FREE Soup and Sandwich evening at Southgate Methodist Church – Tonight!

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On the last Friday of every month, enjoy a FREE Soup and Sandwich evening between 6pm

The Soup and Sandwich evening is open to anybody in the community (Elland & District) who are on their own (or couples who feel socially isolated )  and who wish to come for food, warmth, company and conversation are very welcome.

Go along on Friday 27 October – 6pm to 8pm
At Southgate Methodist Church, Elland, HX5 0EX

The project is also open to anybody (Singles or couples) who are unable to provide food for themselves.

Advertise your 2017 Halloween and Bonfire events with us

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Are you holding a public Halloween or Bonfire event this year?.. Let us know and we will advertise it for you

Last year we received over 6,000 blog views in October and November as people started to look for local Halloween and Bonfire Night events to attend.

If you are holding a Halloween or Bonfire event this year and would like us to advertise for you, please email us here to have it featured in our Friday Flyer.

Note – The email subject is pre-written to ensure your event isn’t lost or overlooked!



Vote Weekend Care for the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

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From 7 November 2016 until 26 February 2017, the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund seeks to award a total of seventy, £300 donations to help community groups and people across UK and Ireland.

Five donations will be awarded each week, four by a panel of judges and one through the People’s Choice award to the organisation with the most weekly votes.

What is Weekend Care?

Weekend Care is an organisation providing a safe stimulating space and wellbeing sessions on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for people over 50. We help people with dementia, people who are lonely or isolated, people who need encouragement with social interaction and elderly who just need a little company at the weekend.

How will Weekend Care use the prize?

We will put the £300 towards our “wish list” project, This project is aimed at helping our guests do things they have never done, things they wish they had done when younger or things they would like to do before its too late.

For example one lady wants to swim with sharks, so we want to go to a Sealife Centre and go through the shark tunnel and one gent would like to go to Wimbledon, so we would like to hold a Wimbledon day, with tennis players and strawberries and cream. £300 from galaxy would make a lot of these wishes a reality.

To vote for Weekend Care visit

You can register one vote per week for Weekend Care and voting closes on February 26th 2017

Calderdale Community Grants Schemes

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The Council runs two grants schemes for community organisations based in Calderdale.

Community Small Grants Scheme

The Community Small Grants scheme gives out one-off grants of up to £3,000 for voluntary and community sector projects that help achieve the Council’s ambition of making Calderdale a clean, safe, attractive and thriving area for people to live in, work in or visit.

Community Festivals and Events

The Community Festivals and Events Fund supports groups that are organising cultural events and festivals across Calderdale, with the aim to get more local people involved in the arts, and attract visitors to our towns and villages. A maximum award of £5,000 will be made to any individual Festival or Event.

There is also a specific pot of money within this fund for organisations that are proposing Festivals and Events following 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. It is part of the Council’s continued work to help residents and businesses get back on their feet by boosting tourism, trade and morale

To be eligible to apply for any of these grants your organisation must:

  • Be a voluntary, community or faith group
  • Be properly constituted
  • Have a bank account in the name of the organisation
  • Be open and accessible to the community you serve
  • Have a planned approach to safeguarding issues, if you are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults

The closing date for complete applications for both funds is Wednesday 1 February 2017. The Small Grants Panel will meet to consider eligible applications on Thursday 16 February 2017.

For further details visit the Grants pages here or email

FREE Soup and Sandwich evening at Southgate Methodist Church

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On the last Friday of every month, Operation Christian Welcome run a  Soup and Sandwich evening between 6pm and 8pm which is open to anybody in the community (Elland & District) who are on their own (or couples who feel socially isolated )  and who wish to come for food, warmth, company and conversation are very welcome.

Go along on Friday 25 November – 6pm to 8pm
At Southgate Methodist Church, Elland, HX5 0EX

The project is also open to anybody (Singles or couples) who are unable to provide food for themselves.

Understanding the Quality For Health Indicators – VAC Training

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This session will provide an opportunity to explore the indicators that make up the quality areas within the system and how to gather appropriate evidence – The session will cover the following:

  • Overview of the quality areas and what they mean
  • What the indicators means in terms of you delivery
  • Setting your evidence against the indicators
  • The need to be able to demonstrate that your delivery can be measured against the indicators

The session will be held on Tuesday 29 November from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Voluntary Action Calderdale.

All VAC workshops are free to Calderdale Voluntary/Community groups working around health. Each organisation that’s entitled to free training will have a unique discount code that will need to be entered at checkout for every online booking. Please speak to the training administrator to access your discount code.

Contact the training administrator on 01422 348777

For all other organisations, the costs per delegate are as follows:

  • Calderdale based voluntary and community organisation = £50
  • Outside Calderdale voluntary and community organisation = £75
  • Public bodies e.g. police, general practice, social services = £100

Click here for more information and to book online

National HIV testing week 2016

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Running from Saturday 19 to Friday 25 November, the purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the importance of testing for HIV – HIV TESTING SAVES LIVES.

People still choose to not get tested, due to the fear of stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV.

For testing and support, visit your GP or the following websites or find out more by watching the video below:

Victorian Christmas Festival & Brighouse Lights Switch On

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brighouse-xmas-festThe Yorkshire Victorian Christmas Festival & Market recreates a Dickensian Christmas in Brighouse, with a huge street market full of Xmas gifts, shops decorated in Victorian style and staff dressed in period costume.

Join the festivities on 26 and 27 November in Brighouse.

Street entertainers, choirs, brass bands, parades, street food and a funfair will entertain you as you shop. Watch out for Santa parading in his horse drawn carriage.

Try the wonderful street food, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and take the kids to Santa’s grotto or the funfair.

For information visit

Meet Santa and enjoy festive fun at Kershaws

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See Santa himself arrive on a sleigh pulled by Rudolph the vintage tractor to launch the 2016 Kershaws family fun day with FREE face painting, mince pies, crafts, fun and games and much more.

Saturday 19 November 2016 – from 11am
At Kershaws Garden Centre, Halifax Rd, Brighouse, HD6 2QD

Santa will be at the garden centre every weekend until Christmas, as well as the Santa Experience from 19 to 24 December.

Santa will also be joined by Bricksy the hound dog from Bricks for kids

For further information contact Mark Yates / Liz Kenny on 01484 713435 or email