The YMCA school uniform is once again operational.
You are welcome to visit and find FREE, good quality school uniforms for Calderdale Primary and Secondary schools.
Donations of good quality school uniform, shoes and supplies is always welcome.
Do your part in reducing waste and keep good quality school clothes in circulation!
Calderdale School Uniform
All Good quality items
Recycled and Reused shoes and clothes
Calderdale Primary and Secondary schools
Free Service – Donate and collect
Available to everyone – No referral needed
Collect and Donate at
Halifax YMCA, Crossley Street, Halifax, HX1 1UG
Tel: 01422 353626
Facebook: HALIFAX YMCA
Charity No: CN1163210
Volunteers Week is held between 1 -7 of June to celebrate the brilliant contribution of volunteers. It is celebrated each year to thank those who have given up their time to help without asking for anything in return and in doing so have had a positive impact to many. Whether these volunteers belong to a small group or larger, more widely known charities, or even individuals who have offered their help without making mention of what they have done, this week is dedicated to them.
During the last two years, more than ever the impact of volunteers has been highlighted. There have been countless remarkable, touching stories of volunteerism, during the particularly trying times of consecutive lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The thankless efforts of many to look out for the more vulnerable among us and ensure their wellbeing has changed the lives of both the volunteer and the recipient.
Rightly should volunteers week open up the celebrations of June, being the Month of Community.
Volunteering, in every form, strengthens communities, promotes cohesion, forms bonds between individuals. The reach of voluntary efforts can extend far beyond the individual’s immediate surroundings.
There are several praises to the work of volunteers and testimonies as to the benefits of their work. So what makes someone do something for free?
Volunteering is its own reward. It gives satisfaction and a feeling of empowerment, knowing that your efforts had such meaningful impact. Come to think of it, without exerting or spending money, your efforts have made a difference, sometimes further than you could reach. That sense is almost intoxicating, it drives an individual, makes them wonder what else you can achieve!
You may be surprised but a good deed comes back to you eventually.
And these are just the benefits for the volunteer. The rewards for the wider community are much greater.
When people get together to achieve solutions to their issues, the community becomes stronger.
Lives can improve. Lives can be saved. All these from actions without ulterior motives, just the desire to do good, straight from the heart.
For this reason, each year on volunteering week, we join and from the bottom of our hearts we say: Thank you to all Volunteers out there.
For there’s no joy greater than the joy you give.
The Great British Spring Clean is back after the lockdowns and is looking to you to join!
The event that would have normally ran in early spring is happening now instead and they hope to get a million people out and about, keeping Britain tidy!
To find out what you can do to help and see what events are happening near you, visit
Our outdoor spaces have been increasingly important to us during the past year. It’s our turn to show our appreciation by cleaning up those special spaces and places, so we can continue enjoying them.
The Great Spring Clean wants to clear litter from our streets, parks and beaches. Because what is good for our environment is good for our mental and physical health too.
Are you seeking work, looking for a career change or hoping to volunteer in the community? If you may need to work on a team online in future, or wish to face virtual interviews with more confident presentation skills, this may be for you.
Induction session – 2pm Fridy 28th May
Classes start 10 am Tuesday 1st June
Calderdale Adult Learning and the national award – winning Proper Job Theatre Company have joined forces again to offer the free two week LAB Confidence, Communication and Teamwork course. This is designed to develop confidence in managing online meetings or interviews.
Polish up those virtual communication, group and team skills quickly and earn a nationally recognised Award. The free fun sessions use drama and media training techniques to develop confidence.
So start unleashing your creativity today and move forward to a bright future.
For enquiries – or to register for a place – contact Melissa on 07368291874 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAB Online is part of the LAB Project. This is currently aimed at supporting adults in Calderdale who would enjoy keeping connected and using creative learning techniques to boost wellbeing, confidence and employment skills.
If you are thinking about upskilling for work, tell us about other topics of interest. We may even be able help you to enrol on other free CAL courses, including IT security, Spreadsheets for beginners and Basic Web Design.
