Park and Warley Weekly Digest 2.9.22

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

Latest News

Mayor’s Fares

Great news – buses are getting cheaper! From this Sunday 4 September, you can travel for less thanks to the introduction of “Mayor’s Fares” across the region, as the Mayor of West Yorkshire,Tracy Brabin helps ease the cost of living crisis.

£2 maximum on any single journey.

£4.50 DaySaver.

Any time. Any bus. Anywhere in West Yorkshire! Find out more

Room in Roof insulation

Low-income households with attic bedrooms can apply for ‘room in roof’ insulation, making your attic room warmer and reducing energy bills.

Contact Eclipse Energy to find out more 01422 414850. Calderdale Council is proud to run this scheme with Better Homes Yorkshire ‪@BH_Yorkshire

What’s On – Activities and Events

Calderdale Pride Extravaganza of events at The Piece Hall September 3rd

We’re thrilled to announced that Calderdale Pride will take place at The Piece Hall on Saturday 3 September, from 12pm until 8pm.

We can’t wait to welcome you all and turn our iconic venue rainbow, with 8 hours of amazing entertainment.

This is a free event and inclusive for all of our community.

Click for further information and other events at the Piece Hall

King Cross Park Fun Day & Grand Final

Saturday 24 September from 2pm at King Cross Park RLFC

Fun day for all the family followed by the Rugby Grand Final. Stalls 2pm – 6pm including; inflatables, face painting, BBQ, tombola, hang tough, raffle plus many more!
Live music from Jimbo Lynch from 4pm followed by the build up from 6pm of the Grand final in the club house

Have your Say – Local Plan

Our final public consultation on Calderdale’s Local Plan which covers changes (known as ‘main modifications’) has begun.

Calderdale’s Local Plan identifies development areas for economic growth and sites for new homes across the borough over the next 15 years. It also includes policies to protect the natural environment and address the challenge of climate change.

This 8-week consultation is a chance for you to have your say on the proposed changes to the Local Plan.

Read the Local Plan documents and take part

HALIFAX STARS – A celebration of the proud tradition of boxing clubs in Calderdale

verd de gris arts’ have been awarded funding through Historic England’s Everyday Heritage Grants – to create an innovative intergenerational project with the aim of celebrating the working class culture of boxing clubs around Halifax, West Yorkshire. Halifax Stars will record the stories of older fighters, and the gyms that used to be a prominent feature of the area – as well as celebrating the importance of boxing coaching with young working class people today – the instilling of self-discipline and self-care, respect and pride in community.

The project will be cross cultural, reflecting the communal nature of boxing culture here in Halifax, but will, importantly, share this culture with a wider audience – to increase understanding of boxing’s remarkable working class legacy in the area, and champion the work that is done through the clubs to help some of the poorest and most marginalised young people in our communities.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “Heritage should be for everyone. I am delighted that we are able to provide funding for this project through our Everyday Heritage Grants, which will help to bring our collective and shared history back to life. These grants will enable people to tell their own stories, in their own way, and connect with others in their communities through a shared understanding of their local heritage. 
He continued: “The histories of castles and great houses and their inhabitants are well documented, but we know far less about our everyday heritage. From council estates, pubs and clubs, to farms, factories and shipyards, these are the places where most people have lived, worked and played for hundreds of years. We want to explore these untold stories and celebrate the people and places at the heart of our history.”
If you would like more information please contact Jeff:
tel: 07926 978651

Calderdale Libraries

Does your young person have a passion for writing, or need some gentle encouragement to gain more confidence in their skills? King Cross Library is starting a “Creative Writing for Children” Club in September and we’d love to see some new faces there! It will run every other Saturday from 2pm – 2:45pm and starts on 17th September. See you next month

Cost of Living

Can You Help?

WomenCentre Halifax is short of a few clothing items at the moment. If you have any of the new or nearly new items listed in attached flyer please can you arrange drop off at the centre or give us a call on 01422 386500

Thank you so much.

