Feb

Eye on Calderdale – your one stop website for up to date information about flooding in Calderdale.

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Did you know almost 5 million people in England are at risk of flooding? Even if you don’t live near a river, you may be affected by surface water flooding. Find out about the steps you can take to reduce your flood risk as well as information on flood alerts, advice on protecting your property, and more on https://eyeoncalderdale.com/.

Visit the About and Be Prepared sections on the website to:

  • Check your flood risk
  • Register for free flood warnings
  • Know what to do when flooding happens
  • Report a hazard
  • Protect your property

The website provides a map of all the areas of Calderdale including some surrounding areas, indicating current flood risks.

There are several resources for dealing with floods, its impacts and useful numbers for when you need them.

Have your say on how health services are delivered across West Yorkshire by Feb 20th

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NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (NHS WY ICB) is asking people and communities to come forward and share their views on how health services should be delivered to them locally, and across West Yorkshire.

More information here

With the passing of the Health and Care Act 2022, there is a requirement for integrated care systems (like the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership) to develop an integrated health and social care strategy and for integrated care boards to develop a joint forward plan to deliver the NHS components.

Building on the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) Five-Year Strategy ‘Better health and wellbeing for everyone’ published in 2020, the Partnership has coproduced a refreshed draft strategy. The Partnership is now seeking people’s views on how its ambitions for the NHS will be achieved in a new joint forward plan for the area. The plan will be published by the 30 June 2023.

People can have their say by completing a short survey online at https://bit.ly/wyviews

or by contacting their local Healthwatch by Monday 20 February 2023 to answer a few questions. More information is available on the WY HCP website at wypartnership.co.uk/your-views

Calderdale Council: Community Small Grants Scheme 

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Calderdale community groups running events and projects to support local towns, people and the environment are invited to apply for grants from a £70,000 Council funding pot.

Grants to boost community projectsOne off grants up to £3000 from a £70,000 council funding pot Deadline to apply:  Monday 6th February 2023

Grants will be awarded to projects that help achieve the Council’s priorities to create strong, thriving towns and places, reduce inequalities and tackle the climate emergency.

For more information please click here Click the button below and apply online before the deadline: 9am on 06/02/23. 

Apply for a grant

Calderdale 2022 Apprenticeship Event with C+K Careers

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Join C+K Careers at the Shay Stadium in Halifax for the 2022 Apprenticeship Fair!

 

C+K are organising the Calderdale 2022 Apprenticeship event, taking place on Thursday 24th March 2022 from 4-8pm at The Shay Stadium, Halifax. This annual event provides visitors with the opportunity to talk to employers, colleges, and apprenticeship providers to find out about their vacancies and companies.

This year sees the return of our face-to-face events. The event is a ticketed event and visitors will need to register for tickets to attend to attend.

Students and their parents/carers will be able to talk to exhibitors and current apprentices. They will be able to access information, leaflets, details of live vacancies and C+K Careers advisers will be on hand to give individual advice and guidance.  All students are encouraged to attend, even if they have an idea of their future plans.

Information to help schools to promote the event to their students has been sent into school and all Year 11 students in Calderdale will receive an email inviting them to the event.

Young people and their parents/carers are encouraged to book tickets for the event here: https://caldappevent2022.eventbrite.co.uk and must only attend during the allocated time slot they book on to. Please note for safety reason, only one parent/carer will be permitted to attend with the young person.

Our event sponsors include CCS Media and Kirklees College. Other exhibitors include: The RAF, Morgan Sindall Construction, Walter Dawson & Son, Crossroads Bus & Truck, White Rose Beauty College, Lubrizol, BASF PLc, Arup, Buy it Direct and Covea Insurance with more to be announced.

For more information about the event, contact the events team – events@ckcareers.org.uk or check out our website MyDirections | Calderdale Apprenticeship Event 2022

If you have any queries about the event, please call C+K on 01484 213856 or email events@ckcareers.org.uk

Fit as a Fiddle with Men United

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On Wednesday 16th February, our Staying Well workers in North Halifax paired up with the Men United Group to host the wonderful ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ Event.

This event was to educate and provide information to Men of a certain age how to look after their physical and mental health. As we age, our bodies change in many ways and the level at which we function, think, and move all vary from person to person. We decided to work with a local community group to showcase key activities that can improve your health and wellbeing at whatever age you are at.

