Calling kids of Calderdale… your half term plans have arrived!

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Get creative. Get active. Find your thing!

We have some awesome activity sessions kicking off on Monday 25th October, from potion making to 3D character creations, boxing to yoga, cricket to cosmetic making, we have pulled out all the stops and partnered with some awesome local organisations to give all young people in Calderdale the opportunity to try something new this half term!

Check out the timetable below, find booking information for individual sessions in the event descriptions on our website here.

Any questions? Get in touch with us at:

📧 timeout@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
📞 01422 345154
📱 FacebookInstagram and Twitter


Any further enquiries please email timeout@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk with October Half Term Activites in the subject line.

Visit our website for more information about other FREE activities for children and young people across Calderdale!

Are you interested in becoming a telephone befriender with Staying Well?

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If you are friendly, chatty and would like to give some time to make a regular call and brighten someone’s day then this is the perfect opportunity for you.

The commitment can be as little as half an hour a week and the difference you can make to someone’s life is immeasurable.

If you want to know more about what the role would involve and would like to speak to the team about signing up then come along to our net online

Befriending Info session – Tuesday 26th October – 5.30pm

In the session we will cover some practical information about volunteering with us as well as giving you some background of the Staying Well project. We will also spending time talking about tips for being a good befriender and ways to keep the role safe and enjoyable.

Just click the zoom link below


Lower Valley Ward Forum dates

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Please find the dates for the Ward Forum meetings for the Lower Valley respective areas.

Unless otherwise stated, Ward Forums will be held online over Zoom meetings.

To receive log in details, please email the appointed person.


Greetland and Stainland : Thursday 21st October (6.30pm start)

Venue: Via Zoom. For login details, please email: Graham Gibbons.

Rastrick : Monday 25th October (6.30pm start).

Venue: Via Zoom. For login details, please email: Daisy Wilde.

Brighouse : Wednesday 27th October (6pm start).

Venue: Via Zoom. For login details, please email: Daisy Wilde.

Elland : Tuesday 2nd November (6.30pm start).

Venue: Via Zoom. For login details, please email: Graham Gibbons.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe : Thursday 4th November (6pm start).

Venue: Via Zoom. For login details, please email: Daisy Wilde.

Join in the online Ward Forum!

For more details and/or to let us know you would like to attend, please contact :

For Elland and Greetland & Stainland, email: graham.gibbons@calderdale.gov.uk.

For Rastrick, Brighouse and Hipperholme & Lightcliffe, email: daisy.wilde@calderdale.gov.uk.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Public Health COVID key messages for Calderdale

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The following key messages describe the current coronavirus situation in the area of Calderdale. Please take a moment to read.

1.1 Calderdale has the highest rates it has ever had Public Health. Not everyone is aware of how widespread across the age groups the high rates are.

1.2.    Business continuity is going to be massively affected over the coming weeks due to the high rates, as it is likely more people will have to isolate.

1.3.    Promote Lateral Flow Tests take up and be clear that if anyone has symptoms, they must take a PCR test.

1.4.    Respect people’s different views and show kindness to each other – some people are happy everything is opening up and some are very concerned.

Be respectful. Be considerate. Be kind.

Partnership appoints new NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) Chair-Designate

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Cathy Elliott has been appointed new chair designate for the new NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board when it takes on statutory responsibilities as anticipated from April 2022.

Cathy comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience, which includes being the Unitary Board Chair of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and Co-chair of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Care System (ICS) Reference Group for Council Leaders and NHS Chairs – which is an advisory group for the ICS on the new health and care legislation proposals.

Ms Elliott said: ‘I am delighted to have been confirmed as Chair-Designate for the West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board when it takes on statutory responsibilities from April 2022. West Yorkshire has an established track record of very strong system leadership and working across health and care, being held up as a leading national best practice example. It has a clear vision and strong ambitions to support people to have the best start in life, so they can live a long, happy and healthy one’.

‘The work to date in West Yorkshire is built on solid foundations, including already setting out our transformation priorities, in delivering a response to the pandemic in partnership, and in working with partners and communities to address extreme inequalities and variation in people’s life outcomes.  It is a privilege to have the opportunity to help steer the system in the further delivery of our ambitions to help improve the lives of everyone living and working across this great area. I am very much looking forward to working with West Yorkshire’s partners and communities’.

Cllr Tim Swift, Chair of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Board and Leader of Calderdale Council said:  ‘We welcome the certainty that this announcement brings and look forward to continuing to work with Cathy, other colleagues and communities to make integrated care a reality for the people we collectively serve. We truly believe that her value-based leadership, collaborative approach, and her ability to put people’s views and experiences, including staff, at the heart of all we do will be a great asset to this important role in an already successful integrated care system.’

Richard Barker, North East and Yorkshire Regional Director for NHS England said: ‘The next stage of this process will be the confirmation of ICB lead designates, with this process expected to conclude later this year’.

‘The leaders of our ICSs will have a hugely important and challenging role working with all system partners to deliver excellent healthcare and improve the health of the communities we all serve’.

‘While getting our structures and governance right is crucial, integrated care is about practical, real improvements to care and population health’.

‘Cathy’s confirmation follows the Second Reading of the Health and Care Bill on Wednesday 14 July 2021. The Bill contains a series of measures which would formally establish Integrated Care Systems and give their governing bodies – including an NHS Integrated Care Board – a broader range of responsibilities, empowering them to better join up health and care, improve population health and reduce health inequalities’.

