FREE Creative Writing Course at King Cross Library

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The aim is to develop writing skills and to produce a collection of work.

Writing exercises suitable for novices or more experienced writers.

Starting with pair work and group writing.

Two meetings per month from 26th January to 25th May on;

  • 26 January 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 9 February 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 23 February 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 9 March 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 23 March 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 6 April 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 27 April 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 11 May 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 25 May 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm

For more information, see King Cross Library or telephone: 01422 288028.

Please note, there is a 3 week break between course dates around the Easter holidays.

Blue Monday – If you’re struggling make today the day you ask for help.

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Today, the third Monday in January, is often known as ‘Blue Monday’ – a day likely to have the challenging combination of wintry weather, a dark morning and night and credit card bills arriving after Christmas.

Good mental health is so important all year round. If you’re struggling make today the day you ask for help.

Where can you get support locally?

  • Healthy Minds offer a range of services to help you find what works for you to improve and maintain your emotional health and wellbeing. They can help whether or not you have a mental health diagnosis, or have been involved with other mental health services
  • Andy’s Man Club offer talking groups for men every Monday at 7pm in Hebden Bridge and Halifax. There no referral, no waiting lists… you just turn up and have a brew and a listen and if you want to talk to you!
  • The Samaritans offer a free, confidential service, 24 hours a day, on 116 123.
  • If you’re worried about money, Calderdale Credit Union helps people manage their finances, and the charity Step Change gives free debt advice.
  • Staying Well – our team can work with any adult in Calderdale from 18 years and over to access social activities and health and wellbeing services in the community. Call us on 01422 392767
  • Family Support Teams – Being a parent isn’t always easy. Sure Start Children’s Centres offer practical friendly advice and support to help you manage through those difficult times of family life. Lower Valley 01422 262 181. Central Halifax 01422 342 552. Upper Valley 01706 399 980. North and East Halifax 01422 251090.

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Keep talking to each other – it helps and it can offer a way out of challenging times for all of us.

NewStart Calderdale Volunteer Required at Horton Housing

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Horton Housing‘s NewStart Calderdale team supports clients who are over the age of 18 and are ex-offenders or at risk of offending. The service supports clients to secure and sustain a tenancy, provide ongoing support to enable them to resettle effectively and reduce the likelihood of re-offending.

They are looking for someone who is friendly and enthusiastic to assist with the delivery of client focused support, administration and general tasks. In return, expenses are paid and a full induction and training is provided along with a training supervisor.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in working in the social care field or just has a passion for helping others. Please get in touch to find out more by emailing volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk or call 01274 753352 to speak to the Volunteer Service Manager.

Have You Ever Considered Fostering?

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Fostering is incredibly rewarding. As a foster carer you can make a massive difference to a child or young person and help give them the best possible start in life.

Foster carers are amazing people who provide a loving family home where children and young people can feel safe, settled and happy. Fostering with Calderdale Council means becoming part of a team that does everything it can to help young people live their lives to the full.

Steve, a Calderdale foster carer, said: “It’s been life changing and so rewarding for us. Knowing that we’re helping young people to be safe and happy is a brilliant feeling.”

To find out more about fostering in Calderdale, download the information pack here or go to the Calderdale Fostering Website.

The Fostering Coffee Morning is a monthly drop in to meet the fostering team and foster carers from Calderdale Council. The next coffee morning is on Tuesday 29 January, 09:30am-11:30am at COSTA Coffee, 8 Woolshops, Halifax and is an opportunity to have an informal discussion and find out about fostering for Calderdale.

There are information booklets for you to take away and the team is happy to answer any questions you may have.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 18 January 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

Featuring:-

  • Have Your Say on the Council Budget Proposals
  • 12 Months Sports Centre Membership for the Price of 11
  • Calderdale Industrial Museum ‘Ghost Hunt’
  • Elland Regeneration Open Public Meeting
  • Find Your Voice at Halifax WomenCentre
  • How to Train Your Dragon LEGO Bricks Workshop
  • Understanding Dementia Online Course

Have a great weekend!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing calderdalelowervalley@gmail.com

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Elland Regeneration – Open Public Meeting

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Craig Whittaker MP has organised an open public meeting to discuss regenerating Elland Town Centre. The meeting will take place on Friday 1 February 2019, 6:30pm in the Canon Winters Centre at All Saints Church, Savile Road, Elland, HX5 0NH.

The purpose of the meeting will be to try to bring together businesses, voluntary/community groups, residents, and Calderdale Council, to both discuss some of the planned projects in Elland and some of the ways in which we can work together to make improvements to the town centre.

