Health and Wellbeing

Calderdale Changes To COVID-19 Restrictions from Monday November 2

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For the most Up to date Coronavirus information visit Calderdale Council website here
Calderdale and West Yorkshire are moving into Tier 3 (“Very high”) restrictions as of one minute past midnight on the morning of Monday 2 November 2020.
As a result, there will be additional restrictions on people and businesses across the borough. The Council website will be updated with all the latest information on the Tier 3 restrictions from tomorrow.
For more detail please read our statement from our Leader, Cllr Tim Swift below.

Autumn Warmth from the Curious Motion

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Curious Motion have released their Autumn Newsletter, with ideas to keep you active through Autumn. You will find information about the launch of their podcast Curious e-motion, more on Brews and Grooves, including a children friendly session, the One Minute Motion gallery, Move the Calderdale way feedback and sounds of relaxation.

 

 

Download Newsletter Here

 

Free Term Time Meals for Children with Blondin’s Cafe at the Piece Hall

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During this Half Term, Blondin’s Café in The Piece Hall will be serving out free meals to children who rely on school dinners.

The food is contributed by all the outlets in the Piece Hall.

This is a part of a local initiative, to support the families that would otherwise struggle to feed their children during the holiday term break.

The project will run throughout the Autumn Term time break from 10am to 4pm.
Kids will receive a man, a piece of fruit and a drink.

Follow the link for more information: The Kindness Project: Food for Kids

You will find information about how you can help. Any donations are welcome and any surplus will be used over for plans for a similar project during the Christmas break.

 

West Yorkshire Police Urging The Public to Stay Safe This Halloween

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Stay safe this Halloween.
Many traditions such as trick or treating are to be avoided due to restrictions that are currently in place across all of the county of West Yorkshire.

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West Yorkshire Police is urging the public to stay safe this Halloween amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Following on from Government guidance, West Yorkshire was put into Tier 2 ‘High’ Covid Alert category, mixing of households and social distancing measures are currently in place, and police are urging the public to enjoy the festivities at home to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

“This year, trick or treating is not encouraged, but there are lots of activities families can do at home and to keep them safe.”

Typically this time of year tends to be the busiest period of the year for the police and last year West Yorkshire Police received nearly 1,800 999 calls on 31 October, and just over 4,000 contacts overall.

“As we all know things can change quite rapidly, so please ensure you are keeping an eye on Government announcements and the local guidance on the .Gov.uk website so you can keep up to date on Covid restrictions as well as guidance

“For anyone experiencing anti-social behaviour or clear breaches of the restrictions in place I would urge they contract West Yorkshire Police. But most of all, it continues to be about using common sense, thinking of others and following the local guidance so that we can all be as safe as possible, thank you.”

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the Police’s plea for people to act responsibly.

“If you are celebrating please be respectful of your neighbours and your community – remember, we’re all in this together. Please also remember that the handling of fireworks is best left to the professionals. Please don’t risk injury or having to call on the emergency services or NHS at a time when they are so desperately needed in fighting the pandemic.

Any incidents of anti-social behaviour can be reported online via the West Yorkshire Police website, please visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us

999 should always be used in an emergency, where there is a danger to life or crime in progress.

For more information and advice via Twitter, search #WYHalloween or follow West Yorkshire Police @WestYorksPolice and West Yorkshire Police Customer Contact Centre @WYP_CCC.

Stay Safe This Halloween
  • Have a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Decorate your household or living space
  • Have a trick or treat hunt with your household members in your home
  • Bake some Halloween treats
  • Carve and decorate pumpkins and display them in your windows
  • Have a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Have a virtual Halloween pumpkin carving contest

Help Us Stop the Spread – Coronavirus Alert

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For the most up to date information on Coronavirus, visit the Council’s website here Calderdale remains in Tier 2 with regards to Coronavirus restrictions. It is up to everyone to ensure we observe the recommended guidelines to control the spread of the virus. Remember: Hands – Face – Space
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
  • Maintain a 2m distance where possible
  • Wear a face covering
  • Don’t exchange visits with other households
  • Avoid crowded spaces, especially indoors.
  • Keep yourself informed
  • Isolate if you have symptoms
If you suspect you have contracted Coronavirus, get tested. Get a free NHS Coronavirus TEST

Social Cohesion and Covid-19 – Let us know what you think and receive a £5 Amazon voucher!

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As some of you might know, Calderdale Council is working with the University of Kent and the Belong Network on a long-term research project to understand the impact of Covid-19 on social cohesion in the UK. We are sending out four surveys from June – November, and we invite you to take part in this second survey today by answering this online questionnaire. If you have already been contacted by the University of Kent directly to fill out this survey, please don’t do so again!

Survey closing on Monday 26th October

The survey takes most people around 30 minutes. The information we collect will be incredibly useful for Calderdale Council, because it will help shape the direction of our work in your local area, and give us vital evidence to support this work in the future.

The questions asked in the survey are for researchers to understand people’s perceptions of others, their trust in different institutions and how Covid-19 has impacted people’s togetherness.

The University of Kent is giving everyone who completes the survey a £5 Amazon gift voucher, and free entry to a prize draw where you could also win one of five £100 Amazon gift vouchers. You will receive the voucher once the researchers have closed the survey, which is usually within two – three weeks of the survey being sent out.

If you agree, we will be sending out one more survey over the next 2 months to understand what you think and how that might change over time. You’ll get another £5 Amazon voucher each time you complete the survey.

The University of Kent will also send you an update report on the project in November 2020 if you’re interested.

To complete the survey, click the link below:

https://kentpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0MLt7sTPxKdUTJz

This survey was designed by the University of Kent who will be analysing the results. If you have any questions about the project or how your data is protected then do get in touch with: covidattitudes@kent.ac.uk

Thanks very much – we really appreciate you taking the time to support our work in your local area, and are happy to discuss it further with you if you have any questions.

The voucher will be sent within two – three weeks of filling out the survey.

Please note the closing date is Monday 26 October 2020.

Thursday 22nd October – International Stammering Awareness Day (ISAD) by Zain Ghani

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Stammering is a form of communication which differs to normal speech. This can either be in the form of blocks (no sound), rep-rep-repetition of words or syllables and/or elongation of sssssssounds. Around 1% of the world’s population have a stammer. In the UK, more than 150,000 children and young people stammer. Most people in the general public know of stammering but may not necessarily know how to speak to someone who stammers or understand what it is. Therefore, to celebrate ISAD, see below some interesting facts, top tips and further information on stammering:

Fun Facts:

  • The ratio of boys to girls who stammer can be 4 or 5:1
  • Celebrities like Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, and Samuel L. Jackson have a history of stammering
  • A stammer normally appears in children aged around 3 or 4 years old

    Colin Firth and Zain Ghani – ASC Annual Trustee Board Meeting 2017
  • No one knows the reason why people stammer but scientists have suggested many theories on contributing factors like development of speech, family environment, even a low blood supply to certain parts of the brain!
  • A film called the Kings Speech (with main actor Colin Firth) focused on King George VI and how an Australian Speech and Language Therapist helped him to manage his stammer prior to giving a wartime radio broadcast upon Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939.

Top Tips on speaking to someone who stammers:

  • Avoid finishing their sentences when they are struggling to get their words out
  • Give them sufficient time to speak
  • Maintain eye contact and show interest in what they are saying
  • Avoid comments like “Speak Slowly” and “Take a deep breath” as this can be quite patronising
  • Be patient and avoid rushing someone who stammers to speak

Links to further information: