Community Emotional Health & Wellbeing Workers (8 posts)

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[ Full information on the Healthy Minds Jobs page ]

We are seeking someone with enthusiasm, strong values, and a passion for empowering others.

As part of a neighbourhood-based team, the EHWB workers will be recruited from their local area and bring their knowledge and links within the community to the role. We require workers who live in following localities to apply. Part time hours and flexible working will be considered.

  • North Halifax (Mixenden / Ovenden / Illingworth)
  • Calder & Ryburn (Elland / Sowerby Bridge / Ripponden)
  • Upper Valley (Todmorden /Hebden Bridge)
  • Lower Valley (Brighouse / Rastrick)

Community Emotional Health & Wellbeing Workers are vital new roles created as part of
Calderdale’s ambition to change how mental health services work across the borough.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Be passionate about reducing isolation and barriers to accessing health and
    wellbeing services in your local community
  • Enjoy being part of a team and making improvements in your local community
  • Can build supportive and trusting relationships with people of all ages and
  • Have a person-centred approach to working with people to support them in
    accessing what they need


For more details please contact:
dianne@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or call 01422 345154

Closing date for applications: 14 February

Interviews w/c 28 February

Part time hours and flexible working will be considered.

If you would like support with completing the application form, please contact Lisa Connelly from Halifax Opportunities Trust Employment Team – lisa.connelly@regen.org.uk or phone on 07891831740

Calderdale Lower Valley Friday Flyer 28 January 2022 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view this week’s Friday Flyer

This week:

  • Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve, Elland
  • Carer-Focussed Rapid-Learning Pandemic Legacy Projects
  • Healthy Minds Drop-in sessions @ TheSpace in Field Lane
  • Take the Halifax Railway Station consultation by January the 30th

Have a great weekend!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing team@calderdalelowervalley.com

You can also contact us on 01422 252 209

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VSI Alliance Update 28 January 2022

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VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


The latest VSI alliance News & Events has funding resources, job  and volunteering opportunities, coronavirus key messages, seminars and training events as well as news of the voluntary and community sector.

Read the updates here

About VSI Alliance:

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 visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve, Elland

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Have you ever visited your local nature reserve?

As the days get brighter and longer and we venture more and more outdoors, how about discovering one of our local hidden gems?

Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group are a registered charity of volunteers . We work in partnership with Calderdale’s Countryside Team to sustain its beautiful surroundings and diversity of wildlife, for the public to enjoy.

A great place to explore for so many reasons.

Visit our Facebook page for more information, or better still, come have a look at the reserve itself!

Download the flyer here


Yorkshire and the Humber Self Harm Research Project

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The University of Sheffield in collaboration with the Yorkshire and the Humber Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Community of Improvement Network are conducting a research study to better understand self-harm in the region and to explore the barriers and facilitators to accessing support.

Who can take part?

If you are aged 18 or over, have experience of self-harm (e.g. by injury, self-poisoning or taking an overdose) and live in the Yorkshire and Humber region, we would like to speak to you about your experiences of this and of any help or support you have had.

What do I have to do?

We would like to interview people, for about an hour, about their experiences. Our interviewers are shown below – you can tell us if you prefer a male or female interviewer.

 If you would like more information or would like to take part, please contact Jack Marshall:
Mobile no – 07380896205

£10 voucher available to every participant.

This study has received ethical approval from the University of Sheffield’s Psychology Research Ethics Committee

If you are thinking about hurting yourself or having suicidal feelings, you may need to talk to someone straight away:

Childline . Call us FREE on 0800 1111

Samaritans . FREE to caller helpline number 116 123

Calderdale’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Open Minds website

More Calderdale based Mental Health Resources and helplines

Carer-Focussed Rapid-Learning Pandemic Legacy Projects – Up to £10k by 31st January

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Carer-Focussed Rapid-Learning Pandemic Legacy Projects – Up to 10k Available for Successful Projects – Deadline Monday 31st January at 17:00!

The Commitment to Carers Programme team of NHS England & NHS Improvement is looking forward to receiving project bids from Voluntary Sector organisations on the theme of capturing learning and best practice around supporting unpaid carers / family members during the COVID pandemic response, including increasing uptake of vaccination of unpaid carers.

Our belief is that there have been innovative approaches developed at a local/ community level for which some funding will help to evaluate, sustain, communicate and spread best practices for wider benefit and inform and embed more collaborative ways of working going forward.

Submission deadline: 17.00hrs Monday 31st January 2022. 

For More Information – Click Here to Download the Supporting Document!Click Here to Download the Project Bid Form! If you have any queries email: england.nhsthinkcarer@nhs.net and put NHS E&I Carer Spring 2022 Project in the subject line for easy identification.

Be Here Now weekly creative arts group by Awakening Arts

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Be Here Now is a creative arts group which combines a gentle mix of dancing, painting, poetry, song and conversation.

We are a friendly, welcoming group and we love to try new things.

  • Feel positive and uplifted
  • Exercise your body and keep your mind lively
  • Be part of something meaningful
  • Express yourself
  • Make new friends!


When : Wednesdays 1pm – 2.30pm

Where : The Lounge at Mytholm Court, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DT

Feel free to come along and try it out or give Kaye a call on 07591157841 to find out more.


Coronavirus Vaccination key messages from Calderdale CCG 24 January

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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.


  • It’s never too late to get your first and second dose.
  • Your vaccine is waiting for you, book online, call 119.
  • You should get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you already had COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine gives most people a high level of protection against COVID-19 even in people who have already been sick with COVID-19.
  • If you have had COVID-19 you need to wait before getting the vaccine. 4 weeks for over 18s and 12-17 year olds at high risk of COVID-19, and 12 weeks for 12-17 year olds.
  • Recent data shows two doses of the vaccine are not enough to stop people becoming unwell from Omicron but suggests a booster significantly increases protection against the variant.
  • The NHS is getting ready to roll out vaccination to those age 5-11 years who are at risk.
  • There are lots of appointments and walk-in clinics available to get your vaccine in Calderdale.
  • 1st and 2nd doses should be the same vaccine type. In line with JCVI advice Pfizer or Moderna is being given for boosters. If people are unable to have this vaccine type due to a medical reason it may be possible to have AstraZeneca, after discussion with a health professional.

Programme highlights

  • Calderdale continue to offer enough capacity to offer everyone over 16 years a booster and anyone who wishes to obtain their evergreen dose
  • Searches being conducted by primary and secondary care to identify eligible at risk 5-11 year olds.
  • Additional sites offering out of school vaccination.

Looking ahead

  • Continue to develop out of school offer for children and young people.
  • Starting in-school vaccinations visits again from 28th Jan.
  • Developing a medium to long-term plan for the Calderdale Covid Vaccination programme to ensure we have the most effective and efficient model in place
  • Providing more pop-up vaccination clinics, in-particular to focus on tackling vaccine inequalities to improve the convenience of the vaccine being on your doorstep and in conjunction with working with trusted local community members.
  • Offer boosters to remaining housebound and care home residents who were unable to get the vaccine at first or second visit.

Key contact and useful links

Squash bounce back men’s mental wellbeing project

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Calling all males whose mental health is suffering – It’s time to bounce back!

Calder Community Squash is delighted to announce a new project – ‘Bounce Back’, designed for men accessing mental health services that will run from the beginning of February every Thursday afternoon (12pm – 1.30pm) in Halifax for twelve months.

The project has been generously funded by Community Foundation for Calderdale who work tirelessly with local charities and organisations to address inequalities and promote opportunities for those who need it most in the valley.

Bounce Back sessions will be held at Old Crossleyans Squash Club, home of Calder Community Squash. Each session will involve a 60 minute squash coaching session followed by an opportunity to socialise over refreshments. Sessions will be for all abilities, allowing participants to gain the benefits of exercise whilst being in a supportive and friendly environment.

For more information or to book your place please contact Aron@caldercommunitysquash.com

Calder Community Squash was set up last year by Aron Harper-Robinson in an effort to make positive changes within the community and society at large. Since becoming a community interest company CCS has gone from strength to strength working with people from all walks of life. This year CCS has secured funding to continue working with the young people from the Madni Mosque community in Park Ward through its ‘Squash from the Mosque’ project as well as a project delivering sessions to those who have worked tirelessly as carers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, CCS will be working with local youth clubs as part of an early crime intervention programme, as well as continuing its work with people with disabilities and local schools.