Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC)

Flower and Music Festival at Halifax Minster for Platinum Jubilee

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Halifax Minster will be blooming during the extended weekend celebrations, bringing to you a series of musical celebration events for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

From Thursday the 2nd of June to Monday 6th of June there will be stunning floral art installations, flower arranging demonstrations and live music events, closing with the Jubilee Civic Service in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The flower exhibits will be open
10.00am – 4.00pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday
12.00om – 4.00pm on Sunday

There will be an entry fee of £2.50 for those over 16, under 16 go Free 

  • Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th at 2pm : Flower Arranging Demonstrations
    Limited spaces, please reserve your place through Eventbrite
    Tickets are free but you will need to pay entrance fee at the Minster
  • Saturday 4th at 12pm : Nicola Mills – Opera for the People Concert
    Limited spaces, please reserve your place through Eventbrite
    Tickets are free but you will need to pay entrance fee at the Minster
  • Saturday 4th at 7.30pm : Elland Silver Band Concert
    Adults: £8.00 Under 16 go Free. Tickets on the door.
  • Sunday 5th at 6pm : Jubilee Civic Service
    Free entrance, no booking required. All welcome

Keep up to date with what is happening at CFFC

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There is a lot happening at CFFC, we are welcoming new donors, we are giving out lots of grants, and we are recruiting. We’ve been busy building on our existing Committees and supporters and are back out there in the community connecting people. It’s great to be feeling a sense of getting back to ‘normal’ whilst still being careful.

 

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Local fundraising can get national coverage!

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BBC Radio 2 Presenter Scott Mills gave a shout out and thanked local fundraiser Christine Gow who made over 250 cream teas for friends and family raising over £3,500 for children’s charity Mothershare.
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This year Christine decided to raise money for Mothershare who provide vulnerable children and families in Calderdale with things they need such as essentials, cots, blankets, bottles, prams, clothes, underwear and nappies.

Understanding that the economy has hit people in their pockets, Christine decided to also hold a raffle. She explained, “Times are tough for people but I also wanted to raise as much money as possible for a charity who is in demand to help families now more than ever so I thought a raffle would provide an extra way to raise funds. I am extremely grateful to all the businesses who provided a prize and to all my friends and family for donating money.”

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus service survey

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Welcome to our first survey – tell us what you want!

Our aim is to provide the over 50 population of Calderdale and their families and friends with information and advice to make their lives easier and now we’d like to hear what you think of our website and our newsletters.We’d also like to hear about the local issues that matter to you.

Complete our short survey now

About the Forum

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus is a voluntary group that supports and represents people aged 50 and over in Calderdale and highlights information and issues which are useful and important to this age group.  We also signpost and connect older people to local groups, clubs, societies, charities, as well as events and service providers. We collate guidance on key later life issues such as housing, benefits and finance, care of all kinds and physical and mental health.

Email: info@calderdaleforum50plus.com
Website: calderdaleforum50plus.com

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus is funded by Community Foundation for Calderdale and the National Lottery Community Fund.

 

Meet the new Trustees of the CFFC Board

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The Community Foundation for Calderdale have strengthened their Board by announcing Nigel Cliffe and Preet Sandhu as Trustees.

Steve Duncan, CEO of CFFC added, “We are keen to attract people with different skills sets and experiences to make our organisation as knowledgeable and in a position to grow and reflect the needs of our community . Having given out nearly £2 million worth of grants in 2021, we are looking forward to Nigel and Preet contributing to our future success.”

To read more visit https://cffc.co.uk/new-trustees-strengthen-cffc-board/

 

Squash bounce back men’s mental wellbeing project

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Calling all males whose mental health is suffering – It’s time to bounce back!

Calder Community Squash is delighted to announce a new project – ‘Bounce Back’, designed for men accessing mental health services that will run from the beginning of February every Thursday afternoon (12pm – 1.30pm) in Halifax for twelve months.

The project has been generously funded by Community Foundation for Calderdale who work tirelessly with local charities and organisations to address inequalities and promote opportunities for those who need it most in the valley.

Bounce Back sessions will be held at Old Crossleyans Squash Club, home of Calder Community Squash. Each session will involve a 60 minute squash coaching session followed by an opportunity to socialise over refreshments. Sessions will be for all abilities, allowing participants to gain the benefits of exercise whilst being in a supportive and friendly environment.

For more information or to book your place please contact Aron@caldercommunitysquash.com

Calder Community Squash was set up last year by Aron Harper-Robinson in an effort to make positive changes within the community and society at large. Since becoming a community interest company CCS has gone from strength to strength working with people from all walks of life. This year CCS has secured funding to continue working with the young people from the Madni Mosque community in Park Ward through its ‘Squash from the Mosque’ project as well as a project delivering sessions to those who have worked tirelessly as carers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, CCS will be working with local youth clubs as part of an early crime intervention programme, as well as continuing its work with people with disabilities and local schools.

   

Calderdale children to feature in a video by the Department for Education

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Calderdale Council and the Community Foundation for Calderdale have supported organisations to run Healthy Holiday schemes during the school holidays that provide lots of different activities for children to try and also offer healthy meals and snacks too.

During the  December school holidays, children in Calderdale have been having so much fun trying new activities such as street surfing, canoeing, and learning how to build fires safely that they haven’t had the opportunity to try before, that it has got the attention of the Department for Education who fund the programme and they have made a video about it.

Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale said: “The people running these schemes work had to make sure that the activities are fun and engaging and it’s great that young people are improving their confidence and life skills too. We know that we like to have fun in Calderdale, and we’re pleased that our community stands out nationally for so many people enjoying taking part in the scheme.”

Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, added:

“We’re delighted with the success of the Healthy Holidays schemes in Calderdale, thanks to amazing teamwork from organisations across the borough and the support of local families. The summer programme alone provided 15,000 free activities in 43 venues. Once again, it’s great to see the joy that the winter scheme activities are bringing to children and young people, and now the whole country can also see the difference it’s making to so many families. These new experiences could open up a range of opportunities for young people in the future.”

Link to video:

Calderdale children have so much fun in school holidays, they are chosen to feature in a video by the Department for Education

Twitter
https://twitter.com/educationgovuk/status/1473552642072788996

Facebook
https://fb.watch/a2JWh-p66F/

LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6879318349411565568

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/CXyCIWQMr3K/

Household support fund grants by December 2nd

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Are you a Not-for-profit organisation who are supporting people and families who are vulnerable and are facing hardship this Winter?

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has provided councils with funds to offer direct support to households facing hardship this Winter.

These grants are for organisations who help people keep warm, clean, and fed this Winter.

The objective of the Household Support Fund is to provide support to vulnerable households in most need of support this winter as the economy recovers.

The fund should primarily offer food and energy support but also provision has been made to support households in need of other essentials e.g. blankets, toiletries, bills, fuel.

Grants are available on a sliding scale depending on how many people you are supporting and applications need to be in by 2nd December 2021.

For full details about this fund, application process and more winter support options, visit

https://cffc.co.uk/household-support-fund/