Young People

Storytelling with Father Christmas

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Father Christmas is taking a break from his busy schedule to read his favourite seasonal stories to all the good boys and girls. Join him for a magical morning of storytelling in the big top tent at the Piece Hall on Saturday 22 December, 10:15am & 12:00pm and on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 December, 10:15am.

Recommended for audiences 1-8yrs find out more and book your tickets at £5 each at https://thepiecehall.co.uk/events/storytelling-with-father-christmas

Snow White at Victoria Theatre

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After the Magic Mirror declares Snow White to be the fairest in all the land the Wicked Queen is sent into a jealous rage. Will her friends be able to save Snow White from the Queen’s rage and will they all be able to live happily ever after?

Once again, the Victoria Theatre will have all the ingredients for a perfect family panto, with a dastardly villain, a hapless comic and a hilarious panto dame, as well as spectacular sets and costumes, fabulous songs and dances and bags of slapstick fun!

Neil Hurst is returning to Halifax for his tenth pantomime season, this year as Jingles the Jester and he is being joined by Jolyon Dixon as Dame Dolly Mixture and Felicity Skiera as the Wicked Queen.

Snow White runs at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, West Yorkshire from Thursday 13 December 2018 until Saturday 5 January 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices vary by date or seating position but Adult and Child tickets are the same price.

Did you know Victoria Theatre also offers an integrated signed performance and a relaxed performance of Snow White.

Snow White Integrated Signed Performance, Saturday 29 December, 5:30pm & Sunday 30 December, 1:00pm.

For this integrated performance, the British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters will be involved in the action on stage and take part in the performances!

Snow White Relaxed Performance, Friday 4 January, 10:30am

This performance is designed to be welcoming to everyone, and especially to adults and children who may feel unable to access theatre performances for a variety of reasons, for example: parents/carers with noisy infants, people who need or want to move around and/or vocalise during the performance, people with dementia, autism or with other complex access and inclusion needs.

Kidocracy at the Piece Hall

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Kidocracy is an interactive show on Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December, 12:00pm-1:00pm (doors open 11:30am) at the Piece Hall. It is hosted by Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow), appearing as Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all who gives children an island to rule.

They must elect leaders, write anthems, come up with rules and deal with all sorts of crises because running the world isn’t all fun, fun, fun – there’s stuff to be done as well.

This is a seated show and will take place this Christmas in the circus-style Spiegeltent – a spectacular round wooden structure from the Netherlands measuring 20 meters in diameter, lavishly decorated inside with mirrors, glass and velvet.

Tickets, Adult £11, Children £8.50 are available from the Piece Hall website.

Domestic Abuse – in Whatever Language at Whatever Time

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Have you or a family member been affected by Domestic Abuse?
Do you need some support or someone to talk to about the abuse?
Are you struggling to cope with the effects of family violence?

Christmas, for some families is a time of celebration, but unfortunately for some the expectations of being there to provide and support can make Christmas a challenging time. Don’t forget the Samaritans are always there to help you and can be contacted though our link.

Calderdale Staying Safe has published a series of guides to in different languages to support those who may not know what services are available in UrduCzech and Polish.

Calderdale Staying Safe, the Domestic Abuse Support Service has released a flyer that can be downloaded here and printed to give the latest information on how to contact them, 01422 323339 Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. The leaflet also includes the out of hours number.

There are also leaflets in different languages

In an emergency, call 999 or to report an incident to the Police, please call 101.

Staying Safe has a skilled, experienced and diverse staff team who speak other languages or will make every effort to find language support through interpreters.

This is a free and confidential service to anyone aged 16 and above, who has been affected by domestic abuse and who lives in Calderdale.
Support is available to people regardless of their sexuality, gender, disability, religion or ethnic origin.
Support is also available for children 5 years and above, who have been affected by domestic abuse.
There are dedicated male and female support workers.

The latest outreach sessions are;

Todmorden Community College, Burnley Rd, Todmorden OL14 7BX

(1st & 3rd Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)

06/12/18, 20/12/18

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Innovations Children’s Centre, Cousin Lane, Ovenden, HX2 8DQ

(2nd & 4th Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)

13/12/18 (No drop in 27/12/18)

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Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Rd, HX1 4NE

                Monthly drop-in on 1st Tues of the month 9:30am–11:30am (No drop in 01/01/2019)

Download the Calderdale Staying Safe Flyer.

