Lower Valley Friday Flyer 24 September 2021 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

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This week:

  • Verd De Gris present the Calderdale Community Cookbook
  • Rhythm and Brews new class from Curious motion
  • Elland and District Men’s Probus Club invites you
  • YH Falls Awareness Week 2021 Wednesday 29th September

Have a great weekend!

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Verd De Gris present the Calderdale Community Cookbook

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We have just finished a community cookbook, celebrating local food culture across the borough.

All of the recipes come from local people, from Park, Elland, Todmorden, Brighouse, Ovenden and Mixenden.

We also celebrate the local shopkeepers + market traders who sell fresh fruit + veg in Calderdale and remain a part of local communities – butchers, bakers, fishmongers and greengrocers. This includes celebrating the wonderful international food stores along Queens Rd …

We also touch on the often difficult relationship some local people have with food / diet etc.

You can view the cookbook here :


Healthy Minds Managing Anger and Frustration workshop

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Is your anger affecting your mental health and wellbeing? Want to do something about it?

Join our Managing Anger and Frustration workshop

This course will provide an opportunity to explore our experience of personal anger and frustration and how we can work towards taking the first steps in learning to manage strong emotions, through discussion, learning from others and practical techniques.

Friday 1st, 8th and 15th Oct

11-1pm @ Industrial Museum Halifax

Download event flyer here

Booking and further information

e: Nicola@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
t: Or call: 01422 345154

For wider information of Healthy Minds services, events and regular groups please visit our website: www.healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

Sure Start Children’s Centres Recruiting – various locations

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We are delighted to be able to advertise several vacancies within our Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation.

North Halifax Partnership Sure Start Children’s Centres are excited to be recruiting for qualified and unqualified early years practitioners to work in our Children’s Centres in Calderdale. A variety of day/hours are currently available.

NHP Sure Start Children’s Centres have been in Calderdale since 2014 and now have a contract in place until March 2022. They are committed to supporting communities to provide high quality learning opportunities for children and parents/carers and they are invested in developing a strong passionate staff team that work with partners to ensure the best outcomes.

Early Years Practitioner Plus

This post is designed to attract qualified and experienced practitioners that are passionate about helping children develop to their full potential. This role will have a lead area for the candidate to develop within the centre and within the wider team, such as speech and language, SEN, safeguarding.

Early Years Practitioner

This post is designed to attract newly qualified and unqualified staff, staff returning to childcare following a break and staff wanting to get into this line of work. You will be working with children and their families to support them to develop and have the best start in life.

All the posts have an attractive annual leave package including a period of closure at Christmas, additional leave for 5 years’ service, attendance rewards and 2 training days a year. There are multiple training opportunities and internal career progression routes within the different departments of the organisation.


If you would like to come and see us in action please get in touch details are on our website: www.surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk



Current Early Years Vacancies – For our Early Years posts we offer a rolling recruitment programme


· Senior Early Years Practitioner – Kevin Pearce – 37 hours

· Senior Early Years Practitioner – Innovations – 24 hours

· Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations – 24 hours

· Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations – 37 hours TTO

· Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations – 37 hours

· Early Years Practitioner Plus – Ash Green – 19 hours

· Early Years Practitioner Plus – Kevin Pearce – 32 hours

· Early Years Practitioner – Ash Green – 37 hours

· Early Years Practitioner – Ash Green – SEND Support – 27.5 hours TTO Temp post

· Early Years Practitioner – Wellholme – SEND Support – 24 hours Temp post


Other Current Vacancies

· Active North Halifax Community Engagement Officer – 37 hours

· Communities Programme Manager – 37 hours

· Marketing + Communications Manager – 25 hours

· Staying Well Befriending Volunteer Coordinator – 18 hours

· Advanced Administrator – 37 hours – Innovations


Closing Date Wednesday 6th October 2021


For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at: www.surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk.


North Halifax Partnership LTD is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Due to the nature of this post you will be required to undertake a DBS Check.

Rhythm and Brews new class from Curious motion

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Looking for some joy and relaxation?
Join our new class!

Introducing… Rhythm & Brews

Join us for this fun and informal session to explore a range of music and movement styles – from the uplifting rhythms of traditional African Zulu music and dance to the relaxing notes of the piano as we stretch.

The perfect ‘pick-me-up’ for your body and mind!

Each session involves 45 minutes of movement and live music (bliss!), followed by time to chat over a brew. Open to adults of all ages and no experience necessary. And… it’s FREE!

1st – 22nd October & 5th – 26th November
12pm – 12.45pm: music and movement workshop
12.45pm – 1.30pm: time for a brew

Southgate Church, Langdale Street, Elland. HX5 0JL


A variety of music and movement styles are on offer, including:

Traditional African music and dance – release the tensions of the week in this uplifting and inspirational session exploring traditional drumming and movement from South Africa!

Relax, stretch & breathe – a calm and gentle series of stretches and movements accompanied by live piano. You’ll float out of the room after this one!

More to be announced shortly.

Come to all sessions, or just some, but please book in advance – spaces are limited.



