Young People

Roller Skating at Half Term at Halifax YMCA

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Attention All Skaters! YMCA Halifax, Crossley Street, Halifax are holding Skating Schools on both Wednesday 20 February, 2:00pm-3:30pm and Friday 22 February, 2:00pm-3:30pm. For just £5 (including skate hire), qualified coaches will show you how to stop, turn and skate backwards.

Booking is essential on 01422 353626.

Riding for the Disabled Coffee Morning

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During half term, the Calderdale Riding for the Disabled Group will be holding a coffee morning on Friday 22 February, 10:30am-12:00pm at Meadow View Stables, Cow Hill Gate Lane, Ogden HX2 9PB.

Calderdale RDA are looking for volunteers from spring in the role of sidewalkers and leaders so this would give you a chance to meet the team and look around.

Volunteer Role Description – Side Walkers and Leaders

Purpose of Role: To support the session coach and encourage the participants to have a safe and enjoyable time.

Main Activities/Tasks: Help preparing for sessions by gathering equipment, grooming kits and tack Be able to help and encourage the children whilst grooming, tacking up. Communicate the coaches’ instructions to the child in words and demonstration.

Qualities and Skills: You will need to be caring, confident, capable and use common sense.
Be reasonably fit and able to work as a team. Be able to take instructions and respond straight away.

Any experience with horses or in a caring role with people will be useful but not essential. A kind, empathetic nature with a desire to be involved is great.

Allergies or fear of horses will be a barrier to this role

Training Provision: Meet, greet and familiarisation app. 2 hours
Half hour before start of each session

Availability needed: The group runs Spring to Autumn. The exact days for 2019 tbc

For more information email

Paediatric First Aid Course at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre

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There will be a Paediatric First Aid Course at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre over 4 weeks starting Thursday 7 March, 6:00pm-9:00pm.

4 weeks learning will lead to a Level 3 award in Paediatric First Aid, learners will gain the knowledge in dealing with first aid situations for example choking, CPR and shock.  Learners must attend the full 12 hours to gain the accreditation.

There are a limited number of places available to book your place on the Sure Start Children’s Centres website.

For further information call 01422 266197.

Half Term Hullabaloo at Eureka! Children’s Museum

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Eureka! children’s museum will be holding a Half Term Hullabaloo from Saturday 16 February to Sunday 24 February. They will be opening earlier, from 9:30am and have some extra activities.

The folk from Noisy Toys will be there all week, in fact they’re moving into the Theatre along with the Acousatron – a complex, ever-changing soundspace that you can control.

The Acousatron amplifies acoustic sounds from everyday objects, and salvaged instrument form the core of this monstrous mechanical-electromagnetic-acoustic noise-engine. Noisy by name, noisy by nature!

Also – watch out for the squirrels!

Fool’s Paradise are bringing a couple of their furry, inquisitive friends The Nutkins! These larger-than-life, cute critters will be out and about meeting visitors from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February, so hang on to your packed lunches!

Play and Learn Sensory Groups in Dewsbury for Children with Sensory Impairments

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Hutchinson Deafblind Trust have planned some more PAL sessions for pre-school children with sensory impairments:

1. A one off drop in session for the Preschool sensory group on Friday 1 February 2019

2. A block of 6 sessions starting Friday 1 March to Friday 5 April 2019. The dates are:
Friday 1 , 8, 15, 22 & 29 March 2019
Friday 5 April 2019

All sessions will be running at Sensory World, 101 Old Westgate, Dewsbury WF13 1NB from from 10:30am-11:45am.

These are FREE sessions run by specialists in sensory impairment. It is an opportunity to have fun and support the child’s learning through play and to meet other parents too.

There’s also a parent training morning coming up on Friday 15 February, 9:30am-12:00pm at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre, Victoria Road, Brighouse HD6 4DX.

Please call 07707 586845 or email to book a place.

Sensory World Play Centre is for everyone – including disadvantaged children who can discover new things in the world. Happy faces are the best incentive.


Children’s Mental Health Week 4-10 February 2019

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This Children’s Mental Health Week, Place2Be will be taking steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out.

Place2Be is encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and their minds – and you can join in!

It doesn’t have to be difficult. Our bodies and minds are connected, so simple things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing too.

When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep.

However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too.

Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.

We know from our work in schools that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Whether you’re someone who works with children, a parent or carer, passionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be you can get involved and help us reach as many people as possible.

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.

They currently provide mental health support in 294 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales, reaching 142,000 children and young people.

Last year, 232 schools took part in an in-depth ‘Mental Health Champions’ programmes, equipping school leaders, teachers and staff with the skills and confidence to support pupils’ mental health.

1,044 child counsellors took part in training – from introductory sessions to our Masters programme, building an ever-growing body of professionals who specialise in working with children and young people.

Dress Down Day Supporting Calderdale SmartMove

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On Friday 15 February, the day after Valentine’s Day, 11 schools from around the borough will be taking part in a dress down day Smartmove are calling ‘Share Some Love’. They would love it if businesses and individuals around Calderdale would join in.

