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Creative Artistic Challenge – Nature and Sustainability

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We have launched our Brighouse Arts Festival Creative Art Challenge with support from Creative Minds. A fun artistic challenge to create artwork inspired by nature, and sustainability.

This artistic challenge is open to all but especially those people who use services run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, their carers and staff


Your artwork must create a fantastic spirit of optimism which unites around our share emotions and give us hope for the future. Your inspiration might be the nature, natural history or sustainability. It could be the wonderful spring/summer flowers in gardens and open parks, or indeed anything that captures your imagination in a positive relating to these themes. We shall then share works on our online gallery and our social media.


10 entries will be picked to feature in the Brighouse Arts Festival and 1 ‘winner’  will win a specially framed image of their artwork


Send us your responses and we can add them to our virtual gallery. Email brighouseartsfestival@gmail.com


Brighouse Arts Festival – https://www.brighouseartsfestival.co.uk/

Creative Minds – https://creativeminds.art/

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – https://www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus Newsletter July 2020

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Welcome to the latest Newsletter from the Calderdale 50+ forum. Calderdale Forum 50 Plus aims to represent and promote the collective voice of people over the age of 50 in Calderdale by: Communication, Campaigning, Influencing, Encouraging and Empowering.


Download July 2020 newsletter


Read here.



Copyright © 2020 Calderdale Forum 50 Plus, All rights reserved.

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus
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Nursery Lane
Halifax, England HX3 5SX
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The Space @ Field Lane – Latest Newsletter

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The first issue of the news bulletin from The Space @ Field Lane is out.

Since the centre had to close its doors due to Covid-19, this newsletter has been compiled as an online community.

Everyone at The Space @ Field Lane are working hard, planning the safe reopening of the centre, in order to restart offering their classes and services.

They will need volunteers to help with the reopening. If you have time to offer, please get in touch.

The newsletter would also welcome adverts from local businesses, your stories and views on how they can best be there for you.

Download the newsletter here


Lower Valley Friday Flyer 03 July 2020 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

This week:

  • CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin – Walk around Hebden Bridge
  • Prince’s Trust training with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service for 16-25 year olds
  • Brighouse Vision Masterplan – tell us what you think
  • RSPCA Virtual K9 Party In The Park 2020 July 5th

Have a great weekend!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing calderdalelowervalley@gmail.com

You can also contact us on 0300 555 0266.

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Can You Help Deliver Physical Activities in Our Local Parks?

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Lots more people have been telling us that they don’t feel like they have the opportunity to be active during COVID19. As a response to this we’d like to work with local communities to develop free activities in local parks and open spaces over the summer into September/October as a way of providing more opportunities for our residents to be move more. This is a similar scheme already established in Birmingham.

If you deliver sports or activity sessions that get people moving, it could be hula hooping, dancing, gardening or tai chi that can be transferred to an outdoor setting, and are interested in the opportunity to get involved in Active Parks please get in touch for more details. Activities will have to be delivered in accordance with the latest government guidance on physical distancing.

Contact Active Calderdale: ActiveCalderdale@calderdale.gov.uk

CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin – Walk around Hebden Bridge

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This week’s CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin features a self guided 5.5 mile walk starting at Hebden Bridge – Lower Colden – Mill Walk. The walk is marked as Grade 2** and should last approximately 3 hours.

There are several places to park in Hebden Bridge, the walk starts from the turning circle, where there is a lay-by opposite.

You will pass several ruins of old mills along the walk; it is very difficult to imagine how big some of them were. They operated in the early 1800’s and spun cotton or were die houses, using the water from the river and streams.

You will walk towards Hebden Bridge, on the left is Church Lane, pass the church and the school and continue up the steep road. The road turns sharp left but carry on to the right along a track, Colden Road. Carry along this road, after passing a block of houses the road forks, take the right-hand fork and continue until you reach the first mill site – Lower Lumb Mill – which spanned the river.

At the bridge keep to the left, as you walk forward on to another old mill site, you will see to your right a low arch and pits in the far-right corner. Go up the steps, then forward rising a little. You will join the old mill dam embankment about 100 meters ahead. Follow it along the left-hand side of the dams.

At the end of the old dam, you go down one step to the riverside, forward only for 6 meters, then turn right up the side of more mill ruins. Turn right at the top of this path, then left on to a path along the hillside, this then becomes a wide track.

Where the track doubles back to the right, go straight forward on to a woodland path, which rises steadily. When it forks, take the right-hand path up to the far top corner of this wood.

Continue forward on the causey path to Hebden Hole Bridge; you will walk past the Praying Hole; John Wesley addressed many hundreds of people here on his travels. Crossing the bridge, the path takes you up the steps on to a lane. Turn right and follow the lane for about 300 meters, turn into the first lane on the left.

Follow the lane past the end of the house and straight uphill, following the walled path over the high point and descending to the road.

Turn left, about 50 meters on the right is Marsh Lane and then right again on to a grassy lane. Follow this down the slope to pass between two farmsteads, continue straight ahead.

At the next style, turn right along the wall side, which bears left and leads to another style. Forward in the same line across the next open field aiming at the stile and signpost. Alternately you can carry straight forward to the hill side and turn right to bring you to the stile and signpost, if animals are in the field.

From the wall stile, turn half left and descend the slope. A path line soon emerges leading to a bridge and the Jumble Hole Beck. Over the bridge, turn left and follow the path to the ruins of Staups Mill. Veer slightly right up an old track and after 20 meters, go through the stile on the left.

This path is narrow initially on the steep hillside but widens as it descends the clough. At a ‘z’ bend you come to Cow Bridge, the site of another former mill. The lane is now quite substantial and continues down the streamside, you will pass the site of Spa Mill on to Underbank Mill. You will approach the railway bridge, turn left and walk along Underbank Avenue.

Walk along the avenue to the other railway bridge and on to the main road; turn right for 80 meters and cross the road, going over the river bridge. Just before the canal bridge, turn left and join the towpath. Follow this back to Hebden Bridge. You can leave the towpath just after the Stubbings Wharf PH our continue under the bridge ahead and take the next left, to bring you out opposite Church Lane.

We would love you to try this walk and send us your photos so we can pop it in the newsletter.

It doesn’t have to be this walk, we would love to feature your scenic photos in the newsletters.


Contact CREW Heart Support Group

CREW Facebook page

email: crewpartners.hsg@gmail.com

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

Invictus is a CIC and currently offering talking sessions in Calderdale as part of their BREW (Building Resilience & Emotional Wellbeing) project for 5 – 17-year-olds. They’re working with children’s mental health services and the safeguarding team to ensure best practice and good outcomes for the young people they are supporting.

All of their work so far has been done over the telephone and zoom and they’ve ensured best practise as much as possible for this.

But they recognise that children/young people may respond much better to face-to-face intervention and are looking to roll out a ‘Walk & Talk’ programme in Calderdale (they’ve been involved with another LA which has successfully done this). For this project, they will be completing risk assessments of walking routes.

Do any groups out there have risk assessments already for walks that they would be willing to share with Invictus? If so, please can you send to Charlie and she will pass them on to the group. (charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk).

Thank you!

Upcoming Forum Dates:

Food Poverty Forum – Thursday 16 July, 10am on Microsoft Teams
Young Lives/Youth Strategy Group – Thursday 16 July, 2pm – discussing CMBC Youth Service restructure on Microsoft Teams.
For information about these forums, please contact Jayne Leech: email Jayne.Leech@vsialliance.org.uk or call 01422 438721.


Calderdale News & Information

Calderdale COVID-19 Outbreak and Control Plan
Calderdale Council, alongside multiple organisations and partnerships across the Borough, has been working to support a range of settings (e.g. schools, care homes, workplaces) and communities, both proactively and reactively as part of the overall COVID-19 response.

Regional/National News & Information

In case you missed it:

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.


COVID-19 Extraordinary Home Office Funding for Vulnerable Children’s Charities – Deadline extended: 6th July
Additional emergency support funding for small/micro charities that are working with vulnerable young people at risk of being involved in serious violence.

In case you missed it:

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.


Business Support Officer Vacancy – Closing date: 5th July
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, is seeking to appoint a Business Support Officer to work with him to continue to make a real difference to the lives of people across communities in West Yorkshire.

Freelance Marketing Practitioner – Closing date: 10th July
Calder Valley Community Land Trust (CLT) is currently advertising for a Freelance Marketing Practitioner with a proven track record who can lead for them on a marketing, communications and PR campaign.

In case you missed it:

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

Brighouse Vision Masterplan – tell us what you think

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Calderdale Council wants your views on their Next Chapter Project, involving the regeneration of Brighouse’s town centre.

We would very much welcome your comments on the proposals for the draft Vision Masterplan.

Have a look at the proposals which are in the Supporting Documents section and tell us what you think using the Survey Monkey page

👉 Feedback form

Brighouse Vision Masterplan

Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grants Programme Relaunched

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Food for Life Get Togethers harnesses the power of good food to connect and bring together people of all ages and from different backgrounds.

Together we can get more people eating healthily, strengthen our communities and reduce experience of loneliness and social isolation.

We’re offering small grants of £150 from June 2020 to April 2021. The grants are to support community led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers.

Download the application form, guidance and terms in English or Welsh.

Applications which have a focus on one or more of the following are welcomed:

  • Food activity that has potential to be long term and become a normal and regular activity your community just does
  • Food based activity that is community led and created together with the people and communities who will benefit
  • Food activity which includes people and groups from disadvantaged and diverse communities
  • Activity that brings people, households, streets, neighbourhoods & communities together through food
  • Food activity which tackles or reduces experience of loneliness or social isolation for younger and older people in your community
  • Food activity which encourages people to have a more positive attitude to ageing and/or people from backgrounds different to their own
  • Online and virtual ways to meaningfully Get Together through good food, cooking, growing or sharing

The grant is open to not-for-profit groups and settings.  If you want to have a Get Together with people from households or your neighbourhood you will need to apply for the grant through a not-for-profit group that has its own bank account.

Closing dates for application rounds are specified in the application form. We reserve the right to close the application rounds early if they are oversubscribed.

Please see the website for further information and to download the application form.

Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan from Calderdale Council June 2020

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Calderdale Council has been working to support a range of settings (e.g. schools, care homes, workplaces) and communities, both proactively and reactively as part of the overall COVID-19 response. We are working alongside multiple organisations and partnerships across the Borough and this activity will continue in the Test and Trace phase of epidemic management, working closely with Public Health England (PHE).

However, the focus of both the proactive and reactive work will need to change, as workplaces, schools and the Borough more generally open more widely, and as the national Test and Trace programmes becomes embedded.

All local Authorities have been asked to develop Outbreak Prevention and Control Plans by the end of June 2020 and you can read Calderdale’s plan here. It is intended to operate for the next 18 months, with a formal review in June 2021.

Access Calderdale Council website for the full documentation on Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan

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