The Welcome Centre. Food Bank and more …

Welcome Centre Food Bank and MoreWith the Main centre – for visitors and parcel collections is Lord Street, Huddersfield and the Donations centre – to drop off donations – on Queens Mill Industrial Estate, Queens Mill Road,  Lockwood, the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield is one of the largest food banks in the north of England.

 

The number of people using food banks across the UK has risen from tens of thousands to millions since 2010.

There are many factors contributing to the rise of food poverty, including national welfare reforms, the rise of zero hours contracts, and struggling local economies. The Welcome Centre provides food, toiletries and other essentials alongside a one-to-one advocacy, guidance and support service tailored to people’s needs.

The food packs that the Welcome Centre give out contain enough food for seven days.

They try to provide a good quantity of nutritious, high quality food in our food packs, and tailor each pack to meet people’s dietary requirements and preferences. They believe in respecting people’s food choices no matter what financial predicament they find themselves in.

They’re more than just a food bank.

The Welcome Centre offer clients advocacy, guidance and support to help them address any underlying or ongoing issues which prevent them getting back on their feet.  You can find out more about the additional support they provide here advocacy, guidance and support.

As an independent, local charity, they rely on the support of local people like you; please help if you can.

The Welcome Centre accept donations of most dried, fresh and tinned foods as long as they are unopened and in date.

If you want to discuss a donation of surplus stock from your business, please contact emma.thewelcomecente@gmail.com

The Christmas appeals currently for food etc are – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/32-christmas-shortages

Donations of Christmas items should be with the Welcome Centre by Friday 21st December.

Other ways that you can get involved can be found here – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/2-support-us

To get contact details of the Welcome Centre, please visit  our organisation listing for them.

Sayers Solutions #ChristmasFun

One of our special members, Sayers Solutions, is running a #ChristmasFun campaign which asks for a bit of crowd participation – do you fancy joining in?

Sayers Solutions #Christmas Fun with blog addressEach evening at 8pm Sayers Solutions will post a line from a Christmas song on their Twitter and Facebook Page, and ask you to respond and take part!

Twitter – @SayersSolutions

Facebook Page – @SayersSolutionsPage

You can do this in a number of ways ….

The easiest way to respond would be to reply with the title of the song … however ideally Sayers Solutions would love you to do a video of you singing it!

But anything in between or other fun and engaging contributions celebrating the seasonal joy would also be welcomed!

Their favourite contributions will be awarded with Chocolate or other Christmas goodies (however exchange of ‘prizes’ would need to be conducted locally and when time allowed!).

So let’s have some Christmas fun and join in!

 

More information about Sayers Solutions can be found on their directory listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/sayers-solutions/

Made in Clayton West Newsletter

Made in Clayton West Newsletter Cover imageHi! We are ‘Made in Clayton West’.

We are a community network set up by 3 friends a few years ago.

Made in Clayton West is all about bringing people together around their interests, building community spirit and shining a light on all the fabulous stuff that happens in our community and our newsletter does just that!

Click here to download the Made in Clayton West newsletter

You can also find out about what’s going on locally by visiting our Facebook page – Made in Clayton West.

We hope you enjoy reading it and please get in touch if you have any comments.

 

Want to get in touch with Made in Clayton West? Then please visit their directory listing for contact details

If you would like to find out more about Clayton West then please visit our page dedicated to Clayton West

Bring a guest and get £5 credit

Busy networking events are what everyone wants.

The more people there are to meet, the more connections there are to make.

We do our best to promote our events, however we need your help too!

Be an ambassador of our Mid Morning Mid Month Meetup networking events and tell others about our events and invite them along.

As a reward for your efforts, when you bring a guest (or a guest brings a card with your details on) you will receive £5 credit at your next networking event.

What do you do next?

Click on the picture and you will find a variety of templates that you can download and print to assist you recommend our networking event.

Write on your details (if you are really clever you could do this electronically) and print them or perhaps attach a copy of your business card and then hand them out when networking.

