Park and Warley Weekly Digest 13.01.2023

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

Latest News

HOT January Newsletter

This month Halifax Opportunities Trust’s newsletter theme is all about opportunities

Happy New Year! We hope 2023 brings many new opportunities and a positive outlook. At HOT we’re opportunity makers – we work with people so they can reach their aspirations.

Find out how we create opportunities in our first newsletter of 2023

Read the full newsletter here

Ward Forum Grants 2022-23

As we near the end of the financial year 2022-23 don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for a ward forum grant.

Calderdale Council has made a total of £5,000 available for each ward to be spent by 31 March 2023. We welcome community groups and individuals to apply for funding to spend on eligible activities and projects that benefit the ward.

The maximum grant per application is £500.

Click here for more info

New Year, New Us Taster Fair flyer attached

Healthy Minds Calderdale is holding a winter fair to share more about how Healthy Minds are helping to meet mental health needs within Calderdale.

On Friday, 27th January, 10am – 1pm at Healthy Minds, 1 King Street, Halifax.

This is a unique opportunity for professionals to gain first-hand insight into our holistic mental health provision, services and activities so that you understand what patients and service users experience when referred to Healthy Minds. 

In particular, you can learn about:

  • Our new, volunteer-led Peer Support programme
  • Warm space drop-ins
  • Like Minds befriending service
  • Safespace – One-to-one support for anyone in distress (Ages 16+)
  • Link – Intensive support for people ‘stuck’ in a crisis loop
  • Welfare Rights
  • & more!

Please RSVP and send any queries to

VCSE jobs Open Day flyer attached

Monday 23rd January. Drop in between 1pm – 6pm

If you or anyone you knows is interested in working in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector VSI Alliance is hosting an Open Day at the Resource Centre on Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY. 
Come and talk to VSI Alliance and other organisations from the VCSE sector about jobs and volunteering opportunities they have available. This

VCS Support Fund

Calderdale Cares Partnership has created a £180,000 fund to support the recovery of Voluntary and Community Sector groups post-Covid.

VCS organisations who support residents in Calderdale to improve their health and wellbeing, and help to meet the goals of the Calderdale Health and Well being Strategy can apply for grants up to £10K.

More information is attached or visit

The deadline for applications is 10am Thursday 23rd February 2023.

Calderdale College Open Event

Tuesday 17 January 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

Calderdale Heritage Walks Winter Newsletter

Did you know that there are fifteen Grade 1 listed buildings in Calderdale?  How many can you name? During 2023 we will be visiting several.

Click here for our winter newsletter with an update on what’s happening at Calderdale Heritage Walks until the end of March.

Commercial concessions for the 65th Halifax Charity Gala now open!

The Halifax Gala committee are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for commercial concessions for the next Halifax Charity Gala on Saturday 10th June 2023.

Applications close 1st April but please complete as soon as possible.

Click here for more info

Voter ID
From 4 May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.
This will apply to:

  • Local elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections
  • UK parliamentary by-elections
  • Recall petitions

From October 2023 it will also apply to UK General elections.
If you don’t have accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate.
Find out more here about accepted forms of photo ID, how to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate, and what to expect on polling day.

What’s On

This weekend!  CAL Art and Crafts Exhibition – Official Launch This Saturday

Calderdale Adult Learning (CAL)’s Arts & Crafts Exhibition will officially open tomorrow Saturday 14 Jan 10.30am at Central Library and is running for two weeks from 11-25 January

CAL will be showcasing the amazing art and craft work that has been produced by learners, who enrol onto its community art courses to express their creativity, improve their wellbeing, reduce isolation, and learn something new. 

Exhibits include work from CAL’s Art, Photography, Adults with Learning Disabilities, Sewing, and Crochet Classes.

Calderdale Cares Careers Recruitment fair flyer attached

This career’s fair is open to job seekers, secondary schools, and further education students from across Calderdale to explore career opportunities in the Health & Social Care sector. The event will allow people to learn about career options directly from employers and professionals. In addition, this event will showcase the educational pathways and explain the skills needed to pursue different careers in the sector.

The event will promote a range of careers linked to the care sector. There will also be an opportunity to meet employers, get support with interviews, CV and apply for live vacancies.

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a career change, career development and those who are finishing compulsory education.


  • The Orange Box 1 Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1AF on Wednesday 25th January 10am – 2pm – Register here
  • Todfellows Space Oxford St, Todmorden OL14 5PU on Thursday 2nd February 10am – 2pm – Register here

For more information about the event, please contact, You can also visit the Calderdale Cares Careers website for live vacancies

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration Event
Calderdale College is hosting this year’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day event, working in partnership with Calderdale Council, Calderdale Interfaith, Holocaust Centre North, and the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association.
Confirmed speakers include:

  • Trude Silman MBE – Will give her testimony as a child that survived the Holocaust
  • (The Worshipful) the Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Angie Gallagher
  • Reverend Canon Hilary Barber

The event will take place from 6-8pm on Wednesday 25 January and there will be free parking and refreshments available. For more information, email

Get involved

Grants to boost community projects

Calderdale community groups running events and projects to support local towns, people and the environment are invited to apply for grants from a £70,000 Council funding pot.

