Feb

Become an Engagement Champion and give local people a say

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You could earn money for your community by becoming an Engagement Champion.  You could reach out to people in your community that may not otherwise get to have a say.  If you enjoy talking to people and getting involved this could be for you.

The NHS wants to talk to people about its plans for local health services.  There is FREE training for local people to become Engagement Champions and talk to their communities.

The next training programme begins in the third week in February.  If you are interested in finding out more; contact Megan.vickery@cvac.org.uk or call 01422 431094.

Click here to view upcoming Engagement Champions training dates

The Engagement Champions programme is run by Voluntary Action Calderdale and funded by Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, responsible for planning and buying local health services in hospital and in the community.

Wring out the Clowns – Calder Valley Flood Relief Comedy Gala

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Wring Out The ClownsSarah Millican, Chris Ramsey, Justin Moorhouse, Rory Bremner, Jack Carroll and a mystery guest are set to bring you laugh out loud comedy and all for a great cause!

Monday 8 February 2016 – 7.30pm
At Victoria Theatre, Fountain St, Halifax, HX1 1BP

All comedians are performing for free and Calderdale Council have kindly waived all costs meaning every single penny will be going to Community Foundation For Calderdale and Upper Calder Valley Renaissance to help people and local businesses who have been affected by the recent flooding.

Tickets cost £20/£15 and can be booked online here.

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2016

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Get your organic goods at the Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2016; with children’s activities, information displays, stalls including cheese, compost CVOG plant and sundries, refreshments and more.

Saturday 27 February – 9.30am to 2.30pm
At Mytholmroyd Cricket Club, Moderna Way, Burnley Rd, HX7 5PZ.

Admission costs just £1 and includes entry to Potato Raffle – For further information, catalogue and order form for postal pre-orders for collection at the event call 01422 846173, email info@cvog.org.uk or visit www.cvog.org

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners

Take advantage of Calderdale Council’s Sports offer

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We all know it can be easy to over indulge at Christmas, but to get a head start on that New Year’s Resolution, why not take advantage of Calderdale Council’s December sports offer?

If you join one of the five Council sports centres this December then you pay no membership fees (just a £10 joining fee) until February 2016 – that’s 12 months membership for the price of 10.

The membership covers five sites across Calderdale; Halifax Pool, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Sowerby Bridge Pool and Fitness Centre, Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre and Todmorden Sports Centre and it also includes the use of four swimming pools, over 150 fitness classes across all the sites each week and full use of state of the art gym equipment.

What’s more, if you have a specific fitness goal, fully qualified staff are with you all the way, to provide support and expert advice.

For more information or to sign up, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/sportoffer or call in to any of our fitness centres throughout December.

FREE Cooking Club at The Orangebox

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obx cooking clubThe Orangebox Cooking Club is due to start in the next couple of weeks, so if you enjoy cooking and would like to expand your skills or just wanting to try something different, the Cooking Club may be just what you’re looking for.

What is the Cooking Club?
It’s an 8 week course for young people aged 15 or over, taking place in
the Orangebox kitchen and cafe every Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm.

What’s in it for me?
Lots of fun learning how to cook. A Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Award and a Level 2 Food Hygiene Qualification. You’ll also have the chance to get some paid work in the cafe at other times, and put your learning into action.

What does it cost?
It’s free, all you need is your time and commitment – It could be the start of something delicious!

If you are interested and would like to find out more call Linda on 01422 353073 or email linda@squarechapel.co.uk or Greg at gabroadbent@gmail.com

Training Available from The PRG Support Project

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The PRG Support Project at Voluntary Action Calderdale are putting on briefing sessions for anyone who wants to know more about Patient Reference Groups in Calderdale, how they operate and what activities they become involved in on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 1 December 2015 – 5pm to 7pm – Voluntary Action Calderdale
  • Thursday 28 January 2016 – 5pm to 7pm – Hebden Bridge Town Hall
  • Tuesday 16 February 2016 – 5pm to 7pm – Central Methodist Church, Brighouse

Please email moya.kirkman@cvac.org.uk or call 01422 438723 to book a place.

Courses with the Workers’ Educational Association

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Maybe you have been thinking about writing your very first novel but unsure where to start or just in need of inspiration!

Well think no more, as this Autumn from Monday 7 September 2015 there will be a number of courses which you can take part in such as creative writing, art, poetry, History and much more. No matter what your interests are, there’s a good chance you will find a course to suit you.

If you would like to take a look at some of the courses on offer, you will find details of each one including cost, duration and booking details by viewing the Autumn brochure here. (Calderdale courses can be found from page 13)