The Calderdale District lies on the Western border of West Yorkshire. The largest town, Halifax, is close to Bradford to the north and Huddersfield to the south. It accounts for almost half of the population of approximately 196,000.
Much of the rural west of the district consists of upland of the South Pennines, broken by steep valleys containing the towns of Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. The east of Calderdale includes the three towns of Brighouse, Elland and Rastrick.
About 8% of the total population are from ethnic minorities, with a large group of people of Pakistani origin living in one area of Halifax.
Calderdale is served by one large Probation office situated in Halifax, which is the base for five teams of staff. The three Offender Management teams supervise offenders who are subject to Community Orders or prison licences. Staff from these teams also prepare reports for courts to assist Magistrates and Judges making sentencing decisions.
The Programmes team delivers a range of groupwork programmes which offenders are required to complete as part of their Order or licence conditions.
The Community Payback team supervise offenders completing their Community Payback hours. They seek out community projects that would benefit from our involvement. Currently projects include decorating and repairs at the YMCA in Halifax, work in the garden of remembrance at a church in Elland and helping Hourglass Educational Arts Development Services prepare to move into new premises.