As you may be aware, the NHS Healthy Start scheme is changing. By March 2022, paper applications will be replaced by applying digitally, along with some other key changes to the scheme.
Healthy Start families get help from the government to buy healthy food and milk and free Healthy Start vitamins. It is important that in our roles working with families, we are aware of the scheme and how families can sign up.
The supporting digital access to the NHS Healthy Start Scheme in Calderdale is a bespoke training session focused around Healthy Start. It will equip you with the knowledge to support the families you meet to register for the Healthy Start scheme.
However, we do hope that you will join us by Zoom for a shortened meeting on:
Wednesday 26th January, 10:30am-12.00pm
Although we will miss the coffee and cake element of proceedings, it will be fantastic to see you all and to share information about what’s going on for children and young people in our area.
We will aim to keep the meeting concise (as per agenda below) and, depending on how many people come, we aim to finish in the allocated time.https://forms.office.com/r/qBHPhMQVGnWe would appreciate if you could complete this form for numbers:
Apologies if you have already emailed but this form is very short and is the online booking.
- Introduction to meeting
- Update from Time Out – new and existing staff
- Activity for Children’s Mental Health Week on the theme of Growing Together
- Update (three minutes max please!) from all partners
- Next meeting date
http://bitly.ws/nCunMeeting ID: 896 0311 8938 Passcode: 740978Join Zoom Meeting on this link:
With very best wishes
Also of interest:
There are plans for a meeting, inviting all the contacts of the Time Out network network.
The date has provisionally been set as Wednesday 26th January, 10:30-12:30.
Depending on the Covid situation, this meeting may be face-to-face at the Orange Box, or online, or a bit of both. Whichever way it goes, it will be great to come together and talk about what’s happening for young people in Calderdale.
The meeting will focus around Children’s Mental Health Week, which falls the week after and has a theme of Growing Together.
Time Out network meetings are unique, in that they bring together everyone who provides a service or activity for 10-19 year olds, whether that be a theatre, a support service or a local football club. It’s been fantastic to watch connections being made over the years, and unlikely partnerships forming which extend opportunities for young people. Sadly, these meetings have been a casualty of the pandemic and we’re really excited to be welcoming you back.
We also have several new team members, who are looking forward to meeting you all. Please let us know if you will be able to attend, and we’ll send you an agenda and more information nearer the time.
Please visit Time Out Calderdale for contact information.
Calderdale Council and the Community Foundation for Calderdale have supported organisations to run Healthy Holiday schemes during the school holidays that provide lots of different activities for children to try and also offer healthy meals and snacks too.
During the December school holidays, children in Calderdale have been having so much fun trying new activities such as street surfing, canoeing, and learning how to build fires safely that they haven’t had the opportunity to try before, that it has got the attention of the Department for Education who fund the programme and they have made a video about it.
Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale said: “The people running these schemes work had to make sure that the activities are fun and engaging and it’s great that young people are improving their confidence and life skills too. We know that we like to have fun in Calderdale, and we’re pleased that our community stands out nationally for so many people enjoying taking part in the scheme.”
Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, added:
“We’re delighted with the success of the Healthy Holidays schemes in Calderdale, thanks to amazing teamwork from organisations across the borough and the support of local families. The summer programme alone provided 15,000 free activities in 43 venues. Once again, it’s great to see the joy that the winter scheme activities are bringing to children and young people, and now the whole country can also see the difference it’s making to so many families. These new experiences could open up a range of opportunities for young people in the future.”
Link to video:
Calderdale children have so much fun in school holidays, they are chosen to feature in a video by the Department for Education
Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale’s second Santa-gram campaign has been a great success, spreading Christmas cheer to elderly people across the local area.
Launched in November, Home Instead’s Santa-gram campaign reached out to primary schools across Calderdale to ask school children to create a special Christmas card or letter for an elderly person this Christmas.
Most of our elderly population have experienced isolation and loneliness this year due to COVID-19, with many continuing to isolate over the Christmas period.
The home care company, which provides companionship, housekeeping and personal care to people in their own homes was overwhelmed by the result. They had seventeen local schools and one after school club sign up to the campaign, receiving 1452 Christmas cards which were all decorated, or hand drawn by children from ages four to 11.
They also received a further 389 items including bookmarks, letters, pictures, decorations and riddles, to be distributed along with their cards.
Morrison’s supermarket in Elland, Halifax and Kershaws Garden Centre in Brighouse also got involved, with customers donating presents to the campaign.
The Santa-grams were packed into envelopes and delivered along with the presents to assisted living facilities, churches and community groups including Memory Lane and Riverside Dementia Cafés, Age UK, Halifax Blind Society, the Royal British Legion and Making Space – the carer’s wellbeing service.
The company also teamed up with local pharmacies who helped to distribute the Santa-grams to their network of customers that receive home delivery of their medication.
A local resident phoned in after receiving her Santa-gram to say:
“Thank you for our lovely Christmas surprise. It was so kind of you to take the time making them for us. I am sending you a photo of your decorations in house they are lovely.”
“Lovely Christmas card delivered by my local pharmacy. It was beautiful and really made my day.”
Munaf Patel, Director at Home Instead Calderdale said:
“Since the reopening from lockdown in July, many of the community groups which serve the elderly have still not restarted their meetings and as result a lot of older people are missing out on the companionship, care and love that many of us simply take for granted. We wanted to do something to help out and this is a nice way to bring two different generations together.”
To find out more about Home Instead Calderdale and the home care services they provide, including live-in care, please call 01422 292424 or visit https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/calderdale/.
Experience the Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible with our Sing-A-Long screenings at Square Chapel Arts Centre.
Saturday December 18th
Matinee screening 2:00pm
Evening Screening 7:45pm
Door time 15 mins prior to screenings.
Tickets from £10 available at – https://squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/
Experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible with our Sing-Along screenings. In our relaxed and inclusive screenings aimed at families you’ll be able to sing away to your hearts content and children will be invited up to dance along. Our maestro will get you ready with a vocal warm before the film and ensure the festivities continue all the way through.
Fancy dress is of course encouraged and there’ll be a prize for the best costume and dancing!
Plus! There’ll be glowsticks given to every child to make the screening extra fun!
Unreserved Seating – Seats are unreserved and you will need to choose your seat as you enter the venue. If you wish to sit together with people you have arrived with, we recommend arriving at doors open time to choose consecutive seats although we do not guarantee this is possible. Ushers may also ask you to move or condense your group to free up seating for other audience members to be seated.
Also at the Square Chapel:
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, West Yorkshire
This Winter, during the December school holidays, children and young people across Calderdale who are eligible for free school meals are getting the chance to access free holiday club places through our Healthy Holidays Calderdale programme.
The scheme provides enjoyable activities and nutritious meals for primary and secondary school-aged children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. We are developing inclusive places as part of Healthy Holiday provision.
Visit Healthy Holidays for more information, contacting providers and booking your place
You can contact the team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Halifax Panthers invite you to join them in an action packed three day Christmas events, at the Shay Stadium in Halifax.
You will have the chance to play Rugby, Football, Cricket, Dodgeball and New Age Curling.
All attendees will receive a hot meal as well as health and nutrition information and much more!
You can book your tickets through the Halifax Panthers Shop