‘While it is not possible to pre-empt the decisions of Parliament, the Bill received a positive vote at Second Reading. This means there is a degree of confidence that the measures relating to ICSs will become law. In turn, that means the NHS locally, regionally, and nationally – alongside all partners – has a responsibility to prepare for when those measures are expected to come into effect, which is currently April 2022’.

A key element of this preparation is confirming who would be expected to take up senior roles for each NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB), starting with the Chair-Designates.

Following a robust process, NHS England and NHS Improvement have recommended, and the Secretary of State has agreed, that Ms Elliott should be NHS ICB Chair-Designate for West Yorkshire ready to take up the post from April 2022 should Parliament confirm the current plans. The next steps include appointing a CEO-Designate which we hope to confirm by November.

You can find out more about the Partnership’s work at www.wyhpartnership.co.uk or on twitter @wyhpartnership

Harnessing Diversity Grant

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We have put aside a modest sum, per annum, to fund small community activity/projects to promote diversity and community cohesion within Together Housing Group’s or Pendleton Together’s operating area.

The fund is open to residents, staff and members of the community. The minimum amount you can apply for is £100 and the maximum is £1,000. We can allocate no more than £10,000 of grant per year.

Who can apply?

Any group or organisation that operate and/or deliver projects within Together Housing’s or Pendleton Together’s area. Together Housing Group staff members who are not part of a formally constituted group can also apply.

Download full information and the Application Form :

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Lower Valley Ward Forum Grants

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Do you have a new, or existing, project and require additional funds?

There is a small pot of grant funding available locally to help community groups, organisations and projects based or working in your Ward.

Groups with a constitution (or rules) a bank account in the name of the group or organisation and appropriate safeguarding policies can apply for a grant of up to £500 in any given financial year for a project that benefits people in the ward.

For more information and/or to make an application, please contact your Neighbourhood Team:

Graham Gibbons graham.gibbons@calderdale.gov.uk

Daisy Wilde daisy.wilde@calderdale.gov.uk

Spread the kindness by ‘Looking out for each other’

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Partnership inspires young people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to spread the kindness by ‘Looking out for each other’

Over 22 local organisations working alongside young people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate have signed up to support a new #SpreadTheKindness campaign.

In September, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) launched an exciting new phase of the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ community campaign. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic the campaign had inspired over 49,000 people to get involved by making a positive difference to their neighbours’ lives through acts of kindness.

#SpreadTheKindness is reaching 15–24-year-olds living, in education or working across the area.  It aims to encourage young people to check in and share positive messages with friends either online or in person.

WY&H HCP wants to thank all organisations who have already signed up to the campaign and who are sharing it with local young people.  This includes: Coop Member Pioneer and Calder community cares, North Yorkshire County Council, The Brunswick Centre, Wakefield Youth Justice Services, Kirklees Council, Good News Yorkshire, Healthy Futures Calderdale ,Leeds University Union, Barca-Leeds, 12th Leeds Boys: Brigade, Joint Activities & Motor Education Service, Newground Together, The Holy Family Catholic School, The Youth Association, Calder Community Cares, Leeds College of Building, Young Lives Consortium, Healthwatch , Crofton and Sharlston Medical Practice, Children Inspired by Yoga, The Kindness Hub and North Huddersfield Trust School.

As more organisations continue to sign up each day it’s not too late to join them. If you work alongside local young people, you can sign up to the campaign today. It takes two minutes to complete an online form at: ourneighbours.org.uk/eachother/

The simplicity of the #SpreadTheKindness campaign means organisations can adapt the campaign to suit them and the young people they work alongside. Once organisations sign-up they receive a supporter’s pack containing the campaign materials and one of the campaign ambassadors will be in touch to talk you through some ideas of how you can use the pack. There’s lots of ways to work with young people and showcase how they are spreading kindness, this could be through a short video, taking photographs or sharing their activity online.

The Brunswick Centre provides community-based services across Calderdale and Kirklees and are actively supporting the campaign. The young people from the LGBT youth group created a video about how they are spreading kindness with each other and this can be viewed online .

Kate Ribchester a LGBT Youth Worker from The Brunswick Centre said: “At the Brunswick centre our young people have really embraced spreading kindness, from small gestures of making toast to listening and being there for each other. As a worker we are constantly seeing young people struggling with their mental health. Spreading acts of kindness, we know helps improve mental health and spreads happiness”

Beate Wagner, Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Wakefield Council and Joint Senior Responsible Officer for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Children, Young People and Families Programme, said: “Looking out for each other has never been more important. A huge thank you to the broad variety of organisations, schools and settings working alongside young people that have so far signed up. Services in daily contact with young people such as the community groups, justice services and universities are already making such a positive difference and even more so by sharing this simple but important message”.


Dr Adam Sheppard, Chair of NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, and the urgent and emergency care programme board, said “The many local organisations signing up gives this campaign the platform to make a real difference. Increasing the connectivity and personal resilience of young people are factors that can have a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing. It’s great to know that so many local young people will be seeing it and inspired by it.”

Saleem a campaign ambassador for #SpreadTheKindness said “It has been great speaking to lots of different organisations and discussing how they can get involved with the campaign. Sign up today by visiting the website ourneighbours.org/eachother.”


VSI Alliance Update 08 October 2021

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team



VSI Alliance News & Events

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Welcome to this weeks’ VSI alliance News & Events. You will find jobs in the sector, training and events, news and updates from community and social enterprise groups. Take part in public consultations and find available funding for your organisation.

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.