Last ever booksale at Halifax Central Library this weekend!

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The last ever booksale will take place at Halifax Central Library this weekend featuring (books, CDs, DVDs), there are also some ‘special’ items from stock on sale and even 5 vintage wooden book-trolleys, for sale on a ‘sealed-bid’ basis!

Saturday 28 May 2016 – 9.30am to 2pm
At Halifax Central Library, Northgate, Halifax HX1 1UN

For further information email Jon Medcalf at jon.medcalf@calderdale.gov.uk

‘Start Your Own Business’ Drop In Sessions – June 2016

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Can’t find a job or ever wondered how you could become self-employed / start your own business but don’t know where to start or who to contact?

Why not check out the FREE monthly drop in sessions run by Eric Binns from Calderdale Council’s Business Support Team. Whether you are unemployed or employed, you are welcome to attend any session at any location and if you can’t make it to any of the sessions.

Click here for sessions in June 2016

Please contact Eric to arrange a free 1 to 1 advice meeting on 01422 392222 or 07702 925493

Get involved and get active with Breeze Bike Rides for Women

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breeze_logoBritish Cycling’s Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women riding bikes for fun and fitness. The amazing Breeze Champions are helping thousands of women feel fitter and more confident on a bike.

  • Rides from 3 miles to 30+
  • All ages and abilities welcome
  • Friendly and supportive

To find out more visit breezebikerides.com and find a ride near you.

Volunteering opportunities launch at Voluntary Action Calderdale

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Go along to the drop in launch of VAC’s brand new volunteering opportunities.

Wednesday 1 June – 1pm to 5pm (Drop in)
At Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

Our volunteering roles will help you make a real difference for local people when it comes to health and social care services in Calderdale including:

  • Mystery Shopping of health and social care services
  • Patient Experience volunteers to gain patient feedback
  • Engagement Champions to give communities a voice
  • And many more!

Refreshments and snacks provided – For further information call 01422 348777 or email info@cvac.org.uk

Click here for more VAC drop in locations during volunteer week 2016 (1 to 12 June)

Celebrate the 10th birthday of Elland Children’s Centre

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Go along and help celebrate the 10th birthday of Elland Children’s Centre with a FREE event with activities such as lion learners, dance school, face painting.

Friday 10 June 2016 – 10am to 12.30pm
At Elland Children Centre, Boxhall Rd, Elland, HX5 00B

There will be food and of course no birthday celebration would be complete without a birthday cake.

Beavers Scouts Plant Space Seeds at Kershaw’s

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beavers spaceThe RHS Campaign for School Gardening has partnered with the UK Space Agency to embark on an ‘out of this world’ educational project.

The project, Rocket Science, will give around half a million UK children the chance to learn how science in space contributes to our knowledge of life on earth, using the invaluable expertise of the European Space Agency (ESA) and RHS Science team.

Two kilograms of rocket seeds were sent to the International Space Station as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month Principia mission.

After several months on board, the seeds were  sent back and distributed to schools & Scout Groups, Hove Edge Beavers were lucky enough to receive 200 seeds (100 space & 100 earth bound).

The Seeds are growing at Kershaw’s, after they were planted at a special evening in April,with equipment provided by the Garden Centre. The Beavers will be visiting the centre keeping a record of how the seeds grow.

rocket seeds 20 mayThe Beaver Group will input their results into a national online database so that results can be compared across all schools in the UK. The project is aimed at inspiring children to think scientifically and helping them to see the potential of future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and Horticulture.

The seeds will be on display as part of National Children’s Gardening week (28th  May to 5th June) alongside daily planting and craft activties.

Stop smoking clinic at Elland Childrens’ Centre

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Yorkshire Smokefree are running a stop smoking clinic available to pregnant women and their families and also to Children’s Centre users who want to beat the habit!

Every Thursday – 12.30pm to 3.30pm
At Elland Children’s Centre, Boxhall Road, Elland, HX5 00B

For information or to book an appointment contact Yorkshire Smokefree on 01422 262373

Launch of Calderdale Wellbeing Heroes Awards

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Thursday 19 May marks the launch of a search for local Wellbeing Heroes, who are to be honoured at the Calderdale Wellbeing Heroes Awards ceremony on 10 October 2016. The ceremony is to be hosted by Insight Healthcare, in celebration of World Mental Health Day.

Is there someone in your life who helped you in your time of need? Someone who encourages you to do the things that are good for you, reminds you that you are not alone, or listens to you when you need them to? Wellbeing Heroes Awards wants your nomination!

You can nominate someone who has helped you in any way, no matter how big or small. It could be a family member, friend, colleague, or a professional who has made a difference to your wellbeing. Winners will receive an award and prizes during the ceremony in October. The deadline for nominations is Friday 29 July 2016.

The Calderdale Wellbeing Heroes Awards will take place to mark World Mental Health Day, which is celebrated on 10 October each year. Nomination forms can be collected from Insight Healthcare’s Calderdale service or downloaded here. More information about the event will be released nearer the time.

Everyone goes through difficult times and sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we feel that we can’t cope. Each year, nearly a quarter of us have difficulties with common psychological problems such as anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, stress, trauma, phobias, and anger, as well as problems with regards to relationships, work, or debt. If you are in this situation, you are not alone.

Insight Healthcare provides free and confidential NHS talking therapy services across the country. These therapies can help you understand what is happening to you, help you work through your difficult feelings, and develop strategies for coping better. Calderdale’s service is available to anyone who is aged 18 or over and registered with a Calderdale GP.

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Euro 2016 event for dads and children aged 4+

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Attention all dads!.. You and your children (age 4+) are invited to attend a Euro 2016 themed event with a 5-a-side football tournament (weather permitting), indoor target shoot-out, a Euro quiz with prizes and a FREE bacon or sausage sandwich.

Saturday 4 June 2016 – 10am to 12pm
At Field Lane Children’s Centre, Burnsall Road, Brighouse, HD6 3JT

To book your family’s place call Paul as soon as possible on 07771 387410