NHP Thank you notes 27/11/20 – submit yours!

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Welcome to our weekly round of Thank You notes.

Each week we publish notes submitted to us, thanking those who have made a difference or a positive impact to somebody.

If you wish to deliver your own NHP Thank-You, click here.

To read the previous week’s Thank you notes, click here.

Paul Holdsworth (Hub cafe Threeways)
A huge thank you for stepping up and volunteering your time and using your café space (when your business had to close)to provide much needed emergency food support to the North Halifax Community. NHP have really enjoyed working with you and have appreciated your partnership working in helping us to support our community and long may it continue
Tina Burke (Chief Executive, North Halifax Partnership)Andrew Sykes and the staff team at noah’s Ark
NHP would like to say a big thank you to all of you at Noah’s Ark for your support to NHP around emergency food provision and debt support for the North Halifax community, the partnership working has been greatly appreciated and we think you are doing a fantastic job, long may our work together continue.
Tina Burke (Chief Executive, North Halifax Partnership)District Nurse Team in North
Thank you to the Community Matrons working across North Halifax for the vital caring role you undertake in our community every day. And thank you for taking the time to work with the local partnership especially during these most challenging times.
The Local Covid Partnership

Everyone at North Halifax Partnership

Thank you to all of you for being so welcoming and patient with me when I first started! I really do appreciate it and I am so grateful for everyone’s kindness!
Heather Bentley

The OMI team (and NHP in general)

Thank you for welcoming me and believing in me. Following your work, especially during these challenging times was very inspiring. I admire your motivation, ingenuity and sheer gumption. Proud to be a part of this team!
Georgia Oikonomidou
North Halifax PCN Wellness Hub
As a newly formed team I think you’re all doing fantastic!

Step Out and Get Your 10 Minute Stroll!

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We need your help to celebrate one thing that we CAN do this winter – go for a little walk at lunchtime!

It’s more important than ever to get active for our physical and mental health, but the dark winter months and COVID restrictions have made it more challenging for many people across the borough.

That’s why we’ve created the Take Ten #StepOutChallenge. We’re challenging everyone to walk outside for at least 10 minutes every lunchtime in December – to enjoy the daylight (if not sunlight), go to the shops, walk, round the block or even better local park. It will make you feel brighter and give you a sense of achievement, it’s worth that initial effort of getting your shoes and coat on!

Each day there will be extra optional challenges to try whilst walking, all linked to the 5 ways to wellbeing, to give everyone an extra boost! Find more details on our website.

The Take Ten #StepOutChallenge aims to challenge everyone to get outside for at least 10 minutes every day for a walk during December. To support with this we have created a calendar (see attached) which includes additional challenges based around the five ways to wellbeing to further encourage and support people to take at least 10 minutes out of their day to get outside and walk.

 How can you help?

We’d love it if you could support the challenge by doing the following:

  1. Take part in the challenge yourself, and join us on Twitter using #StepOutChallenge
  2. Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to take part in the challenge
  3. Spread the word to your service users or customers and any other residents that you have contact with. We have included a pack with social media posts and some graphics to go with them. You can also download an accessible version of the calendar on our website.

Attached is the full challenge calendar, and you can find your supporters pack here:  (if this link is no longer working please contact

Take Ten December #StepOutChallenge Full Calendar


LAB Online course starting December 4th for people aged 19+ in Calderdale

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LAB Online Confidence, Communication and Teamwork course starting on 4th of December,  available to people aged 19+ in Calderdale.

Try something new with LAB Online and polish up those virtual  communication, interview and team skills that will help you to thrive in today’s job market.

Calderdale Adult Learning and the national award – winning Proper Job Theatre Company have joined forces to offer this  free short course to inspire people to develop new online skills during these distanced times. Make your time inside count by developing new tools useful for future training or employment – and by earning a qualification from the comfort of your own home.

The free fun online sessions use drama and media training techniques to develop your skills and confidence. Join the LAB Project and learn about other free local provision, including other free CAL qualification courses. Join our friendly team over a cuppa each morning, learn new skills and earn a new qualification in just two weeks.

Sessions are delivered over Zoom. Internet access needed but no previous experience required.

