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Reopening update

Due to the latest government guidance on banning different households in Calderdale from meeting up, unfortunately we are still unable to open Pennine Magpie. As your safety is so important to us, we will remain closed until this guidance changes. We will be back in touch as soon as we have any more information to… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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 contractSalary: £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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »


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.