If you have been working or volunteering for the community during the COVID19 pandemic, then these sessions from All 1 Collective and Lab may be for you.
All1C has organised a programme of Learning Exchanges to provide a space to reflect on some of the learning from working with communities over the last year. The sessions take place on Tuesday mornings 10-11.30 (shortened agenda than on flyer).
There are 3 sessions left
Tuesday 11th May : Jo Bibby is Director of Health at the Health Foundation and will be talking about health inequalities and what the Health Foundation have learnt around health inequalities during Covid-19.
More about Jo
Tuesday 25th May : Community recovery from Covid-19 by Dr Kaya Davies Hayon from Belong – the Cohesion and Integration Network.
More about Kaya
Belong have done an interesting study around the communities that saw a coordinated community response during Covid-19 and how this provides lessons to support what is needed in terms of community recovery.
If interested, please follow this link to book:
Or drop an email on: email@example.com
Once booked, you will be emailed the Zoom link for the session.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Could your cat win in our Virtual Cat Show?…
We’re celebrating all things feline this May with our Virtual Cat Show!
You can enter your cat or kitten into any of the 10 photo categories between 23rd April and 7th May. We will announce our winners during a live show on Sunday 9th May starring some of our kitty residents, virtual cattery tours and some fun feline activities too!
You can enter as many classes as you like from the 10 listed below. CATegories include:…
Class 1 – Bonniest Lass
Class 2 – Handsome Lad
Class 3 – Cutest Kitten
Class 4 – Grumpiest Cat
Class 5 – Cosiest Cat
Class 6 – Best Rescue
Class 7 – Best Friends (your cat with an animal or human companion)
Class 8 – Mature Moggies
Class 9 – Cheekiest Cat
Class 10 – Best Pose
Each picture costs £2 to enter. Please visit the RSPCA cat show page to submit your pictures:
You will be able to submit your entries between 9am on 23rd April – 12pm on 7th May on this event page or you can also email your entries to Fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk
We will select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner from each category who will receive a rosette in the post.
We will then host a Facebook show from 2pm on Sunday 9th May live from our Animal Centre!! This will include:
-Live announcements of our virtual Cat Show winners
-Live cattery tour; meet the cats in our care
Make sure you enter your kitty’s photo between 23rd April to 7th May (cut off for entries is 12pm 7/5/21) and tune in to the Virtual Cat Show on 9th May on Facebook!
This Friday 26th March at 6pm, in celebration of IWD2021, Africaniwa is proud to present: She Chose to Challenge, a Photo Exhibition.
Marking International Women’s Day, we are reminded that a challenged world is an alert world. And at a time where recent events call us to challenge masculine violence and empower women to #reclaimthestreets, we might have pondered, ‘what would it look like to have a world where women lived free from the patriarchy?’.
Over 30 years ago, one woman chose to make this a reality for the women who live in Umoja, a village where only women and children live. Meet Rebecca Lolosoli as we hear her story and mission in founding Umoja and what life is like living without men.
This month in celebration of IWD2021, Africaniwa is proud to present She Chose to Challenge, a Photo Exhibition.
Click on the link to register for your free ticket. You will receive the zoom link on the day of the exhibition:
Africaniwa are raising funds to help Umoja village after their main source of revenue, tourism, has been hampered by the pandemic. This will be used to buy basic provisions like food, chalk for classrooms and toys such as footballs for the children. Every little helps so please spare whatever you can give at PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Are you experienced in teaching new behaviours? Do you feel you can dedicate 14 months to training a new puppy? Then this could be the perfect opportunity for you!
We are looking for Puppy Raisers in Halifax, to join our Guide Dogs family! The role involves looking after a pup full time in your home for a year and helping to train the pup according to Guide Dogs standards. A perfect companion and new training project during these difficult times!
If you feel that this much fluffiness may be too much of a distraction but still want to give your support, we are also looking for fundraising help, including a Treasurer for the fundraising group.
For more information please email email@example.com.