Young People

Game in Mind 5-a-side football sessions for boys 14-17 years

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[Taken from Invictus Wellbeing website]

Invictus Wellbeing and FC Halifax Town are planning a new pilot initiative aimed at  boys aged 14-17 year old.

Football and Coaching will be led by Halifax Town and their professional coaching team whilst Invictus Wellbeing will provide its interventions through highly skilled and qualified mental health professionals.

Running three sessions of 5-aside football and peer led intervention sessions  between February and March (dates to be confirmed) these sessions will use football as a way of addressing issues such as anxiety, low mood, anger management and emotional regulation.

It is our belief that football can be an effective tool and vehicle for building confidence, self-esteem, community cohesion, resilience and importantly for this project, opening conversations around mental health and wellbeing.

For more info and to book, visit:

These sessions will run at the Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax HX1 2YS

Time Out network meeting to be held online on 26th January

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It will probably come as little surprise that we have decided to hold our network meeting online, as it feels too risky to bring together a group of people in an inside space at the moment.

However, we do hope that you will join us by Zoom for a shortened meeting on:

Wednesday 26th January, 10:30am-12.00pm

Although we will miss the coffee and cake element of proceedings, it will be fantastic to see you all and to share information about what’s going on for children and young people in our area.

We will aim to keep the meeting concise (as per agenda below) and, depending on how many people come, we aim to finish in the allocated time.We would appreciate if you could complete this form for numbers: 

Apologies if you have already emailed but this form is very short and is the online booking.

  • Introduction to meeting
  • Update from Time Out – new and existing staff
  • Activity for Children’s Mental Health Week on the theme of Growing Together
  • Update (three minutes max please!) from all partners
  • Next meeting date
  • AOB

Join Zoom Meeting on this link: ID: 896 0311 8938Passcode: 740978

With very best wishes

The Time Out Team

Also of interest:

Join Time Out Calderdale network and take part in our meeting

Invictus Children’s Mental Health Week projects

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Invictus, West Yorkshire Children and Young People’s Mental Health Charity have planned the following for Children’s Mental Health Week 2022.
Phoenix Radio – daily recordings from young people talking about what enables them to grow and how they support others grow
Trinity Academy, Project Challenge, Calderdale College- ALSO National geographic editor Tim Herbert volunteered for Invictus and he will be interviewed by young people.
Orange Box – Project Challenge are creating a display to promote Mental Health Week which will be on social media.

Join Time Out Calderdale network and take part in our meeting

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If you work in any way with children and young adults in Calderdale, you may want to join the Time Out network, an organisation looking after the health and wellbeing of young people in our region.

There are plans for a meeting, inviting all the contacts of the Time Out network network.

The date has provisionally been set as Wednesday 26th January, 10:30-12:30.

Depending on the Covid situation, this meeting may be face-to-face at the Orange Box, or online, or a bit of both. Whichever way it goes, it will be great to come together and talk about what’s happening for young people in Calderdale.

The meeting will focus around Children’s Mental Health Week, which falls the week after and has a theme of Growing Together.

Time Out network meetings are unique, in that they bring together everyone who provides a service or activity for 10-19 year olds, whether that be a theatre, a support service or a local football club. It’s been fantastic to watch connections being made over the years, and unlikely partnerships forming which extend opportunities for young people. Sadly, these meetings have been a casualty of the pandemic and we’re really excited to be welcoming you back.

We also have several new team members, who are looking forward to meeting you all. Please let us know if you will be able to attend, and we’ll send you an agenda and more information nearer the time.

Please visit Time Out Calderdale for contact information.

Santa-gram campaign brings Christmas cheer once more to Calderdale!

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Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale’s second Santa-gram campaign has been a great success, spreading Christmas cheer to elderly people across the local area.

Launched in November, Home Instead’s Santa-gram campaign reached out to primary schools across Calderdale to ask school children to create a special Christmas card or letter for an elderly person this Christmas.

Most of our elderly population have experienced isolation and loneliness this year due to COVID-19, with many continuing to isolate over the Christmas period.

The home care company, which provides companionship, housekeeping and personal care to people in their own homes was overwhelmed by the result. They had seventeen local schools and one after school club sign up to the campaign, receiving 1452 Christmas cards which were all decorated, or hand drawn by children from ages four to 11.

