Lower Valley Friday Flyer 26 February 2021 – OUT NOW!!

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This week:

  • Sign up for ebilling to support tree planting pledge
  • Statement from Calderdale Council in response to Prime Minister’s announcement
  • SureStart Children’s centres recruiting now
  • Tai Chi Tigers Breathe-Tap-Stretch free exercise routines for all!

Have a great weekend!

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Stambassador Interview – Zain Ghani

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Stambassador Interview – Zain Ghani

You may recognise Zain, as he has been part of Action for Stammering Children’s Youth Panel since 2015. Here, he gives an interview about his role as a Staying Well Worker at Calderdale Council and advice for young people who stammer. Thanks to Zain for contributing so much to the Charity, since joining and giving us your words of wisdom.


Sign up for ebilling to support tree planting pledge 

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Calderdale residents can support the work to tackle climate change by opting to receive their council tax bills electronically. Calderdale Council is pledging to plant trees across the borough for every 1000 households that switch to ebilling before the end of March 2021.

Currently only 15% of Calderdale residents receive ebilling for their council tax. Receiving bills electronically reduces the financial and environmental impacts of producing and sending paper bills. The more residents that sign up, the more trees will be planted by the Council, furthering the environmental benefits of switching.

The additional trees planted will support natural flood management and improve air quality. As they will be native species, they will also help protect our natural habitats and the wealth of biodiversity they contain.

Ebilling is also the most convenient way to receive your council tax bill. Once registered, instead of issuing a traditional paper bill and sending it through the post, your bill will be sent electronically to your email address. Any other correspondence regarding your council tax account will also be sent in this way where possible.

To switch to ebilling and support the tree planting pledge, Fill in this Form

For more information on Calderdale Council’s wider commitments to tackle climate change, visit: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/climate-emergency.

LAB Wellbeing Online Course starting March 5th

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Calderdale Adult Learning and the national award – winning Proper Job Theatre Company have joined forces again to offer another LAB Wellbeing course in March. A free short online course to inspire you to try using models to boost mental well being, to identify and confidently communicate your needs. The course runs from 5th to 19th of March.

In Calderdale we are presently all facing challenges and difficult situations. Having tools to cope well, deal with situations and minimise negative effects of challenges can help us to feel more in control. The tutors teach this fun upbeat course using scenarios, case studies, games, insights from CBT and Psychodrama.  Using the Five Ways to Wellbeing model, the sessions aim to encourage participants to take a look at where they are now and start planning a positive future.

As we begin to move on from the unsettling last months, identify things that you can control and go forward with some effective tools for setting motivating goals and dealing with effects of stress.

LAB Wellbeing Online is part of the LAB Project. Participants are offered on follow – on sessions. These cover personal confidence, Communication, Employment skills and offer a free nationally recognised qualification.

Some participants are eligible for a £50 shopping voucher: try something new and give your feedback.


To enquire or book, please call one of our friendly team 

Audrey  on 07716638762 or email: audrey@properjob.org.uk

Melissa on 07368291874 or email:  melissa@properjob.org.uk  

Download LAB Wellbeing Online – Information

A641 Initial Engagement online

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As the A641 scheme progresses through the development of an Outline Business Case, an initial public engagement has been launched since Thursday 18th February, using an interactive platform called Commonplace. The link to the Commonplace A641 engagement site is https://thea641.commonplace.is/


The purpose of this initial engagement is to help build on the detailed knowledge we already have including from responses to other engagements such as the valuable public feedback received last summer regarding he Brighouse Town Centre Vision Masterplan. This coupled with our existing technical understanding of the various issues relating to the local road network in Calderdale, Bradford and Kirklees, will enable us to continue to refine the scheme details further.


It is intended that responses to the engagement using Commonplace will help us ensure any known or emerging issues and opportunities along the A641 route will continue to be identified and understood. This in turn will enable us to best respond to them and where necessary refine existing proposals; improve facilities and the environment for people choosing to walk, cycle and use public transport and thereby enable more people to use these forms of transport; reduce the negative impacts of congestion and air pollution on our health and our local environment; and make the A641 safer and more useable for everyone.


The Commonplace portal is interactive and gives participants opportunity to pinpoint any issues or opportunities on a map, along with being able to tell us how they feel through multi-choice questions and an option to provide free text. The image to the left is an example of a Heatmap produced for a project in London but gives an indication of what can be expected for the A641 scheme.


