Rhythm and Brews starts tomorrow!

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One day to go…

Rhythm & Brews starts tomorrow!


We’re kicking off Rhythm & Brews with an uplifting and joyous African music and movement class!

Taught by the brilliant Sandile Duma (more about him below), this free session will be a combination of Zulu dance movements, which includes kicking of the legs, stomping and shaking, Zulu song chants and Drumming circle with djembe drums, and a meet and greet in Zulu Language.

Plus, enjoy some time to chat and relax over a brew afterwards.

Friday 1st October
12pm – 12.45pm: music and movement workshop
12.45pm – 1.30pm: time for a brew

Southgate Church, Langdale Street, Elland. HX5 0JL


There’s lots more in store through October and November too.
See the full schedule here.


Meet the musician – Sandile Duma

Hailing from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and now based in England, Sandile is a befittingly respected vocalist, dancer and drummer who specialises in traditional African music and choreography.



He’s performed for both the royal family and Nelson Mandela, so we’re honoured to have him join us at Curious Motion!


Please book in advance – spaces are limited.



Hope to see you there!


Rhythm and Brews brought to you in association with:


Help your community respond to the pandemic

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We are looking for volunteers in the Calderdale Lower Valley area to help with our Covid19 recovery, helping the most vulnerable in our communities.

VSI Alliance Volunteer Hub is a group of volunteers responding to the needs of people still feeling the effect of Covid19. We are assisting people who are isolating by delivering food parcels, completing shopping, walking dogs, prescription delivery, posting and other errands they may need help with.

Volunteers have also been assisting at vaccination centres and helped at Calderdale College’s rapid testing programme. Volunteers helped Calderdale Healthy Holiday programme this summer delivering meals and activity packs to kids holiday groups across Calderdale, and plans to help with the Christmas healthy holidays programme later in the year. All of these tasks have been hugely beneficial to those who may otherwise have been left with no support during this continued challenging time.

The volunteer hub relies on community spirit and people who have the capacity to give their time to help others who need short term support.

Volunteers receive requests for support in their area and are asked based on what they have said they can do for people. We operate delivering shopping and food parcels 6 days a week but during the week is our busiest time.

As people have returned to work we have lost a number of volunteers and are finding it harder to reach demand, particularly in the lower valley and North Halifax area.

If you are able to give some time to those in your area please contact Kate Hornby, Volunteer Hub Coordinator on

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups

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West Yorkshire and Harrogate Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate (WY&H) Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will meet in public on Tuesday 5 October 2021, 11am to 1pm. The Committee, which is part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP), has a shared health programme of work that aims to further improve the health and wellbeing of the 2.7 million people living across the area.

The meeting will be held virtually due to Government social distancing guidelines and to ensure people are not at any unnecessary risk.

The Committee has delegated powers from individual CCGs (Bradford district and Craven; Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield) to make collective decisions around specific work programmes, for example mental health, planned care, urgent care, and cancer.

A key part of their work involves sharing expertise and working closely with local councils, hospitals, care providers and voluntary community and social enterprise organisations – ensuring services are fit for the future.

The meeting on the 5 October will discuss:

  • Proposed new commissioning policies and pathways from the Partnership’s planned care programme
  • Proposals relating to the establishment of Integrated Care Boards (ICBs), which will take on the commissioning responsibilities of CCGs.

Committee meetings held in public are filmed live and offer the public an opportunity to ask questions about agenda items.  As we are holding the meeting virtually via digital technology, we are taking a different approach to questions.

Members of the public are asked to email their questions to before 5pm on Monday 4 October 2021. They can also call 01924 317659 to submit questions.


We will then send members of the public a Microsoft Teams link to enable them to join the meeting for their question-and-answer item.

All questions submitted will also receive a written response after the meeting and will be published on the Joint Committee webpage as usual.

The agenda and meeting papers can be accessed from Tuesday 28 September at:


The meeting can also be watched live via the same link.

Feel part of the Healthy Minds community this weekend!

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Join Anneliese, Jim and Louise as they walk the extra mile for mental health this Sunday the 3rd of October. Here’s how:

Join our special Walk for Wellbeing

To celebrate our three amazing Marathon walkers and to give you a taste of our Walks for Wellbeing here at Healthy Minds, we are inviting our wonderful community to come for a walk with us!