They also received a further 389 items including bookmarks, letters, pictures, decorations and riddles, to be distributed along with their cards.

Morrison’s supermarket in Elland, Halifax and Kershaws Garden Centre in Brighouse also got involved, with customers donating presents to the campaign.

The Santa-grams were packed into envelopes and delivered along with the presents to assisted living facilities, churches and community groups including Memory Lane and Riverside Dementia Cafés, Age UK, Halifax Blind Society, the Royal British Legion and Making Space – the carer’s wellbeing service.

The company also teamed up with local pharmacies who helped to distribute the Santa-grams to their network of customers that receive home delivery of their medication.

A local resident phoned in after receiving her Santa-gram to say:

“Thank you for our lovely Christmas surprise.  It was so kind of you to take the time making them for us. I am sending you a photo of your decorations in house they are lovely.”

“Lovely Christmas card delivered by my local pharmacy.  It was beautiful and really made my day.”

Munaf Patel, Director at Home Instead Calderdale said:

“Since the reopening from lockdown in July, many of the community groups which serve the elderly have still not restarted their meetings and as result a lot of older people are missing out on the companionship, care and love that many of us simply take for granted.  We wanted to do something to help out and this is a nice way to bring two different generations together.”


John and Margaret Avison receiving their Santa-gram from Home Instead.


Arthur Butler, aged 100 receiving his Santa-gram from Home Instead

Santa-Grams ready to be packed

 To find out more about Home Instead Calderdale and the home care services they provide, including live-in care, please call 01422 292424 or visit

Time Out Christmas Fun Days at the Orange Box

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The weather outside is frightful, but our festive kid’s activities are so delightful!

We are back at Orange Box on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st December with lots of fun, FREE activities!
Check out the full schedule of activities for our festive fun days, and book for individual workshops via the link:
Or find out more about individual workshops at our website:

Join the fun this winter and enjoy a Healthy Holiday!

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This Winter, during the December school holidays, children and young people across Calderdale who are eligible for free school meals are getting the chance to access free holiday club places through our Healthy Holidays Calderdale programme.

The scheme provides enjoyable activities and nutritious meals for primary and secondary school-aged children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. We are developing inclusive places as part of Healthy Holiday provision.

Visit Healthy Holidays for more information, contacting providers and booking your place

You can contact the team via email at

Click here to download flyer

Eat, Learn and Play with the Panthers Family Dec 20-23

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Halifax Panthers invite you to join them in an action packed three day Christmas events, at the Shay Stadium in Halifax.

You will have the chance to play Rugby, Football, Cricket, Dodgeball and New Age Curling.

All attendees will receive a hot meal as well as health and nutrition information and much more!

You can book your tickets through the Halifax Panthers Shop

The Halifax Panthers


Foster for Calderdale and make a difference

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“Our foster child is becoming a smashing little boy. We’ve been able to help him become a young man with a fantastic character who is developing crucial life skills.”

The Council is calling for more foster carers following a significant reduction in the number of people coming forward during the pandemic. The latest round of its fostering campaign is underway, with social media posts and advertising around Calderdale encouraging people to ask about fostering.

Foster carers are needed to care for children and young people of all ages, and this could be the perfect way to rethink your career or work-life balance and make a difference to a young person’s life.

Tyrone and Adam from Calderdale became foster carers in January 2021 and are encouraging others to come forward as part of the Council’s autumn fostering campaign.

Tyrone and Adam’s story

Tyrone and Adam, Calderdale foster carers
Tyrone and Adam, Calderdale foster carers

Tyrone Fletcher and Adam Holmes from Calderdale have been fostering with the Council for 10 months.

They say:

“Fostering allows us to potentially support many children across the course of a lifetime, providing a loving and stable home environment which will hopefully enable them to achieve much more in life than they ever expected.

“The support we have had from not only our social worker, but the whole team of professionals supporting our current foster child, has been fantastic.

“We have attended many training courses to ensure that we’re able and ready to handle any potential challenges that we might face while looking after a child who might have suffered trauma.

“Our foster child is becoming a smashing little boy. Previously he struggled with basic life skills, and we’ve been able to help him become a young man with a fantastic character who is developing crucial skills.