LAB Online is part of the LAB Project. This is currently aimed at supporting adults in Calderdale who would enjoy keeping connected and using creative learning techniques to boost wellbeing, confidence life planning and employment skills.

Enquiries –  or to register for a place – contact Melissa
t: 07368291874

Find out about the range of Proper Job Covid 19 Support activities at

Info on all LAB Courses

Join the Police and Crime Commissioner Youth Advisory Group

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The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is looking for young people aged 13-21 from across West Yorkshire to join his Youth Advisory Group (YAG).

The group gives young people the opportunity to express their views and opinions on local policing matters and gives them a more active say in how they are policed in West Yorkshire.

The group Provides opportunities to take part in new initiatives and improve and enhance relationships between young people, the PCC and the Police, and it looks great on your CV!

What does it include?

  • Meeting 4 times per year – usually on a Saturday morning, via Skype currently, but usually across venues in West Yorkshire
  • Sharing their personal knowledge, opinions and experience of community issues within the group
  • Provide advice to us to help the PCC improve policing and make sure people are safer and feel safer
  • Take part in workshops and learn about key policing topics included in the police and crime plan

View poster containing further information on YAG.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in joining the group, or would like more information, please contact

Send a Santa-gram to an elderly person this Christmas

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Given the loneliness many older people have experienced during the coronavirus pandemic, we are inviting local children to get involved in bringing them some Christmas cheer this year with our ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ campaign.

Click image for more information on the Home Instead website

A Santagram for Seniors

The concept of the ‘Santa-gram’ is simple – we are asking children at local schools and nurseries to create Christmas cards, drawings, bookmarks etc. or write a letter to an older person to open in the run up to Christmas to help bring a smile to someone’s day.


Our Santagrams will be placed in either A5 or A4 envelopes and delivered to elderly people during the week beginning 14 December.


We are accepting items to be included in the ‘Santa-grams’ from now until 9 December 2020.


For more information read here

To arrange collection, contact Julie Ingham from Home Instead Calderdale on
t: 01422 292424
a: 14-16 Southgate, Elland, HX5 0BW

Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale supports older people to stay independent in their own homes.

VSI Alliance Update November 20, 2020

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

As part of #CalderdaleFireflies, we would like to know if any groups are doing Christmas cards this year, so we can share details or a link to how people can buy the cards and support the group. Please email with any information. Thank you.

Community Response Coordinator (COVID-19)
This post will be pivotal to the fight against Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Calderdale by engaging and working with local communities, the VCSE and wider partners. The post will work as part of the VSI Alliance and will be hosted by VAC.

In case you missed it:

Funding for Volunteer DBS Checks
Thanks to a grant from the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership through the Harnessing the Power of Communities fund, the VSI Alliance can now offer some limited financial support to voluntary and community groups in Calderdale who wish to undertake appropriate DBS checks for their volunteers who are supporting around Covid-related tasks.


Calderdale News & Information

An Important Message About COVID-19 In Calderdale
Via Councillor Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader and Deborah Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council: the rate is the highest it has ever been in Calderdale. We have reached a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keeping Calderdale Cosy: Providing Affordable Warmth Solutions for Calderdale Families
Cold homes are bad for health. If you or your clients are struggling to pay heating bills and/or the home is cold and damp, in all probability health will suffer. This will increase the financial burden on the Public Health Service and the NHS.

verd de gris – The Art of Community
As verd de gris have been nominated for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, they have created a booklet filled with testimonies of some of the volunteers who have been a part of the journey, aiming to impact on areas like community health and positive social change.

In case you missed it:

Fielden Acre Community Share Offer
Calder Valley Community Land Trust are inviting investment in the Calder Valley through the Fielden Acre Community Share Offer. The finance raised will be part of a fund to purchase two residential properties for use as affordable housing, a meeting room and land with potential for new community facilities.
Regional/National News & Information

Guide for Volunteer Opportunities During Lockdown
NAVCA have produced a handy guide to help people work out whether they should pursue a particular volunteer opportunity during the current lockdown.

In case you missed it:

Flu Vaccination: Who Should Have It This Winter and Why
Download a leaflet explaining the importance of the influenza (flu) vaccination this winter.

