Partnership supports Let’s Eat: Young Carers Cookbook

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Across West Yorkshire over 1500 young carers are registered with young carers services who support them with everyday challenges such as juggling school, friendships, social life and caring for their loved one.

Working together with West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP), over ten young carers  have developed a young carers cookbook aimed at highlighting the incredible work they do alongside support available to them across the area.

Engagement with young carers highlighted a need for co-produced resources for young carers to support their health and well-being, resulting in the launch of the WY HCP Young Carers Support App, and production of the Let’s Eat: Young Carers Cookbook.

The cookbook will be widely available online, via the Young Carers Support App on West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership website,

Working in partnership with Verd de Gris arts – an award-winning creative arts company from Hebden Bridge – the cookbook was designed via creative workshops to co-produce the content. The purpose of the workshops was to create a fun environment enabling young people to talk about food and recipes, combining that with their own unique stories. Carers ages ranged from six to fourteen years old. This artistic content and the voice of the young carer has been beautifully and skilfully captured by Ver de Gris arts in the creation of the cookbook.

Tim Riley and Beate Wagner Co-chair of the WY HCP Programme for Children and Young People said: ‘During the pandemic more children and young people have taken on caring roles or have noted an increase in their caring responsibilities. 40% of young carers and 59% of young adult carers say their mental health is worse since the start of the pandemic (Carers Trust, 2021). With 11% of young carers and 19.7% of young adult carers reporting an increase of 30 hours or more in the amount of time they spend caring per week having access to quick and healthy meals has never been more important. Never has it been more important to identify and support young carers to be happy and healthy’.

Karen Jackson and Richard Parry Co-chair of the WY HCP Programme for Unpaid Carers said: ‘The cookbook will be launched via a Young Carers Cookbook roadshow starting in Bradford on the 19 October, and then Harrogate (25 October), Leeds (26 October), Wakefield (27 October) and Kirklees (28 October), before making its final stop in Calderdale early November. The roadshow will include an interactive session on how to make healthy pizzas delivered by Huddersfield based The Singing Pineapple Catering Co, and designed in partnership with Wakefield Council, Carers Resource, Barnardo’s, Family Action and Calderdale Council to ensure each event is bespoke to meet the specific demographic and needs of our diverse communities. The events are taking place in outdoor venues and provide an opportunity to shine a light and celebrate the fantastic role young carers do, share healthy messages and officially launch the cookbook’.

One young carer who took part said: ‘ I love making recipes and recipe books too! I am 12 years old and a cook in my house. I make food that blows you mind…NEVER give up on your cooking skills and don’t put pressure on yourself’. Olivia aged 12

Tune into our next COVID-19 LIVE Q&A Thursday 21 October

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We’re hosting our next COVID-19 LIVE Q&A this Thursday, when our panel of experts will answer your questions about how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones against COVID-19, as we head into the colder months.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your important questions about the vaccines and winter flu jab answered by our panel, which includes:

  • Debs Harkins – Director of Public Health, Calderdale Council
  • David Birkenhead – Executive Medical Director, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Lisa Pickles – GP, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stuart Hillary – Headteacher, Park Lane Academy

Click on the button below to join the Q&A which will begin at 7pm on Thursday. You can click ‘Get Reminder’ on the Facebook post to be notified when the Q&A is live.

Join our Facebook Live Q&A

Let’s Grow Comes to Halifax!

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Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th October 2021

at Halifax Borough Market

NEW from the co-creator of the CBeebies, award winning TV show, ‘Mr. Bloom’s Nursery’


‘Let’s Grow’ is coming to the heart of Halifax this half term, transforming spaces in its historic Borough Market. The ‘Let’s Grow’ pop-up Allotment is free to explore, with its charming family of baby fruits and vegetables to meet, along with their friendly Vegetable Nannies. There’ll be street art games to play, make & take family workshops, a treasure trail to follow and you can even help urban street artists to transform some unused market stalls into giant pieces of art!

Calderdale Anti-Poverty Partnership Online Event – 4th November

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Last chance to book for the Calderdale Anti-Poverty Partnership: Next Steps for Early Years in Calderdale – Online Event – 4th November – #AntiPovertyCalderdale



The Anti-Poverty Partnership Action Plan brings together our collective efforts to improve the life chances of those affected by poverty in Calderdale. The Anti-Poverty Partnership has chosen to host an online event on poverty and the early years. An opportunity to be involved in the starting well and family journey work.

Please share using the hashtag #AntiPovertyCalderdale. We hope you can make it. Please share the invitation with colleagues and partners who may be interested in attending the event.

All places must be booked by Friday 22nd October 2021.
The event will take place on Zoom and the link will be sent out with the agenda.

Date and time: Thursday, 4 November 2021 at 13:00 – 15:00 GMT

Location: Online Event – ZOOM

Register HERE


VSI Alliance
Resource Centre
Hall Street
Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 5AY
United Kingdom

Calling kids of Calderdale… your half term plans have arrived!

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Get creative. Get active. Find your thing!

We have some awesome activity sessions kicking off on Monday 25th October, from potion making to 3D character creations, boxing to yoga, cricket to cosmetic making, we have pulled out all the stops and partnered with some awesome local organisations to give all young people in Calderdale the opportunity to try something new this half term!

Check out the timetable below, find booking information for individual sessions in the event descriptions on our website here.

Any questions? Get in touch with us at:

📞 01422 345154
📱 FacebookInstagram and Twitter


Any further enquiries please email with October Half Term Activites in the subject line.

