You now need ID to vote

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Bring your ID to vote

You need to bring photographic ID to vote at polling stations for the local elections on 4 May 2023. For the first time, residents who are registered to vote across the country will be asked to show photo ID at the polling station before their ballot paper is issued. UK, Commonwealth and EEA passports and a range of other documents will be accepted. Visit to see the full list.

Don’t have anything on the list? Don’t worry…

Anyone without an approved form of identification can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate free of charge from the Government website before 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023. For more information about voter ID or to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate visit .

Voting by post

Please note that this does not affect postal voters – you do not need photographic ID if you vote by post. If you are going to be away on polling day or would prefer not to visit a polling station in person, you can apply to vote by post before 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023. You can download a form from .

Moved home recently?

To have your say on the 4 May visit to register at your new address before midnight on Monday 17 April 2023. You should expect to receive your poll card for the local elections on or around the 30 March unless you apply closer to the deadline.

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Easter Extravaganza

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Come along and join in the fun at the upcoming Easter Extravaganza, on Wednesday 5th April 10am-1pm at Wellholme Park Children Centre.

This is a free event and best suited for children 0-8 years, however siblings are welcome. Ride the donkeys, get your face painted, visit the petting zoo and bring along your own Easter Bonnet to join in the competition.

You can treat yourself to something from our cake stall, join in the Easter Egg hunt and complete a questionnaire to be in with a chance of winning a Huddersfield Town signed match day ball.

Energy Support Scheme – *NEW* Alternative Funding & Alternative Fuel Payments

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The government has announced two new schemes available from February 2023, for those households who are not entitled to the £400 discount via the Energy Support Scheme. The first is a one-off payment of £400 for UK households who are not on a domestic electricity contract such as park home residents, households with a communal electricity supply, self-funded care home residents or houseboats, further information can be found here. The second is a one-off payment of £200 to UK households who are not on the mains gas grid and therefore use alternative fuels, such as heating oil, to heat their homes and further information on this can be found here.
Please share this information with friends and family who may be eligible.

West Yorkshire recognised for providing welcoming and accessible healthcare services

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West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP), (an integrated care system), was delighted to celebrate becoming the first Partnership of Sanctuary in the country. This is for going above and beyond to welcome people seeking sanctuary into West Yorkshire.

To celebrate the occasion and find out more about what it means to be a Partnership of Sanctuary, dignitaries and other special guests including council leaders, people with lived experience and representatives from community organisations gathered at an event at The Art House in Wakefield on 16 March 2023.

The City of Sanctuary made the award following an assessment of the Partnership’s activities to provide safe, welcoming and accessible healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers.

Planning accessible, attractive and cleaner alternatives to car journeys in north and west Halifax

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Find out about the updated proposals at these events throughout Calderdale

Calderdale Next Chapter have updated the proposals based on feedback received in the recent consultation. This will be shared at these events:

West Halifax proposals📅 Monday 20 March 2023 from 3pm to 7pm 
📍 Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre, Halifax HX1 5ER. 

North Halifax proposals📅 Tuesday 28 March 2023 from 3pm to 7pm 
📍 Forest Cottage Centre, Halifax HX2 8AD. If you can’t make it, you will be able to find out all the information on the updated proposals on the Next Chapter page for each project, from Monday 27 March 2023.

🔗 North Halifax Improved Streets for People
🔗 West Halifax Improved Streets for People#ThinkYouKnowHalifax
Drop in and see plans for Elland town centre
Work is ongoing to transform Elland town centre with more than £6m of funding from the UK Government’s Future High Street Fund. The aim is to improve Elland and make it a more attractive place for people who live or work in or visit the town. This is an investment designed to deliver a thriving market town which is vibrant, safe and a great place to spend time.🔗

Go to Elland Future High Streets on Calderdale The Next Chapter to find out more about the project.

The proposal will be shared for Elland on:
📅 Saturday 18 March 2023 from 10am to 5pm 
📍 Southgate Methodist Church, Langdale Street, Elland, HX5 0JL.

If you can’t make it, you can request a summary of proposals to be sent to you shortly after the event. Just email your request to

Safe Green Space Session

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Greener Together, Halifax Womens Centre, will be introducing sustainability through the sessions and hopefully making it more relevant on a day-to-day basis.

Greener Together will be looking at the effects of climate change, what is sustainable shopping, greener energy use, recycling, food and more. 

There will be environmentally friendly goodies at each session!

Come down for a one-off Sustainability taster session at: 

The Women’s Activity Centre, Halifax

Monday 20th of March 

10:00 -12:30

A delicious spicy lunch is available for a donation

Elland and District Foodbank

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Elland and District Food Bank is open on Saturday mornings between 10.15am and 11.45am at Southgate Methodist Church, Langdale Street, Elland. HX5 0JL.

There are many ways to support the Food Bank:

  1. Buy and donate food at one of the drop off points: Morrisons (Elland), One Stop (Elland), Co-Op (West Vale), Lidl (Sowerby Bridge)
  1. Drop off any donations to the friendly team at Southgate Methodist Church (side door) on Friday between 11am and 3pm.
  1. Donate money – contact Maria Neary on 07440 682614 or email:

Volunteer and join the team – contact Jo Miller on 07972 380716 or email:

If you know anyone in need, please encourage them to contact Elland and District Foodbank on 07440 682614 or email: or come down on Saturday morning.

Trainers needed to run family courses in Sure Start Children’s Centres

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Sure Start Children’s Centres are looking for individuals or companies to run courses for our families!   Do you have an activity course that is out of this world? An activity that will get them all off their feet? We would love to hear from you!

We are looking for trainers that can deliver courses and activities suitable to families with children aged 0-5 years old.

Please contact Diane Coenen on 01422 251090 for more information.