Park and Warley Weekly Digest 28.10.20

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New website aims to recruit more adult care workers

Locally and nationally, care homes, home care and supported living providers are struggling with staff shortages and this is putting a massive strain on their services. Next week, we are launching a new recruitment website which aims to increase the quality and quantity of applications and match adult social care workers with their perfect role so they can support vulnerable people in Calderdale and make a real difference to their lives.

Calderdale Cares Careers will promote the variety of jobs and training available to those contemplating care work as a career and serve as a dedicated platform for Calderdale providers to post their vacancies. There will be a marketing campaign to support the launch, which will include targeted social media, billboards and bus shelters.

Take a look at the new website here: 

Join us to help shape the future of Calderdale’s Climate Action Plan

Calderdale council have released the draft Climate Action Plan and want to hear from as many people across the borough as possible. It will affect everyone living and working in Calderdale. Over the past 12 months we’ve made great progress in Calderdale, hitting a historic target for reduction of CO2 emissions and we’ve declared a bold and ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2038.

The draft Climate Action Plan sets out what we must do to meet our net zero target by 2038. This three-year plan covers six key themes:

  • Use our shared voice for climate action.
  • Support community climate action.
  • Create warm and resilient buildings.
  • Grow a Green Economy.
  • Transform transport and getting around.
  • Work with land and nature to protect us in the long term.

We want to hear from Business owners across the borough to help shape the future for Climate Action in Calderdale. Will you join us for a group session on Wednesday 16th November for Climate Action networking breakfast? 
The group discussion will be held at Princess Building, Princess St, Halifax HX1 1TS between 9am – 1pm and Breakfast will be served. You can read the draft Climate Action Plan in full here or in short here. Tell us your thoughts in this short survey or email us if you’d like to join us to discuss. This is a great opportunity to share best practise and help shape the future of Calderdale’s climate plan. 

Help us find more foster carers

Like the rest of the UK, Calderdale needs more foster carers. In a ground-breaking national collaboration, 56 local authorities have worked together to share ideas and jointly fund the creation of Childhood, a short film to raise awareness of the need for foster carers to provide nurturing, positive homes for  and young people.

Please help us to find more people who may be interested in fostering by liking, sharing and retweeting Foster 4 Calderdale’s posts on Facebook and Twitter

51st Pellon Scout Group

51st Pellon Scout Group came first in the recent MSF (Muslim Scout Fellowship) Olympics 2022 North and Midlands. It was incredible achievement by the group, beating favourites 304 Birmingham. It was a very tense finish  the winning margin was just one gold medal! 20 groups and more than 800 children took part in the annual competition which is held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Zaheer Khalil, Chair of 51st Pellon Scout Group, said afterwards “ i am incredibly proud of how our children performed on the day. All the hard work preparing for the games paid off. We have a proud tradition at the Olympic games having never finished outside the top 3 on all 7 occasions we have competed. This year’s victory is special as it is also our Group’s 10th anniversary. It serves as a fitting tribute to all the hard work and dedication of our leaders, who give up their time to support young people reach their full potential in life. I would like to thank Abrar Hussain and Ilyas Najib at HOTs, and Rob Whiteley from Calderdale Council in supporting the Group with their preparation for the games. It made all the difference on the day.

These children will remember this experience for the rest of their lives, so I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this happen.

 UK Muslim Scout Fellowship 51st Pellon Scout Group 50 Shades of Halifax West Yorkshire Scouts Halifax Scouts Halifax Courier

Flavours of the world at Halifax International Market

Don’t miss the fantastic selection of global traders next week in Halifax, as the award-winning International Market will be there from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 October 2022.
The popular outdoor market will include tasty treats and unique crafts and gifts from around the world and can be found on Corn Market, Russell Street and Southgate. You will find Greek souvlaki and gyros, French crepes and galettes, Mexican burritos and Chinese wok delights. There will be tasty vegan and gluten-free options, plenty of fresh foods to take home such as cheeses, olives, salami, breads and cakes, and a range of international crafts and gifts, including jewellery, coasters, mugs, keyrings and magnets.

The International Market will be open from 9am to 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 10am until 5pm on Sunday.

Have your say: Climate Action Plan Consultation

Climate change poses a serious threat to our way of life. We can see the impact outside our window. Extreme temperatures ignite wildfires on our moors and flooding is on the rise. We must act now if we want to protect the place we call home. Our draft Climate Action Plan sets out what we must do to tackle climate change and meet our net zero target by 2038. It affects everyone living and working in Calderdale so we want to hear from as many people as possible about our draft.

Share your feedback through our short online survey. Visit: Closing date: 20 November 2022.

Befrienders Needed

Can you spare an hour per week to:

  • Help people feel welcome who are newly arrived in Halifax?
  • Do something positive in somebody’s life?
  • Provide a listening ear?
  • Provide a valuable link to the community?

Join our crew of Befriending volunteers and make a real difference in someone’s life! We will provide all the training and support you need.

Contact Rabia at to register your interest.

Volunteers needed for Women’s English class at St Augustine’s Centre

We are looking for some new female volunteers who can either:

lead or support our women’s English class on Wednesday morning

or help look after the children whilst their mums are learning.

Please contact Rabia – for more information

Halifax Community Fridge – Warm Meal every Thursday

The Jilani kitchen launches 10th of November 2022

As the temperature drops – Halifax Community Fridge invites their neighbours and those in need within the local community for a warm meal every Thursday outside the Halifax community fridge.

For more information call 07790758618  

What’s On – Activities and Events

The Big Mosque Street Clean Up

An excellent opportunity for the community members of Park to come together and make a difference to their community, this initiative is lead by the Halifax community fridge

Our monthly street clean continues this Saturday at 12PM. Please join us, all equipment is provided.

To volunteer please attend on the day or contact 07492 742295

Meeting point Halifax Community fridge 29th of October 12pm

Halloween Trail at The Piece Hall

Spooky season is upon us!  Between 27– 30 October join the Piece Hall for some spooktacular Halloween fun!

With prizes for the best costumes, kids can wear their scariest fancy dress and trick or treat around the shops with our Halloween trail map! Kindly sponsored by Al’s Emporium

Book now

Greener Together Walks For Women

Interested in getting fitter and finding out about green spaces in Halifax? Join a FREE local walks and connect with the environment and meet new people.

Greener together is running short 1.5hr walks for women in winter 2022.

Please see the attached flyer for dates.

Call the WomenCentre for more information and to book your place 01422 386500

Independent Visitor Service volunteering opportunity

An Independent Visitor is an adult volunteer who has time to share with a child or young person who is in care.

Dedicating a few hours each month, you will spend quality time, one to one, on trips and visits. This is a long-term volunteering opportunity.

Please see attached flyer for more information or email us at

Referral Order Panel Members needed

Referral Order Panels Members are adult volunteers for the Calderdale Youth Justice Service. Referral Order Panels are meetings led by volunteer community panel members where young people who have offended and received a Referral Order from the Youth Court, their parents/carers, victims of crime and members of the community have the opportunity to come together.

Please see attached flyer for more information or email us at

CalderdaleCreates Launch Event

Places are booking fast for the CalderdaleCreates launch event on Tuesday 1st November!  Have you registered?

  • Discover more about Calderdale’s Year of Culture 2024  
  • Find out about training, funding &  best practice events
  • Keynote speaker Martin Sutherland, OBE, CEO of Coventry City of Culture 2021
  • Meet other CalerdaleCreates members, network and connect

At Artworks, The Everybody School of Art, Halifax

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

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

HAF Information Session

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 about the 2023 programme applications, please register your place on this webinar on Wednesday 16th November, 9:30-10:30am

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 register here:

Cost of Living

Cost of Living Support

If you’re struggling to make ends meet, there is lots of advice and support available here: Calderdale – Worried about Money? (

How Halifax Opportunities Trust can help you through the Cost of Living Crisis

Halifax Opportunities Trust offer a range of free services for residents of Park Ward and the 1,700 people we support throughout Calderdale each day.

The current Cost Of Living Crisis is proving a difficult time for many, especially for the communities we serve, which is why we’re sign posting a range of initiatives that aim to support people through the Cost of Living Crisis

Here are just some of the services on offer:

Free Organic food in Park Ward – HOT’s community garden and kitchen, The Outback, in the heart of Park Ward on Lightowler Road is built on an ethos of sustainability and helping people become self-sustaining through a wide range of green projects. It sows, grows and harvests fruit and vegetables from its plots and hosts a Tuesday Takeaway each week, offering free meals to any one who turns up. Each week the Tuesday Takeaway feeds around 60 people with healthy meals using produce from the Outback and other ingredients that would otherwise go to landfill, provided by FareShare and donated by local businesses. This service is weekly and runs from 12:30pm with meals available for anyone who visits.

In addition to this, The Outback recently opened its Pop-Up shop that runs every Tuesday and Thursday between 11am-1pm. Selling seasonal handpicked fruit and vegetables, grown onsite, the community Garden is able to support the local community with fresh, organic produce at a low cost.

The Outback has recently joined a local voucher scheme in partnership with local school, Halifax Academy. The Outback will support eligible families with £2.00 worth of produce for just 50p, when provided with a voucher.

Find out more, here

Support for the Halifax Community Fridge

As part of HOT’s charitable work, we’ve also helped to support the local Community Fridge. With an aim to make ‘bins hungry, not people’ the community fridge strives to meet two key objectives; reduce food poverty in Park Ward and minimise food waste. The Community Fridge is located at the Markazi Jamia Masjid Ahl-e-Sunnah wal Jamat Mosque on Gibbet Street and is open to all.

HOT recently helped to co-ordinate a charity cricket match, where HOT and the Community Fridge joined forces to play against the local Council and other Calderdale players. Raising funds through sponsorship, the match raised over £2,500 for the Community Fridge, meaning it can meet an increasing demand and continue offering vital services for Park Ward locals.

Unlocking Opportunities for Local People

The Trust is supporting local people looking for work, new skills, career progression and volunteering opportunities by hosting an Opportunities Event on 15th September 2022. There will be many teams from the Trust at the event to provide guidance and advice on the opportunities available through HOT as well as the services it delivers. Members of HOT will also be able to offer support for anyone seeking advice on other employment related areas, such as CV building, interview skills and breaking down barriers to work.

The event will also host an Employer Marketplace to showcase the employment opportunities available through local organisations, signposting vacancies and providing attendees with the opportunity to discuss aspirations with real employers and gain further understanding of the experience they might gain.

Find out more, here

FREE Budgeting Advice Sessions

Supporting children and families is a core area HOT works in. As the COLC accelerates, the Trust’s Children and Families teams have been working on a number of activities to offer support for parents and carers, who may be experiencing financial challenges as a result.

The first ‘Budgeting Like a Boss’ session was held at Todmorden Children’s Centre in partnership with Noah’s Ark and was completely free for those attending.

You can still book on these highly recommended courses delivered by Noah’s Ark and Calderdale Adult Learning, which includes lunch and travel expenses!

  • Budget Like a Boss –10th and 17th November and 8th and 22nd December at the Noah’s Ark Centre.
  • Book on a Budget Like a Boss –24th Nov and 1 Dec at the Outback, Jubilee Children’s Centre.

Contact 01422 364664 or email

Support with managing bills or applying for benefits

The Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre acts as a community hub for local people in Park Ward. Here, the Employment, Inclusive Integration and Community & Wellbeing services are delivered and offer wrap around support for many of the people who visit.

To support the local community through the COLC, the teams at Hanson Lane have been helping people with their benefit and tax paperwork and providing guidance on the services available in the local area, where additional help can be accessed. Additionally, the Employment Services team is offering money saving advice and will host a stall at the upcoming Outback Open Day for families and local Park Ward residents in attendance.

Due to the reputation of HOT and its wide range of services, it is also able to partner with third parties to give further assistance. HOT is now supporting people on pre-payment meters with emergency fuel vouchers, supplied by Fuel Bank. This is an ongoing initiative and more information can be gained by contacting – at Employment Services.

Halifax Opportunities Trust is dedicated to supporting the local community through its six core service areas; Employment, Community & Wellbeing, Enterprise, Children & Families, Learning and Inclusive Integration. Taking a holistic, whole person, approach means addressing national issues and flexing services to support the people who are impacted. The COLC is something that is hitting the local community hard; by signposting the services the we’re providing to help, we hope to uphold our main charitable aim of relieving poverty.

To find out more about the services we offer please click here

Employment and Training

North Halifax Partnership Sure Start Children’s Centres

Gain a free diploma in your local community In childcare or health and social(Check flyer for further details)

Contact Katie Jones on 01422 251090 for more information

Green Warrior Workforce Development Programme

What does the Green Economy mean to you and your customers?  Do you want practical ideas on how to include green skills in your customer sessions, as well as practical ideas on how you can become Greener yourself?

The Greener Together project is running 7 unique sessions for community workers, youth leaders and anyone involved in delivering community sessions for residents of Calderdale. These will run in conjunction with Todmorden

Green Skills College.

  • 21st October and 9th November – An overview of climate change, species loss, and how we can live sustainably
  • 28th October and 16th November – Biodiversity and Habitat – upsetting the balance of nature
  • 4th and 30th November – Greener Cleaner
  • 11th November and 7th December – Reduce | Repair | Re-use | Re-purpose | Recycle
  • 18th November and 14th December – Sustainable Fashion
  • 25th November and 18th January – Plot to Plate
  • 2nd December and 25th January – Reducing energy consumption in the built environment

Sessions are FREE and run from 10am-3.30pm. Lunch will be provided

Please see attached flyer for more information or call 0300 330 5535 /email:

Are you interested in becoming a Police Officer?

We are looking for women and people from Ethnic Minority backgrounds to apply to join us.