Visit our website for more information about other FREE activities for children and young people across Calderdale!

Are you interested in becoming a telephone befriender with Staying Well?

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If you are friendly, chatty and would like to give some time to make a regular call and brighten someone’s day then this is the perfect opportunity for you.

The commitment can be as little as half an hour a week and the difference you can make to someone’s life is immeasurable.

If you want to know more about what the role would involve and would like to speak to the team about signing up then come along to our net online

Befriending Info session – Tuesday 26th October – 5.30pm

In the session we will cover some practical information about volunteering with us as well as giving you some background of the Staying Well project. We will also spending time talking about tips for being a good befriender and ways to keep the role safe and enjoyable.

Just click the zoom link below

Lower Valley Ward Forum dates

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Please find the dates for the Ward Forum meetings for the Lower Valley respective areas.

Unless otherwise stated, Ward Forums will be held online over Zoom meetings.

To receive log in details, please email the appointed person.


Greetland and Stainland : Thursday 21st October (6.30pm start)

Venue: Via Zoom. For login details, please email: Graham Gibbons.

Rastrick : Monday 25th October (6.30pm start).

Venue: Via Zoom. For login details, please email: Daisy Wilde.

Brighouse : Wednesday 27th October (6pm start).

Venue: Via Zoom. For login details, please email: Daisy Wilde.

Elland : Tuesday 2nd November (6.30pm start).

Venue: Via Zoom. For login details, please email: Graham Gibbons.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe : Thursday 4th November (6pm start).

Venue: Via Zoom. For login details, please email: Daisy Wilde.

Join in the online Ward Forum!

For more details and/or to let us know you would like to attend, please contact :

For Elland and Greetland & Stainland, email:

For Rastrick, Brighouse and Hipperholme & Lightcliffe, email:

We look forward to seeing you there.

Public Health COVID key messages for Calderdale

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The following key messages describe the current coronavirus situation in the area of Calderdale. Please take a moment to read.

1.1 Calderdale has the highest rates it has ever had Public Health. Not everyone is aware of how widespread across the age groups the high rates are.

1.2.    Business continuity is going to be massively affected over the coming weeks due to the high rates, as it is likely more people will have to isolate.

1.3.    Promote Lateral Flow Tests take up and be clear that if anyone has symptoms, they must take a PCR test.

1.4.    Respect people’s different views and show kindness to each other – some people are happy everything is opening up and some are very concerned.

Be respectful. Be considerate. Be kind.

Partnership appoints new NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) Chair-Designate

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Cathy Elliott has been appointed new chair designate for the new NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board when it takes on statutory responsibilities as anticipated from April 2022.

Cathy comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience, which includes being the Unitary Board Chair of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and Co-chair of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Care System (ICS) Reference Group for Council Leaders and NHS Chairs – which is an advisory group for the ICS on the new health and care legislation proposals.

Ms Elliott said: ‘I am delighted to have been confirmed as Chair-Designate for the West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board when it takes on statutory responsibilities from April 2022. West Yorkshire has an established track record of very strong system leadership and working across health and care, being held up as a leading national best practice example. It has a clear vision and strong ambitions to support people to have the best start in life, so they can live a long, happy and healthy one’.

‘The work to date in West Yorkshire is built on solid foundations, including already setting out our transformation priorities, in delivering a response to the pandemic in partnership, and in working with partners and communities to address extreme inequalities and variation in people’s life outcomes.  It is a privilege to have the opportunity to help steer the system in the further delivery of our ambitions to help improve the lives of everyone living and working across this great area. I am very much looking forward to working with West Yorkshire’s partners and communities’.

Cllr Tim Swift, Chair of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Board and Leader of Calderdale Council said:  ‘We welcome the certainty that this announcement brings and look forward to continuing to work with Cathy, other colleagues and communities to make integrated care a reality for the people we collectively serve. We truly believe that her value-based leadership, collaborative approach, and her ability to put people’s views and experiences, including staff, at the heart of all we do will be a great asset to this important role in an already successful integrated care system.’

Richard Barker, North East and Yorkshire Regional Director for NHS England said: ‘The next stage of this process will be the confirmation of ICB lead designates, with this process expected to conclude later this year’.

‘The leaders of our ICSs will have a hugely important and challenging role working with all system partners to deliver excellent healthcare and improve the health of the communities we all serve’.

‘While getting our structures and governance right is crucial, integrated care is about practical, real improvements to care and population health’.

‘Cathy’s confirmation follows the Second Reading of the Health and Care Bill on Wednesday 14 July 2021. The Bill contains a series of measures which would formally establish Integrated Care Systems and give their governing bodies – including an NHS Integrated Care Board – a broader range of responsibilities, empowering them to better join up health and care, improve population health and reduce health inequalities’.

‘While it is not possible to pre-empt the decisions of Parliament, the Bill received a positive vote at Second Reading. This means there is a degree of confidence that the measures relating to ICSs will become law. In turn, that means the NHS locally, regionally, and nationally – alongside all partners – has a responsibility to prepare for when those measures are expected to come into effect, which is currently April 2022’.

A key element of this preparation is confirming who would be expected to take up senior roles for each NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB), starting with the Chair-Designates.

Following a robust process, NHS England and NHS Improvement have recommended, and the Secretary of State has agreed, that Ms Elliott should be NHS ICB Chair-Designate for West Yorkshire ready to take up the post from April 2022 should Parliament confirm the current plans. The next steps include appointing a CEO-Designate which we hope to confirm by November.

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