For those who do not have access to, or wish to use Commonplace, we will also make available the Calderdale Council Contact Centre email address (customer.first@calderdale.gov.uk) and have arrangements in place with the Contact Centre to complete responses for those wishing to provide them over the phone (01422 288001). There will be a press release, an advert in next week’s newspaper and a social media campaign on the Calderdale Next Chapter and Calderdale Council Facebook and Twitter pages.


A full public consultation is anticipated to take place in the Summer of this year – at that point it is intended an emerging package of A641 transport proposals will be presented to enable respondents to continue to shape the scheme and its development.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Board Meeting March 2nd

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West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s Partnership Board will meet in public on Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 2pm. The meeting will be held virtually due to Government social distancing guidelines and to ensure people are not at any unnecessary risk.

The Partnership Board further strengthens joint working arrangements between the NHS, councils, care providers, hospices, Healthwatch, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Together, the Partnership improves health and care for the 2.7 million people living across the area.

The Board is an important group for the Partnership, which covers Bradford district and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. It brings together elected members, executive and non-executives and independent lay members in one decision making process.

Chaired by Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council and Chair of Calderdale Health and Wellbeing Board, the meeting will focus on the Partnership’s response to COVID-19, including support for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and staff; and new national proposals launched to join up health and care services and embed lessons learned from the pandemic.

Working alongside communities, the Partnership Board aims to give people the best start in life with support to stay healthy and live longer. Many factors determine whether someone leads a long and healthy life, including good housing, access to green space, and building an inclusive economy that creates more good jobs, reduces health inequalities and promotes opportunity for all. These important factors are at the heart of the Partnership Board.

The Partnership Board is also influenced by the voice of local people. It has co-opted four independent members of the public and has a strong commitment to listening to the public’s views. The meetings are held in public and gives people the opportunity for people to ask questions and have their say.

The Board meets in public every three months.

Due to the meeting following a different format in these exceptional circumstances, questions from members of the public will be limited to one per person being read out at the Board. All other questions submitted will receive a written response after the meeting and published on the Partnership’s website as usual.

Members of the public are asked to email their questions to westyorkshire.stp@nhs.net before Monday 1 March 2021 at 5pm – highlighting the question to be asked at the Board. People can also call 01924 317659 to submit questions.

The agenda, papers and watching the meeting live can be accessed at: https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/meetings/partnershipboard/papers

You can find out more about asking questions to the Board at:  https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/meetings/partnershipboard/questions

Belong – Community Connection Cohesion

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Areas investing in social cohesion twice as likely to have people volunteering during pandemic – with volunteers more likely to be optimistic about future, new research finds

Read the Report here

Neighbourhoods investing in social cohesion programmes are twice as likely to have residents volunteering to help others during the pandemic – with volunteers themselves saying they feel more optimistic about their lives, with better well being and better connection with family and friends, new research shows.

The study of over 15,000 people across the UK was carried out by Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network and the University of Kent, looking at factors affecting social cohesion – where people connect, trust and value those from different backgrounds.

The report, ‘Community, Connection and Cohesion during COVID-19: Beyond Us and Them Report’ released today [Tues, Feb 23] looks at both the experiences of people living in six local authority areas investing in social cohesion*, and the experiences of people across the UK who have been volunteering during the pandemic. Overall the research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, makes a strong case for investment in social cohesion as a way to help people feel happier in themselves, more connected to people and place, reduce community tension and build resilience.

Compared to people living in other parts of the UK, residents of local authorities investing in social cohesion schemes – such as running social mixing and community engagement events, youth programmes and ESOL classes – were:

  • Twice as likely to volunteer compared to people living elsewhere
  • Had a higher sense of neighbourliness (9.9 per cent higher)
  • Had a higher level of trust in local government’s response to Covid-19 (8.2% higher)

They also maintained positive attitudes toward people from immigrant backgrounds, were more likely to donate money to charity and support online campaigns among other indicators of social cohesion.

Across the UK, when compared with others, volunteers living in any area rated themselves as:

  • More optimistic for the future (5.6% higher)
  • With greater subjective wellbeing (5.3% higher)
  • With greater trust in other people to respect COVID-19 restrictions (12.2% higher)

Volunteering carried out included setting up food distribution schemes, running befriending schemes and taking calls on support phone lines to help during the pandemic.

