Stambassador Interview – Zain Ghani

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Stambassador Interview – Zain Ghani

You may recognise Zain, as he has been part of Action for Stammering Children’s Youth Panel since 2015. Here, he gives an interview about his role as a Staying Well Worker at Calderdale Council and advice for young people who stammer. Thanks to Zain for contributing so much to the Charity, since joining and giving us your words of wisdom.

Sign up for ebilling to support tree planting pledge 

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Calderdale residents can support the work to tackle climate change by opting to receive their council tax bills electronically. Calderdale Council is pledging to plant trees across the borough for every 1000 households that switch to ebilling before the end of March 2021.

Currently only 15% of Calderdale residents receive ebilling for their council tax. Receiving bills electronically reduces the financial and environmental impacts of producing and sending paper bills. The more residents that sign up, the more trees will be planted by the Council, furthering the environmental benefits of switching.

The additional trees planted will support natural flood management and improve air quality. As they will be native species, they will also help protect our natural habitats and the wealth of biodiversity they contain.

Ebilling is also the most convenient way to receive your council tax bill. Once registered, instead of issuing a traditional paper bill and sending it through the post, your bill will be sent electronically to your email address. Any other correspondence regarding your council tax account will also be sent in this way where possible.

To switch to ebilling and support the tree planting pledge, visit For more information on Calderdale Council’s wider commitments to tackle climate change, visit:

Free Psychological First Aid training for those supporting children and young people affected by COVID-19

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New Psychological First Aid training for supporting children and young people affected by emergencies and crisis situations including the COVID-19 pandemic

On Monday 22 February, PHE launched a new psychological first aid (PFA) online training course to help support children and young people that have been affected by emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is available for all frontline workers such as teachers, health and social workers, charity and community volunteers and anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers.

Those completing the training will be equipped to better identify those children that are in distress and provide support to help them feel safe, connected and able to take steps to help themselves during the pandemic or other crisis situations.

The course is free, takes up to three hours to complete (that the learner can complete at their own pace) and no previous qualifications are required. PFA is a globally recognised training programme for emergency situations and PHE has developed this new course with input and advice from a range of experts, government and charitable organisations via an advisory group which includes NHS England, the Department for Education, British Red Cross and in partnership with FutureLearn.


About Public Health England:

Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services. We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support. Follow us on Twitter: @PHE_uk and Facebook:

SureStart Children’s centres recruiting now

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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 – Wellholme Park Children’s Centre
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations Children’s Centre
  • Early Years Practitioner – Wellholme Park Children’s Centre
  • Early Years Practitioner – Innovations Children’s Centre


Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 10th March 2021


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

Harmony Hub Radio feature to go on TV!

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Video needs the Radio star, as a local TV station is interested in doing a piece on the Harmony Hub radio show.

The project is still in its concept and all listeners of Harmony Hub are invited to take part!

They TV station would like to talk to someone who listens to the show and benefits from it.

We would love to hear from Iisteners who would like to talk in an interview.

The form of this has not been decided yet, it could just be a quote or maybe someone would come with a camera to interview, adhering to the Covid guidelines and every effort will be made to work around the needs of anyone who has interest in talking to them about the show.

If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, please ring 0759 1157841
or email


Harmony Hub – Live every Monday 1pm on Phoenix FM 96.7 FM

VSI Alliance Update February 19, 2021

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events


LAST CHANCE TO BOOK – Free online training:
Community Asset Transfers – What You Need to Know
23rd February

Join us for an interactive session about the practicalities of community asset transfer. Find out what you need to know and learn the key stages of asset transfer and implications these have for community organisations.

The session will cover getting ready as an organisation, feasibility and business planning for community asset transfer, risk management, and how to identify the difference between viability and liability.


Ready, steady, census
Households across Calderdale will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. By filling in your census, you will help shape your community for the next 10 years. Census day is 21st March.

Refreshed Police and Crime Plan Launched
Mark Burns-Williamson, the West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner, has launched the refreshed Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire. The Plan sets the strategic direction for West Yorkshire Police and community safety partners.

