Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018

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National Neighbourhood Watch Week is back for 2018!

NNWW18 runs from Saturday 16 June to Sunday 24 June – where the national organisation will be asking members how the movement will continue to help build safer and stronger communities over the next three years and beyond.

These are exciting times for Neighbourhood Watch as they look to the future of this fantastic movement and how we can make the most positive impact on communities across England and Wales over the next three years.

The national scheme is hosting a series of six seminars in June and July to give members to help develop NW’s Strategy for the next three years.

Members of the Board of Trustees will be attending each seminar to present and facilitate the Strategy discussion and to meet NW members. The Board know how vital it is to liaise and consult with local NW members and is committed to doing this in order to build a strong Strategy with shared commitment from all stakeholders.

This will be a great opportunity to meet members of the Board, the staff team and to network with each other to see what has been happening in other areas and to have YOUR voice in the future of Neighbourhood Watch.

There will also be the launch of new Crime and Vulnerability Toolkits at these seminars.

Crime in England and Wales is changing and NW is providing new practical information and help for members to support the police in the detection and reduction of these crimes. The network of 2.3 million member households is a force to be reckoned with.

So NW are finding more practical ways to empower members to look at some of the crimes that cause such significant harm to victims and communities. A simple example of this would be that if you regularly see different people going into a nearby house or minibuses turning up this may be a sign of Human Trafficking or if you are aware of an elderly neighbour regularly getting people knocking on their door they may well be being targeted for scams.

This summer NW are going to develop a group of 100+ local NW Champions from across England and Wales at the Seminars. The Champions will then be able to share their knowledge in their local area so even more people can get the important information they need and act as a local resource to other coordinators and members. This may simply mean sharing the information contained within the toolkits, developing a local focus on one or more of the areas or running a local project if they or local coordinators want to.

Anyone – member, coordinator or Association lead – with an interest in gaining information, additional knowledge and the chance to share this within their area with other members and coordinators will be the perfect participants for the seminars.

The toolkits provide information on and cover the following areas:
• Domestic Abuse – which as we know affects all communities
• Serious Violence – particularly knife crime
• Vulnerability and loneliness – affecting more people as families become more mobile
• Fraud and scams – electronic and traditional
• High harm crimes – Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation etc.

The closest seminars to our area are;

  • Tuesday 26 June – Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish North Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester, M15 6BG.  9:30am registration, seminar 10:00am–4:00pm.
  • Wednesday 27 June – Royal Hull Hotel, Ferensway, Hull, HU1 3UF, 9:30am registration, seminar 10:00am–4:00pm.

More information about the seminars can be found at https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/national-neighbourhood-watch-week-2018/

Withinfields And Victoria School Reunion

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Barry Chapman and Peter Edwards would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the past reunions for Withinfields and Victoria Schools. Following the success over the last 2 years at Southowram Cricket Club with a summer venue, they are to return there for the 34th reunion on Friday 1 June, 7.30pm onwards.

To get there from Brighouse go up Southowram and turn left at the Pack Horse crossroads into Towngate and at the end of Towngate (bus terminus) head down Ashday Lane and the cricket club is well signed on the left.

From Halifax head into Southowram and at the Pack Horse crossroads go straight forward into Towngate.

The cricket club will have pie and peas available at a reasonable price but it would be appreciated if you could include in your reply if you would like some. The bar will be open and again there will be a raffle with some good prizes.

The profit from the raffle pays for postage and room hire and if you would like to donate a prize please bring it along on the night.

Barry and Peter hope you can come along and bring with you anyone else we may have failed to contact. New faces are always welcome including spouses and partners.

For more information contact Barry on 01422 256653 / 07765 307123 or Peter on 01484 985107 / 07522 450064.

FREE Fun Swim Sessions at Brighouse Pool

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Calderdale Sports Services deliver monthly fun swim sessions for disabled children & young people aged 5 – 18 years.

The sessions promote positive experiences, enable children to gain confidence in the water and assist in developing friendships.

The fun swim sessions will take place on the following dates at Brighouse Pool & Fitness Centre, Woodvale Road, Brighouse, HD6 4AX.

  • Sunday 20 May 3:00-4:00pm
  • Sunday 17 June 3:00-4:00pm
  • Sunday 15 July 3:00-4:00pm

If you are interested please let us know by contacting Debbie Greenwood who will ask you a few questions about health and ability to check whether further support is required for your child to attend the session.

Please also complete the Microsoft Office document iconFun Swim Registration and Consent Form and send to the email address below.

Please contact Debbie Greenwood, Disability Sports Development Officer for further details.
Email: debbie.greenwood@calderdale.gov.uk
Phone: 01422 341527

Brighouse Artisan Market

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Brighouse’s ever popular food and craft markets have a new look for 2018!

The Spring and Summer markets will now be focused on just one day – a Sunday. The first of the new Artisan Markets will be on Sunday 29 April with dozens of stalls featuring locally made food and crafts exhibited by Yorkshire producers and businesses.

There’ll be around 60 stalls across the town centre on Sunday – with a particular focus on amazing food. From regular favourites like Love Bread, Temujin and Luddenden Valley Wines to new additions Gintopia, Linley Hog Roast and The Candied Peel Cake Co.

