Park and Warley Weekly Digest 18.11.22

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

Latest News

Message sent on behalf of CI Panther, Neighbourhoods Calderdale District

Please see the below press release which will be released shortly. This relates to 3 firearms incidents which are currently under investigation. 

 We were made aware of the concern around firearms being discharged on 13th November however this was confirmed as genuine on 14th. Several actions have been carried out swiftly to identify those involved. Two males have been arrested overnight and remain in custody at this time.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses as enquiries continue into linked firearms discharges in Halifax. The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team has made arrests and is continuing investigate three offences in which weapons were discharged outside properties, none of which resulted in anyone being injured Police attended at an address at Bracewell Drive on November 4 and November 13 following reports of shots fired outside the address at about 7pm on both dates. A report was also received of a discharge on Claremont Close at about 6.45pm on November 13. Specialist officers carried out detailed searches at the scenes following all three reports and found evidence of firearms discharges. Two local men aged 36 and 34 have subsequently been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences in connection with all three shootings and remain in police custody. 

DI Guy Shackleton of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We are continuing to investigate these offences which we are treating as linked, and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed these incidents or who has information to comer forwards.

“All reports of firearms crime are treated very seriously indeed by West Yorkshire Police and I can promise residents that a full investigation is ongoing into these firearms discharges.

“Anyone who can assist our enquiries is asked to contact HMET on 101 referencing crime number 13220628097.

“Information can also be given in complete anonymity to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

Tensions are assessed as LOW and a CIA has been completed. 

We will be increasing reassurance patrols in the area with force resources supporting local officers over the next few days.

Worrying about money? Support is available in Calderdale

Please see attached flyer for a step by step guide to find options and places to get help.

Money Counts training sessions – Anti-Poverty Partnership

The ‘Money Counts’ training courseis a single 1hr session designed to help frontline workers and volunteers and elected members to best use Calderdale’s ‘Worrying About Money?’ leaflet (attached) when supporting people who are struggling with money worries or financial crisis.  The sessions help people to gain confidence in having initial conversations with people about their money concerns.

Learning objectives include:

  • to identify someone who might have money worries
  • to know which financial advice and support options are available locally and nationally
  • to feel confident to support customers to access advice and support services
  • to use the ‘Worrying About Money?’ leaflet well and with confidence 

The dates of the sessions coming up are:

  • Wednesday 16th November (Online, Microsoft Teams) 10.30 – 11.30am.
  • Wednesday 23rd November (Online, Microsoft Teams) 6 – 7pm.

For more information and to book your place please see the Eventbrite page: Money Counts Training for Calderdale Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Winter Coat Campaign – Halifax Community Fridge flyer attached

Donate your winter coat or take one in need

Help others wrap up warm this winter

FREE winter coat available 11am-12.30pm at the Halifax Community Fridge

Get Involved/Have Your Say

West Yorkshire UKSPF – Support for Business Sounding Group

Following earlier webinars held in West Yorkshire, which helped to shape the West Yorkshire UK Shared Prosperity Fund Local Investment Plan, a Sounding Group is now being held to enable key stakeholders to engage further with the programme.
The Sounding Group is being held to enable key stakeholders to contribute to shaping investment priorities under Pillar 2, Supporting Local Business, which are likely to be via a call for projects around business growth and innovation. 
You are therefore cordially invited to attend this Sounding Group which will take place on Wednesday 14th December 2022 at 10:00am – 11.30am at The John Charles Suite, Queens Hotel, New Station Street City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ.  Please note this will be a face-to-face event.

Please register your intention to attend this event through the following link: UKSPF in West Yorkshire – Pillar 2 Sounding Group Tickets, Wed 14 Dec 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite
Places at the event are limited and I would encourage you to register as soon as possible if you wish to attend and, as we expect this to be popular, we will restrict attendance to one person per organisation. 

Apply to Healthy Holidays Calderdale 2023 – Info session 14th Nov

Calderdale Council is launching its third year of the Healthy Holidays Calderdale programme.

We are looking for groups who can create fun, active and creative school holiday schemes for children eligible for free school meals.

We’re also looking for organisations who think they could provide a venue to host holiday schemes. We can match providers to host venues and there are funds available to cover cleaning, locking/unlocking services and energy costs.

Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) will be supporting the Council with the delivery of the programme which launches on Monday 14th November.

