West Yorkshire Police are launching a Police Cadet scheme in Halifax starting October 2017

VPC Are you between 13 and 16 years old?

Would you like to make a contribution to your community?

Would you like to challenge yourself and learn new skills?

Do you have an interest in policing and public services?

Are you considering the police as a future career?

Do you want to complete the Duke of Edinburgh award?

http://www.vpc.police.uk West Yorkshire Police are launching a Police Cadet scheme in Halifax starting October 2017

Sessions will take place on a Wednesday evening between 6:45pm – 9pm at the Cadet Centre, Hunger Hill, Halifax, HX1 2JT

Any questions & for an application form contact – PC 1418 Andy Bingham (Specials & Volunteers) a.bingham@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Nominations open for the Community Spirit Awards

Nominations now open for the Community Spirit Awards, hosted by the Community Foundation for Calderdale and supported by Calderdale Council. We know Calderdale is teeming with excellent charities, community groups, and volunteers, and we want them to be recognised and celebrated for the great work they do. So, if you know of a charitable organisation that is doing something great please nominate them, if you have been supported by a local charitable group nominate them, or if you know a volunteer you just couldn’t live without let us know.   13 categories to choose from more info here http://halifaxcommunityspiritawards.co.uk/categories/ Nominations must be received by August 4th.

Community curry time, making friends over food…

On Wednesday afternoon staff from Halifax Central Initiative went to Holy Nativity in  Mixenden to show more than twenty residents how to make traditional homemade curry. Local ladies from Park ward went along with all of the ingredients and expertise to produce a cheap and amazing home cooked meal.

Malc Spring was very enthusiastic about the whole afternoon saying “I’m a huge curry fan and learning how to make it authentically is a dream”. Shebana Sadiq said “It is really important to engage with residents from different parts of the ward. This has been a great opportunity for people to interact informally and develop relationships across communities”. She also said “this has been a good way to break down perceived barriers”.

Holy Nativity vicar, Robb said “It’s great fun isn’t it. So many people like having a curry! It is amazing the way people bond together over food. There is something wonderful about not only eating together but cooking together that instantly creates friendships”.

Hazel Roberts from the church said “It’s great to interact with people from different communities. It’s not often we get to interact with people from backgrounds other than our own”. This was echoed by Samina Arshad who led the cooking lesson who said “I’ve really enjoyed cooking over here. It’s a real bridge between the English communities and us”.

Robb said “It has been really important for our communities to make relationships and begin to work together over the last year. Samina and I happened to be sitting next to each other at a meeting and got talking about how we could foster relationships between cultures. I’m really grateful to Samina and the Central Initiative for working to make this amazing, fun afternoon happen”.

Whilst the food was simmering there was even time for some henna tattoos.  That’s always going to be a winner with some of our congregation!

“It is lovely to see people challenging themselves to do things they haven’t done before. It’s amazing to see the type of things that people have in common, especially the love of food” added Amanda Ogilvie-Berry.

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