Yorkshire Gardens Trust small grants

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The YGT Trustees have allocated a grant fund for 2016 to help projects concerning important parks and gardens in the County, both large and small.

The maximum possible single grant will be the lesser of £1,000 or 50% of the total cost of a project.
The grant may be awarded either towards the cost of one or more of the following:

  • A survey or environmental assessment, covering physical, horticultural, botanical, archaeological or historical aspects;
  • A management, development, restoration or conservation plan;
  • Restoration or conservation works;
  • The creation of a new garden;
  • The restoration of appropriate garden ornaments or statues;
  • The preservation or restoration of documents associated with any of the above or with an important person who has been concerned with Yorkshire’s parks and gardens;
  • The public interpretation of a park or garden;
  • A project satisfying the educational objectives of the Trust

For more details please visit www.yorkshiregardenstrust.org.uk

The Calderdale Cares Lottery

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calderdale caresThe Calderdale Cares Lottery from Halifax Rugby League Football Club is administered by Community Foundation for Calderdale and has been set up with the aim of raising funds to support worthy charities, organisations and individuals in the Calderdale community.

The grants programme will support local organisations that will benefit Calderdale residents.

Unlike the National Lottery, which is £2, the Calderdale Cares Lottery is only £1 a week to enter.

You could win one of over 40 weekly prizes with daily draws (Mon-Fri) of £100, a rollover jackpot every Saturday of up to £2,000 and £5,000 super draws twice a year.

A minimum of 35% of every pound will be donated to support good causes across the Calderdale area, which is more than the National Lottery and Health Lottery as they only donate 28% and 20% respectively. To join, click here…

If you would like to apply to the Calderdale Cares Lottery Fund, please click here to visit their website.

Small Grants Scheme and Community Festivals and Events Fund

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Is your organisation looking for funding for an event or equipment?

Monday 3 August is the next deadline for the Council’s Community Small Grants Scheme and Community Festivals and Events Fund.

Calderdale-based voluntary, community or faith groups can apply for up to £3,000 from the Small Grants Scheme, and up to £5,000 from the Festivals & Events Fund.

You will need to provide copies of your most recent annual accounts and an eligible constitution; if you work with children or vulnerable adults you will also need to provide a copy of your safeguarding policy.

In the past the schemes have supported youth groups, sports clubs, and community centres, as well as major festivals and events throughout the Borough.

For further information and application packs visit the Council’s grants webpage.

Feast on Comedy this Autumn!

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Halifax Comedy Festival

The Victoria Theatre Autumn/Winter season opens with Award-winning Comedy Musical Avenue Q and closes with the festive family panto Cinderella.

In October take part in the newly-launched Halifax Comedy Festival, featuring big name comedians, Edinburgh Fringe highlights and a unique programme of fringe events and workshops.

As for November, we’ve got Ruby Wax, Alan Davies, Dara O’ Briain and Bill Bailey treating us to their newest tours.

If you can’t wait until then, why not grab the last few tickets to Alan Carr – Yap Yap Yap! this Sunday, Dick and Liddy’s Comedy Club next Friday, or Jon Danbury’s boutique cabaret showcase Sunday Nights @ The Vic the Sunday after that

Postnatal Group at Holywell Green Children’s Centre

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postnatal groupEvery Monday

10.30am – 12pm

At Holywell Green  Children’s Centre

Topics include:

  • Looking after yourself
  • Immunisations
  • Accident prevention
  • Introduction to baby massage
  • Weaning

Please contact the Health VIsitors on 01484 728940 for more information.

No need to book – just come along!

Big Latch On aims to break record

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Big Latch On 2015 logo

New mums in Calderdale are being asked to get together for a world record attempt to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.

In a bid to get as many babies breastfeeding as possible, all at the same time in the same place, Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network and Elland Children’s Centre are hosting a ‘Big Latch On’ event on Friday 31 July at the centre from 10am to 11am.

The event is part of The Big Latch On 2015 – an international event organised as part of World Breastfeeding Week (1 – 7 August) by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.

The aim is to encourage new mums to gather and nurse their newborns in public, all around the world, to raise awareness of the breastfeeding support available and to help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.

During the global latch-on, mums will need to breastfeed their babies for one minute from 10.30am on either Friday 31 July or Saturday 1 August, and the number of women doing this will be officially counted at each venue. The current record was set in 2013, when 14,536 children were breastfed simultaneously.

During the event at Elland Children’s Centre, people will be on hand to answer questions about breastfeeding and how to sign up to become part of a team offering support to other mums.

Calderdale Council set up and continues to fund Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network to promote breastfeeding in the borough. It is made up of local women who have breastfed their own children and work as volunteers to support other mothers. They are specially trained and supported in their role by a team of coordinators who work with health professionals. There are currently 35 peer supporters.

Mums can get advice from peer supporters over the phone and at locations across Calderdale, including antenatal and health visitor clinics, Calderdale Royal Hospital and support groups and drop-ins at children’s centres.

Cllr Megan Swift, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said:

“The Big Latch On is a great way to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. I urge local mums to get involved and help send out a strong message that breastfeeding is a normal part of day-to-day life and support is available.

“Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. We created the Peer Support Network to boost the number of mums starting and continuing to breastfeed. In Calderdale about 80% of women breastfeed their newborns in the first 48 hours after birth, but this drops off to about 40% by the time the baby is six to eight weeks old. The longer you do it, the greater the benefits – including healthy growth and less chance of diarrhoea, vomiting, ear infections and obesity for children, plus reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer for mums.”

Bridget Hall, Calderdale Council’s Breastfeeding Peer Support Network Lead Coordinator, added:

“We encourage more people to come forward to join our Peer Support Network. It’s really rewarding. Mums who receive support from our volunteers tell us it helps them to overcome breastfeeding difficulties because they have someone to listen to their worries and answer questions; offer practical solutions; give local knowledge about where to go for more specialised help; and offer reassurance.”

If you would like support from the network, please contactpeersupporters@calderdale.gov.uk or 07920 466660. If you are interested in volunteering to be a peer supporter, please contact bridget.hall@calderdale.gov.uk or 01422 393480.

For more information visit the Calderdale Breastfeeding Support Network Facebook page or follow @breastfeedpeers on Twitter.

FREE climbing sessions at ROKT

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West Yorkshire Positive Futures is offering FREE climibing sessions at ROKT, Brighouse for young people aged 10-19 years.

Every Thursday, 6pm – 7:30pm.

Please book before session.

West Yorkshire Positive Futures is run by young people for young people and provides FREE activities
all over Calderdale!… Click here to see what else the programme offers…