Local voluntary, community and faith organisations can seek up to £3000 from the latest round of Calderdale Council’s Community Small Grants Scheme.

Grants will be awarded to projects that help achieve the Council’s priorities to create strong, thriving towns and places, reduce inequalities and tackle the climate emergency.

The Council is looking for events and projects that:

  • Help increase jobs and skills, mainly through volunteering and community involvement.
  • Support more people from diverse or deprived communities to access events and activities.
  • Help to boost people’s health and wellbeing.
  • Back the drive to save energy, improve the local environment and promote healthy, affordable, sustainable and local food.

For more of the Small Grants Scheme’s aims and to apply, please visit

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 6 February 2023. The grants panel is due to meet in March and the successful organisations will receive their funding shortly after.

2023 Calderdale Residents Survey
The 2023 Calderdale Residents Survey is now open! If you live in Calderdale, please take a few minutes to take part here. Residents’ views of our place really matter. They change where we’re going and how we get there.
We want people from all walks of life to take part, can you help us reach even more people? The survey is open everyone aged 16 or over and living in Calderdale. It only takes a few minutes to complete and you could be in with a chance of winning great local prizes. We are sticking by our Vision for Calderdale in 2024 – a place of hope and kindness, where everyone can realise their potential. Be quick – the survey is only open in January.

The Locala Community Fund 2022/23 is now open for applications!

Every year, The Locala Community Fund donates at least £10,000 to community, third sector and charity organisations in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Stockport and Tameside who apply for up to £1500 to support their projects. The Community Fund is part of our social enterprise commitment investing any profits back into services or community projects and helps projects that support Locala’s Better Lives Strategy and contribute towards one or more of our Social Value Pledges.

If you know of any groups in the five areas we work in who could benefit from a Community Fund grant then let them know that applications are now open. More information and the application form can be found here:

Please note submissions to the Community Fund will close on 27 January 2023 at 5pm.

In January 2022, The Locala Community Fund donated over £43,000 to 30 community groups. 

The Mayor’s Innovation Prize

The 2022 Mayor’s innovation prize is here calling all passionate, creative young people of West Yorkshire – join us to develop ideas to address the key challenges facing us all, including waste reduction and sustainable travel. Gain support, skills, resources and the chance to win a share of the £10 000 cash prize to turn your idea into a business. Applications are now open until 22 January 2023

For more information please click the link

Join the Big Sleepout at Dean Clough

Happy Days invites you to spend a night with them as they focus on the challenges people can face when they experience homelessness and crisis.
The Big Sleepout at Dean Clough is an opportunity to reflect, learn and come together to raise awareness and fundraise so that their services can continue to bring hope in times of need.
The invitation is open to individuals, groups and businesses. The event starts at 8pm on Friday 24th March and finishes at 7am on Saturday 25th March. There will be access to a toilet and buskers will perform throughout the evening.
Interested? Fantastic. Just send an email at and they’ll send you more details. 

Cost of Living

Worrying about money? Help is at hand

Dealing with money related matters can be off-putting, but there is lots of support for you.

The sections below are to help everyone, with lots of information on local services:

Partners in Calderdale have also made a referral leaflet: Worrying About Money? Which is a step-by-step guide to maximise income and to get any financial help there is now.

There is also a poster and leaflet. Organisations that support people with money worries can request paper copies of these by email:

The Government has also set up a website to help with the cost of living.

Staying active on a low budget
Many of us are feeling the pinch right now as we face the reality of what we can afford within our monthly budget. Looking after our own physical and mental wellbeing can often slide its way down our priority list as we face these new challenges.
Being active is important in tackling low moods, depression and anxiety as well as being good for our physical health and it doesn’t have to cost anything. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to move more. Check out our list of free and easy ways to move more in your workplace or at home. More advice on staying active at a low cost can be found in the attached flyer.

Employment and Training

Digital Access Drop In

Do you need somewhere to access online services?

The HOT Employment team hosts a free digital access drop-in every Friday from 9.30am – 12.30pm, at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, where you can login to your online accounts.

No need to book, just drop-in.

HOT Apprenticeships

Halifax Opportunities Trust Apprenticeships team is piloting a project that boosts apprenticeship uptake through levy transfers.

Establishing Collaboration Opportunities with Covea Insurance plc; the pilot supports local Early Years apprentices and businesses through levy transfers.

This project has so far given three apprentices (Early Years Practitioner Level 2, Early Years Educator Level 3 and also Early Years Lead Practitioner Level 5) the opportunity to build their Early Years Careers.

Learn more:

Looking to develop your Maths or English skills? Apply now!

Start 2023 by learning a skill new! Calderdale College’s Maths and English courses are designed to give you the skills that are useful in work and everyday life.

Find out more here:

Employment Drop ins

Looking for a new role in 2023? Halifax Opportunities Employment Team and 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

Business Support

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.

  • 18th January – Plot to Plate
  • 25th January – Reducing energy consumption in the built environment

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

For more information call 0300 330 5535 /email:

Latest Vacancies

Have a great weekend!

Inclusive Economy Team

Missed our last Newsletter? Never fear!

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