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Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge FREE Dementia Awareness Sessions

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Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge are running some free, informal “Dementia Friends” awareness sessions at Tesco, Sowerby Bridge HX6 3BN.

They will be held on

  • Monday 3 June, 2:00pm and again at 6:30pm
  • Friday 7 June 10:30am and again at 2:00pm

The session lasts about an hour and explains how dementia affects a person and how we can all help to support them.

You can book for one of these sessions by ringing Chris on 01422 706373 – or you can simply turn up on the day if you prefer.

Keep Up-to-Date with West Yorkshire Police Community Alerts

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West Yorkshire Police Community Alert is a service that members of the public are invited to sign up to free of charge. Once signed up members can decide on the type of alerts and news that they wish to receive.

WYP staff and officers will then post local alerts, that can range from crime prevention advice, emergency appeals and crime information.

The system allows us to target individual groups, for example to alert people who live within 100 meters of a burglary.

WYP see this as a valuable engagement tool to further improve the way information is shared in the local community. It only takes seconds to sign up at


When Panic Seized the Town: Calderdale Heritage Walks

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The summer programme has fortnightly walks plus extra ones including Bank Holiday Mondays.
No pre-booking required, just turn up and pay the Guide – its £3 (all ages).

Almost all starting points are served by public transport. Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed on walks unless indicated by the No Dogs symbol.

The next Heritage Walk is on;

Sunday 2 June, 2:15pm – When Panic Seized the Town.

A major outbreak of smallpox hit Brighouse area in 1892. You will visit the key sights in Clifton to retell the story.

Meet John Brooke at 2:15pm. by the War Memorial in the centre of Clifton HD6 4HP.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page to see any late alterations.

The complete Summer Walks Programme as shown below can be downloaded here.

We’re recruiting!New opportunities with NHP

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Early Years Practitioner Plus – Wellholme Park Children’s Centre
A post of Early Years practitioner Plus has become available at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre. The successful applicant must have substantial experience of working in an Early Years Setting.
Salary £18,135 Hours 37 Closing date: 7/6/19 Continue reading

Site Supervisor – Innovations and Illingworth Children’s Centre
This post is targeted at candidates with a sound understanding of Health and Safety and risk assessments, who also have substantial maintenance experience and are willing to undertake further training and development.
Salary £18,810 Hours 37 Closing date: 7/6/19 Continue reading

Early Year’s Practitioner Plus – Elland Children’s Centre
An Early Years Practitioner Plus position has become available at Elland Children’s Centre. This position has a minimum requirement of an appropriate Level 3 qualification.
Salary £18,135 Hours 37 Closing date: 7/6/19 Continue reading

Caretaker – Wellholme Park Children’s Centre
You will need knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety and risk assessments, as well as some maintenance experience including cleaning, …
Salary £17,363 Hours 30 Closing date: 7/6/19 Continue reading 

Active North Halifax Engagement Coordinator
From the first Sure Start Children’s Centre in Calderdale to the first Men in Sheds group, and lots in between. North Halifax is an innovative area with a history of successful volunteer and community led programmes. And you could be part of it …
Salary: £26,045 Hours: 37 Closing date: 9/6/19 Continue reading

North Halifax Community Organiser NHP – #LetsGetSociallyActive
Looking for the chance to mobilise social and community action in Halifax? We are looking to recruit a Community Organiser to cover the northern part of the town, specifically the wards of Ovenden, and Illingworth & Mixenden.
Salary £21,000 Hours: 37  Closing date: 10/6/19 Continue reading

About NHP
North Halifax Partnership (NHP) is a community-led charity with a purpose to support individuals from cradle to grave, and to carry out activities which relieve poverty and disadvantage, promote health and wellbeing, and strengthen communities.

We deliver children’s centres and family support services; a Staying Well service to tackle loneliness and isolation; the Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative helps people into employment and training, provides youth and diversionary projects and delivers activities that make the community safer, cleaner, greener and more cohesive.

Find our more at

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Holiday at Home – Bethesda Methodist Church 2 and 3 July

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Holiday at Home at Bethesda Methodist Church, Elland on Tuesday 2 July and Wednesday 3 July,  10:00am-3:00pm each day.

For £4 each day have Fun, Fellowship and Food with

  • Morning coffee
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea and cakes
  • Sing along
  • Games
  • Quizzes
  • Crafts

To book a place call Christine on 01422 256244. The closing date for bookings is Sunday 16 June so book now!

This event also involves members of Southgate Methodist and is supported by Elland Staying Well.


Adventure World Play Gym in School Holidays

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There will be a FREE Play Gym on Tuesday 28 May, 10:00am-12:30pm and 12:30pm-3:00pm at Adventure World, 2 James Street, Elland HX5 0HB.

This event is suitable for children up to 9 years old and there will be a buffet provided.

For more information and to book a place, call Field Lane Children’s Centre on 01484 386621 by Thursday 23 May.

Love Your Local Markets Fortnight

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Where shopping comes to life… at your local markets.

Calderdale is a place where there is a real buzz in the air. People talking, shopping, meeting friends and buying from local people they trust.

Calderdale markets are not like typical supermarkets where you get what you need and go, they are bursting at the seams with energy and friendliness. The traders are always looking out for new products to bring to our markets and many cook, bake and sew themselves, so you know you’re getting local quality at great prices.

From Friday 17 to Friday 31 May, markets across the world will be getting involved with the National Association of British Market Authorities’ (NABMA) Love Your Local Market campaign.

Now in its eighth year, the campaign celebrates markets being at the heart of local communities, with the theme ‘Markets – Close to your heart’.

Throughout the fortnight there will be an artist in residence at Halifax Borough Market, in association with Halifax Business Improvement District (BID) and Artworks, Halifax. Visitors will be able to see illustrator Louis Benoit at work, producing sketches and drawings inspired by the unique sights, sounds and atmosphere of the magnificent Victorian market. Shoppers are encouraged to come and watch, ask questions and chat.

Louis’ residency will be followed by a second artist and a poet, with the resulting pieces forming part of an exhibition in the summer.

Also at Halifax Borough Market will be a Record Fair on Saturday 25 May in the Albany Arcade and on Thursday 30 May the Arcade also hosts a Food Mixer Market, celebrating great local food and including a pop up from Halifax-based Darkland Brewery.

Todmorden will be hosting a ‘Foodie Fryday’ event on Friday 31 May, 9:00am-7:00pm, which will be a feast for the senses with a great selection of delicious food on offer, including fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, fine cheeses, jams and preserves, freshly made pizza,  vegan treats, Indian street food, sweet treats and much more.

There’ll also be special offers and tastings at other Calderdale Markets, including Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Brighouse and Elland.

Calderdale Council’s Markets Manager, John Walker, said:
“Love Your Local Market fortnight is always a special time at Calderdale markets. It’s a great time to visit, as in addition to the existing great stalls, there are lots of special events showcasing our wonderful markets.
“If you’re a young entrepreneur it’s also the perfect time to test out your ideas, with free stalls for young traders at our Open Markets.
“There are also lots of other incentives available, including free weeks and ‘trade for a fiver’ options. Get in touch to find out more!”

For more information about trader incentives, or if you’re interested in trading on any of Calderdale markets email

Community Cafe Coordinator Required at The Space

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A Community Café Coordinator is required for The Space @ Field Lane, Rastrick for 15 hours per week with a salary of £6,403.80 per year (£8.21 per hour).

The Space @ Field Lane Community Centre is a newly refurbished facility to establish and delivery activities and services in Field Lane estate Rastrick. They are looking for a motivated individual with experience of working and or running a café facility.

The Community Café will play a key role in supporting and developing activities and events and bringing people together at the centre.

Working directly with the Centre Manager

You will need:

  • Previous experience of running / working in a cafe
  • Experience of using kitchen equipment
  • Basic understanding of working in a community setting

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage day-to-day operations of the cafe
  • Train employees / volunteers on drinks preparation and proper use of coffee equipment
  • Ensuring adequate stock levels of supplies and consumables for café area, managing orders and stock rotation
  • Maintain updated records of daily, weekly and monthly revenues and expenses
  • Advise staff / volunteers on the best ways to resolve issues with clients and deliver excellent customer service
  • Ensure all cafe areas are clean and tidy
  • Comfortable working with members of the public, able to initiate conversations and provide a sincere welcome and enjoy providing good service


  • To ensure the centre has adequate supplies by communicating with the centre Manager.
  • Completion of timesheets.


  • To undertake all activities in compliance with Space @ Field Lane policies and procedures, with particular reference to equality and health and safety.
  • To carry out any other duties within the scope of the post.

The successful candidate will be offered opportunities for ongoing professional development and further training as resources allow.

For an informal discussion regarding the above post please contact Mags Bryson on 01422 288017
To apply, visit our website:  www . thespaceatfieldlane . org . uk and download an application form.

Programme Now Available for the ‘Welland’ a Festival of Joy

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On Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June, 10:00am-4:00pm will be holding a FREE festival dedicated to health and wellbeing at Wainwright Hall, 27 Jepson Lane, Elland – a Festival of Joy.

There will be so much going on from African drumming sessions to the closing performance by Elland Silver Band that the best way to find out what’s happening is to download the programme here.

To launch the Festival, there will be party at the Song Bird Cafe on Victoria Road on Wednesday 29 May, 6:00pm. The event is free but to gauge numbers please register at Eventbrite.

‘Welland’ is Calderdale’s first festival of wellbeing, created for the town of Elland and it’s surrounding areas. Welland helps people to live well for longer by providing creative and inclusive wellbeing-related activities that celebrate and bring together our community. The very first festival happened in June 2018 and it was such a success that it will be taking place for a full weekend this year! Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019.

The festival’s theme for 2019 is ‘Move Well, Live Well’ and it explores how much better people can feel by getting active and experiencing ways to live happier, more connected lives. It also has a uniquely global flavour, as Welland is happening during an international celebration of wellness – Global Wellness Day, which is celebrated around the world every year. This year’s Global Wellness Day is on June 8th 2019.

Sam McCormick, a professional dance and movement practitioner, runs a small social enterprise, Curel CIC, which is based in Elland and focuses on bringing communities together and enhancing quality of life through movement and dance. Sam is also a qualified complementary therapist to provide massage, reflexology and aromatherapy for Elland’s community. You may also know Sam for her work with Flamingo Chicks.

For more information please contact Samantha McCormick, Festival Director, on or 07740 366365.