Everyone was asked to arrive from 10:00, and as you do, starting off with a brew and a few biscuits (maybe a little more than a few) was the approach for this event. This was a chance for everyone to get settled and connect with their peers before taking part in 2 workshops. These workshops were delivered by Tai Chi Tigers and Healthy Minds.

Marsha and David from Tai Chi Tigers delivered a session introducing Tai Chi. This included learning key techniques on effective breathing, and utilising balance and posture by performing various movements to improve overall physical and mental health.

Nicola from Healthy Minds delivered a workshop on Mind Mapping – Exploring mindfulness activities to improve your mental health, relieve stress and anxiety and delve into different ways of thinking and expression. Grayham, one of the Founders at Men United, rounded up the gang with his infamous husky voice and divided the group into 2. Each group took part in one of the activities. After 45 minutes, the groups rotated so everyone had chance to take part in both Tai Chi and Mind Mapping.

At 12 noon, the workshops came to a halt and lunch was provided kindly by Morrisons Cafe, which went down a treat! We had a visit from Jessica and Lee, the new Social Prescribing Link Workers, who came and spoke to everyone and shared more about their services and raising the awareness of what Social Prescribing is and what extra support is on offer to local residents in North Halifax. The event concluded with lots of smiley faces, filled belly’s and more importantly, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt they had better understanding on how to work towards improving their own physical and mental health.

A huge thank you to Peter, Grayham and Neil from Men United, a thank you to Marsha, David and Nicola from Tai Chi Tigers and Healthy Minds, and a final thank you for all those who helped in the background with setting up / wrapping up for the event.

A successful event and a great win for us as Staying Well!

       

       

         

Covid-19 vaccination for children and young people

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The following table gives information on what vaccination is available to children and young people, depending on their age group and health condition.

Vaccination gives you and those around you the best protection against COVID-19. If you are eligible, please come forward for your vaccination now.

Visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 for the latest information, to make a booking or find a convenient local walk-in service.

Download the poster here (PDF)

Does our next Volunteers’ Week Pin Badge Designer Volunteer with you?

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For Volunteers’ Week 2021, we wanted to do something special to thank the volunteers of Calderdale by creating the first Volunteers’ Week pin badge – and who doesn’t love a pin badge?

Thanks to the artistic flair of Memory Lane Cafe volunteer, Georgia, we designed a glow-in-the-dark pin badge that was given to Calderdale volunteers as a thank you for their hard work and dedication, especially during such a difficult year.This small token of big appreciation went down so well last year that we would like to do it again!  All we need is this year’s designer!We are looking for a local volunteer who has a love for design/art/illustration and would be up for co-creating our next pin badge, seeing them proudly displayed on volunteers’ coats around the borough!

If you would like to nominate one of your volunteers to help create the 2022 Volunteers’ Week pin badge, please email emma.worsley@cvac.org.uk 

Fighting Storm Franklin Together

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Calderdale Council Press Release

Calderdale Council is thanking communities for pulling together and is encouraging people to have a flood plan, after Storm Franklin brought persistent heavy rain and strong winds to the borough on Sunday 20 February. Flood warnings were in place throughout the day and the ground was already saturated due to the impact of Storm Dennis and Storm Eunice last week.A small number of properties were affected and there was a large amount of surface water on roads right across Calderdale. This led to some temporary road closures, including Park Road between Elland and Brighouse when the canal burst its banks. All the affected roads are now back open apart from Mill Lane in Mixenden due to a collapsed wall. Teams are assessing the damage and will reopen the road when it is safe to do so.

Flood warnings for Walsden, Todmorden, Brearley and Luddendenfoot were removed just before noon on Monday. No further flooding is expected in these areas. Please continue to stay well away from swollen watercourses and floodwater, and be aware of debris and surface water affecting roads. Water is pouring off fields just off Burnley Road, on Windle Royd Lane in Halifax, so drivers are asked to avoid the area due to standing water on the road. Teams are working hard to resolve the issue. Surface water is a hazard, and this was one of the biggest impacts of Storm Franklin in Calderdale. In these cases, people are advised not to travel unless essential and not to drive through water if this can be avoided. If you have to drive through standing water, please take care and drive slowly to avoid putting yourself and nearby properties at greater risk.Throughout Sunday, Council teams, partner organisations, flood wardens and local residents showed their usual Calderdale kindness and community spirit, braving the bad weather and working around the clock to support each other, pass on vital information and respond to issues. Freezing temperatures by the end of the day meant ice was an added risk, so gritters were out to keep roads as safe as possible. Teamwork continues today to support clean-up operations in the worst-hit areas. Preparations were in place before the storm hit and flood defences and other resilience work held up well. The impact of the rainfall was thankfully less severe than in previous flooding events, but it was a very near miss. Cllr Scott Patient, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Resilience, said: “It was an anxious time for many over the weekend, as the heavy rain caused flooding to a small number of homes, river levels were rising and there was widespread surface water flooding. Thankfully, we can call this a very near miss. We were just centimetres away from more serious impacts, and flood defences did their job well, protecting hundreds of properties along the valley. Thank you to everyone throughout our communities for pulling together. “Storm Franklin is a stark reminder of the climate crisis, which is particularly pertinent as we mark 100 days since the COP climate summit in Glasgow. We live with the constant risk of flooding in Calderdale, and events like Storm Franklin demonstrate the small margins that can be the difference between a major flood and a near miss. “It’s important that we all continue to be aware of the risks and ensure we take steps to prepare for flooding in future. Knowing what to do in a flood and having a flood plan can significantly reduce damage to homes and possessions, reduces risk to life and decreases the likelihood of suffering from mental health impacts in the future.” In England there are over five million homes and businesses at risk of flooding. The average cost of flooding to a home is around £30,000. Nearly two in three households at risk of flooding don’t believe it will happen to them. Research shows that people who haven’t taken action to prepare for flooding are in the clear minority (30%), but this still means that as many as 1.5 million households, who are at risk, are yet to prepare. Visit www.eyeoncalderdale.com for advice on preparing for flooding. Eye on Calderdale is also the one-stop website for up-to-date information about flooding, weather and traffic disruption in Calderdale. Flood preparation advice includes:

  • If there is a flood alert, prepare by packing medicines and insurance and other important documents and visit the flood warning information service.
  • If there is a flood warning, act by moving family, pets and belongings to safety. Turn off gas, water and electricity.
  • If there is a severe flood warning, survive immediate danger by following the advice of emergency services or calling 999 if needed.
Eye On Calderdale: Advice on Flooding

Coronavirus Vaccination key messages from Calderdale CCG 21 February

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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.

 

  • The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations has recommended that COVID-19 vaccinations should be offered to all 5-11 year olds on a ‘non urgent’ basis. The NHS will develop plans to offer this from April. Details will be shared once confirmed, so please wait to hear rather than contacting your GP or other NHS service. http://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/2022/02/18/vaccinations-for-5-11-year-olds/
  • Young people aged 12-15 are urged to get their jab this half term at a local walk-in clinic – https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/2022/02/18/young-people-in-calderdale-urged-to-get-their-jab-this-half-term/
  • You should get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you already had COVID-19. Both doses and the booster give most people a high level of protection against COVID-19, even in people who have already been poorly with COVID-19.
  • There are lots of appointments and walk-in clinics available to get your vaccine in Calderdale.
  • Those who are severely immunosuppressed can walk-in to any site with a letter or if you are age 16+ can book their booster jabs using the National Booking Service
  • If you are pregnant or immunosuppressed, you can jump any queue at our walk-in clinics. Just talk to a member of staff when you arrive.

Programme highlights

  • Volunteers from Luddendenfoot Pharmacy vaccination clinic have donated to Overgate Hospice. (available on Twitter)
  • Covid vaccination clinics for those aged 5-11 year olds at risk have started.
  • The team visited the Basement Project (Addiction recovery service) to talk about the vaccine and gave vaccinations
  • Calderdale continue to offer appointments and walk-in availability to everyone eligible for their booster and anyone who wishes to get their first or second dose.
  • Practices and CHFT are identifying and inviting all those who are severely immunosuppressed and immunosuppressed (for household contacts) for their third or fourth dose of vaccine.

Looking ahead

  • Continue to work with our communities to co-produce vaccination clinics, in conjunction with trusted local community members where uptake could be better.
  • Offer boosters to remaining housebound and care home residents who were unable to get the vaccine at first or second visit or due to recent outbreak.
  • Weekly briefings will move to bi-weekly briefings.

 

Key contact and useful links