Supporting Digital Access to the NHS Healthy Start Scheme

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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.

Available sessions: Friday 21 January and Tuesday 25 January
The training is aimed particularly at those people whose role involves engaging with or supporting families in Calderdale who are in pregnancy or have children aged under 5.
Please use the Eventbrite link to book onto the training course. There is still some availability on dates in January. A link to the TEAMS meeting will be sent out to you ahead of the attendance date.Fri, 21 January 2022 12:30 – 13:15 GMT | Click Here to Book. Tue, 25 January 2022 15:30 – 16:15 GMT | Click Here to Book If you have any questions or need any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact: Rachel Smith, Health Improvement Specialist, Calderdale Council 01422 206036

Cabinet Budget Proposal Consultation live until February 14th

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Following last Cabinet meeting, the Calderdale Budget Consultation 2022/2023 and 2024/2025 is now live.

You can access the online consultation here:

The consultation period ends on Monday 14th February.

The bulk of feedback should go through the budget consultation website only and not to the old budget@calderdale email address. However for access purposes the attached paper has the proposals and a feedback form at the end for those that can’t access a website and can be printed out for people who can use the postal address on the form to send them back.

Curious Motion New Offers for a New Year!

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I hope getting back into the swing of things after the festive period has gone smoothly for you.

I wanted to let you know about two new offers we have coming up at the end of January – if you fancy getting creative in 2022 or need something to lift your spirits then these are for you!

Read on for more info…

Sam x


Rhythm & Brews returns 28th Jan

We’re delighted to be running more of these sessions! A mixture of live music, dance, and relaxation – the perfect pick-me-up for your body and mind!

Aimed at adults of all ages but children are very welcome to join us too.
Find out more here.

Fridays, 12pm – 1.30pm
28th Jan, 11th & 25th Feb, 11th & 25th March
Upstairs Hall, Southgate Church, Elland. HX5 0JL

(The venue is fully accessible from the Langdale Street entrance)

Places are now available on a ‘Pay as You Feel’ basis to help us cover costs – you can choose various amounts to donate if you’d like to and free places are always available (no questions asked).


Monthly arts workshops start 29th Jan

Creative activities for all the family – join us to draw, make, write, and explore your creativity in these relaxed sessions.

Workshops will be held on Saturday afternoons, once a month, from January to June 2022 as part of our Elland’s Happiness Lab project. There’ll be a different creative activity on offer each time.

We’re kicking off with LANTERN MAKING with HANDMADE PARADE:


Make a lantern inspired by our ‘happiness’ theme and to be displayed in local shop windows for Handmade Parade’s Windows on the World project!
Suitable for all ages (children accompanied by an adult please).

Saturday 29th January: 1pm – 3pm
Southgate Church, Elland. HX5 0JL
Pay as You Feel 
(free places always available)


To keep everyone safe in the pandemic we are limiting numbers and asking everyone to book in advance – so do make sure to secure your spot!

Hope to see you at one or both sessions

Much love, Sam x

Coronavirus Vaccination key messages from Calderdale CCG 17 January

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Calderdale Clinical Commissioning group would like to encourage everyone eligible for a Covid vaccination to take the opportunity to protect themselves  and others from coronavirus.

Whilst the vaccine will not make you immune to coronavirus, it will significantly reduce the severity of the symptoms and prevent hospitalisation.

  • It’s never too late to get your first and second dose.
  • Your vaccine is waiting for you, book online, call 119. Over 18s should get boosted now.
  • Boosters will be offered to 16 and 17 year olds once national prescribing arrangements are in place.
  • Recent data shows two doses of the vaccine are not enough to stop people becoming unwell from Omicron but suggests a booster significantly increases protection against the variant.
  • There are lots of appointments and walk-in clinics available to get your vaccine in Calderdale.
  • 1st and 2nd doses should be the same vaccine type. In line with JCVI advice Pfizer or Moderna is being given for boosters. If people are unable to have this vaccine type due to a medical reason it may be possible to have AstraZeneca, after discussion with a health professional.
  • If you have had COVID-19 you need to wait before getting the vaccine. 4 weeks for over 18s and 12-17 year olds at high risk of COVID-19, and 12 weeks for 12-17 year olds.

