- Brighouse Arts Festival 2022 – 10th anniversary headline acts: 7th – 15th October
- Introduction to the DBS Service – 6th October
- The Spark of Yorkshire: Craft Fair at Elland Cricket Club Oct 02
- Expression of Interest for Funding to Delivery Services Tackling Violent Crime by Oct 3rd
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Calderdale’s Community Safety Partnership:
Expression of Interest for Funding to Delivery Services Tackling Violent Crime
Calderdale’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has been allocated funding at a borough level following the successful award from the Home Office to the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU). The awarded funding for 2022/23 to the VRU from the Home Office is to support a programme of interventions across West Yorkshire to contribute towards the following:
- A reduction in hospital admissions for assaults with a knife or sharp object and especially among those victims aged under 25.
- A reduction in knife-enabled serious violence and especially amongst those victims aged under 25, and
- A reduction in all non-domestic homicides and especially amongst those victims aged under 25 involving knifes.
Calderdale CSP has been allocated funds from the VRU for the purpose of delivering a local programme of interventions in quarters 3 and 4 (September 2022– March 2023), and in doing so contribute to the above listed outcomes.
Calderdale’s intervention programme for 2022/3 has been informed by a Violent Crime Needs Assessment as well as the CSP’s own Strategic Assessment. Calderdale CSP (with support from providers and partners) has successfully delivered VRU interventions for the last two years and has used the evidence provided by the evaluation of these programmes to formulate the following specification for this year’s (Q3 & Q4) intervention activity.
The following funding opportunities are available:
- Outreach Provision (Inviting bids of up to £12,000)
- Enriching Activities, 1:1 & Group Work Programmes (Inviting bids of up to £12,000)
- Focused Deterrent (Teachable Moments) (Inviting bids of up to £30,000)
All Expressions of Interest received by the required deadline will be evaluated by the Violent Crime & Safer Streets Delivery Group. Applicants will receive notification of the outcome of applications on the week commencing the 10th of October 2022.
Please return to Expression of Interest form to
email@example.com by 9AM on 03/10/2022.
Local RSPCA and Halifax Minster Celebrate #WorldAnimalDay with Fun and Quirky, unique Animal Blessing Service this Sunday!
THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch in partnership with Halifax Minster are set to hold their annual animal blessing service in celebration of World Animal Day on Sunday 2nd October.
(A St Bernard is blessed by Trish Boyd at a previous service)
This annual service celebrates World Animal Day by giving attendees the chance to bring their beloved pets along to an animal friendly service, with reader Trish giving each animal their own blessing.
The light-hearted service will include light refreshments for people and their pets and takes place at 2.00pm on Sunday 3rd October at Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL.
Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser said “World Animal Day is such a special day and what better way to celebrate than with this fun and unique service, in the beautiful settings of Halifax Minster. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience to have our furry friends join us in the pews, so why not join us and be part of this special occasion!”
All animals are invited to attend, but dogs must be kept on a lead and small animals (such as cats, hamsters, rabbits etc) kept in carriers. All animals will be blessed in their seat and the service usually lasts around 45 minutes. Photos can also be blessed for anyone who has lost their pet or would find it too difficult to physically attend.
The RSPCA animal centre in Halifax is a self-funded, local charity and is hoping to raise awareness of the animal welfare work they do within the Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford areas. All proceeds raised on the day will be split between the RSPCA branch and the Halifax Minster.
To find out more about the Animal Blessing Service please visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford branch website here: www.rspcahalifaxaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk, alternatively you can also find out more on the Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/667315338027987.
The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work. Last year the branch rehomed over 500 animals. Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.
Halifax Minster was built some 900 years ago by Benedictine monks from Cluny, and it is that Benedictine tradition which shapes its ministry today: with daily worship; a place for education, culture and civic engagement; and a place of hospitality. The Minster belongs to the whole community: to the Christian community; to those of the other faith communities; and to those who have no faith. Everyone is welcome to come and experience the rich depth of heritage and spirituality. Visitors and new members looking for somewhere to worship regularly are both invited to come and join us for quiet services during the week, and to hear the Minster choirs and organs perform at weekends, as we join the Saints and Angels in the eternal hymn of praise to God the creator. The Minster serves Halifax and the borough of Calderdale, but we are also part of the worldwide Christian community. We are part of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and particularly the Huddersfield Episcopal Area, and we have international links with Halifax’s twin town of Aachen, in Germany, and our mission partner, the Cathedral Church of St Peter, Kowak, in the Diocese of Rorya in Tanzania. The Minster is also the spiritual home to the Duke of Wellington Regiment and Association, now subsumed into the Yorkshire Regiment.