Sunday 3rd October (Marathon day!) 10am from Mytholmroyd. Please contact to join the walk and get meeting instructions.

Cheer our Marathon Walkers on their route

Come see us at:
9.15am – Hebden Bridge Park (by Parklife Cafe)
11.30am – Outside The Moorings Pub in Sowerby Bridge
2.15pm – Canal Side ‘Parklet’ next to Blakeleys of Brighouse in Brighouse
3.45pm – Shibden Park Cafe, Halifax
4.45pm – Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax
AFTER PARTY – refreshments & music at 5pm @ Woolshops
ENTRIES OPEN: Thought bubble mascot name competition!
Is it a bird.. is it a plane.. no, its our very own Healthy Minds thought-bubble mascot, soon to be modelled by our very own volunteer Pat Dale this weekend. 💭

BUT we need your help… our new mascot is in need of a name! Send us your suggestions and we will reveal the winning name on the big day this Sunday.

Watch out for the mascot making its debut across Calderdale this weekend, and if you spot it, catch a snap and tag us on social media @healthymindscalderdale and use the hashtag #TeamHealthyMinds
Sign a ribbon & decorate our finish line!
@ Woolshops Shopping Centre Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun this week!
We will be at Woolshops signing ribbons with our names and well wishes to add to our garden archway finish line.
We want our walkers to feel like all of Calderdale is behind them, so pop down for a chat about Healthy Minds and to sign a ribbon to show your support for local mental health services!
Give a donation and add your name to our archway of supporters!

Read more about Anneliese, Jim and Louise taking on the Virgin 100,000 persons marathon here:

Local Walkers Go The Extra Mile For Mental Health

International, regional, and local speakers connect on week-long inclusion event

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West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) is bringing together local, regional, and international speakers for a week-long celebration from Monday 4 to Friday 8 October. The week will showcase the work taking place across the area to connect on inclusion, whilst celebrating diversity within its workforce, learning from others, and highlighting the positive difference made when all come together.

Coordinated by the WY&H HCP Race Equality Network online event speakers include Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council and inclusion lead, and WY&H HCP CEO, Rob Webster CBE. The West Yorkshire Mayor, Tracy Brabin and Alison Lowe, West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, will also take part in the event.

King’s Fund and Professor at Lancaster University Michael West CBE; Dr Habib Naqvi Director, NHS Race and Health Observatory and Nadine Pemberton all the way from St Lucia will take part amongst many others. As a previous Executive Director of Legal for Social Work England and current consultant coach and mentor, Nadine will be sharing her leadership journey.

Other speakers include Monique Carayol, Founder and Managing Director of Your New Avenue, previous NHS Director of Strategy and Transformation and Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons and Dr Navina Evans, CEO for Health Education England.

The week-long event, held using digital technology, will recognise WY&H HCP’s approach to championing diversity, inclusivity, and equality, whilst setting out the difference made since it launched its race review in October 2020 into the impact of COVID-19 on minority ethnic communities and colleagues.  This includes an award winning Fellowship leadership programme, which was informed by the WY&H HCP Race Equality Network and a coproduced anti-racism movement with the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit and over 570 partner organisations/ community allies.

Network members are now on key decision-making forums, with representation on interview panels and supporting the development of a health equity fellowship.The Network has also been involved in the West Yorkshire Vaccine Programme to encourage take up. Other examples include a toolkit for recording ethnicity being embedded within the WY&H HCP Development Framework.

Cllr Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council said: ‘It’s great to see the difference being made across our area. We pride ourselves on the richness and diversity of our communities and it’s only right we celebrate achievements made. It’s a great start. There is more to do. It’s everyone’s business to connect on inclusion – and this weeklong event will demonstrate that each of us has an important part to play towards becoming an inclusive society’.

Rob Webster, CBE, and CEO for WY&H HCP said:  ‘This is an important week for us, where we will again be raising the profile of our diverse workforce and the work, we are doing to deliver on race equality in our Partnership. This event is another opportunity for us to ensure people see the ongoing commitment we have to addressing a social and systemic issue. We have come a long way in the last 12 months and the work of the Network has been outstanding. These achievements would not have been possible without the energy, motivation and passion they bring to the change that’s needed’.