Budget like a Boss!!!!

These highly recommended courses delivered by Noah’s Ark and Calderdale Adult Learning, which includes lunch and travel expenses!

  • Budget Like a Boss – 8th and 15th September, 29 Sep and 6th Oct, 13th and 20th Oct, 10th and 17th November and 8th and 22nd December at the Noah’s Ark Centre.
  • Book on a Budget Like a Boss – 26th and 3rd Oct, 24th Nov and 1 Dec at the Outback, Jubilee Children’s Centre.

Contact 01422 364664 or email

NHS Heathy Start Scheme prepaid card – apply online

The NHS Healthy Start scheme aims to help those who are pregnant or have responsibility for at least one child under the age of 4, who are on a qualifying benefit and a low income.

There is now an online application process with a prepaid card to be used for purchasing healthy food and milk, to replace the paper vouchers. You can also use the prepaid card to collect free NHS Healthy Start vitamins.

The card can be used to buy

  • milk and cow’s milk-based infant formula milk
  • fresh, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables
  • fresh, dried and tinned pulses

Find out more by visiting and please share with your family and friends.

Free Uniform Service at YMCA flyer attached

The School uniform service is open during the school holidays Mon 10am-2:30pm, Wed, Thurs and Fri 10am-4pm & Sat 10am to 12noon.
See our website for more info.

Health and Wellbeing

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Support Fund – Apply by Sept 22nd

Voluntary and community sector groups can apply for a grant of up to £5k, up to £10k, or up to £25k to improve wellbeing with children up to 5 years old helping them get ready for school, or help young people develop well so that every 15 year old has hope and aspiration, that people have good emotional health and wellbeing resulting in fewer suicides, and people over 75 have strong social networks and are part of our community.

For complete information and application guidance, visit:

Application Deadline: September 22nd at 10.00am

Grants Available for Tackling Mental Health Inequalities

Healthy Minds is working in collaboration with Rethink Mental Illness to tackle mental health inequalities in Calderdale and to shine a spotlight on the organisations which work with those who do not usually access services.
We are offering grants of up to £15,000 for a 12-month long project which should expand or improve mental health services which are available to parts of the community who do not currently access them.
To be eligible you need:

  • To be a local VCSE organisation
  • A business or charity registration and bank account
  • Experience of working with the people or community you wish to support with this grant

If you are interested in applying, please get in touch with Kiah Hamilton-Adams at for a copy of the application form. Any questions you may have can also be directed to Kiah.

Find out more

Employment and Training

Newground Together Employment & Skills Programme

Please see the website of activities for September including:

  • 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.
  • Good Mood Café Drop in. Come in and meet our mentors, find out what MFT can offer and how we can help you.

Do you want to improve your IT skills?

Calderdale Adult Learning is running beginner IT courses form Brighouse Library, Elland Library and King Cross Library.

Contact them on 01422 392820 or email for more details.

HOT Opportunities Event

Take your next step into the world of work with a job you love! Join us at the HOT Opportunities Event on 15th September and speak to real employers about the next step in your employment journey….

More info here and to register for this FREE event:…/hot-opportunities-event…

See attached flyer for more details…

NHP Employability Open Day with Calderdale College flyer attached

Monday 12 September, 10am – 1pm at Illingworth Children’s Centre

North Halifax Partnership is working with Calderdale College to bring accredited courses into the community. These can be accessed by individuals who are unemployed and over 18 years.

The employability course will help you to gain a recognisable qualification and vital employability skills needed to secure a role in industries and professions.

Our employability fay will give you chance to talk to college staff and sign up.

Booking now open, complete application via website

LVL UP Intensive – Creative Producer Training

LVL/UP is a 2 day in person training programme in all the important aspects of producing and project management in the arts.

By taking part you will develop the skills, strategies and tools to become a brilliant producer. You will also make valuable connections with other producers from Calderdale, West Yorkshire and across the UK.

