Local Authority Business Discretionary Grant Fund Open

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The online application process for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund for businesses is now open.


This new grant of up to £10,000 is open to small and micro businesses which have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but which aren’t eligible for the Government’s Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund.


As the funding is limited the Council can currently only accept applications from the following types of business:


  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, such as units in industrial parks and science parks which do not have their own Business Rates assessment.
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own Business Rates assessment.
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates.
  • Charity properties in receipt of Charitable Business Rates Relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.
  • Applicants must meet the definition of either a small business or a micro business.
  • Applicants must not be eligible for or benefiting from any other of the Government’s COVID-19 grant support schemes.
  • Applicants must have high fixed property-related costs and be able to demonstrate a major drop in income as a result of the pandemic.


When the grant application process has closed in three weeks’ time, the Council will review the funding available. Any remaining amount will be made available for other types of business in a second round of grant applications.


In the first phase, grants will be available as follows:


  • £5,000 for businesses which are in shared spaces that have property-related costs and employ 10 or less staff.
  • £10,000 for businesses which are in shared spaces that have property-related costs and employ between 11 and 50 staff.
  • £2,500 for Bed & Breakfasts that pay Council Tax and have less than six bed spaces and to be used wholly or mainly as guest or boarding premises.
  • £2,500 for charities in shared spaces that have no property costs but are supported by landlords who pay Business Rates.
  • £5,000 for charities that have property-related costs and employ 10 or less staff.
  • £10,000 for charities that have property-related costs and employ between 11 and 50 staff


Eligible Calderdale businesses can apply for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund here. Applications will be open until 5pm on Friday 26 June 2020.


If you have any questions or issues, please contact Covid19.Business@Calderdale.gov.uk

National Neighbourhood Watch week Sunday 7th June – 13th June 2020

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Next week is National Neighbourhood Watch week from Sunday 7th June – 13th June 2020

Illingworth and Bradshaw Neighbourhood watch Facebook link

We would love to be able to join with you and your neighbours to celebrate however we are unable to do that at the minute.

So we are asking how you plan on celebrating Neighbourhood Watch Week and giving recognition to your wonderful neighbours that help and support your neighbourhood!

  • Why not share a poster with your neighbours
  • Gift a postcard #sharingthelove #bekind
  • Host a virtual coffee morning
  • Make some bunting for your garden or street!

You can use these PDFs as resources for cards and bunting printouts:

Bunting PDF – NW AW20 A4 Bunting
Support Card – NW AW20 Folding Card – Support

Whatever you choose to do,  can you share the positive energy and comment with a photo or details of your celebrations with us either on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Illingworth-Bradshaw-Neighbourhood-Watch-240854533391380 or via my email  address Karen.scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk

In the meantime I hope you’re all staying safe

If you do have any neighbourhood problems or you know somebody who may be interested  in setting up or joining a watch group  please don’t hesitate to contact myself  or PC  Chris Newton direct on chris.newton@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk .

For non urgent issues or any other crime related issues ring 101. In case of an emergency always ring 999.


Karen Scanlon – Ward Link Worker – The North Halifax Partnership

Have your say on health and care services

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Healthwatch Calderdale is gathering feedback about the experiences of anyone who have had contact with, or tried to contact, health and social care services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Health and care services have had to quickly change the way they work and deliver services in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Whilst they are doing everything they can to keep us safe and well during this crisis, there may be things that can be improved. It’s also a great opportunity to tell us what worked well for you.

It’s our job at Healthwatch Calderdale to listen to people’s experiences and share them with those who can do something about it. We want to ensure the positives in health and care during the Covid – 19 outbreaks are not lost and the negatives do not become the norm.

If you can provide feedback click on this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FBTW

All feedback will be anonymous and the survey is open until the 28th August 2020.

If you are unable to complete the survey but would like to have your say please contact Healthwatch Calderdale on info@healthwatchcalderdale.co.uk

This work is in partnership with Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, which plans and buys healthcare services for Calderdale, Calderdale Council and voluntary and community organisations in Calderdale and further supported by the North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Creative Art Challenge launched for Calderdale & Kirklees

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Brighouse Arts Festival organisers are launching the Creative Art Challenge. Having seen many of the amazing art responses to Covid-19 that people have been displaying in their windows, the organisers of the Brighouse Arts Festival wanted to find a way to boost community art work in the borough.

