Get to a Tesco store to vote for improvements to Thornton road play area

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Visiting Tesco for your weekly shop or picking up a quick treat on your way home from work this weekend?

Why not take a moment whilst you’re there and vote for the Thornton Road Play Area Scheme which was successful in its application for funding to the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’.

The scheme is guaranteed a grant of at least 8k but with your vote this could be increased to 10k or 12k should the scheme come in first or second place.

The deadline for voting is Sunday 6 March and can be done at the following Tesco stores:

  • Hipperholme Leeds Exp
  • Ovenden Exp
  • Halifax School Lane Exp
  • Halifax Metro
  • Brighouse Bradford Road
  • Halifax Aachen Way
  • Sowerby Bridge

Further details on how voting works can be found at groundwork.org.uk/sites/tescocommunityscheme

Success for Elland at the Calderdale Citizen Celebration Awards

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Citizen Celebration NomineesCalderdale Council has always celebrated the work of individuals who have contributed to their communities and to recognize the efforts of outstanding individuals within Calderdale the Citizen Celebration Award was established in 2014.

To encourage and enable participation, the award was promoted through Ward Forums, councillors, partner organisations and local networks and this year there were 50 nominations from the 17 council wards with one or more nominations in each ward.

Joe Braithwaite and Mayor Lisa LambertThe Ward Councillors in each area worked with Neighbourhood Teams to put a winner forward who would represent their area at the Calderdale Citizen of the Year Celebration event held on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at Halifax Town Hall.

The Civic Advisory Group went through all the nominees put forward to choose the winner Mr Joe Braithwaite, chairman of the Elland and District Partnership, who was awarded a certificate and a contribution of £250 for a community initiative by the Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Lisa Lambert.

Be a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter – FREE Information Event

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Surestart are looking for Breastfeeding Peer Supporters to volunteer 2-3 hours per week in Children’s Centres in North & East Halifax and Lower Valley and are now recruiting.

You are invited to drop in to an information event at Field Lane Children’s Centre on Monday 7 March between 1.30pm and 3pm.

Go along to the event to find out more or contact Bridget Hall, Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network Lead Coordinator on 01422 393480 or 07920 466627 for more information.

Calderdale gets ready to ‘Clean for the Queen’

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Calderdale Council is getting ready to take part in the biggest ever clean up of the country, in the run up to the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The first national anti-litter campaign took place in 1953, the year of the Queen’s coronation. Ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April, the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign aims to inspire people to take action and enjoy a few hours together litter picking to make the places where we live more beautiful.

From Saturday 5 March, the Council and partners will take to areas in and around Halifax and the Lower and Upper Valley, aiming to target spots in need of a royal clean up.

Volunteers are more than welcome to help staff, who will target sites that are owned and managed by Calderdale Council, ensuring the borough looks its best. If the land is privately owned, then Environmental Health teams will take steps to encourage the land owner to ‘Clean for the Queen’ or face the possibility of enforcement action.

Volunteers will need to dress for the occasion. Strong, comfortable boots or shoes will be needed; perhaps also warm, waterproof clothing and headgear. Gloves are essential if litter picking by hand.

Equipment and bags will be provided, and the Council will help with the removal of anything collected at the end of the day.

Alternatively, if you are part of a local community group, business or individual who would like to take part in your own event, please visit www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk to register.

The targeted ‘Clean for the Queen’ efforts will be starting at 9am in each area unless otherwise stated, and will take place as follows:

Lower Valley – Sunday 6 to Wednesday 8 March

  • Sunday 6 March – Targeting the area around Wakefield Road at Junction 25 of the M62.
  • Monday 7 March – Meeting at the car park at Hipperholme crossroads,  teams will clean along Leeds Road, Brighouse Denholmegate Road and Brighouse Road
  • Tuesday 8 March – Meeting in Elland outside the Spire Hospital on Elland Lane, team will spring clean the area around Whitwell Green and Springfield Road.

Halifax North & East – Monday 7 March

  • Cold Edge Road, Wainstalls – Meet up with the Halifax North & East Team at the windmills off Cold Edge Road. We will be cleaning up to the Calderdale boundary and then making our way back into Wainstalls Village and Mount Tabor. This area has been the target for substantial amounts of flytipping and the Council is working with private land owners to take responsibility for cleaning up their sites.

Halifax Central – Monday 7 March

  • Join the Community wardens targeting the area above and below Queens Road, meeting at the Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre. The team will be litter picking around the St Augustine’s School area and then above the neighbourhood centre to Mile Cross Road and Warley Road.

Upper Valley

  • Saturday 5  and Sunday 6 March – Join the ‘In Bloom’ Community group who are ‘Cleaning for the Queen’ at  Junction 22 on the A672 on 5 March between 2 – 3pm and again on 6 March between 11am – 12noon.

You can also get involved on social media. Tweet your own clean up photos using the hashtags #CleanForTheQueen and #Calderdale

For more information and times, or for groups and/or businesses that would like to be involved and carry out their own local clean up, please contact

Funding boost for Calderdale festivals

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Calderdale Council is offering grants of up to £5000 for local voluntary and community groups organising festivals or events after the Boxing Day floods. The aim is to celebrate all that’s great about Calderdale, sending out a clear message that it’s open for business.

The new fund is part of the Council’s continued work to help residents and businesses get back on their feet by boosting tourism, trade and morale… read more…

The deadline for grant applications is Friday 1 April 2016 and successful applicants could have the money in their accounts as soon as Friday 22 April 2016.

Application details can be found at Community festival and event fund. For more information please email grants@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 392317.

Work Club at Elland Children’s Centre

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FREE guidance & support with job searching & CV writing for families & young people looking for work, training, volunteering opportunities, apprenticeships or short courses.

Every Monday – 1pm to 3pm
At Elland Children’s Centre, Boxhall Road.

Go along for a cup of tea and a chat or call Elland Children’s Centre on 01422 266197 for more information.

Elland Work Club

Voluntary Action Calderdale February 2016 Health News

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Voluntary Action CalderdaleEach month Voluntary Action Calderdale will be putting together a brief round-up of news and events in health.

The aim of the newsletter is to help you keep up-to-date with information and developments in health; by collating health related news from a range of local, regional and national organisations.

Click here to read the latest edition online

Have your say on hospital services from 15 March

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A major consultation will be launched on Tuesday 15 March 2016 on proposed changes to hospital services and further improvements to community services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield.

The Right Care, Right Time, Right Place consultation is being led by NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG and supported by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

The consultation will run until midnight on Tuesday 21 June and a series of information sessions and public meetings will be taking place over the fourteen-week consultation period, where people can find out more about the proposed changes, ask questions