The aim of the initiative is to raise the awareness of the acute issue of homelessness. The objective is to support those either homeless or vulnerably housed across Calderdale, the most disadvantaged across our Borough.

Martin Moorman, Head Teacher of Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College is the mastermind behind this event. Martin had this to say: “I believe that collectively we could make a very strong local statement. Most importantly a great local cause benefits significantly for no real effort.”

“Through the most simple of actions, we can make a huge difference to the 180+ clients that SmartMove support in Calderdale. We can’t necessarily solve all their problems, but our communities can tell them that we care and ‘Share some love’ on the day after Valentine’s Day.”

Students will pay £1 for the privilege of no uniform and all proceeds will go to Calderdale SmartMove. We would love it if individuals within businesses and Calderdale would do the same.

Throughout the day on the 15th Feb we will be posting on social media using the hashtag #ShareSomeLove please feel free to join in on this hashtag. A great chance to talk with the local community and share your involvement in the cause.

Who’s already involved

Here’s a list of schools that are already participating in this amazing event:
• William Henry Smith
• Crossley Heath
• Calderdale College
• The Calderdale Pupil Referral Unit
• Ryburn Valley High School
• Copley Primary
• St Chads Primary
• Ripponden Junior and Infant
• Ravenscliffe High School
• Brighouse High
• Christ Church Pellon Primary

How this will help

Homelessness is an ever increasing issue and is openly visible to anyone walking down any city or town street. Calderdale SmartMove has an extensive track record of helping vulnerable groups across the borough with 96% of clients maintaining their tenancy.

SmartMove need to generate £100,000 over the next 12 months from charitable activities just to maintain and continue to support their existing work.

Here’s how your money helps:
• A £10 donation can buy a sleeping bag.
• A £10 donation can buy two pillows.
• A £20 donation can buy a toaster and kettle.
• A £35 donation can buy a microwave.
• A £400 donation can buy a bond for a 2 bedroom property.
• A £1,000 donation can buy 20 emergency starter packs including basic food, personal hygiene packs and the basics.
It would be amazing to get as many schools, businesses and individuals involved in this borough-wide event as possible. We want to share some love with as many people as possible! Thank you for your continued support of Calderdale SmartMove.

Get involved

If you require more information about this event please give us a call on 01422 361515 and ask for Dom Furby or Stuart Rumney or reply to this email and we’d be happy to assist with any questions or queries you may have.

If you would like to take part simply let your colleagues/friends know about the event, start posting on social media with the hashtag #ShareSomeLove and the day after donate your collection to Calderdale SmartMove using this link.

Locala Public Health Early Years Service Well Baby Clinics

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Locala Calderdale Public Health Early Years’ Service (PHEYS) will be visiting various venues in Calderdale as shown below.

They are available to answer your questions about your children aged 0-5 across the area Monday to Friday – no appointment is necessary.

The Public Health Early Years’ Service provides: Health Visiting, Oral Health and Breastfeeding Support to families of children across Calderdale.

The high-quality, holistic approach means the services are accessible for all these families, bringing about a consistently efficient and effective response to your young child’s healthcare needs. They will work with you to build a non-judgemental and trusting relationship.

Home Bargains Introduce Quiet Hour for Autistic People

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Following the lead of a number of supermarkets, discount retailer Home Bargains in Halifax, has introduced a weekly quiet hour to create a calmer environment for shoppers with autism. The quiet shopping hour takes place every Saturday, between 9:00am to 10:00am across all of its stores and sees the stores’ music turned off and its tannoy set aside, used for urgent announcements only.

The initiative was created in conjunction with The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people, which has advised on creating the ideal environment for shoppers with autism. Those who suffer from autism can find loud noises and sudden movements distressing.

Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, said: “We have introduced the Quiet Hour to add a peaceful element to retail therapy. Home Bargains stores can be busy places, which can be potentially overwhelming for people with autism, especially at this time of year. We have created the quieter and calmer environment to enable all of our customers to have an enjoyable and relaxing shopping experience. We will continually assess where we can support each and every one of our 5 million weekly shoppers, whatever their situation.”

Tom Purser, head of campaigns at the National Autistic Society, said: “We are very pleased to hear that Home Bargains is introducing a quiet hour into its stores to make shopping a little easier for autistic people and their families, having taken part in the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour in October. “We hear from autistic people and their families that shops and other public spaces can be challenging because of bright lights, strong smells and crowds or queues, all of which can cause them to feel overwhelmed. Our research shows that 64 per cent of autistic people avoid the shops and 28 per cent have been asked to leave a public place for reasons associated with their autism. “There are 700,000 autistic people in the UK and their needs aren’t always immediately obvious. We know a basic understanding and small changes like quiet hours could transform the lives of autistic people and their families, allowing them to take part in activities that many people can take for granted. We hope more shops will be inspired by Home Bargains and do their bit to help make sure autistic people and their families have the same opportunities as everyone else.”