Garden Project 2019

Its that time of year again when the suns out the days are warm and the garden is looking like it needs a spruce up. Pennine Magpie have got Bedding plants available for anybody to buy to spruce up the garden. These are £2 for a tray of six or 3 trays for £5. The… Read more »

Easter Bank Holiday 2019

Pennine Magpie would just like to remind everyone that the centre will be closed to all students from 15:30 on Thursday the 18th April until Tuesday 23rd April at 8:30. This is due to Good Friday and Easter Monday. Pennine Magpie would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter

Access Hospitality Course Starts in January

Pennine Magpie offers a skills for work course, in partnership with Access Hospitality. It is designed to train people with learning disabilities to work in the hospitality sector. The next course will start in January 2020. Learn realistic and transferable skills in hospitality; and increase your chances of gaining paid work. You can choose from… Read more »

Happy Valentines Day

  Happy Valentines day from all at Pennine Magpie Especially these two love birds Jamie and Shorty

Magpie Movers Light Up Christmas

Once again the Magpie Movers delivered a fantastic show at the local Christmas Lights Switch On 2018. The group performed their 2018 Christmas routine for the Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Halifax events. Each performance was welcomed by large crowds, who showed their appreciation to our dancers skills. The group are now enjoying a well deserved… Read more »

Fabric Workshops with Mind The Gap

Pennine Magpie have been working alongside Mind the Gap for an exciting theatre project, which will take place in 2019. The project will be held at the Piece Hall, Halifax for a spectacular show. Polly is an independent artist, who ran two workshops at our centre. She assisted the students with fabric printing. The fabric… Read more »

Students Put Candidates To The Test

Once again, students were asked to interview candidates for a job opportunity at Pennine Magpie. Our recruitment process involves 2 panels of judges; a Management Panel and a Student Panel. Both panels develop a number of interview questions and use a simple scoring process for each response. Results from the student panel are fed back to… Read more »

Our annual BBQ goes Western

Our annual BBQ gives us a chance to meet and greet family, friends and carers of our students; and a good excuse to dress up! Our students come first; and so we also use this event to collect feedback, which is valuable for how we shape the future of our service. A huge thank you… Read more »

Pennine Cruisers

We have been enjoying ourselves on leisurely cruises along the canal. The boat trips are a relaxing way to get out in the fresh air and enjoy lunch in a different environment. We learn about the canal boats and the local wildlife. Our students even had a go at driving the boats. A big thank… Read more »

Flower Market

Pennine Magpie are holding a weekly stall throughout May, down at the Woolshops in Halifax town centre. We are selling the lovely flowers, that have been grown and nurtured for, in our very own garden and poly tunnel. Plants for sale include Antirrhinum, Dianthus, Mimulus and Marigold. We also have our exclusive logo Tote Bags… Read more »

Staff Team Building Weekend

A strong team is what enables Pennine Magpie to bring the very best to our Students. We feel it is important to share knowledge, opinions and expertise in all aspects of how our centre is run. Our CEO, Amanda, planned an Away Weekend in Buxton for staff to discuss the important details of how to… Read more »

Duke of Edinburgh Licensed Organisation

We are excited to announce that Pennine Magpie has received their Duke Of Edinburgh License. This means we are now registered as a licensed organisation to provide Duke Of Edinburgh Awards for Bronze, Silver and Gold. “To complete a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, young people volunteer in their communities, learn a skill, get fit and… Read more »

‘Princes Trust Calderdale’ Volunteer at Pennine Magpie

The team from Prince’s Trust Calderdale spent 2 days volunteering with us last week. They came along to support our students and get involved with our activities to learn more about what we do here. Our students and staff really enjoyed their company and appreciated their support.   The group joined us over a couple… Read more »

December 2018

Pennine Magpie would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We had lots of fun at our Christmas Party with dancing, singing and mince pies! The drama group performed a special singalong act also. A big thank you to Halifax RUFC for letting us host the party at their club.

November 2017

Halifax Magpies hosted a Mixed Ability Rugby Taster Day at their club. It was a great opportunity to learn more about what is involved in the game and how it benefits people in different ways. Pennine Magpie is a sponsor and some of our students play for the team. If you would like information on… Read more »


The snow may not have arrived yet, but that did not stop us from taking on a bit of winter sport fun. Some of the students have been Snowtubing at the Halifax Ski Slope Centre. There were plenty of screams, cheers and laughter as they went speeding down the slope in their tubes. A few… Read more »

Independent Travel

Ben has completed his independent travel training at Pennine Magpie. He now travels from home in Shelf by bus to and from the Pennine Centre. This involves changing buses in Halifax.

Supporting Local Events

Pennine Magpie dance group Magpie Movers have lots of performances at community events this year. These include, the Beat It Nightclub, Shelf Gala, Neighbours Day, birthday parties and Care Home visits.

Supporting Canal Trust

We have been on lots of barge trips run by the Safe Anchor Trust. The Trust was set up to provide access to the canals for special needs groups. The students really enjoy the trips. We have more planned over summer. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers at Safe Anchor Trust.