GigBuddies Calderdale

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What an impressive start to Gig Buddies!

Gig Buddies is a new initiative within Calderdale which aims to promote social inclusion among people who have a learning disability.

The scheme aims to reduce the barriers faced by people with a learning disability in relation to accessing social activities. These have been identified as attending the theatre, cinema, live music and anything else that a person may wish to engage within their leisure time.

This new, but obvious idea aims to match volunteers who will be referred to as ‘Gig Buddies’ with people who have a learning disability, our ‘Gig Goers’ based upon shared interests. The aim is to create opportunities for people to meet and forge friendships based upon shared interests. Gig Buddies will match buddies with people and arrange introductions and give support on your first gig, whatever this may be. They would then leave you to meet once per month to meet up independently and make arrangements to attend other events.

The initiative is being funded by Adult Health and Social Care and is being delivered in partnership with Square Chapel Arts Centre and the Brighton based charity Stay Up Late.

Gig Buddies is currently recruiting volunteers for this exciting new scheme and if this is something that you would like to hear more about, please contact, call her at Square Chapel on 01422 3494222 or drop in to see Gemma at Square Chapel.

Useful links

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Stay Up Late:

Lead the Way Art Group Volunteer Opportunity

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Lead the Way Art Group Volunteer Opportunity

What does the group do?

The group meets once a week, on a Thursday, 10am-12pm at Lower Valley Day Services, Rastrick.
The group is open to all abilities and is fully accessible.
The group create various artwork during the sessions and then take it home.

What is the role?

As a volunteer you will support people attending the group with whatever artwork they are making at the session, along with the day to day running of the group.

What kind of volunteer are they looking for?

  • Someone who is friendly
  • Someone who is patient
  • Someone who enjoys working with a group of people
  • Someone who has a general interest in making things/art
  • Someone who is confident working with people who have varying abilities and needs.  All people attending, who have additional needs, come with their own support staff.
  • Someone who likes to have fun!

How will you be supported?

You will be supported at the group by a member of staff from Lead the Way.
Support such as supervision will be carried out by the line manager.


All your travel expenses to and from the group will be covered by Lead the Way on production of a receipt, bus ticket etc.

How do you become a volunteer?

Please ring Lead the Way on 0300 012 0416 or email  Arrangements will be made for someone to meet with you and complete a DBS check and a volunteer application form.



Calderdale Open Art Exhibition 2017

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2017’s Calderdale Open Art Exhibition will showcase work by professional and amateur artists.

Entries will be open from Saturday 7 October – Saturday 4 November 2017. Please read the terms and conditions and bring a completed entry form and the entry fee when you deliver your work. Entries accepted at Bankfield Museum during opening hours- Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

The entry fee is £20.00 for up to 3 artworks per entry. Please note this is an open exhibition with a selection process and there is no guarantee that all the work submitted will be displayed.

preview of the exhibition and prize giving will be held at Bankfield Museum on Saturday 11 November 2017 at 2pm, to which all entrants are be invited.

Calderdale Open 2017 entry form.pdf

Calderdale Open 2017 terms and conditions.pdf

Please note that during 2017 there will be essential building works at Bankfield, which will affect access to some areas. 

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 6 October – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer …


  • Consultation on Cohesion and Integration Strategy
  • Brighouse Arts Festival
  • Have your say on GP Services in Calderdale
  • Advertise your Halloween and Bonfire Events with us
  • 25 Years of World Mental Health Day 
  • Halifax as one of Host Locations for Tour de Yorkshire

Have a great weekend!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing

Cohesion & Integration Strategy – Calderdale Council Consultation

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Calderdale Council is currently consulting on a draft Cohesion and Integration Strategy for the borough. This is your opportunity to get involved and shape the future direction of this strategy.

Cohesion and Integration is about celebrating the diversity of our communities, while fostering a sense of common ground and good relations between them.

Calderdale does not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, threats and extremism that affect individuals or divide our communities.

A cohesion and Integration strategy has been drafted and a key requirement of this strategy is for further consultation to be undertaken with a range of organisations as part of the development of this Strategy.

The strategy, reflecting national and local priorities, has some specific focus on race and faith.

It is important that groups identifying with those groups, are reflected in this consultation.

For more detail, read: Community Cohesion and Integration Strategy Report 2017

To take part in the consultation, follow the link below to complete a short questionnaire

The public consultation closes on Friday 27 October 2017 at 5pm.

