Youth Digital Services Offer in Calderdale

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For anything from careers advice to emotional support, there are services aimed specifically to young people offering digital or telephone support.



Youth works timetable of sessions – check for opening times for non virtual sessions

Local RSPCA Honour Captain Tom’s 100th birthday by naming newest feline resident after the fundraising & WWII hero

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THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branch are celebrating WWII veteran and NHS fundraising hero; Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday, by naming their most recent resident taken in during the Covid-19 crisis after the man himself!

The self-funded RSPCA rehoming centre, who have recently started their animal adoptions again after the government restrictions were lifted, felt that Captain Tom Moore’s incredible efforts should be honoured and decided that naming their newest feline resident ‘Captain Tom’ would be a special way to thank the military veteran for helping to raise millions for the NHS.

Digital & Community Fundraiser – Fay Gibbons said “The whole nation has been cheering on Captain Tom Moore with his amazing fundraising. We wanted to wish Tom a very happy 100th birthday and say thank you to such an incredible man, so we thought this would be a lovely way!”

The newest feline resident, named in honour of Capt. Tom Moore

The feline Captain Tom is available for rehoming from the RSPCA animal centre in Halifax but the adoption process has been adapted to abide with social distancing regulations. To find more about Captain Tom the cat; the new rehoming process and general charity news, visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. The local rehoming centre relies on public donations and the generosity of its local community to keep the doors of their animal centre open. The branch care for cats, dogs and small animals and have successfully rehomed 40 dogs, 60 cats and 10 small animals so far this year.

Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale is still open for business during COVID-19

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Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale may have closed its face to face service but we are still offering FREE support for residents wanting to quit smoking via telephone or by our online quit tool.

Recent changes to service have made quitting that much easier by our new e-voucher.

The introduction of the new e-voucher means that clients are able to receive stop smoking medication (Prescriptions) via SMS or simply given over the phone helping clients to quit during this difficult time. The code in the SMS is taken to the local pharmacy to receive the supply of medication.

Our advisors are available on 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines), 0330 660 1166 (free from most mobiles) or contact us via our local number 01422 262373. If you prefer you can also check out our online tool by visiting our webpage that’s full of information: https://yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/

Further information and advice about stopping smoking during coronavirus

VSI Alliance Announcement – COVID-19 list of useful resources

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

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

Calderdale News & Information

Fancy Joining the Arts Drop Bag Packing Team?
During the pandemic, The LCEP is using their resources to coordinate a scheme called ‘Arts Drop’ where they are sending creative activity packs to the borough’s most disadvantaged children and young people via their social workers.

St. Augustine’s Centre Appeal
St. Augustine’s is providing daily phone advice, takeaway lunches, a food parcel delivery service, online English Language tuition and accommodation support. Next up is the making and delivery of 300 activity packs. Can you help?

Regional/National News & Information

Charities Are #NeverMoreNeeded
Now more than ever we need to build support for our sector so that we can help the country come through the crisis and help the recovery, share your story on social media using #NeverMoreNeeded.

Promote Virtual Activities for Free
The Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF) Activity Finder now shows virtual activities, and is free to use.

Funding News & Resources

National Lottery COVID-19 Related Funding
The National Lottery Fund have updated their funding page to make a clearer, easier process for organisations to apply for lottery funding for COVID-19 related activity.

Preparing Your Financial Information for Funders
While we are seeing new announcements of funding available in response to the crisis almost daily, often the details and processes are slower to emerge. This fantastic resource developed by Locality can help you with your preparation around financial information for funders.


CFFC Community Resilience Fund
Grants of up to £3,000 to support local voluntary and community sector organisations to help those most vulnerable during the crisis

Key Questions in Funding Applications
We know how daunting it can be writing funding bids, especially if you haven’t got much experience, so here are a few tips on the information you should be thinking about and that funders would normally be expecting to see.

Internationally renowned Martin Roscoe will be perfoming in Brighouse for the first time in October 2020

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Culture has been affected massively by the coronavirus, but the charity Arts for Brighouse is planning an amazing festival for later this year.

Steven Lord, chair of Arts for Brighouse charity, said “In these times of great sadness and isolation, we are planning of the best festivals seen in Calderdale. We are listening closely to government advice, but it is looking likely that we shall be the first festival in Calderdale in the first week of October 2020”

With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. His enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship and his easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.


John Buxton, treasurer of the charity said “Its amazing to think we have Martin coming to Brighouse, and its thanks to our volunteers and our donated grand piano that means we can host such a world renowned pianist in Rastrick”.

With a repertoire of over 100 concertos performed or recorded, Martin continues to work regularly with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, having especially close links with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has given over ninety performances. Other orchestral highlights have included BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Martin also performs widely across Europe, Canada, Australia and the Far East, sharing the concert platform with eminent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnányi.

Having made over 600 broadcasts, including seven BBC Prom appearances, Martin is one of the most regularly played pianists on BBC Radio 3. Martin has also made many commercial recordings for labels such as Hyperion, Chandos and Naxos. He has recorded the complete piano music of Nielsen and Szymanowski, as well as four discs in the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series. For the Deux-Elles label, Martin has recorded the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, for which he received unanimous critical acclaim.

