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10th Annual Halifax Food & Drink Festival Saturday 1 July and Sunday 2 July 2017

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The Halifax Food & Drink Festival runs across the weekend of Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July 2017 for the 10th consecutive year. Bringing together the very best of the regions home grown local produce along with a taste of Yorkshire and the rest of the world.

The festival will take over a number of town centre streets (Southgate, Cornmarket, Russell Street and the Woolshops) with around 100 stalls and exhibitors promoting a vast offering of both food and drink.

Plus a live demonstration kitchen with local chefs and regional food producers onstage, showcasing talents and tricks in the kitchen.

For more information, visit: Halifax Food and Drink Festival

Identity Group for LGBTQ Young People in Calderdale

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Identity is an LGBTQ group situated in the Halifax/Calderdale area, formerly known as GALYIC. The group offers confidential support and advice to all young people aged 12 – 18 yrs regarding sexual and gender identity, home and school concerns, and all other worries they may have. They are based in a secure location in Halifax town centre that offers a safe environment for young people to meet.

Group sessions are held on Thursday evenings between 5.30pm -8.00pm.
Please contact them via email identitylgbtgroup@barnardos.org.uk or on the telephone Call or text Kate on 07867 644696 or Kellie on 07870 382440 to arrange to meet with you.
You can find more information on their website at identitylgbtgroup.com or on the Barnados site at  barnardos.org.uk/calderdale.

The group itself is run by experienced members of staff and volunteers that are selected with help of the young people, and that are all qualified to deal with and provide advice on any sexual and gender identity  issues. Kate and Kellie are our youth and support workers who run each session along with volunteers.

More information can be found in the new Identity Leaflet.

Identity is going from strength to strength, and has regular new members joining the group and are busy promoting their training in schools challenging HBT bullying.

“Revive” Re-use Shop at Brighouse Household Waste Recycling Centre

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Calderdale Council have a shop at Brighouse HWRC for the resale of good quality unwanted items. These can be donated at all household waste recycling centres:

 

 

Items we can re-use:

  • Furniture, home wares, clothing, bric-a-brac, sports equipment, tools and garden equipment
  • Stuffed furniture, such as sofas, mattresses, armchairs and cushions. These must have fire labels attached, dated from 1988 or later, whether indoor or outdoor furniture.
  • Children’s toys that display the CE mark on the toy, or its packaging. Showing that the manufacturer has declared that their product complies with European health, safety and environmental legislation.

Items we cannot re-use:

  • Due to issues with PAT testing and legal responsibilities surrounding this no electrical items can be sold. These items should be deposited in the electricals’ skip provided. Small electrical items such as hairdryers, toasters and kettles can be placed in your black box and collected on the kerbside collection scheme.
  • Safety equipment such as bike helmets, children’s car seats, life jackets cannot be sold from Revive.

All items will be checked to ascertain whether they are fit for purpose.

Atlas Mill Household Waste Recycling Site, Atlas Mill Road, Brighouse, HD6 1ES

Note: Pedestrians are not allowed on site to gain access to the re-use shop. You must park in the designated car park for the shop.

Fire Safety Advice from Together Housing

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In light of the fire at a high rise block in London, Together Housing would like to reassure all tenants and nearby residents of any high rise blocks that they are confident everything possible is  done to ensure they are protected and kept safe.

However, as a precaution, Together Housing are double checking all procedures over the coming weeks and will be re-issuing fire safety advice to tenants.

Together Housing has cladding on a number of its properties and, following speculation in the media, understand tenant’s concern about whether it is fire resistant.

In construction, Together Housing have taken every step possible to ensure the materials they use are fire resistant and the design safe. The details from the Grenfell Tower Fire are not yet known but Together Housing are reviewing this on a daily basis as details become available and will be keeping tenants informed through digital channels.

Read the full press release from Together Housing here…

Community Connections Volunteer Befrienders Information Drop-in June 21

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Community Connections are holding an information “Drop In” session  at Hamerton Close (sheltered housing), Elland on Wednesday 21 June 1 pm –3 pm for Befriending Volunteers in Calderdale.

We all know what it’s like to feel lonely from time to time, but facts show that around 1 million older people regularly go an entire month without speaking to anyone and their only form of company being the TV.

By visiting someone who feels lonely and out of touch every week can be so beneficial for their well-being and also extremely rewarding for you, the volunteer.

Community Connections follow a safe recruitment process which involves references and DBS check (free), all supported by a Yorkshire Children’s Centre Volunteer Coordinator .

They complete home safety checks and initial assessments with clients and introduce and match you with who you are happy to spend time with.

If you have ever thought of becoming a befriender to an older person for  company and conversation just 1 hour a week, someone local to you,  then please come along or get in touch with Jacqui Smith at jacqui.smith@yccuk.org.uk  or telephone 01484 519988.

 

All Aboard Community Transport for an Archery Adventure

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Ever fancied having a go at something different?  Why not try archery?

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Community Transport Calderdale have teamed up with the energetic folk at CI Adventures to bring you a great afternoon taster session on  Friday 14 July 2017.

Here’s the itinerary for the afternoon –

  • Arranged transport from local pick up points at Tesco King Cross, Halifax Bus Station or Elland Town Centre. (Times to be advised)
  • Arrive at venue – 1pm
  • Introduction and health and safety briefing – 1pm to 1.15pm
  • Archery session – 1.15pm to 2.45pm
  • Refreshments (Tea/Coffee) 2.45pm
  • Close of session approx 3pm
  • Return transport to local pick up points.

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This is a great opportunity to try something new!  This session is open to all – any age, any ability.

Price for the activity day – £14 per person. Includes accessible transport to and from the venue, the archery activity and refreshments!

Reserve your space now!  Click here for further details

National Cupcake Day June 15 – Alzheimer’s Society

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On Thursday 15 June from 11 am, Lower Valley Support services on Shannon Road, Rastrick HD6 3LD are holding  a National Cupcake Day in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s society to raise funds for them. A selection of buns and cakes will be available to buy and also refreshments will be available for a small fee. They will also be holding a raffle and 1 or 2 fun events. For further information on this event call Debbie on 01484 381200.

On National Cupcake Day people up and down the country in their thousands will be baking, buying and eating to turn up the heat on dementia – while having a ridiculous amount of fun.

We hope you can join us to help raise funds for this worthy cause.

For further information click on National Cupcake Day!

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