Sexual health and safety workshops for people with learning disabilities

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Lead the Way are providing two sexual health Cafes. The first one will be held on Zoom to discuss feelings around Happy Healthy Relationships.

We hope to follow this up with a practical session in September where we can look at contraception and Sexually Transmitted diseases.



The second is looking at using and meeting people on social media. Trading standards will be leading the first two sessions looking at the different scams that people may encounter online and also on the doorstep. The third session will be looking at the etiquette of using the technology and the fourth session will look at feelings when using social media.


If you would like further information and know of anybody please don’t hesitate to get in contact. If there are any adjustments we may need to take please please get in touch.


email Tracey Williams | Service Ambassador (Lead the Way)
01924 438 438 9

CFFC launches Local Care Direct Health & Wellbeing Fund for Calderdale residents

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Local residents to benefit from projects supporting their health and wellbeing.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) have partnered with Local Care Direct to support people with their health and wellbeing. With grants of up to £5,000 available to not for profit organisations, the new fund created by Local Care Direct aims to make a real difference in these difficult times.

They are particularly interested in projects supporting residents in Calderdale to improve their health and wellbeing in the following key areas:

  1. Reducing Health Inequalities
  2. Mental Health
  3. Homelessness
  4. Tackling Isolation
  5. Dementia

Application deadline is 28th April 2021. For more details, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit https://cffc.co.uk/local-care-direct-health-wellbeing-fund/

Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale explained, “the grants of up to £5,000 are available to organisations who are running projects to reduce health inequalities, help mental health, reduce homelessness, and tackle isolation and dementia for local residents.”

“We do not yet know the full impact of COVID 19 but we have already seen rises in incidences of domestic abuse, changes in employment impacting on deprivation and homelessness, and mental health being negatively affected for many people. Reducing health inequalities remains a challenge in Calderdale.”

Helen Carr, CEO of Local Care Direct, highlighted that they are delighted to be in a position to provide support, particularly during a pandemic when support is severely needed. When setting up the fund, she emphasised the need “to create real opportunities that would make a difference in the communities in which we live and serve. As a social enterprise it is important to us to partner with organisations with in-depth knowledge of our local area, charities and voluntary groups, to ensure the support available has the maximum impact. We’re excited to begin this process and are looking forward to seeing the applications.”

Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups, registered charities and groups and CICs who do not pay dividends can apply for a grant. The deadline for applications is 28th April 2021. For more details about the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit https://cffc.co.uk/local-care-direct-health-wellbeing-fund/


Yorkshire Water introduce Priority Service Register

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Calderdale Forum 50 Plus in association with Yorkshire Water want to inform you of a new project, Priority Service Plus which can benefit older people and the most vulnerable in Calderdale.


Calderdale Forum 50 Plus has received grant funding from Yorkshire Water to help raise awareness of their priority services for the elderly and the vulnerable.

These priority services help customers who may be significantly impacted if they can’t access water for a short period of time, or people who would benefit from communication tailored to their specific needs.

For example customers who have sight problems, are hard of hearing, have home dialysis, use a wheelchair, have mobility concerns, or are concerned about unwanted callers, or would just like someone else to manage their account.  

It also means that in the event of planned work, or an emergency repair, they can make sure the most vulnerable people get the assistance they need as soon as possible.

The Priority Services Register is free to sign up and open to anyone over the age of 65 or with a specific disability or in vulnerable circumstances. Evidence of eligibility is not required on the sign-up form. Please think about friend and relatives who may benefit.

Customers can sign up online at https://www.yorkshirewater.com/bill-account/priority-services-register/ or by calling 0800 138 78 78 

The benefits and more details can be found on the Calderdale Forum 50 website at: 



Magpies have spaces available for new members!

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Places available to join Magpies; a place to make new friends, learn new skills and create new opportunities for adults with learning disabilities



Magpies, based in Halifax, offers a fun and friendly learning environment for adults with learning disabilities. The charity offers a range of fun and engaging activities, helping members learn new skills to live a more independent and fulfilling life.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, safety measures have been put in place in order to continue operating as safely as possible and places are available for new members to join.

Some of the adjustments which have been temporarily made to continue operating and welcome new members as safely as possible includes operating in bubbles, wearing PPE and carrying out temperature checks.

Chloe Beckett, Communications and Marketing Officer from Magpies says, “We have received feedback from members on how attending Magpies has really helped with their mental health and wellbeing during these difficult times. We understand how social interaction makes a huge difference to the quality of someone’s life. That’s why our team are doing all they can to meet peoples needs by continuing to provide a service with safety as our main priority.”

Magpies also offers an outreach service, offering support for people at home and to do things they enjoy doing in the community. Once the current coronavirus restrictions are lifted, they will also continue to offer trips out and work closely with community-based partnerships.

If you or anyone you know is thinking about joining, Magpies are always happy to show people round the centre and they also offer a free trial day. If you would like to find out more, please visit www.magpies.org.uk or call 01422 383550.

Green Social Prescribing Fund open until March 2nd

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West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership launched a Green Social Prescribing Fund which opened on Tuesday 9th February and closes at 5pm on 2nd March. The 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.

Projects should be specifically aimed at the Partnership’s target groups:

  • People living in areas of deprivation
  • People from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, including refugees and asylum seekers and gypsy and traveller populations
  • People with mental health conditions, learning disabilities or autism

The application form is attached and is also available on the Partnership’s website.