If you have questions about the programme, please speak to Jess Heald, Healthy Holidays Coordinator –

If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact the team at CFFC – or

VCSE Sector Financial Sustainability Survey – 3 month follow-up survey
In August 2022, the VSI Alliance gathered initial feedback and insight on the financial sustainability of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Sector in Calderdale.  The information was then presented at the Calderdale Collaborative Community Partnership Board (3CPB), part of Calderdale Cares.
Thank you to all who participated in the first survey.  We have now launched a 3 month follow-up survey including questions on the impact of the cost of living crisis and staffing and recruitment in the VCSE Sector. 
The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes and we’d really appreciate your input to help contribute to as big a picture as possible about the current financial situation for our sector.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 14th November.

St Augustine’s Centre – We Need Trustees!

Strategic? Want to make a difference? Join us and help us support people fleeing war and persecution.

We are looking for 2 new Trustees. Particularly looking for experience in mental health work; HR; immigration sector.

Find out more

Third Sector Conference – Safety of Women and Girls Strategy Launch

The Mayor for West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe OBE, would like to invite you to attend their second annual Third Sector Conference which will celebrate the work of the sector and how it has worked in partnership over the last 12 months. The topic for this year’s conference is the Safety of Women and Girls and the impact of the cost of living crisis on those we support which is recognised as a key challenge in our efforts to keep West Yorkshire Safe. Just. Inclusive.

The vision for our work is to come together with partners including the police, local authorities, health, education, VCSE partners and our communities. The event will give delegates the opportunity to discuss the latest issues, developments and actions in light of the challenges.

Attendees will hear from a number of colleagues, including the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, West Yorkshire Police, VCSE Partners and those with lived experience.

The conference will take place in person at Brighouse Sports Club, Russell Way, Brighouse, HD6 4LX on Wednesday 23 November, 09:30 – 15:00.

To secure your place at this important event please email along with any dietary, access or other requirements by Friday 18 November.

Launch of the strategy

The Mayor will be launching her safety of women and girls’ strategy at this conference. Our aim is to deliver a strategy that can drive forward the Mayor’s Pledge to put women and girls at the heart of policing in West Yorkshire and bring about long-term societal change to end violence against women and girls. The strategy was co-designed with partners and stakeholders across West Yorkshire. We listened, consulted, and identified good practice, and gaps across the region.

Showcasing Third Sector Support for Women and Girls

There will be an opportunity to showcase your work/ support for women and girls and we are looking to create positive networking opportunities throughout the event.

If you would like to have a stall at the conference, please let us know – email

Vote for your favourite market today!
Voting has opened for Britain’s Favourite Market 2023 which starts as a public online vote. Spread the word and see if we can get one of our amazing Calderdale markets to the top the poll! Vote for Britain’s Favourite Market here.

Also launched today are the Great British Market Award nominations in the following categories:

Best Large Indoor Market • Best Small Indoor Market • Best Large Outdoor Market • Best Small Outdoor Market • Best Community/Parish Market • Best Large Speciality Market • Best Small Speciality Market • Best Wholesale Market • Best Food Market • Best Market Attraction

Entries, which close on 13 December 2022, can be made through the NABMA website here. You can follow the campaign on social media with the hashtag #MyFavouriteMarket and #GBMA2023.

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.

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.

Share your feedback through a short online survey. Visit:

Closing date: 20 November 2022.

Domestic Abuse Advice drop in

Wednesday Advice Drop In Sessions for Women dealing with Domestic Abuse at the WomenCentre in Halifax.

Free Drop In sessions for Women every Wednesday 10-12noon at the Women Centre.

These drop-in sessions focus on:

  • Domestic abuse support
  • Safety advice
  • Link to legal advice

Please note: WomenCentre is a female only space, men can call 01422 323339 to make an appointment with a male victim support worker and can arrange a suitable venue at that time. See attached flyer for more info

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

What’s On – Activities and Events

Calderdale College Open Event Thursday 24 November, 4.30pm-7pm

An event for everyone – visit Calderdale College at their coming Open Event to discover part-time adult courses, school leaver courses and degree-level courses!

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 courses, as well as outstanding apprenticeships on offer, so there’s something for everyone! Come along and:

• Check out our fantastic facilities

• Meet our tutors

• Enjoy classroom demonstrations

• Speak to current students

• Apply on the day

• Explore support available including wellbeing and financial aid

Yorkshire Islamophobia Conference 2022

Islamophobia Conference 2022, which will be held this year in Wakefield Town Hall on the 26th November commencing at 10.00 and closing at 15.00.

The conference will have a similar structure to last year with a plenary session followed by three interactive workshops focused on key topics and chaired by regional or national figures.

The conference will be free and include food and refreshments.

You can register for the conference directly on Eventbrite:

St Columba’s Christmas Fayre

St Columba’s Catholic Church is holding a Christmas Fayre in their Church Hall in Pellon on Sunday 27th November from 12.00 noon till 2.00 pm.

