This Friday 26th March at 6pm, in celebration of IWD2021, Africaniwa is proud to present: She Chose to Challenge, a Photo Exhibition.
Marking International Women’s Day, we are reminded that a challenged world is an alert world. And at a time where recent events call us to challenge masculine violence and empower women to #reclaimthestreets, we might have pondered, ‘what would it look like to have a world where women lived free from the patriarchy?’.
Over 30 years ago, one woman chose to make this a reality for the women who live in Umoja, a village where only women and children live. Meet Rebecca Lolosoli as we hear her story and mission in founding Umoja and what life is like living without men.
This month in celebration of IWD2021, Africaniwa is proud to present She Chose to Challenge, a Photo Exhibition.
Click on the link to register for your free ticket. You will receive the zoom link on the day of the exhibition:
Africaniwa are raising funds to help Umoja village after their main source of revenue, tourism, has been hampered by the pandemic. This will be used to buy basic provisions like food, chalk for classrooms and toys such as footballs for the children. Every little helps so please spare whatever you can give at PayPal to email@example.com. Thank you.
Are you experienced in teaching new behaviours? Do you feel you can dedicate 14 months to training a new puppy? Then this could be the perfect opportunity for you!
We are looking for Puppy Raisers in Halifax, to join our Guide Dogs family! The role involves looking after a pup full time in your home for a year and helping to train the pup according to Guide Dogs standards. A perfect companion and new training project during these difficult times!
If you feel that this much fluffiness may be too much of a distraction but still want to give your support, we are also looking for fundraising help, including a Treasurer for the fundraising group.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch have an exciting challenge this March that encourages their supporters to get active, raise much needed funds and you can even receive a medal for your efforts!
The Best Paw Forward is a personal challenge that can be uniquely catered to your own abilities. You pick the distance you want to cover, the method you will use and go at your own pace – the only rule is you must complete it by 31st March.
Whether you walk, run, cycle or skate! Your challenge can help raise funds and awareness for the animals currently in the care of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Animal Centre.
All participants have a full month to finish the challenge and it can be part of your daily exercise or a personal goal. The event is open to all ages and abilities, and entrants are encouraged to raise sponsorship from family and friends to help the local RSPCA care for the animals spending lockdown in their centre.
Community Fundraiser, Michelle King says ‘The Best Paw Forward is a great way to keep fit and get outdoors, especially now the weather is turning brighter! The flexibility of the event should hopefully make your goal more achievable – from running 30 miles if you’re ready for a big challenge or just 10 miles of walking the dog. Anyone who raises £20 or more in sponsorship will receive a special medal and a goodie bag for those with a canine companion! We hope you’ll take on the challenge and help support our lockdown animals this March”.
After a difficult 12 months, the local RSPCA branch hopes this event will help raise vital funds for their rescue centre and the animals in their care.
All funds raised from the challenge will directly benefit the local RSPCA rehoming centre and you can find out more/sign up via their website here https://www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/best-paw-forward.
You can also email Fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or call Michelle on 07908 478956 to for more information.
“The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work. Our charity rehomes around 500+ animals every year. Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.”
The Voluntary Sector Projects department of Calderdale Council are organising a large virtual anti-poverty event for the 25th February exploring the impact of Covid-19 on poverty in Calderdale.
As part of the event, there is an effort to create a short film with the ‘lived experience’ of different groups. The format is going to use ‘life courses’:
- Starting well: Babies and young children living in Calderdale (0-5)
- Developing well: Children starting school to young adults (5-25yrs)
- Living well: Adults aged over 25 living in Calderdale
- Working well: Adults aged over 25 working in Calderdale
- Ageing well: Adults aged over 65 living in Calderdale
Asking mainly organisations working with these groups, if there are any clients willing to go on camera and share their stories, please contact Rachel on 01422 393228 or email email@example.com
What they are looking for is short clips to pull together to really bring the issues to life. It could be a worker asking some questions or if this is quite challenging perhaps a worker could have permission to talk about a client or family. A zoom conversation will do just as well if face to face isn’t possible.
Tuesday 9 February 2021 marks the first anniversary of Storm Ciara, which caused Calderdale’s fourth major flood in just eight years and brought 10 miles of damage across the borough.
