Healthy Minds Workshops, Courses & Groups April to June 2021

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Take a look at the April courses and regular workshops and groups from Healthy Minds Calderdale.

For the present everything is run over zoom with joining instructions emailed before the sessions.

Workshops, Courses and Groups April to June 2021


Allotment Workshops (various dates)

In these workshops we will experience the wellbeing benefits of ‘green spaces’ and cover a range of themed activities including arts and crafts, mindfulness, ‘noticing check-lists’ and photography.

*Please note the outdoor workshops may be subject to change


Coming out of Lockdown – Feeling Anxious? Zoom Workshop Tuesday 25th May, 11-12.20pm

The thought of things going ‘back to normal’, seeing friends in crowded places, going back to the office, attending family gatherings and travelling on public transport may feel overwhelming, sound tiring and fill you with anxiety. This workshop will provide a welcoming space and opportunity for you to talk about your fears with others and discuss ways which may help you.


Setting Goals and Moving Forward. Zoom Workshop

Tuesday 15th June, 11-12.30pm

During lockdown you may have had the chance to think about new things you would like to try or achieve in your life when restrictions are lifted or you may feel that lockdown has made you retreat into your comfort zone and you can’t find any motivation to make change, whether it be to look for a new job, join a social group or take better care of your health to name a few. This workshop will give you the opportunity to talk about your goals with others and learn ways to break them down into small achievable steps as well as inspire each other!

Paper-based postal versions of workshops are also available.


Regular groups

Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing – 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 6-7.30pm

A light hearted space for people to make some creative connections. Each session is themed. Past activities have included mask making, Zentangling and origami.

Allotment group – every Thursday 10.30-12.30

An opportunity to spend time outdoors with others, learn more about growing and harvesting a range of plants. Participants are welcome to do as much or as little as you choose to in the peaceful setting of our lovely allotment. No experience needed – we’re all learning!

*Please note group places are limited in line with restrictions. Participants will be required to complete a Covid safe activity form before attending the session.


Anxiety and Depression Peer-Support groups, twice monthly

(Call conferencing)

A peer-support telephone group for those who would like to access peer support but prefer not to use Zoom (live video service). The groups are a safe and non-judgmental space and offer structure, guidance and support for those experiencing anxiety and depression.


Recovery group (CHIME) once every month

The group will explore key themes about recovery in mental health: Connectedness, Hope and Optimism, Identity, Meaning in Life and Empowerment; exploring how these themes relate to our personal recovery journey. Please note: this is a closed group for people who have attended workshops, groups and courses with Healthy Minds.


Booking and further information

To book or to access further details about any of workshops, courses or
groups please email:


Or call: 01422 345154

Paper-based postal versions of all workshops are also available.

For wider information of Healthy Minds services, events and regular groups please visit our website: www.healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

I Clap For: PieceHall commemorates the NHS 72nd birthday on July 5th

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On Saturday 5th July, the NHS celebrates its 72nd birthday. To celebrate everyone is asked to join for the biggest clapping event ever at 5pm.

Ian Berry’s clapping hand animation

The Piece Hall is joining in the celebration with a collaboration with artist Ian Berry and Halo Vue of Halifax. They will release a short film featuring, among others the hand clapping animation by Ian Berry, special works by guest artists and images which reflect on the NHS in Calderdale. This film will also feature works and messages sent by the people of Halifax and Calderdale.

During the Coronavirus outbreak, we have more than ever witnessed the ongoing, tireless presence of the NHS in our lives. This celebration will serve to express the nation’s gratitude for all that they have done.

For more information, visit https://piecehalllearning.wordpress.com/i-clap-for/

The NHS is also making a celebration video and has ideas of how you can join the celebration.


I Clap For: Piece Hall’s tribute to the NHS in Calderdale

Ian Berry is a Huddersfield born contemporary artist known for his photorealistic work made from denim. His clapping hands animation has been shown around the UK as well as Sweden, the United States and Mexico.
Visit Denimu: Ian Berry’s website


Safely sharing space in our countryside

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Calderdale Council is reminding visitors to the borough’s outdoor spaces or countryside sites to act responsibly and respect the local environment, people and animals.

As more people spend time outdoors enjoying the Calderdale countryside, walking, running or cycling, it’s important to remember The Countryside Code to help to look after the environment. The code has been revised since COVID-19 to include guidance around safely sharing the space with other users and planning ahead to check what facilities are open.

Many countryside facilities in Calderdale are still closed based on Public Health advice. This includes the toilets, shop and Visitor Centre at Ogden Water and Jerusalem Farm’s campsite and toilets. Parking at many sites is also extremely limited and visitors should not park on grass verges or block in local residents – leave the car at home if possible.

