Events

Meet the birds and grab a photo at Cromwell Bottom – FREE events

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Cromwell bottom logoLook at winter birds or practice your photography skills with the following events taking place at Cromwell Bottom this month. Both events are FREE although donations can be made if you wish and you can call in for half an hour or spend the whole morning and enjoy a warm drink in the cabin.

Meet the birds – Saturday 16 January – from 9.30am
A chance to have a relaxed look at winter birds in the reserve with volunteers to guide you and give helpful hints and tips.

Get that photo – Saturday 30 January – from 9.30am
A morning of advice and practice for everyone, from smartphone users to long lens experts, kids to grandparents. Learn how to set up a good place to get your photos, and get advice [if you want it] on useful features on your camera.

For directions and details of other events visit cromwellbottom.wordpress.com

Yorkshire Flood Aid fundraiser – This weekend!

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Halifax is hosting a wonderful night of entertainment to help people affected by the floods in Yorkshire. Staff are giving their time for free, and the Council is covering any production costs.

Sunday 10 January at 6.30pm
At the Victoria Theatre, Halifax

The Yorkshire Flood Aid concert will be compered by Christa Ackroyd and will feature a variety of performers from the worlds of music and comedy, including Cannon and Ball, Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, Jack Carroll, cast members from Emmerdale, vocalist Lizzie Jones, plus much much more.

Tickets are selling quickly and are priced at £15. All funds raised will be going to the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

For more information and tickets visit Yorkshire Flood Aid or call the box office on 01422 351158

Christmas day event spreads joy in Elland

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Staff and VolunteersSadly, thousands of older people in the UK spend the festive season on their own, and in Calderdale over 200 older people won’t have received Christmas presents this year.

Local group ‘Let’s just do it Elland’, sponsored by Elland & District Partnership and supported by a team of volunteers held a festive feast with exciting entertainment at Elland Cricket Club on Christmas Day, to bring festive cheer to isolated people aged over 65 in the local community which saw over 30 elderly people come together and receive gifts Dancingwhen they would usually celebrate Christmas alone.

Guests gathered for a three course lunch and enjoyed a traditional brass band, a singer performing 1940s and 1950s classics and many local businesses donated goods which added to the overall success of the day with 100% positive feedback and early requests to repeat the event next year already received.

Door to door transport was also provided in mini buses loaned from the Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax, driven by volunteers and a number of meals were delivered to the homes of those unable to attend.

GuestsElland & District Partnership is one of four community ‘hubs’ in the borough, established as part of ‘Staying Well’ – a project by Calderdale Council and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to help tackle loneliness and isolation in older people, improve wellbeing and create more connected communities whilst reducing GP and hospital visits as well as early entry into residential care.

The project helped to fund the event on Christmas Day, as well as many other activities this year to bring lonely people together – from lunch clubs and coach trips to IT training, befriending, exercise classes and many more.

Rachel Swaby the Staying Well support worker in Elland said:

“The ‘Let’s Just Do It’ Christmas lunch provided a great opportunity to bring together people on Christmas Day who would otherwise have spent the day alone. Staying Well supports and encourages events such as these within the local community – helping individuals become more connected and less isolated. We understand that people thrive when they have company and things to do.”

Cllr Simon Young, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Engagement, said:

“Loneliness affects thousands of people all year round, but at times like Christmas it can be especially hard, and having company and support becomes even more important. It’s heart-warming that as well as connecting people throughout the year, the Staying Well project has helped to spread some festive cheer this Christmas. I’d like to thank all the hubs and community groups who continue to help us tackle loneliness and isolation in Calderdale.”

For further information about the Staying Well Hub in Elland contact Rachel Swaby on 01422 392708

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VAC Training – Welcoming people with disabilities into your organisation

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This session is aimed at organisations wanting to improve their accessibility for individuals with a disability and will look at how your organisation welcomes and works with disabled people and will use the social model of disability to explore how even small adjustments can make a huge difference.

Wednesday 27 January – 10am to 1pm
At Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

The session will be interactive and will include some information about ‘a day in the life’ of a Can Do volunteer and by the end of it participants will have:

  • Considered how they might adapt their own organisations to be more welcoming for disabled people.
  • Started to develop a plan to ensure disabled people are really welcome in their organisation.

Click here if you would like to book a place

VAC Training – Devising Project Budgets for Bids

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When you are applying for funding, an integral part of the bid is the finance section. This session will help attendees be able to submit budgets relevant to your funding application and meeting the criteria of the funder.

Wednesday 20 January 2016 – 10am to 1pm
At The Outback, Jubilee Children’s Centre, Lightowler Road, Halifax HX1 5NB

This session will also look at applying for funding that will cover the costs of the project, not half way through the project realising you have overspent, or have not anticipated the full costs of the project

Click here if you would like to book a place.

Greetland and Stainland Ward forum – 21 January 2016

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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.

Thursday 21 January 2016, 6pm arrival for 6.30pm start.

At West Vale Primary School, Stainland Road, HX4 8LS

Agenda:

  • Neighbourhood Policing update – your priorities for your local area
  • Open forum – what matters to you

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum or contact Graham Gibbons, Lower Valley Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, Calderdale Council on 01422 288016.

Rastrick Ward forum – 18 January 2016

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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.

Monday 18 January 2016, 6.30pm arrival for 7pm start.

The Community Hub Technology Centre, Rastrick High School, Field Top Road HD6 3XB

Agenda:

  • Neighbourhood Policing update – your priorities for your local area
  • Open forum – what matters to you

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum or contact Mags Bryson, Lower Valley Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, Calderdale Council on 01422 288017.