We have plenty of pre-printed cards that you can get from us at our networking events.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Secret Santa Christmas Shopping List for a Teenager

This Christmas, throughout the UK, nearly 500 teenage cancer patients will be waking Christmas morning in a hospital bed far from home, family and friends.

Please be a Secret Santa and buy an extra gift today for a teenager spending their Christmas day fighting cancer.

Help the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust make a big difference to the lives of young cancer patients.

  • Notebooks
  • Pens, Pencils/colouring pencils
  • Colourng Books – Arts & Crafts items
  • DVDs / CDs (suitable for teenagers)
  • Books & Games (suitable for teenagers)
  • Beanie Hats
  • Gift vouchers
  • Gift Sets (male & female)

NB – No hair products!

Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust thank you for joining the fight against cancer in young people and send you their very best wishes for a peaceful Christmas.

 

If you would like to donate a gift to a young cancer patient this Christmas the Laura Crane Trust will be at our December HD8 Network Mmmmm networking event and will bring a donation bag along.

To find out more about the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust please visit their business listing on our directory.

Bloomindale’s Top 5

We are celebrating 5 years of the HD8 Network and so are asking people to give us their top 5.  Please click here to see ours – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/top-5-things-blog/

Here are Bloomindale’s top 5

5 things about Bloomindale

  • Local small business
  • Independent
  • Florist and Atelier
  • Strong community ethos
  • We employ local

5 Bloomindale Events 

  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 19th November at The George Inn
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 26th November at The George Inn
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 29th November at The Coffee Loft & Tapas Bar
  • Christmas Market – 25th November – The Dunkirk
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 4th December – Denby Care Home

5 businesses that Bloomindale like

  • Utterly Yorkshire
  • Springfield Mill
  • Denby Care Home
  • Citrus Financial Management
  • Gawthorpe Butchers

5 things Bloomindale love about HD8 area

  • Local trend
  • Community spirit
  • Charitable abundance
  • Accessible transport
  • Outdoor facilities

 

If you would like to find our more about Bloomindale, please visit their website https://www.bloomindaleflorists.co.uk

or connect with them on social media https://www.facebook.com/bloomindaleflorists/ and https://www.instagram.com/bloomindaleflorist/

Have you got a Top 5?

If so, email info@HD8network.co.uk or post them on our social media channels.

 

What to find out more about the HD8 Network?   Then click here

Tinsel Tuesday

Tinsel Tuesday is fancy dress with a festive twist

Tinsel Tuesday Laura Crane Youth TrustDecorating the tree is a special moment for most families… so the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust wants to spread the joy even further by asking Huddersfield businesses to encourage their staff to decorate themselves like a Christmas tree for one Tuesday in December!

Wrap yourself in tinsel, wear baubles, roll around in glitter…anything goes!

Choose on one Tuesday in December, so either the 4th, 11th or 18th and send the charity your photos for social media!

Suggested minimum donation £1 with all funds raised going to the Gifts 4 young cancer patients Christmas appeal.

HD8 Network article template

We know it can sometimes be tricky to write an article about yourself, so we have written you a template to get you started.

Use this as a starting point and think about what story you want to tell.

Click here to download the HD8 Network article template 2018

If you would like to book a session to discuss what you could say please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Read other articles on the HD8 Network news section – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/news/

New role for Rachel Devereux

In her new role, Rachel Devereux helps people by coaching them to healthier lives – from avoiding or recovering from illness, to reducing overwhelm & anxiety.

Rachel is offering free 30 minute appointments to have a private chat.  “Sometimes 30 minutes is all someone needs to feel better or learn a small tip” says Rachel.

She is still very much involved in ENJO & she loves that it compliments her nurse health coach role, helping people get rid of toxic chemicals from their home.

Rachel has had great reviews from people with joint issues, asthma and eczema (for her nursing friends, the skincare products are where Debrisoft came from).

