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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Are you a sports club or physical activity provider who is now delivering classes through social media? If so please get in touch with links and details so we can share your sessions with local residents looking to get active.
If you haven’t yet got to grips with Zoom etc and would like some help in delivering sessions online – contact us too.