Rural Newsletter – Denby Dale and Kirkburton & Holme Valley

Please see below information relating to communities in rural Kirklees that may be of interest.

Please feel free to utilise and share any information as you think would be useful. 

Are you unlucky with obtaining funding? 

The Third Sector Team are offering free funding consultations throughout March to groups who may need support sourcing the right grants, and to look at ways to make your bids
more appealing to the funder, for more details contact:

Police Contact Point

Denby Dale Library, Saturday 9th March 10:30 -11:30 am

Police Contact Point, Denby Dale Library | West Yorkshire Police

Lidl, Holmfirth – Wednesday 20th March 5-6 pm

Police Contact Point, Lidl, Holmfirth | West Yorkshire Police

Families Together Fair

To showcase services and groups to local families. Please feel free to help promote the Fairs and if you are a member of or know a community group or charity who would like to take up a stall please contact the Community Hub Coordinator:

HD8 –

Holmfirth – /

Saturday 18th May 2-5 pm – Skelmanthorpe Community Centre

11-3 pm Wednesday 27th March – Cooper’s Yard, off Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth Centre

Business For Good: Alternative Business Models Workshop

Please find below booking details for the Business for Good, West Yorkshire Alternative Business Models (free) Workshop For Business Advisors and Support Professionals on 6th March 2024 which aims to a expand your knowledge to include less common and innovative approaches to business and governance.

Sign up and find out more here: Alternative Business Models – Registration – Airtable

Business Kirklees: Take your business to the next level.

Delivered by Kirklees Council, Business Kirklees provides free and impartial business support to start-up and growing businesses across the Kirklees District. The team also manages business premises and promotes the district to attract new business and investment.

Business Kirklees provides access to a range of targeted support for local businesses of all sizes, all sectors, and all stages of development. The team can help with access to finance and funding, innovation, efficiency savings, new premises, digital transformation, exporting, attracting new talent, local supply chain expansion and accessing new markets.

Whatever your business needs, wherever you are on your journey, Business Kirklees can help.

Find out more at

Contact the team at:

Follow Business Kirklees on LinkedIN and X @bizkirklees

REAL Employment

REAL Employment aims to support adults aged 18+ with learning disabilities and/or autism into paid, sustainable employment.

There are lots of ways REAL Employment can help you – match your skills to suitable job opportunities, help you produce a CV, provide training opportunities, prepare for interviews and support you when you’re working.

If you’re an employer and you have a role to fill, let REAL Employment help.

Please search for ‘REAL Employment Kirklees’ online to find out more, access support and make a referral.

Everybody Active Walk Leader FREE Training Dates

An interactive course designed and delivered by Everybody Active, Kirklees Council. We aim to give those on the course the skills and confidence to lead safe, welcoming, and enjoyable walks in their community.

Who is this course suitable for?

Any adult interested in supporting others.
People who want to be more involved in their community.
Active people who have the confidence to lead small and large groups.
Staff planning to lead walks as part of their service delivery.

Course materials:

All who attend will be given a:

  • Everybody Active Leader training booklet
  • Set of ‘In case of emergency’ (ICE) cards
  • A high visibility vest
  • Certificate on completion of the course

Learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the benefits to be gained from becoming more active.
  • Understanding what a Everybody Active Walk is and what makes a suitable route for these walks.
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of a Walk Leader
  • Understanding how to manage pace on a Everybody Active Walk
  • Awareness of risk assessments and how to recognise and manage potential hazards on an Everybody Active Walk.
Leeds Road Sports Complex, Leeds Road Huddersfield. HD2 1YYTuesday 5th March 2024
Friday 8th March
1:00pm-4:00pm10:00am- 1:00pm
Batley Library, Market Place, Batley, WF17 5DAThursday 7th March 202410:15am- 1:15pm
To register or for further information email: ring 07815117853

The Veteran’s Mental Health Carers Café

You are invited to connect with other carers of veterans at Skelmanthorpe Community Centre

Peer Support Sessions in the Denby Dale and Kirkburton area

Please see below and attached poster advertising upcoming peer support sessions

Every Sleep a Safe Sleep Multi Agency Training

Anyone who works with parents and carers of babies aged 0-12 months, including pre-birth, should be aware of and have skills to enable the prevention of the sudden and unexpected death of an infant (SUDI) through unsafe sleep practices. Training is now available through Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership to ensure our message of ‘Every Sleep a Safe Sleep’ is received across West Yorkshire.

Training takes 2.5 hours and the next opportunity is on Thursday 7th March, 1.30pm-4.00pm, virtually via Microsoft Teams. Book your place here: Kirklees SCP – Learning Management System (

If you have any problems booking a place, please contact KSCP admin on 01484 225161, or contact our Public Health lead on Safer Sleep

Training materials for those who cannot attend are available at Safer Sleep :: West Yorkshire Health & Care Partnership ( and How we can support you – The Lullaby Trust, and further training dates will be available (contact us for further info).

Eden’s Forest Easter Holiday Club

Join us this Easter at our much-loved holiday club! Experience the thrill of zip-lining, conquering the cargo net, and our giant tree swing. There will be seasonal crafting and bushcraft, try your hand at green woodwork, meet new friends and have woodland adventures. Round off the day with delicious s’mores and embrace the possibility of a little mud along the way!

We have both morning and afternoon half day sessions for 5–7-year olds, as well as an all-day session for the over 8’s, 8-14 years available.

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Bread and Butter Success

Every week The Bread and Butter Thing mobile food clubs give access to nutritious and affordable food taken into the heart of communities starved of money, food and resources. Find out how they are helping here: Goes together like Bread and Butter | Kirklees Community Plus

Announcing the Kirklees Community Networks – Join now for networking, support and sharing best practice

TSL Kirklees has secured funding to help support and develop a number of existing community networks in Kirklees and set-up some new ones.

The idea behind all of these networks is to bring local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations together to collaborate, support each other and become a voice for their particular area of work. As a network they can highlight issues, identify strategic priorities and have access to key decision makers and funders.

Each network has a lead organisation and key contact. To find out more or join a network, please visit

Thrive with Business Kirklees (Information attached)

Thrive is a fully funded, specialist start-up incubation programme supporting health, wellbeing and life science innovators, and entrepreneurs, turn their ideas into a sustainable business.

Funding opportunities

As with last month, due to the large amount of funding opportunities there we were asked to promote in this month’s Rural Newsletter, we have included these in the attached PDF documents titled ‘Rural Newsletter Funding Opportunities FEB 24’. Please do have a look and share any information included with people you think may be interested.

If you would ever like to promote activities or opportunities in the Rural area, please feel free to email Luc (, Julie ( or Aaron ( with a brief blurb to the matter you’d like to share and link to where interested parties can find out more.