February Half Term Events at Kershaw’s Garden Centre

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Do something this February half term with a variety of activities taking place at Kershaw’s Garden Centre – Drop in any time between 10am and 12pm on the following dates.

  • Monday 15 February – Pain a Pot
  • Tuesday 16 February – Feathered friends
  • Wednesday 17 February – Minion crafts
  • Thursday 18 February – Frog crafts
  • Friday 19 February – Little Monsters

There will be a £1 charge for materials and don’t miss the 3 for 2 offer on all toys in the toy shop.

For further information contact Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Halifax Road, Brighouse on 01484 713435 or visit www.kershawgardencentre.co.uk

Storm Eva Flood Relief Appeals: Government Match Funding – Deadline Extended

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Registered charities in areas affected by Storm Eva now have until Friday 5 February 2016 to apply for match funding to be used towards flood relief efforts.

Any registered charity currently running a fundraising appeal to help communities affected by the storm can apply to the match funding scheme administered by the DCLG.

As part of its commitment to supporting those in England who have been worst affected by the two winter storms, the Government has agreed to provide £2 million in match funding to charities that have already begun fundraising activities to support flood victims. The money will go towards the recovery costs involved in restoring affected areas and communities as quickly as possible.

Donations eligible for match funding are:

  • Individual donations.
  • Community group donations.
  • Trust fund donations.
  • Philanthropic organisations (eg rotary clubs).
  • Corporate donations.

Gift Aid elements of donations are not eligible for match funding, and any funding paid is to be restricted and used by the charity in line with their appeal to help support the response to Storm Eva.

To apply, please complete an expression of interest form and follow the instructions set out on page 5 of the Storm Eva flood relief appeals: government match-funding prospectus.

Please note – The last date by which Expressions of Interest will be accepted is by midnight on Friday 5 February 2016 via email.

Become an Engagement Champion and give local people a say

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You could earn money for your community by becoming an Engagement Champion.  You could reach out to people in your community that may not otherwise get to have a say.  If you enjoy talking to people and getting involved this could be for you.

The NHS wants to talk to people about its plans for local health services.  There is FREE training for local people to become Engagement Champions and talk to their communities.

The next training programme begins in the third week in February.  If you are interested in finding out more; contact Megan.vickery@cvac.org.uk or call 01422 431094.

Click here to view upcoming Engagement Champions training dates

The Engagement Champions programme is run by Voluntary Action Calderdale and funded by Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, responsible for planning and buying local health services in hospital and in the community.

New pedestrian bridge to be installed in Elland

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This weekend, a pedestrian footbridge over the Calder and Hebble Navigation will be installed, providing an alternative crossing point to the closed Elland bridge.

The new bridge will be installed at the site of the flood damaged bridge, to allow pedestrians to cross at this location. The 30m long bridge will provide an important link for local people between Park Road and Elland Bridge Road. The bridge will be 1.5m wide and accessible for people with buggies, wheelchairs and bikes… read more…

Wring out the Clowns – Calder Valley Flood Relief Comedy Gala

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Wring Out The ClownsSarah Millican, Chris Ramsey, Justin Moorhouse, Rory Bremner, Jack Carroll and a mystery guest are set to bring you laugh out loud comedy and all for a great cause!

Monday 8 February 2016 – 7.30pm
At Victoria Theatre, Fountain St, Halifax, HX1 1BP

All comedians are performing for free and Calderdale Council have kindly waived all costs meaning every single penny will be going to Community Foundation For Calderdale and Upper Calder Valley Renaissance to help people and local businesses who have been affected by the recent flooding.

Tickets cost £20/£15 and can be booked online here.

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2016

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Get your organic goods at the Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2016; with children’s activities, information displays, stalls including cheese, compost CVOG plant and sundries, refreshments and more.

Saturday 27 February – 9.30am to 2.30pm
At Mytholmroyd Cricket Club, Moderna Way, Burnley Rd, HX7 5PZ.

Admission costs just £1 and includes entry to Potato Raffle – For further information, catalogue and order form for postal pre-orders for collection at the event call 01422 846173, email info@cvog.org.uk or visit www.cvog.org

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners

Calderdale Smoke Free Playground Areas Consultation – Have your say!

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Calderdale Council wants to help improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in Calderdale and has been guided by research and are proposing to make all Calderdale playground areas smoke-free.

One of the areas the Council is working hard on is to try and prevent young people from ever starting to smoke. The adoption of smoke free playgrounds would be voluntary and not legally enforceable; signs would be placed in the areas.

What do you think? Your views will determine whether the future of children’s play areas will be smoke free.

This consultation will run from Monday 18 to Sunday 31 January 2016 and can be accessed online here.

Grow your future: Support for young people aged 16 – 24

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Are you aged 16 to 24, living in Calderdale and looking for a job and would you like to gain skills, experience and a chance of employment?

Grow you future is designed to provide apprenticeships and work opportunities for young people in Calderdale through paid work experience placements, pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships… read more…

For more information contact the Grow Your Future Teamon 01422 364092 or email: growyourfuture@calderdale.gov.uk

Get online at Home – Digital Inclusion with Age UK

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Age UK online at homeAre you, or do you know of any older people who might benefit from supported access to a computer?

Access to the internet has a number of benefits including shopping online and staying in touch with family & friends. Age UK may be able to offer FREE of charge – Loan of digital equipment, one to one support and more if you or someone you know is elderly or housebound.

For further information email enquiries@acck.org.uk, call 01422 252040 or visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/calderdaleandkirklees