The day will include the town’s St George’s Day Parade which will take place at 3.15pm.

The Markets are run by the Brighouse Business Initiative (BBI), a voluntary group made up of the town’s retailers and businesses, who give up their time and energy to develop, organise and manage the events.

A Summer Artisan Market will be held on Sunday 19 August.

Positive Parents – Confident Children

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Starting on Thursday 3 May,  12:30pm—2:30pm at Field Lane Children’s Centre,  Rastrick – this is a  4 week adult learning course around toddler behaviour and the science of toddler behaviour including tantrums, clingy behaviour, picky eating and sleep problems.

Learn how the brain develops and how to cope and have happier toddlers and parents.

To book a place call 01422 266197 or book online.

Rastrick Big Local – Voice Your Choice 2018

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All residents of Rastrick should be receiving in the next few days a voting form to decide which project they would like to win up to £65,000 in Rastrick Big Local’s 2018 Voice Your Choice.

The theme chosen by the Community for 2018  is “Children and Young People”.

The acceptance of proposals closed at the end of February.  RBL have spent some time going through all the great ideas and it’s your turn now!

There are 8 projects to choose from namely;

  • Phoenix Radio – Drawing the line
  • Illuminated Rastrick
  • Aye up Rastrick art festival
  • Bradley wood scout campsite and activity centre Challenge Valley Project
  • Sling Swing
  • Burnsall road play area and Rastrick Health and fitness centre
  • 100 Doorsteps – Rastrickians in words and images
  • Scavengers of Rastrick

Full details of every project are included in the voting form with information on how to vote with voting open now until Sunday May 13.

Alternatively, to find out more information and to vote online go to Vote Your Choice.

Rastrick Big Local will be having a stall on Sunday 29 May at the Brighouse Artisan Market where details of the projects will be displayed and the chance to vote if not done so already.

Field Lane Fun Day

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Fun for all the family at the Field Lane Fun Day on Saturday 5 May, 1:00pm-4:00pm at Burnsall Road Park.

FREE entry to take part in face painting, treasure hunt and other play events such as a bouncy castle.

Tea and cakes available. The event has been planned by young people from Field Lane Estate to engage different sections/age groups and spread the word about the Space project.

The Space will be open for visitors to view plans for the community centre and talk to the trustees.

Rastrick Ward Forum – Monday 16 April 2018

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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.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Monday 16 April 2018 – 6.30pm arrival for 7pm start at The Community Hub, Rastrick High School.

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

KITS Apprenticeship Open Evening – Thursday 19 April

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KITS will be holding an Apprenticeship Open Evening on Thursday 19 April, 5:30pm-7:30pm at Kirkdale House, Armytage Road, Brighouse
HD6 1QF.

Open Days are your opportunity to visit the Training Centre and meet with the Instructors. You will have you a tour of the facilities and explain how the Apprenticeship Programme works.

If you or somebody you know would like to attend the Open Day, please contact KITS on 01484 711462 or email info@kits-training.co.uk to reserve your place.

Remember – With an Apprenticeship you earn while you learn!

KITS was formed in 1991 following the merger between the Halifax and District Group Training Organisation and the Kirklees Training Association. The merger brought together two like-minded training organisations. At the outset, the aim of KITS was to jointly develop a Centre of Excellence for Engineering Training and associated skills in the Calderdale and Kirklees areas. This was enhanced during 1994 with the opening of a new centre at Brighouse. Over the years KITS has continued to grow and has achieved a reputation for High Quality Cost Effective training resulting in the need to further expand the training facilities in 1998. KITS is one of the largest and leading employer – led engineering Group Training Organisations in the UK.

In 2009/2010 the Skills Training Centre was totally refurbished with new state of the art machinery reflecting the standards and technology within local Manufacturing and Engineering Companies.

KITS has developed from an organisation that was purely seen as a recruiter of engineering craft apprentices and a means of maximising levy/grant returns to an organisation that is Employer Responsive, meeting company needs for both training and services in Human Resource development, Health and Safety, Quality and Standards in a wider range of industries.

William Henry Smith School in Shine a Light Awards

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William Henry Smith School in Brighouse has been Highly Commended in the Special Educational Needs (SEN) School of the Year Award category in the Shine a Light Awards for its commitment to developing children’s communication.

The Shine a Light Awards is open to schools, teams, young people and individuals who champion innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development.

Good communication skills are essential for learning and making friends. Communication is important and has a significant impact on a child’s development. This understanding is the premise in which Pearson in partnership with The Communication Trust, decided to launch the annual Shine a Light Awards.

William Henry Smith School has been Ofsted Social Care Outstanding for 12 consecutive years, providing outstanding progress and outcomes for young people aged 7 – 19. They work with children and young people across a broad spectrum of social, emotional and mental health challenges. They use knowledge, experience and expertise to help them become the best they can be. They also meet additional needs that relate to Specific Learning Challenges and common diagnoses amongst boys include ADHD and Autism.

William Henry Smith School operates residentially four nights a week from the school in Brighouse,  although there are some extended day places. Bespoke learning pathways are offered in a specialist environment. They provide a 24 hour, integrated curriculum with specialist sensory and communication intervention, exceptional therapeutic services and family outreach.