zorb football, rodeo bull, bouncy castles and more…

This weekend! Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan (Poetry Writing Workshop) at Square Chapel Arts Centre

Sunday 17 July. Doors 1.30pm Start 2pm & Doors 4:30pm  Start 5pm

Part of the South Asian Heritage Festival

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, poet and educator disrupting understandings of history, race, knowledge and violence. In 2019 she published Postcolonial Banter, an anthology of poetry critiquing racism, Islamophobia, and notions of national identity. The collection includes poems which have had millions of online views and been featured across TV and radio. This year she published Tangled In Terror: Uprooting Islamophobia, a nonfiction work which calls on us to move on from debating whether and what Islamophobia is, to what it does and how we uproot it. The book has been called ‘courageous’ by rapper, Lowkey, ‘one of the most exciting voices of her generation’ by award-winning channel 4 journalist Fatima Manji, and ‘fierce’ by feminist activist Lola Olufemi.

Tickets are FREE 

Book now –

South Asian Comedy Club

Part of the South Asian Heritage Festival

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…

FAMILY FUN DAY at Halifax Vandals R.U.F.C, Warley

An event by Halifax Ukrainian Club on Saturday 23rd July, 2pm – 7pm

WELCOME to our Ukrainian guests and their sponsors.
Games, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, BBQ (weather permitting), And much more …

Illustrated Historical and Heritage Talks at Grayston Unity: Some Halifax Women’s Lives 100 Years Ago

Wednesday 20 July, 8.15pm

What was life like for women early in the 20th Century?  Very different indeed than it is today; few had serious job prospects, many had little education, and none could vote.  David takes a look at the lives of women working in local mills, and ‘in service’ in Calderdale. He also relates the stories of three Halifax Suffragettes, before considering how events of The Great War brought eventual change.

Tickets £5 plus handling fee.

Outback in Bloom Open Afternoon

Join Greener Together team at the Outback Community Garden for an Open Garden event on Thursday 21st July

3:00pm – 5:30pm

Come along and see what flowers, fruit and veg we are growing, find out more about our bees and take a tour of the garden. 

Light refreshments available.

The Outback Community Garden, Lightowler Road, Halifax  HX1 5NB

For more information, please contact Sarah Waddington on 01422 342552 or email

Children’s Centres Holiday Activities

Halifax Opportunities Trust Children’s Centres has a bumper programme of FREE activities for families with children aged 0 – 8 years to take you through the summer holidays. Including:

  • Eid party at The Outback – 26th July
  • Woodland activity in People’s Park – 4th August
  • Fantasy activities at The Outback– 11th August
  • Sports Day at Himmat, Raven Street – 18th August
  • Messy art session at The Outback – 25th August

See attached flyer for more details

What would make your area a safer place to live?

‘Your Views’ is a West Yorkshire-wide survey of residents’ views on policing and safety in our neighbourhoods.

Your answers are really important as they help us to understand the safety issues affecting your local area as you see them, and how the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, West Yorkshire Police, and community safety partners can work together to build a safer West Yorkshire.


Greener Together Workshops

Practical Workshops from Halifax Opportunities Trust and Greener Together.

A 4 week course starting on 18th July, 10am – 2pm at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre.

Over the 4 sessions you will learn how to create and make your own items ideal for the garden including bird boxes, hedgehog habitats and planters.

Light refreshments provided.

Booking essential. See attached flyer for more details

Now booking! Healthy Holidays Summer Programme

Bookings are now being taken to the Summer 2022 Healthy Holidays Calderdale programme. Places are free for children aged 5-16 eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

Book your place here…/healthy-holidays…

Health and Wellbeing

Moving Forward Together

Café Drop-in at Good Mood Bar, HX1. Come along and find out more about our service in an informal setting with a cup of free coffee. Talk to one of our mentors to find out how we might help you.

Rosie’s Crafting Sessions. An opportunity to connect with others whilst learning a new skill. Please register interest for this session so we can make sure we have enough materials.