And, because she loves cuddles with babies she is still running slinglibrary in Holmfirth and until our new recruit is trained, in Mirfield as well.   “I have just ordered 2 new Tula ❤️ and got 3 new slings on Monday” says Rachel.

If you know someone that would benefit from Rachel’s services please urge them to book a session with her – https://10to8.com/book/famdyh-free/472482/

Find her on Facebook – ENJO UK with Rachel Devereux, Rachel Devereux or Slinglibrary.com

Website: www.racheldevereux.com

Alternatively check out her directory listing on the HD8 Network website – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/rachel-devereux/

 

Want to know how you can get your business in front of people who work, rest and play in the HD8 area? Then check out our Packages and Membership page.

New Listing – Tania Fisher Bespoke Ceremonies

At Tania Fisher Bespoke Ceremonies, your Celebrant will create a unique ceremony from scratch.

One that truly reflects you as a couple. It can be light hearted, humorous, formal or simple and will perfectly suit you as a couple.

Having a Celebrant led Wedding Ceremony means you have complete flexibility over your venue – anywhere, anytime.

With so many hidden gems, stunning private estates, beautiful outdoor locations, unlicensed and licensed venues out there, a Celebrant offers you the chance to have your wedding in any location you find and love.

As well as a listing on the HD8 Network, Tania Fisher Bespoke Ceremonies has also created a new category on the HD8 Network directory listings– Weddings and other life celebrations.

We can’t believe this category hasn’t been created before!  We have HD8 Weddings Facebook Page.

There will be many more businesses in the area that do weddings, birthdays, christenings, funerals, all manner of events.  We will start going through the existing listings, however, can you help?

Can you nominate businesses in the area that fits this category?  Businesses with the most nominations will receive free enhanced listings.

Sign up now and get your businesses listed and optimised ready for the next season.

Meet Gary Wood and Trojan Karate

Hi I am Gary Wood, from Trojan Karate, and I am a 7 Dan Karate instructor and have been training in martial arts and fitness for over 48 years.

Earlier this year Gary Wood opened another location of Trojan Karate in Clayton West.  An Afterschool Karate Club in the Darby and Joan Club, starting at 3.45pm, for one hour on Wednesdays. Check out our online events calendar for more details.

This is a place that your 5-year olds and older can take their first lessons in Karate.

The first session is free.

So, you have nothing to lose trying it out.

As well as Karate, Gary also teaches Judo, Boxercise and is a Personal Fitness Trainer.

During his years of being in the sport he has met and trained with many of martial arts greats and have been all over the world sparring and teaching.

Gary wood is fully qualified N A K M A S governing body // D B S /// First aider and all relevant qualifications

Any questions please phone Gary on 07818437517 or visit his listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/trojan-karate/

 

Effective SEO and Google Ads

Paul Campbell Effective Internet HD8 Network

• Who wants to receive a free web audit?
• See how your business ranks on Google?
• Receive a free joint consultation with your peers?

In October Paul Campbell from Effective Internet is the speaker at the HD8 Network’s Mid-month-mid-morning-meetup networking event (Mmmmm).  Book your ticket here –  https://hd8networkmmmmm-oct.eventbrite.co.uk.

Paul will introduce his business to the HD8 area. He has been running it for the past 18 years and has recently relocated to Westleigh House in Denby Dale. Bringing his team of SEO, Google and website experts to work in the HD8 area.

Situated at one side of the bridge, Effective Internet share the Business Centre with a wide variety of businesses located at Westleigh House, including fellow member Louise Lowe from Denby Professionals.

At our networking events we often like to bring you an expert, as well as give our members the spot light. This session on 16th October will be a short 15 session, aiming to encourage discussions and suggestions amongst members.

Paul from Effective Internet will highlight the key issues that most of us get wrong aswell as provide insight into the complex world of SEO – although it doesn’t have to be complicated.

Effective Internet regularly generate a 6 fold ROI for their clients.

What are you waiting for?  Book your ticket now!