Join Martin Roscoe for this unique intimate concert in the beautiful setting of St Johns The Divine in Rastrick. Martin will be performing with a 1890s Bechstein Grand piano.

Martin Roscoe 250th Beethoven Anniversary Celebration Concert, Friday 9th October 2020, 7:30pm, St Johns the Divine Church, Rastrick, Brighouse, Calderdale, West Yorkshire. £18

Festival website: www.brighouseartsfestival.co.uk
Online Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/brighouseartsfestival

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COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Resources for Families from Healthy Futures Calderdale

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At Healthy Futures Calderdale we know this is a worrying time for everyone.

Helping children and young people cope with the information and changes related to the Coronavirus can be a huge challenge. From school closures and social distancing to increased awareness of infection and hygiene, there is a lot for children and families to process.

This guide brings together trustworthy information and resources to support you and your family during these difficult times.

COVID-19 Resources for families from Healthy Futures Calderdale

Included in this list:

– Local help and wellbeing support
– What to do if your child is unwell
– Helping children and young people to understand COVID-19
– Responding to children and young people’s anxiety about COVID 19
– Bereavement support for children and young people during COVID 19
– Looking after parent and carer wellbeing during COVID 19
– Staying safe online during COVID 19
– Support for children and young people with additional needs
– Things to do while staying at home during COVID 19

Inclusive online virtual dance classes from Flamingo Chicks

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Calderdale Disability Sports inclusive dance partner, Flamingo Chicks have created new, free, professional online classes that will help get SEND children & young people moving and are also linked to the curriculum.

Adaptations are also provided throughout, including ways for parents and carers to support their child/children and ways of translating different movements (including Makaton signing). Two classes are available now, with more coming very soon; One example here Space Theme.

To find out more about the ‘Flamingo Chicks Virtual Classes’ and other inclusive activities, visit their website:

Flamingo Chicks

International Worker’s Memorial Day April 28

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The 28th of April is International Workers’ Memorial Day.

Two years ago in 2018, Calderdale Council and UNISON joined forces to install a permanent memorial outside the new Central Library and Archives in Halifax as a way to remember all the local people who have been injured, harmed or killed in workplaces over the years.

The stone, fashioned locally by Marshalls, has an inscription which reads: ‘Dedicated to the workers of Calderdale who have suffered illness, injury or death as a consequence of their work. Remember the dead, fight for the living’.

Every year, the sacrifice of workers around the world is recognised, but this year it has a special significance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands of workers across the UK are currently caring for those suffering from COVID-19 or are delivering other essential public services – potentially putting their own safety and even their lives at risk.

Whilst the sacrifice of those working in the health and social care sectors is widely, and quite rightly, recognised, there are many others – those working in childcare, police, fire services and refuse collection, in hostels and rescue centres, in gas, water and electricity, and in transport services – whose dedication is not always as readily acknowledged.

The memorial stone gives local communities the chance to remember loved ones, friends and colleagues who have sadly suffered harm, injury or death at work; but, crucially, it also highlights the importance of ensuring that such tragedies are not repeated.

So, whilst current restrictions unfortunately mean that it won’t be possible for people to gather round the memorial at the Central Library, it is still a poignant reminder of the potential dangers of the workplace and, most importantly, of the need to make sure we continue to understand and control these risks as a key management priority.

Project RESET – COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Project RESET is for anyone affected by COVID19 and who is struggling in terms of their mental health and wellbeing. Regardless of the reason, we are here to help, support & alleviate any concerns or worries you may be experiencing. We work collaboratively with other services and sign post to relevant organisations to ensure you have as much support and advice as possible.

Visit Project RESET

Project RESET is part of Integrated4Solutions

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus Newsletter

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Welcome to Calderdale Forum 50 Plus

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus aims to represent and promote the collective voice of people over the age of 50 in Calderdale by: Communication, Campaigning, Influencing, Encouraging and Empowering.

Contacting You

This is our first newsletter for some time and we hope you still want to keep in touch with us and our work.  Over the last few weeks, we have been updating our website with essential information on the coronavirus pandemic to help you manage throughout the lockdown.  We believe now is a good time to re-start our email newsletters.

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We have a news and information-based website, that keeps you up to date with the issues and updates that matter to our readers. At the moment we are updating it daily with local information on the coronavirus as well as links to those organisations and groups providing support and advice for you and your families.  Visit Website

Coronavirus News

Below are links to our latest news stories on the coronavirus:

Do you have news or an update you would like to share with us? Send your news to info@calderdaleforum50plus.com

Things to do
Social isolation is  making life difficult for many people. Our resident quiz master, Malcolm Kielty MBE has compiled a number of quizzes for you to try at home. Test yourself or get your friends and family involved by phone or if you’ve set one up, through a video-link. Why not create your own and send it to us to share with our followers.

April 23rd was World Book Night.  If you didn’t get involved, it’s not too late. Find out more and access the World Book Night reading list here.

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