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Since 2000, our charity has been firmly rooted within Park ward. As we have grown, so have the number of places and spaces we operate from. While a lot of the work we do is still in Park ward, we also have sites in central Halifax and across the Upper Valley.

Park ward is a vibrant and diverse part of Halifax, home to significant historic sites such as People’s Park, Lister Lane Cemetery and The Gibbet that tell the story of Halifax’s fascinating industrial past, when it was at the forefront of the textile production during the Industrial Revolution. Today Park Ward is one of the most culturally diverse areas in Calderdale where communities from around the world choose to settle to build their lives.


Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre

Hanson Lane Enterprise centre creates opportunities in many ways, for both individuals and businesses.

Not only is Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre home to many of our delivery teams, where lots of community groups, programmes and activities take place. It is also an enterprise centre, where businesses work from industrial units.

When Halifax Opportunities Trust first launched, Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre was the flagship site and we continue to work from here, over 21 years later.

Because we’ve been based here so long, many people visit
again and again, or bring their friends and family along, to get information about career and training opportunities, learn English language or gain wellbeing support.

Find out all the things you can do at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre


Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre

Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre is our flagship social enterprise business centre, providing a range of work homes for businesses and professionals.

It’s a converted textile mill on Hopwood Lane, Halifax, with 40 office spaces, four meeting rooms, a café and a range of flexible workspace and virtual office membership options to match most modern businesses.

Whether looking for a dedicated desk in a co-working environment, or something a little more permanent you can call your own, the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre is home to a whole host of spaces that allow you to optimise productivity, hone your craft and grow your business.

Find out all the workspaces available at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre


The Outback Community Kitchen and Garden

You can learn, grow and volunteer at the Outback Community Kitchen and Garden; Park ward’s very own green space.

The Outback is a unique community kitchen and garden based in the heart of the Park Ward community, directly behind the Jubilee Centre. The 1 hectare site runs on organic and sustainable principles and the thriving garden is packed full of herbs, fruit and veg.

There are lots of interesting areas you can explore and learn more about the natural environment, whilst the straw bale kitchen provides a perfect space for our local community to gather and connect through cooking and eating healthy, locally-sourced food.

Find out how you can get involved at the Outback Community Kitchen and Garden


Children Centre Services

We run children centre services across a number of sites in Calderdale, so your family has a local support network.

Our Children’s Centres improve outcomes for your children and your family, with a particular focus on those in greatest need. We’re here to support you as parents, so your children are ready to achieve their full potential.

Our venues are welcoming places where there are activities for families and children, health services, training opportunities and support. We are placed at the heart of communities so you can access help if you need it and provide the best possible start in live for your children. Our centres are great for children to play and for you to meet and chat with other parents; our services are free to join and most activities are also free.

Join our children centre services and visit your local centre



Our nurseries offer high quality day care for children aged 0-5 years. Places are available for children who are eligible for 30 hours government funded childcare.

Halifax Opportunities Trust operates three nurseries across Calderdale, which are located alongside our children’s centres in west Halifax (Jubilee), Siddal and Todmorden.

Learn more about our approach and your local nursery

Things we do for you

and your community

We know that sometimes the opportunities you’re looking for can’t be easily unlocked, which is why we work with you to understand your aspirations and challenges, so together we can find a solution. Because of this we have lots of other services and we work with a number of local groups, organisations and other charities that form a support network.

At most of the places we are based you can speak to someone or get information on services that support you with:

Accessing a Computer

Things Happening at Home

Making Doctors, Hospital or Bank Appointments

Debt or Finance

Health Related Issues

Other News

Find out what’s happening at Halifax Opportunities Trust, in our teams and about the people we work with