Volunteer Takeover

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Free networking event for volunteers, Trustees and businesses!

VSI Alliance and CMBC Volunteers are ‘taking over’ the CFFC monthly networking event to share volunteer experiences with people who might be interested in volunteering and becoming a Trustee. Whether you are coming in a business capacity, are a member of the general public, or actively looking for a role as a trustee, you are welcome to this free event.

It’s on Tuesday 23rd May 2023 between 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm at The Space @ Field Lane and includes a buffet lunch. It’s free to come along but you do need to book. To book your place, visit

Healthy Minds Forum – Wednesday 17th May

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Healthy Minds are exploring ‘the impact and demand on the voluntary sector’. Chief Officer, Jonny Richardson-Glenn, will be giving a talk to help educate on the challenges faced in the voluntary sector, and what to do about it.

 Wednesday 17 May, 12.30 – 2.30pm

At Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG
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Walking Tours of Halifax

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There two walking tours coming up in Halifax. Both with the Vice Chair of Halifax Civic Trust, David Glover.

The first walking tour is taking place on Saturday the 3rd of June at 6.30pm and is entitled OLD BUILDINGS, SOLDIERS, ROYALTY, AND CIVIC TRUST GREEN PLAQUES.

The walking tour is a fund raising walk for Halifax Civic Trust and the tickets are only £5! To book click here.

The second walk is being run by the West Yorkshire group of the Victorian Society and is call The Crossley Heritage Walk on the 20th of May, from 2.00pm until 4.30pm. Again the tickets are only £5!

This is an uphill walk of just over 1km from Halifax town centre and slightly further from the railway station. Booking is via email. Please email:

VSI Alliance – Meet the funders – Thursday 25th May

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Come and meet local, regional and national funders and give your organisation a head start. A market stall style event, funders will have a dedicated stall where you can find out about:

•    Current funding opportunities
•    Information on eligibility criteria
•    The application and monitoring process
•    The additional application support they can offer
•    Deadlines 
•    Funding amounts
There will be opportunities for questions and to discuss your future applications. Attendance at these events can help you develop relationships with funders and gives them the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the good works your organisation does. 


  • Grassroots Muslim and non-Muslim not-for-profit orgs with an annual income of £1 million or less working with the Muslim community living in the UK
  • Registered with Charity Commission, Companies House (CICs)
  • A voluntary group or community group
  • Services are in the UK. It is not suitable for international work only.

Date and Time: Thursday 25th May 2023, 11am-2pm.

Venue: Mustafa Mount, University of Bradford School of Management Building, Emm Lane, Bradford, BD9 4JL

You can book your free ticket via Eventbrite here and find out more about the event.

Unwind your mind

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As you may know, Mental Health Awareness Week is fast approaching – 15-21 May.

This year’s official theme is Anxiety, and Healthy Minds’ campaign has created a hashtag – #UnwindYourMind.

Healthy Mind’s are thrilled to be taking over The Piece Hall courtyard with a pop-up garden and free Healthy Minds taster sessions throughout the week, including performances by The Peace Artistes.

You can find more information about plans for the week on our website here:

Furry Friends Open Day

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THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch are celebrating their small fluffy animal companions with their Furry Friends Open Day this May bank holiday!

The family fun day will take place on Monday 1st May, 12 – 3pm at the RSPCA Animal Centre on Wade Street, Halifax, HX1 1NS.

Meet some of the animals in the branches care such as Primrose & Polar Bear!

The self-funded RSPCA Centre is inviting the local community to join them for some bank holiday fun, whilst providing the opportunity to meet some of the animals currently looking for homes too.

The branch hope the open day will raise vital funds to support their rehabilitation and rehoming work, whilst hopefully finding homes for the many unwanted and abandoned animals in their care.

The Wade Street Centre will be open from 12pm – 3pm with stalls, food and drink, games, interactive learning with their staff, lots of animals to meet.

If you would like to bring some donations for the animals, the Centre would be very grateful of items like kitten/cat food and dog toys. You can also bring any unwanted clothing, teddies or home items for their RSPCA Charity Shops and fundraising events. The charity are always on the lookout for any gift type items to support their summer of community events.

To find out more about the open day, you can visit the charity’s website here: or head over to their Facebook event page:

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work. 

This year the branch has rehomed 21 dogs, 62 cats and 8 small animals. Their main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. They rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of the animal centre open.   

Halifax Civic Trust To Host National Civic Voice Spring Convention

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Civic Voice is teaming up with the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies and Halifax Civic Trust. The event will take place in Halifax, a town that has been the setting for some of the UK’s most popular TV dramas, including Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley, and Last Tango in Halifax.

The event will include a full programme of activities that you won’t want to miss, including town tours and an evening dinner on Friday, 19th May, and a one-day convention focused on ‘Pride in Place’ on Saturday, 20th May. Pride in Place is Civic Voice’s key theme for 2023, and the convention will explore how communities can take pride in their local area and how they can work together to protect and promote it for future generations.

One of the highlights of the event will be a visit to The Piece Hall, a building that was originally conceived as a cloth hall but has been transformed into a contemporary leisure, retail, cultural, and heritage destination. The Piece Hall was nominated by Halifax Civic Trust in 2018 for the Civic Voice Design Awards and was awarded the Judges’ Special Prize that year. The restoration of The Piece Hall was a major project that was funded by Calderdale Council, a generous £7m HLF grant, and support from the Garfield Weston Foundation and Wolfson Foundation.

Don’t miss out on this thought provoking and stimulating event in Halifax! You can register via the Eventbrite link provided. 

You can register via:

Sleep Tight Course

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Join the online workshop for children aged 12 months+ with sleep issues. The next courses are running on the 5th, 12th and 19th of May 2023 at 1-2.30pm.

For more information contact Nicola Cooke or Lisa Ward on 01422 251090 or at,

64th Halifax Charity Gala Saturday 11th June

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The 64th Halifax Charity Gala will take place on Manor Heath on the 11th of June with the Grand Parade Procession starting from Eureka.

There will be music, food stalls, fun fair and several stalls where charitable organisations can introduce themselves to you. You never know, there may be volunteering opportunities for you too!

Tickets are available to buy now. Purchase by the 31st of May and save 50% of the day price!

Visit for updates, information for the public and companies, as well as pictures of past galas and the option to purchase tickets for the event.

Features haven’t been announced yet, other than the procession parade that starts the gala, leaving at 11:30am from Eureka!

The entire event is organised and run by volunteers, helping to fundraise for local voluntary and charitable organisations.

Halifax Charity Gala is a great opportunity for local organisations, services and charities to showcase their work to the public.

If you would like to register a charity or a good cause, please contact the organisers (opens the Halifax Charity Gala page, go to the Contact Us section).

Calderdale Lower Valley Friday Flyer 27 May 2022 – OUT NOW!!

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  • All the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in Calderdale
  • Volunteers Week – find about volunteering opportunities near you
  • Volunteering Course at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre

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