Young People

Time Out helpline for 10 – 19 year old now even more accessible

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Time Out, the Healthy Minds helpline for 10 to 19 year old children and young adults now offers a text service.

This number comes in addition to their existing helpline.

By texting this number, you can request an appointment or a callback to discuss your concerns in an understanding, confidential way.

The number to text is 07418 311736

You can still ring 01422 345154 on Wednesday between 1pm – 4pm to speak to somebody over the phone.

More information:
Project Time Out:
Healthy Minds:

NCS Programme 2020

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As you may be aware the NCS Programme will not be looking or going ahead this year as it should. That’s not to say it won’t be happening.


Yes – That’s right  it will be happening! We still want to UPLIFT SPIRITS, we still want to REMAIN POSITIVE, we still need our Young People to look FORWARD TO THE FUTURE and more than anything we want to work TOGETHER and support one another during this pandemic. It’s been a difficult time for us all and part of the Keep Doing Good Programme we are wanting to “give back” to our community, call it helping with the recovery of Covid 19.


The Keep Good Programme is all about getting our Young People together and getting them to use and enhance skills on a Programme that will help our community in the Calderdale area and help them gain skills by volunteering and getting there local community back up and running.


We would like to take this opportunity to ask for your help. Our volunteers would love to help and be part of the Social Economic Recovery of Calderdale……to get back up & running from this Pandemic that we are all in.


The volunteering that we can offer to your organization or charity will be throughout August 2020. So come on put your thinking caps on and share some wonderful ideas of how we can get our volunteers to make it a recovery to remember.


Please do feel free to call myself or Pavan Sembi on 07816297175 or email


Summer Reading Challenge 2020 – Silly Squad with Calderdale Libraries!

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Join the Silly Squad online! Take part in the Summer reading challenge, play games, earn points and unlock badges to show your progress!

The Challenge is open from now until September.
There are lots of fun activities and prizes to encourage children to love reading.

To join in the fun, visit: Silly Squad summer reading challenge.

For this challenge, children can still borrow from Calderdale Libraries online, see: eBooks, eAudio books, eMagazines and eComics.

And have fun!

The Youth System – Summer Holiday Club for boys and girls aged 5-13

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The Youth club is a holiday club based at Forest Cottage in Ovenden, in association with the OSCA foundation, running through the Summer 2020 break, for children aged 5 – 13 years of age.

The Youth System dates are from 20th July to 7th of August.

Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 16.00, open to both girls and boys at a competitive rate of £13 per day.

Due to the Government Coronavirus guidelines, the numbers are strictly limited so apply early.



Venue: Forest Cottage, Cousin Lane, Ovenden HX2 8AD
Enquiries and bookings: or 07568 263435

Prince’s Trust training with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service for 16-25 year olds

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Are you between 16 – 25 and not in employment or education?

The Prince’s Trust, in association with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service are offering an 8 week Free online training programme to gain a level 1 qualification in personal development and employability.

The course started on 29th of June but you may still be eligible.

For more information:

Call 07552 283640

or email

Safeguarding Week 22 – 28 June : VSI Newsflash announcement

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


Each day of Safeguarding Week 2020 focuses on different subjects/themes. Tuesday’s focus: Domestic Abuse and impact on children; Peer on peer abuse; Stalking, Controlling and Coercive Behaviour; Reducing Parental Conflict.

There is a dedicated Safeguarding Week 2020 webpage on the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership/Calderdale Safeguarding Adults Board’s website ( where you can find resources and events for each day’s themes and subjects. Please note, these materials will only be available on the CSAB/CSCP website for a week (22nd to 28th June). Please make sure you make full use of them whilst they are available.

The rest of the week’s topics:

  • Wednesday – ACE’s; Transitions
  • Thursday – Online Safety; Scams and Exploitation
  • Friday – Promoting Resilience; Promoting Emotional Health and Well-being

You can also view Monday’s themes: ‘Safeguarding is Everyone Responsibility; Kindness’ and other resources.



If you would like to provide information for inclusion in the VSI e-updates, please e-mail Jake Farrar:

Family Learning Team courses are back on! June and July courses list

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Sure Start North Halifax Partnership are pleased to be able to deliver the following courses to you at home.

  • Baby Massage
  • Baby Yoga
  • Parents and Baby Pilates
  • Parenting Teenagers
  • Top tips for remaining positive during uncertainty
  • Top tips for managing children’s behaviour

Download course list FLT online courses May and June 2020

Classes will be brought direct to you online via Zoom. Zoom is a simple app for your phone, tablet, laptop or computer. It allows us to still hold classes face to face but in a virtual space. Everyone can see and hear each other, we can still learn, laugh, smile and gain the all-important social contact that you and your babies need.

If you are offered a place on the course you will be notified by text on around a week before the courses is due to start. You will then be contacted by the trainer a short time later by emailed with instructions on how to join the session.

To apply for a place please complete the booking form below please remember places are limited. Our usual allocation procedures still apply. If you have any questions please contact


Course Application form
Download Zoom here

My Hero is You! Story book to help children and young people cope with COVID-19

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A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.

Download the book here

My Hero is You: all language versions

With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.

The book – aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

During the early stages of the project, more than 1700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world shared how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The input was invaluable to script writer and illustrator Helen Patuck and the project team in making sure that the story and its messages resonated with children from different backgrounds and continents.

In order to reach as many children as possible, the book will be widely translated, with six language versions released today and more than 30 others in the pipeline. It is being released as both an online product and audio book.

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