Young People

Resources for Children Young People and their Families in Calderdale

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The following list of agencies and support groups are here to assist children, young people and their families with a number of issues that may trouble them, ranging from health, social to personal issues.

Tough Times Reference Group

The young people’s Tough Times Reference Group works for Calderdale Council on the emotional health and wellbeing (EHWB) agenda. During lockdown they have been working with services across Calderdale on producing this  Children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing services poster.

Their intention is for every young person and their families to know about the different services, not only by name, but also what each service specialises in, to ensure young people receive the support that best fits their emotional health and wellbeing needs.

Open Minds CalderdaleWorry Cards on Returning to Education – created by young people for young people
Recently, 16 young people came together to create 14 flash cards for students returning to education. The purpose of these cards are to help decrease stress levels surrounding any worries or queries that students might have. These top worries have been selected as the most frequent worries that students said they would face on returning to education last September.

Everything is Possible Free Life Changing Project Abroad for 18-30 year olds

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Take part in a free life changing project abroad

Ever thought about taking part of a worthwhile project abroad, whilst developing professional and personal skills?

York-based non-profit organisation, Everything is Possible, are offering volunteering and training projects in fields such as:

  • Sport coaching
  • Dance
  • Animal care and outdoor activities
  • Arts
  • Social Work

These are 2 to 9 months projects starting from January 2021 and taking place in countries such as Greece, Aruba, Croatia or Italy.

These projects are free. They are funded by the European Solidarity Corps programme of the European Union. There are no costs to you (flights, food and accommodation are paid for you).

Who is it for? They are looking for young people aged 18-30, living in the UK and be confident and ready to try new things. These projects may be a alternative opportunity for those who have not achieved what they hoped for in their A-levels or may not now be going to university due to COVID-19 disruptions.

Over the past 20 years, Everything Is Possible have helped thousands of young people, to experience international mobility opportunities. This experience brought them intercultural awareness, raised self-esteem and help them gain competences they would need for their future, while for others it has helped them to get the job they wanted.

Visit to register for their next information session online.

YMCA offers Free School Uniforms

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The Halifax YMCA have a large selection of preowned, in great condition school uniforms, including shoes, uniform accessories and even school specific jackets and jumpers. They’ve everything you can think of to get your children kitted out. And what’s more, it’s all free.

We have uniforms for pre-schoolers, primary and secondary school children. Drop by at our uniform shop on Halifax, The Marlborough Hall, 13 Crossley St, Halifax HX1 1UG (same building as the Roller Skating venue, two doors down from our Charity Shop).

Have your children outgrown their school uniforms before wearing them out? We are always looking out for donations of good quality preowned school uniforms.

Donations are quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours before going to the shop floor.

Locala Community groups support fund open until October 12

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Grants of up to £1500 to support community projects and groups in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees are now available as Locala’s Community Fund is open for 2020.

Over recent years more than £60,000 has already been donated to a variety of community, not for profit and voluntary groups doing exciting and important work in their local area. These have included Scouts and Brownies, junior sports clubs and church groups as well as programmes supporting people dealing with issues such as dementia, social isolation, drug and alcohol misuse and disability, along with work to promote community cohesion and environmental programmes.

This year, the Fund is particularly interested in receiving applications from groups who focus on:

  • Reducing social isolation
  • Opportunities for young people
  • The local environment
  • Supporting carers

More details, including the eligibility criteria and online application form can be found on the Locala website here:

Application forms can also be sent by post, and any questions or further information can be requested from Hollie Scargill, Engagement Officer via

The deadline for applications to this year’s Locala Community Fund is 12th October 2020, at 5pm.

Make the Most of You! Online course starting in October, available to people 19+ in Calderdale

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C&K Careers have created a new online course of workshops, helping you discover your interests and strengths that can help you in finding the right job for you.

The workshops include a range of activities covering topics such as; Personality types, Learning Styles, decision making skills, mindfulness, techniques used to be kind to yourself and employability.

Sessions are aimed at adults in Calderdale, 19+ who want to do something different and want to find out what work and education options are there for them.

The sessions run on Tuesdays and Thursdays between Tuesday 6 October – Thursday 15 October, 10am -12pm, delivered over Zoom.

Internet access required and a digital device (phone, tablet, laptop).

If you can’t view the course description below, download it here:
Make the most of You_At Home Sept, Oct, Nov


C&K Careers
T: 01484 242000
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Art Competition for 3-18 year old from The Space @ Field Lane

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The Space @ Field Lane is hosting an Art Competition for children and young people living in Rastrick, with the theme being one of saying Thank You to the NHS and keyworkers.

The competition is open to ages 3 – 18 for drawing, painting, crafts or design.

The entries will be separated in the following age groups: 3 – 5, 6 – 8 , 9 – 11 , 12 – 15 , 16 – 18



Download the rules for the competition here.


Calderdale project wants to support more young people during these strange times

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engage a Calderdale mentoring project by Newground Together, part of Together Housing Group, is supporting young people to realise their potential.

The project run by a team of dedicated Youth Workers aims to help 8 – 17-year olds who are Together Housing residents in Calderdale. Through early support and help the project aims to help young people to realise their potential, develop self-confidence and reduce risk taking behaviour.

With the current situation with coronavirus, the team knows children and young people may be struggling more than usual with their mental health and risk-taking behaviour.

engage can offer you and your family:

  • A designated Youth Worker
  • Support to identify what is going well and areas that need a helping hand such as school attendance, positive friendships, confidence building and staying safe online and in the community.
  • A tailored support plan with personal goals identified by your son/daughter which should empower them to explore their behaviours and actions.
  • Support to access activities with their peer group and signposting to specialist services.

Samantha Harrison, Senior Sustainability Advisor at Newground Together, said: “We aim to start early when supporting young people in this project. This way young people have more time to start questioning previous risky behaviour and, most importantly, begin to see the potential in themselves.”

For more information you can:

Call: 07860 952814




RiSE Calderdale housing project is empowering young people

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A Calderdale Housing Project called RiSE is aiming to empower young people to live independently.

RiSE is a housing project by Newground Together, part of Together Housing Group, that is educating 16 to 24-year olds about the responsibilities of having their own home. The programme involves group work and one to one mentoring which aims to increase resilience, independence, and self-confidence in young adults to empower them to sustain their tenancy.

The programme offers:

  • A designated Youth Worker local to you.
  • Individual support plan focused on the skills needed to manage their tenancy and household finances.
  • Support plans are tracked and monitored to see how you are doing. They are reviewed every 3 months to reflect the support you need.
  • Group work and social activities so you can meet young people in similar situations.
  • Access to specialist services such as mental health and employment support.

To find out more about the programme you can contact:

  • Email:
  • Call Samantha Harrison, Senior Project Officer: 07860 952814
  • Call Stephen Bedeu, Project Officer: 07793 618769
  • Call Abbi McHale, Project Officer: 07971 802978