Hopefully this meeting will allow an opportunity for people to give their views and for some progress to be made towards revitalising Elland Town Centre. The meeting will be chaired by Craig and Elland Councillor, John Ford.

Cabinet Budget Proposals for Consultation

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The Cabinet’s budget proposals are now available for consultation on the Calderdale Council website.

The draft proposals were tabled at the Cabinet meeting on 14 January, marking the start of a 28 day public consultation.

There will be three drop in events to discuss the budget proposals as follows;

Todmorden
Thursday 24 January, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Todmorden Town Hall Courtroom
‎Bridge Street, Todmorden, OL14 5AQ

Brighouse
Monday 28 January, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Brighouse Library
Halifax Rd, Brighouse HD6 2AF

Halifax
Tuesday 5 February, 12:00pm–6:00pm
Halifax Town Hall
Crossley Street, HX1 1UJ

The Cabinet is required to make further savings of £900,000 to achieve a balanced budget in 2019/20 on top of those which have been agreed by Council in previous years. It is anticipated that savings of £6.7million will be required in 2020/21 and £7.6million in 2021/22.

The future spending plans of the Government along with a comprehensive review of how councils are financed are due to be announced later this year. This uncertainty means that this year’s Cabinet budget proposals cover only the spending and savings decisions required in 2019/20 for which funding levels are known.

A major public consultation about the future structure and management of the Council will be held later this year, which will guide future budget proposals in subsequent years once there is greater certainty about government funding levels.

To help the Council maintain essential local services, the financial plan for 2019/20 retains the 2.99% rise in Council Tax rates agreed during last year’s budget process.

The proposals address some of the services within the Council which are facing the biggest financial pressures:

  • Additional Council money has been allocated to cover rising demand and costs in Adult’s and Children’s Social Care on top of £2.5m of extra Government funding.
  • Additional provision of £500k to help with winter maintenance/gritting costs has also been made should it be required to help protect road users and maintain other services during wintry conditions.
  • To reduce poverty and inequality the Cabinet is proposing to continue its commitment to pay social care providers an additional £1.3 million in 2019/20 to raise staff pay, improve training and terms and conditions.
    To help fund the additional savings, the Cabinet budget report proposes that in 2019/20 the Council will:
  • Operate more commercially to maximise income and resources by making the most use out of capital funding, achieving more planning fee income from increased housebuilding, selling surplus assets, reducing the money paid to West Yorkshire Combined Authority and changing Council Tax exemptions.
  • Provide services more efficiently, making greater use of technology and equipment (especially in Adults’ Social Care) and explore ways of reducing costs by delivering some activities in different ways.
  • Work more efficiently at lower cost in areas providing back-office support (including reviewing staff travel arrangements) and streamlining how the Council itself operates on a democratic level.

The budget proposals are available to view at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/council/budgets-and-spending/proposed-budget-2019.

Greetland and Stainland Ward Forum – Thursday 24 January

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Thursday 24 January – 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start. Venue to be confirmed.

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

How to Train Your Dragon – LEGO Bricks Workshop

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This workshop is open to all children aged 5+.

This fun workshop on Sunday 20 January 2019, 10:00am-12:00pm at Southowram Community Centre HX3 9QJ will provide children with plenty of themed model building during this exciting activity.

Beyond the village of Berk lies many far off lands and in some areas the elements – Water, Fire, Ice, and Earth – have influenced the Dragons which grew up there.

Our builders will use their imagination to raise their very own Dragon and create its home based on these elements.

During the workshop children will create models using unique Technic LEGO kits and exclusive building instructions.

Bricks4Kidz and the young builders will also use LEGO bricks to create, from their imagination, additional models to help tell this epic story.

The activities are also suitable for children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or awaiting a diagnosis. In addition, their siblings and peers are welcome to join in the activities. Check the event listing on www.brickworkshops.co.uk for the earlier start providing a quiet time.

The Building Better Calderdale Futures (BBCF) programme is funded by the Short Breaks initiative and subsidised by Calderdale Council.

The BBCF programme aims to support families of disabled children – primarily those with learning difficulties – with LEGO brick-based sessions delivered locally in the district.

During the session, the children will be provided with a safe environment to access a range of LEGO brick building activities which can be undertaken at their own pace. Experienced Bricks4Kidz instructors will be on hand to assist and support.

Notes

– Parents/Carers of children with autism must remain at the venue.

– A simple form must be completed by all parents/carers to allow us to provide data to Short Breaks. No personal data will be retained without consent.

Booking is essential through Eventbrite.

Have your say! Elland Ward Forum Tuesday 22 January 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 22 January 2019, at 6:30pm. .

Venue: Willow Court, Victoria Road, Elland HX5 0PL

For more information on the meetings, see Lower Valley ForumExternal link