VSI Alliance:Introduction to the DBS Service Session – 6th October, 11:30 – 12:30
Delivered by the new Regional Consultant (Via Zoom) from DBS service, this free session is for anyone who needs to know a little bit about DBS but not in great depth.
We’ll be looking at the rile of the Disclosure and Barring service, understanding the checks and eligibility, how “Regulated Activity” with children and adults is defined (and what this means in practice)… Along with how to get support from the service. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
[ Message from Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health and Jackie Addison, Head of HR&OD – abbreviated ]
COVID-19 Autumn 2022 Boosters overviewWith flu season nearly upon us and COVID-19 continuing to circulate, we are encouraging you to protect yourself and others from serious illness at this critical time. As well as the infection prevention measures we have been using during the pandemic, you can boost your immunity by:
- having a flu jab – Check your eligibility for a free jab
- having the COVID-19 booster vaccine, if you are eligible
The COVID-19 booster and the flu vaccine can be given on the same day. We advise that you get each vaccine as soon as you can, rather than wait to get both.
Additionally, those working in care homes could be offered the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 or flu vaccine when roving teams visit care homes, however this may not always be possible.
Free flu email@example.com.While it’s important to get the flu jab every year, it’s particularly important this year. There has been more flu circulating this year in the Southern Hemisphere than in recent years and the flu season started earlier than usual, so we can anticipate a similar situation in the UK. As well as this, the measures we have taken to avoid catching COVID-19 have meant that for the last couple of years we were also less likely to catch flu, so there may be less natural immunity in the community this year. You are more likely to get seriously ill and end up needing hospital care if you have COVID-19 and flu at the same time. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) found that people who have COVID-19 and flu at the same time were almost six times more likely to die compared to people with neither. So please keep doing everything you can to avoid infection. If you are already eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS you should get it through that route. You will have probably already received an invite. If you’re not sure, one of the participating pharmacies can check when you go along and can still give you a jab even if you’re eligible for a free one on the NHS. If you have any questions about the scheme, or are not sure if you are eligible or not, please email
As well as all Calderdale Council staff, the free flu vaccine is available through this scheme for employees of some of our partner organisations, where they are not eligible to get it on the NHS. Specifically employees who work in:
- Calderdale care settings, including domiciliary care
- Early years settings and early years providers
- Primary, secondary, specialist and post-16 education providers
Get your COVID-19 booster vaccination
The NHS is offering Autumn boosters to people at greatest risk from COVID-19 to help increase their immunity from the virus during the winter months. COVID-19 is still with us and people can still become very ill or die from the virus. Having your booster will ensure you continue to have the best protection against the virus through the winter months.here or ring 119. You can have your seasonal booster (Autumn booster) if it’s been at least 3 months since you had your previous dose. If you have not had a 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet, you should have them as soon as possible. For more information on eligibility and to book your Covid booster vaccine, visit the NHS website.The NHS will invite eligible people to make an appointment when it is their turn so please wait to be contacted. This invite will provide all the information on how to book an appointment. Frontline Health and Social Care Workers do not need to wait to be invited and can self-declare their status and book an appointment
The Community Foundation for Calderdale are proud to announce that nominations are open for the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards which will be held at The Venue, Barkisland on 24th November 2022 celebrating the Not-for-profit sector in our borough.
Categories include New Charity of the Year, Fundraising Campaign of the Year, Best Marketing Campaign, Young Community Champion, Outstanding Individual, Charity of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement. This year there is a new category for the Mandy Taylor Award.
Who do you know in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector who should be nominated? It’s quick and easy to nominate.
If you know a person or organisation who should be nominated for going above and beyond, please nominate them by 30th September 2022 at https://cffc.co.uk/calderdale-community-spirit-awards/
This Sunday 2nd of October there will be an Autumn Craft fair at Elland Cricket Club from 10am to 4pm.
There will be several stalls from local traders showcasing their art and craft, food stalls, tombola games and raffles.
Entry is free, just come along! Plenty of parking available on site.
Autumn Craft Fair
Sunday October 2nd
10 am – 4 pm
Venue : Elland Cricket Club, The Cricket Ground, Hullen Rd, Elland, HX5 0QY