Calderdale Lower Valley Blog – Communications and updating you on the Coronavirus

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The Calderdale Lower Valley Blog will carry on bringing updates to you as and when they become available. We have taken all the necessary steps to keep you informed on essential updates whilst remaining safe.

The team can still be contacted by email or our other online communication pathways as usual. It may be however that the phone will not always be picked up, as some of us have chosen to work from home.

If you need to contact a specific member of the team by phone, it may be worth requesting that person to provide you with a best contact number.

Again, we will monitor the situation and continue updating you.

Best wishes, Calderdale Lower Valley Blog team

Coronavirus and Volunteering – how you can help

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” “We are living through extraordinary times” an understatement but crikey, it brings out the best in so many of us.”
Alison Haskins, Halifax Opportunities Trust CEO.

Due to overwhelming offers of help across Calderdale there is now a volunteering hub in place to support those in need during the Coronavirus situation.

The virtual hub run by Calderdale Council and VSI Alliance will try to help coordinate any offer to help and match volunteers to people and groups that need help. They can also help with advice and support for informal groups.

The hub can be contacted for:

  • Advice and support
  • Registering your interest to help/support our communities
  • Registering your request for support

Express your Interest

Volunteers provide a great service to the community and we frankly couldn’t do Staying Well without them but we urge you at this time to put your own health first if you fall into an ‘at risk’ category.

If you are worried that someone who usually attends your group is now more isolated or vulnerable because you’ve had to suspend activities, Staying Well can offer practical help. Please get in touch with one of our workers on 01422 392767

Other useful information

Calderdale Council


A huge thank you to our communities for supporting each other at this difficult time. We’ve been overwhelmed with offers from volunteers across Calderdale to help out. See how we’re co-ordinating the community response to -19uk 

Important Information for Visitors to Police Stations / COVID – 19 / Coronavirus

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However, we ask for your support in helping to minimise the risk of COVID – 19 transmission.

If you have an emergency please dial 999, for all other enquiries and to report a crime please dial 101.
If you still need to enter the building, please consider the following:

If you have:

Visited any of the Group 1 countries/areas within the last 14 days

Any of the following symptoms:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

Self-isolate and contact NHS 111 for advice.

For more information go to or NHS website and search Coronavirus

We would like to reassure you that this is a measure to reduce the risk of transmission; early data suggests that those who develop an illness, the great majority, will have mild-to moderate, but self-limiting illness – similar to seasonal flu. These measures are in place to reduce the risk of transmission and further spread of the virus.


Citizens Advice Calderdale providing All advice by Telephone – Coronavirus Announcement

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In order to protect you, Citizens Advice Calderdale will provide all advice by Telephone until further notice. We have extended our hours for your convenience.

 Please call our Telephone Advice Line: 0300 330 9048
  •  Monday : 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Tuesday : 9:30am – 3:00pm
    & 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday : 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Thursday : 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Friday : 9:30am – 1:00pm

Alternatively, for email advice please visit our website:

Shopper’s Lunch at Southgate cancelled – Coronavirus Update

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In light of the current situation the Shopper’s Lunch run at the Southgate Christian Centre is cancelled until further notice.

This is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The decision was made with everyone’s wellbeing in mind.

We intend to restart as soon as is safe to do so.

If you need further information, please ring 07772123058.




Events Suspended at The Space at Field Lane – Urgent Coronavirus Announcement

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As I’m sure you are all aware, this is is a critical moment in the world. With the current situation evolving quickly, we must all do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. So today, we are taking the next step to protect the safety of our community by closing The Space @Field Lane Community Centre.

It is our commitment to keep our community healthy, safe and offer support where we can.
With this in mind, we’d love for you to help shape our community’s response in the days and weeks to come. Please reach out to us and share your thoughts – we’re here for you. We will plan emergency services where we can still help our community facing isolation or who may be struggling with supplies etc.

Above all, please look out for one another and be well. We’ll see you soon.

If you need to speak to us about your booking, please give us a call on 01484-556924.