Christmas Parties at Storthes Hall

Christmas is one of them words we all dread and fear, planning, organising and the expense this early on in the year!

Fear not, because Storthes Hall Park believe your office Christmas party can be stress free by booking with them.  They can cater for all sizes and tastes.

CHRISTMAS-ADVERT-Storthes Hall Psrk HD8 Network

You can choose from an intimate private dinner to full blown party for all your wonderful staff.

Storthes Hall Park can provide the entertainment too, with lots of exciting packages and budgets to choose from.  For example:

  • The cost for the room, festive room decoration including crackers,
  • drink of arrival, three course dinner and DJ

would be £27.00ph.

without the DJ it would be £25.00ph.

 

Storthes Hall Park also has Accommodation, in their newly launched little on site hotel.  So you and your staff don’t have to worry about transport costs.  Rooms start from £25.00pppn.

All Christmas Party Packages run from November 22nd to December 22nd. 

The lead on booking of the party at Storthes Hall Park, will also receive a complimentary bottle of Fizz and their Accommodation if needed, to thank you for booking with us.

Christmas example menu and leaflets are available on request.

Please remember dates are getting booked up fast so please contact 01484 270159 to discuss your requirements and availability.

 

Free CSI sessions for the public in Huddersfield!

Free CSI sessions for the public in Huddersfield!Huddersfield based company Think Forensic are offering free forensic and CSI workshops for people living in the Huddersfield area.

Six three hour weekly sessions, starting on 7th November, are to be held at Think Forensic’s crime scene centre at Skelmanthorpe. The centre itself is unique in that it contains fire, road traffic collisions and crime scenes ready for investigation by the participants in the course.

The programme is funded by the Wellcome Trust and WEA and run by Think Forensic’s experts who are made up of forensic scientists, CSI’s and crime investigators each of whom have worked in the field. It has been designed to give an insight into the real world of crime investigation and some of the topics it covers are:

• Techniques used by CSI’s at crime scenes including fingerprinting, casting footwear marks, recovering DNA etc.
• Microscopy and how forensic scientists examine trace evidence.
• The role of anthropology and archaeology in forensics.
• Uses of Psychology and profiling in crime investigation.

Participants will consist of a people of all ages and backgrounds. There is no limit on level of education and no prior knowledge of forensics is necessary. Applicants should be available and prepared to be involved for 3 hours per week, 10am to 1pm on Wednesday mornings, for 6 weeks from 7th November and must be able to make their own way to the venue at HD8 9DR.

Company Director Sue Procter said “This is a unique opportunity for anyone wishing to do something different. I can’t believe how lucky we are to be able to offer this free of charge to the people of Huddersfield.” “There are no requirements as to education levels in fact we would love people who don’t usually get involved in studying and education to come along, it’s really going to be great fun”

 

More details of the course outline can be found at https://www.thinkforensic.co.uk/festivals-and-events/wellcome-to-forensics/

or by contacting the company via hello@thinkforensic.co.uk or telephoning 01484860599.

Expressions of interest can be made by clicking here.

Think Forensic Ltd was set up in 2007 it is staffed by experts from crime investigation background including senior investigating officers, forensic scientists, CSI’s, etc. The company operates nationally but is based in Skelmanthorpe from where it runs CSI Experiences for members of the public, educational packages and corporate events around forensic science and CSI.

Upper Dearne Woods

The woods between Denby Dale, Birds Edge and Cumberworth.

Upper Dearne WoodsJoin us in some of the most attractive woods in the area.

We are a group of volunteers who look after the woods around the River Dearne below Upper Cumberworth. If you haven’t already discovered them, they are the woods in the valley to your left as you go up the Barnsley Road (A635) from Denby Dale towards the Sovereign, opposite the council waste site.

Most visitors agree with us that these are lovely woods including, as they do, a wide range of different environments, ancient woodland, beech wood, woodland glades, a pond and several streams.