Professor Dominic Abrams, director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent said:  “Our research shows volunteering is part of a ‘cohesion net’ that seems to embrace multiple positive components: volunteers not only participate positively in the social life in their local area, they also directly benefit from this investment and seem better equipped to cope with the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic.”

Jo Broadwood, CEO of Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network, said: “While we’re only halfway through this major research project, the results so far are striking – investing in social cohesion brings really considerable returns, both for individuals and their communities. Being able to stay resilient, maintain community connection and prevent tensions means these communities will emerge from the pandemic more able to rebuild and recover.”

Alex Beer, Welfare Programme Head at the Nuffield Foundation said: “The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated existing inequalities and led to an increase in loneliness for many people. Encouragingly, this research shows that local authorities that have invested in social cohesion programmes have been able to bring people and their communities together through volunteering, and that volunteering is beneficial to people’s well-being wherever they live. While volunteering will not be an option available to everyone, there are benefits to the whole community from more people becoming actively involved in the pandemic response at a local level.”

Started in March 2020 and running until Summer 2021, Beyond Us and Them will provide one of the richest sources of academic data on people’s experiences in the UK during the pandemic. Researchers are using online surveys, one-to-one interviews and focus groups to track peoples’ experiences and views on how the pandemic is affecting their relationships, neighbourhoods and everyday lives with a final report due later this year.

*Notes:  Volunteers and non-volunteers from across the UK were assessed for measures of wellbeing and social cohesion. The experiences of people living in cohesion investment areas were compared with those elsewhere in the UK after demographic differences were accounted for. The data presented in this report were from the Beyond Us and Them monthly surveys from June to December 2020. Between 1300 and 3800 respondents completed the survey monthly, resulting in a total of 15,500 respondents over five monthly surveys (run in June, July-August, September, October, and December). The sense of social cohesion reported by six local authority area respondents (Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Peterborough, Walsall and Waltham Forest and Calderdale) was compared to other respondents coming from Wales, Scotland, and the county of Kent. A separate sample of community activists (living in Great Britain overall) was also compared to the other respondents from the local authority areas and regions.

Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network is a charity and membership organisation with the vision of a more integrated and less divided society. Belong connects, supports and mobilises people and organisations across sectors and neighbourhoods via its digital platform, events, training programmes and resources to improve the practice and policy of integration and cohesion.

The Centre for the Study of Group Processes (CSGP) at the University of Kent was founded in 1990 to consolidate the School’s excellent international reputation for social psychological research into group processes and intergroup relations. The Centre includes a thriving international research community, involving twelve tenured academic staff, as well as its research fellows and PhD students. The Centre attracts visits and research collaborations from major international researchers, many of whom have formal affiliations with the Centre. The University of Kent is a leading UK university producing world-class research, rated internationally excellent and leading the way in many fields of study. Our 20,000 students are based at campuses and centres in Canterbury, Medway, Brussels and Paris.

The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust with a mission to advance social well-being. It funds research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare, and Justice. It also funds student programmes that provide opportunities for young people to develop skills in quantitative and scientific methods. The Nuffield Foundation is the founder and co-funder of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the Ada Lovelace Institute. The Foundation has funded this project, but the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation. Visit www.nuffieldfoundation.org

Choose to Challenge : International Women’s Day March 11 Event

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Halifax Central Initiative invite you to join them to their annual International Women’s Day Event.

They will be holding an online Zoom event to celebrate International Women’s Day

Thursday 11 March 2021 : 10am to 12pm

You can register on Eventbrite or contact Sarah Dyer of Halifax Central Initiative.

There will be online workshops, music and ideas about how we can choose to challenge for a better future.

For more information email HCI@calderdale.gov.uk
or call Sarah Dyer on 077 02 817356

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Lung Cancer: Don’t ignore the symptoms

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Despite lung cancer being the third most common cancer in England, suspected lung cancer referrals remain lower than normal. As of December 2020, lung cancer referrals had reached 73% of pre-COVID levels, while referrals for all cancers were just over 100%.

You may have already seen or heard The Help Us Help You Lung Cancer Symptoms campaign on TV, radio, and video on demand (catch-up TV).

If you’ve had a cough for three weeks or more, and it isn’t COVID-19, it could still be a warning sign

  • A cough for three weeks or more could be a sign of cancer. Just contact your GP practice
  • It’s probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable


A cough that lasts for three weeks or more could be a sign of lung cancer and encourages anyone who has this symptom to contact their GP practice.


Your NHS is here to see you, safely