Emotional health and wellbeing support for children and young people during coronavirus

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Feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the news around coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandable, especially for those children and young people who are struggling with their mental health or you have a physical illness. They may be feeling worried about their own health, or someone in their family, or what impact the virus will have on life as a whole.

Open Minds have created a section on Calderdale’s emotional health and wellbeing website where children, young people, parents, carers, family members, school staff and colleagues can find tips, support,  advice and information about looking after your self in these uncertain times.

Please share this link far and wide with children, young people, their families and colleagues you work with

Events Suspended at The Space at Field Lane – Urgent Coronavirus Announcement

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As I’m sure you are all aware, this is is a critical moment in the world. With the current situation evolving quickly, we must all do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. So today, we are taking the next step to protect the safety of our community by closing The Space @Field Lane Community Centre.

It is our commitment to keep our community healthy, safe and offer support where we can.
With this in mind, we’d love for you to help shape our community’s response in the days and weeks to come. Please reach out to us and share your thoughts – we’re here for you. We will plan emergency services where we can still help our community facing isolation or who may be struggling with supplies etc.

Above all, please look out for one another and be well. We’ll see you soon.

If you need to speak to us about your booking, please give us a call on 01484-556924.

Can you help The Cartwheel Centre in Elland get back on track?

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The Cartwheel Centre,

Elland needs your help

Since 1965 The Cartwheel Centre has promoted education, social welfare and leisure time activities for the benefit of the people of Elland. Whether it’s youth clubs and support services for our young people or luncheon clubs and reducing loneliness for our older people, we have been at the heart of Elland for 55 years!

However, last year was a difficult one. Due to a number of situations outside of our control, the centre experienced a very hard time and, if not for the dedication of our Management Committee, the centre could have faced closure.

However, things are now returning to normal but the centre needs your help and we are appealing for support from local businesses and individuals to serve on the Management Committee, or offer support in other ways.

Are you able to spare a few hours a week to help the centre upgrade and revamp to a standard in order to continue to be a great venue for everyone’s benefit in the town?

Until recently Youth Services have delivered sessions for local young people from the centre and there is usually a popular luncheon club. We would love to expand on the things we offer local people in Elland and need your help to do so.

If joining the Management Committee isn’t for you, could you support a fundraising campaign or be happy to make a donation?

Some of the skills we need to save the centre

Administration, IT, record keeping, opening and closing the building, overseeing contractors, gaining quotes.


You will need to be

  • able to commit to regular meetings and work in between meetings
  • reliable and work with integrity
  • passionate about getting a job done well!


If you would like to join us or would like to have an informal chat about what you could offer, please contact Joe Braithwaite, Acting Chair


The Cartwheel Centre, Temperence Building/Huddersfield Rd, Elland HX5 9DW
Tel: 01422 374533

Anchormen March 2020 Open Evening – recruiting new dancers now!

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The Anchormen Dance Teams are hosting an open evening on Saturday 7th March at Brooksbank Sports Centre, Elland from 5.30pm.

Come along and you get to see live performances from all 3 of our dance teams. All 3 dance groups have had a great start to the 2020 competition season having won all classes at all 3 shows.

The Anchormen are now recruiting new dance members to join their already very successful teams. Everyone of all ages welcome (Aged 5-25). Boys and girls welcome. No experience necessary.

Come along to the open evening on the 7th March at Brooksbank School and see what we do. Members get to learn dance routines, get dressed up, make new friends, travel the UK and Europe entering dance competitions.


Entry fee – 5p! Bring all your loose 5 pennies. We are running a 5p fundraising challenge.


After the open evening on Saturday 7th March, we are starting a NEW beginner class on Wednesday 11th March. The times for the new dance class will be 6-7pm. £4 a session (First session is free).


Check out this YouTube video to get an idea of what type of dance we do:


You can find us on Facebook ‘Anchormen Dance Teams or on Twitter and Instagram. Or you can email for more information.


Visit us: The Anchormen

SureStart Children’s Centres Recruiting Now! March 2020

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We are delighted to be able to advertise a number of vacancies within our Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation:

  • Senior Early Years Practitioner x 2
  • Community Early Years Practitioner Plus
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus
  • Early Years Practitioner

 Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 20th March 2020


For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at:

The Youth System – Easter Holiday Club for boys and girls aged 5-13

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The Youth club is a holiday club based at Forest Cottage in Ovenden, in association with the OSCA foundation, running through the Easter 2020 break, for children aged 5 – 13 years of age.

Running from April 7th to April 16th, Tuesday to Thursday from 8.45am to 16.00, open to both girls and boys at a competitive rate of £13 per day.

For enquiries and to book, contact or 07568 263435


Venue: Forest Cottage, Cousin Lane, Ovenden HX2 8AD

Children’s Mental Health Week – Help Shape Local Mental Health Services – Young persons survey

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Are you aged between 9 – 25?

Do you live or go to school/college in Calderdale?

If so, please could we ask you to take part in this opportunity to have your say on helping shape local mental health services. The survey is open from Friday 7th February until Friday 6th March 2020. Please find the link to the survey here

Open Minds


The information gathered is confidential, meaning we can’t identify you from what you tell us.

We will use the information to help us further improve mental health services
for children and young people in Calderdale.

We, the young people’s Tough Times Reference Group, have released this survey during Children’s Mental Health Week. This is to collect views from all children and young people on emotions and mental health support with the aim to help shape and improve services. We would like everyone who takes part in this survey to know its anonymous, and the results will be shared with managers of services that will listen and take these results from this survey seriously.


We hope to get a 1000 voices and would appreciate everyone’s help to achieve this

Thank you

Calderdale’s Young People’s Tough Times Reference Group


Open Minds Calderdale


Part of Calderdale Open Minds 


New workshops at Eureka for children with visual impairments – British Science Week

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New workshops for children with visual impairments

To celebrate British Science Week on Sunday 15th March we’ll be running FREE workshops for children with visual impairments aged 7-11 to explore the solar system.

Join us for our Tactile Universe workshops and use 3D models and sensory activities developed by astrophysicists from the University of Portsmouth to explore the wonders of space and astronomy.

Children will get to create their own mini 3D models of the solar system to take home. Find out more on our website.

Places are free for visually impaired children aged 7-11 years and their families but must be booked in advance. Places are limited, so call Trizia on 01422 330069 or email to book your place.


>> For more accessible clubs and workshops, click here <<






Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Tel: 01422 330069 or Visit our website

Would you rather kiss a jellyfish…

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…or talk to a friend who feels all at sea?

Surprisingly, for many the jellyfish is the preferred option.

But it need not be.

One in 4 of us experience a mental health problem each year.

It is not unusual.

It is not contagious.

A few words could be all it takes.

Time to Change work to promote discussion around the issues and preconceptions surrounding Mental Health.

It may be that the issue frightens you. It may be that it resonates within you for personal reasons.

It may be Time to Talk.

Visit Time to Change and find out how you can be the difference.