The training is led by Francesca Moody, producer of Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Aysha Powell, Head of Finance and Operations at Trigger who between them have over two decades of experience creating amazing, award-winning work.

Calderdale Council with the Calderdale Creates partnership want to support more people to develop and sustain a career as a producer in our region. We are working together with LVL/UP to bring you this bespoke programme, and we are able to offer this training to aspiring producers from Calderdale for free. We are offering 15 bursary places to complete the course for free in September 2022.

Is this for me?

This training is for people who live or work in Calderdale, are passionate about bringing creativity to life and want a career as an arts producer. We think it will best suit people who have some experience of being involved in putting on events and making things happen, which could be through a range of things like:

Running community events.
Delivering your own creative projects.
Working as an Assistant Producer or in a similar type of role.
Volunteering or getting involved to organise creative activities.
It may also be of interest to people currently producing creative events to brush-up their skills and knowledge.

Find out more here

Early Years Career Opportunities with HOT

Working in the Early Years and Childcare (EYC) sector is a rewarding career. Each day is different. You will help children learn and develop, while building relationships and supporting their families.

At Halifax Opportunities Trust, our Children’s Centres and nurseries have a highly regarded reputation among employees and families alike, which is why we seek dedicated and enthusiastic practitioners to join our teams.

We collaborate with the HOT Apprenticeship team to offer training and qualifications at any stage of your career journey, unlocking opportunities for you to grow your own way.

Find out more about the many career opportunities in EYC, through HOT, here: More info

Confidence for Work

Many people are finding it hard to get back into work following the pandemic. The Confidence for Work course from Calderdale Adult Learning will help you to build your confidence whilst providing support and encouragement to get back into the world of work.

Starting 13th October

You will learn:

  • Breathing techniques
  • Mindfulness
  • Identifying skills and qualities
  • Target setting
  • Build your confidence

More info here

Calderdale Employment Hub

We understand that not everyone is ready to work right now. That’s why we are here to help you manage your barriers and reach your goals at your own pace.

We work with various partners across Calderdale who specialise in different services. Our job is to link you with the best service and care that is available.

Our Work Wellness Advisor, Gemma works from Beechwood Medical Centre and recently worked with a man struggling with various mental health issues, historic substance and alcohol use and PTSD due to various unfortunate life events. He desperately wanted to change his lifestyle but had very low self-esteem and little trust in anyone.

Thanks to Gemma and our charity partners, Last month he hit his sobriety anniversary, He is now receiving counselling for his PTSD with Noah’s Ark Centre, He is also attending regular AA meetings and has completed the 12-step programme with Calderdale Recovery Steps and Hopeful Families. He has been regularly volunteering at The Outback Community Kitchen & Garden with help from our friends at Halifax Opportunities Trust.

Do you know someone who would benefit our services?

Message us or get in touch with an Inspire Advisor today

Learn, upskill and retrain with Calderdale Adult Learning
The latest Calderdale Adult Learning (CAL) prospectus, packed full of exciting, affordable courses to inspire and help people towards the jobs and lives they want, is on its way to every household across Calderdale.
From professional development and training options, which will help learners progress in their chosen career, to community and family learning, with lots of rewarding courses for self-development, there’s a course for everyone at CAL.
During these challenging financial times, CAL has reduced many of its course fees to ensure they’re accessible. There’s also further discounts for early enrolment, as well as lots of free options available for eligible learners.
If you don’t live in Calderdale or would prefer to view the courses and enrol online, you can do so here.

For Business and VCSE

Let’s Do Business! #WECAN

Come join us, Let’s do business

#WECAN (Women Empowered through Coaching and Networking) offer fully funded leadership and management support & training to businesses and their women employees across the Leeds City Region.
Are you a woman employed by an SME in the Calderdale region? Grow your business, confidence, and connections with Calderdale’s FREE, two-day business-to-business event on 12 and 13 September,

Build your leadership and management skills. Join a supportive community of women and businesses

If you or your team manage an eligible* SME business in Calderdale, you can access the following workshops for free. They are delivered by Calderdale Council along with industry experts but hurry, there’s only up to 20 tickets available.