Whilst the majority of visitors have been respectful to the environment, there are continued issues with littering at some sites and the Council is urging people take their rubbish home.

Calderdale has around 125 miles of bridleway and these routes are increasingly popular with both walkers and cyclists. To ensure that everyone can enjoy a safe and pleasant experience it’s important to be considerate of other users and be aware that these routes may be busier than normal.

For more information, including cycling routes Read the full article here


Covid 19 A message for all our Communities

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As the rules around lockdown continue to be relaxed we would like to remind all communities that:

  • People can spread the virus even if they don’t have symptoms.
  • It is really important to socially distance, to protect ourselves and others around us. If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people where possible. If it is not possible to socially distance you should wear a face covering. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap well for 20 seconds, regularly, especially when you first get home.
  • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has the symptoms:
    • a high temperature or
    • a new, continuous cough or
    • loss or change in your sense of smell and taste
  • If you’ve got coronavirus symptoms- you need to book a test by going to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.
  • If you are told you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • There is lots of support to help you during this time and to help you stay at home, such as financial support, help with buying  food and medicines. You can request support from the council by contacting us at: www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus-covid-19/support-extremely-vulnerable OR Tel:  01422 392890
  • Most people will be able to manage the illness at home. If you feel you cannot do the things you would normally do, because you are poorly call 111.

Doctors of the world have some really good information in all languages (including Czech, Slovak, Polish and Roma): https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/. Although it is yet to include translated information about test and trace.

The following short video promotes free testing and treatment to all migrants: –


Useful information regarding eased Lockdown Restrictions and Shielding

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The following information was taken from the Leeds City Council but applies to everyone. You can read the full article here.

Coronavirus – Support for people and communities – June 26, 2020

Updates on restrictions

On Tuesday, the government sent out new guidelines on lockdown restrictions. It is important to remember that although some restrictions have been eased, this is not seen as the end of social distancing.

To stay safe and slow the spread of the virus, here are three key things to remember:

• The two-metre rule still applies wherever possible
• If you can’t stay two metres away, you must try to maintain a distance of one-metre plus.
• Where neither of these are possible, you must take other measures to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. This includes wearing face coverings, standing side-by-side instead of facing people, and using Perspex screens and other barriers.

You must also wear face coverings on public transport and if you have been invited to a face-to-face NHS appointment, unless you are under 3 years old or have medical condition that prevents you from doing so.
More information on keeping safe during this time can be found on the government website.

Updated advice for people shielding from 6th July to 31st July

It has also been announced that the guidance for people who are shielding is set to change from 6th July. You can find out more about this at the government’s website.
People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions and maintain strict social distancing. For now, this means only spending time outdoors with members of their own household. If a shielded person lives alone, they can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time.

Businesses reopening

The new guidelines mean more businesses will be able to re-open, providing they can do so safely.
During the last two weeks businesses have been gradually reopening, with new measures in place to keep people safe. These include hand sanitising stations so shoppers can wash their hands regularly widened pathways to keep people moving safely, and signage reminding visitors of how they can keep themselves safe such as by using contactless payment.

In the meantime, there is still time for small businesses and local charities to apply for discretionary grant funding before the scheme closes on Sunday.

Covid-19 and hayfever symptoms

During the recent warmer weather we’ve been experiencing, GPs are warning people not to confuse hay fever symptoms with COVID-19, and make sure you know the difference between the two before you go out and about.

VSI Alliance – Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


VSI Alliance News & Events

Are you recruiting new volunteers?

Charlie Johnston, the VSI Alliance’s Volunteer Development Officer, is asking if your group is currently (or soon to be), recruiting new volunteers to your organisation. She’s had a few enquiries from individuals and others from professionals who are working with people who are interested in volunteering and would appreciate knowing what opportunities are out there.

We’re not suggesting that you should or shouldn’t be taking on new people at the moment, we’re just wondering if you are… It would be super helpful for Charlie (and for potential volunteers) to know what the options are for those that want to commit to joining an organisation to give their time, energy and skills.

There are over 800 people registered on the Council’s volunteering hub database and it’s Charlie’s hope that some of these people, who may have never volunteered before, will have caught the volunteering bug (as opposed to the other bug that’s going around!) and will want to continue being an active part of making Calderdale a great place to live. Charlie’s looking into potential opportunities to reach out to these people to see if there’s an appetite with them for longer term volunteering – many of them have come forward just during the current crisis so may not have considered the future. So it would be good to know what’s out there for them.

