Jan

Elland Regeneration – Open Public Meeting

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Craig Whittaker MP has organised an open public meeting to discuss regenerating Elland Town Centre. The meeting will take place on Friday 1 February 2019, 6:30pm in the Canon Winters Centre at All Saints Church, Savile Road, Elland, HX5 0NH.

The purpose of the meeting will be to try to bring together businesses, voluntary/community groups, residents, and Calderdale Council, to both discuss some of the planned projects in Elland and some of the ways in which we can work together to make improvements to the town centre.

Hopefully this meeting will allow an opportunity for people to give their views and for some progress to be made towards revitalising Elland Town Centre. The meeting will be chaired by Craig and Elland Councillor, John Ford.

Cabinet Budget Proposals for Consultation

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The Cabinet’s budget proposals are now available for consultation on the Calderdale Council website.

The draft proposals were tabled at the Cabinet meeting on 14 January, marking the start of a 28 day public consultation.

There will be three drop in events to discuss the budget proposals as follows;

Todmorden
Thursday 24 January, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Todmorden Town Hall Courtroom
‎Bridge Street, Todmorden, OL14 5AQ

Brighouse
Monday 28 January, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Brighouse Library
Halifax Rd, Brighouse HD6 2AF

Halifax
Tuesday 5 February, 12:00pm–6:00pm
Halifax Town Hall
Crossley Street, HX1 1UJ

The Cabinet is required to make further savings of £900,000 to achieve a balanced budget in 2019/20 on top of those which have been agreed by Council in previous years. It is anticipated that savings of £6.7million will be required in 2020/21 and £7.6million in 2021/22.

The future spending plans of the Government along with a comprehensive review of how councils are financed are due to be announced later this year. This uncertainty means that this year’s Cabinet budget proposals cover only the spending and savings decisions required in 2019/20 for which funding levels are known.

A major public consultation about the future structure and management of the Council will be held later this year, which will guide future budget proposals in subsequent years once there is greater certainty about government funding levels.

To help the Council maintain essential local services, the financial plan for 2019/20 retains the 2.99% rise in Council Tax rates agreed during last year’s budget process.

The proposals address some of the services within the Council which are facing the biggest financial pressures:

  • Additional Council money has been allocated to cover rising demand and costs in Adult’s and Children’s Social Care on top of £2.5m of extra Government funding.
  • Additional provision of £500k to help with winter maintenance/gritting costs has also been made should it be required to help protect road users and maintain other services during wintry conditions.
  • To reduce poverty and inequality the Cabinet is proposing to continue its commitment to pay social care providers an additional £1.3 million in 2019/20 to raise staff pay, improve training and terms and conditions.
    To help fund the additional savings, the Cabinet budget report proposes that in 2019/20 the Council will:
  • Operate more commercially to maximise income and resources by making the most use out of capital funding, achieving more planning fee income from increased housebuilding, selling surplus assets, reducing the money paid to West Yorkshire Combined Authority and changing Council Tax exemptions.
  • Provide services more efficiently, making greater use of technology and equipment (especially in Adults’ Social Care) and explore ways of reducing costs by delivering some activities in different ways.
  • Work more efficiently at lower cost in areas providing back-office support (including reviewing staff travel arrangements) and streamlining how the Council itself operates on a democratic level.

The budget proposals are available to view at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/council/budgets-and-spending/proposed-budget-2019.

Greetland and Stainland Ward Forum – Thursday 24 January

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Thursday 24 January – 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start. Venue to be confirmed.

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

How to Train Your Dragon – LEGO Bricks Workshop

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This workshop is open to all children aged 5+.

This fun workshop on Sunday 20 January 2019, 10:00am-12:00pm at Southowram Community Centre HX3 9QJ will provide children with plenty of themed model building during this exciting activity.

Beyond the village of Berk lies many far off lands and in some areas the elements – Water, Fire, Ice, and Earth – have influenced the Dragons which grew up there.

Our builders will use their imagination to raise their very own Dragon and create its home based on these elements.

During the workshop children will create models using unique Technic LEGO kits and exclusive building instructions.

Bricks4Kidz and the young builders will also use LEGO bricks to create, from their imagination, additional models to help tell this epic story.

The activities are also suitable for children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or awaiting a diagnosis. In addition, their siblings and peers are welcome to join in the activities. Check the event listing on www.brickworkshops.co.uk for the earlier start providing a quiet time.

The Building Better Calderdale Futures (BBCF) programme is funded by the Short Breaks initiative and subsidised by Calderdale Council.

The BBCF programme aims to support families of disabled children – primarily those with learning difficulties – with LEGO brick-based sessions delivered locally in the district.

During the session, the children will be provided with a safe environment to access a range of LEGO brick building activities which can be undertaken at their own pace. Experienced Bricks4Kidz instructors will be on hand to assist and support.

Notes

– Parents/Carers of children with autism must remain at the venue.

– A simple form must be completed by all parents/carers to allow us to provide data to Short Breaks. No personal data will be retained without consent.

Booking is essential through Eventbrite.

Have your say! Elland Ward Forum Tuesday 22 January 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 22 January 2019, at 6:30pm. .

Venue: Willow Court, Victoria Road, Elland HX5 0PL

For more information on the meetings, see Lower Valley ForumExternal link

Rastrick Ward Forum – Monday 21 January 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Monday 21 January 2019 – 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start at The Community Hub, Rastrick High School, Field Top Road, HD6 3XB.

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorated by Calderdale Interfaith Council

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Whilst Holocaust Memorial Day is actually Sunday 27 January, this year’s Interfaith Council event is on Thursday 31 January, 1:00pm with the theme “Torn from Home” and is being hosted by Calderdale College.

The programme organised by Calderdale Interfaith Council involves speakers including holocaust survivors. Also there will be presentations by students and others about situations where atrocities have and are taking place in other countries and continents.

Refreshments will be provided. If you can only come for part of the time, that’s absolutely fine – come for as long as you can. This annual event is always an emotional occasion – when we can remember and consider some of the terrible happenings in both past and present times.

For further information contact;

Tel: 01422 392869 or 01422 355436
Email: sail.suleman@calderdale.gov.uk or calderdaleinterfaith@gmail.com 

Good Sense Research Food and Drink Research Panels

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Good Sense Research are organising Food and Drink Research Panels at the University Business Centre at Piece Mill in Halifax and are looking to increase the pool of people invited to take part. Every one that completes a panel receives a Love2Shop voucher in return.

The more people we have in our pool, the more panels can be run – clients are very interested in gaining the opinions of people in the North of England, having identified a difference in expectations around price, quality etc. across the country.

There has been very positive feedback from those who have taken part so far and Good Sense Research hopes that more and more people from Calderdale will want to take part.

For more information and to sign up go to https://www.goodsenseresearch.co.uk/online-registration/YORKFD.htm.

 

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Ward Forum – Thursday 17 January 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Thursday 17 January 2019 – 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start.
St Matthew’s Church, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TH

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Accredited Courses at The Learning Cafe, Brighouse

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Verity from Creativity in Practice will be delivering the first Learning cafe hosted by Focus4Success for those wanting to undertake accredited courses in Mentoring, Helping Others, Awareness of Mental Health and volunteering.

The session on Wednesday 16 February, 12:00pm-2:00pm at The Room, Brighouse, at The Old Town Hall HD6 1EA will be a friendly relaxed environment where the following information will be discussed:

  • Dealing with problems in daily life
  • Healthy living
  • Managing own money
  • Preparation for work
  • Working towards goals
  • Supporting babies to play
  • Healthy eating for families
  • Job search skills
  • Interview skills
  • Preparing for your next steps

Funding eligibility requirements are:
Unemployed and in receipt of JSA, ESA or WRAG, Universal Credit or other State Benefit.

OR:

Job seeking or working 16+ hours or less a week and/or earning below £15,736.50 annual gross salary. AND:

Have lived in the UK or EU continuously for the last 3 years.

Learners who haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the required 3 years are eligible if they have refugee status, indefinite leave to remain or other (please enquire for more information). Or 6 months if asylum seekers.

Lunch and drinks will be provided prior to the session beginning.
Book your place by emailing focus4successbrighouse@gmail.co.uk or calling 01484 943022.