“Anyone considering a role as a foster carer should submit an expression of interest form and have initial conversations with the fostering team. From there we would recommend reaching out to a couple of foster carers within your area to get a real feel for how fostering is different for everyone.”

Foster carers across the borough are helping children and young people to make new memories. You can too.

Fostering with the Council comes with many benefits and support every step of the way, including generous financial allowances, extensive training and development, one-to-one help, local support groups, a close community of foster carers and free gym and swim membership for all the family in the fostering household.

Cllr Adam Wilkinson, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said:

“Stories like Tyrone and Adam’s show that fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience. Being a foster carer helps to give a child or young person a safe, stable and loving family home, and the care and support they need to learn, grow and build a positive future in their local community.

“Please get in touch with our friendly fostering team to find out more about the rewards of being a foster carer with the Council.”


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Autumn Happiness from Curious Motion

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Wow, what an Autumn we’ve had so far at Curious Motion!

Classes are back in motion in Elland, including new offerings and new people! It’s been a joy to meet everyone and re-connect in-person with those of you who have been with us for a while. Recent weeks have also been very exciting, including an award nomination!

How is your Autumn feeling? Read on for ways to stay connected and keep moving through the colder months.

Much love

Sam x

November & December classes – booking open!

Our classes are back in full swing (literally!) and we have new blocks starting very soon – places are limited so book quickly!

MONDAYSMovement for Wellbeing On Zoom, 6.30pm – 7.30pm15th November until 13th December Pay as you feelA relaxed and informal session exploring a series of seated and standing exercises, focusing on overall wellbeing, stability, and relaxation. For adults of all ages.



TUESDAYSBrews & GroovesSouthgate Church, Elland. HX5 0JL10am – 11.30am16th November until 14th DecemberPay as you feelA fun and informal dance session for people over 55, followed by time to chat over a brew!




THURSDAYS:Dance for WellbeingReturns this week!The Space @ Field Lane, Rastrick. HD6 3JT6pm – 7.30pm11th – 18th Nov | 2nd – 16th DecFREE for public & voluntary sector workers. Part of the Calderdale Cares 4 Us project.



FRIDAYS:Rhythm & BrewsSouthgate Church, Elland, HX5 0JL12pm – 1.30pm12th until 26th NovemberFREEJust three weeks left of our popular music and movement session! This is an accessible session for adults of all ages – come and join us!



“I highly recommend it to everyone who might want to try something new – it was just what I needed in a difficult time. You will be warmly welcomed, gently encouraged and you will leave each session feeling so much lighter!Don’t worry about your ability level, everyone is catered for.”

– Dance for Wellbeing participant

We’re a finalist!

We are over the moon to have made the finals in the Arts & Culture category of the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards! A huge thank you to everyone who nominated us and congratulations to all the finalists, we’re honoured to be on the list! We’ll find out if we’ve won on the 25th November – keep everything crossed!

Measuring happiness through creativity

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our fantastic new project:Elland’s Happiness Lab – the first measure of happiness in a small town in the UK through the arts! Running from now until summer 2022, Elland’s Happiness Lab will explore what happiness means to the people of Elland and the lower valley in Calderdale, through a programme of accessible creative activity.  There’ll be drawing, writing, dancing, singing and more! Plus, stories and experiences from the project will be documented in a very special series of films. Keep an eye out for more information to hit your inbox soon! Huge thanks to Fiona Woodhead of Fi & Becs for our lovely Happiness Lab logo and to The National Lottery Community Fund for supporting this project.

Sam recommends…

To celebrate the start of Elland’s Happiness Lab, I thought I’d share some of my own favourite happiness resources:Action for Happiness – a wealth of ideas and support to take action on happiness for yourself and the world around you. Their theme this month is ‘New Ways November’ – trying something new is great for happiness!World Happiness Report – one for those of you who like your statistics and research! The World Happiness Report is a publication by the United Nations, written by independent experts and containing articles and rankings of national happiness around the world.The Happiness Frequency – did you know that music tuned to specific frequencies can help manage anxiety, pain, sleep and more? Here’s a favourite playlist.

Hope to see you soon!Sam and the team at Curious Motion x

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