Join our team! We are recruiting Bank/Relief Enablers

Pennine Magpie is a charitable company that has been supporting adults with learning disabilities in Calderdale for the past 20 years.

Pennine Magpie is a dynamic, fun and friendly learning environment.

Our loyal staff team are experienced and highly trained in a variety of skills and disciplines which enables us to offer a wide range of daily activities to meet service users’ individual needs. We focus on person-centred planning to enable our service users to grow and live more independent and fulfilling lives.

About the role

Bank/Relief Enabler

We are looking to increase our team of Bank/Relief Enablers to cover staff holidays and sickness. The role will include both 1:1 support for students and facilitating group sessions.

Hours: Zero hour contract
Salary: £9.68 p.h.

About You

You will have:

  • Level 2 qualification in Care or similar
  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Flexible
  • Available for work Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 3.30 pm.

How to Apply

Please contact to request an application pack.

Completed application forms must be sent to or can be posted to Pennine Magpie, Unit 15, Calderdale Business Park, Club Lane, Halifax HX2 8DB.

Please note CV’s will not be accepted.

Closing date

5pm Friday 30th October 2020

Pennine Magpie will use the information provided by you to process your application for employment. We will treat all personal information with the utmost confidentiality and in line with current data protection legislation. In particular you should note that all applicant details will be kept on file for 12 months whether you are successful or otherwise unless you explicitly instruct us to destroy your record.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role in more detail please contact Dawn Newsome, Manager on 01422 383550.

We are open from Monday, 21st September

We are pleased to announce that we have been given the go-ahead to open from Monday, 21st September. We will be phoning all students to update you on our plans to return safely. If you have any questions please get in touch. We’re excited to see you all soon!

A message from us to you

Here is a message from all the staff at Pennine Magpie. Hopefully the wait won’t be much longer until we are reunited, but your safety is our number one priority. We miss you all and can’t wait to see you soon. Until then, stay safe and keep smiling.

Watch our ‘Life in Lockdown’ short film

Here are some highlights of what we have been up to throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The doors to our centre may have temporarily closed, but we found new creative ways for us to all stay connected.

Day Centre of the Year

As part of the ‘Prestige Awards’, we have won the award for Adult Day Care Centre of the Year for West Yorkshire! We have been recognised for providing ‘a bespoke service, consistency of reviews and community feel.’ We are thrilled with this fantastic news and will look forward to appearing in the Prestige guide later in the year.

Coronavirus Response

Please read our information on coronavirus – including symptoms, advice and how to avoid spreading germs to help keep Pennine Magpie safe.

Bad Weather Procedures

In the event of disruption caused by bad weather, the prime concern of Pennine Magpie is the safety of students. We will always endeavour to open in the event of bad weather, as long as it is safe to do so.

If you have the responsibility of getting students to and from Pennine Magpie, students should be handed over directly to a member of staff. Please ensure any student you bring in is able to get home safely. If traveling in by taxi, drivers should be advised to do the same.

If there is considerable weather disruption, we may have to close the centre and send students home. We would then ask you to make arrangements for them to be picked up.

For students who are picked up by Pennine Magpie, it may not be possible to pick up or drop off students, or it may become necessary to bring them home earlier for safety.

If there is any disruption to service, we will inform you via our Facebook page, website and text alert.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the floods. Stay safe.

We are looking to increase our team of Bank/Relief Enablers

The role will include both 1:1 support for students and facilitating group sessions.

Hours: Zero hour contract
Salary: £9.68 p.h.

You will have:
– Level 2 qualification in Care or similar
– Experience of working with people with learning disabilities
– Excellent interpersonal skills
– Flexible hours

If you would like to apply or discuss the role in more detail please contact Dawn Newsome, Manager on 01422 383550 or email

Could you be our next Trustee?

Pennine Magpie is a charity based in Halifax that offers a wide range of activities, experiences and training to adults with learning disabilities.

We are at an extremely exciting time of development and are looking for new Trustees to help us achieve our strategic aims.

We are particularly looking to recruit new Trustees who have experience in the fields of:

• Finance

• Employment Law

• Governance

• Health and Social Care

• Project management

• Adult Education

• Learning Disabilities

You do not have to have a particular professional background to become a Trustee. You may know someone with a learning disability, or care or have cared for someone, you may be someone who believes strongly that all people no matter what their disability deserve to be respected and valued by society. If this describes you, you could have a lot to offer.

Pennine Magpie is committed to promoting equality and diversity opportunities and we welcome applications from all aspects of society.