PCC Newsletter November 2020
The latest newsletter from Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. This issue contains stories on work to tackle modern slavery, the award-winning Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), a competition for young people and much more.

Supporting Jobs in the Charity Sector During Coronavirus
Many infrastructure bodies and campaigners for the voluntary sector to have signed a letter calling on the Chancellor to create a job retention scheme that works for charities, covered in Third Sector.

The Impact of a Second Lockdown
NCVO chief executive Karl Wilding has written about the new rules and how they apply to charities and volunteering. He also highlights the importance of charities making our voices heard in Westminster as we push for a further package of financial support for the sector.

Events and Training

Thriving Communities Fund Webinar – 23rd November
To mark the launch of the Thriving Communities Fund application portal; National Academy for Social Prescribing, Arts Council England and NHS Charities Together will be holding a webinar on the Thriving Communities Fund and NHS Charities Together Community Partnership Grants.

Steps to Building Organisational Resilience: Key Things to Consider – 2nd December
In partnership with Zurich, NCVO will be delivering a webinar discussing key considerations for making your charity resilient. This free webinar will explore key considerations for making your charity resilient, including financial sustainability, reputation and governance.


HMRC Grant Funding – Deadline: 27th November
Grants will range from £20,000 to £750,000 per year with a maximum threshold set at 50% of the organisation’s turnover. The funding is for activities that cover one or more of the following: advice and support, digital inclusion and/or specialist support and referrals.

Good Things Foundation Looking for Partners to Apply for Funding to Support the Delivery of the 2021 Census – Deadline: 30th November
The Foundation is looking for organisations who can deliver support to people wishing to complete the census between March and May 2021.

The National Lottery Community Fund New Infrastructure Programme – Deadline: 1st December
The National Lottery Community Fund will give between 8 and 10 infrastructure organisations a package of funding, combined with on-site coaching and expertise provided by a Design Lab over 12 months.

UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief
The UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief has been created to support youth organisations who have not had access to the crisis funding they require to survive the Covid pandemic.


Sure Start Children’s Centres – Recruiting Now!
Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation: Early Years Practitioner Plus x 3, Early Years Practitioner and Caretaker.

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, or visit for more contact details.

Staying Well is just a phonecall away

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With the nights drawing in and lockdown still in place with the potential that it may be extended, more people may come to experience loneliness.

According to the BBC, Lockdown loneliness has reached record levels. The numbers of adults who state they are frequently or always lonely has increased since the first lockdown earlier in March 2020.

There are several organisations who work towards reaching out to individuals coping with being alone throughout Calderdale. The Staying Well Hub team is one of them.

How the Staying Well team can help you

The Staying Well Hub Team are here to listen to your concerns and help you make sense of what is happening. Whatever you are dealing with, we would like to hear from you because help is always at hand.

The telephone befriending service is how the Staying Well Team can be contacted during the COVID-19 period.


Staying Well Telephone Befriending Service

Isolation has never been such a concern and risk as it currently is but a chat with a Volunteer Befriender can make all the difference to someone who is lonely. So get in touch to find out how we can help you.

We can offer assistance in a variety of different languages, please enquire to see how we can assit.

This service aims to match clients with volunteers who have similar interests and common ground, aiming to offer a listening ear to those who feel isolated.

How you can request assistance

You can call the Staying Well team on 01422 392767.

Referrals can be made over the telephone or you can visit the Staying Well website to fill out the referral form.

Individuals can refer themselves. In order to refer someone you will need their consent.


For more information visit the Staying Well Telephone Befriending service page

Related article: BBC: Lockdown loneliness reaches record levels

NHP Thank you notes 20/11/20 – submit yours!

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Welcome to our weekly round of Thank You notes.

Each week we will be publishing notes submitted to us, thanking those who have made a difference or a positive impact to somebody.

If you wish to deliver your own NHP Thank-You, click here.

To read the previous week’s Thank you notes, click here.

