Carer-Focussed Rapid-Learning Pandemic Legacy Projects – Up to £10k by 31st January

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Carer-Focussed Rapid-Learning Pandemic Legacy Projects – Up to 10k Available for Successful Projects – Deadline Monday 31st January at 17:00!

The Commitment to Carers Programme team of NHS England & NHS Improvement is looking forward to receiving project bids from Voluntary Sector organisations on the theme of capturing learning and best practice around supporting unpaid carers / family members during the COVID pandemic response, including increasing uptake of vaccination of unpaid carers.

Our belief is that there have been innovative approaches developed at a local/ community level for which some funding will help to evaluate, sustain, communicate and spread best practices for wider benefit and inform and embed more collaborative ways of working going forward.

Submission deadline: 17.00hrs Monday 31st January 2022. 

For More Information – Click Here to Download the Supporting Document!Click Here to Download the Project Bid Form! If you have any queries email: and put NHS E&I Carer Spring 2022 Project in the subject line for easy identification.

Be Here Now weekly creative arts group by Awakening Arts

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Be Here Now is a creative arts group which combines a gentle mix of dancing, painting, poetry, song and conversation.

We are a friendly, welcoming group and we love to try new things.

  • Feel positive and uplifted
  • Exercise your body and keep your mind lively
  • Be part of something meaningful
  • Express yourself
  • Make new friends!


When : Wednesdays 1pm – 2.30pm

Where : The Lounge at Mytholm Court, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DT

Feel free to come along and try it out or give Kaye a call on 07591157841 to find out more.


Coronavirus Vaccination key messages from Calderdale CCG 24 January

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Calderdale Clinical Commissioning group would like to encourage everyone eligible for a Covid vaccination to take the opportunity to protect themselves  and others from coronavirus.


  • It’s never too late to get your first and second dose.
  • Your vaccine is waiting for you, book online, call 119.
  • You should get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you already had COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine gives most people a high level of protection against COVID-19 even in people who have already been sick with COVID-19.
  • If you have had COVID-19 you need to wait before getting the vaccine. 4 weeks for over 18s and 12-17 year olds at high risk of COVID-19, and 12 weeks for 12-17 year olds.
  • Recent data shows two doses of the vaccine are not enough to stop people becoming unwell from Omicron but suggests a booster significantly increases protection against the variant.
  • The NHS is getting ready to roll out vaccination to those age 5-11 years who are at risk.
  • There are lots of appointments and walk-in clinics available to get your vaccine in Calderdale.
  • 1st and 2nd doses should be the same vaccine type. In line with JCVI advice Pfizer or Moderna is being given for boosters. If people are unable to have this vaccine type due to a medical reason it may be possible to have AstraZeneca, after discussion with a health professional.

Programme highlights

  • Calderdale continue to offer enough capacity to offer everyone over 16 years a booster and anyone who wishes to obtain their evergreen dose
  • Searches being conducted by primary and secondary care to identify eligible at risk 5-11 year olds.
  • Additional sites offering out of school vaccination.

Looking ahead

  • Continue to develop out of school offer for children and young people.
  • Starting in-school vaccinations visits again from 28th Jan.
  • Developing a medium to long-term plan for the Calderdale Covid Vaccination programme to ensure we have the most effective and efficient model in place
  • Providing more pop-up vaccination clinics, in-particular to focus on tackling vaccine inequalities to improve the convenience of the vaccine being on your doorstep and in conjunction with working with trusted local community members.
  • Offer boosters to remaining housebound and care home residents who were unable to get the vaccine at first or second visit.

Key contact and useful links

Squash bounce back men’s mental wellbeing project

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Calling all males whose mental health is suffering – It’s time to bounce back!

Calder Community Squash is delighted to announce a new project – ‘Bounce Back’, designed for men accessing mental health services that will run from the beginning of February every Thursday afternoon (12pm – 1.30pm) in Halifax for twelve months.

The project has been generously funded by Community Foundation for Calderdale who work tirelessly with local charities and organisations to address inequalities and promote opportunities for those who need it most in the valley.

Bounce Back sessions will be held at Old Crossleyans Squash Club, home of Calder Community Squash. Each session will involve a 60 minute squash coaching session followed by an opportunity to socialise over refreshments. Sessions will be for all abilities, allowing participants to gain the benefits of exercise whilst being in a supportive and friendly environment.

For more information or to book your place please contact

Calder Community Squash was set up last year by Aron Harper-Robinson in an effort to make positive changes within the community and society at large. Since becoming a community interest company CCS has gone from strength to strength working with people from all walks of life. This year CCS has secured funding to continue working with the young people from the Madni Mosque community in Park Ward through its ‘Squash from the Mosque’ project as well as a project delivering sessions to those who have worked tirelessly as carers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, CCS will be working with local youth clubs as part of an early crime intervention programme, as well as continuing its work with people with disabilities and local schools.


Healthy Minds Drop-in sessions @ TheSpace in Field Lane

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You can access Healthy Minds services in Rastrick at TheSpace in Field Lane every Wednesday 12.30 – 2:30 pm.

Healthy Minds will be there to give advice and support on a variety of issues, offer helpful information or just a cuppa and a chat.

