Sure Start Children’s Centres require more Family Learning trainers

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Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership offer a full programme of activities & courses through the year to all families. This includes parents/carers who are at home caring for their children, parents/carers who are working and we are very keen to encourage more dads and male carers to join in too.

Activities are offered at a range of different times to support families to join in including school times; evenings and weekends. All activities & courses are offered FREE or at a very low cost including any equipment or materials needed.

Throughout the year, there’s a range of informal, friendly and fun activities including:

  • Activities to develop skills and confidence
  • Family learning where parents and children join in and learn together
  • Activities that can support a return to studying and or work
  • Accredited Training

Trainers are required in all areas but we would really like to hear from anyone who can offer cooking, cake decorating, sport and music (drumming) training.

If you are interested to work with us and our families and would like to know more please get in touch with our Senior Family Learning Administrator Jaime Crossley at Elland Children’s Centre on 01422 266197 or email

Jumping Clay at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre

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A 3 week family learning activity using air drying clay which is non toxic and mess free to form models each week. The theme will be a popular children’s story. For 3 – 5 years, younger siblings are welcome.

Wednesday 24 February – 10am to 11.30am
Wellholme Park Children’s Centre, Bradford Road, Brighouse, HD6 4AF

To book a place, please call Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership on 01422 266197 or book online at

Have your say at the Elland Ward Forum tonight

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

Tuesday 26 January 2016, 6pm arrival for 6.30pm start.

At Willow Court, Victoria Road, Elland HX5 0PL


  • Neighbourhood Policing update – your priorities for your local area
  • Open forum – what matters to you

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum or contact Graham Gibbons, Lower Valley Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, Calderdale Council on 01422 288016.

Are smoke free children’s playgrounds the future? Have your say!

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Calderdale Council is asking for people’s views on whether children’s playgrounds should be smoke free, with public consultation running for the next week.

The Council is committed to reducing smoking prevalence, and as part of this commitment the proposal is to make all Calderdale playground areas smoke free… read more…

Research carried out in Calderdale parks, children’s centres, parent and toddler groups and primary schools found that 97% of respondents said they would support encouraging people not to smoke in children’s play areas and 78% said they would be more likely to visit smoke free play areas.

The short survey is live online here until Sunday 31 January and takes around 5 minutes to complete. Get involved and have your say.

Sausage & Ale Ceilidh at Bradley Wood – This weekend!

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There are tickets still available so why not get involved and enjoy entertainment from a live band and some guest ales to encourage the attempts at dancing… of course no sausage & ale ceilidh would be complete without a FREE sausage supper.

Saturday 30 January – 7pm till late
Bradley Wood Campsite & Activity Centre, Shepherds Thorn Lane, Brighouse, HD6 3TU

Tickets cost £10 – For information and to book email or call 01484 715858

Bradley Wood Ceilidh

One month on from the Boxing Day floods

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A month after the unprecedented flooding on 26 December 2015, Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, talks about the damage and recovery work so far.

“The Boxing Day floods caused devastation across Calderdale. The impacts are extensive and widespread, and will be felt for a long time to come. Amongst those affected include an estimated 2,781 homes and 1,635 businesses, communities, the local economy, a number of schools, bridges, roads, library and visitor facilities and GP surgeries.

“Throughout this really difficult time, Calderdale’s amazing community spirit continues to shine through. I’m so impressed with how volunteers, community groups, businesses, the Council and other organisations are working relentlessly and pulling together to get the borough back on its feet. I’d like to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.

“Since Boxing Day we have paid out 1,082 grants to households at a cost of £541,000; approved business grants worth over £1 million in total; inspected well over 100 bridges to make sure they’re safe to travel on and to assess any damage; bought 160 dehumidifiers for residents and businesses to use; spent more than 3000 hours removing debris and collected over 320 tonnes of waste.

“The total cost to the Council will not be known for some time, but from initial estimates it’s likely to exceed £50 million. To help us cover this amid already decreasing budgets, and to make sure residents and businesses can return to normal as soon as possible, we continue to seek further support from the government and the Leeds City Region.”

For more information on the flood recovery and support available, please visit