Lower Valley Friday Flyer 29 January 2021 – OUT NOW!!

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This week:

  • Vaccination information for front line VCS workers & volunteers supporting health, social care and the most disadvantaged clients
  • Laptops for Learning – from Calderdale Council
  • Brighouse Zoom Ward Forum Meeting Wednesday February 3rd
  • Economic Inequalities and Financial impact of covid survey by February 5th

Have a great weekend!

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Vaccination information for front line VCS workers & volunteers supporting health, social care and the most disadvantaged clients

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team



The Local NHS across Calderdale and Kirklees is working with Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust Hospital and their respective Councils, and we are now able to offer vaccinations to frontline VCS paid workers and volunteers who support individuals with their health, social care or those who are most disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Priorities have been identified in accordance with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and Green Book guidance – see https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948757/Greenbook_chapter_14a_v4.pdf

If you have not already heard directly from the vaccination team, but think members of your team who deliver face to face work with clients (or will return to delivering front line services after lockdown) should receive the vaccination, in the first instance please contact;  Catherine Bann, Emergency Covid-19 Coordinator, Catherine.bann@vsialliance.org.uk



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.  

Harry Potter Book Night with Calderdale Libraries

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The annual Harry Potter book event from  Calderdale Libraries is here once more, this time via the magic of the internet in your own home!

Event by Calderdale Libraries
Thursday, 4 February 2021 at 18:00 UTC
Price: free
Public Anyone on or off Facebook
Celebrate Harry Potter Book Night with us on Thursday 4th February. As Hogwarts is closed this year, all students are home-schooling and we are offering a virtual opportunity for learning.
Renowned Potion Masters Professor BellaDonner, Clixxi and Blilk from Love Science have some new delights to share with you and Professor Binns has some enthralling and enlightening tales to tell. We are also being joined by twins and witches in training, Allegra & Minerva who attend our sister school the School of Spells AKA ZooLab, and they will introduce their animal sidekicks. It will be a wondrous evening of magical education.
All activities are pre-recorded and will be screened from 6pm on Thursday 4th February.

Time to Talk Day 2021 takes place on Thursday 4 February 2021

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A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

We know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us with mental health problems are made to feel.

Time to Talk Day is the day that we get the nation talking about mental health. This year’s event might look a little different, but at times like this open conversations about mental health are more important than ever.

We need your help to start the conversation this Time to Talk Day – together we can end mental health stigma.

Sign up for Time to Talk Day updates and inspiration to help you get the conversation started. https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day

Job Vacancies at VSI Alliance

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team



Job Vacancies at VSI Alliance

We are recruiting for 2 exciting new posts! Be part of the VSI Alliance team that’s supporting Calderdale charities & community groups who are, in turn, making such a vital difference to local people.


£24,204 per annum, 30 hours per week (£19,625 actual)

Fixed term for 1 year

  • Would you like to make a difference to the health and lifestyles of people and families across the district?
  • Would you like to be part of a committed team to ensure fair distribution of goods to enable households to live well?
  • Have you experience of working with individuals who live on a low income or in poverty?
  • Do you possess strong communication skills?
  • Are you empathetic but with tenacity to deal with challenging, multi-layered issues?
  • Can you demonstrate a practical approach whilst understanding the larger political picture?
  • Do you have an eye for detail?
  • Can you evidence working in partnership?

We would like to recruit a Co-ordinator who will work as part of a team to address Food Poverty, throughout the Covid pandemic and beyond. The post will continue to respond to future, national and local challenges including any transport/import implications to the UK food distribution systems now we have left the European Union.

This role will support the existing Food Poverty Forum.  It will also link into the wider Food Network, especially around nutritional content of `free’ meals and parcels.

This role is part of a wider voluntary and community sector infrastructure support service, working closely with Calderdale Council, Public Health and Anti-Poverty teams.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Sunday 14th February

Interviews: Monday 22nd February

PLEASE NOTE: Because of Covid-19, we will be conducting the interviews via Microsoft Teams (video conferencing).