Therefore, for the whole length of June, the new Creative Art Challenge is open for submissions. A fun artistic challenge to create artwork inspired by our amazing NHS, key workers and/or your response to the current lockdown. This project has been supported by Creative Minds, an NHS charity hosted by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYFPT) and is open to anyone, of any age, from Calderdale and Kirklees who want to boost their wellbeing by taking part in this challenge. We especially want to hear from those who use SWYPFT services, their carers, families and SWYPFT staff.

Lydia Murrãy, lead artist for the challenge said “It’s amazing to think that the festival is opening up to the community, during a time of lock down. The fact that this exhibition is open for everyone to submit artwork is brilliant. An artistic challenge is exactly what I need to help me get through these times of social isolation and distancing”.

(Lydia Murrãy lead artist for the challenge)

The festival are asking that submitted artwork must create a fantastic spirit of optimism which unites around our shared emotions and gives us hope for the future. Your inspiration might be the NHS or it might be the wonderful spring flowers in gardens and open parks, or indeed anything that captures your imagination in a positive way during the lockdown. Brighouse Arts Festival will then share works on their online gallery and on their social media.

Steven Lord, Chair of Arts for Brighouse added “Ten of our most favourite entries will be selected to be exhibited as part of the Brighouse Arts Festival in October virus regulations permitting. Not only that but, one lucky entrant will be selected as a winning entry and they will win a framed version of their artwork to keep”.

Creative Minds has a commitment to having a creative approach to service delivery as well as promoting more opportunities for individuals/groups to develop and grow creatively. We all have something inside of us that responds to creativity; this may be through sport, dance, art or writing. Creative Minds is making sure we can offer a wide range of activities that appeal to our diverse communities. Find out more at www.creativemindsuk.com

Send Brighouse Arts Festival your art work, along with your name, and they will exhibit them online, and you might be chosen for the festival exhibition.


Email your submissions to: brighouseartsfestival@gmail.com

Festival website: www.brighouseartsfestival.co.uk
Creative Minds website: www.creativemindsuk.com


HWRCs Todmorden, Brighouse and Halifax updates

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HWRCs at Todmorden, Brighouse and Halifax are now accepting cardboard, as well as general waste, wood and metal. No electrical or other type of waste. They are back to their normal summer opening times, but gates will close 10 minutes before the actual closing time, to allow time for traffic to exit the site. There may be queues, particularly at Halifax which is a busier site. Please be patient, follow site staff directions and social distancing.

Opening times:

Mon-Fri (8am – 5pm) Sat (8am – 4pm) Sun (9am 4pm) – closing 10minutes earlier to allow for exit traffic.

Open to Calderdale residents only – please bring proof of residence.

Only one person per vehicle. Staff at HWRC cannot assist with unloading.

Please maintain the 2m social distancing rule.

VSI Alliance – Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


VSI News

Volunteer Week 1st to 7th June 2020

I’ve been humbled and awed by the few stories I’ve heard of local people and local groups rising above the fear and confusion to reach those most at need, to offer food, medicines and good old-fashioned human warmth & kindness at this time. I’ve been impressed by the speed and dexterity with which voluntary sector groups have adapted, always keeping those that they support at the centre of their service. But that’s one of the many things that the voluntary sector does best, isn’t it? Adaptation! We see a need and work out how to meet it – and we don’t worry about whether it’s in our job descriptions or whether it’s something that we ‘normally’ do!

I want everyone in the area to hear stories that will remind people that we really are in this together and without local people stepping up and reaching out to both neighbours and strangers alike, these last few months would have been much much worse for many. I do not doubt that volunteers have saved lives, saved families and saved sanities! I know that children and our older generation have been kept safer because of volunteers. I know that, because of volunteers, our neighbours who seek refuge and asylum are being respectfully cared for and included. Volunteers have made life-affirming contributions to those with disabilities, those suffering long-term isolation, homelessness and those with on-going mental health issues.

I want to share stories of the volunteering that is going on in Calderdale – to celebrate their efforts and, I hope, to go some way to restoring people’s faith in humanity at this time of isolation and growing division. We rightly clap for the NHS and carers on a Thursday evening – we should also be clapping for the kindness and compassion given freely by volunteers.

Please can you share with me a story or a brief case study (or even just a couple of lines/quotes) about some of the work that you’re doing at the moment that I can share on our social media outlets for Volunteer Week in June? My hope is that our IT wiz, the lovely Jake, can help me build your stories into some kind of presentation/video (I wouldn’t have a clue!) that we can all share around to let the world know that Calderdale is an amazing place with amazing people.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. If you’d prefer to chat over the phone rather than email, please let me know – I’d be happy to call at your convenience.

Charlie Johnston
Volunteer Development Officer

Calderdale News & Information

Here I Am – Deadline: 5th June
Here I Am invites people living in the Borough to make something about them during this time. All entries will be collated and projected into a specially made lantern house in the Piece Hall courtyard for Refugee Week.

Latest News from Calder Valley Community Land Trust
Calder Valley Community Land Trust is still keeping very active and have a date for a virtual AGM.

Regional/National News & Information

Commissioning and Contracting – Shaping the ‘New Normal’
Help by sharing your experience of commissioning and contracting practice – whether it’s good, bad or mixed.

Partnership Pays Tribute to Vital Role of Volunteering as Part of National Volunteer Week
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) are proud to be supporting national Volunteers Week which starts Monday 1 June.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Charities
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has published its report on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on charities.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Weekly Update
This week’s leadership message comes from Partnership Director; Ian Holmes, and Tony Jamieson, Director of Transformation for Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network.

West Yorkshire Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service Information Sessions
The service will soon be running Skype information sessions for professionals working within community settings. The sessions will include the role of the ISVA, how to make a referral and a brief overview of the Criminal Justice System in sexual violence cases.

Earlier this week:

Coronavirus Scam Alert Issue #8
West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams.

Public Health England Coronavirus Posters for Stay Alert Phase
These resources contain official guidance and key messages for Stay Alert phase relating to social distancing in specific settings.

What the Latest Government Guidance Means for People Affected by Dementia
The government has updated the restrictions on what people can and can’t do during the coronavirus pandemic and it’s important to be aware of what this means for people affected by dementia.

Funding News

Charities Encouraged to Bid for £15 Million Tampon Tax Fund – Deadline: 7th June
Organisations supporting women and girls are invited to apply for a share of £15 million from the Tampon Tax Fund.


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 info@vsialliance.org.uk, or see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Newsletter Scam Alert #9 29.05.2020

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This weekly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards News Alert issue 9  29.05.2020

Outline of trending scams:

  1. Rogue traders claiming they must check the purity of the air in a property.
  2. Doorstep caller (male) in Kirklees targeting isolated, vulnerable residents claiming he’s from the Red Cross or Social Services.
  3. Rogue traders offering gardening work for a price then changing the price after work is complete.
  4. Door to door traders in Brighouse selling unsafe mattresses.

Please note: At present there is NO vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources –


Always remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it very likely is
  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 29 May 2020 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

This week:

  • Best Paw Forward: The RSPCA 26.2 mile fundraiser by the 30th of June!
  • Celebrating Volunteers Week June 1-7
  • Supporting the arts and culture sector during COVID-19 Survey May 31st
  • Ogden Water Local Natural Reserve regeneration survey June 5

Have a great weekend!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing calderdalelowervalley@gmail.com

You can also contact us on 0300 555 0266.

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Best Paw Forward: The RSPCA 26.2 mile fundraiser by the 30th of June!

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The Best Paw Forward is a 26.2 mile challenge that you can either walk, run or cycle to help raise funds for the animals in our Animal Centre in Wade Street Halifax, during the month of June.

You can complete 26.2 miles as part of your daily exercise or a personal goal – plus you can win a medal if you raise sponsorship too!

Pick your own pace – from 1 mile a day up to the full 26.2 at once – as long as you complete it by 30th June!

It’s only £3 to register your challenge, please email fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk and we will send you all the details on how to get started!