MFT is an Employment programme with a difference, encouraging people to be more confident, connected & physically active throughout their journey

To book or to find out more information please contact us on:

Tel: 0300 5555 560 / Email:

Calderdale COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Update

  • It’s not too late to get your first, second or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination – these remain available to all who are eligible, and you will be welcomed with open arms. Book an appointment or visit a walk-in clinic or call 119 for free.   
  • If you still need a spring booster we strongly encourage you to book an appointment online, call 119 or find a convenient walk-in site.
  • The spring booster will give you protection against Coronavirus during summer. If you’re having a summer holiday in August, getting your spring booster before the end of June will give time for you to gain maximum protection ahead of your trip.
  • Getting a spring booster dose before the end of June will allow enough time before the next seasonal dose to extend protection over winter, and against any possible resurgence in infection levels.
  • When the time comes, the NHS will be inviting eligible people for a seasonal dose during autumn/winter. You may also be able to get your flu vaccination in the same visit.
  • Children aged 5 to 11 are still eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and can get their second dose 12 weeks after their first. Find out more and book and appointment
  • Going abroad? Don’t forget to check your NHS COVID pass. Set up your account at least two weeks before you want to use the digital pass. You can also get the pass in other formats including letter, audio and Braille. These can take seven days to arrive. If you think your COVID pass is incorrect the national Vaccine Data Resolution team can help. Contact them by calling 119. Please note, they can take up to 10 days to resolve issues.

Ladies Squash Group

Hopeful Families and Calder Community Squash present fun and friendly squash sessions for women.

A six week course starting on 18th July, 1pm at Old Crossleyans, Saville Park.

See attached flyer for more details

Cost of Living

Council Tax Energy Rebate

A huge number of residents still haven’t applied for the Council Tax Energy Rebate, The deadline to submit an application is 22 August 2022. Unfortunately, applications will not be considered after this date and the £150 will be deducted directly from their Council Tax account for this financial year. Please share this information with your friends and family and make sure they are receiving this money that they are entitled to. The team are paying the £150 energy rebates as quickly as they can. This will be shown on bank statements as CTAX Energy Rebate. They are dealing with very high volumes of applications and appreciate patience at this time. People do not need to contact us; they will contact customers if they need more information.

Are you feeling the pinch?

It goes without saying that the cost-of-living crisis is affecting everybody in some way or another. For some it may be cancelling the Netflix or Amazon Prime subscriptions and taking a holiday in the UK rather than abroad but for others it’s much more serious and may be building up rent arrears and not being able to feed their family.

The council is currently pulling together some really helpful support which we’ll tell you about soon but to support you now Calderdale’s Anti-Poverty Partnership has prepared the attached 2-page cost-of-living factsheet and attached 1-page affordable warmth guide. Talk about it with people you meet every day, such as your colleagues, partners, clients, friends or relatives.

So how can you increase your household income? Here are a few examples…

  • Across Calderdale thousands of people are missing out on benefits they are entitled to. Encourage people you know to check their entitlements. The Money & Wellbeing Information Centre will point you in the right direction.
  • Cut your energy use and potentially save £375 a year on your bills and help the planet. This includes simple things like drying clothes naturally and washing at 30 degrees. Watch out for our #fuelyourknowledge campaign in the autumn.
  • Sharpen up your budgeting skills. There are budget tools online to help you create a budget. If you don’t have one try this 30 minute budget tool to get started.

By reading and sharing this information with your partnerships, teams, colleagues, friends and family you could help someone make a small change that makes a big difference to their wallet and wellbeing.

For enquiries about the Money & Wellbeing Information Centre or factsheet please email

We’d love to hear how this information has helped you or someone you know. If you have any feedback, please email it to

Free Community Meal

Halifax Unity Collective invite everyone to a Free Meal on Saturday 6th of August at the Maurice Jagger Centre in Halifax Town Centre.

Come join us on Saturday 6th August from 6.30-9.00pm and enjoy a meal on us in a friendly, accepting environment and make new friends.

The event is free but booking is essential as they need to know how many meals they need to make.

Please contact by email or WhatsApp/Text 07593 329403 
to book places of all who wish to attend.

Halifax Unity Collective organise free community meals and events in Halifax UK where EVERYONE is welcome.

However you identify in terms of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, language, health or background, and whatever your financial situation, you are welcome here.