You may need to make an appointment to attend the sessions so please confirm with Healthy Minds before turning up to avoid disappointment.

Healthy Minds Calderdale
t: 01422 345 154

The Space @ Field Lane
Burnsall Road, Rastrick, HD6 3JT

Calderdale Lower Valley Friday Flyer 21 January 2022 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view this week’s Friday Flyer

This week:

  • Waring Green Community Centre recruiting new Trustees
  • Curious Motion New Offers for a New Year!
  • Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration Event January 25th
  • Coronavirus Vaccination key messages from Calderdale CCG

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

You can also contact us on 01422 252 209

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VSI Alliance Update 21 January 2022

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


In this VSI alliance News & Events you will find help and information on various aspects of healthy living, training opportunities, as well as funding, jobs and volunteering options.

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.

Waring Green Community Centre recruiting new Trustees

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Waring Green Community Centre in Brighouse are on the look out for new trustees. People don’t need to be from the Lower Valley to join the trustee board.


Waring Green Community Centre : A Hidden Gem in the Heart of Brighouse

From Highland reels to shuttlecocks, from curling to musical bumps, Waring Green Community Centre has got so much going on! With the warmest of welcomes, the centre boasts a large hall with a sprung dance floor and a theatre stage. With a range of other spaces, including a lecture room and a well-equipped kitchen, the space lends itself to so much activity it would be a challenge to find something it couldn’t accommodate!

Fast approaching its 150th birthday, the centre which started out as a Sunday School before becoming a church, has a unique glazed roof (patented by local architect TW Helliwell in 1878) as well as beautiful stained glass windows which gifts the building a wonderful atmosphere. It has been a community centre since 1953, providing a safe and warm venue for local people, activities and interest groups.

Run by the community for the community, the volunteers & Trustees who have kept the centre thriving are now looking for support from local people to join the Committee to keep this vital community resource going for generations to come.

Joining the Trustee board

This new opportunity for new Trustees to join arose as some of the existing board members have been carrying the baton for many years and some are now looking to pass it on to a new generation of dedicated local people. The centre would particularly love to hear from people with financial and/or administrative experience.

Being a Trustee is one of the most powerful ways in which you can give back to your local community and support a cause you really care about. By volunteering your time on the committee, you can help steer the centre to new heights and a bright future. The benefits to you in giving back includes boosting your confidence and self-esteem as well as allowing you to feel more connected to your community

This is an exciting chance to share your knowledge and experience whilst building on your skills further. Furthermore, this role is an opportunity to develop your sound judgement, interpersonal and strategic experience. Committing to this charity will give you incredible opportunities to develop your problem solving and organisational & leadership skills.

Bring your enthusiasm and fresh ideas to a centre that is at the heart of its community and reap the rewards of knowing you are contributing to a stronger dynamic place for all the area and beyond.

Full support and all essential training will be offered from the existing experienced & dedicated Board of Trustees.  Board meetings are held bi-monthly, and out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.

For more information and an informal chat about the roles, please contact the Chair, Tony Mead, by emailing

Community Emotional Health & Wellbeing Workers (8 posts)

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[ Full information on the Healthy Minds Jobs page ]

We are seeking someone with enthusiasm, strong values, and a passion for empowering others.

As part of a neighbourhood-based team, the EHWB workers will be recruited from their local area and bring their knowledge and links within the community to the role. We require workers who live in following localities to apply. Part time hours and flexible working will be considered.

  • North Halifax (Mixenden / Ovenden / Illingworth)
  • Calder & Ryburn (Elland / Sowerby Bridge / Ripponden)
  • Upper Valley (Todmorden /Hebden Bridge)
  • Lower Valley (Brighouse / Rastrick)

Community Emotional Health & Wellbeing Workers are vital new roles created as part of
Calderdale’s ambition to change how mental health services work across the borough.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Be passionate about reducing isolation and barriers to accessing health and
    wellbeing services in your local community
  • Enjoy being part of a team and making improvements in your local community
  • Can build supportive and trusting relationships with people of all ages and
  • Have a person-centred approach to working with people to support them in
    accessing what they need


For more details please contact: or call 01422 345154

Closing date for applications: 14 February

Interviews w/c 28 February

Part time hours and flexible working will be considered.

If you would like support with completing the application form, please contact Lisa Connelly from Halifax Opportunities Trust Employment Team – or phone on 07891831740

Become a Healthy Minds Trustee!

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We are recruiting new volunteers for our board of Trustees at Healthy Minds.
Being a Trustee is a rewarding role, in which you can offer your own skills and expertise, as well as learn new things and give back to your community.
We believe that by becoming a trustee of Healthy Minds, you have the opportunity to help us continue to support the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Calderdale, and your experience, insights and expertise will help us to improve that support even more. We will work with you to provide induction, training and support, as you take up this exciting role.
We welcome applications from all backgrounds, regardless of quantity of experience at board level, to support the board’s drive for quality, inclusive decision making, problem solving and creativity.
Find out more about the role and how to apply in the application pack on our website.
Deadline to apply: 7th February 2022
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Interviews are scheduled for 22nd and 23rd February 2022 (online or face-to-face, to be confirmed and subject to Government guidelines).