Have your say on GP services in Calderdale

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NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to improve healthcare available to people living across the borough.

NHS England are making extra funding available to CCGs for use in order to improve access to GP services, by offering more appointments with GPs and Nurse Practitioners.

Additional GP appointment slots may be delivered as routine pre-bookable appointments at evenings and weekends. This may not be in your local surgery, but would be offered at other locations across Calderdale.

You can give your views by completing a survey either;

This public engagement runs from Monday 25 September until Friday 6 November 2017.

For more information, visit

25 Years of World Mental Health Day

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Since 1992 people all over the world have been holding events, making announcements and celebrating #WorldMentalHealthDay and on Tuesday 10 October 2017 they will be doing so again.

This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is mental health in the workplace.

The WFMA say they want;

“… a global consensus to support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, one that makes it easier for people with mental health conditions to seek help in and out of the workplace, with an environment that fosters good employment practices with regard to mental health.”

They are asking employers to sign a pledge around appreciating employees, creating supportive environments, stress management and lots more. You can find out more on the WFMA website.

You can find more about World Mental Health Day in the UK on the Mental Health Foundation website.

It’s an important anniversary for mental health in Leeds too: MindWell is one year old on 10 October. Happy Birthday MindWell!

Forum Central is keen join in by promoting all the wonderful things that Leeds is doing for World Mental Health Day.


The MindWell team and members of Forum Central will be hosting a stall and wellbeing space at Leeds Markets on World Mental Health Day, Tuesday 10 October, 10am-4pm.

Is your organisation planning an event for that week? Will you be running something that you want other organisations to come and promote their services at? Can we help get the word out about what you’ll be doing?


If so email

Forgotten Forest Under 8’s Halloween Special

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On Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 10am until 12pm the people at Forgotten Forest will be having a special under 8’s Halloween session. Lots of Halloween fun with apple bobbing, broom making, worm soup eating.
Feel free to dress up. Starting off with a welcome around the log circle, a site safety chat and information about all the fun things to do. You are then free to explore. Play in the swings or hammocks, bug hunt, climb trees, build with natural materials, play in the mud kitchen or in some of the pallet designs( boat, reading nook, wood tipi, train) or go in the tipi and read a story, place with sensory toys, puppets or musical instruments.
There will be a theme to each session with a story and a natural but optional activity.
There is a break half way through for hot chocolate around the fire. Tea, coffee, juice and water are always available and they are free. There is also an outdoor toilet.
We finish off with a recap songs and goodbyes.

Tickets are £4 per person whether they are adult or child and can be booked online. Little babies are free however the woods is not pram friendly due to hand dug steps and uneven ground. Meet at the black gate at 10am on Sarah’s drive at 514 Bradford Road, Brighouse to all go up together. Please park on Bradford Road and not on Mayfield as the elderly neighbours have regular nurse visits and need access. You are also welcome to use Sarah’s drive. You can pay cash on arrival (please try to have correct change) or bank transfer to Sarah Parker 20-35-84 60049859. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. It can get chilly under the shade of the trees. Please get in touch if you need anything 07708 398548 or email

Halifax is a Start or Finish Location for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

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Halifax has been chosen as one of the eight host locations for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, meaning a stage of the race will start or finish in the town!

The stages for the newly expanded fourth edition will begin or end in:

Barnsley (South Yorkshire)

Beverley (East Yorkshire)

Doncaster (South Yorkshire)

Halifax (Calderdale)

Ilkley (Bradford)

Leeds (West Yorkshire)

Richmond (North Yorkshire)

Scarborough (North Yorkshire)

Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) revealed  that the newly expanded four-day men’s race will take place between 3-6  May. The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire – which is doubling in size from one to two days – will be held over 3-4 May.

The third edition of the Tour de Yorkshire took place this April and saw the race go from strength to strength once again. A record 2.2 million spectators lined the route and generated £64 million for the Yorkshire economy. The action was also beamed live in 180 countries and attracted 9.7 million global TV viewers on Eurosport and ITV alone.

Next year’s Tour will once again see the return of the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive and give the chance for Tour Makers to volunteer on the race route and help welcome the millions of spectators.

The full 2018 race route will be unveiled on Tuesday 5 December 2017 – this announcement will include exact start and finish locations and the distance and profile of each stage.