Support available to over 3000 additional residents now being asked to shield
Calderdale Council is continuing to support those most at risk of becoming seriously ill if they catch COVID-19, as the national shielding programme is extended.

In case you missed it:

Free Supplies for Your Charity and Beneficiaries
Giving World help charities access brand new life-essentials for free. They redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK.

Spotting the Signs of Child Exploitation Video
Listen to parents talk about the changes they noticed when their child was being exploited. Parents are often the first to notice. It is so important to act quickly and intervene early if you suspect your child is being exploited.

Vaccinations for over 70s
People who are over 70 and haven’t had their first vaccination can contact the NHS National Booking Service for an appointment. West Yorkshire is expected to have reached everyone in the first four priority groups by the middle of February.


In case you missed it:

COVID-19 Vaccination Engagement
Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is working in partnership with Calderdale Council, Healthwatch and VSI Alliance and would like to understand people’s views and experiences of the COVID-19 vaccine in Calderdale.


Green Social Prescribing Fund – Deadline: 2nd March
West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership is offering grants of between £5k and £10k for innovative projects that either enable people to access nature-based activities or involve creating new greenspaces in areas of need.

Flood Resilience Fund – Deadline: 3rd March
Community Foundation for Calderdale launched the Flood Resilience Fund last week in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund. Organisations can apply for up to £20K to improve Calderdale’s resilience in flood-risk areas.

In case you missed it:

New lockdown fund to help Calderdale families
Families who are struggling financially with the extra pressures of COVID-19, staying at home and home-schooling will be supported by Calderdale Council’s new lockdown support fund.

NHS Charities Together Webinar – February 2021
Leeds Hospitals Charity Head of Grants, Rebecca Baldaro-Boot, talks through the details of the NHS Charities Together Stage 2 funding opportunity in West Yorkshire & Harrogate.


Calderdale Open Minds (CAMHS) Mental Health Outreach Practitioner – Closing date: 22nd February
Northpoint Open Minds (CAMHS) are looking for a qualified, experienced and skilled professional to support staff, young people and families within the Youth Justice Service and Special Educational Needs Team in Calderdale.

Finance & HR Manager – Closing date: 11th March
There is an exciting opportunity at WomenCentre for a qualified and experienced finance manager to join the Senior Management Team as Finance and HR Manager.

In case you missed it:

Kirklees Quality and Engagement Support Officer – Closing date: 23rd February
Reporting to the VAC Engagement Co-ordinator, you will support the delivery and further roll-out of the Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing accreditation across Kirklees by recruiting and supporting local organisations.


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.

Healthy Minds Workshops, Courses & Groups March 2021

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Take a look at the March courses and regular workshops and groups from Healthy Minds Calderdale.

For the present everything is run over zoom with joining instructions emailed before the sessions.

Workshops, Courses and Groups March 2021

Exploring Personal Values (two-part course)

Tuesday 16th & 30th March, 11am-12.30pm

When we are connected to what’s important to us, we are more likely to have meaning in our lives. Personal values are essential in guiding us to make positive decisions and they support overall wellbeing. In this workshop we will take some time to explore your personal values; consider what is important and identify ways of how we can become more in tune with our values.

Managing Emotions

Tuesday 23rd March, 1.30pm-3.00pm

The past year has been a challenging one for most. Events out of our control have increased feelings of frustration, fear and anxiety and helplessness to overwhelming levels. In this workshop we will explore emotions, why we have them and the lasting effects. We will practise simple but effective techniques to manage emotions which affect our mental wellbeing.

Paper-based postal versions of workshops are also available.


Regular groups


Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing – 1st and 3rd Monday of the month,

6.00pm – 7.30pm

A light hearted space for people to make some creative connections. Each session is themed. Past activities have included mask making, Zentangling and origami.

“Outdoors-in” 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month @ 2.00 -3.30pm

Due to current restrictions (and the weather!), opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with others is limited. In this group we will discuss outdoor topics, share our outdoor experiences, photos and learnings about allotments and nature.

Anxiety and Depression Peer-Support groups, twice monthly

(Call conferencing)

A peer-support telephone group for those who would like to access peer support but prefer not to use Zoom (live video service). The groups are a safe and non-judgmental space and offer structure, guidance and support for those experiencing anxiety and depression.