Fatima Khan-Shah, a WY&H HCP Programme Director for unpaid carers and personalised care,  who convenes the Race Equality network said: ‘All the work we are doing is co-produced with Race Equality Network colleagues, supported with a clear plan of action working in Partnership with the leadership – that’s the magic ingredient because without such we would achieve nothing for each other or our communities’.

Sayma Mirza, WY&H HCP Associate Director for System Leadership and Development and one of the co-founders of the event said: ‘We’re excited and looking forward to this special week of celebration. Themes for the sessions include masterclasses on inclusion, sharing good practice and increasing accountability, amongst many other important topics. We are keen to connect everyone on inclusion’.

The inaugural Race Equality Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 8 October 2021 to bring the week-long ‘Connected on Inclusion’ event to a spectacular close whilst celebrating the huge achievements made to race equality across West Yorkshire and Harrogate over the last few years.

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

Local homecare workers are celebrated at party

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Local homecare company, Home Instead Calderdale honoured their home carers and recognised their hard work on 22nd September, by taking part in the first ever ‘Celebrating Homecare’ day, organised by United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA) and The Care Workers’ Charity (CWC).

The company hosted a lunch party, where their team of caregivers and clients were welcomed to enjoy a buffet lunch and conversation at Jack’s Bar in Elland.

‘Celebrating Homecare’ has been launched to celebrate and recognise the hard work and dedication that home carers provide.  Every day of the year, homecare workers support people to live safely and well at home, enabling people to flourish within our communities.

The theme for this year’s inaugural event was ‘made with care’, celebrating the fantastic relationships that exist between the people who give and receive care, and highlight the many activities they enjoy together. Whether this is crafting, baking, completing a jigsaw or even filming a TikTok, care workers and the people they support were encouraged to celebrate something they have made or shared together.

Home Instead Calderdale employs 40 caregivers who support their clients in their own homes, providing companionship, home help, dementia care and personal care. Throughout a difficult period, they have served an important role as key workers, providing vital support to clients living across Calderdale, Huddersfield and the Spen Valley.

Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA commented: “Homecare workers have been a lifeline for many people throughout the past 18 months, showing real selflessness and resilience in providing invaluable support to people in their own homes in incredibly challenging times.

“But the work they do is always important – not just throughout the pandemic. Homecare services benefit all of us: people who receive and give services, their families, health services and our wider communities.

“Their roles deserve to be celebrated now, and increasingly into the future.”

Speaking about the celebration, Karolina Gerlich, CEO of the CWC said: “It’s right and proper every so often to take a step back from the day to day and look at what you have achieved.

“Care workers do such amazing work, bringing companionship, care and comfort to so many people.

“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate what they do!”

Owner of Home Instead Calderdale Munaf Patel comments: “We are so proud of our caregivers for providing an outstanding service, week in week out throughout the last 18 months to keep our elderly clients safe and well at home.  With the ending of lockdown in July, Celebrating Homecare Day provided the ideal opportunity to come together, and show our team just how much we value their contribution.”

To find out more about Home Instead Calderdale and the homecare services they provide across the area please call 01422 292424 or visit

Home Instead Caregivers and clients enjoying a party on “Celebrating Homecare” day

Press contact: Julie Ingham, Community Engagement Officer at Home Instead Calderdale, 01422 292424,

VCS Peer Support Webinar 5th October

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VCS Peer Support Webinar

Tuesday 5th October 2021 3pm – 5pm

This month, we will be joined by Jag & Cheryl from the National Association of Primary Care to discuss the health confidence question which may be beneficial to voluntary & community organisations to use to demonstrate the impact of health interventions and support future initiatives.

We will also be joined by Hilary Turley from All 1 Collective + Lab leading an open discussion around climate change. There will be additional information from Community Foundation for Calderdale about the Climate Emergency/Carbon Zero Fund.

Eventbrite link here:

Great Big Green Week outcomes in Calderdale

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This week we have been taking part in a nationwide campaign, the Great Big Green Week, which runs from 18-26 September, to draw attention to climate change, whilst also making a connection with issues in communities around the borough.

