Ward Forums

What? Ward Forums are for YOU to get involved in what happens in your local area and discuss what is important to you. By working together we can talk about local issues and plan for the future.

Why? We want to improve what we do for local people so it’s important to understand what you want by getting your views directly – through open meetings.

Who? Ward Forums are open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale. It is your chance to tell us what you think and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

When? Meetings take place four times a year in all Calderdale Wards. Meetings start at 6.45pm until approximately 8.30pm, unless otherwise stated.

How? The meetings are a great place to meet your local councillors, Council staff, Police and other services we work with.

The evenings start with refreshments and a chance to network and chat informally.

The agenda includes contributions from the Council, Neighbourhood Policing Team and other services, and specific items of concern/interest in your area that have been raised by local people at previous meetings.

The open forum is where anyone can have their say – we want to hear from you. If we cannot answer you in full on the evening then we commit to providing you with an answer after the meeting.

The meetings are a great place to meet your local councillors, Calderdale Council staff, police and other services we work with. The evenings start with refreshments and a chance to network and chat informally.

To find out the date and location of your next Ward Forum go here.

Town Hall tour to strike a chord with visitors

The next free taster tour of Todmorden Town Hall will be on Sunday 1 September starting at 2pm.

As well as getting a glimpse inside the grand building, the guided tour, led by Town Hall volunteers, will highlight the history of the many musicians associated with the town.

Todmorden has always had a strong musical culture ranging from male voice choirs, orchestras and brass bands to dance orchestras and pop groups.

Some local residents have become world famous, including Keith Emerson, of the group Emerson, Lake and Palmer and the musical director, arranger and composer Geoff Love.

Geoff Love grew up in the town and never forgot the early opportunity given to him to learn the trombone, by Todmorden Orchestra. He went on to work with some of the world’s top music stars, and sold over two million albums. The tour of the Town Hall will take place the weekend before what would have been Love’s 102nd birthday.

There have been many other notable musicians associated with the town with styles ranging from classical to pop; as well as a large number of very gifted amateurs.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, said: “Todmorden Town Hall has been home to many concerts, dances and other musical events over the years, so it’s fitting that this tour of the building will focus on the rich musical heritage of the town.

“Visitors enjoying this free tour of the grand building will be able to learn more about the musicians and how the Town Hall has played a part in the musical history of Todmorden. They’ll also find out more about the building itself from our passionate volunteer guides.”

The tour is free and there’s no need to book, just turn up on the day, meeting at 2pm opposite the Town Hall pediment on Halifax Road.

Recruiting two posts for Inclusive economy – Deadline for applications 14th August

Do you want to be part of an exciting new team focussed on making our economy in Calderdale more inclusive?

2024 is an important year for Calderdale. It’s the year that marks our 50th anniversary and will be a time to celebrate and reflect on what’s been achieved over the last half century. We are using it as an opportunity to develop a vision for the future without partners.  Vision 2024 sets out our collective aspirations for the borough. We have a compelling story to tell about Calderdale; its distinctiveness, kindness, resilience, talent and enterprise.  To find out more about our vision see our website

Our Inclusive Economy Strategy is a key part of our partnership approach to delivering these aspirations and meeting the challenges of the 21st Century. As a Council we have set ourselves the ambition to be the Small Business Capital in the North.  But we need to do more than this for local people.

This means helping ensure that everyone shares in the benefits of growth, whether this is helping a young person thinking about their future career, someone struggling to find work or needing to re-train, a budding entrepreneur with an enterprising idea, or making sure we take social value seriously when we make investment decisions. Most importantly it’s about working with local people to make sure that what we do is actually going to deliver outcomes that we all want and create an economy that benefits everyone.

There are four roles in our new inclusive economy team. These roles will be partly focussed on delivering a pilot project based in Halifax working across the Park and Warley communities.

The team will work with local people and partners to develop projects on the ground to get local people the right support into work, set up a new business or other initiatives to increase the economic resilience and aspirations of the community.  The team will also drive strategic work to develop our approach and plan for an inclusive economy both within the Council and across Calderdale with our wider partnership including the voluntary, community and business sectors.

We are therefore looking for people with a passion for improving things for local communities that want to get things done on the ground and influence change with decision makers on behalf of communities.

Enterprise Advisor (Inclusive Economy) – Post Ref: RS013

Salary: SO1 – 2, £26,999 to £31,371 per annum, 37 hours per week

Fixed term for 2 years (secondments considered)

This role will take the lead on the enterprise strand of the activity within the wider Inclusive Economy project based primarily in Park and Warley , this will include:

  • Delivering a package of support to help local people set up businesses or local enterprises.
  • Identify and support key areas for business growth and try and influence individuals to use this information to establish worthwhile and sustainable enterprises. In particular the role will be closely working with the Leeds City Region Ad-venture programme to link in the start up support and available grants.
  • Work with procurement and other colleagues to identify gaps in supply chains for services where local businesses could be developed.

You will have a sound understanding of employment, recruitment and the needs of local businesses, including a track record of helping businesses to establish themselves and grow. You will be an experienced negotiator with great communication skills and a commitment to getting the best outcome for people whatever their background.

You will ideally have a Level 4 qualification in providing  Information, Advice and Guidance.  Experience of working in a wide range of working environments with a variety of partners. You will be keen to learn and use your skills to work within a wider team to deliver a more inclusive economy.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Heather Campbell-Firth (Business & Skills Delivery Manager) at

To apply:

Social Value Improvement Officer – Post Ref: RS014

Salary: SO1 – 2, £26,999 to £31,371 per annum, 37 hours per week

Fixed term for 2 years (secondments considered)

This role will lead on developing Social Value policy and practice as part of the Inclusive Economy programme. You will focus on helping Council services, our suppliers and providers to integrate Social Value into procurement activity to improve the local economy, provide opportunities for skills and employment, help our communities by improving life opportunities and environments and share our learning with our key anchor organisations across the Borough.

This role will be based with the Inclusive Economy team but would also be expected to work alongside the Procurement Unit to develop our corporate approach to Social Value.
You will have a good understanding of procurement, processes and practices, particularly how this works within public sector. More importantly you will have a passion for ensuring that the way public sector invests its funds has the maximum social benefit for the wider community and the local economy.  You will have strong communication skills and be confident working with a range of partners.  You will be keen to learn and use your skills to work within a  wider team to deliver a more inclusive economy.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Deborah Gaunt (Corporate Procurement Officer) at

To apply:


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. Applicants to posts that are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act will require a DBS (formerly CRB) from the Disclosure and Barring Service before the appointment is confirmed.


Closing Date: Wednesday 14th August 2019


Appeal for witnesses to a Road Traffic Accident – 15th July

Monday 15 July, 2019

Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision yesterday (14/07) on Blackstone Edge Road, Cragg Vale.

A motorcyclist came off his bike, a black Honda Chassis, while travelling in the direction of Cragg Vale from Littleborough at around 7.24pm.

The rider, a man in his 40s, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the motorbike driving in the area prior to the collision, or anyone who saw two motorbikes driving in tandem in the area to get in touch.

Anyone with information should contact police on our online 101 chat, quoting log number 1699 of 14/7 or by calling 101

VSI Alliance Training – Setting Up a New Organisation

Thursday 11th July, 1:15pm-4:45pm

Venue: VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY

Trainer: Pippa Robson

The structure you choose for your group or organisation has an impact on governance, funding, and issues e.g. employing staff and managing assets.

This session explores common structures in the voluntary and community sector, including charitable and non-charitable.

It will be useful for anyone starting a new group, as well as those that want to find out if their current structure is the best option.

Book your place: