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SUPPORT: Domestic Abuse

Drop-in Sessions for Domestic Abuse Support Services: Staying Safe Calderdale offer Drop-in Sessions at the following venues in Calderdale and offer:

  • Domestic abuse support
  • Safety advice,
  • Access to legal advice

Todmorden Community College, Burnley Rd, Todmorden OL14 7BX
(1st & 3rd Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)
02/08/18, 16/08/18, 06/09/18, 20/09/18, 04/10/18 & 18/10/18
Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Rd, HX1 4NE
Monthly drop-in on 1st Tuesday of the month 10:00am-12:00pm
For more information and details of wider services please contact Staying Safe Calderdale on 01422 323339.


DEMENTIA: Todmorden Cafe

Daisy’s Café is a monthly dementia friendly cafe in Todmorden.

Next – Ukelele Henry will provide the music at Daisy’s Café at Todmorden Health Centre Saturday, October 6th.

The café is on from 11am until 1.30pm and is run by Dementia Friendly Todmorden. Everyone is welcome, and the group will be offering their usual support, advice and information for people affected by dementia along with their families and carers.

As well musical entertainment, the café will be serving soup and sandwiches with coffee and juice for £2.50, or drinks and biscuits for £1.50.

Upcoming Dates:


PELLON: Over 50’s Luncheon Club

The Halifax and District Irish Society organise the “Over 50’s Luncheon Club” which takes place at The Pellon Social Club, Moor End Road, Halifax. Meetings are usually held every 2 weeks but keep an eye out for the entertainment listings to confirm this.

The Luncheon Club usually operates from 12 noon to about 3pm. (Open from 11.15am).

Live entertainment, dancing, free door entry ticket raffle, main raffle, bingo, domino card and full buffet meal; all this for only £5.00 per member.

All members are issued with a membership card. There is no annual subscription. Members are advised to have this card with them when attending any Luncheon Club meeting. Any lost cards will be replaced without charge.

Dated and numbered tickets are provided and entered into separate free door entry ticket raffle for a £10.00 prize.

Members are asked to advise the committee if bringing a guest. Guests will also pay a charge of £5.00 but they are not entered into the free door entry ticket raffle.

Below are the listings for October to December 2018;

  • Thursday 11 October – Nicky James
  • Thursday 25 October – Sally Glennon
  • Thursday 25 October – John McHugh
  • Thursday 8 November – Keep it Country
  • Thursday 22 November – Nicky James
  • Thursday 6 December (12:00pm-4:00pm) – Christmas Luncheon Club with Peter Mylette
  • Saturday15 December (7:30pm-late) – Christmas Social Dance with Pat Jordan Band (Members £5, Guests £6)

For further information contact Maurice Kidney email: or call 01422 343483.

SMOKING: Local help with quitting

Do you want to stop smoking? During October, Calderdale Council’s BetterONEYOU_Stoptober_DigitalAssets_Social_POST_1200x628_GENERIC_AW_ALincsEast Living Service will be running a series of ‘Know your CO’ events.  This gives you the chance to check your carbon monoxide levels & have a chat with a Better Living Trainer about stopping smoking. Please click here to see available sessions

The Better Living Service also have stop smoking clinics to support you to stop smoking, if you want further information, please ring 01422 230230, or e-mail, or visit

ADVICE: Help With Universal Credit

Calderdale Council are publicising the fact that they can offer support with applying for Universal Credit by visiting a Customer First office.

Important note: Complete their online self-referral form, if you have already claimed Universal Credit and you need help using the account or with budgeting.
An advisor will contact you to arrange an appointment.

The Council can offer support with;

Digital Skills

  • How to use your Universal Credit account, which will help your claim to run successfully
  • to set up an email address
  • by showing you the council’s website and other helpful sites
  • by referring you for further help through organised IT courses

Budgeting Skills

  • how to open a bank account
  • how to reduce your energy costs
  • advice on Council Tax, Council Tax Reduction, Housing and any rent arrears that you may have

UPDATE: Citizens Advice’s New Number

Citizens Advice Bureau Calderdale will be changing telephone number from Monday 1 October. The new number will be 0300 330 9048. 

The number will still be answered by local advisers who are available from Monday to Friday 9:30am-1:00pm and on Tuesday 4:00pm-5:30pm.

The locally based Telephone Advice Line is delivered by a team of volunteers and paid staff with many years experience in dealing with clients’ problems.

The majority of their clients now use the Telephone Advice Line as their first point of contact either getting full advice immediately or receiving appointments for specialist advice.

OURDOORS: Heritage Winter Walks

Calderdale Heritage Walks Winter Programme 2018-2019

The winter programme has fortnightly walks plus an extra one at Christmas. The majority are on Sundays, with 2 Saturdays and 2 on Bank Holidays. All start at 1:30pm.
No pre-booking required, just turn up and pay the Guide – its £3 (all ages)

Almost all starting points are served by public transport. Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed on walks unless indicated by the No Dogs symbol.


Saturday 3 November 2018 Murder Site to Gibbet

A look at the rich and varied heritage of west central Halifax, including People’s Park, the Workhouse, the Hanson Lane Bomb site, West Hill Park Model Village, and many Crossley connections. Hear about the tragic deaths of Mary Hackett and Emily Pye, view the location of a fatal boiler explosion, and see one of Mackintosh’s early warehouses. Finally – the story of The Gibbet. Duration: just over two hours.
Meet David Glover at Lister Lane Cemetery Gates, Lister Lane HX1 5JL at 1:30pm

The complete Winter Walks Programme can be downloaded here.