Hope to see you there!


Rhythm and Brews brought to you in association with:


Local Walkers Go The Extra Mile For Mental Health

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Calderdale mental health charity is lucky to have three local people ready to step up to the challenge and walk 26.2 miles in the first ever 100, 000 person Marathon: this year’s official Virgin Money Virtual London Marathon.

On Sunday 3rd October, Anneliese, Jim and Louise will take on the world’s greatest marathon ‘virtually’ and walk Healthy Minds’ own marathon route through Calderdale.

The gutsy walkers will be completing the official Virgin Money Virtual London Marathon in Calderdale to raise funds for the local mental health charity, Healthy Minds, who provide vital support for people across Calderdale.

Team Healthy Minds are just three of the 50,000 participants taking part in the virtual event. Another 50,000 will run the traditional Virgin Money London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall.

Instead of heading to London, our local team will be walking from Todmorden to Halifax, passing through the local communities that Healthy Minds work with and provide for.

Poor mental health has and continues to be a huge challenge for many across England, with economically disadvantaged and younger people suffering more throughout the pandemic. The three local people taking on the Marathon challenge hope to shine a light on the local needs for mental health services.
To donate and support Healthy Minds ‘Marathon for Mental Health’ – visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/teamhealthyminds
or text 70470 to donate:


Text MARATHON 5 to donate £5
Text MARATHON 10 to donate £10
Text MARATHON 15 to donate £15

Texts cost the amount of your donation plus one standard rate message.


If you need the help and support of Healthy Minds or know someone who does, please email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

Visit Healthy Minds’ website for more information about their services: www.healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

Elland and District Men’s Probus Club invites you

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The Elland and District Men’s Probus Club are meeting once again at the Elland Working Men’s Club on alternate Tuesday mornings.
The first meeting will be held on Tuesday the 28th of September at 10am
The speaker will be Mr Paul Addey on the subject, The History of the British Motor Industry.
An invitation is given to all Men old and new members to come along and share friendship while listening to interesting speakers.
Just Come.
The Elland and District Men’s Probus club is a social club going on for over 40 years, for retired men of the town to meet and socialise.

VSI Alliance Update 14 September 2021

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team




VSI Alliance News & Events

Voluntary Sector Integration Coordinator – Closing date 5th October

This post will work as part of the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance (VSI Alliance) team.  VAC is a partner within the VSI Alliance which provides a range of ‘infrastructure’ services and support to voluntary and community groups across Calderdale.  The VSI Alliance team works closely with voluntary and community organisations to ensure that all groups have equal access to good quality services which in turn help build the capacity of the sector, enabling them to carry out their own objectives effectively.

Calderdale Quality & Engagement Officer –  Closing date 5th October
The role of the Calderdale Quality and Engagement Officer is central to the continued success and development of VAC projects across Calderdale.

Reporting to the VAC Quality and Engagement Lead, you will support the delivery and further roll-out of the Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing accreditation across Calderdale by recruiting and supporting local organisations.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter via the links below.


COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021
The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Autumn and Winter Plan 2021’ setting out plans for autumn and winter 2021/22 in England.
Nominations are Open for Calderdale Community Champions

The Community Foundation for Calderdale are proud to announce that nominations are open for the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards which will be held at The Venue, Barkisland on 25th November 2021 celebrating the Not-for-profit sector in our borough.

Low Level Concern Policy
Farrer & Co have published revised guidance explaining how organisations which work with children can develop and implement a written low-level concerns policy, as part of a culture that enables staff to share any concerns and how these organisations should respond to them. The Department for Education (DfE) included a new section on low-level concerns in the revised Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance in force in England from 1 September 2021.

A complete guide to volunteer management systems
We explore volunteer management systems, explain how to use them efficiently and effectively, and look at some of the best systems currently on the market.

Time off for vaccinations
A new Acas study has revealed that 1 in 4 employers are not giving staff paid time off to get Covid vaccinations.

Events and Training
RSVP Leadership Seminar – Tackling Poverty and Increasing Opportunity 6th October 8.30am-9.30am
The Leadership Seminars support our Vision 2024 aspirations for the Borough to be enterprising, talented, resilient, kind, distinctive This session will examine the role of the West Yorkshire Mayor and building back better as we recover from the effects of Covid-19.

Police and Crime Plan Consultation Launched
Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire has today officially launched the consultation to inform her first Police and Crime Plan.

COVID Grants for Voluntary Sector
The Council has modified the application process for COVID 19 Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) and web information to encourage Voluntary and Community Sectors to apply.Local Leadership and Integration Fund
The Ministry of Justice has announced the opening of the second round of the Local Leadership and Integration Fund. The MoJ is asking local organisations to come together in partnership to submit proposals for new and innovative approaches which will improve outcomes for prison leavers in their local area.The competition will be open for applications for six weeks until Monday 18 October. Successful pilots will run for a period of 16 months, and the maximum amount of grant funding available for a single bid will be capped at £1 million.

Grants of up to £2,500 available to combat crime working with young people
Are you running a groups in Calderdale, and your projects aims to prevent and combat crime by working with 5 – 25 year olds? Grants of up to £2,500 are available from The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire’s Fund. Deadline for applications is 4th October 2021

The CFFC General Grants
The CFFC General Grants round is now open for applications by following this link to our website, where you will find all guidance and a link to the application form.

There will be four rounds of the fund over the next 12 months, the maximum grant is £5k.

Racial Equity Fund – Lloyds Foundation
We support charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities overcome complex social issues. We offer a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside development support to help your charity navigate change.  Under our Racial Equity funding strand, we support charities where more than half of their Trustee Board self-identify as belonging to a Black, Asian or minority ethnic community.

Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme 2021/22
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has made £4 million available through the Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme 2021/22 to award grants to eligible community organisations in England (outside of the Greater London Authority area).

Lloyds Bank Foundation
If you are a small and medium-sized charity with an income between £25,000 and £1 million you can apply for two-year, unrestricted funding of £50,000 alongside dedicated development support. 

Santander Foundation Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund
“We’ve developed the  Santander Foundation Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund to help more people in the UK become digitally and financially empowered.
We want to support UK charities to give people the digital confidence, knowledge, and skills to enable then to make better, more informed decisions about money and have access to financial services. Together we can make a positive impact in our communities.”

BBC Children in Need COVID-19 Funding Streams – 23rd August 2021
Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and special schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Special schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties. The funding is being made available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme. Prior to applying organisations and schools will need to register with BBC Children in Need. The next closing date for applications is 11.30 am on the 23rd August 2021.


HR Administrator, Halifax Opportunities Trust – 24th September
We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic team member, to work in a busy Finance & HR team, who is well organised to support in the provision of an efficient and effective HR core function.*VOLUNTEERING ROLE* Drivers, Magpies
You will be responsible for picking up members from their homes and bringing them to our centre between 9am and 10am. You will then drop them back home between 3pm and 4pm.*VOLUNTEERING ROLE* Trustees, Blackdog Outdoors
Looking for 3 new Trustees to help continue the positive journey, for both the charity & those they help. The Board is a small yet enthusiastic group of people who have taken the charity from humble beginnings to a national organisation that is making a real difference to people up and down the country.

*VOLUNTEERING ROLE* Trustees, Forget me not 
Could you help us steer our course at a critical time in our development? We’re looking for people with clinical, income generation or legal experience and expertise to join our Board of Trustees and support us in becoming the leading light in children’s hospice care.


About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

Announcing our dedicated email address

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You may have noticed in the previous Friday Flyer and our contact details that we are rocking a new email address.

After a long stretch of email hiccups, we’re proud to announce that our blogs and respective flyers have their own email address up and running!

Please send all your email enquiries and posts that you’d like featured to


If you have been emailing a specific member of the team, you can continue to email them directly as before. We are always more than happy to hear from you!


This email address is there to make it easier for the entire team to get the messages and specific Blog/Flyer queries, for a seamless running of our publications.

It is essentially business as usual, just with a dedicated email address!

Vaccination Walk in Clinics around Calderdale 20th-25th September

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These walk-in clinics are subject to change due to demand and vaccine availability.
Please check the type of vaccines being administered at each site.

Click here for the latest updates.

You can also book a vaccination appointment at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus


Monday 20 September 2021
Brook Pharmacy, 9:30 – 5:45pm (Pfizer-BioNTech, over 16)
Rosegarth Surgery 2.30-5.00pm (Pfizer-BioNTech, over 16)

Tuesday 21 September 2021
Brook Pharmacy, 9:30 – 5:45pm (Pfizer-BioNTech, over 16)
The Boulevard Practice 2.30-5.00pm (Pfizer-BioNTech, over 16)

Wednesday 22 September 2021
Brook Pharmacy, 9:30 – 5:45pm (Pfizer-BioNTech, over 16)
Todmorden Health Centre, 2pm – 7:30pm (Pfizer-BioNTech)
Luddenden Foot Pharmacy, 10am – 2pm & 3pm – 8pm (Pfizer-BioNTech)
King Cross Practice 2.30 – 5.00pm (Pfizer-BioNTech, over 16)

Thursday 23 September 2021
Brook Pharmacy, 9:30 – 5:45pm (Pfizer-BioNTech)
Boots Halifax, 9:00am – 11:30 am & 2.00pm – 4:00pm (Moderna)

Friday 24 September 2021
Brook Pharmacy, 9:30 – 5:45pm (Pfizer-BioNTech)
Spring Hall Group Practice 2.30-5.00pm (Pfizer-BioNTech, over 16)

Saturday 25 September 2021
Luddenden Foot Pharmacy, 11.00am – 3.00pm & 4.00pm – 8.00pm (Pfizer-BioNTech, over 16)
Brook Pharmacy, 9:30 – 5:45pm (Pfizer-BioNTech, over 16)
Boots Halifax, 9:00am – 11:30 am & 2.00pm – 4:00pm (Moderna, over 16)


Full information on clinics

Download the information here