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By Working Wonders, Oct 21 2016 04:17PM

The things people do for charity! And as if last year wasn’t enough, Jayne Spencer, Working Wonders Project Manager has done it again – completed the 15 plus miles of the ‘Hell Up North’ race in Delamere Forest, Cheshire.

Described as ‘staring into the jaws of hell’ and the ‘toughest half marathon in the world’, Jayne braved the Bog of Doom, Lucifer’s Lido and the Devil’s Disco to raise funds for Working Wonders

“I was truly shattered afterwards,” says Jayne. “After 13 miles of bogs, hills, water and pain we discovered someone had added two or three extra miles on! The mini lake in the woods which was chest high with water last year was eight foot deep in places so we had to swim across 200 metres of freezing water. Then having to climb up and down four 20 feet ravines nearly polished me off.!

The promise of being hosed down by firemen at the end was an incentive, Jayne admits, so she was disappointed to find that they were actually 12 year old fire cadets.

Jayne has raised just under £200 so far, but it’s not too late to make a donation. See details below. Her mud extravaganza will support young people in Calderdale. Working Wonders provides work ready support for young people who require access to training, work and apprenticeships. The charity also works with local employers who are seeking to recruit young people.

“The aim is to make our work ready programme available on a long term basis, providing support to young people into apprenticeships and work,” says Jayne. “We provide financial support for young people which includes travel costs, lunch costs, cost of work interview clothes, work clothes and any additional expenses such as DBS checks, CSSC Cards and first aid certificates.

“Any young person aged 14-25 in Calderdale can access our services at the Orange Box Young people’s centre, a very accessible town centre location, in Halifax.”

To sponsor Jayne and help support Working Wonders go to . Or email Jayne at or

By Working Wonders, Jul 1 2016 10:51AM

Are you a parent aged 16-19 thinking about your future job prospects? Join the T_PARTI (Teenage Parent Advice Referral Training & Information) on Thursdays throughout July and get advice and information on careers, training, health and fitness.

Here’s what you can expect from the FREE weekly sessions:

7th July

Healthy Eating and Fitness week, Talks / Activities from Students on the Health and Social care course at Calderdale College, to inc healthy snacks and talk. Possibility of a relaxing exercise, quality time for mums and dads away from their children.

14th July

Overcoming Barriers to learning, group activity and Meet Local Training Providers.

21st July

Budgeting, Finances, Grants, Care to Learn etc, come and meet your lone parent JCP adviser. Sick of being skint and unsure how to live on a budget/ cooking on a budget, then come and meet a sobs adviser, inc Activity. Thinking about a college course. Let's hear what student services can help with / finance a course and make going back to learning a possibility.

28th July

Meet Careers Adviser, Arrange Visits, Make Referrals, complete applications, Evaluate what you've learnt on T-PARTi.

By Working Wonders, Jun 27 2016 01:24PM

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15-17 year olds.

NCS helps build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.

Running during summer and half-term, this site is dedicated to the NCS programme in London, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire West Midlands and parts of North West England and Yorkshire. The programme involves a short time away from home, trying new things as well as taking part in a team project in the local community and much more!

Find out more at