Virtual coffee mornings with the Curious motion – in place of Brews & Grooves

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The classes run by Curious Motion throughout the year have been cancelled for now but they are also moving online and from Tuesday next week they are running a ‘virtual coffee morning’ each week for anyone who would like to join.


This is particularly to support the group of people over 55 who usually attend our ‘Brews & Grooves’ class on a Tuesday morning and are likely to be self isolating for a significant period of time, but it is also open to anyone who wants to join.

To sign up for the coffee mornings email Sam for the info. This can be found on the Curious Motion website:


Virtual Coffee mornings will run every Tuesday at 10am.


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Posted on 24/03/2020 by Calderdale Council

Cllr Tim SwiftThe Leader of Calderdale Council, Councillor Tim Swift said:

“Just over a week ago, I said that we are facing the greatest challenge since the Second World War. Today I repeat that statement.

“The Prime Minister’s announcement last night means that every single resident of Calderdale, before they leave their door, must consider if this is absolutely essential.  The only reasons you may leave home are:

  • to go to work (but work from home if possible);
  • to shop for groceries, medicine and other essentials (infrequently);
  • to exercise outside (once a day);
  • to provide care or help a vulnerable person or
  • for any medical need.

“If you are not doing any of these things please stop and think again. This virus will continue to spread if people do not follow the Government’s advice.

“The health and wellbeing of every single one of us, young and old, of good health or in poor health, depends on the actions we do or do not take today. We are putting further guidance in place on these measures as we receive it.

“We all know this is difficult, but we are in unprecedented times.  The Council today is reviewing again every service and activity we undertake.  We always focus on the most vulnerable and the most in need.  We are a place of kindness and resilience and now our overarching focus must be on this.

“We will be updating you on further impacts to the Council as soon as possible.  We are also working to launch a support hub for the most vulnerable this week. We have written to businesses about the announcements made by the Government and will make financial support available as soon as we receive it from the Government.

“Thank you for your care, your kindness and spirit of togetherness.  We know how unsettling this is but we will get through this together.

Thank you.”

Changes to Sexual Health Service provision

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Important notice from the Integrated Sexual Health Service; Queue and wait clinics are suspended until further notice.  If you require our service you must ring clinic on 01422 261370 or 261365 to be triaged over the phone and an appointment will be offered where appropriate.


We apologise for the inconvenience but must take all reasonable precautions in line with medical advice and government guidance.

We also have an “Ask the expert” section on the website which can be used to make non-urgent queries and a member of our clinical staff will reply as soon as possible.  Further information on service provision or changes will be posted here or through Facebook and twitter.


….and finally don’t forget our condoms by post service

Emotional health and wellbeing support for children and young people during coronavirus

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Feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the news around coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandable, especially for those children and young people who are struggling with their mental health or you have a physical illness. They may be feeling worried about their own health, or someone in their family, or what impact the virus will have on life as a whole.

Open Minds have created a section on Calderdale’s emotional health and wellbeing website where children, young people, parents, carers, family members, school staff and colleagues can find tips, support,  advice and information about looking after your self in these uncertain times.

Please share this link far and wide with children, young people, their families and colleagues you work with

Halifax Long March 2020 Cancelled

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The 2020  Halifax Long March has been cancelled. The following message appears at the official website:

Halifax Long March:


It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Halifax Long March.

Given the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic it was felt that it would not be in the best interest of our walkers, helpers or committee members to proceed with the event at this time.

We will be contacting all parties involved over the next few days to fully explain our decision and to arrange refunds of walker registration fees.

The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all our walkers, helpers and charity associates for your interest and support and we hope to see you all again in 2021. ”


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VSI Alliance Announcement – Voluntary and Community organisations COVID19 disruption

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Current list of Calderdale based Voluntary & Community Organisations with disruption to their services during coronavirus

Arts Council England Update During COVID-19
Arts Council England has announced that its regularly funded organisations will continue to receive funding and that funding conditions will not apply for at least three months. They are also planning to refocus grant programmes to help compensate individual artists and freelancers. They have published a COVID-19 information page, which will be updated with the latest guidance as the situation develops.

London Funders Statement On COVID-19
London Funders has coordinated a statement from its members and other funders (including those outside of London) that commits to a number of measures to support the changing needs of grantees.

Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) Call Update
Given the ongoing COVID-19 incident the Managing Authority has extended the deadline for the current SUD Round 6 Call until 23:59 30th June 2020 to allow more time for applicants to respond given the extraordinary circumstances.

Turn2us COVID-19 Update
“Following the most recent developments with the Coronavirus pandemic, Turn2us is working hard to ensure we can continue to provide support to people during this period. As a charity, we are committed to making sure everyone who accesses our services and support; our staff; and our volunteers, remain fully supported throughout.”

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Support for Children & Young People during COVID-19
Open Minds have created a section on their website where children, young people, parents, carers, family members, school staff and colleagues can find tips, support, advice and information about looking after yourself in these uncertain times.

Martin Lewis – MoneySavingExpert Funding
Martin Lewis aka the MoneySavingExpert, has made £1m available to fund urgent small-charity coronavirus poverty relief.

Early Years Preventative Work – Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust
Applications of up to £5,000 can be submitted between 16 March and 28 April 2020 to support small and medium sized charities with small sums of unrestricted funding during this difficult period.

Funding For Creatives Affected By COVID-19
Calderdale Local Cultural Education Partnership has been in conversation with the Community Foundation for Calderdale, and are going to be launching a fund aimed at Calderdale creatives to a) make small grants to freelancers and orgs facing financial hardship and b) provide art materials to disadvantaged children and families who might not have access to them whilst they’re in isolation.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Weekly Update
This week’s leadership message comes from Rob Webster, CEO at South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust and lead CEO for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

Acas Updated Coronavirus Guidance
Acas Coronavirus advice for employers and employees has been updated. They have also released new guidance on homeworking and supporting employees who have been asked to work remotely due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Active Calderdale Support for Sports and Physical Activity Providers

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If you are a sports or physical activity provider Active Calderdale has pulled together latest advice from national bodies to support you.

We understand that these are uncertain times for you and are here to help. If you can’t find the answer to your question please contact us at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Are you are finding creative ways to stay active and run your groups? Do you all still do the activity separately/virtually at the same time as you’d usually do it together? Share what you’re doing on Twitter and Instagram using #ActiveCdale and inspire others to join you.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 20 March 2020 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

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This week:

  • Calderdale Lower Valley Blog – Communications and updating you on the Coronavirus
  • Live at Home presents: Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Important Information for Visitors to Police Stations / COVID – 19 / Coronavirus
  • Citizens Advice Calderdale providing All advice by Telephone – Coronavirus Announcement

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Live at Home presents: Jesus Christ Superstar

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Join Huddersfield Live at Home at Lawrence Batley Theatre for a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, the first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage.


We will be watching the Saturday Matinee on April 25 at 1:30

at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen St, Huddersfield HD1 2SP


Tickets are £25.00 per person, including transport.

Meet us at Bradley Court, Keldregate, HD2 1WN.

Individual pick up can be arranged.


For more information or to book, please call 01484 515420


Huddersfield Live at Home Scheme, Bradley Court, 42 Keldregate, HD2  1WN

Tel: 01484 515420

Our award-winning charity helps improve the lives of over 18,000 older people across the UK every day. As the only national care provider to offer connected care and support through specialist care homes, thriving retirement living and vibrant community groups, our organisation is a leading light in later life care.