Be Here Now weekly creative arts group by Awakening Arts

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Be Here Now is a creative arts group which combines a gentle mix of dancing, painting, poetry, song and conversation.

We are a friendly, welcoming group and we love to try new things.

  • Feel positive and uplifted
  • Exercise your body and keep your mind lively
  • Be part of something meaningful
  • Express yourself
  • Make new friends!


When : Wednesdays 1pm – 2.30pm

Where : The Lounge at Mytholm Court, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DT

Feel free to come along and try it out or give Kaye a call on 07591157841 to find out more.


Squash bounce back men’s mental wellbeing project

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Calling all males whose mental health is suffering – It’s time to bounce back!

Calder Community Squash is delighted to announce a new project – ‘Bounce Back’, designed for men accessing mental health services that will run from the beginning of February every Thursday afternoon (12pm – 1.30pm) in Halifax for twelve months.

The project has been generously funded by Community Foundation for Calderdale who work tirelessly with local charities and organisations to address inequalities and promote opportunities for those who need it most in the valley.

Bounce Back sessions will be held at Old Crossleyans Squash Club, home of Calder Community Squash. Each session will involve a 60 minute squash coaching session followed by an opportunity to socialise over refreshments. Sessions will be for all abilities, allowing participants to gain the benefits of exercise whilst being in a supportive and friendly environment.

For more information or to book your place please contact Aron@caldercommunitysquash.com

Calder Community Squash was set up last year by Aron Harper-Robinson in an effort to make positive changes within the community and society at large. Since becoming a community interest company CCS has gone from strength to strength working with people from all walks of life. This year CCS has secured funding to continue working with the young people from the Madni Mosque community in Park Ward through its ‘Squash from the Mosque’ project as well as a project delivering sessions to those who have worked tirelessly as carers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, CCS will be working with local youth clubs as part of an early crime intervention programme, as well as continuing its work with people with disabilities and local schools.


Healthy Minds Drop-in sessions @ TheSpace in Field Lane

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You can access Healthy Minds services in Rastrick at TheSpace in Field Lane every Wednesday 12.30 – 2:30 pm.

Healthy Minds will be there to give advice and support on a variety of issues, offer helpful information or just a cuppa and a chat.

You may need to make an appointment to attend the sessions so please confirm with Healthy Minds before turning up to avoid disappointment.

Healthy Minds Calderdale
t: 01422 345 154

The Space @ Field Lane
Burnsall Road, Rastrick, HD6 3JT

Waring Green Community Centre recruiting new Trustees

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Waring Green Community Centre in Brighouse are on the look out for new trustees. People don’t need to be from the Lower Valley to join the trustee board.


Waring Green Community Centre : A Hidden Gem in the Heart of Brighouse

From Highland reels to shuttlecocks, from curling to musical bumps, Waring Green Community Centre has got so much going on! With the warmest of welcomes, the centre boasts a large hall with a sprung dance floor and a theatre stage. With a range of other spaces, including a lecture room and a well-equipped kitchen, the space lends itself to so much activity it would be a challenge to find something it couldn’t accommodate!

Fast approaching its 150th birthday, the centre which started out as a Sunday School before becoming a church, has a unique glazed roof (patented by local architect TW Helliwell in 1878) as well as beautiful stained glass windows which gifts the building a wonderful atmosphere. It has been a community centre since 1953, providing a safe and warm venue for local people, activities and interest groups.

Run by the community for the community, the volunteers & Trustees who have kept the centre thriving are now looking for support from local people to join the Committee to keep this vital community resource going for generations to come.

Joining the Trustee board

This new opportunity for new Trustees to join arose as some of the existing board members have been carrying the baton for many years and some are now looking to pass it on to a new generation of dedicated local people. The centre would particularly love to hear from people with financial and/or administrative experience.

Being a Trustee is one of the most powerful ways in which you can give back to your local community and support a cause you really care about. By volunteering your time on the committee, you can help steer the centre to new heights and a bright future. The benefits to you in giving back includes boosting your confidence and self-esteem as well as allowing you to feel more connected to your community

This is an exciting chance to share your knowledge and experience whilst building on your skills further. Furthermore, this role is an opportunity to develop your sound judgement, interpersonal and strategic experience. Committing to this charity will give you incredible opportunities to develop your problem solving and organisational & leadership skills.

Bring your enthusiasm and fresh ideas to a centre that is at the heart of its community and reap the rewards of knowing you are contributing to a stronger dynamic place for all the area and beyond.

Full support and all essential training will be offered from the existing experienced & dedicated Board of Trustees.  Board meetings are held bi-monthly, and out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.

For more information and an informal chat about the roles, please contact the Chair, Tony Mead, by emailing tony.mead@rocketmail.com

Community Emotional Health & Wellbeing Workers (8 posts)

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[ Full information on the Healthy Minds Jobs page ]

We are seeking someone with enthusiasm, strong values, and a passion for empowering others.

As part of a neighbourhood-based team, the EHWB workers will be recruited from their local area and bring their knowledge and links within the community to the role. We require workers who live in following localities to apply. Part time hours and flexible working will be considered.

  • North Halifax (Mixenden / Ovenden / Illingworth)
  • Calder & Ryburn (Elland / Sowerby Bridge / Ripponden)
  • Upper Valley (Todmorden /Hebden Bridge)
  • Lower Valley (Brighouse / Rastrick)

Community Emotional Health & Wellbeing Workers are vital new roles created as part of
Calderdale’s ambition to change how mental health services work across the borough.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Be passionate about reducing isolation and barriers to accessing health and
    wellbeing services in your local community
  • Enjoy being part of a team and making improvements in your local community
  • Can build supportive and trusting relationships with people of all ages and
  • Have a person-centred approach to working with people to support them in
    accessing what they need


For more details please contact:
dianne@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or call 01422 345154

Closing date for applications: 14 February

Interviews w/c 28 February

Part time hours and flexible working will be considered.

If you would like support with completing the application form, please contact Lisa Connelly from Halifax Opportunities Trust Employment Team – lisa.connelly@regen.org.uk or phone on 07891831740

Become a Healthy Minds Trustee!

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We are recruiting new volunteers for our board of Trustees at Healthy Minds.
Being a Trustee is a rewarding role, in which you can offer your own skills and expertise, as well as learn new things and give back to your community.
We believe that by becoming a trustee of Healthy Minds, you have the opportunity to help us continue to support the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Calderdale, and your experience, insights and expertise will help us to improve that support even more. We will work with you to provide induction, training and support, as you take up this exciting role.
We welcome applications from all backgrounds, regardless of quantity of experience at board level, to support the board’s drive for quality, inclusive decision making, problem solving and creativity.
Find out more about the role and how to apply in the application pack on our website.
Deadline to apply: 7th February 2022
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Interviews are scheduled for 22nd and 23rd February 2022 (online or face-to-face, to be confirmed and subject to Government guidelines).

Game in Mind 5-a-side football sessions for boys 14-17 years

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[Taken from Invictus Wellbeing website]

Invictus Wellbeing and FC Halifax Town are planning a new pilot initiative aimed at  boys aged 14-17 year old.

Football and Coaching will be led by Halifax Town and their professional coaching team whilst Invictus Wellbeing will provide its interventions through highly skilled and qualified mental health professionals.

Running three sessions of 5-aside football and peer led intervention sessions  between February and March (dates to be confirmed) these sessions will use football as a way of addressing issues such as anxiety, low mood, anger management and emotional regulation.

It is our belief that football can be an effective tool and vehicle for building confidence, self-esteem, community cohesion, resilience and importantly for this project, opening conversations around mental health and wellbeing.

For more info and to book, visit:

These sessions will run at the Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax HX1 2YS

Offload: Build a winning mindset at OSCA

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Every man needs support to make ground in his life.

OSCA Foundation hosts this Rugby League Cares organised workshop where past and current Rugby League players share how they cope with the everyday demands of life whilst being a professional athlete. They share their personal real experiences to important topics. They are giving men genuine real-life examples that they can relate to and learn from.

Read about the Offload programme

You don’t need to be a Rugby League fan, or even a sports fan to benefit from Offload.

These sessions will help you build your own mental fitness and a better mindset, as well as support others around you who may be struggling.

Sessions take place every Monday at 6pm from Monday 7th February to Monday 14th of March 2022

For more information and to book your place, please contact Chris Mitchell (chris-mitchell@live.co.uk)

Invictus Children’s Mental Health Week projects

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Invictus, West Yorkshire Children and Young People’s Mental Health Charity have planned the following for Children’s Mental Health Week 2022.
Phoenix Radio – daily recordings from young people talking about what enables them to grow and how they support others grow
Trinity Academy, Project Challenge, Calderdale College- ALSO National geographic editor Tim Herbert volunteered for Invictus and he will be interviewed by young people.
Orange Box – Project Challenge are creating a display to promote Mental Health Week which will be on social media.