There are two entry routes:

  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship – for people who do not have a degree Salary: £23,556 increasing to a minimum of £28,932 after three years and £43,032 after seven years (subject to performance).
  • Degree Holder Entry Programme – for people who do have a degree Salary: £26,682 increasing to a minimum of £28,932 after two years and £43,032 after seven years (subject to performance).

All options offer successful candidates the opportunity to ‘earn while they learn’ as they will be paid the above salary from day one.

For more information on how to apply, details of the course content and recruitment process, please visit our website or email:

Are you a school leaver and need career advice?

Recently left school? Looking to change your career direction?
Halifax Opportunities Trust Apprenticeship Team can help with career opportunities in business & education and the routes you can follow with apprenticeship qualifications.

To learn more visit

For Business and VCSE

Voucher scheme to help with energy bills

WYCA is launching a £1 million fund which will help businesses towards their energy bills.

There is a registration form on the link below to find out more info once it’s launched. By completing this form, businesses are not applying for the programme – just registering to be notified when the programme is launched. It is for capital projects across West Yorkshire and across all sectors (B2B and B2C).  The company has to be the energy payer and must have a business premise so it can’t be a business working from home or where the energy bills are paid by a landlord. For SMEs 50 employees or less

50/50 match funding so a minimum of £500 (£1000 project total) to max £5,000 (£10,000 project total).  It can be part of a larger project.

The scheme will go live around mid-November so in the meantime, please ask businesses to register for more info on the website.

Xmas Markets!

Halifax Borough Market is looking for traders who would be interested in trading with them over the Christmas period. We know it’s early but Christmas markets require some planning!

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

Latest Vacancies

Vacancies!  Senior Project Officer (Newground Youth Team)

The Vacancy

We are looking for someone who is committed to working with & for young people, ensuring they have the information to make informed choices about their lives, opening up new opportunities and have a say in local decision making. Newground Youth Team (NYT) is committed to creating safe and positive spaces in the community, where young people are encouraged to achieve new things. As well as ask questions about things effecting their lives, risk taking behaviour is challenged and they supported to overcome obstacles in their transition to adulthood.

Salary£26,578 p/annum rising to £30,941 p/annum with length of service. For more information on the role and to apply please click the link below.

Senior Project Officer (Newground Youth Team) (

Vacancies!  Programme Manager – Economy and Investment:

This role will play a key role in joining up our action across diverse areas of work so that they add up to make a significant difference in growing our inclusive economy and driving economic regeneration in a way that tackles inequalities as well as makes the most of opportunities.  For the right candidate that means it’s a great opportunity to diversify your expertise.

I can now confirm your vacancy is live on our recruitment website ( candidates to apply.
The closing date is 07/11/2022 and applications will be sent ASAP the following day.

Vacancies!  Graduate Intern  – policy and research

We are looking for a Graduate intern to help with develop our inclusive economy work, through policy support and research.

This is great opportunity gain an insight into local government, particularly economic policy development in practice and research at a critical time in post Covid economic recovery and as we respond to the cost-of-living crisis.

The successful candidate will get the opportunity to work with partners across all sectors of the economy working to support senior officers in the Economy Housing and Investment team to take forward our inclusive economic strategy and linking with regional work through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the WY Mayoralty. The postholder will also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of local government and the wider public sector working alongside the Director of Regeneration and Strategy and leading councillors.

website ( for candidates to apply.

The closing date is 07/11/2022 and applications will be sent ASAP the following day.

Vacancies!  West Yorkshire Police – Various

West Yorkshire Police are currently recruiting for the following roles

  • Police Community Support Officer(PCSO)
  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder Entry programme

Find out what it’s like working with us, what job opportunities we have available, how to volunteer and how you can apply to join us here

Vacancy! Staying Well Worker x 2 – North Halifax Partnership

NHP have led on the Staying Well project in North Halifax and the Lower Valley since 2015 and are passionate about supporting its development to benefit local people and their communities. Staying Well aims to work with individuals and communities to address issues of loneliness, isolation, and general wellbeing. We are in the exciting stage of expanding our team and looking for 2 new Staying Well Workers to join us in empowering people and communities to be healthier and happier, for longer!

The role involves:

  • Working with individuals to help find their own outcomes and solutions
  • Working with communities to develop local, sustainable social opportunities
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders

It is essential that you have:

  • Experience of working 1:1 with vulnerable people.
  • Skills in working with voluntary and community groups – developing activities and building capacity
  • Excellent time management of own timetable, including experience of managing a caseload

We are especially looking for someone who is passionate about working with communities to address wider health and wellbeing issues. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the issues effecting vulnerable people as well as experience of successful community development.

Please see attached flyer for more information about the role and how to apply.

Vacancies! Calderdale College

 Vacancies! Calderdale College Apprenticeships

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team