Waterway Clean-up, Mearclough, Sowerby Bridge

Sunday 26th February Sowerby Bridge canal volunteers will be working with British Waterways and Calder Future this Sunday to undertake a Big Spring Clean-up of the canal and riverside at Mearclough Bridge (near the Waste Disposal site). Volunteers will be working to clear the litter and overgrown vegetation which currently blights this popular spot. All welcome – especially students, on the final day of national Student Volunteering Week. Tools provided. Meet on the towpath, Mearclough Bridge, 10am in old clothes and sturdy footwear. Bring lunch if wishing to stay for afternoon. Further details if required from Diane.Richardson@britishwaterways.co.uk

Outta Power Begins – Free Music Workshops for Young People.

Outta Place has successfully received Youth Music Funding to run a extensive music project at Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre (Halifax). In partnership with Calderdale Young Peoples Services and supported by several partners including Halifax Central Initiative and the Halifax festival.

The title of this project is Outta Power. These workshops are FREE and will run on Wednesday evenings for a year and a half. Week commencing 29th February. From 7pm – 8.30pm.

Young People will have the opportunity to sample a wide range of musical techniques and styles including: Beat-boxing, Scratch DJ, Rap, MC and music production. Perhaps our most experimental art form “Noisy Toys’ which involves circuit bending, recycling and reusing of old electrical equipment (such as a hard drive) to create fresh and dynamic sounds.

Whilst engaging in this project participants will gain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of music production and ensemble work, key skills to becoming a rounded musician and are skills that can be translated into any style of music.

Young People taking part will also get the chance to showcase their new skills at events thought the project, including this year’s Halifax Festival .

So if you are aged between 11- 21 years and have a strong interest in music come down and check these FREE workshops out !

The Stroke Association

Volunteering Open Day

Would you like to make a difference to your local community?

Are you ready for a new and enthusing challenge?

Do you want to develop your skills further especially with a national and reputable organisation?

  • Can you speak any other language*?

If the answer is YES then come along this…

Saturday 25th February 2012 to the 1st Floor Meeting Room at King Cross Library (behind the main shops, next to the car park) King Cross Halifax HX1 3BG between 11am and 2pm

Come along and find out who we are and what we are trying to achieve within your local community and find out what type of projects and roles are available along with discussing your requirements.

Everyone can volunteer especially where you have something to offer, skills to develop, and valuable experiences to share, which can help play a very effective role in making a difference to people’s lives.We will also be taking volunteer applications on the day for those that want to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

So come and join us for a cup of tea and together let’s make that difference.

For further information and to book a free place, please contact Shamsul Arafen Mob: 07940 481932
Email: shamsul.arafen@stroke.org.uk
Web: http://www.stroke.org.uk/volunteering

Fostering – Make a Living, Make a Difference


In Calderdale, we need new foster carers to provide a loving, supportive and caring home to children currently in care.

As a foster carer you will make a big difference to a child’s life. Children will always remember and value the best care they receive which makes fostering one of the most rewarding jobs you can do. We will offer you a full range of support and guidance, as well as a financial package that will help you plan your daily life. You will receive support from the fostering team, including an allocated social worker.

  • regular training opportunities
  • contact details of existing foster carers so you can share your experiences
  • access to a range of support groups

For more information and to register your interest, please contact 0845 245 6000 or visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/fostering

Click here to read the Fostering – E Newsletter…