We enjoy working in these woods, usually going down one or two mornings a month for a couple of hours on a weekend. Our working parties are usually both social and working events and we always have a picnic of cake, a hot drink and a chat. Some of us choose to come practically every time, others pop down now and again, but everyone is equally welcome.

The work we do varies- but may include keeping the paths clear of vegetation, modifying the weirs in the river, so trout can swim upstream, dredging the pond or doing works to encourage the wide range of wildlife.

We try to have both gentle and harder tasks to suit everyone.

We have done bird, insect and flower surveys so we can check how the wildlife changes over time.

We also look after Turpin Hill, a wild flower nature reserve on Barnsley Road near the council tip.

We began by concentrating on the wildlife, but are also investigating the history of the woods.

We have discovered that there was probably a previously unknown water mill on the river and are getting skilled help to excavate some of the remains.

We have also discovered that we had late stone age visitors to the site, as we have found one of their flints which dates back to the time of Stonehenge.

We have a website – https://udwcg2.wordpress.com The website tells more about what we do and gives the dates of our activities.

For working parties we normally meet at the top of Greenwood Lane (opposite to the entrance to the council tip). This is at HD8 8NN, and if we come by car we normally park on the side of Barnsley Road. You will see cars parked when you arrive.

We have meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Bird’s Edge Church Hall- Birdsedge Lane HD88XR at 7:30pm.

Come and visit the woods any time, as access is free, and please pop down and see what we do on one of the working parties, or meetings.

You will be very welcome.

Membership packages

Our website and membership packages are designed with marketing in mind.

Our varied digital marketing communication tools enable your business to be seen by people who work, rest and play in and around the HD8 area.

We promote the HD8 Network, and therefore yourself, in many other ways, mixing offline and online marketing techniques.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss purchasing one of the above options then please email info@HD8network.co.uk or telephone 07790705223 now.

Remember if there is something you are interested in which we are not already offering, or you would like to mix and match the benefits we are more than happy to build you a bespoke package.

Our aim is to promote and support the HD8 area, by connecting you with your customers.

Read more about becoming a member

our Top 5 things blog

If I had a top 5 top thing, to celebrate our 5th anniversary, I would have to pick my favourite surprise organisations …

Number one – Boom, it has to be Think Forensics.

Wow what a business.  What a concept.  What an amazing woman behind it.

Number two – The Pigs in the Woods.

I must confess I have never visited or made contact, however I LOVE driving past it.  Perhaps a bit dangerous trying to point out the pigs to the kid while driving …. But makes my heart sing a bit.

Number three – Shepley Spring Festival.

I have stolen the description “a mini Glastonbury”.  I mentioned above, an amazing woman, but this Festival is also a credit to the amazing team work that can pull off an international 3-day music festival year on year, despite council and other funding cuts and other obstacles – including the weather in some years!!

Number four – There are so many that I could choose from it is so hard to single out, but I would have to pick the community amenities –

  1. The community libraries seem to have been a great success and popular and have been an impressive response to “the cuts”.
  2. Emley Community Centre, Football Club and Wentworth rooms was a delight the other year and is an impressive community area with so much potential. However, there are also many other sports and recreation clubs across the HD8 area it seems so harsh to single any out.
  3. Cliffe House is an adventure I know will continue to grow for me. I love the history of it – my MiL (Mother in Law) has stayed here … sorry that’s misleading, she’s not that old – she went on here school trip …. My little one isn’t just old enough for the adventure play equipment, but I can’t wait to give it a try.  I did a stewarding session at Shepley Spring Festival the other year and the acoustics in the stables, I kept being told, where amazing!
  4. Scissett Baths – This has been my second office over the last year … not necessarily working, instead working out. It is great facility, but hard work to get to grips with timetables and the classes are so popular, it’s tricky to book.  You must be dedicated, but the facilities are amazing (not forgetting the history) – and it’s one of the longest pools in Kirklees …
  5. Now I am torn between the great facilities for kids or just plummeting for Springfield Mills; especially after Jelly Beans and the transformation she has made (along with support from the other units) …. Leapfrogs too has recently gone through an amazing transformation, as has Kirklees Light Railways – have you been to their outside park in Clayton West recently? And of course, there are the other amazingly run community playgroups, stay and plays, etc, without forgetting the little parks dotted everywhere … However, Spingfield Mills, essentially should be your retail dream … a perfect way to spend your time …. The variety of shops/units in there, the service that is provided (most of the time) the quality and variety that is available, however ….