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As the situation regarding Coronavirus continues to develop we understand that for lots of people this is a worrying time especially if you are or know someone who is elderly, or has a health condition.

From this week Staying Well won’t be offering home visits or accompanying clients to activities. Instead we are focusing on contacting all our clients to offer help and support to plan for the next few months.

We’ll also be checking in with community groups around their immediate plans and offering support where we can.

If you know someone who is isolated or vulnerable, or if you are a community group and would like some advice, call Staying Well on 01422 392767, or email or message us on Facebook @StayingWellCalderdale

For further information on the Council’s 10 point plan for Calderdale in response to COVID-19, click here to read a statement from Councillor Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council.

An update on the Staying Well Awards…….

A big thank you to all of those who to the time to nominate for the Awards – we have received some wonderful stories from all over Calderdale that highlight the brilliant things going on in our communities.

Due to the ongoing concerns and developments with COVID-19 we have decided to postpone the planned awards ceremony in spring and aim to hold an event later in the year.  Please watch this space and know that we will be in touch with all the valued nominees at a later stage.

Can you help The Cartwheel Centre in Elland get back on track?

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The Cartwheel Centre,

Elland needs your help

Since 1965 The Cartwheel Centre has promoted education, social welfare and leisure time activities for the benefit of the people of Elland. Whether it’s youth clubs and support services for our young people or luncheon clubs and reducing loneliness for our older people, we have been at the heart of Elland for 55 years!

However, last year was a difficult one. Due to a number of situations outside of our control, the centre experienced a very hard time and, if not for the dedication of our Management Committee, the centre could have faced closure.

However, things are now returning to normal but the centre needs your help and we are appealing for support from local businesses and individuals to serve on the Management Committee, or offer support in other ways.

Are you able to spare a few hours a week to help the centre upgrade and revamp to a standard in order to continue to be a great venue for everyone’s benefit in the town?

Until recently Youth Services have delivered sessions for local young people from the centre and there is usually a popular luncheon club. We would love to expand on the things we offer local people in Elland and need your help to do so.

If joining the Management Committee isn’t for you, could you support a fundraising campaign or be happy to make a donation?

Some of the skills we need to save the centre

Administration, IT, record keeping, opening and closing the building, overseeing contractors, gaining quotes.


You will need to be

  • able to commit to regular meetings and work in between meetings
  • reliable and work with integrity
  • passionate about getting a job done well!


If you would like to join us or would like to have an informal chat about what you could offer, please contact Joe Braithwaite, Acting Chair


The Cartwheel Centre, Temperence Building/Huddersfield Rd, Elland HX5 9DW
Tel: 01422 374533

Elland Library refurbishment and closure of Coronation Street

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Those of you in Elland regularly will have noticed that work has commenced on the refurbishment of the library.

The location of the building has necessitated that some of Coronation Street is closed for the duration of the works.

It will be closed from the Boxhall Road junction to the Victoria Road junction, with access strictly for residents only. There is no way through to Victoria Road from Coronation Street, this is in the interests of health and safety.

The library will be co-located with other Council services once the refurbishment is complete, in the meantime there is a temporary library at the former cash office in Southgate.

Although the refurbishment will likely take a while, it is essential work and every effort is being made to minimise impact. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

Flood Drop-In sessions – in response to the impact of Storm Ciara

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Drop-in sessions have been set up to address the impact of the recent flooding in the region of Calderdale. You are invited to attend for your opportunity to discuss your concerns and propose your ideas.


Dates and locations:

  • Wednesday 11 March  –  Mytholmroyd Community Centre, HX7 5AF   11am – 7pm
  • Thursday 12 March  –  Southgate Methodist Church, Elland, HX5 0JL   11am – 7pm
  • Friday 13 March  –  Todmorden Town Hall, OL14 5AA      11am – 7pm
  • Tuesday 17 March  –  Hebden Bridge Town Hall, HX7 7BY   10am – 6pm
  • Thursday 19 March  –  Brighouse Civic Hall, HD6 1RW   11am – 7pm
  • Friday 20 March  –  Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club, HX6 1AN   11am – 7pm