As part of the week, on Monday 20 September, our teams demonstrated the vast amount of waste collected by Council workers in a normal weekend in Calderdale – see the images below!  All the waste collected was deposited in one area to be photographed and weighed with the costings of disposing calculated – demonstrating the cost of littering.

There was 6.1 tonnes of waste collected. The majority was plastic bottles, cans and paper cups that could have been recycled if people had taken their rubbish home.

Not only is this a cost in cash, but a huge cost to the environment – think of all that fuel used to transport the rubbish and to dispose of it safely.


A massive thanks to all involved in this project.


Please note that whilst this e-mail and any attachments originate from Calderdale MBC, the views expressed may not necessarily represent the views of Calderdale MBC.

Parent Link Worker – Lower Valley Family Support Team

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£18,135 per annum (pro rata if part time)

30 hours per week


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Lower Valley Family Support Team as a Parent Link Worker. You will be working within the community supporting families to access services and offer ongoing family support. This role will have a specific focus on engaging male parents and carers, through running and contributing to events that support and encourage males in their role as a parent. This role will involve some weekend work.


You will need experience of paid work in supporting families as well as working alongside other agencies and a relevant Level 2 qualification.


Please note that for this post you will need a GCSE in English & Maths or the ability to demonstrate that you can work at this level.

For an application pack please visit our website

If you have any problems please contact our Core Services team on 01422 251090.

If you would like more information about the vacancy please contact

Nicola Birchall or Beth Rimmington on 01484 386621


Closing date for applications

12 noon on Wednesday 6th October 2021

Interviews to be held 14th October 2021


North Halifax Partnership LTD is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Due to the nature of this post you will be required to undertake a DBS Check

VSI Alliance Update 24 September 2021

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team



VSI Alliance News & Events

Voluntary Sector Integration Coordinator – Closing date 5th October

This post will work as part of the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance (VSI Alliance) team.  VAC is a partner within the VSI Alliance which provides a range of ‘infrastructure’ services and support to voluntary and community groups across Calderdale.  The VSI Alliance team works closely with voluntary and community organisations to ensure that all groups have equal access to good quality services which in turn help build the capacity of the sector, enabling them to carry out their own objectives effectively.

Calderdale Quality & Engagement Officer –  Closing date 5th October
The role of the Calderdale Quality and Engagement Officer is central to the continued success and development of VAC projects across Calderdale.

Reporting to the VAC Quality and Engagement Lead, you will support the delivery and further roll-out of the Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing accreditation across Calderdale by recruiting and supporting local organisations.


The Better Living Service is back!We are here to support people in Calderdale to lose weight and be more active. Our partnership with Slimming World is continuing and 12 weeks of fully funded Slimming World vouchers are available for people who would like support to lose weight.  We have increased this offer to more people than ever – vouchers are now available to most Calderdale adults (18+) with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25 (Calculate your BMI).  The Better Living Service offers support to people face to face, by phone or via Microsoft Teams to suit each individual’s preferences. Referrals can be made online at or by ringing 01422 230230.


Events and Training

Want to volunteer in a mental health care role in West Yorkshire & Harrogate?
We are a collective of NHS Trusts that provide mental health, learning disability and social care services across Yorkshire.
We are:

  • Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Our event aims to provide you with all the information you need to start a meaningful career in one of our wide-ranging roles where you will make a real difference in our communities. You will also have the opportunity to find out about some of the partner organisations we work with in the health and care sector who also have a range of roles and opportunities available.

Join us online at our free open virtual recruitment fair on 30 Sept. All you need is an internet connection and an interest in mental health. Register here

Hate Crime Seminar – Tuesday 12th October

Iman Atta OBE Tell MAMA (Measuring anti-Muslim Attacks)

Alex Webster Northern Regional Security Coordinator for Community Safety Trust (anti-Semitic reporting)

Presentations on hate crime will be delivered by West Yorkshire Police and local stakeholders.

RSVP Leadership Seminar – Tackling Poverty and Increasing Opportunity 6th October 8.30am-9.30am
The Leadership Seminars support our Vision 2024 aspirations for the Borough to be enterprising, talented, resilient, kind, distinctive This session will examine the role of the West Yorkshire Mayor and building back better as we recover from the effects of Covid-19.


