Help and Support
Up to 25% of a home’s heat can be lost through the roof and if your attic room is not properly insulated, you could be wasting money on your energy bills. Following a successful application process, Calderdale Council will receive over £2million from the Government’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, to help improve the energy efficiency of low-income households (up to £30k household income or means tested benefits). The funding will be used to support residents living in the least energy efficient homes to make residents’ homes healthier, warmer and cheaper to heat as well as helping to reduce carbon emissions and tackle the climate emergency.
Eligible households could receive the work, either fully-funded or significantly discounted. The work will be carried out by Better Homes and Yorkshire’s delivery partner, Halifax-based, Eclipse Energy, energy efficient home improvement experts and winners of the 2019 Sustainable Business Award for Calderdale.
This offer is only available for a limited time! Find out more today by calling Eclipse Energy direct on 01422 414850, or email email@example.com
The first week of February 1-7 is dedicated to Children’s Mental Health.
Place2Be.org.uk have prepared a series of activities, workshops and information to promote awareness and direct to sources of assistance for those in need.
Including an incredible half-day conference (watch live or buy ticket to watch the recording at your discretion) “Creativity as a healing tool: connecting mind body and imagination”. With keynotes from Lemn Sissay and Besseel Van Der Kolk.
For more information, visit Place2Be.org.uk
The Green Doctors visit around 2000 homes each year across the Yorkshire and North East regions. We help households to save between £100 – 1000 per year on their energy bills through switching and increased energy efficiency whilst also making homes warmer and healthier.
The Green Doctor service is completely free and provides valuable assistance to many vulnerable households. It may be an elderly person needing help switching, a young family applying for energy grants, or perhaps someone suffering from a health condition exacerbated by the cold and struggling to keep their home to a safe temperature. The scheme is open to eligible people in all types of tenure. Housing Associations, Local Councils, privately rented and privately owned residents are all offered the opportunity to participate in the Green Doctor scheme. The aim of the service is to provide ‘assisted action’ in order for people to maximise their income and to ’empower’ consumers to make informed decisions.
- Low income
- Living with debt
- Physical health issues
- Mental health issues
- In emergency accommodation
- Poor housing conditions
- In receipt of benefits
How does the programme work?
The local referral network provides referrals of vulnerable residents who are in (or at risk of falling into) fuel poverty.
A householder can apply directly or be referred by a professional / organisation.
HOME ENERGY VISIT:
A highly-trained Green Doctor Home Energy Adviser then carries out a home visit (these are now being conducted over the telephone due to Covid). The Green Doctor assessor will provide tailored in – depth energy efficiency advice and help look for a better deal on energy bills and applying for grants such as the Warm Homes Discount. All the team are trained to assess and advise on heating systems, damp and mould, and can support clients to deal with problems with energy and water suppliers.
Based on the findings of the visit/telephone call there are a range of onward referrals that can be made. These include: referral to an income maximisation service, assessment for larger energy efficiency measures (insulation and heating), referral to the local fire service Safe & Well scheme, and identification of serious hazards in the home. With over 12 years’ experience, the Green Doctor team are highly trained in dealing with the wide variety of issues that present themselves during the many home visits we make and we have built partnerships with many local support organisations.
All Green Doctors are trained to City & Guilds Level 3 Energy Awareness 6281-01 as a minimum. We also have 2 fully qualified City & Guilds 6361 Domestic Energy Assessors who are able to assess properties and households for larger energy efficiency measures such as central heating systems and cavity / loft insulation. In addition, all our Green Doctor team are trained to identify, advise and support households with damp, mould and condensation issues.
The Green Doctors have training in mental health awareness, suicide awareness, safeguarding, de-escalation techniques, crime prevention, dementia friendly training, Better Conversations, Universal Credit, Falls, Trips and hazards & hoarding awareness training.
In terms of outreach/marketing/promotion the Green Doctors delivered almost 200 presentations, talks and workshops in the last year to a wide range of both frontline professional workers and local community groups. We also deliver in-depth training for front line workers with our own Green Doctor Accredited ‘Fuel Poverty Awareness’ course.
Do you live with chronic pain or have a long term health condition?
This step by step 8 week course is designed to help you live a joyful and fulfilling life by lightening the load of living with pain so it doesn’t dominate your life.
The course will go through mindful techniques and meditation that will help put you in touch with your body and in control.
It will be run by Zoom and starts on the 28th of January.
For information and to book a place, contact Nic on mobile : 07985 754898 or
Places are limited and booking is essential.
Safespace is an out of hours emotional support service for adults in Calderdale. It is a place of safety for people experiencing emotional distress. We can offer you the time and space to talk through what’s happening and explore different ways to help you.
Safespace is available every evening from 6.30pm – 10.30pm. It can only be accessed by appointment.
To access Safespace,
Call 01422 345154
Text 07388 990227
We can call you back. Please be aware that the call may come from a withheld number.
Facebook: safespace calderdale
For general enquiries or support, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If lines are busy, please leave a message and a member of the team will call you back.
If you need urgent crisis support call 01924 316830 (24 hours NHS)
You can also contact Samaritans on 116 123
Younger People’s Services:
Saneline 0300 304 7000 (aged 16+), open 4.30-10.30pm daily
Papyrus HOPELINE 0800 068 4141 open til 10pm daily
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team
The VSI Alliance are seeking your feedback on our weekly update to find out if we are including the right information for you and your organisation’s needs. Your feedback will form part of a review of the layout and content of our update to make sure it is fit for purpose and as useful as possible.
The survey is anonymous and will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.
Please click on the link below to access the survey – Thank you!
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 email@example.com.
Who is this for?
For anyone with a question about money. Check out this fun money personality quiz and see if you need our help.
How long is the session?
We’re here for an hour but you can drop in any time, ask your question and then leave.
We can’t promise to have all the answers but we might be the first step to getting the answer you need.
What sorts of questions can you answer?
We can chat about any aspects of managing your money and we’ll also have our energy advisor on hand to help will any queries about your domestic bills, switching tariff, or making a complaint.
What can’t we discuss?
We’re not financial advisers so we can’t help with a choice of account or bank, but we can make sure you’re asking the right questions, and looking for information in the best places.
Choose your date and join us on Zoom on
Tuesday 19th January from 1-2pm
Wednesday 20th January from 1-2pm
And Thursday 21th January from 12-1pm
If you have any questions about the sessions then email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for a special event on how we can find possibility and positivity in 2021!
Beyond Frazzled – with Ruby Wax
Weds 13 Jan – Online via Zoom
7pm UK time (see your time zone here)
Tickets: Open to all with optional donation
2020 was a truly challenging year. How can we start the new year with a sense of positivity and hope?
At this event, Ruby Wax OBE will share “green shoots” of hope emerging in our society. Drawing on insights from her inspiring new book “And Now for the Good News…”, Ruby will explore reasons we have to be optimistic about what the future holds – and how we can find hope, even during these uncertain times.
Ruby will also share her thoughts on the importance of mindfulness, mental health and her ground-breaking network of Frazzled cafes, which are providing much-needed support for people in local communities and now via online meetings too.
“We’re all in need of as much good news as we can get! Ruby can always be guaranteed to lift your spirits” ~ Annie Lennox