If you feel you have the experience skills and drive to help us deliver our strategy, please contact Amanda Goulding, Chief Executive in the first instance.

We will be holding an open day on Thursday 7th November  where you will be able to meet students and staff and chat to existing Trustees to discuss what the role entails, what you might contribute and the satisfaction you may get from it.

For more information, please email us

Getting to know our Enablement Team Manager

What made you want to work at Pennine Magpie?

I had been looking for some time for a new challenge and came across Pennine Magpies website, I was blown away with the variety of sessions and the student involvement  and decided to apply for the position of Enablement team manager.  

How long have you been at Pennine Magpie?

I have worked for Pennine Magpie since the 18th of June 2018, so I am quite new to the staff team.

How would you describe your role?

Where do I start? Rewarding, fun, challenging at times, no day is the same!

Favorite part of your job?

Working with the students and having the autonomy to make changes to the service delivery.

Two Pennine Magpie students win a Care Award!

A huge congratulations to two of our students who were shortlisted in the Care Awards! Tom Galvin and Richard Nellis were nominated for their determination, persistence and courage no matter what life throws at them – superstars!

Getting to know our new Dance and Drama Enabler

We are pleased to welcome Emily to the Pennine Magpie team, who has joined as our new Dance and Drama Enabler. Emily will spend her time teaching students new dance routines while taking a lead role in supporting our infamous Magpie Movers group! She has also introduced drama classes to Pennine Magpie, teaching students yet more amazing skills while having lots of fun!

What made you apply to Pennine Magpie?

After hearing about the organisation online and reading about what opportunities Pennine Magpie offered to students with learning difficulties, I decided I wanted to offer my background in dance and drama as a unique way for students to learn new things and obtain creative skills.

Also, I wanted the challenge of keeping the Magpie Movers running smoothly but to also add something new and refreshing to the dance group. I am currently choreographing two new routines for the Disney Salvation in August. I’m really happy with how well it’s going so far… The students are really friendly and I have already started to develop some amazing relationships with them. The staff are so helpful and dedicated which helps students feel reassured whilst being at Pennine. 

Pennine Magpie is a creative and passionate place to work and through the elements of drama and dance I feel I can deliver a vibrant, creative and friendly place to both work and study in.

Describe your job in three words?

Dynamic, innovative and creative

Tell us about something exciting you’re working on with students?

Currently in the drama sessions, the students are helping me organise an Alice in Wonderland theme event. This event is to showcase Pennine Magpie’s skills and talents and what better way to show this through a mysterious and magical forest, where lots of different and unique creatures live.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I’m not teaching at Pennine Magpie, I also teach at Pauline Quirke Academy and I like to go to the gym and train. My other hobbies include spending time with family and friends, holidays, watching performances and eating out (yummy!)

Who would you most like to swap places with for the day?

Hmm not sure… Beyoncé maybe?!

What did you want to grow up to be when you were a kid? 

Ever since I was little I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in being an actor. 

Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself that might surprise us?

I was Brooke Vincent’s (Sophie Webster) body double on Coronation Street.

What three words would your friends use to describe you?

Conscious, dramatic and ambitious.

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

To be lucky without consequences.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Caramel Latte’s!

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 best thing about these plants is they are grown with care and nurtured from being little baby plants. They aren’t stuck out and not watered like you find with most supermarket flowers. Also the money you pay goes back into growing more flowers. so its a win win.

If you would like some please see a member of our team and we will be happy to help 🙂

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 prints are contributing towards a giant baby blanket, which will be featured in the public display.

More information about this exciting project will be announced soon.

Stay updated with the latest information, by following Mind The Gap Theatre on Facebook: @MtGStudios

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 the management panel. Scores from both panel are added together to find the right candidate.

We believe it is important for students to have a say in the recruitment process, as our students are at the heart of everything we do.

The successful candidate is someone who appeals to both management and students.


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 plan and undertake an expedition, fulfilling six to 18 months of challenging activity. Through this sustained, meaningful activity, young people develop key life and employability skills, such as self-management, problem solving, team working, communication and confidence.”

For more information or to show your interest, please email

‘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 of days to help support our students in the many activities that we provide here.

Not only did they support our students and staff, but they also got a chance to see the amazing talents that are students have.


Volunteering with Pennine is a great way to learn more about what we do and to give a little back to your community.

If you are an individual or organisation who would like to volunteer with us, then please contact us on 01422 383550.


To learn more about the Calderdale Princes Trust programme, then please click on the link


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 of the students were a bit unsure of the height, but they faced their fears and gave it a go.

All reached the bottom of the slope with big smiles on their faces.

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.