Royal Armouries Exhibition Title Consultation
The Violence Reduction Unit are currently consulting on a title for their upcoming exhibition on knife crime taking place at the Royal Armouries.

Police and Crime Plan Consultation Launched
Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire has today officially launched the consultation to inform her first Police and Crime Plan.

Calderdale Speech Language and Communication Pathway – SURVEY

A survey for Parents/Carers and Professionals/other stakeholders across the Borough to help gain an insight into what people currently understand of Speech Language and Communication as well as the services and support available from pre-birth to 25 years.

We would appreciate your help in promoting and sharing these surveys with your colleagues and any families who you work with.

If you are able to share the links to the surveys with others please copy us in so we are able to track how far the survey travels.

The surveys will close on the 17th October.

Practitioner and Partners survey

Parents survey


COVID Grants for Voluntary Sector
The Council has modified the application process for COVID 19 Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) and web information to encourage Voluntary and Community Sectors to apply.

Local Leadership and Integration Fund
The Ministry of Justice has announced the opening of the second round of the Local Leadership and Integration Fund. The MoJ is asking local organisations to come together in partnership to submit proposals for new and innovative approaches which will improve outcomes for prison leavers in their local area.

The competition will be open for applications for six weeks until Monday 18 October. Successful pilots will run for a period of 16 months, and the maximum amount of grant funding available for a single bid will be capped at £1 million.

Grants of up to £2,500 available to combat crime working with young people
Are you running a groups in Calderdale, and your projects aims to prevent and combat crime by working with 5 – 25 year olds? Grants of up to £2,500 are available from The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire’s Fund. Deadline for applications is 4th October 2021

The CFFC General Grants
The CFFC General Grants round is now open for applications by following this link to our website, where you will find all guidance and a link to the application form.

There will be four rounds of the fund over the next 12 months, the maximum grant is £5k.

Racial Equity Fund – Lloyds Foundation
We support charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities overcome complex social issues. We offer a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside development support to help your charity navigate change.  Under our Racial Equity funding strand, we support charities where more than half of their Trustee Board self-identify as belonging to a Black, Asian or minority ethnic community.

Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme 2021/22
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has made £4 million available through the Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme 2021/22 to award grants to eligible community organisations in England (outside of the Greater London Authority area).

Lloyds Bank Foundation
If you are a small and medium-sized charity with an income between £25,000 and £1 million you can apply for two-year, unrestricted funding of £50,000 alongside dedicated development support. 

Santander Foundation Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund
“We’ve developed the  Santander Foundation Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund to help more people in the UK become digitally and financially empowered.
We want to support UK charities to give people the digital confidence, knowledge, and skills to enable then to make better, more informed decisions about money and have access to financial services. Together we can make a positive impact in our communities.”

BBC Children in Need COVID-19 Funding Streams – 23rd August 2021
Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and special schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Special schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties. The funding is being made available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme. Prior to applying organisations and schools will need to register with BBC Children in Need. The next closing date for applications is 11.30 am on the 23rd August 2021.


Various Jobs at North Halifax Partnership

Current Early Years Vacancies – For our Early Years posts we offer a rolling recruitment programme

  • Senior Early Years Practitioner – Kevin Pearce – 37 hours
  • Senior Early Years Practitioner – Innovations – 24 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations – 24 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations – 37 hours TTO
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations – 37 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Ash Green – 19 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Kevin Pearce – 32 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner – Ash Green – 37 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner – Ash Green – SEND Support – 27.5 hours TTO Temp post
  • Early Years Practitioner – Wellholme – SEND Support – 24 hours Temp post

Other Current Vacancies with a closing date of Wednesday 6th October 2021

  • Active North Halifax Community Engagement Officer – 37 hours
  • Communities Programme Manager – 37 hours
  • Marketing + Communications Manager – 25 hours
  • Staying Well Befriending Volunteer Coordinator – 18 hours
  • Advanced Administrator – 37 hours – Innovations

For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at:

*VOLUNTEERING ROLE* Drivers, Magpies
You will be responsible for picking up members from their homes and bringing them to our centre between 9am and 10am. You will then drop them back home between 3pm and 4pm.

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, or visit for more contact details.