Number five – I have run out of numbers! Can I lump together in one all the other amazing organisations in the area?

  1. The back-bedroom businesses
  2. The (wo)man with a van services that keep our house, gardens, family and all other sorts of elements in our lives and business in working order
  3. The shops, beauticians, restaurants and entertainment activities, as well as events
  4. The employers, the national and international companies, the manufacturers, fabricators, engineers, ecommerce …
  5. The non-profit organisations that organise our social lives

Wow, I never thought it was going to be so hard to leave out so much.  My mind is racing with the number of organisations and people that I haven’t mentioned, however I mean no offence when I do so.

Can you do better?  What are your top 5?

It doesn’t have to be so far reaching as mine #coverallangels #anglesaswell

Post on our social media, email your articles to info@HD8network.co.uk or just generally tell people what is great and what is happening in the area.

5th anniversary celebration event

This year to mark our 5th anniversary we are holding a celebration at the Dunkirk Inn on 18th July from 7pm.

We have been receiving donations for raffle prizes – so if you are a business and want to donate something in return for coverage and promotion please get in touch.

If you would like raffle tickets but cannot attend the event, please see –

  • the Eventbrite page and buy a ticket *link
  • me in person
  • or one of the volunteered contacts in your community … details coming soon –
    • if you want to be one of those – you could be a ‘mum’ at school or ‘dad’ at sports drop off (sorry to be gender specific) an organiser or participator of a community group, popular, prominent figure etc – and want to help out, please get in touch.

We’d love it if you would be able to attend and have a drink with us at the Dunkirk and have a summer socialable evening (weather permitting on their roof terrace).

This is not a business networking event – if you want to promote your business we will give you a sticker for people to recognise this and maybe space for promotional material and pop up banner, but this is not a sales event!

This event is for those who work, rest AND play here.

It is to celebrate the area and hopefully raise a toast to the HD8 Network and our 5th anniversary.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Book your ticket here

 

#yourtop5

As we are celebrating our 5th anniversary this year, the HD8 Network ask for your top 5.

Whether this is 5 reasons why you love work, rest or play in HD8, the top features of your event or business, the groups you belong to, the activities you are involved in.

5 best/recent pictures you have taken of the area.

Be as imaginative as you like ….

 

Help us celebrate 5 years, by sharing wonderful, positive stuff about the HD8 area.

Feel free to

  • Post in the HD8 Network groups that you are members of and maybe mention or tag contacts where possible.
  • Write and email info@HD8Network.co.uk your blog articles, that we can post in our news section, as well as post links to (the news article) from our social media.

We look forward to hearing your top 5!

Read our top 5 coming soon …

Denby Professionals

Denby Professionals is shaking up the services of the recruitment industry.

They offer permanent vacancy recruitment support or work as an inhouse support for all your recruitment needs, whether it is one vacancy a year or one vacancy a week, they can help.

Recruitment should not be costly and time draining element for a company, talk to Denby Professionals today to find out how they can help for your current roles or future planning. louise@denbyprofessionals.com

Denby Professionals have also kindly become admin of the HD8 jobs Facebook group.  So if you are looking for positions to be filled, then please also visit our Facebook Group.

 

Denby Professionals will offer all HD8 members a 20% discount on all your recruitment needs throughout 2018! Plus a free consultation on recruitment plans and growth for all members.

 

Check out our directory page for other businesses listed in the HD8 and surrounding areas.