Paediatric First Aid up to Easter 2021 – spaces still left

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There are still spaces available to book on the following Paediatric First Aid training courses offered by Jill Webb Training.

The cost for the courses is £95 per person.

Places left – going fast so please contact Jill 07808277525 to book


Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 Jan (evenings) virtual

Saturday 30 Jan (9 – 4)

Evening sessions virtual

Saturday session Elland area

Tuesday 2, Thursday 4 and Tuesday 9 February All 1700 – 2100 hours Northowram area 1
Saturday 20 and

Saturday 27 March

Huddersfield area 6

Attendance is needed at all sessions for the certificate to be issued.

How do our clients feel we manage being COVID secure? (Feedback from 16.01.2020)

Good COVID secure (wipes, manikin each, prompt to wear mask, sanitiser, ventilation) felt very safe.

Course layout was fab – all COVID considerations and measures in place were very reassuring – thank you!

I felt perfectly safe despite being in a current pandemic. Thoroughly risk assessed by course provider.

Personnel equipment provided with safe distancing etc

Good socially distancing.

Very pleased with COVID measures – felt very safe in this environment and could see there had been more than adequate risk assessments made prior to keep us safe – thanks!

Some feedback from last year

“Very good course, kept you engaged and motivated”
“Enjoyed how hands on it was made it easier to take information in”
“Very approachable trainer and no question was glossed over – very informative”
“Trainer was very knowledgeable – excellent/related to experiences”

“The tutor incorporated some good examples to make the content and information easy to relate to” “Excellent, this was my first time training delivering over video link and had no face to face.  The instructions on how to use Zoom and emailed materials as well”. 


All courses are fully accredited by ITC First, the CPD Service or NUCO

SureStart Children’s Centres Recruiting Now! January 2021

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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:


  • Caretaker – 30 hours per week
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – 2 x 37 hours per week
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – 2 x 19 hours per week

 Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 27th January 2021

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

Winter Payments Available for Families in Need

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Message from Calderdale Council:

The government recently announced a package of extra targeted financial support for those families most in need across England for the cost of food, energy and water bills and other associated costs.

Read the Government announcement on Gov.UK here

We have contacted all families in Calderdale that are eligible, either by letter or email.  There is no application needed – funding will be awarded automatically once they have provided bank details.  All they need to do is follow the instructions in the letter/email and we will do the rest.

To date we have awarded almost £500k to over 4,500 families.

If you know anybody that has been contacted by us, please reassure them that this is legitimate and encourage them to take action.

Frequently Asked Questions and a link to the secure portal are now live on our website.

Is your child feeling stressed, worried or uncertain…?

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Open Minds CalderdaleOpen Minds Calderdale have compiled a helpful leaflet for dealing with the concerns and worries of children and young people.

It is important to remember that such feelings in children, as well as their carers, are normal and understandable in stressful situations.

The leaflet contains some tips and tactics to handle such stressful situations. At the bottom there is a list of organisations that may be able to offer help and support for the health and emotional wellbeing to children, young people and their families.

Download info : Is your child feeling stressed, worried or uncertain

Sure Start Activities to do with your children at home

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Are you looking for ideas to keep the little ones busy?

The brilliantly creative minds at Sure Start Children’s Centres have put a few ideas together for you to try.

Activities to try with your children at home

There are creative activities, messy play, healthy eating and even some educational activities to help with preparing the little ones for school and beyond.

Take a look, you’ll certainly find something you like!

In response to schools and children’s centres closing following the government guidance surrounding Covid -19 staff at Sure Start North Halifax Partnership have put together this web page to help our service users through this challenging time offering fun and educational activities including tips on managing your child’s behaviour through reward charts and other fun activities.

Santa’s Christmas Rescue – Online Christmas Show from the Victoria Theatre

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The Victoria Theatre has teamed up with their Pantomime production company, Imagine Theatre, to bring an online Santa show into the homes of families in the borough this Christmas.

Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a 35-minute live theatre show for children up to age 7 or those who are simply young at heart! It will be streamed from 10 December 2020 and for just £5 you can have unlimited views up until 3 January 2021.

The online streaming of Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a great opportunity for people to support their local theatre in such a difficult time for the industry and ensure live performances will be back once more next year.

There is also an option to purchase a ticket at £7.50, with the additional £2.50 going to Acting for Others, a charity supporting theatre professionals throughout the UK.

For more information and links to the download please visit: and please share this message far and wide so that families with young children can still enjoy some live theatre in the safety and comfort of home this Christmas.

Never Hungry Again fund open for applications – January 7th

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The Never Hungry Again campaign has this week launched its next round of funding, for organisations who are able to provide activities and food within local communities. A vital funding source for those who are struggling now more than ever with the financial impacts of Covid.

If you are involved in a local volunteer or community group, please do think about applying for funding and join in this huge movement of kindness.

The Never Hungry Again campaign came from Calderdale’s response to national calls to extend free school meals beyond term times. The aim of the campaign is to end child hunger in the borough.

This fund is now open for organisations to apply for up to £5,000 (up to £10,000 in exceptional cases) to support food poverty work in these areas:

  • Prevention – working with children and families to encourage active lifestyles, health and wellbeing
  • Intervention – providing emergency food services
  • Resilience – supporting a reduction in reliance on food support by providing holistic support services e.g. employment, money management etc.

Apply for the Fund here

The deadline for funds is Thursday 7th Jan 10am but early applications are welcomed.


Never Hungry Again

A community theatre opportunity by the students at Calderdale College

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How would you like to participate in an online choir with other residents from Calderdale?

Students of Calderdale College University Centre from the Performing arts degree are working on a community theatre project, wishing to bring our community back together in these trying times.

It’s no secret that Covid has unfortunately made it difficult for people to come together in the same way that they usually would and with Christmas coming up people are feeling more isolated than ever from their family and friends. Christmas can often be a lonely time for elderly people living alone and with Covid restrictions, it is already proving to be a much more isolating time.

The performing arts class aims to bring the community together with a music-filled opportunity for all the family.

They want to create an Online Choir version of two well loved Christmas carols, Santa Claus is coming to town and Jingle Bells, sung by you, the people of Calderdale.

If you wish to take part, video or record yourself, your children, even the entire family singing either or both of these carols and then send them your recordings.

If you are unsure of how you can record yourself or need some assistance, contact the performing arts team who may be able to assist you. They will be abiding by the social distancing rules, would not need to enter houses or come any closer than 6 feet to any participants and will be wearing masks at all times to ensure everyone’s safety. Questionnaires can also be asked over video calls or recorded and sent if that would work better.


These videos will be edited together into an online choir that will be available to all those in Calderdale and Kirklees. The end result will also made accessible to elderly people who may be living alone or in care homes, needing some cheer during this holiday season.


Families are also asked to record their kids (young and old!) answer some of the Christmas themed questions. These answers will be edited into the video alongside the music to create a feeling of togetherness.

Online Choir Christmas Questionnaire

Please remember to clearly state your consent if you wish your participation to be made public. If everyone consents, the video will be released widely on social media!


Please note the deadline for submissions is Thursday December 17.


Submit your recordings, questionnaire answers and consent to Kelsey

Create Festive Freestyle for 10-19 year olds December 21

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Festive Freestyle Drawing is an activity for children and young people to start their Christmas Holidays!

Join Zeke and Alex from Healthy Minds in a free online Christmas themed drawing workshop for an hour of very interactive and good fun.

The workshop is open to children and young people aged 10 to 19. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first booked basis. If the interest exceeds, a second session may be arranged.

All you need for the session is space to work, internet connection (and Zoom!), felt tip pens and paper.

The workshop will run over Zoom on the 21st of December from 1-2pm. The link to the workshop will be emailed to participants prior to the session.

To book and for more information, contact Alex on or text/WhatsApp 07516 030575.

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities free Parenting Programme

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Are you a parent with children aged 3-18?
Do you want to help shape services for the future?
Come and be part of a study to promote family wellbeing!

Halifax Opportunities Trust, Sure Start Children’s Centres & North Halifax Partnership are working with UCL and Race Equality Foundation to offer Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities free Parenting Programme.

This free, 13 week course aims to help you to

  • Build positive family relationships
  • Manage anger and stress
  • Implement effective discipline strategies
  • Gain confidence and communication skills
  • Understand your child’s development
  • Recognise and value your family and cultural traditions
  • Meet others and share ideas

The course is aimed at parents, step parents, grandparents and foster carers who have got a child aged between 3-18.

There will be two groups, starting on Tuesday February 2nd, 2021 at the Elsie Whiteley Innovations centre and Thursday February 4th, 2021 at the Holy Nativity Church in Mixenden.

Another course is scheduled for September 2021.

The programme is part of a research study from the University College London: The Together Study. This means that a researcher would like to talk to you before the programme starts and at three time points after the programme has finished. You will received £10 voucher for each questionnaire you complete with a researcher.

Part of the research is that parents are randomly allocated to either the group starting in February or allocated to a group starting in September. (The researchers can explain more about why) – a computer decides who takes part in the group now or in the group later and the decision cannot be influenced.

For more information please contact

  •  Noreen Safdar: 01422 434 980
  • Beverley Thompson: 07741671792
  • Julia Brierley: 07852174007

Programme details – A5 booklet Elsie Whiteley & Holy Nativity Updated version