To request an application pack please contact:

Ali Middle, Business Support Manager, by emailing ali@nbforum.org.uk

For more information about this post (or technical concerns relating to Microsoft Teams) please contact Jayne Leech, Delivery Manager,

via email  jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk or on 07791 041 058

Could you be the person to help connect local volunteers to those who need support in challenging times?


£24,204 per annum, 37 hours per week

Do you have:

  • Previous experience of managing people and an enthusiasm for connecting people?
  • Energy and enthusiasm to work with organisations to help build resilience in our communities?
  • A flexible and adaptive attitude to community challenges?
  • Great organisational skills and a good head for data management?

We are looking to recruit a Co-ordinator who will lead on the Volunteer Hub activities through the pandemic and beyond. The post will look to respond to future challenges including further lockdowns and possible local flooding incidents. Responding to requests for support from individuals, families and community anchors, our Co-ordinator will link volunteers to specific tasks, follow up afterwards and collate all data about the support.

Our Co-ordinator will have previous experience of assisting in the delivery of training and of being part of developing new initiatives as and when required.

Working as part of a wider voluntary and community sector infrastructure support service, this will be an integral post, supporting the continuation of the Volunteer Hub for the future. This role is part of a wider voluntary and community sector infrastructure support service, working closely with Calderdale Council, Public Health and Council Volunteer Managers.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Sunday 14th February

Interviews: Thursday 25th February

PLEASE NOTE: Because of Covid-19, we will be conducting the interviews via Microsoft Teams (video conferencing).

To request an application pack please contact:

Ali Middle, Business Support Manager, by emailing ali@nbforum.org.uk

For more information about this post (or technical concerns relating to Microsoft Teams) please contact Charlie Johnston, Volunteer Development Manager, on 07791 066292 or email charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk


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.

Shielding Experts webinar February 3rd, 2021

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As the number of cases of COVID-19 rises rapidly, and the third national lockdown continues, shielding advice has once again been issued to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.


Advice to shield at home until at least 21 February has been re-issued to over 100,000 people in West Yorkshire and will be reviewed during this period should it need to be extended.


West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP), along with the Local Resilience Forum, West Yorkshire Prepared, will host ‘The Shielding Experts’ webinar on Wednesday 3 February, providing a valuable opportunity to listen to people about their experiences of shielding.


Attendees will hear insight from research and surveys, and importantly the personal experiences of those who shielded, including staff, to inform our health and care practice this winter and beyond. The aim is to support people who live and work across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to put the right conditions in place to enable those with the highest clinical risk to stay happy, healthy and safe.


This session is suitable for people who work across the health and care sector or anyone involved in the shielding response in local places, including the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, local NHS and council staff. Speakers include shielding experts by experience as well as Rob Webster, CEO Lead for WY&H HCP; Hannah Davies, CEO for Healthwatch, Leeds; John Walsh, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust; Ann-Louise Caress, University of Huddersfield; Dave Thompson, Kirklees Council, and Rachael Loftus, Head of Regional Health Partnerships.


Rob Webster said: ‘Over 100,000 people have been shielding in West Yorkshire and Harrogate. Our councils and VCSE partners have been magnificent throughout the pandemic, supporting people through local partnerships, including hundreds of volunteers. This opportunity to share their experiences, which have often been hidden behind closed doors in every community, is invaluable in improving services further in the future’.


Rachael Loftus said: ‘Councils are working hard to ensure that clinically extremely vulnerable people have the right support to enable them to follow the shielding advice. We know how hard shielding is for people and we hope that our webinar will contribute to improving the quality of their care and increase understanding of the people who are making extraordinary efforts  and significant sacrifices to stay safe at this time’.


Connie Cluderay, from Leeds said: ‘As a shielder, I welcome the opportunity to share my story.  It’s great that people want to take part in the conversation and listen to us’.


Cllr Rebecca Charlwood, Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board said: ‘This event will give people who have been shielding at home the opportunity to share their personal experience. The pandemic has been hard for all, and especially for people who have been isolating at home and very often alone without family and friends close by. Our communities have been fantastic, offering kindness, practical support, and compassion throughout. It’s really important to bring people together to share the overall experience and learning’.


Robin Tuddenham, Co-chair of the Local Resilience Forum and CEO for Calderdale Council said: ‘The way that partners have come together with our communities to support those shielding has been one of the really positive experiences from the pandemic. It’s a story of kindness and quiet determination, with our voluntary and community sector playing such a pivotal role. This event will provide an opportunity to listen and learn, and in particular understand the lived experience of those who have shielded, and what this tells us about how to build back a stronger health and care system in West Yorkshire.’


Further details about the webinar and how to book can be found here

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership launch staff suicide prevention initiative

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West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) will launch an innovative staff suicide prevention campaign targeted at more than 100,000 health, care, voluntary and community service colleagues working in organisations large and small across the area.

Launching on the 4 February ‘Time to Talk’ day, the campaign aims to get people in the workplace talking about mental health to prevent the risk of suicide. Over 160 organisations have already registered to get involved (accurate 25 Jan).

Preventing suicide in targeted areas by 2022 is one of WY&H HCP’s 10 big ambitions. National figures published by the Office of National Statistics on 1 September 2020 show that Yorkshire and the Humber region had the highest suicide rate in England at 12 suicides per 100,000 population over a three year period between 2017 and 2019. In West Yorkshire and Harrogate, there was an increase from 10.6 per 100,000 between 2016-18 to 11.9 between 2017 and 2019.

WY&H HCP’s ‘Check-in’ campaign aims to prevent staff suicide and promote a wellbeing culture by normalising the conversation around suicide and mental health as well as providing training, including links to credible sources such as the Zero Suicide Alliance, and signposting to support in and out the workplace.

The campaign, co-produced with people who have direct experience of suicide, has been created by staff coming together from NHS services, councils, Healthwatch and community groups, including the Samaritans and Platform 1 in Huddersfield.

WY&H HCP has secured funding from NHS England/NHS Improvement to the end of March 2022 of more than £1million to develop and maintain a Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub for all staff working in health and care services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate. The campaign will link to this important support.

Rob Webster, CEO Lead for WY&H HCP said: ‘While people at risk of suicide may try to hide how they are feeling, they often give out warning signs, when at work. You might notice changes in their behaviour or be aware of events in their life that could be affecting them. Many of us may be unsure what to say, or how to approach the situation. By knowing what to look for, having the skills and confidence to have a conversation and provide support, you can make a huge difference to someone’s life. I’m urging everyone to get involved so they know the signs and how to respond by doing the online training provided at www.zerosuicidealliance.com

Dr Sara Munro, CEO for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and CEO Lead for WY&H HCP Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism Programme said: ‘We hope that this vital initiative will help normalise the conversation and increase confidence so suicide and mental health can be discussed, without stigma or judgement, as part of everyday workplace conversation. The Partnership is establishing a staff mental health wellbeing hub which will complement local help whilst bringing together many different sources of support, and suicide prevention is integral to that work’.

Professor Brendan Brown, CEO for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Workforce Programme said: ‘Whether front-line, office, service or community, neighbourhood based, we all work incredibly hard to provide care and support to our communities, and this can take its toll. This campaign will help us work together to create a culture in which we acknowledge ourselves as people who also need care and support – where looking after ourselves and our colleagues is seen as a vital part of our role and responsibility in order to continue to provide the best health and care for everyone across West Yorkshire and Harrogate’.

Cllr Tim Swift, Chair of WY&H Partnership Board and Leader of Calderdale Council, said: ‘I’m delighted that over 160 organisations across West Yorkshire and Harrogate have signed up to this important campaign, including community led groups, Healthwatch, councils and hospitals. By spotting the signs in both our work and personal lives we can all prevent suicide and support one another better to have good mental health’.

Open to all, you can join the campaign now at https://bit.ly/2Nh0wfr or find out more about this important work at staffcheck-in.co.uk/toolkit from the 4 February 2021.

