Park and Warley Weekly Digest 7.10.20

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

 Latest News

 Royal Mail Strikes
The Royal Mail service has announced that their union members are intending to take strike action again on the following dates:

  • Thursday 13 October 2022
  • Thursday 20 October 2022
  • Tuesday 25 October 2022
  • Monday 28 November 2022

What’s On – Activities and Events

Launch & Networking event for Calderdale creative

CalderdaleCreates Launch Event

Tuesday 1st November 2022 2pm – 5pm

Artworks, The Everybody School of Art, Halifax

To reserve you place please register here Launch & Networking Event for Calderdale Creatives (

Halifax Hikers BBC radio 4

If you missed the BBC radio 4 programme about our very own Halifax hikers then you can catch it on this link, Zaheer from the 51st Muslim scout group and his walking friends walk and talk about In Calderdale’s finest sceneries, well worth a listen if you have the time.

You can access the program from this link  BBC Radio 4 – Ramblings, Halifax Hikers

Sure Start Children’s Centres

Looking for activities for the kids during the upcoming half term? Is you child aged 0 – 8 years old. Then why not pop down to your local children’s centre for more information about the activities organised throughout the half term.

25th Oct 10.30am – 12.00pm St Pauls Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EX

26th Oct 1.30pm – 3pm Todmorden College Hall, Burnley Road, Tod OL14 7BX

27th Oct 1.30pm – 3pm Little stars children’s centre Parkinson Lane HX1 3XQ

For more information call: 01422 252022 or 01706 399970

Magpie Movers dance entertainment

Need some fantastic entertainment for your event?

Magpie Movers are a Calderdale based mixed ability dance group. They have performed at events such as the Christmas lights switch on, awards nights and even at local clubs and bars.  If you visited Flavourfest summer then you might have seen their brilliant performance at our Saturday market.

Take a look at some of their highlights here

If you would like to book the Magpie Movers to  perform at your event, contact Lucas or call 01422 383550 to find out more, or visit


Information Session 9:30-10:30am – Wednesday 16th November 2022

Are you interested in becoming a Healthy Holidays Calderdale provider for the #HAF2023 Programme? Or maybe you know an organisation that may be interested in applying?
To find out more information on the 2023 programme applications, please register your place on this webinar. We encourage both existing and new providers to attend the information session.
The information session will take place via Microsoft Teams and a meeting invite will be emailed to all participants on Monday 14th November.

Please book your tickets here:

 Let’s do Business event  – rescheduled date

We postponed the Let’s do business due to the period of national mourning last week. We’re sorry if this caused inconvenience to your week. We’re pleased to confirm that Let’s do business will now be held on Wednesday 12th October.

The workshops from Monday 12th September will remain in the same order and be run on Wednesday 12th October. The workshops on Tuesday 13th September will no longer be running. If you would like more information on recruitment and how the Employment hub can help your business, you can get in touch here. If you had booked to see Business Start-up, West Yorkshire, you can get in touch with the Start-up manager here.

Venue: The event will take place at University Business Centre, Piece Mill, 27 Horton St, Halifax HX1 1QE. 
How to book: If you registered for the original event you will have received an email from us asking to confirm your booking for the rescheduled event. If you haven’t done already, please check your emails and get back to us so we can secure your place. There’s is no need to order a new ticket.
If you haven’t registered previously and would like to, please follow the link to Eventbrite where you can see more information on each workshop. 
Please note: There are two workshops running in the morning and two in the afternoon. You may only register for one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop
To book onto the event please click on the here Let’s do business Tickets, Wed 12 Oct 2022 at 09:00 | Eventbrite

Muslim Youth Helpline x Young Minds Insight Workshops

We believe that no young person should feel alone with their mental health, but we know that work needs to be done to make sure that mental health advice and support speaks to all young people, from all different backgrounds and walks of life.

In a recent survey by Muslim Youth Helpline, when asked ‘do you feel you have enough easy access to help when you need it? 40% of young Muslims answered No.

If you are aged 16-25 and living in the UK, your voice is important and want to hear from you.

In partnership with YoungMinds, you are invited to take part in 2 workshops in October 22

Workshop times and dates

Female identifying group (Closed) Wednesday 5th October 5.45 – 7.45pm and Thursday 13th Oct 5.45 – 7.45pm

Male Identifying group (Open) Thursday 6th Oct 5.45 – 7.45pm and Tuesday 18th Oct 5.45 – 7.45pm

Mixed gender group (Open) Tuesday 11th Oct 5.45 – 7.45pm and Wednesday 19th Oct 5.45 – 7.45pm

Apply Now

Applications close at 6pm Saturday 1st of Oct 22 Young Muslims Mental Health Workshops – Muslim Youth Helpline (

Calderdale Employment Hub – Get Organised for 2023!

Are you a parent or carer of a child in Year 11? Do you know what options are available to them after school?

Come join Calderdale Employment Hub on Tuesday 11th October and explore what careers, apprenticeships, 6th forms and colleges have to offer!

This is a free event for parents of children in year 11.

Time:  3.30pm to 7pm

Venue: Shay Stadium, Shay Syke, Halifax. HX1 2YT

For more info, visit

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.

The Council will consult on the Main Modifications of the Local Plan from Friday 12th August until Friday 7th October 2022 (5pm).

Read the Local Plan documents and take part here

Cost of Living

Free School Meals

If you are currently not receiving Free School Meals and feel you may be eligible or just want to check if you could be, then please follow the link below which will check your eligibility and the steps to follow afterwards.

Fuel Vouchers

Through partnership with ‪@fuel_bank  the HOT Employment Team can provide £30 fuel vouchers for people using pre-payment meters. If you are a local service providing support to individuals who need this help, please get in touch with Lisa or Jo on 01422 347392

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

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 –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

Health and Wellbeing

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

Calderdale College Open Event – Tuesday 18 October, 4.30pm-7pm

Visit Calderdale College for their first event of the academic year at the Open Evening on Tuesday 18 October and discover what it’s like being a part of #TeamCalderdale!

CLICK HERE to book your place now. Upcoming Events – Calderdale College

Are you considering your next steps after school? Or looking to study part-time to upskill for your dream career? If you want to join the best College in West Yorkshire for student success then you’re on the right track…

We have a wide variety of School Leavers, Adult 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
  • Discover more about Calderdale College at our College Talks
  • Need help with something else?

You can also get all the information and guidance you might 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.

Halifax Opportunities Trust – Digital Skills Course

The Halifax Opportunities Trust Inclusive Integration Team is here to support you with a range of services and courses to help you settle in, gain skills and build connections. The following course has been developed to help you make the most of life in the UK and become part of the local Park Ward community.

Digital Skills

·         Build your computer confidence and learn skills that will help you at home and work. You will learn:

·         Typing & editing

·         Creating documents

·         Using the internet

·         Sending emails

·         Online Safety

Register here

Let’s get Greener together

Greener Together is a new and exciting programme launched in Calderdale to help you get green for a brighter future.

Learn Green Skills

·         Professional qualification in landscaping (LANTRA) and Facilities (City and Guild Level 1 Introduction to facilities service)
·         Real work experience
·         Support with uniform (PPE) and kit to complete training
·         Travel costs covered

Green Life Skills with our partner HOTS there will be a number of green life skill day courses running from wild seed planting to upcycling

Find out more and

Green Living with ever increasing fuel and living costs our Green Energy Advisor will be able to help develop strategies to save and money with simple technologies around the home.

For more information on all the offers available please refer to the flyer above or contact Newground on 0330 555 5560 to get involved Email:

Adults Training Catalogue course guide attached

Whether you’re looking to go back into work, develop in your current tole or start a new journey, Calderdale College can help.

From full-time study and apprenticeships, to degrees and short courses, there is something for everyone, whatever you’re looking to achieve. Our flexible training courses can also be delivered on evenings and weekends to fit around your busy schedule, and many of them are free!

See attached course guide for more info.

HOT Early Years Career Progression

Through our Learning Service, we are able to deliver nationally recognised qualifications through work-based learning apprenticeships in education and business. And, as an employer, we support our own employees through their learning journeys to help them reach their career development goals.

Hannah Gaukroger joined the Trust in 2014 and, through the support of teams throughout the organisation, has found a new path that builds on existing Early Years skills and qualifications.

Learn More

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.

CalderdaleCreates Launches new Training & Events programme.

The key partnership for culture in Calderdale is excited to announce a new series of network events & industry training events that is live from September onwards. The events and training specifically cater to the sector in Calderdale coming out the priorities identified in the cultural strategy ‘Where Creativity Flows’ and link in with the Culturedale brand. 

Full programme.

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

For Business and VCSE

Xmas Markets!

We know it’s only September but Christmas markets require some planning!

