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Outback Adult and Children Youth Groups

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The Outback activities are well underway and have been since July last year. The groups run every Saturday, 2pm till 4pm.

The sessions are educational in nature for all ages; including – family activities designed to bring the community together, promote social cohesion, service in the neighbourhood, physical activity and healthy eating. Meals are provided most weeks.

People of no faith or any faith are most welcome.

The venue is the wonderful Outback Community Garden and Kitchen.



Please click here for more information on the Children and Junior groups

Please click here for the Adult and Youth groups


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VAC would like to invite you to join the next cohort for the FREE ENGAGEMENT CHAMPIONS training which is open to EVERYONE in the VCSE sector- volunteers, employees, service users/members.

The training leads to an accreditation of individuals to help deliver engagement and consultation activities on behalf of the NHS West Yorkshire ICB.

To gain an insight into what it is to be an Engagement Champion and the projects you could be involved in visit the website.

Elland and District Foodbank

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Elland and District Food Bank is open on Saturday mornings between 10.15am and 11.45am at Southgate Methodist Church, Langdale Street, Elland. HX5 0JL.

There are many ways to support the Food Bank:

  1. Buy and donate food at one of the drop off points: Morrisons (Elland), One Stop (Elland), Co-Op (West Vale), Lidl (Sowerby Bridge)
  1. Drop off any donations to the friendly team at Southgate Methodist Church (side door) on Friday between 11am and 3pm.
  1. Donate money – contact Maria Neary on 07440 682614 or email:

Volunteer and join the team – contact Jo Miller on 07972 380716 or email:

If you know anyone in need, please encourage them to contact Elland and District Foodbank on 07440 682614 or email: or come down on Saturday morning.

Magic Moments Singing Group with Calderdale Music Trust

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Do you enjoy singing? There is a new opportunity for individuals to join a signing group with the Calderdale Music Trust in Central Halifax.

Magic Moments Singing Group

This group is for adults of all ages who want to sing for well-being. Coming together in song helps wellbeing and brain activity whilst being a great way to be social and meet new friends. You don’t need to be a great singer to benefit.

Three sessions have been scheduled :

  • Wednesday 15th March
  • Wednesday 3rd May
  • Wednesday 24th May
  • Wednesday 28th June
  • Wednesday 19th July

Each session runs from 1:30pm – 3:00pm during term time.

Each session costs £5 per person, this includes a barista-style hot drink for our café, Rhythm & Brews. Carers can come for free (no hot drink).

Please contact in advance where possible.

Calderdale Music Trust is working to support communities in North Halifax to engage in their new premises and reduce their social isolation. These sessions are for anyone who would like to get involved in some capacity

To find out more for yourself or to refer a client, please contact or call 01422 401260

Venue: Calderdale Music, The Old Courthouse, Blackwall, Halifax, HX1 2DL. On street parking, pay and display but free with a disabled badge.

The building is accessible for all. There are disabled toilets on both floors and a lift to upstairs.


Calderdale Lower Valley Friday Flyer 24 February 2023 – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view this week’s Friday Flyer

This week:

  • How the NHP is reducing its carbon footprint
  • Cost of Living available Support from Calderdale Council
  • Verd De Gris : Empowering Women to bring about Social Change March 3rd
  • Safety of Women & Girls Event Wednesday March 1st

Have a great weekend!

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You can also contact us on 01422 252 029

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Anti-Poverty Partnership: Cost-of-Living and Safeguarding

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Are you seeing more/greater safeguarding concerns related to the Cost-of-Living crisis with the children, young people and adults that you work with?Have you had to change the way you work, or the things you do, in order to help more people, or helping those you already support in a more in-depth way, in relation to risk and safeguarding?

We are aware the impact of the cost-of-living crisis is being felt disproportionately by individuals and within communities that are most deprived. The Local Authority Anti-Poverty Partnership has been working hard with communities over many years to mitigate the worst of the harm that poverty causes. However, we are all conscious that the sheer scale of this crisis means that there are likely to be issues that we aren’t aware of.  To help us all to understand the impacts and challenges faced by your organisation and the service it offers, we would really like to hear from you…

  • How is the current cost-of-living crisis impacting on demand for your service?
  • Are you seeing a change in the type of safeguarding support you are being asked to provide?
  • What challenges are you currently facing due to cost-of-living crisis?
  • What challenges do you foresee in the next 12-18 months?
  • Are you able to share any stories that illustrate the issues you are dealing with?

You can use the form if that’s easier for you to complete, but please feel free to feedback within an email to  

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Curious about podcasts? Join Curious Motion at Project Colt Feb 24th

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Did you know that listening to podcasts can be good for your brain? It puts it in a state of active listening, which for most people is an important skill for developing good relationships.

Talking of active listening… Curious Motion want to hear from you! Their podcast will be returning later this year and local people can have their say on how it might best support mental health and achieve their aims of reducing loneliness.

Whether you’re a podcast lover or have never listened to one before, please share your thoughts!Join Curious Motion this Friday (24th), 10am, at Project Colt on Elland Bridge. There will be cake and coffee to welcome you! The session will be fun and informal, lasting around an hour but feel free to come for a shorter amount of time if you’d prefer.

The session will explore ideas for topics and themes, and decide on a new name!

Not free on Friday but want to be involved? Drop Sam email and she’ll be in touch with further info.


Other activities with Curious Motion

Stories in Motion for children – back tomorrow (Thurs 23rd)Dance for Wellbeing adult evening session – Thursday evenings from tomorrowBrews & Grooves for people over 55 – returns on Tuesday 28th FebWelland Walks – accessible walks for wellbeing – start Thursday 2nd MarchRhythm & Brews adult lunchtime workshop – next session Friday 10th March