FAXFEST Events Promoting Children’s and Young People’s Safety

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There will be four community engagement events to share your views about safeguarding issues in your local area and to find out how children and young people are kept safe in Calderdale.

At each FREE event you will be able to find out about services in your local area and there will be free refreshments, a quiz and a chance to air your views.


The events are at;

  • Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Saturday 23 March 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre, Thursday 28 March, 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Moorside School , Ovenden, Thursday 4 April, 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wellholme Park, Brighouse Thursday 25 April 1:00pm-3:00pm

For more information about the event please contact: or call 01422 393184 or 07976 69514

Next Calderdale Women’s Interfaith Meeting

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Following a really well attended talk in February bringing the group up-to-date with the situation re: asylum seekers in Calderdale – many thanks to Linda Oswin for the excellent presentation – two more events are to follow in March and April.

On Thursday 14 March, 10:30am-12:00pm at St. Paul’s Church, Queen’s Road, King Cross, Halifax HX1 3NS, Rev. Madeleine Russell will introduce the group to Taize, a Christian community in Taize in France.

It was founded in 1940. The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, with a focus on youth. Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year.

It has developed widely recognised songs and chants. Madeleine will tell us a lot more! St Paul’s is on Queens Road, near King Cross shopping street. There is plenty of on-street parking and a small car park between the King Cross surgery and the library.

It is easy to reach by a number of different bus services from the town centre.

10 Stress-free World Book Day Costumes

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Thanks to the Locala School Nurses Calderdale for all the wonderful work they do and now they come to save the day on World Book Day!

As they say;

‘It’s never too early to start planning World Book Day!! In 2019, it falls on Thursday 7 March – avoid the panicked scrambles in the fancy dress box and get ahead of the game with this list of simple costume ideas.’

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 1 March 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…


  • Shibden Hall Re-opens This Weekend
  • Understanding Dementia Online Course
  • Rugby League Heritage Lunch Club 
  • The Battle of Heptonstall Community Play at Halifax Minster
  • ‘Create a Life You Love’ Course at Field Lane Children’s Centre

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Are YOU the Next Chair of Voluntary Action Calderdale?

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Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC) – Improving Local Lives has provided infrastructure support in Calderdale since 2000 and operated from their own premises in Halifax since 2006.

Over recent years the breadth of work has increased to create greater impact and benefit for the voluntary and community sector and the communities they serve. They have delivered a wide a range of successful projects and work with a variety of funders, to support the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in the Boroughs of Calderdale and Kirklees as well as promoting the Quality For Health Award to third sector organisations nationally.

VAC is in an exciting period of change as an organisation and have plans to transform our organisational mission, vision and strategy gathers momentum. They want our unique philosophy of ‘improving local lives’ to be the cornerstone of all their work, social impact and achievements over the coming years.

The current chair will stand down after 6 years in April 2019. We are therefore seeking a dynamic, experienced and committed individual to work with the Board of Trustees and the Leadership Team in the pivotal role of Chair. As Chair you will:

  • Lead the Board of Trustees and work closely with the CEO providing leadership for VAC and for the Trustee Board.
  • Be the visible face of VAC and main ambassador for the Charity.
  • Ensure the charity is properly governed and managed with a key focus on maximising the ‘difference that the organisation makes across our sector and the communities we serve.
  • With a commitment to both diversity and inclusion and the effective practice of volunteering, you will be a driving force to promote and help achieve the vision, mission, values and strategic direction of Voluntary Action Calderdale.

This is an unpaid voluntary position for which proper and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. The initial term will be for three years with the potential for renewed for a second term of three years.

If you are a proven strategic leader with a clear alignment with our vision, mission and values then we look forward to hearing from you. To apply or download further information on the required skills and experience for the role, please visit

Closing date for applications: Monday 18 March 2019, 5:00pm.
Interview date: 27 March 2019 (half day session from midday onwards) at VAC.
Attendance at Board meeting: 28 March 2019 at VAC.

For more information about the above please contact the Dipika Kaushal, VAC CEO on 01422 348777/ 07495 049457


‘Create a Life You Love’ Adult Learning Course at Field Lane Children’s Centre

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This is a 4 week adult only course starting on Tuesday 5 March, 9:30am-11:30am at Field Lane Children’s Centre, Burnsall Road, Rastrick, Brighouse HD6 3JT helping to improve self-awareness to improve relationships and wellbeing.

Enhancing a positive mindset with a focus on goals and positive attributes.

Encourage development of the ability to be aware of emotional reactions and behaviour and focus on strengths and the importance of emotional wellbeing and balancing needs, experiences and aspirations.

There are a limited number of places available to book your place on the Sure Start Children’s Centres website.

For further information call 01422 266197.

National Autistic Society – Spectrum Live Streaming

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Join the National Autistic Society on their Facebook page for a special live event, starting at 7:00pm on Wednesday 13 March. They will be live streaming experts, as well as speaking to autistic people and families about what it means to get an autism diagnosis.

NAS will be covering the different routes available to getting a diagnosis, what an autism assessment should look like and how you can help to campaign to reduce the length of time people have to wait for an autism diagnosis.

During the show there will be a segment where your questions will be answered, so make sure you like the Facebook page if you’d like to get involved.

If you have a question around the topic of diagnosis, you can submit your question in advance here. There’ll also be a chance during the live stream too.

FREE Spreadsheet Accounts Training at Orange Box

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The 2 week course starts on Tuesday 19 March, 9:30am-12:30pm at Orange Box, 1 Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1AF. It is for people aged 19+ who want to learn how to set up book-keeping on a spreadsheet. It is suitable for people who want to become more familiar with spreadsheets or get to know the basics of book-keeping, perhaps in order to start a business, help with a voluntary group or charity, or just keep track of personal finances.

You will learn;

  • How to use a spreadsheet, including entering numbers, using calculations and formulae
  • the structure of a book-keeping spreadsheet
  • setting up categories of income and expenditure
  • setting up bank and cash accounts

To find out more and to register for the course contact Sarah Coates at West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS) on 01132 706291 or email