Pennine Magpie students have requested that we help to raise money for other charities.
The first event that has been chosen is Red Nose Day on Friday 15th March.
To ensure as many students as possible are involved we are going to have fundraising events throughout the week, starting on Monday 11th March.
To make our event unique and even more fun, we have decided to mix it up with St Patrick’s Day which is on Sunday 17th March.
We are encouraging students to dress up either as Leprechauns or in the colours of the Irish flag (Green, White and Orange); as well as having a red nose.
Any other creative ideas are welcome also!!
We kindly request a donation of £1 from those students who choose to dress up.
We will also be running other events, such as games and cake stalls to help raise funds.
We hope that you are able to assist us in making the whole week a fun and enjoyable time for our students, whilst supporting a very worthy cause.
From all the Staff and the Student Voice team
We are very excited to announce a new training course coming to Pennine Magpie this September!!
This course is in partnership with Access Hospitality, who specialise in delivering training to people with learning disabilities.
Learn realistic and transferable skills in hospitality; and increase your chances of gaining paid work.
You can choose from either a short course or long course, by completing either 1 or 2 sessions a week. This means you could fit it in around your weekly schedule and college days.
The course will be held here at Pennine Magpie as part of our service and is available to both current and new service users.
To register your interest, please email email@example.com or telephone 01422 383550
Happy Valentines day from all at Pennine Magpie
Especially these two love birds Jamie and Shorty
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 break, before starting rehearsals a bunch of new and exciting routines to bring you in 2019.
Watch this space!
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
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.
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 to all who joined us in this fun day and to Bubba’s Smokin’ Hog Roast for delivering an amazing BBQ once again!
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 you to the Safe Anchor Trust at Mirfield who provide the service.
The trust is run by a group of volunteers who take small or large groups on trips up and down the canal.
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 on sale too!
The stall is running every Tuesday between 9.00am-3pm right outside Marks and Spencers.
Come along and get your hands on these lovely flowers before they sell out.
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 shape the future of Pennine. And because we love to have fun here, there were lots of fun team building challenges to keep us laughing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.calderdale.ac.uk/courses/view/princes-trust-team-programme
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.
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 how to get involved or join the team, please contact Halifax Rufc
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.
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.
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.
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.