Music, dance and craft on taster session menu

Imagineers at Elsie Whiteley Centre for Innovation, Halifax.'From the left, Jonathan Milner, Helen Swift, Joyce Wilcock, Brian Cowan, Nichola Dean and Liz Leach.

Imagineers at Elsie Whiteley Centre for Innovation, Halifax.'From the left, Jonathan Milner, Helen Swift, Joyce Wilcock, Brian Cowan, Nichola Dean and Liz Leach.

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People aged 16 and over with disabilities and mental health problems are being invited to try something new at activity taster sessions.

‘Through Your Choices’ is being run by independent community interest company Imagineer at the Orange Box, Halifax, from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, October 5.

There will be a number of free taster sessions at the event, including a music workshop run by Craig Fee from Beat It, a dance workshop led by Janet Ingham from Dance Unlimited and arts and crafts sessions hosted by Terry Mac.

Imagineer will be offering to match individuals with PAs/support workers through a five-minute question and answer “speed dating” style event.

Helen Norris, one of the organisers, said: “We want to offer a new experience to potential customers whereby we try and match their interests and aims with those of our bank of PAs/support workers, so that ultimately when individuals use their direct payments or personal budget to support their inclusion in the community and achieve their aspirations they are being supported by well matched like-minded individuals who they have had choice and control over employing.

“Through Your Choices is an entirely new venture for Calderdale; we currently have a group of people who meet weekly in Leeds. Hopefully we can put together a group like this in Halifax but these sessions will be planned depending on the success of the launch.”

Helen said Imagineer also wants to hear from personal assistants, support workers or groups in Calderdale who are willing to offer inclusive activities and support.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Imagineer, which is based at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre in Halifax, by calling 01422 399400 or via email at info@imagineer.org.uk.