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Lower Valley Friday Flyer 31 July – OUT NOW!!

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Lower Valley LogoClick here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

This week:

  • Get involved with the Halifax Men in Sheds project
  • Celebrate Yorkshire Day this weekend with events across Lower Valley and beyond!
  • Book your stall at the Boys’ Brigade table top sale

Have a great weekend and Happy Yorkshire Day!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing calderdalelowervalley@gmail.com

District Wildlife Assistant – Police Support Volunteer – Calderdale District

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Police Support Volunteer – District Wildlife Assistant – Task Description (MS Word)

Police Support Volunteer – District Wildlife Assistant – Task Description (PDF)

This is an opportunity for volunteers to support operational policing through the Wildlife Officer in Calderdale.

The successful candidate would be supporting the Wildlife Officer by assisting admin support as well as liaising with the public and external agencies.

We are looking for a volunteer who has knowledge of wildlife and countryside law and the ability to engage with members of the Police and public.

This role is based throughout the Calderdale District.

Closing date : 1st September 2015

Please complete the below Application Form and Vetting Forms and return by post or email to :
PC Alex Langley
Halifax Police Station
Richmond Close
Halifax
HX1 5TW
calderdale.specialsvolunteers@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Application / Vetting Forms

Please ONLY submit applications to the above address if you wish to volunteer within the Calderdale District.

Halifax Men in Sheds Launch Meeting – 5 Aug

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Imagine a bigger version of the shed at the bottom of the garden…

A place to pursue hobbies and interests in a friendly and welcoming environment.

And where you can enjoy a chat and a brew…

We are a group of men in Halifax looking for other men to join us in creating a place where we can get together to share and learn new skills.

Shed members share tools and skills. They choose projects to undertake and work at their own pace. Sheds can change lives, improve health and restore a sense of purpose.

Find out more about our project and get involved….

Launch Meeting

Wednesday 5 August 2015

6pm

At Threeways Centre, Ovenden, HX3 5SW  

Book at ticket here…

Men in SHeds

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For more information ring 07481 543 881 or  email phoenixshed@outlook.com

Voluntary Action Calderdale Survey

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Voluntary Action CalderdaleVoluntary Action Calderdale is currently reviewing its services and would like to make sure that they continue to meet your needs in the future.

Could you spend a few minutes telling them about your current and future needs by completing a short survey before Friday 4 September 2015.

Please click here to complete the survey online and feel free to skip any questions that are not relevant to your group or organisation.

If you are not sure what your needs are and would like to talk to a member of the team beforehand give them a call on 01422 431095.

Yorkshire Gardens Trust small grants

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The YGT Trustees have allocated a grant fund for 2016 to help projects concerning important parks and gardens in the County, both large and small.

The maximum possible single grant will be the lesser of £1,000 or 50% of the total cost of a project.
The grant may be awarded either towards the cost of one or more of the following:

  • A survey or environmental assessment, covering physical, horticultural, botanical, archaeological or historical aspects;
  • A management, development, restoration or conservation plan;
  • Restoration or conservation works;
  • The creation of a new garden;
  • The restoration of appropriate garden ornaments or statues;
  • The preservation or restoration of documents associated with any of the above or with an important person who has been concerned with Yorkshire’s parks and gardens;
  • The public interpretation of a park or garden;
  • A project satisfying the educational objectives of the Trust

For more details please visit www.yorkshiregardenstrust.org.uk

The Calderdale Cares Lottery

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calderdale caresThe Calderdale Cares Lottery from Halifax Rugby League Football Club is administered by Community Foundation for Calderdale and has been set up with the aim of raising funds to support worthy charities, organisations and individuals in the Calderdale community.

The grants programme will support local organisations that will benefit Calderdale residents.

Unlike the National Lottery, which is £2, the Calderdale Cares Lottery is only £1 a week to enter.

You could win one of over 40 weekly prizes with daily draws (Mon-Fri) of £100, a rollover jackpot every Saturday of up to £2,000 and £5,000 super draws twice a year.

A minimum of 35% of every pound will be donated to support good causes across the Calderdale area, which is more than the National Lottery and Health Lottery as they only donate 28% and 20% respectively. To join, click here…

If you would like to apply to the Calderdale Cares Lottery Fund, please click here to visit their website.

Small Grants Scheme and Community Festivals and Events Fund

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Is your organisation looking for funding for an event or equipment?

Monday 3 August is the next deadline for the Council’s Community Small Grants Scheme and Community Festivals and Events Fund.

Calderdale-based voluntary, community or faith groups can apply for up to £3,000 from the Small Grants Scheme, and up to £5,000 from the Festivals & Events Fund.

You will need to provide copies of your most recent annual accounts and an eligible constitution; if you work with children or vulnerable adults you will also need to provide a copy of your safeguarding policy.

In the past the schemes have supported youth groups, sports clubs, and community centres, as well as major festivals and events throughout the Borough.

For further information and application packs visit the Council’s grants webpage.

Big Latch On aims to break record

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New mums in Calderdale are being asked to get together for a world record attempt to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.

In a bid to get as many babies breastfeeding as possible, all at the same time in the same place, Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network and Elland Children’s Centre are hosting a ‘Big Latch On’ event on Friday 31 July at the centre from 10am to 11am.

The event is part of The Big Latch On 2015 – an international event organised as part of World Breastfeeding Week (1 – 7 August) by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.

The aim is to encourage new mums to gather and nurse their newborns in public, all around the world, to raise awareness of the breastfeeding support available and to help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.

During the global latch-on, mums will need to breastfeed their babies for one minute from 10.30am on either Friday 31 July or Saturday 1 August, and the number of women doing this will be officially counted at each venue. The current record was set in 2013, when 14,536 children were breastfed simultaneously.

During the event at Elland Children’s Centre, people will be on hand to answer questions about breastfeeding and how to sign up to become part of a team offering support to other mums.

Calderdale Council set up and continues to fund Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network to promote breastfeeding in the borough. It is made up of local women who have breastfed their own children and work as volunteers to support other mothers. They are specially trained and supported in their role by a team of coordinators who work with health professionals. There are currently 35 peer supporters.

Mums can get advice from peer supporters over the phone and at locations across Calderdale, including antenatal and health visitor clinics, Calderdale Royal Hospital and support groups and drop-ins at children’s centres.

Cllr Megan Swift, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said:

“The Big Latch On is a great way to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. I urge local mums to get involved and help send out a strong message that breastfeeding is a normal part of day-to-day life and support is available.

“Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. We created the Peer Support Network to boost the number of mums starting and continuing to breastfeed. In Calderdale about 80% of women breastfeed their newborns in the first 48 hours after birth, but this drops off to about 40% by the time the baby is six to eight weeks old. The longer you do it, the greater the benefits – including healthy growth and less chance of diarrhoea, vomiting, ear infections and obesity for children, plus reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer for mums.”

Bridget Hall, Calderdale Council’s Breastfeeding Peer Support Network Lead Coordinator, added:

“We encourage more people to come forward to join our Peer Support Network. It’s really rewarding. Mums who receive support from our volunteers tell us it helps them to overcome breastfeeding difficulties because they have someone to listen to their worries and answer questions; offer practical solutions; give local knowledge about where to go for more specialised help; and offer reassurance.”

If you would like support from the network, please contactpeersupporters@calderdale.gov.uk or 07920 466660. If you are interested in volunteering to be a peer supporter, please contact bridget.hall@calderdale.gov.uk or 01422 393480.

For more information visit the Calderdale Breastfeeding Support Network Facebook page or follow @breastfeedpeers on Twitter.