Young People

Family Learning Team courses are back on! June and July courses list

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Sure Start North Halifax Partnership are pleased to be able to deliver the following courses to you at home.

  • Baby Massage
  • Baby Yoga
  • Parents and Baby Pilates
  • Parenting Teenagers
  • Top tips for remaining positive during uncertainty
  • Top tips for managing children’s behaviour

Download course list FLT online courses May and June 2020

Classes will be brought direct to you online via Zoom. Zoom is a simple app for your phone, tablet, laptop or computer. It allows us to still hold classes face to face but in a virtual space. Everyone can see and hear each other, we can still learn, laugh, smile and gain the all-important social contact that you and your babies need.

If you are offered a place on the course you will be notified by text on around a week before the courses is due to start. You will then be contacted by the trainer a short time later by emailed with instructions on how to join the session.

To apply for a place please complete the booking form below please remember places are limited. Our usual allocation procedures still apply. If you have any questions please contact


Course Application form
Download Zoom here

My Hero is You! Story book to help children and young people cope with COVID-19

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A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.

Download the book here

My Hero is You: all language versions

With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.

The book – aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

During the early stages of the project, more than 1700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world shared how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The input was invaluable to script writer and illustrator Helen Patuck and the project team in making sure that the story and its messages resonated with children from different backgrounds and continents.

In order to reach as many children as possible, the book will be widely translated, with six language versions released today and more than 30 others in the pipeline. It is being released as both an online product and audio book.

Read more here:



ChatHealth, a confidential text messaging service for children, young people and families

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Healthy Futures Calderdale has introduced a new way for school-aged children and young people and families to access advice and support about any physical health or emotional wellbeing


Access ChatHealth:


ChatHealth is an NHS-approved secure and confidential text messaging service. To access ChatHealth, TEXT 07480 635297 (young people) or 07507 332157 (parents/carers) to start a conversation.  Texts will cost the same as a standard text or will come out of your contract message allowance.


From 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, experienced clinicians are waiting to help.  Messages outside this time frame will receive an automated response letting you know when you will receive a reply, and who to contact to get immediate help.


Healthy Futures Calderdale specialist teams can support families with things like: sleep, bullying, healthy eating, allergies, continence, safeguarding, sexual health, behavioural problems, emotional wellbeing, relationships, drugs and alcohol, bereavement, puberty and growing up, complex health needs, and body worries, and can signpost or refer on to other services as appropriate.


Clinicians can also be contacted by calling 0303 330 9974.



Noah’s Ark counselling services are now available online

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Noah’s Ark Centre have now successfully transitioned all their counselling services to online formats.

Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, the centre had suspended all their face-to-face consultation.

Since Monday the 11th of May 2020, they have been able to offer help and support online via videochat or over the phone.

Read the following excerpt from their Facebook page:

Youth Digital Services Offer in Calderdale

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For anything from careers advice to emotional support, there are services aimed specifically to young people offering digital or telephone support.



Youth works timetable of sessions – check for opening times for non virtual sessions

COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Resources for Families from Healthy Futures Calderdale

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At Healthy Futures Calderdale we know this is a worrying time for everyone.

Helping children and young people cope with the information and changes related to the Coronavirus can be a huge challenge. From school closures and social distancing to increased awareness of infection and hygiene, there is a lot for children and families to process.

This guide brings together trustworthy information and resources to support you and your family during these difficult times.

COVID-19 Resources for families from Healthy Futures Calderdale

Included in this list:

– Local help and wellbeing support
– What to do if your child is unwell
– Helping children and young people to understand COVID-19
– Responding to children and young people’s anxiety about COVID 19
– Bereavement support for children and young people during COVID 19
– Looking after parent and carer wellbeing during COVID 19
– Staying safe online during COVID 19
– Support for children and young people with additional needs
– Things to do while staying at home during COVID 19

Inclusive online virtual dance classes from Flamingo Chicks

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Calderdale Disability Sports inclusive dance partner, Flamingo Chicks have created new, free, professional online classes that will help get SEND children & young people moving and are also linked to the curriculum.

Adaptations are also provided throughout, including ways for parents and carers to support their child/children and ways of translating different movements (including Makaton signing). Two classes are available now, with more coming very soon; One example here Space Theme.

To find out more about the ‘Flamingo Chicks Virtual Classes’ and other inclusive activities, visit their website:

Flamingo Chicks

Staying Safe Domestic Abuse Support – Coronavirus (COVID 19)

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If you are affected by any aspect of Domestic Abuse Calderdale’s Staying Safe team can help by providing telephone support including domestic abuse support, safety advice and access to legal advice. To access support please phone: 01422 323339 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).

Please note that in In line with Government and Public Health advice we are not meeting clients face to face and our drop-in sessions in Todmorden and open access sessions at WomenCentre in Halifax are not currently running.

We will provide an update if the situation or advice changes.  Please see our website for more information and for contact details for national domestic violence helplines:

In an emergency ring 999.

To report an incident of domestic abuse to the police, ring 101. You can report an incident online on the West Yorkshire Police website.


WomenCentre offers a range of services to support women in Calderdale.  Currently we are providing advice an information by phone. For more information about what support we can offer and for all general enquiries please  ring our main number 01422 386500 or visit our website

You can also Follow us on twitter @WomenCentre CK where there will be general updates too.

Active Calderdale – Keep moving during the COVID-19 outbreak!

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During the COVID-19 crisis it is more important than ever that we keep moving.




Physical activity is particularly important because:

  • It boosts our physical well-being and the immune system
  • It improves our mental well-being
  • it allows us to feel socially connected
  • It can help to sustain jobs (e.g. instructors on-line)

Active Calderdale  is full of ideas and resources to help you be active, either in or outside the house, whether you’ve never been active before or are just looking for something new.  There’s a link to the latest Government guidance to on how you can be active and how to do it safely through social distancing. You can do everything from online relaxation , dancing or get gardening tips.

By sharing how you are active, you can inspire others to get moving too. Use the hashtag #ActiveCdale on twitter or instagram,  or drop us an email to