Book your place now

Creating a Dynamic Business Plan

Strategic planning is essential to honing and growing any business. However, it’s important that your strategy is resilient enough to withstand unforeseen threats, while flexible enough to accommodate welcome opportunities.

Join CFFC’s Rachel Oates at Halifax Opportunities Trust HOT Networking where she will be presenting and helping you to put together a business strategy that can be flexible at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre on 14th September 2022.

It’s a free networking event and a nice welcoming bunch of people.

To register, visit

Calling local Businesses

Are you interested in having a volunteer for a few hours a week?

We are looking for local businesses to join our employability scheme.

We would like to match our members with work experience in something they are interested in, whether that be fashion, radio, cooking etc, so we are looking for businesses across all industries.

Our members will come fully supported by a support worker for the duration of their volunteering.

If this is something you would be interested in, please contact us on 01422 383550 or email

Free Help and Support for Small Businesses – Drop-in at King Cross Library

Call into the Library for an quick informal chat with the Place Development Team. Rachelle and Darren will be there to discuss with you what support is available for you and your business. We can help with recruitment, digital skills and social media, promote travel and tourism as well as helping you to navigate other Council services.

When:  Last Thursday of every month

Where: King Cross Library

Time: 5-6pm


Start up West Yorkshire

Do you want to start a business? Or are you running a business that’s under 3 years old and want to do more and go further?

Our free business start-up programme offers resources to help local entrepreneurs succeed, from workshops and seminars to one-to-one guidance and support.

We can help you grow your ideas and set up a business.

For your chance to meet the Business Start-Up Manager, discuss your ideas and network with other entrepreneurs, join us at Let’s do Business on 13th September.

Book your place here –

Latest Vacancies

Vacancies! North Halifax Partnership – Staying Well

We have two new opportunities to join our team!

– Staying Well (Active) Worker

– Community Organiser (Active)

Based at Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre, plus optional home working

Flexible hours – up to 37 hours per week

£26,245 pro rata, plus a golden hello payment which means you could receive an additional £500 over the first 12 months

To find out more about each of the roles and how to apply, please visit:

Vacancy! Site Supervisor – Creations Children’s Centre

Based at Creations Children’s Centre – 37 hours per week (worked flexibly over five days between the hours of 7am and 7pm) – £20,353 per annum with a generous annual leave allowance.

This post is targeted at candidates with a sound understanding of Health and Safety and risk assessments, who also have maintenance experience and are willing to undertake further training and development. The successful applicant will have responsibilities as outlined in the job description, with ongoing support from an allocated Line Manager.

If you would like more information about the vacancy please contact: John Surtees on 01422 266197.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 7th September 2022.

More info

Vacancies! Healthy Minds Calderdale  

  • Safespace (daytime) Project Worker Closing date 7.9.22
  • Community Health & Wellbeing Service Manager – Closing date 14.9.22
  • Membership & Engagement Coordinator – Closing date 19.9.22
  • Link Project Worker – Closing date 19.9.22
  • Safespace Relief Project Workers – Relief worker applications are taken on a rolling basis.  You can submit your application any time.

Please click here for full details of each post. 

Vacancies! Calderdale College

HOT Jobs!

Through Halifax Opportunities Trust’s strong and longstanding relationships with employers and many years of experience in helping people find meaningful work, we are able to support you with your employment journey.

Click here for current vacancies available, throughout Calderdale, in various roles and industries.

If you are interested in applying for any of the roles below please send your CV and cover letter to or contact Jo on 07891 956062 stating which vacancy you wish to apply for, or simply click on the ‘More info’ button below each role.

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team