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Join the Calderdale Heritage Walks every fortnight until March 2020

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Even walks in Brighouse attract walkers from further afield so why not join in a fun activity that combines gentle exercise with fascinating insight into the history of Calderdale?

Walks take place every second Sunday on a fortnightly basis. Each walk has its own topic of interest and takes place in a different part of Calderdale. All welcome to join, all levels of fitness welcome.
Walks that are wheelchair accessible are marked as such.

December walks:

  • December 1st: Big ‘Cs’ IN RIPPONDEN:  Church, catastrophe, conflict, cooperation, Chartism and more. Ripponden had them all!
  • December 15th: Brighouse Extends Northwards: In the 1800s Brighouse expanded rapidly particularly to the north. Many buildings from that period are still in use, some with rich histories. Wheelchair accessible.
  • December 29th: How Hebden Bridge: The story behind the growth of the town and the changes that have taken place. Wheelchair accessible.

For more information, take a look at the Calderdale Walks or visit CalderdaleHeritageWalks.org.uk

Gig Buddies Receives 2 Years Continuation Funding to Continue to Tackle Social Isolation

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In March Gig Buddies Calderdale was pleased to receive 2 years continuation funding to expand the team and continue to tackle social isolation in Calderdale.

Gig Buddies Calderdale has been going strong since it launched as a pilot project in June 2017. Led by Gig Buddies and Engagement Coordinator Gemma Hailwood-McCallion, based at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, the aim was to try to address the barriers that prevent people with a learning disability accessing local arts and entertainment. The scheme has proved popular and as a result, has been awarded a two-year continuation fund of £46,000 from the Henry Smith Trust as well as continuation funding from Calderdale Council, to help expand the team and continue its work in the community. The project has also confirmed its very first ambassador – the stage and screen actor Darren Jeffries.

Gig Buddies Coordinator, Gemma Hailwood-McCallion said: “Gig Buddies has been a wonderful project to be involved with and has reached out to so many people who were otherwise isolated and bored in their homes. We’ve been able to go out into mainstream venues to enable people to have a great time in a safe environment, just like everybody else does! It’s been fabulous working with such a dedicated and fun group of volunteers without whom, the project would simply not have worked. I am excited to be expanding the team for Calderdale, to our quest to help people ‘Stay Up Late’. What is also hugely exciting about where we are now, is that we have our very first ambassador; Darren Jeffries has been along to some of our socials and has been a real hit! It’s great to hear that we are appealing to more and more people who can help us spread the word about Gig Buddies.

Stage and screen actor & Gig Buddies Ambassador, Darren Jeffries said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be ambassador for Gig Buddies Calderdale. As a lover of live music, comedy and theatre, the idea of anyone being denied access to these life-affirming experiences because of circumstances beyond their control is frustrating and unfair. I’ll be supporting the Gig Buddies team every step of the way, as well as looking forward to plenty more memorable evenings with our brilliant Gig Buddies members.

Pioneered by Brighton-based Charity Stay Up Late, Gig Buddies connects people with a learning disability with volunteers who share a similar passion for entertainment, culture and live events; and supports them to access all the great events and gigs going on in the community.

Since the birth of Gig Buddies Calderdale, the scheme has matched over twenty-five pairs of buddies, held fifteen social events which have introduced over fifty people to the local entertainment scene, connecting people who may have otherwise missed out on the growing number of events that have been showcased in Calderdale over the past two years.

The funding, that has been awarded by the London based Henry Smith Trust and is being administered by the Calderdale Community Foundation, will enable the project to match even more pairs of buddies, increase the number of social events and expand the team by creating two new post to support the continued work.

The new roles include a Project Assistant and a Quality Checker, the latter being a role for a person with a learning disability. This will enable the team to ensure the work being done and the way in which it’s being doing done, is accessible to the people it seeks to engage with.

The Gig Buddies initiative is funded by Adult Health and Social Care, The Henry Smith Trust as well as the West Yorkshire Business Consortium. The partnership with Square Chapel Arts Centre, Calderdale Council and the Brighton based charity Stay Up Late will continue for a further two years.

For anyone wanting more information about Gig Buddies Calderdale or to become a ‘Gig Buddy’, please contact Gemma Hailwood-McCallion gemma@squarechapel.co.uk, or call 01422 353073.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 29 March 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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Featuring:-

  • Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers Open Day at Ravenspring Park
  • Free LEGO Club for Children with Autism at Eureka!
  • Bring ya Butties for Riding for the Disabled Brunch
  • Cycling 4 All Calderdale Sessions Starting Monday 1 April
  • Register Early for The Long March

Have a great weekend!

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Lower Valley Friday Flyer 22 March 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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Featuring:-

  • Halifax Canoe Club Information evening
  • Calderdale Heritage Walk Around Halifax
  • Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom at Victoria Theatre
  • Cycling 4 All Calderdale Sessions Starting Soon
  • Register Early for The Long March

Have a great weekend!

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Vote for Representatives on the Small Grants Panel

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Calderdale Council thanks all those who nominated candidates to serve on the Small Grants Panel for the next three years, and who will help to distribute £70,000 to voluntary and community projects to deliver Vision 2024

The representatives on the Panel will be elected through a simple voting system. Your organisation can vote for the nominee you want to see in each category.

There are three different categories of organisations: groups which represent communities of interest, community groups and other. There has been only one nomination for the communities of interest category so you won’t need to vote in that category.

