Help spread some happiness this Christmas

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Did you know that there are over 200 older people in Calderdale who won’t be getting any Christmas presents this year – more including those in care homes.

You can make a difference to someone this Christmas by donating a small gift, whether it’s a pair of gloves, socks, chocolates, toiletries, or even an unwanted gift from last year, the cost is not important – it’s the giving that matters.

Gifts can be dropped off right up until Christmas Eve at Customer First, Horton Street, Halifax or at Park Road reception and up to 4pm on Wednesday 23 December at Westgate House reception.

Don’t forget to gift wrap the present and label whether it’s suitable for a man or a woman. Any additional presents will be given to the food bank to distribute and to people living in care homes who don’t have any family.

Please give as many presents as you can and help make sure that everybody in Calderdale gets a present this year!

Greetland Academy evening classes – January 2016

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Greetland Academy has confirmed evening classes starting in January 2016 for 6 weeks learn to play the Ukulele or start Latin American dancing.

Starting Wednesday 6 January – 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Learn to play the Ukulele with the opportunity to hire an instrument for the 6 weeks. £4 per session.

Starting Thursday 7 January – 6.45pm to 7.45pm
Get involved and have fun whilst you learn Latin American dancing. £4 per session.

If you would like to enrol for any of the courses or require any further information please contact Jayne Firth at The Greetland Academy for further details 01422 372893 or

Free potato growing kits for schools

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The Grow Your Own Potatoes scheme is a hands-on classroom experience and with almost 2 million primary school children benefiting from this classroom experience that is linked to the UK curricular, children learn how potatoes grow and how they fit in to a healthy balanced diet.

All you have to do is register your school to receive a FREE potato growing kit, use the supporting lesson plans and worksheets and for a chance to win fabulous prizes for your school, enter the competition once you have harvested.

Click here if your school would like to register for your free potato growing kits or visit for further information.

Are you Winter Wise?

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The temperatures have certainly dropped this week and if you haven’t done already, it’s time to prepare for winter.

In cold weather people are at more risk of injury or illness. We have updated our Winter Wise web pages which give lots of helpful advice. There are also lots of useful links, including the Stay Well campaign and the Met Office severe weather warnings site.

If you are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder, Calderdale Libraries are part of the national Reading Well campaign. Why not take a look and spread the word?

Start the New Year with Adult Learning

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New year is a time when people make a new start, so how about enrolling on a course and doing something you’ve always wanted to do but never made time for.

Whether it’s cooking, sewing, maths, languages or even a relaxation course, there is something for everyone so click here to see what courses are on offer. Courses are very competitively priced and some are even FREE – book early and to get 20% off!

Adult Learning is now based at Heat Campus in Halifax – go and see these great facilities.

For further information visit or call 01422 392820

Care Sector recruitment event at Crossfield House

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Employers from the care sector will be attending this event with jobs in Residential / Domiciliary Care as well as advice available for childcare and information regarding apprenticeships.

Wednesday 16 December – 10am to 1pm
At Crossfield House Jobcentre, St James Street, Halifax

Call into the job centre to talk to employers and discuss any opportunities.