Please could you email Charlie (charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk) and let her know if you’re recruiting at the moment, and if not, when you might start again.



Calderdale News & Information

Earlier this week:

The Grief Project
verd de gris arts are offering a series of intimate online support sessions for people affected by grief. This means people from all our communities: family members, health/emergency workers and carers, or those who may be deeply fearful or anxious.

Regional/National News, Information & Resources

100 Days of COVID – A Story of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Efforts
100 days since full lockdown was announced across the United Kingdom, leaders in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are thanking over 100,000 people who work as part of England’s fourth largest integrated care system.

Help to Find the Right Income Mix
The templates are designed to help trustees and managers understand how far the charity relies on a particular income stream and explore more diverse funding approaches.


Events and Training

Easing of lockdown: practical considerations for managing and supporting staff – 29th June
Normal working practices have changed dramatically in a very short period. Most staff are still working remotely, and many organisations have made use of the furlough scheme. This NCVO webinar will share good practice on managing and supporting staff in this new environment.



Calderdale Ward Forum Grants Have Restarted
Grants available up to £500 in any given financial year provided the group is fully constituted (with a dissolution clause), has a safeguarding policy and has a dedicated twin signatory bank account also in the name of the group.

Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grants Programme Relaunched
Small grants of £150 are available for applications from June 2020 to April 2021. The grants are to support community-led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers.

Earlier this week:

Co-op Local Community Fund – Deadline: 28th June
Funding for projects which benefit local communities centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes. The funding aims to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.

COVID-19 Extraordinary Home Office Funding for Vulnerable Children’s Charities – Deadline: 29th June
West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit has been allocated an additional £285,168 to provide to small/micro charities (defined as those having an income less than £100,000 per annum). This emergency funding is contingent on it being provided to secure critical frontline services affected by COVID-19.

One-Off Funding for Organisations That Employ People from Vulnerable/Disadvantaged Groups – Deadline: 29th June
Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups and have suffered a loss of trading income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can apply for a grant.

Sustainable Urban Development Call – Deadline: 30th June
SUD calls are the only multi Priority Axis Calls to be launched across the European Structural and Investment Funds programme in the Leeds City Region and represent a unique funding opportunity for projects in the ESIF programme.


Mental Health Support Team Vacancies
Calderdale Mental Health Support Team are seeking a representative workforce to work in schools and education settings. They need staff including qualified Clinicians & Supervisors and a Service Manager to work in this innovative new Open Minds service.

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 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

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Newsletter Scam Alert #13 26.06.2020

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This weekly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards News Alert issue 13 . 26.06.2020

Outline of trending scams:

  1. COSTCO loyalty reward scam message, leading to surveys asking personal details.
  2. HMRC job retention scheme scams.
  3. Requests for payment in Bitcoin from fraudulent emails.
  4. Reports for doorstep fraud in Leeds – shoddy garden work being overcharged, elderly and vulnerable targetted.

Click the images below to enlarge:

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources –


Always remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe

Disability Partnership Calderdale Newsletter 29 June – 5 July

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Take a look at the newest Disability Partnership Calderdale newsletter.

Welcome to the latest Disability Partnership Calderdale newsletter. This week’s focus
is on the easing of lockdown advice for people who are shielding, which comes into
force in two stages, from early July and then early August.

We work with local authorities, volunteers groups and various service providers to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Calderdale. We also support our members with whom we consult regularly and for whom we provide meetings and social events.

Or read it below:

Free WYCAS Finance Forum for Calderdale Groups – Tuesday June 30

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Tuesday 30th June, 12-2pm

Hosted over Zoom, the Forum will be led by WYCAS’ Chief Executive, Amanda Peters, with Helen Galvin, Community Accountant for Calderdale.

If you are involved in organising the finances in your organisation (as a volunteer or a paid worker) we’re guessing you will have had a tough couple of months….

COVID-19 and lockdown may have meant an increase in demand for your charity’s services, or having to deal with closing your premises entirely. You may have been furloughing staff, negotiating rent, applying for emergency funding, looking at the implications for cashflow, and working out how you get cheques signed if your trustees are all shielding?

If you’d like a chance to share some of your experiences over the last few months, as well as discuss any current issues or problems, you are very welcome to join us.

Log in information will be emailed to you one week prior to the event.

More info: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wycas-calderdale-finance-forum-online-tickets-109160859068?

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 26 June 2020 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

This week:

  • Calderdale markets opening hours and services
  • Have your say on West Yorkshire Devolution July 19th
  • Disability Partnership Calderdale June 2020 Newsletter
  • Active Calderdale are calling out to Sports or Physical Activity Providers.

Have a great weekend!

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