Santa is coming! 🎅🏼

Free Entry

Snails Winter Couch to 5k

Starts 8th January 2023

Sundays 10am from Saville Park Moor & Thursdays 6.30pm from Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club

Running has benefits on your physical and mental health and can be better than anything the doctor can prescribe! Not to mention it’s a great opportunities to meet new people that will become lifelong friends.

Sowerby Bridge Snails are an inclusive community running group for all abilities and their C25K programme is a really great way to start your running journey – especially if you’ve never run before.

The course starts with walking/running over very short distances and then you will gradually build up on distance and increase the running – it really works!

Booking is now open. Book early as places are limited and sell out quickly!

£20 for the 5 week course…/3rzkm08ynqzjblhuk…

The Dignity of Women – Scriptural Reflections

Religions for Peace UK women of faith Network presents a unique and informative exhibition

Hosted by The Blackley Centre Prospect View, Blackley, Elland HX5 0TD

Tuesday 15th November 11am – 8pm

Open to all

For more info contact: to register for free visit

Magpie Arts Showcase Event flyer attached

Friday 25th November at 1.30-3pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre 

Magpie members have created some fantastic artwork to be displayed at Square Chapel Arts Centre to celebrate their 250th anniversary, so we’re having a showcase event to show it off!
We’ll also have a performance from our Magpie Movers along with a craft stall selling some of our handmade crafts (there’s lots of lovely Christmassy bits!)

Halifax Society for the Blind Christmas Fair November 26

Saturday 26 November, 10am to 12.30pm at the Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax.

There will be stalls including a cake stall, tombola, raffle and a stall selling products from our Sight Centre.

Alongside this we are pleased to be joined by Black Cat Hampers, Knot Paper Scissors, Sulky Fox and YveJaye Crafts who will all be selling their lovely handmade Christmas gifts.

Refreshments will be available, so come along and join us!

Women of the World – Do you want to help shape the world’s biggest festival dedicated to women, girls and non-binary people?

Monday 5 December 2022 at Artworks, the Everybody School of Art

Join us for a WOW Think In and have your say on what you think should be part of a WOW – Women of the World Festivals in West Yorkshire.

The Think Ins are FREE informal sessions where you can have your say in what you would like to see represented at a WOW Festival in West Yorkshire. It’s an opportunity for your ideas around gender equality to be heard and developed into the festival programme and a way for you to share your opinions on the most relevant topics for women, girls, non-binary and gender non-confirming people.

There are four separate WOW Think In sessions across December 2022. WOW They are open to all ages and all genders. You don’t need to prepare anything, and there’s no pressure to talk if you’d rather just listen!

Each session will start with an introduction about what we hope our Leeds WOW Festival will achieve, followed by planning, discussion and debate – and tea and biscuits of course.

Book here

Cost of Living

Supporting our communities through the cost of living crisis

Support for Calderdale residents, businesses and voluntary organisations, to help them through the cost of living crisis, will be discussed at the Council’s Cabinet meeting in November.

This will follow national Talk Money Week (7 – 11 November), which the Council is backing to encourage people to open up about their finances to help them feel more confident and resilient, and less worried.

Across the country, high inflation is continuing to drive up the cost of living for everyone. The impact of this on people who live, work, run businesses or have charities in Calderdale will be outlined at the Cabinet meeting, along with the wide range of support available. Read more…

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is working with councils to identify further ways to support voluntary organisations. This could result in around £300,000 being allocated to Calderdale to fund debt and money advice, employment support and warm spaces. The Cabinet meeting will be held on Monday 14 November from 6pm at Halifax Town Hall and can also be watched at

Halifax Community Fridge – Warm Meal every Thursday flyer attached

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  

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? (

Automatic Winter Fuel Payment

If you’re entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment for 2022 to 2023, you will get an extra £300 for your household

If you’re eligible, you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits. This includes if you’re found to be eligible for a Cost of Living Payment or a Disability Cost of Living Payment at a later date.

You could get up to 3 different types of payment depending on your circumstances on a particular date or during a particular period:

  • a Cost of Living Payment, if you get a qualifying low income benefit or tax credits
  • a Disability Cost of Living Payment, if you get a qualifying disability benefit
  • a Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, if you’re entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2022 to 2023

These payments are not taxable and will not affect the benefits or tax credits you get.

Find out more

Power Calderdale and Winter Redress Schemes- partner referrals

Community Foundation for Calderdale have partnered with Calderdale Council to fund Newground Together to support those experiencing Fuel Poverty this winter via the Power Calderdale & Winter Redress scheme.

Referrals must come from partner organisations. We invite you to join the partnership by registering your organisation with us using this form.