Cllr Scott Patient, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Resilience, said (abbreviated):
“The floods on Boxing Day 2015 were our most devastating, but the impact of Storm Ciara was felt over an even bigger area, showing that the risk of flooding is widespread and ongoing in Calderdale. More than a third of the homes and over half of the businesses that flooded in England last winter were in the Calder Valley.
“Since Storm Ciara, we’ve faced 16 flood alerts and warnings and a very near miss during Storm Christoph this January – a stark reminder of the constant threat of climate change.
“As we approach the one-year anniversary of our latest major flood, we want to say a big thank you to everyone in our communities for their continued support to reduce flood risk and tackle the climate emergency.”
Adrian Gill, area flood risk manager at the Environment Agency said (abbreviated):
“Storm Ciara had a devastating impact on many people, homes and businesses across Calderdale. It was the second highest recorded level on the River Calder, second only to Boxing Day 2015. However the climate emergency means that we cannot always prevent or build our way out of an incident. That’s why we’re working to help households, businesses and communities be better prepared and more resilient to flooding.”
Strong partnership work across the borough has seen good progress being made on improving flood protection and reducing the local impact of the global climate crisis. Here are some recent milestones:
- Mytholmroyd’s £41 million Flood Alleviation Scheme, developed by the Environment Agency and the Council, will better protect around 400 homes and businesses this winter.
- Yorkshire Water is working with the Environment Agency and the Council to hold down reservoirs above Hebden Bridge by 10% for a third winter, to leave storage capacity for floodwater.
- Rastrick Bridge reopened to traffic in July 2020, ahead of schedule, after it was badly affected by Storm Ciara. The Council’s repairs and added protective measures will make the bridge more resilient to future flooding.
- The Council has been ramping up its work with groups like Slow the Flow, Moors for the Future and Treesponsibility on nature-based solutions to flooding (Natural Flood Management), including planting trees, providing flood attenuation ponds, restoring moorland and installing 309 leaky woody dams through its landowner grant scheme. Grants from the Council and the Environment Agency in 2020 have helped to complete 15 natural schemes, with a further four in progress.
- The Council’s £1 million carbon neutral fund is helping Calderdale to be carbon neutral by 2038, with substantial progress by 2030. Community tree planting, LED streetlights, improved walking / cycling facilities and road closures around schools for drop-offs and pick-ups are contributing to this bold target.
- Calderdale has now joined 50 other councils in pledging to do everything they can to become carbon neutral as soon as possible.
- In 2020, the Council welcomed its first 35 electric / hybrid vehicles into its fleet to replace old petrol and diesel ones.
- 10 electric vehicle chargepoints were introduced across Calderdale last year for the public, taxis and private hire vehicles. This is a joint project between the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the five West Yorkshire councils and Leeds-based energy and services company, ENGIE, to collectively tackle air pollution and fight against climate change.
Work is set to start this summer to create a new wetlands nature reserve at Brearley Fields in Mytholmroyd, after planning permission was granted at the end of 2020. The project, partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will create valuable wetlands habitat and increased floodwater storage on the floodplain of the River Calder. Accessible footpaths and seating areas will create more walking areas for local people and visitors, bringing health and wellbeing benefits.
Some of the habitat creation work will be carried out by volunteers, working in partnership with the Council, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and local community groups. There are plans to establish a friends group to offer opportunities for volunteer involvement and to help manage the nature reserve. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To sustain and build on flood protection and climate emergency work, the Council needs more financial support. It has been calling on the Government for some time to recognise Calderdale’s unique flooding risk. It will continue to do this to try to secure the resources needed to protect local communities.
With the increasing impact of climate change, it is impossible to completely stop the risk of flooding, particularly in the Calder Valley due to the geography of the area. Residents are urged to sign up for free flood warnings to get vital time to save themselves and their possessions from the devastating effects of flooding by visiting www.gov.uk/flood(external link) or contacting Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can also check your flood risk online at https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk(external link). Find out what to do when you receive a flood warning and how to prepare for a flood at https://floodsdestroy.campaign.gov.uk/