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WORK: VAC Vacancies

Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC) is on a mission to create connections, solutions and opportunities that build stronger communities. They are a membership organisation that delivers a range of support and services to Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations and groups across the Boroughs of Calderdale and Kirklees.

Their vision is to improve local lives by promoting positive social change and their work includes organisational development support, driving quality across the sector and influencing local and regional developments creating opportunities for the VCS sector to grow and thrive.

They are in an exciting period of growth and change and as part of this journey they are seeking 2 x dynamic and passionate individuals to join their Senior Management Team and 1 to be their Engagement Coordinator. View Vacancies


HEALTH: Cycling For All Sessions

A weekly cycling session close to Halifax is opening up cycling opportunities for cyclists of all abilities.

Brooksbank School’s sports facilities include a 750 metre tarmac cycling circuit, which is located adjacent to Elland Golf club on Hammerstone Leach Lane, Elland HX5 0TA. The circuit is surrounded by playing fields and grass bankings and is in a fully fenced and traffic-free area, making it quiet, safe and peaceful. The facilities include a free car park and a club-house with accessible toilets and changing rooms.

At the sessions, cycling coaches look after cyclists of all ages and abilities. Families are particularly welcome and adults and children with a variety of disabilities regularly attend. Some bring specially adapted cycles.

At the circuit there is a bike library, from which you can borrow a bike for the evening. The sessions cost just £2.50 and there is no need to pre-book. Simply turn up and enjoy the session.

Sessions run on Monday evenings from 7pm till 8pm. Please check the sessions’ Facebook group for any updates on the sessions.

SOCIAL: Monday Afternoon Events

Every Monday afternoon the Arch-Way Project is running a social event called Past Times aimed at the elderly at risk from or living with dementia and those who are isolated and/or lonely.  The venue is the Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, HX1 3AG.

Ebonnie Greene the Operations Manager for the Arch-Way Project said “Our ‘night out on a Monday afternoon’ provides the opportunity for people to have a great time every week.  We recreate a 1950’s night club, play bingo and hold a quiz. Free tea and coffee will be brought to your table along with a biscuit but if you want something a little stronger our bar is open. We have different singers and musicians performing live music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, singing all of your favourites and you can dance, sing along and clap to the beat.

The doors are open from 1:30pm until 3:30pm, our visitors start to arrive at 1:30pm, have a brew, chat and relax. A member of our staff will greet you at the door and we will sit you down with a brew.

The quiz starts at 2pm, we have live music following the quiz, a couple of games of bingo and then finish the afternoon with more music!”

More info:
01422 251613 (Ask for Ebonnie)
Arch-Way Project within Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, HX1 3AG

MONEY: Free Energy Advice

LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership) can help you to save money and keep your home warm and cosy.

If you’re eligible, you will get a FREE home visit from a friendly, qualified Home Energy Advisor.

LEAP can:

  • Help check if you are on the cheapest energy tariffs
  • Install FREE, simple energy saving measures
  • Give you day-to-day energy efficiency hints and tips
  • Ensure your heating system is set up to keep you warm and save money.
  • Arrange a FREE telephone advice service to help with benefits, debt and other money problems.
  • Refer you for further energy efficiency improvements, such as loft insulation or a new boiler.

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible for the LEAP service if one of the below apply. If you:
• have a low income
• receive tax credits
• receive Housing Benefit
• receive an income or disability related benefit
• have a long term illness or disability.

Download the LEAP flyer for full details

SOCIAL: Luncheon Club, Copley

Disability Partnership Calderdale is partnering up with Calderdale Council and Stonewater housing to run a new series of Luncheon Clubs in Copley.

  • Dates: 5 July, 2 August, 6 September, 4 October (First Friday of the month)
  • Time: 11am – 1.30pm
  • Venue: Copley Mill House, Copley Village, Halifax HX3 0UY
  • Booking: places are limited, so please pre-book a place by calling Robyn Allen at Copley Mill House on 07471 907 189

Everyone is welcome to these new Luncheon Club dates. Each will include a 2-course lunch for just £3.99, plus a range of optional entertainments, including a quiz, music and light exercise.

EVENT: Great Get Together

Just a reminder of the The Great Get Together at Crow Wood Park HX2 7JZ on Sunday 7 July, 11:00am-4:00pm.

This is the third event aimed at bringing families together to share conversations, meet local people, play games and have fun.

This year the fun day will include The Burner at Crow Wood Park 2019 – 10km Run, 2.5km Run and Summer Fayre Runs are being organised for all abilities. If you would like to take part please click on the link above.

Lots going on with:

  • Bouncy castle
  • Traditional games
  • Face painting
  • Stalls

Bring food and share in a picnic (remember to bring a picnic blanket).

Bring your friends and neighbours.

For up to date information call June on 01422 706373 or Shabir on 07866 369916.