You can submit an application for people you are supporting who are currently experiencing fuel poverty. Newground Together are administering the fund which can provide support to those in need. Unlike previous schemes they can support people no matter their payment method or meter type as they are working in partnership with Energy Caseworkers at Citizens Advice to provide support for all.

If you have previously referred to the Winter Redress scheme, households can benefit from both that scheme and this scheme, however not within a two-month period. For example, if someone gets the vouchers on the 12th January; they would be eligible for Winter Redress on the 12th March.

The referral process is exactly the same for both schemes, Newground Together ensures the maximum benefit for those that need it in Calderdale.

For the Information sheet for partners, click here.

For the Referral Form, click here.


Newground Together on 0300 330 5535

Employment and Training

Employment Drop ins

Halifax Opportunities Employment Team is joining forces with  North Halifax Partnership to offer fortnightly advice and guidance drop-ins, for registered families at their Children’s Centres.  

We can support you with

  • Finding a job or training opportunities
  • Universal credit applications
  • Linking you with specialist support services such as mental health, debt and life skills.

Call Sanah Asghar on 07784240653

Calderdale College

Feeling inspired by the Rugby League World Cup? Calderdale College has a Rugby Academy in partnership with Halifax Panthers where you can develop your skills whilst studying your chosen course! Find out more: Halifax Panthers Rugby Academy – Calderdale College

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: 

Find the Right Apprenticeship for You at Calderdale College

What is an apprenticeship?

In brief, an apprenticeship is a job with training.

You’ll spend all or the majority of your time in the workplace and some time or perhaps none at all within College.

You’ll earn a wage. There’s no set salary for an apprentice, it depends on the role and the employer. However, the minimum you can be paid is the national apprenticeship average per hour and this includes any time you spend in college or completing off the job activities connected to your apprenticeship.

Why choose Calderdale College?

We are rated Outstanding by Ofsted for our apprenticeship provision.

We deliver a wide and diverse range of apprenticeship qualifications covering 25 different sectors, including Construction, Digital Marketing and Leadership & Management.

On an annual basis we train over 500 apprentices, working with over 3,000 local and national employers, ranging from micro-businesses to some of the region’s largest employers.

View Vacancies

View Courses

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.

  • 16th November – Biodiversity and Habitat – upsetting the balance of nature
  • 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:

Business Support

Cost of living support for businesses and organisations in West Yorkshire

At West Yorkshire Combined Authority you’ll find the latest information on upcoming support schemes that could benefit you as a business or organisation in West Yorkshire. These include the recently announced Mayor’s Cost of Living Emergency Fund, a new multimillion-pound fund to support charities and voluntary organisations which provide a vital lifeline to our communities and the new Energy Price Crisis Emergency Grants Programme for businesses, as well as existing support available such as our Business Growth and Enterprise schemes.

Click here for more info  

Join us at our December HOT Networking Event

One of the main objectives of HOT Networking is to bring together creative and strategic thinkers to meet minds and share ideas, to create strong professional links in Halifax (and beyond) through a relaxed and informal networking setting.

It takes place on every second Wednesday each month at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre and unlocks opportunities for a range of businesses to come together and learn something new, or share best practices.

To register for this event please click the link below.

HOT Networking Tickets, Wed 14 Dec 2022 at 08:00 | Eventbrite

Business Growth Calderdale

If your business has been trading for 3 years or less, there is Cost of Living support available through the Start-Up programme.

Speak to Calderdale’s Start-Up manager and find out what help is available for you. Email

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.

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

Calderdale Council 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. 

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

Latest Vacancies

Vacancy!  Marketing Office – Healthy Minds

Want to use your creative skills and marketing experience to support a great cause?

We are looking for a confident and proactive Marketing Officer to help our small but mighty charity to reach people in emotional distress and improve local awareness of our programmes of support.

The Marketing Officer will support teams across the organisation to roll out marketing campaigns, raise our profile, improve communications with local people and connect with other VCSE organisations and statutory bodies.

This is a rewarding role in a flexible and supportive organisation, providing opportunity to see how your creativity can make a real, positive impact in the lives of people in our local communities.

Find out more and apply here

Closing date: 9am, Monday 21 November

Vacancy!  Children’s Centre Manager – North Halifax Partnerhsip

We are looking for an inspirational manager to work within one of our centres in North Halifax who has substantial experience of delivering high quality day care and education, has exceptional leadership skills and experience to manage and support the staff team. You will be required to provide effective management and clear leadership to the staff team in the Children’s Centre.

For more information and an application pack please visit our website  

Closing date for the post is 12 noon on the 21st November 2022

Vacancies! Calderdale College

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team

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All our newsletters are available online here, as well as information about Project Grants and Grants for new business start-ups.