Bridgefest at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre – 28 May

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Enjoy sand art, bands, raffles, stalls, entertainment a bar and more when Bridgefest 2016 comes to town including music from Jess Huxham, Pschoslinkys, Georgia Farrar and more.

Saturday 28 May – 12.30pm to 8pm
At Bailiff Bridge Community Centre, Victoria Road, Brighouse, HD6 4DX

Entry costs £5 per adult and under 2’s go FREE (small charge if wanting to play). Children can enjoy all day access into the Children’s Zone where they can play for just £5.

For information and to purchase your wristbands call 07934 222305Bridgefest 2016

Family fun day at Rastrick Bowling Club

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A family fun day in Rastrick has been arranged and all residents of the HD6 3 area can enter their names for either a snooker or  bowling competition with a prize for each winner.

Sunday 17 July 2016 – From 12pm
At Rastrick Bowling club, Toothill Bank, Brighouse, HD6 3EZ

For the younger members there will be a bouncy castle, penalty shoot out , face painting and a barbeque with pie and peas and sandwiches available as well as produce stalls.

The  event will finish with live band, Manhatten Project on stage from 5pm.

Voice your Choice Winners announced for 2016

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The winners of the 2016 Voice your choice was Woodhouse Lane Play area with 27.03% of the final votes and an award of £30,000 which will enable them to create a modern, accessible, multi age play facility and community space to benefit the whole community.

In second place was Fruit for all with 16.44% of the vote and an award of £20,000 from which they plan to plant 300 to 400 fruit trees and bushes throughout the HD6 3 area in a series of mini orchards.

Taking third was Bradley Wood Camping Pods with 16.26% of the votes and an award of £15,000 to place pods around Bradley Lodge within the ancient woodland in order to make camping practical all year round for schools, local groups, and youth organisations.

Further details about the winning projects will be available when Rastrick Big Local have their stall at the BBI spring market on Saturday 23 April.

Give walking a go and pledge to Try20 next month

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Next month is National Walking Month. Living Streets is asking the nation to give walking a go and pledge to #Try20. They’re challenging you to see if you can walk 20 minutes every day throughout the month.

There are lots of easy ways to fit walking into your day – at work, once you clock off, with your family and at the weekend. Pledge today and Living Streets will send you 20 tips throughout the month, so you can walk your way to happiness this May.

Feel-good reasons to #Try20

  • Feel the burn – burn calories and increase your metabolism
  • Feel fitter – improve heart health and blood pressure
  • Feel brighter – a 20 minute walk can boost your mood
  • Feel connected – discover new things in your community

Keep upto date on Twitter using #Try20 or follow @livingstreets 

Celebrate the work of Calderdale & Kirklees Women Centre

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women centreCelebrate the importance of hearing the voices of women and acknowledging the role that women have played across the whole of society together with readings, hymns and music by the Elland Silver Youth Band.

Sunday 24 April – From 4pm
At Halifax Minster, Church Street, Halifax, HX1 1QR

Please RSVP to Carrie Burbidge by email to or call 01422 386504.


New Engagement Champions Training Dates – May 2016

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Engagement Champions Training sessions will take place on the following dates from 4.15pm to 8pm at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY

VCS Organisations taking part in the Engagement Champions programme give their service users real involvement in Calderdale CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) engagement and consultation processes.

The training is suitable for; service users, volunteers, staff and committee members and brings useful skills to individuals and organisations as well as giving your organisation influence in local health service development.

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees Holiday Fund – Grants available

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Age UKAge UK have a limited fund to grant to older people to go on holiday who otherwise may not be able to afford it.

The fund, made available by the Community Foundation for Calderdale, is now open and grants must be used by the end of the year (2016).

The maximum grant is up to £500 / couple (£300 / individual) and is paid directly to the holiday company.

Priority will be given to applicants who are aged 60+, live in the HX postcode area, who are in financial hardship, have a long term illness or disability and have not used the fund previously.

The grants are available by submitting a simple application form to Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees.

Please collect an application form from the Age UK shop (4-6 Square, The Woolshops, Halifax, HX1 1RJ) or call 01422 252040

Completed form should be returned to the Woolshops and decisions will be made within 4 weeks.


Strategic Planning for a Healthy Future – VAC Training

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Voluntary Action CalderdaleHealth care in Calderdale is entering a new, more challenging era. If your organisation wants to be part of it, you need to start planning now.

Thursday 21 April – 9.30am to 4.30pm
Todmorden Health Centre, Lower George St, Todmorden, OL14 5RN

This session offers an opportunity to consider the strategic decisions you need to make, how your organisation will fit into the changing landscape around health, and how you can maintain and build on the service.

Suitable for senior managers and trustees, and for those involved in determining the organisation’s future, this session will help you to:

  • Identify the direction and pathway your organisation needs to take
  • Set strategic goals and meaningful objectives
  • Conduct a gap analysis to identify priorities for action
  • Keep your service users at the heart of everything you do

Click here to book a place on this session