Be on the lookout for symptoms of ‘Scarlet Fever’ in children

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Parents and carers in West Yorkshire asked to be on the lookout for symptoms of Group A streptococcus, or ‘Strep A’, in children (commonly called scarlet fever)

For more information on scarlet fever please visit the NHS website:

Parents and carers in West Yorkshire are being asked to be on the lookout for symptoms of Group A Streptococcus, or ‘GAS’, in children (more commonly known as scarlet fever). Symptoms include sore throat, headache, fever and a fine, pinkish or red body rash. On darker skin the rash can be more difficult to detect visually. It will have a sandpapery feel when you rub your hand over a child’s skin.

Parents and carers who identify these symptoms should contact NHS 111 online, call NHS 111 or their GP because early treatment with oral antibiotics is important to reduce the risk of complications, such as pneumonia or a bloodstream infection.

If your child has scarlet fever keep them at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.

Parents and carers are advised to call 999 or go to A&E only if your child is having noisy or difficulty breathing, there are pauses in your child’s breathing, your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue and/or your child is floppy, drowsy and or will not wake up.

The UK Health Security Agency advises that Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a common bacteria, which lots of people carry in their throats and on their skin. It doesn’t always result in illness. However, it does cause several infections, some mild and some more serious. Whilst infections are still uncommon, there has been an increase in cases this year, particularly in children under 10.


For more information on scarlet fever please visit the NHS website:


Calderdale Cost of Living Fund – Apply by December 9th

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There is £226,950 available with contributions from –

  • Calderdale Council
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority via the Mayor’s Cost of Living Emergency Fund
  • Community Foundation for Calderdale.

This funding is designed to help local voluntary and community groups continue to support people in need throughout Winter as the demand for services rises. There are 3 strands to the funding – Emergency SupportPrevention (warm & welcoming spaces) and Building Resilience. These strands have been brought together in to one fund to try and reduce the amount of time local groups spend on writing applications. Please note, the majority of funds need to be spent by end March 2023 as the focus for the fund is supporting Calderdale residents through the Winter. You can apply for one, two or all three strands of funding if your organisation is eligible. Click on the button below to apply online before the closing date for applications on Friday 9th December 10am.S

Apply before December 9th

Our opening times over Christmas 2022

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The Calderdale Lower Valley Blog and Friday Flyer will be having a well earned break over the Christmas period.

The last Friday Flyer will come out on Friday 16th of December. Please send all your submissions by Thursday 15th December.

We won’t be receiving article submissions between 20th December to 2nd of January.


We shall commence with the blogs and flyers over the New Year, hopefully with new exciting features!

Until we speak again, we wish you a brilliant festive season!


Let Focus4Hope collect and recycle your tree! – book by January 8th, 2023

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There is nothing quite like the look and scent of a real tree at Christmas, but when Christmas is over, they can be a hassle to dispose of.

Why not let Focus4Hope collect and recycle your tree this January!

For a small donation, we will pick up your tree from outside your home and recycle it for you, it takes the stress and hassle away from you and is good for the environment too!

Our amazing volunteers will be collecting Christmas Trees from Thursday 12th January to Saturday 14th January 2023.

Collection postcodes: HD6, HX1, HX2, HX3, HX4 and HX5.

Registration closes 10pm on Sunday 8th January 2023

For a one off donation Focus4Hope will collect the Christmas tree and recycle it in a sustainable manner at Ogden Water Nature Reserve. The service is run by volunteers with individuals and companies giving up their time and vans.

Could you become a Tree recycling volunteer? Please get in touch with us!


Calderdale Lower Valley Friday Flyer 02 December 2022 – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view this week’s Friday Flyer

This week:

  • Take a look at our Christmas Events section!
  • NHP and Sure Start Children’s Centres recruiting – January 11th
  • A new Calderdale Cost of Living Fund for VCSE organisations
  • Cartwheel Community Centre Recruiting New Members – December 9th

Have a great weekend!

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You can also contact us on 01422 252 029

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Support for Women dealing with domestic abuse from Calderdale Staying Safe

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Free Drop In sessions for Women every Wednesday 10-12noon at the Women Centre.

These drop-in sessions focus on:

  • Domestic abuse support
  • Safety advice
  • Link to legal advice

Download Here (PDF)

VENUE : WomenCentre 23 Silver Street, Halifax, HX1 1JN

Please note: WomenCentre is a female only space.

Men can call 01422 323339 to make an appointment with a male victim support worker and can arrange a suitable venue at that time.

For more information or to make an appointment please call us.

Calls are answered between 9am & 5pm. There is a voicemail facility to leave a message at other times


For anyone 16 and over, female or male who has experienced any form of Domestic Abuse, Calderdale Staying Safe can be of assistance.

Our service is free and confidential, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, disability, religion or ethnic origin.

A diverse, experienced and skilled staff of female and male advisers is here to listen and where necessary, signpost you to the right organisations.

If English isn’t your first language, we may have advisers who can speak your language or access a team of interpreters.

You do not have to suffer in silence



Calderdale Staying Safe, Women Making Changes and Calderdale Counselling Team

Telephone: 01422 323339 

Well Done to the Lower Valley Christmas Elves

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Well done team!

Our Lower Valley Family Support Team joined forces with Calderdale Lighthouse to help Christmas feel magical.

Our team of Christmas Elves helped sort and wrap over 50 gift bags for children we work with, who may otherwise not have received a present.

Thank you for your hard, selfless efforts!

VSI Alliance Update 02 December 2022

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VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Read the latest updates from the VSI alliance. You will find information on local events and available training, job opportunities and volunteering options. The newsletter also highlights current campaigns and consultations.

Read the updates here

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.

Free Courses for West Yorkshire Residents from JobSkilla

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Please note, the cut-off date for referrals is the Wednesday before the course starts, to allow time for the learners to complete the initial assessment and enrolment process. Referrals made after this will be put on the next available date.

If you require any further information, please contact:

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