Health and Wellbeing
Today is Clean Air Day and we’re encouraging people to pledge to make a change to help support work to reduce air pollution in the borough.
Improving air quality is one of our key priorities and is a really important part of the work being done to tackle the climate emergency. As a borough, Calderdale aims to be carbon neutral by 2038 at the latest, with significant progress by 2030. We hope to achieve this even sooner with in-house emissions and significant progress has already been made to reduce our carbon footprint.
How we’re improving air quality in Calderdale
To help meet these ambitious targets and support improvements in air quality, we’ve introduced a number of initiatives, including the use of electric vehicles in our fleet, additional electric vehicle charging points in the borough, tree planting, LED street lights installation, energy efficiency improvements in Council buildings and insulation for low-income households.
We’re also working in partnership with the Community Foundation for Calderdale to set up a Climate Emergency Fund to help combat the impact that climate change is having on the borough.
12 ‘School Streets’ around Calderdale are also helping to improve air quality. This is where the roads around schools are only open to pedestrians and other non-motorised vehicles at school drop-off and pick-up times during term-time. This helps to limit air pollution from vehicles; prevent idling; create healthier and more pleasant streets; and encourage people to be more active by walking and cycling, building on the many other projects to make it easier to walk and cycle around Calderdale.
Air quality monitoring continues in key locations, such as Air Quality Management Areas and near any incinerators or other developments that need to be carefully managed and monitored.
Improving air quality also requires individuals and organisations across the borough to take their own action and we’re encouraging all staff to get involved! You can start the journey towards improved air quality by making a pledge for Clean Air Day. There are lots of simple changes that can be made that will have a positive impact on air quality and help to protect the health of everyone in the borough.
Why not try going vehicle free today or pledge to only buy local? Pledges can start with one day, but you could also consider long-term changes to inspire real change. You can find out more about Clean Air Day here. There’s also the opportunity to use the Personal Air Pollution Calculator to work out your individual contribution to air pollution in the UK, and find out what you can do to reduce emissions and protect your health.
We must act now
Having declared a climate emergency at the start of 2019, we know how vital it is to protect Calderdale’s distinctive environment. You can find out more about this in the video below and learn how we’re stepping up our action to tackle climate change on our website.
Watch video: We are in a climate emergency.
After the Davina McCall programme Sex, Myths and Menopause, Sam Farrell put out a post on facebook about setting up a group, I contacted her about the space at St George’s House and the rest is history, being peri -menopausal I can experience all moods in one day, for no reason so I am hoping for some tips……
Starting Monday 14th of June the group meets:
Every Monday 7pm – 9pm
St George’s House, 2 Lilac Street, Lee Mount, HX3 5BT
Come along and connect with other women that are going through the same/similar things as you – You are not alone!
For more information contact Lisa on 07903859595
Roller Skating is back and running at the YMCA, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, times are posted on the YMCA website.
Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. Tickets are £5 per session and include skate hire. There is no booking fee and you can book online.
The Halifax YMCA
The Marlborough Hall
13 Crossley Street
Halifax HX1 1UG
Tel: 01422 353626 (10am till 5pm Mon-Fri / 10am till 12noon Sat)
There will be Walk-in clinics in the Piece Hall from the 18th to 20th of June, offering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to protect against Covid-19/Sars-CoV-2.
The clinic wants to facilitate the vaccination of those over 25 and under 30 who haven’t had their first dose of the vaccine or those over 25 who are at higher risk. Those who had their first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech 8 weeks ago can have their second dose.
The clinics will run as follows:
Friday 18th June 4pm – 7pm
Saturday 19th June 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 20th June 10 am – 5 pm
Only the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be available. It will be provided subject to availability on a first come first serve basis.
If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you should not attend this clinic. For more information, ring 119.
We are excited that the government announced the expansion of its tried and tested Holiday Activities and Food programme across all local authorities.
This programme is aiming to provide healthy food and enriching activities during the summer holidays to children who are aged between 5 to 16 years old and receive benefits-related free school meals (8000 children in Calderdale).
The Healthy Holidays grant programme is now live and groups and organisations can access the full guidance and online application form on the Community Foundation for Calderdale’s website. The deadline for applications is 10am on Tuesday 29th June 2021.
Active Calderdale want your help to gain true insight across the borough. This is your opportunity to express how you feel about being active in your local area so that Active Calderdale can gain further understanding of how to help improve the perceptions and reduce the inequalities.
That’s why we’ve launched the Your Views Matter Survey, which is aimed at adults living in Calderdale and will be sent out annually from 7th May to 7th June. This year’s survey is now live and can be completed via https://bit.ly/3xgxUoX.
This survey will provide us with the insights we need to shape the direction of Active Calderdale and create impactful change.
Complete the survey before 7 June 2021 to have your say and make real difference.
Translated forms are available in the online version of the survey https://bit.ly/3xgxUoX
If you prefer a paper copy, you can pick up one from an open local library. Paper copies are available in English only.
Further information on the Your Views Matter Survey can be found at https://active.calderdale.gov.uk/blog/your-views-matter-local-survey-2021
If you have any other questions or feedback regarding the Your Views Matter Survey or the Your Views Matter Partner Pack, please contact email@example.com
Your answers will help to tackle inequalities and get more people moving in the borough, evaluate the perceptions of residents on their physical and mental wellbeing, and how they feel about being active in their local areas.
A women only Q&A session at Halifax Opportunities Trust Centre on Hanson lane to answer questions about the impact of the Covid-19 vaccine on fertility.
Friday 11 June at 11am.
Venue: Halifax Opportunities Trust, Enterprise Centre, Hanson Lane, HX1 5PG
If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant and have concerns about receiving the vaccine, this session may answer your questions.
Spaces will be limited due to the social distancing and Covid guidelines present. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring
Time Out is for all 10-19 year olds in Calderdale. With a focus on emotional wellbeing, we connect young people with activities, opportunities, learning and support.
This half term join us for a jam-packed week of fun activities (mainly accessed from home online) to get creative, get active and get musical!
Monday 31 May
11.30am 40mins: Boxing Workshop 9+ yrs (Online)
To book message/whatsapp Josie on 07989 538044
Tuesday 1st June
10am, 60mins: Taster Workshop 1: Virtual Graffiti wall
Wednesday 2nd June
10am, 60min: Taster Workshop 2: Character Avatars
2pm, 40min: Boxing Workshop 9+ yrs (In Person)
Perseverance Mill Unit 5, Halifax Road, Todmorden, OL14 6EG
To book message/whatsapp Josie on 07989 538044
Thursday 3rd June
10am, 60min: Taster Workshop 3: Crazy Faces!
Friday 4th June
10am, 60min: Home Made Samba: Drumming Workshop (online)
To book contact Mitch Oldham: email@example.com
To find out more and to book on the taster workshops contact:
Alex Abel – Time Out Project Worker on:
text/phone/WhatApp: 07516 030575
Booking Link: https://forms.office.com/r/1c5spJZgjq