Young and Want to Make a DIFFERENCE? Time Out is Looking for Volunteers.

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Time Out is a project for young people, created by young people to give a space to allow you to develop in whatever way suits you best. Fortunately, mental health is no longer a taboo subject and Time Out are recruiting volunteers to spread awareness of the help available for those with issues of self-harm, body image or self-esteem.

There are creative opportunities in graphic design, web development or or other media such as film and photography. On a more physical level there are opportunities in  sports, performing arts, music and gaming.

Perhaps even more importantly, is the experience of being part of a team that will help your CV as well as your life-skills.

Time Out is currently looking for volunteers who can not only develop their own skills but help others to do the same.

If you think that, with help and assistance, you could help others, or even would like to discuss without any commitment, then call Annie on 01422 345154 or email annie@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk.

 

Christmas at Eureka! Children’s Museum

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Eureka! children’s museum has been preparing for Christmas with a number of events coming up.

The Eureka! elves have been beavering away to get the museum more Christmassy than ever before, and the big guy in red himself arrived this weekend, ready to meet children in the snuggly grotto!

The Eureka! grotto has been named one of the UK’s best places to see Santa by NetMums, for three years running.

Elves open the doors from 11:00am every weekend, and then daily from Wednesday 19 December. Grotto visits cost just £4 per child, and include a small gift!

Autism-only sessions
The grotto is opened an hour earlier at 10:00am just for visitors with autism, and the Eureka! team can do all kinds of things to tailor your visit, such as changing the lighting and music, or even removing Santa’s beard (he’s magic, so it doesn’t hurt).

Festive Toddler Days
The next Toddler Days will be on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 December, when the museum is open the museum JUST for our youngest visitors.

There are no school bookings for either day but there will be grotto visits with Santa, extra early years activities, plus a brand new festive show ‘A Place for Winter’ all about a hedgehog and dormouse trying to find somewhere safe and warm to hibernate.

Father Christmas’s Grotto in the Jungle!

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Father Christmas will be in his grotto on Saturday 8 December, 09:30am–11:45am and 12:15pm–3:30pm at the Jungle Experience at  Manor Heath Park, Halifax HX3 0EB.

Take part in a Christmas crafts session (crafts aimed at children aged 3+) then visit Santa in his grotto and receive an early Christmas gift.

All ages (no unaccompanied children) – crafts aimed at 3+.

Tickets are £8.50 or £7.50 (Passport to Leisure holders) available from Ticketmaster.

16-19 Years Old? – Call in to C&K Careers for a Chat

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C&K Careers based at their public centre on Alexandra Street in Halifax don’t just offer help with your work and learning options, their door is open if you need support or advice too. Young people can drop in any time for a chat Monday – Friday 10:00am-4:00pm.

As a not-for-profit social enterprise, C&K Careers is driven by providing the best possible service to partners and their clients, rather than by making the most money. Any surpluses generated are used to further develop the services.

On behalf of schools, colleges, local authorities, prime and area-based contractors and employers, C&K offer high quality, impartial information, advice and guidance (IAG) services to young people and adults, together with related learning and employment support, and training services, which are outlined in the corporate brochure (1.25MB PDF).

Broadly, they cover:

  • careers information advice and guidance (IAG) for:
    adults (19+)
  • students (13-19), schools and colleges
  • young people not in education employment or training (NEET)
  • vulnerable groups
  • students with learning difficulties/disabilities (13-24)

 

  • Quality in Careers Standard for Schools and Colleges in Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
  • support to employers and training providers, including: recruitment and work experience
  • careers and labour market information
  • training and development for the IAG/CEIAG sector
  • ICT services.

Fundraising Ideas for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

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Christmas is a very special time for our families. A time to share magical moments and make precious memories that will last forever.

That’s why Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice wants to make Christmas as magical as possible – but they need your help.

Luckily, they have 12 festive and fun ways you can get involved. From donating to our shops, playing the raffle, volunteering or cycling to Lapland (well, sort of), there’s something for everyone!