Dawn Edwards
Dawn ensured that all the pupils at Dean Field School received their free school meal vouchers each week during lockdown. She went above and beyond for the school. Thank-You!
FROM Fiona Pether
Loraine Stansfield
Loraine made sure that children received food parcels, clothing and other items like school work packs each week. She delivered them all by hand in the school mini bus and kept everyone going!
From Fiona Pether
Vicky Mitchell
Vicky kept our school open, safe and clean all through lockdown and beyond. She is a superstar! Thank-You!
From Fiona Pether
All the Teachers at Dean Field School
Thank you to all the teachers at Dean Field for their commitment to the pupils of North Halifax and Dean Field. ThankYou!
From Fiona Pether
Paul Holdsworth (Hub cafe Threeways)
Thank you for the support he has given to the North Halifax Community since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic in March 2020, through setting up and running a Foodbank to support the vulnerable and needy.
From Lawrence Fear

Community Gymnastics- Hailey and Sarah

Thank you Hailey Dundavan for getting this started and keeping it going through lockdowns and holidays! Big thanks to Sarah Duffin for all you do to support Hailey too.


NHP Thank you notes 13/11/20 – submit yours!

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Welcome to our weekly round of Thank You notes.

Each week we will be publishing notes submitted to us, thanking those who have made a difference or a positive impact to somebody.

If you wish to deliver your own NHP Thank-You, click here.

To read the previous week’s Thank you notes, click here.

Natalie Ratner and Jamie Lister

Thank you both for your help and encouragement and all your help and advice with starting the “ Paddock- Community Garden”

– from Joan and Lynne


Community Gymnastics- Hailey and Sarah

Thank you Hailey Dundavan for getting this started and keeping it going through lockdowns and holidays! Big thanks to Sarah Duffin for all you do to support Hailey too.


Previous week’s thank you posts:


Lynne Caldwell and Joan Tillotson at The Paddock Community Garden
A huge thank you to Joan and Lynne for their vision, perseverance and commitment to provide a community garden for the people of Ovenden, bringing people together and growing food for local people, especially during these challenging times! A fabulous idea has been brought to life by a fabulous pair of ladies – thank you so much.

Morrisons and Noahs Ark
Morrisons supermarket really stepped up in the community by feeding the nation with there donations to feed the nation , Andrew Sykes from Noahs ArK Centre working along side morrisons he was fantastic with donations making sure no one went with out food during covid and again now in lockdown he his working hard repeating the food donations

Vicky McGhee
Thank You for believing in Us…and keeping Us feeling positive during uncertain times

Sharma -Costcutters Illingworth
Thank you for everything you do for the North Halifax Community Not just selling Food /Holding competitions for children /Raffles/Food parcels /Looking out for vulnerable members of the community and packed lunches for children the list is endless also having the time to encourage and supporting other local business YOU ARE STARS

Gail Crabtree
Congratulations to Gail Crabtree (Children’s Centre Manager) for her 30 years service with North Halifax Partnership and Calderdale Council. A huge thank you from the NHP Board, Gail for all your years of passion, enthusiasm and commitment to working with children and Families, it has been truly appreciated and long may it continue!

Chris Harvey
Chris Harvey is volunteer and committee member with Memory Lane Cafe and has helped local people with dementia throughout the coronavirus by using Facebook and the internet to organise online quizzes, musical bingo, singalongs and coordinated volunteers to deliver activities and games, shopping.

Amy Powell-Bevan
A huge thank you to Amy for all her support for the community when doing litter picks during this very challenging time. She has continued to provide an efficient and reliable service and helped to ensure community litter picks have been COVID secure. Thank you also for being so friendly and enthusiastic – we really appreciate it!

Irene Mullhall
Thank You for the Illingworth Messenger

Dave and Liz at the Fountain Head Community Pub
A massive shout out to Liz and Dave at the Fountain Head Community Pub for supporting the local community during the Coronavirus pandemic, providing friendship, support and food to those in need. Also for their hard work and vision to bring the community together and provide a much needed community space at the Fountain Head. Thank you for all you do!

Jaime Lister
Thank you for your motivation, how you’ve made me aware that there’s always a way, for not giving up and for being a source of cheer!

Irene Mullhall
Thank you for keeping the Illingworth Messenger going you are a true North Halifax Star

SureStart Children’s Centres Recruiting Now! November 2020

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We are delighted to be able to advertise a number of vacancies within our Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation:


  • Early Years Practitioner Plus x 3
  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Caretaker

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 27th November 2020

For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at: