Young People

Drowning Prevention Week 2018 – 15 to 25 June

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The annual Drowning Prevention Week campaign will run between 15 – 25 June 2018. The campaign, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and this year run in partnership with the RNLI and Swim England, aims to reduce the number of drowning and near-drowning incidences that occur in the UK every year, by showing people how to be safe and have fun near water.

The campaign encourages schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities, to promote water safety education through events, lessons, games and activities, in a bid to make people more aware of the dangers of water.

You can download a copy of the Campaign Toolkit by clicking here!


  • Increase the number of children receiving water safety education
  • Reduce the number of drowning incidences
  • Promote local and national drowning prevention projects and initiatives


The aim of DPW is to get people involved in promoting water safety to children and young people.

There is a great range of activities available for schools and youth groups, ranging from classroom based workshops to outdoor PE and orientation sessions. All are available to download FREE from the DPW website.

All resources are available from

Family Fun and the Lifeguard Challenge Leisure centres and swimming pools around the country are encouraged to provide nine days of ‘family fun, challenges and fundraising’ using the RLSS UK’s leisure resources. Suggested activities include:

  • The Rookie Lifeguard Big Weekend – Have a go at the Rookie Lifeguard skills
  • Free ‘Save a Life’ Workshops – Learn how to perform CPR
  • The Lifeguard Challenge – How fast can you tow a manikin?
  • Free Swim Friday – Fun in the pool for all the family
  • Summer Holiday Safety Session – All you’ve ever wanted to know about keeping your family safe on holiday
  • Pool to Pond Taster Session – Find out how you can swim in open water safety

Key statistics

  • Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death in children, in the UK
  • Over 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year – equivalent to one person drowning every 20 hours
  • Hundreds more have near-drowning experiences, sometimes suffering life-changing injuries

Not a Box – Junk Modelling at Halifax Central Library

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Suitable for ages 4 – 10 this will be an exciting session on Saturday 30 June, 10:00am-11:00am or 11:30am-12:30am at the Imaginarium, Halifax Central Library and Archives. Inspired by the fun-filled book ‘Not a box!’ by Antoinette Portis. Just let your imagination run wild!

This is a junk modelling session for all the family.

Not a box is a beautifully designed book, celebrating the power of the imagination to transform even the most ordinary of objects into something magical.

A box is just a box unless it’s not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.

Inspired by the memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her brother, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes reality. Her simple, spare text and illustrations show that seeing truly depends on the ability to believe in the possibilities.

Book your place at Ticketsource.

All children must be accompanied buy a parent/carer.

World Cup Day at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre

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Wellholme Park Children’s Centre is celebrating the World Cup on Saturday 16 June, 10.00am-11.30am at the Children’s Centre with a FREE event.

Come dressed in your favourite football kit and join in with lots of family fun activities including;

  • Football coaching skills
  • Creative activities
  • Football quiz
  • Facepainting
  • Refreshments

Please book your place by calling 01422 266197. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

MUM2MUM Market at Lightcliffe Academy Sports Centre

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On Sunday 10 June, 1:15pm–3:15pm there will be over 30 stalls selling excellent condition baby and children’s goods at bargain prices. Well-known brands at a fraction of high street prices. Everything imaginable for your little ones.


**Buggies & Travel Systems **Stairgates, Toddler Furniture

**Home & Safety Equipment **Baby Carriers & Harnesses

**Moses Baskets, Cots & Travel Cots **Growbags, Bed Guards

**Sterilisers and Feeding Equipment **Highchair’s, Bumbos

**Trikes, Balance Bikes, Bikes and Outdoor Toys

**Baby Walkers, Bouncers, Jumperoo’s & Activity Centres

All great brands

**Hundreds of Toys, Books and Games including- Little Tikes, ELC, Fisher Price, Vtech, Mamas & Papas

**Baby and children’s clothes starting from 50p including (Various brands)

To Book a Stall go to Mum2mum Market Website at

£2 entry per adult (kids are free) also the last half hour of the sale is free. Ensure you come early to bag all the best bargains. (2-4-1 voucher available on Mum2mum website)


New Rights 4 Children Website

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A new website for children and young people living in institutions has recently been published.

Rights4Children was created by Article 39, an organisation which fights for the rights of children and young people (under 18 years old) who live in children’s homes, hospitals and other health places, immigration detention, prisons, schools and secure children’s homes.

The name is taken from Article 39 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This says that if you have been abused or mistreated in any way you have the right to recover in a place where your health, self-respect and dignity are built up.

Carolyne Willow, set up Article 39 charity in 2015. She used to be a child protection social worker and then became a children’s rights officer for children and young people in care and leaving care. She has worked in children’s rights ever since – for over 25 years.

The William Henry Smith School in Rastrick has been heavily involved in the content on the website, with the boys and staff providing a lot of input for the project.

BBCF – Builder Workshop (for children with ASD) – Sunday 10 June

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This workshop on Sunday 10 June, 10:30am-12:00pm is for children (aged 5+) who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or awaiting a diagnosis.

In addition, we welcome their siblings to join in the activities at Square Chapel Arts Centre (Cornerstone Room).

The Building Better Calderdale Futures (BBCF) programme is funded by the Short Breaks initiative and subsidised by Calderdale Council. The BBCF programme aims to support families of disabled children – primarily those with learning difficulties – with LEGO brick based sessions delivered locally in the district.

During the session the children will be provided a safe environment to access a range of LEGO brick building activities which can be undertaken at their own pace. Experienced Bricks4Kidz instructors will be on hand to assist and support.


  • Parents/Carers must remain at the venue.
  • A simple form must be completed by parents/carers to allow us to provide data to Short Breaks. No personal data will be retained without consent.
  • Parents/Carers are responsible for all children.

Tickets are just £3 but booking is essential at Eventbrite.

Washi Tape Craft Workshop at Central Library

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You may not have heard, but washi tape is decorative Japanese tape that everyone in the crafting world is completely fanatical about. It makes everything it’s stuck to look amazing! Meet Christina from Ikkle Dragon Crafts on Saturday 9 June, 10:00am and choose from an abundance of washi tape designs and create your very own washi tape letters/notebook!

Aimed at ages 8-12, tickets can be booked at Ticketsource for the workshops at the Imaginarium in the Halifax Central Library. Parents are welcome but not required to stay.

Washi is the Japanese word for the traditional papers made from the long inner fibres of three plants, wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper. As Japan rushes with the rest of the world into the 21st Century, and more modern technologies take over, machines produce similar-looking papers which have qualities very different from authentic washi. As of 2008, there remained fewer than 350 families still engaged in the production of paper by hand.

The Indian Elvis – Raising Funds for Unique Ways

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Unique Ways Fundraising Committee proudly present PatElvis at Cinnamon at the Mill, Victoria Mills, West Vale on Wednesday 20 June, 7:30pm-10:30pm.

Tickets are £20 which includes Indian buffet and entertainment and can be booked online from the Facebook Event.

Net event proceeds go towards the work of Unique Ways – a local Halifax based charity who help parent carers throughout Calderdale who have children with a disability or additional need.

Junk Modelling at Halifax Central Library

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Brush up your art skills!

Aimed at ages 8-12, develop your artistic side in the inspiring new Central Library & Archives on Saturday 2 June, 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm with an opportunity to learn with a top artist.

Mick Kirby-Geddes is usually found in his workshop full of the discarded junk metal of everyday life, sorting, cutting and welding the metal to create unique sculptures. Be inspired by this amazing artist and upcycle junk material to create models, creatures, robots – the possibilities are endless!

Tickets are £10 per child (£8 PTL). Places are limited so book now at Ticketsource to avoid disappointment.

Parents are welcome but not required to stay.

For more information contact Gillian on 01422 392638 or email


Cycling at Brooksbank Disability Hub

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Fancy some quality time this summer with your son or daughter and like the idea of getting fitter at the same time? If it is a ‘YES’ then this might be for you.

The Brooksbank Disability Hub is just up the road from Brooksbank School in Elland on their Hammerstones bike circuit.

Hammerstones is a safe, off road cycling track. They will even provide helmets and bikes if you prebook.

Dates when you can book are;

  • Monday 4 June, 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Monday 11 June, 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Saturday 16 June, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Monday 18 June, 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Monday 25 June, 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Monday 2 July, 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Monday 9 July, 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Saturday 21 July, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Qualified coaches will be on hand for each session at £3.50 or £5 per family (carers are free)

To pre book a bike or bikes and for more information please contact Corinne on 07960 425303 or email