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.
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 www.calderdale.gov.uk/counciltax. For more information on Calderdale Council’s wider commitments to tackle climate change, visit: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/climate-emergency.
Free Psychological First Aid training for those supporting children and young people affected by COVID-19
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: http://www.facebook.com/PublicHealthEngland.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Harmony Hub – Live every Monday 1pm on Phoenix FM 96.7 FM
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.
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.
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
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: www.healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
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: http://bit.ly/36b4JYr (cut and paste into browser if link does not appear) and then we will check ages and send a link prior to the session.
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.
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: Communications.email@example.com 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 https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/
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!