An innovative new partnership has been developed in Calderdale between West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC). The fire service has been delivering Safe and Well visits to people in their homes across Calderdale since April 2017. These free-of-charge visits involve fire crews identifying potential fire risks within the home. WYFRS believe they’re delivering a quality service but wanted to find out from customers themselves, what they thought about the service they had received and whether they had acted on the advice and information given.
Together with VAC, the Quality Voice project was created and has been running since June 2017. Local volunteers are recruited and trained to contact people by phone and ask them how they found the experience. Volunteers attend VAC’s Resource Centre each month for a few hours to make the calls. The information collected is analysed by WYFRS and used to improve the service.
Martyn Greenwood, Calderdale District Commander for WYFRS, said
“Our partnership with VAC has been a great way for us to connect with the local community through volunteers. The volunteers have helped identify the high quality of our Safe and Well Visits and encouraged a culture of continuous improvement within WYFRS. We are very grateful to our customers and our volunteers for the vital feedback they give us each month.”
Hailey Dundavan, Quality Voice volunteer, said
“It has been unlike any volunteering I have been involved in before. Having WYFRS involved with us so closely has really helped to get a sense of the difference we are making.”
Adam Clark, Volunteering and Projects Manager at VAC, said
“Our team of volunteers are fantastic. They have a professional but relaxed phone manner and are able to connect with people in a unique way to gather feedback about services. The Quality Voice team have learnt some important skills through our partnership with WYFRS, not only gathering feedback but also offering follow-up support to people to ensuring they understand and implement the fire safety advice given by WYFRS. As the project continues to develop we would love new people to volunteer and join the Quality Voice team.”
To attract new volunteers to the Quality Voice project, VAC are holding a volunteer open day on Monday 26 February at the VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY between 11:00am–2:00pm. Anyone interested in the project is invited to attend; the fire service will be talking about the project and offering free home fire safety information to those who attend. There will also be a chance to find about VAC’s other volunteering roles which include delivering creative activities in care homes, offering a befriending service to older people and mystery shopping adult social care services.
Digibete is a newly launched website / video platform to share videos and educational resources about Type 1 Diabetes. The content is designed to help support children, young people and families self manage their own diabetes by extending the reach of clinical teams online. The aim to increase Education, Awareness and Training for Type 1 but not a substitute for your own diabetes specialist HCPs.
This is a true collaboration between a clinical team and a parent led initiative. The creation of this site together is a reflection of the wider values of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust:
The site is patient centred – this site is for all children, young people and families living with diabetes. The content of the site will evolve in response to patients’ requests
There is a free to access site for everyone; no registrations, no payment
The team is collaborative – we are all one team with a common purpose, working in partnership with patients and families
The team is accountable – the content is all co-designed with patients and families, clinically accurate, peer reviewed and in line with the NHS Digital safety standard SCCI0129
The site is meant to be empowering celebrating positivity and success by sharing stories.
Whilst there is a clinical team behind the DigiBete site, no personal advice can be given. Individuals should always contact their own diabetes team for information.
SUGAR SMART CALDERDALE is an exciting campaign launched in Calderdale this February. It is part of a national campaign, SUGAR SMART, led by Jamie Oliver and Sustain. In Calderdale, the campaign is inviting participants from a number of sectors to make small changes that enable the people of Calderdale to reduce the amount of sugar they’re consuming. We know that, in the UK, people consume up to five times the recommended maximum daily intake of sugar, and that this is having a huge impact on our health – and waistlines – as a nation.
Up and down the country, people are committing to small actions as a part of SUGAR SMART, and we’d like to ask you to do the same. In Calderdale, Halifax Rugby League FC is leading the way, with players committing to SUGAR SMART challenges for three weeks. They will also be promoting SUGAR SMART messages as an organisation, to show that physical activity and a sugar smart diet go hand-in-hand.
Organisations across Calderdale are joining the campaign to do their part to improve the food environment and promote positive messages. Calderdale’s Health & Wellbeing Board will no longer be serving biscuits at their meetings; Northowram Primary School are running a SUGAR SMART assembly for their 450 pupils; Calderdale Royal Hospital will be helping staff to make healthier choices. What could you or your organisation pledge to do?
From promoting drinking water, to taking a SUGAR SMART challenge as an individual or organisation, to removing sugary items from prominent display, there is an action to fit every shape and size of organisation. The SUGAR SMART CALDERDALE steering group (Food for Life; Locala PHEYS; Better Living Service; and Calderdale Council’s Public Health team) can help you with your pledge, and there is lots of inspirational material at http://www.sugarsmartuk.org.
If you’d like to be one of the organisations in Calderdale taking positive action to encourage people to reduce the amount of sugar they’re consuming, email email@example.com or call Chloe Smee on 07500 602742.
This year the week was launched by the Royal Patron the Duchess of Cambridge who spoke to pupils, parents and teachers about ‘Being Ourselves’
Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Now in its fourth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.
Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 – #BeingOurselves
Some children and young people can find it difficult to think positively about themselves. Low self-esteem affects more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have Place2Be one-to-one support.
That’s why this Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 February 2018) Place2Be is highlighting the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. Place2Be is inviting everyone – children, young people and adults – to come together and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others.
When we have a positive view of ourselves, it can help us to cope with life’s challenges and make better connections with others.
At the same time, celebrating the unique strengths of the people around us can enable us to come together in our schools, workplaces and communities.
Whether you’re a parent, someone who works with children, or even just someone who is passionate about supporting children and young people’s mental health – you can support the campaign by getting involved and spreading the word.
Let’s celebrate ‘Being Ourselves’ together.
The Calderdale Food Network has achieved membership of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, supporting their efforts to make local, healthy and sustainable food available to everyone. Calderdale has now become the 52nd member of Sustainable Food Cities – a network of cross-sector partnerships in towns, cities, boroughs and counties across the country that aim to make good food the easy choice for everyone. Calderdale will benefit from sharing good practice with places across the UK from Brighton to Aberdeen.
For more information, visit: http://www.sustainablefoodcities.org/findacity/cityinformation/userid/469
The Calderdale Food Network was established in July 2017 following a Calderdale Food Workshop in June 2017. The vision of Calderdale Food Network is: Calderdale is a good food borough where everyone, today and in the future, has equitable access to good food. The Calderdale Food Network is inclusive and open to all. Members are drawn from public, private and third sector organisations that have an interest in creating a sustainable and equitable food system.
The Calderdale Food Network is developing an action plan to identify projects it will take forward in 2018.
There are many active organisations delivering great work to promote healthy and sustainable food in Calderdale. Examples include:
- Food for Life Calderdale: This programme is a place-based whole system approach to good food, working with schools, nurseries, the hospital, care settings and on the high street. The programme is funded by Calderdale Council and Calderdale CCG.
- Food Systems Academy: This is an online open education resource to transform our food system, curated by Geoff Tansey.
- Great Rock Co-op Owned and run by its suppliers and customers, open every Saturday, GRC is dedicated to providing great locally produced food to the community around Blackshawhead and the Upper Calder Valley. The produce includes meat, baked goods, eggs, cheese, vegetables, wine, beer, and a range of craft products – all reared, grown or made nearby. There is often a chance to meet the producers themselves, who play an active part in running the shop, and to find out more about how they work.
- Holy Trinity Primary School, A Church of England Academy has been working with Food for Life for at least years and feel that children need to be fit and healthy for life. We are a Food for Life Gold School and actively promote healthy eating across school, from our in-house school meals to healthy packed lunches, from our fruit trolley to our water only policy. We grow our own food that is used in our school lunches and all children cook in our new children’s cooking kitchen. See our twitter account @HTPShalifax.
- Incredible Edible Todmorden is about spreading kindness through volunteers planting and growing food in public spaces all over our small Pennine market town for everybody and anybody to help themselves to. We aim to build community cohesiveness by involving all comers, bringing in visitors and supporting local businesses.
- Love Bread: LoveBread CIC is a community supported bakery and social enterprise. It is a wholesale Real Bread bakery with a workshop kitchen. They run classes for individuals, schools and community groups, and can organise corporate events and host private parties.
- The Outback Community Kitchen and Garden – A Halifax Opportunities Trust project based in Park Ward, Central Halifax. The garden grows seasonal fruit and vegetables which are available at affordable prices to the local community. The kitchen is used to provide training and workshops around food education, cooking, healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. The facilities are also available for other local organisations to hire. Facebook – The Outback Community Kitchen and Garden