You can vote in each of the other two categories. You can vote up to two separate times on the ballot form:

  • Once for the representative from a community group with an annual income under £20,000 and no paid staff
  • Once for the representative of the “other” category, which includes all other types of group

The ballot form can be found on the web page https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/grants/grants-voluntary-organisations/small-grants-scheme/panel.

After you have made your choice(s) you should press the submit button and your vote will automatically be sent to our inbox.

The deadline for voting is Friday 5 April, 5:00pm. The votes will then be counted and the results will appear on the Council web page shortly afterwards.

Calderdale Heritage Walk – ‘Flats for Women’ and More

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The summer programme has fortnightly walks plus extra ones including Bank Holiday Mondays.
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.

There is still a walk from the Winter Programme with the next on;

Saturday 30 March – Fine Halls for Men, Small Flats for Women.

Stories of gracious houses to the south of the town centre, some now vanished.

Includes a look at the Flats for Women sponsored by local Soroptimists in 1938, the site of Halifax’s first Railway Station, the home of Charles Dickens’ father-in-law, and the tale of Mrs Haigh of Lower Shaw Hill who was buried alive!

A circular walk, lasting just over two hours.

Meet David Glover at 1:30pm outside the former Magistrates’ Court, HX1 2AF facing Harrison Road.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page to see any late alterations.

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

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 15 March 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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Featuring:-

  • Calderdale Council Suicide Prevention measures
  • Caring Together – an event for carers and their loved ones 
  • Halifax Canoe Club Information evening
  • FREE Training Courses

Have a great weekend!

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Caring Together – an event for carers and their loved ones

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FREE EVENT for carers and their loved ones on Friday 22 March 2019.

Hosted by the Calderdale Carers Project and Memory Lane Cafe, Bluebird Care and Age Uk Calderdale and Kirklees.

Learn about what support is available to carers while enjoying:

  • Favourite hits from the 50s and 60s performed by Darren Lee
  • Hand and heck/neck massage
  • Lunch

Venue: Age UK C&K, Rimani House, Hall Street, HX1 5BD

This event is for Carers and the person they care for to come along together or the Carer alone. They must be either currently registered with Calderdale Carers Project or undertake registration prior to the event.

All places must be booked via Calderdale Carers Project by ringing 01422 369101.

Transport may be available but must be mentioned at the time of booking. Respite care may also be available but we will need at least 1 weeks’ notice in order to arrange this subject to availability.

To find out more, please email enquiries@calderdale-carers.co.uk

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Halifax Canoe Club – we love canoeing and want you to love it too!

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Come along to Hollins Mill pub in Sowerby Bridge on Tuesday 26 March 2019 and find out more about what Halifax Canoe Club can offer you!

We’re an active and family orientated club based on the River Calder in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax. Those new to the sport will need to start on one of our beginners courses where our qualified coaches will introduce you to the skills you need to start paddling safely.

As you progress our coaches can introduce you to move advanced skills, white water paddling, open canoes, slalom and freestyle canoeing. There’s also the chance to try sea kayaking, surfing, slalom racing, weekends away and during the winter much of the club’s activity is heading off on river trips to suit various levels of ability.

Never paddled before and want to see if it’s for you?

Try one of our taster sessions – they’re on 6 and 7 April. We provide everything you need – boats, kit and coaches to keep you safe and make sure you’re having fun! Available for anyone ages 7+.

Want to paddle but don’t know how?

You should take our Learn To Paddle Course – this runs for 8 weeks. These are on Mondays and Thursdays from 29 April. There’s a course starting in June as well, subject to demand. We’ll release dates nearer the time. The Learn to Paddle Course is available to everyone aged 7+.

Already know how to paddle and want to refine your skills?

Take our River Skills Course – you can choose Mondays and Thursdays from 29 April.. There’s a dry induction night on Monday 8th April or Thursday 11th April. There’s another course running in June – we’ll release dates nearer the time. This course is available to everyone aged 7+.

How do I sign up for a course? 

Come along to Hollins Mill pub in Sowerby Bridge on Tuesday 26 March 2019 and find out more about what Halifax Canoe Club can offer you.  We’ll be there between 7 and 8.30pm. Or get in touch if you have any questions before – email: info@halifaxcanoe.org.uk

Can’t make it to our Hollins Mill sign up night and want to join a course?

Sign up online HERE – NOW!

Annual membership includes the cost of all river courses, coaching and also the cost of using our equipment (boats, safety gear etc). We offer reduced rates for families, concessions rates and junior rates – please take a look at our membership options HERE.

Please get in touch if you have any questions – email info@halifaxcanoe.org.uk

Please remember that everyone at Halifax Canoe Club is a volunteer – we give up our own time to support you as a paddler – have fun and we’ll see you on the water!

New Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum

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The Accessible Calderdale project is inviting people living in Calderdale with lived experience of disability to become members of a new forum.

The Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum (ACDAF) will provide people with a voice and to play an important role in promoting and developing Calderdale as an accessible and inclusive destination for all.

You can find out more at the first ACDAF meeting/information session at The Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax HX1 2TS on Tuesday 26 March, 3:00pm buffet and refreshments followed by 3:30pm-5:00pm a meeting and information session (including a presentation about the Accessible Hebden Bridge Project).

If you are interested in joining the ACDAF and would like to attend the first meeting please email
Lorraine Beiley- Project Co-ordinator lorraine@visitsunlimited.co.uk or call 07596 707795.

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