​We believe that with more connections between our communities we are stronger and more resilient.

Household Support Fund

Our contact centre are receiving a huge number of calls. If you’ve received a letter about the Household Support Fund, the quickest and easiest way to apply is online.

If you need to speak with us this afternoon, you can use our online live chat service here

Feeding Britain Community Food Funding

Feeding Britain is inviting applications for the Community Food Fund 2022. The main purpose of the Community Food Fund is to enable community settings within the Feeding Britain network to provide nutritious meals and enriching activities on their premises for children and families during school holidays and, where possible, to establish or support a sustainable pantry, food club, or social supermarket on those same premises which provides affordable food to households in need.

Groups can apply for up to £5,000 for activity delivered between October 2022 and March 2023.

The application form is attached. Please complete attached form and return to by 6pm on Friday 29th July 2022.

Employment and Training

Introduction to Math

Would you like to be better at Math? Be able to work out if you are getting a good deal or not? Be able to help your kids with their homework?

Then our new Math course could be for you.

Work at your own pace with no pressure.  We’ll take you from ‘can’t do Math’ to ‘Math confident’ in 6 weeks.

To book or to find out more information please contact us on:

Tel: 0300 5555 560 / Email:

Virtual Online Courses

From North Halifax Partnership Sure Start Family Support

The family learning programme have a numerous online employability courses that our registered families can access for free.  Bookings are now open for our next set of Virtual Online courses.

You will find courses on Health and Safety, First Aid, Customer Service, Food Hygiene, Personal Development and much more.

If you work in an access group and have clients who might be interested, please  fill the online booking form in and they will be sent a log on to complete the course at their leisure.

For more information on each course and to find the booking form, please visit Sure Start Family Learning – Activities and Courses

Alternatively, scan the QR code on the course poster attached.

Early Years and Childcare Careers

Could you help shape the lives of Calderdale’s children? By choosing a career in early years and childcare, you could help children learn and develop while building relationships and supporting their families.

You can develop your career while you work and/or study. You have the chance to start your own business or take on a wide range of roles, such as:

  • A childminder.
  • A nanny.

Or work in:

  • A nursery or preschool.
  • A children’s centre.
  • A school – as a teaching assistant or on a pathway to become a teacher.
  • The health sector on a children’s hospital ward or in a health visiting team.

Take the first step towards your dream role at

For Business and VCSE

CFFC Foundation Club Networking Event July 26th

Tuesday 26th July– 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm
Join the Calderdale business community to find out more about the Foundation Club at this free networking event

As we emerge from lockdown we are relaunching our Foundation Club where you will be able to network with like-minded people who also support CFFC.

Join us at this free event which includes a delicious buffet lunch and find out more about supporting us so that we can support Not-for-Profit Organisations in Calderdale.

Members and Non- Members are all warmly welcomed
Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George’s Street, HX7 7BY

Register your free place here

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

Latest Vacancies

Vacancy! Magpies – Enablers  

We are currently looking for exceptional people to the join team as enablers.

  • Supporting people within the centre on a 1:1 basis or in a group environment, delivering a range of activities to meet the members’ needs.
  • Supporting people in the community with day to day tasks and activities to meet their individual needs; such as going shopping, cooking and cleaning, joining community activities, keeping fit and healthy or enjoying social activities, such as going out for a coffee.

For more information on the role and how to apply, click the link

Vacancy! VAC – Quality and Engagement Project Support Worker

The role of the Quality and Engagement Project Support Worker is central to the continued successful development and delivery of VAC contracted projects primarily across Kirklees and Calderdale. 

Closing 22nd July

More info

Vacancies! North Halifax Partenrship

North Halifax Partnership employs people across all areas of our work from training and education to childcare and family support. We also have roles in core services such as finance, marketing and administration.

Vacancies! Halifax Opportunities Trust

·        Quality Assurance Officer-15 hours per week

·        Trainee Key Worker – Calderdale & Kirklees

·        Early Years Practitioner Level 3 at Todmorden

·        Work Based Assessor/Tutor

·        Apprentice Early Years Practitioners

Senior Early Years Practitioner – Based in Todmorden Children’s Centre

Vacancies! Calderdale College

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team