Active Updates – Newsflash from Active Calderdale

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Here is our news and updates with ideas to keep you active and healthy!




Walk to School week runs 5th to 9th of October encouraging both pupils and grown-ups to travel to school on foot. A number of primary schools in North Halifax have already signed up and will receive resource packs.  If you’re school hasn’t signed up there’s a free resource pack available at Living Streets – Walk to School.



To Couch to 5K?

Have you been taking part in the Move the Calderdale Way Challenge?  If you’ve been walking more than half an hour at a time why not start the NHS’s Couch to 5K during the last week?  Just replace 3 half hour walks with 1 minute of gentle running (start slow) and 1.5 minute of walking for 20 minutes. It’s a simple 9 week course designed for beginners and there’s an easy NHS C25K app that talks you through each session and even gives your encouragement.

Autumn is here and with COVID restrictions back in place it’s can seem harder to maintain health and happiness and leave you feeling  less inclined or able to get out and about. Why not give yourself a free MOT with the NHS’s One You – How Are you Quiz.  It takes 10 minutes and gives personalised advice on mental and physical health, diet, alcohol and smoking.

Response from Calderdale Council to national restrictions announcement

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In response to the Prime Minister’s statement on COVID-19 to the House of Commons yesterday, Calderdale Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Jane Scullion, said:



“Once again, as a nation we’re seeing a worrying increase in COVID-19 rates. This is reflected in Calderdale, as sadly, infection rates are continuing to rise across the borough.

“The announcement by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons today means that a number of further restrictions will be introduced across the country. This is in addition to the local restrictions currently in place across the whole of Calderdale.

“There are no immediate changes to Council services. We are keeping all of our activities under regular review, working through the national guidance and determining what it means for each of our services.

“Today’s announcement will particularly affect hospitality businesses in the borough and all restaurants and bars will now be required to close at 10pm.

“We know this will be a blow for many establishments, especially as so many have been going the extra mile to look after their staff and customers. We’ll continue to work through the implications of today’s announcement and do all we can to support and offer advice to affected businesses.

“To say that this has been a difficult year for Calderdale would be an understatement. The borough has been through some of the most challenging times in living memory in 2020, not only with COVID, but also the devastating flooding at the start of the year.

“We’ve all faced these battles with the usual resilience, but we know that the challenges can feel unrelenting. I want to emphasise that we will continue to do all we can to support our residents and businesses and along with our partner organisations we’re working hard to identify the best ways to control the virus. Our local contact tracing system is working well, helping us to understand the local situation in more detail and contain outbreaks.

“Everyone in Calderdale can help play their part to control the spread of COVID.  We should all stay at home and avoid seeing others outside our household if we have symptoms, and arrange a test as soon as possible. We should also all continue to maintain good hygiene by washing our hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching our face, follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ guidance and wear a face covering when we’re indoors in a public area to help keep ourselves and others safe.”

National restrictions announced by the Prime Minster today, include:

  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and hospitality venues in England will be required to have a 10pm closing time from Thursday 24 September, and the sector will also be restricted by law to providing table service only.
  • People are being urged to work from home where it does not negatively impact businesses.
  • Face masks will be compulsory for retail staff, all users of taxis and private hire vehicles, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

From Monday 28 September, a maximum of 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions. Up to 30 can still attend a funeral.

  • The rule of six will be extended to all adult indoor team sports.
  • Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will now no longer be able to reopen as originally intended

The full speech from the House of Commons can be viewed at

In addition to the national restrictions, the following local restrictions are also currently in place across the borough:

  • You must not have visitors from or visit other households in your home or garden (other than those in your support bubble)
  • You’re strongly advised not to socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues
  • You must not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.

What are we doing to prevent and control COVID-19 in Calderdale?
It is clear that we will continue to live with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. In line with Calderdale’s Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan, the Council, local partner organisations and communities are working together to protect people from the virus and to prevent and manage outbreaks. This includes:

  • Engaging with and supporting communities, particularly in areas of high infection rates, and helping local businesses to be COVID-secure
  • Increasing and improving access to testing for residents
  • Carrying out local contact tracing to support the national Test and Trace service
  • Providing support to people to enable them to self-isolate
  • Enforcing COVID-19 restrictions.

We can all play our part to beat the virus by:

  • Washing our hands regularly
  • Staying two metres apart
  • Wearing a face covering when we are indoors where we might come into contact with others, such as public transport, taxis, shops, museums and places of worship
  • Not visiting, or having visitors from, other households
  • Staying away from crowds and avoiding close contact with others, such as handshakes and hugs
  • Keeping up with guidance
  • Isolating for 10 days and getting a test if we have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Following the advice of the Test and Trace service if we have come into contact with someone with the virus.

For up-to-date and reliable information about COVID-19, use trusted sources such as:

West Riding Stone Carving association workshops

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Our aim is to keep the art of carving stone by hand alive and bring it to the general public. We teach a foundation course for beginners with no experience and always welcome new members.

The workshop is open to provide sessions teaching the art of carving stone by hand. First taster session is free, then £15 per each three-hour long session.

If you can’t see the information below download our flyer here .

Join us to experience this rewarding art, learn a new skill and benefit from our seasonal events!

The West Riding Stonecarving Association is located at the base of the Shaw Lodge Chimney stack in the historic 1840 former mill building. The entrance is on Boys Lane, which is around the back of the main mill entrance. Use postcode HX3 9EZ for workshop entrance.

For more information visit our website


National Link Worker Day 2020 – Friday October 9th – Virtual Calderdale Services Awareness Event

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In this difficult year many things have been cancelled or changed and charities and services have struggled.

As there has been little chance for awareness raising and fundraising we wanted to do an online Calderdale organisations and services awareness day to coincide with Link Worker Day.

On our Social Media platforms we would like to dedicate the day to showcase what support is available to the community in Calderdale.

We will also increase understanding of Social Prescribing Link Worker and Care Coordinator roles.

How it will work:

  • We are asking for short videos, maximum 2 minutes long, from organisations showcasing what they do, perhaps how they have adapted to the pandemic.
    • 2 minutes may sound short but we are dictated by twitter, it is an opportunity to be creative.
  • We will be posting videos on our social media throughout Link Worker day with contact details for services.
  • We intend to advertise the event widely as an opportunity for people to learn what is available in Calderdale and what services do and how they have adapted.
  • We have up to 50 slots which will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
  • Slots are available to any organisation or service which supports the community, this can include charities, not for profits, local groups, statutory and health care services. We will not be advertising businesses.
  • The deadline for submissions is Thursday September 10th.
  • Please send submissions and contact details to


Contact Joanne Duffy on the details below for more information.

Joanne Duffy | Senior Social Prescribing Link Worker | Central PCN Calderdale
Mobile: 07367828522 | Website

The personalised care roles within general practice and PCNs has grown over the last 12 months. The team now consist of PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker and Care Coordinators across the five PCNs.

Make the Most of You! Online course starting in October, available to people 19+ in Calderdale

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C&K Careers have created a new online course of workshops, helping you discover your interests and strengths that can help you in finding the right job for you.

The workshops include a range of activities covering topics such as; Personality types, Learning Styles, decision making skills, mindfulness, techniques used to be kind to yourself and employability.

Sessions are aimed at adults in Calderdale, 19+ who want to do something different and want to find out what work and education options are there for them.

The sessions run on Tuesdays and Thursdays between Tuesday 6 October – Thursday 15 October, 10am -12pm, delivered over Zoom.

Internet access required and a digital device (phone, tablet, laptop).

If you can’t view the course description below, download it here:
Make the most of You_At Home Sept, Oct, Nov


C&K Careers
T: 01484 242000
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Support the Halifax Magpies endeavour for the IMAS Rugby tournament!

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The Halifax Magpies are trying to raise money to help get them to the International Mixed abilities (IMAS) world tournament in Ireland 2021. It will be an amazing experience for all the lads.

The world cup will be held in Cork Ireland in June 2021.

As you can imagine it will not be cheap to get a fantastic and passionate group of lads from all backgrounds, able & disabled, so they have set up a Gofundme page to help with the fundraising.

Please support our GoFundMe campaign!

Any help would be amazing to show your support to our lads representing Halifax to the World!

If you would like more information on the Magpies please visit their facebook page Halifax Magpies Mixed Ability Rugby.

You can also find us here:

From all of us at the Magpies THANK YOU.

Macmillan Virtual Coffee Support Group Morning Wednesday 23rd September

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This is just a reminder that the Virtual Coffee Support Group is this Wednesday (23rd September at 2pm)



If you would like to come along please contact us on:

01422 222709

01484 343614

OR e-mail us at


This will be held via Microsoft Teams. If you need any support with setting up your technology prior to the session, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Best wishes,

Helen, Mandy and Holly.


Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust


Macmillan Unit  – Calderdale Royal Hospital – 01422 222709

Greenlea Unit –  Huddersfield Royal Infirmary – 01484 343614

Mobile – 07554415564

Website –

Find us on Facebook


VSI Alliance Update September 18, 2020

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events


In case you missed it:

Report: Calderdale Voluntary and Community Sector’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
This report has been brought together by the VSI Alliance using evidence and insight drawn from across the diverse voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Calderdale.


Calderdale News & Information

Unfortunately, Government have announced that local COVID-19 restrictions remain in the Halifax constituency and will be reintroduced in the Calder Valley constituency from Tuesday 22nd September.

One Minute Motions
Curious Motion are asking the people of Calderdale and beyond to create one-minute mindful videos, incorporating dance and movement to boost mental wellbeing among the Calderdale community.

In case you missed it:

Calderdale Anti-Poverty Dashboards – Evidence of Need Across Calderdale
This is a collection of dashboards and data sets showing selected statistics on poverty in Calderdale. The site may be of interest to Voluntary and Community groups in Calderdale who are seeking evidence of need for new funding bids and projects.

Fully Funded Courses from Calderdale College
Calderdale College currently have 3 courses live that are fully funded via a number of funded contracts (funding is subject to eligibility), all training is delivered remotely with full support from experienced college tutors.

Regional/National News & Information

In case you missed it:

Access NCVO Member-Only Resources for Free
To support charities during COVID-19, NCVO have opened their member-exclusive resources to everyone. For just a few more weeks, you can still get access to practical resources, from governance support to volunteer management or finance help.


Mobilising Volunteers Effectively (MoVE) Survey – Closing date: 28th September
Did you utilise volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic? The Universities of Sheffield, Hull and Leeds are working in partnership on a project to investigate how volunteers were mobilised during this time.


Common Call
The Common Call fund provides grants between £1,000-£3,000 to organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black.

The Fat Beehive Foundation
The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities.

The Foyle Foundation Main Grants for Arts
The Foyle Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts.

In case you missed it:

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
National Lottery Project Grants is the open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

New Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected By COVID-19
A new £350,000 funding scheme has been launched to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phoenix Global Fund for Children for BAME VCSE Organisations – Deadline: 30th September
The Phoenix Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities.


Community Café Coordinator
Are you someone with experience who has a creative flare for all things food? Would you like to put your own spin on things and grow a community café into a place everyone must visit? The Space @ Field Lane are looking for a friendly café co-ordinator to join their team.

Sessional CARA Victim Engagement Worker West Yorkshire – Closing date: 25th September
If you are looking for a new challenge and want to be part of delivering an innovative response to tackling domestic abuse, then this could be the role for you.

In case you missed it:

Family Outreach WorkerClosing date: 18th September
A passionate and enthusiastic team member is required at Jubilee Children’s Centre, committed to supporting vulnerable and excluded families.

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact, or visit for more contact details.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 18 September 2020 – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

This week:

  • Nominations Open For The Calderdale Community Spirit Awards 2020
  • Calderdale Council appointments for the EU settlement scheme
  • Creativity in Practice offering employability online courses
  • CREW launch a new face to face exercise class in October

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