Programme highlights

  • Calderdale continue to offer enough capacity to offer everyone over 16 years a booster and anyone who wishes to obtain their evergreen dose
  • On behalf of its volunteers Luddenden Foot Community Pharmacy has made a donation of £5,000 to Overgate Hospice
  • Boots, Halifax marked their first vaccine anniversary on the 14 January
  • We are planning further pop-up clinics to offer vaccines to: Homeless; those accessing Foodbanks; Asylum seekers and Refugees; those with Serious Mental Illness, People with Learning Disabilities (PWLD); Black and Minority Ethnic communities; Pregnant women.

Looking ahead

  • Offer boosters to housebound and care home residents who were unable to get the vaccine at first or second visit.
  • Offering 2nd dose to 12-15 year olds in school and local offers out of school.
  • Working with more Community Pharmacies to increase opportunities for people to get their vaccine.
  • Will be working on a medium to long-term plan for the Calderdale Covid Vaccination programme to ensure we have the most effective and efficient model in place.

Key contact and useful links

Healthy Minds January – March 22 Recovery & Support ​Offer!

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Our Recovery & Support team at Healthy Minds is excited to bring the people of Calderdale a new-and-improved offer of peer-support groups, drop-ins, activities, workshops and ‘Walks for Wellbeing’ in our January – March 2022 programme!

There is a big range of support on offer across Calderdale to help you stay well, whether you are looking for emotional support, relaxing activities, information, advice, or a way to stay active, we will help you find the right fit for your needs.
To book or enquire about any of our services, please contact your local Recovery & Support Worker:
Halifax/Lower Valley area:
Upper Calder Valley area:
For Walks for Wellbeing contact:
Or call us on 01422 345154

Find out more about whether our services might be for you at our website:

Often called the ‘spine’ of Healthy Minds, the service that provides a range of opportunities for people in Calderdale to explore different ways of looking after their wellbeing, from attending peer-support groups to doing gentle activities such as art, meditation, allotment, craft, walking, yoga and more.
Click on the images below to download them in PDF format

Game in Mind 5-a-side football sessions for boys 14-17 years

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[Taken from Invictus Wellbeing website]

Invictus Wellbeing and FC Halifax Town are planning a new pilot initiative aimed at  boys aged 14-17 year old.

Football and Coaching will be led by Halifax Town and their professional coaching team whilst Invictus Wellbeing will provide its interventions through highly skilled and qualified mental health professionals.

Running three sessions of 5-aside football and peer led intervention sessions  between February and March (dates to be confirmed) these sessions will use football as a way of addressing issues such as anxiety, low mood, anger management and emotional regulation.

It is our belief that football can be an effective tool and vehicle for building confidence, self-esteem, community cohesion, resilience and importantly for this project, opening conversations around mental health and wellbeing.

For more info and to book, visit:

These sessions will run at the Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax HX1 2YS

Calderdale Lower Valley Friday Flyer 14 January 2022 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view this week’s Friday Flyer

This week:

  • Coronavirus Vaccination key messages from Calderdale CCG
  • Take the Halifax Railway Station consultation by January the 30th
  • Official Launch of the Staying Well Community Fund
  • Healthy Minds Wednesday Drop-in is back – by appointment

Have a great weekend!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing

You can also contact us on 01422 252 209

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VSI Alliance Update 14 January 2022

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VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


The latest VSI alliance News & Events discusses Coronavirus vaccination, local consultations, online activities and training opportunities from various organisations, as well as job vacancies and volunteering opportunities.

Read the updates here

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact, or visit for more contact details.

Time Out network meeting to be held online on 26th January

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It will probably come as little surprise that we have decided to hold our network meeting online, as it feels too risky to bring together a group of people in an inside space at the moment.

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.We 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
  • AOB

Join Zoom Meeting on this link: ID: 896 0311 8938Passcode: 740978

With very best wishes

The Time Out Team

Also of interest:

Join Time Out Calderdale network and take part in our meeting