Halifax Borough Market is looking for traders who would be interested in trading with them over the Christmas period

Interested? Then send your details to us at or give the office a ring on 01422 393584

Calling local Businesses!

Are you interested in having a volunteer to support your business for a few hours a week?

Magpies are looking for local businesses to join their employability scheme.

They 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.

Magpie 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

Support for Small & Medium Sized Businesses

Do you own a local business? Thinking of starting your own business? Call in and say ‘Hi’ to the Place Development Team at one of our Library Drop-in sessions – no appointment needed just pop in with any questions about your business.

The types of support we can offer your business include, but are not limited to:

  • Staff – recruitment, training, staff well-being
  • Visitors – promote trade and tourism, support with visitor offer
  • Accessibility – open up your business to be inclusive for all, the Purple Pound
  • Digital – advocate digital & skills, social media marketing, advertising
  • Green Economy – sustainability, climate emergency, saving energy

Drop in at:

  • King Cross Library – Last Thursday of every month 5 – 6pm
  • Northowram Library – 1st Tuesday of every month 10-11.30am
  • Hebden Bridge Library- 1st Wednesday of every month 10.30 – 12pm
  • Todmorden Library – Every Friday 10.30 – 12pm
  • Beechwood Road Library –  Every Thursday 10.30 – 11.30am
  • Elland Library – 1st Wednesday of every month 10 – 11am
  • Rastrick Library – 1st Wednesday of every month 11.15 – 12.15pm
  • Sowerby Bridge Library – Every Friday 10am – 12pm
  • Brighouse Library – Every other Thursday 10.30am – 12pm(drop ins this month 8th & 22nd Sept)

Latest Vacancies

Vacnacy! Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service – Asylum Seeking and Trafficked Women’s Caseworker

(Maternity cover – 26 hours per week, to include Mondays for up to 13 months)

 The starting salary is NJC scale point 22 (currently £27,513.93) pro rata.

CLOSING DATE: 09:00 Monday 26th September 2022

If shortlisted, interviews will be held: Wednesday 28th September 2022

Who are we looking for?

Come and join Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service. In this role, you will ensure the provision of high-quality, person-centred, advice and advocacy support for people in a range of complex and crisis related situations. Reporting to the RASTW Advocacy lead, you will work very closely with colleagues as part of a diverse and dynamic team and liaise with external stakeholders to get the best outcomes for our service users. The role is currently conducted as a combination of face to face and remote casework.

This role might be for you if you are committed to actively advocating for Refugee, Asylum Seeking and Trafficked women to access their rights and overcome barriers to a safe life in the UK. You have experience providing sensitive, safe and empowering support to distressed people in vulnerable situations. You’re a team player who’s comfortable within what can sometimes be a busy and demanding environment.

We especially welcome applicants with lived experience from women who will contribute to the diversity of our organisation, including Black, Asian & Minoritised women and disabled women.

This post will be based at our Bradford City Centre office/working from home /other locations as required

PLEASE NOTE: BRC & SASS offers services to women and girls who have experienced sexual violence within a women-only safe space.  It is an occupational requirement under the Equality Act 2010 (Schedule 9, part 1) for this post to be filled by a woman. 

Previous applicants to this post need not apply.


CLOSING DATE: 09:00 Monday 26th September 2022

If shortlisted, interviews will be held: Wednesday 28th September 2022

Vacancies! North Halifax Partnership – Various

Early Years Practitioner Vacancies
North Halifax Partnership Sure Start Children’s Centres are excited to be recruiting for qualified and unqualified early years practitioners to work in our Children’s Centres in Calderdale. FIND OUT MORE

Staying Well Worker

Based in the Neighbourhood team at Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre

 14.5 hours per week (maternity cover till August 2023)

£25,481 pro rata FIND OUT MORE

Site Supervisor
Based at Creations Children’s Centre
37 hours per week (worked flexibly over five days between the hours of 7am and 7pm)
£20,353 pro rata with a generous annual leave allowance FIND OUT MORE

Sessional Work
We have sessional members of staff who are available to work and cover when they are required. This type of work may suit your lifestyle – there are no set hours, it is casual work based on your availability. This covers all areas of work – Administration, Reception, Childcare, Cook, Cleaner, Caretaker and Domestic. You give us your availability and we work around you! FIND OUT MORE

Vacancies! Calderdale College

Vacancies! Calderdale College Apprenticeships

Support Worker Apprentice Level 2 (App555) – Calderdale College Apprenticeships Jobs Portal. Location: Bingley Bradford

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