Sure Start Children’s Centres Autumn Newsletter

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Sure Start Children’s Centres, North Halifax Partnership have published the Autumn Newsletter which includes information about the family learning courses that are taking place September – December 2018, along with the accredited courses on offer. It also includes their What’s On Guides, which shows the weekly groups on offer across the Children’s Centres and services provided by partner agencies. The newsletter can be downloaded here.

This has also been uploaded to the website, along with a booking form. To book onto the courses you can either complete the booking form electronically on the website or contact the Family Learning Team on 01422 266197.

Calderdale Heritage Walks Winter Programme 2018-2019

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The winter programme has fortnightly walks plus an extra one at Christmas. The majority are on Sundays, with 2 Saturdays and 2 on Bank Holidays. All start at 1:30pm.
No pre-booking required, just turn up and pay the Guide – its £3 (all ages)

Almost all starting points are served by public transport. Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed on walks unless indicated by the No Dogs symbol.

Saturday 3 November 2018 Murder Site to Gibbet

A look at the rich and varied heritage of west central Halifax, including People’s Park, the Workhouse, the Hanson Lane Bomb site, West Hill Park Model Village, and many Crossley connections. Hear about the tragic deaths of Mary Hackett and Emily Pye, view the location of a fatal boiler explosion, and see one of Mackintosh’s early warehouses. Finally – the story of The Gibbet. Duration: just over two hours.
Meet David Glover at Lister Lane Cemetery Gates, Lister Lane HX1 5JL at 1:30pm

The complete Winter Walks Programme as shown below can be downloaded here.

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Buggy Walks at Wellholme Children’s Centre

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Join the folk from Wellholme Children’s Centre, Bradford Road, Brighouse for a FREE buggy walk starting again on Friday 4 May 2018!

This will be a chance to meet other parents and have a cuppa and a natter!

This will run every other Friday, 9:15am-10:30am (click on the poster for dates).

Get fit, meet new people and enjoy the fresh air.

No need to book – just turn up!!


Launch of the Ey Up! Charity in Calderdale

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The Ey Up! charity provides community, mental health and learning disability services in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. Our Charitable Funds exist to support service users by providing additional resources and activities above and beyond NHS funding.

The service is described in the following way;

Now then. EyUp! is a charity that gives health and happiness t’ Yorkshire folk. We support the work of our Trust and mek a reet difference to community, mental health, wellbeing and learning disability services.

EyUp! helps our reet good staff to give even more, adding a bit o’ summat extra to services. It’s the sort of stuff our NHS can’t always afford – the bobby dazzler ideas that make a proper difference.

We don’t fund NHS services or owt. Instead we go above and beyond, the extra mile, with extra happiness. We can help wi’ things for ward areas – like games or equipment. We can help visitors to our services, with stuff like play areas and dead comfy chairs and that. We can help gi’ people a lift, boost recovery and mek memories – from activity groups to service user trips or funding for community groups.

We’re well proud of our linked charities who are Creative Minds, Spirit in Mind and the Mental Health Museum. Together we’re pulling out all the stops.

See, there’s nowt we like more than working hand in hand with our local communities. We’ve got big ambitions and the drive to match.

EyUp! captures our Yorkshire spirit for givin’ so that everyone can reach their potential and live well.

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Lower Valley Friday Flyer 15 December – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…


  • Sure Start Children’s Centres – Spring Newsletter
  • Christmas Concert at the Town Hall – today!
  • Carol Services at Halifax Minster and other Churches
  • Autism friendly Santa’s Grotto at Eureka
  • Last Chance to Visit Pop-up shop for Memory Lane Cafe

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

Book Signing by Mark Metcalf at Kershaw’s Garden Centre

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Halifax football author and historian Mark Metcalf will be signing copies of ‘FLYING OVER AN OLIVE GROVE’, the remarkable story of Fred Spiksley at Kershaw’s Garden Centre on Sunday 17 December, 11am – 2pm.

Gainsborough lad Spiksley was amongst the first generation of teenagers who, in 1885, could aspire to be a professional footballer and dodge the inevitability of industrial labour.

He became the first player to score 3 against Scotland, a feat that saw him chased along the touchline by the future Queen of England. He scored both of the Sheffield Wednesday goals when they became the first Yorkshire side to win the FA Cup in 1896. He later led Wednesday to League title success in 1903. He scored over 300 career goals and retains the highest goals-to-game ratio of any winger in the history of English football.

When he finished playing football he took to the stage and acted alongside Charlie Chaplin on over 50 occasions. He then became a world famous coach and was the first to coach on three continents. He managed 1FC Nuremburg in 1914 and when WWI started he was, like all British citizens in Germany, imprisoned. He escaped and later returned to the country and won the Germany title with Nuremburg. In 1929, Spiksley helped make the first speaking coaching film for young people.

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Christmas Opening Hours for Kooth Online Counselling for Children and Young People

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Kooth was the first online counselling and therapy service for children and young people in the UK.

The Christmas Opening Hours for Kooth are as follows;

  • Sunday   – 24 December 4pm – 8pm (instead of 6pm – 10pm)
  • Monday – 25 December 4pm – 8pm (instead of 12noon – 10pm)
  • Tuesday – 26 December 4pm – 8pm (instead of 12noon – 10pm)
  • Sunday   – 31 December 4pm – 8pm (instead of 6pm – 10pm)
  • Monday –    1 January 4pm – 8pm (instead of 12noon – 10pm)

XenZone was founded in 2001 to make it easy and safe for all generations to access the best mental health and emotional well-being services as and when they need them.
They use technology to remove the barriers hindering children, young people and adults from seeking mental health support. Technology helps to increase access and removes the stigma associated with reaching out for help. They work closely with the NHS, CCGs, local authorities and other health and social well-being organisations to deliver an innovative approach to mental health delivery.
They are pioneers of online counselling and emotional well-being support. In 2004, they founded Kooth, the first online counselling and therapy service for children and young people in the UK.

Following on from Kooth’s success they launched an online counselling and well-being platform for adults, Qwell.
Digital is at the heart of all they do, underpinned by their deep-rooted philosophy of co-production and joining-up with traditional services.
While digital increases accessibility, is native to many young people and convenient for all, there are times when face-to-face is more appropriate. They work with  stakeholders, commissioners and partners to develop an integrated approach, taking the benefits of digital and coupling them with face-to-face services.

More information about XenZone can be found by downloading their brochure

Tooth Care Training For Children With Special Needs

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Parents and carers of children with learning difficulties, autism and any of a range of special needs are only too aware of how difficult it is to teach their lovely children the basics of life that come as routine to others – including looking after their teeth.

That’s why the Dentaid mobile van will be calling at Sensory World for a special event just for children with special needs on 16 December, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Making tooth care fun and interesting is what this event is all about.

Fun and games inside Sensory World and a visit to the big white van outside to turn tooth care into an adventure.

Just £5 for some fun training about caring for growing teeth.

No booking required – but if you are able please give Linda a call on 07801 065589 if you are planning to visit, just to help with the planning.

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