Recovery group (CHIME) once every month

The group will explore key themes about recovery in mental health: Connectedness, Hope and Optimism, Identity, Meaning in Life and Empowerment; exploring how these themes relate to our personal recovery journey. Please note: this is a closed group for people who have attended workshops, groups and courses with Healthy Minds.

Booking and further information

To book or to access further details about any of workshops, courses or
groups please email:

Or call: 01422 345154

Paper-based postal versions of all workshops are also available.

For wider information of Healthy Minds services, events and regular groups please visit our website:

Expressing yourself through creativity

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Due to loads of interest we have a new Time Out Workshop on Zoom for 9-11 year olds, it is the same as the fully booked up one this week. The poster contains dates and times. Apologies for any duplication. 

There is also a 6 week workshop starting February 25 for 14-17 year olds on how  to create a web comic.

We will be chatting/learning about how some people express themselves through how they dress and then creating some faces and figures and sharing our drawings. Positive Identities have worked with us to create this workshop.


If your child would like to get involved we can take a booking on:      (cut and paste into browser if link does not appear) and then we will check ages and send a link prior to the session.

Fill | CREATE Workshop Individual Registration Form (Zoom)

Please provide all of the details below  

You need to book through this link NOT not by email as staff furlough cover in lockdown requires this.


“Fantastic effort” sees over half a million vaccinated in West Yorkshire

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The leader of the West Yorkshire Vaccination programme has paid tribute to the fantastic efforts of GPs, pharmacists and NHS staff, which have seen over half a million of the region’s adults vaccinated.

The latest figures show that 531,052 people have now been vaccinated, which is approximately a quarter of the adult population in West Yorkshire.

Dr Phil Wood, who heads the region’s programme, said he was delighted so many of those at greatest risk from Covid-19 had now been given a first dose of the vaccine and that this was a “remarkable achievement”.

“We have been working round the clock to get people in West Yorkshire vaccinated as quickly as possible and the success of this is clear when you see how many people we have managed to vaccinate in just 10 weeks. This really is a remarkable achievement, particularly when NHS colleagues have also been dealing with such high levels of Covid-19 patients requiring hospital care. We are also very grateful to our partners in the local authorities and voluntary sector who have been supporting the vaccination programme and helping us to ensure as many people as possible are protected.”

Dr Wood said the rollout is continuing at pace across West Yorkshire. Vaccinations are now being offered to people in the next cohorts  – over 65s and people aged 16 and over with underlying health conditions and carers. Eligible people will be contacted by their GP practice or the national booking system when it is their turn and are asked not to contact the NHS for an appointment

Dr Wood added: “Please can we ask people not to contact their GP practice for an appointment, unless they are over 70 or registered as extremely clinically vulnerable. Everyone else should wait to be contacted – services are extremely busy and GP practices will not be able to book vaccination appointments unless you have been contacted by the NHS.

“We are also asking people to attend for their booked appointments at exactly the time they’re asked to, so that we can avoid queues in this cold weather, and to continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus. This is important even if you’ve had the vaccine as you may still be able to spread the disease so please think of others and do your bit to help save lives.”

For media enquiries, please contact: or 0113 206 4625. 

Weekly vaccination figures are published each Thursday for the period ending 23.59 on the preceding Sunday.

For further information please see

Community Thank You Call for 2021

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Despite going through another lockdown and all of us feeling fed up, we are still hoping to hear from you about anyone who has already made 2021 better for you. North Halifax Partnership will be continuing with the “NHP Community Thank-You” in order to continue spreading the joy and gratitude in our communities.

Now, more than ever, it is important to stay strong and continue to help each other as we start the next lockdown. If you would like to say thank you to someone who you think has been a fantastic member in your local community, click here to do so.

Who has stood out to you this year by making a real difference to local people? If you could send them a message what would you say?

We will be publishing Community Thank You Notes across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley on our Community Blogs. Tell us who you would like to thank and we’ll pass the message on!

Click here to post your thank you…