West Yorkshire’s first large vaccination centre opens

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West Yorkshire’s first large-scale vaccination centre opens its doors to patients Tuesday 26 January 2021.

Staff from The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Spectrum Community Health CIC will be delivering vaccinations at the centre that has been set up at Spectrum Community Health, Navigation Walk in Wakefield. The centre is the first of the region’s four centres to open and will mean thousands more appointments can be offered to both patients and health and social care staff.

Large vaccination centres are part of NHS plans to step up capacity and roll out the vaccine more widely, complementing the local vaccination services being provided by groups of GPs. They have been located in areas with good public transport links or parking facilities.

People in the nationally agreed priority groups who live 30 to 45 minutes drive from any of the large vaccination centres are receiving an invitation letter from the NHS national booking service. This will explain how to book appointment at any of the centres that are open, including those at community pharmacies.

The first four priority groups as set out in the JCVI recommendations are:

  • care home residents and staff;
  • frontline health and care workers and people aged 80 and over
  • people aged 75 and over;
  • people aged 70 and over and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.

If people prefer, they can wait to receive an invitation from their GP practice for an appointment at their local centre or choose to wait for the other centres to open over the next few weeks.


Dr Phil Wood, Senior Responsible Officer for the West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme said: “We are delighted to be able to open our first large vaccination centre. This will help us to vaccinate greater numbers of at risk people as quickly as possible and adds to the range of options that are available for people to choose from. Our other three centres will be opening over the next three weeks, which will help us to reach people in all areas of West Yorkshire.


“We have had a great response from people who have been invited for a vaccination so far but please do not worry if you are in one of the first four priority groups and haven’t been contacted yet. We are working hard to offer vaccinations to everyone in the first four priority groups as quickly as supplies allow and will contact everyone over the next few weeks to book their appointment.”


Jane Palmer is a registered nurse at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and one of the vaccinators at the new centre. She said: “Covid-19 has affected us all, whether it’s what we’ve witnessed first-hand on the front line, or what we’ve been through in our own personal lives. I feel very privileged to be able to play a part in helping to protect our local community against this awful virus.”


The other centres in West Yorkshire will be at Jacobs Well in Bradford, John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield and Elland Road in Leeds.

Community To Play Key Role In Tackling Serious Violent Crime

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Do you have what it takes to help combat serious violent crime?

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The West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is calling on people across the county to join its first ever Community Advisory Group.

Members will be asked to use their own local knowledge to discuss challenges or concerns surrounding serious violence and how they can potentially be addressed.

Those selected will also help to evaluate new and existing interventions designed to respond to the issues being encountered.

West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit Director, Chief Superintendent Jackie Marsh says it is a great opportunity to personally make a difference:

“The group will be owned and chaired by its members, providing a genuine voice for the community, whilst delivering tangible outcomes.

“The West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is now into its second year, and even within this relatively short timeframe, its unique public health-led approach has already begun to help turn the tide on violent crime and its drivers.

“It starts from the principle that prevention is better than the cure and brings together specialists from health, police, local authorities, education, youth justice, prisons, probation, community organisations and others.

“This means looking at early intervention, prevention, education and partnership working to tackle the root underlying causes of violent crime.

“Members of the Community Advisory Group must be open to learning about this work and willing to contribute to discussions on both a local and regional level.

“Likewise, you must play a role in sharing community safety messages, committing at least two hours every two months to the group, which can be undertaken in a virtual capacity.

“Serious violence is an incredibly important subject that remains high on the agenda nationwide and we cannot sit back and hope it goes away.

“Being part of our partnership effort to prevent and reduce its prevalence can be extremely rewarding, particularly when it ultimately protects those around us who we know and love.

“If we can all stand together in response to the issues we face in West Yorkshire, then we will have a better chance of bringing about positive and lasting change.”

Applicants must be over 18 and live within West Yorkshire. The deadline for submissions is midnight, Sunday 7th February 2021.

For more information, please contact vru@westyorkshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk quoting ‘Community Advisory Group’ in the subject or visit https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/wyvru-community-advisory-group

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Mark Burns-Williamson OBE
West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner