Young People

Screen Yorkshire – Opportunity in Film part time course March 2021

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How would you like to work in Film and TV production?

Screen Yorkshire offer five part time craft courses in lighting, hair & make-up, grip, costume and production assistant (scripted), which will be delivered by NFTS, one of the leading film schools in the world, in partnership with University Centre Leeds and Keighley College.

The exciting opportunities are open for people, 18 years old and over. They will be taught by industry professionals and include work placements and on-set experience.

18 year old’s will get the course for free and other people can apply for a bursary to cover the cost of the course.

Application deadline is: 18thJanuary 2021. 


Download detailed information here


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

Christmas activities for young people

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Christmas Themed activities on the Time Out website for young people:

Christmas in Care Homes

Christmas can be a difficult time for vulnerable people and in care homes they may not be allowed visitors over this period. If you would like to send a card, painting, poem or written message please see details for how to do that.​ The Time Out Project is re-launching their Care Home Project during this time and we can forward the cards. Click here to send in your card design…

Christmas Colouring Sheets

Download the pdf on any black and white printer, fold over and colour in to create your own set of Christmas cards for 2020.


Facebook: @TIMEOUTHM

Twitter: @timeoutcalder

OPEN CALL for LGBTQ+ Youth in Calderdale: Radio Project YOUth On Air

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YOUth on Air Calderdale is an opportunity for a group of young queer people to come together ad explore issues that are important to them.

Between December 2020 and March 2021 you will work together to create your own audio piece, this could be a podcast, radio show or sound art. You will develop ideas for your piece in fun, inclusive workshops and group discussion.

Your work will be broadcasted as part of a larger project alongside other groups of young people from the UK and Europe!

Some feedback from the project:

TimeOut Calderdale have young volunteers as finalists in the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards 2020. We are so happy for Gwynne and Hayley! The awards ceremony is online and will be aired at 7.00 pm on Thursday 26th November 2020. This award is awarded to young people who have demonstrated dedication and made a positive contribution in our Calderdale community.

Please see details from this project – also on our website :–updates.html

If you want to take part, sign up online at the following link:

Or if you just want to know more, please email Georgia- for more information.

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.

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


Christmas Crafts weekly online sessions from Calderdale Libraries

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Join the Discover Team online every Tuesday for Christmas craft inspiration.
The sessions run every Tuesday morning from 10:30am

  • Get crafting for Christmas
  • Gill Carpenter has lots of great ideas for you to try at home.
  • Using every day materials, fun for the whole family!

To join in, please visit Calderdale Libraries Facebook

To watch this and other Discover content after the scheduled events, please visit Calderdale Libraries on YouTube

Healthy Minds Calderdale list of resources for young people

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Healthy Minds Calderdale have put together a list with resources that may be of use to children, young people, their families and carers, as well as those who work with them.

The list includes Open Minds, TimeOut, discusses the effects of coronavirus on the young and offers resources for suicide prevention grants as well as some self help guides.

Download the list