Calderdale Forum 50 Plus Newsletter 2020

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Welcome to the latest Newsletter from the Calderdale 50+ forum. Calderdale Forum 50 Plus aims to represent and promote the collective voice of people over the age of 50 in Calderdale by: Communication, Campaigning, Influencing, Encouraging and Empowering.


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Phased plan to reopen Calderdale Public Libraries

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We have been working hard to make our libraries Covid Safe, so that we can reopen to the public. This means that when we open we will be operating in a different way to usual. We have a phased plan for reopening.

Phase 1
During phase 1, and for a minimum period of 2 weeks, we will offer daily opening hours Tue-Sat 10am to 4pm.
During this initial phase of reopening you can:
• Return items
• Collect pre-ordered items
• Request items held at this Library
• Access e-books, e-audio books, digital magazines and comics. All are available to download free from
• Access 24-hour reference resources from the Digital Library at
• Enjoy story time and craft sessions at Libraries
• Use the Home Library Service E-mail: or call 01422 288062

Phase 2
During phase 2 of re-opening (but not phase 1) you will also be able to:
• Browse stock
• Access public computers, printers and photocopiers, with some limitations
• View local studies resources, by appointment
• Use public toilets and baby changing facilities
Phase 2 arrangements will continue until the end of 2020.

What cannot be done yet 

The following will, unfortunately, not be available in either phase:
Study space, meeting room space or newspapers and magazines

We hope to be in a position to announce opening dates soon. Please check the council website for future confirmation of dates.

We look forward to welcoming you all back when it is safe to do so!

Fiona Willats, our Museum Education Officer is currently developing a series of engaging virtual sessions funded by the Arts Council for England that will be bookable for schools in the Autumn term.
These will be linked to the Tudors, the Great Fire of London, Anne Lister, the Victorians and the Second World War are just a selection of topics they will cover.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 31 July 2020 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

This week:

  • New Lockdown restrictions from 31st July 2020
  • Have your say on plans for Elland Station and access
  • SureStart Children’s Centres Summer Family activities
  • Grow Big Family learning movie – Make your own Play Dough!

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 0300 555 0266.

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Disability Partnership Calderdale Newsletter 31st July

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Welcome to the latest weekly Disability Partnership Calderdale e-newsletter.




You’re probably aware of the new Lockdown restrictions that have been applied to Calderdale and some surrounding areas, as of today (Friday 31 July). We have full details of the news restrictions below and will keep updating our website as and when further information becomes available.

As for the rest of this newsletter, once again, face masks and coverings are the main topic of discussion, with some locally designed exemption cards for those who can’t wear them, now available.

Unfortunately, some people are using mask-wearing rules as an opportunity to bully and verbally and physically assault those who are exempt from wearing them. We have been delighted to see both the Council and local Police making it clear that this kind of behaviour is unacceptable. They have also been reminding the general public that many disabilities are invisible.

Perhaps more importantly, at this difficult time, we should all try to combine fulfilling our own responsibilities in the fight against virus, whilst treating others with additional levels of kindness, tolerance and respect.

On a related subject, we are running an important survey into the shopping experiences of people with disabilities in Calderdale, during the lockdown and the easing of lockdown. We hope to identify any problems, including mask-related issues. We will be working with local organisations to solve them. Please spare us five minutes of your time to help us make a difference.

As ever, there’s also a round-up of our latest news – whatever you get up to in the next week, please stay safe!

The DPC Team
Calderdale’s New Lockdown

Calderdale is one of a number of areas in the North of England which have been given additional lockdown restrictions following an increase in the spread of coronavirus. These restrictions come into force on Friday 31 July 2020.

Perhaps the most important of the new restrictions are those covering social contact. These say that you must now not:

  • meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law).
  • visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas.
  • socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with others. If you run such a business, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.

For full details of all the new advice, please visit our website
Calderdale’s New Lockdown 
More info on the new lockdown restrictions:
– Calderdale Council’s Updated Coronavirus Advice
– Government Coronavirus Advice
Face Coverings & Masks

Wearing Face Masks/Coverings In Shops: Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England became mandatory in England on 24 July and has been compulsory on public transport in England since 15 June. However, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities are exempt (see below for details).

Making Your Own Face Coverings

Buy a Face Mask

Lip Reading Masks:

Face Mask Exemptions

Some people can’t wear face coverings – Calderdale NHS have provided this helpful guide to whether you are exempt from wearing one and how to communicate this to other people.

In settings where face coverings are required, there are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people are not expected to wear face coverings. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.

Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign. (You can download some examples below)

This is a personal choice and is not necessary in law.

Those who have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this. Written evidence includes exemption cards.

If you would like to print off an exemption card at home, you can use the PDF attachments below.

Exemption Card Downloads/Print-Offs/Phone Badges:

We Need Your Help

Calderdale Disability Shopping Survey

This survey is to find out what it has been like for Disabled People who have been out of their homes to go to the shops.

Whether a small local shop or a big supermarket, we want to hear about your experiences, both good and bad. All answers will be treated as confidential.


Latest News, Articles & Features

Top News Stories

Here’s our round-up of the top news stories and features on our website this week, with local Coronavirus levels causing concern, lots of updates on mask wearing, plus all the other main disability news from Calderdale and beyond.

Coronavirus Info On Our Website

Do You Need Information or Support?

About Disability Partnership Calderdale

About Us: Our aim is to improve the quality of life of disabled people in Calderdale, in particular, by working in partnership with service providers to maximise access to mainstream services for people with physical and sensory impairments. We normally hold regular membership meetings where people with disabilities are given a voice and an opportunity to influence policy and service delivery. However, at the moment we are concentrating on providing extra help and support via our website during the Coronavirus pandemic: Please visit our website for more about us and our work.

Find Out More About Disability Partnership Calderdale

Reimagining Communities

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North Halifax Partnership is holding conversations with as many people in the community as possible to understand how the Covid-19 crisis has impacted locally, and we’re inviting you to have these conversations too with your own family, friends or neighbours and share them with us.

The Covid-19 crisis has had a huge impact on society. It’s hard to think of any other time in living history when everyone across the world has been affected by the same concern. We really have been ‘all in this together’ however it is also true that ‘my’ lockdown experience might have been very different from  ‘yours’.


Conversation starters:

  1. What things seem more important or less important to you now because of the COVID19 crisis?
  2. Can you think of any things that have changed because of the COVID19 crisis that need to continue into the future?
  3. What things have stopped due to the COVID19 crisis that need to be started again?
  4. Has the COVID19 crisis highlighted anything that’s missing to support you, your family or your community?


How do I get involved?

DO IT NOW – Find someone to talk to and upload your conversation to out Re-imagining Communities Listening Library.

REGISTER your interest in an online conversation. Drop us an email and we’ll send you an invite to join on of our online sessions.

TELEPHONE  – We’re happy to talk! Request a call back from one of our friendly team. Call 0300 555 0266.


Click here to find out more… 


Keep Moving, Feel Better.

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With the Government placing local restrictions on Calderdale  it’s more important than ever to keep active – to stay physically and mentally well. Here are some ideas to get you moving, don’t worry if you can’t do them all:


  • Explore the ponds in Beechwood Park, how many frogs can you find?
  • Conquer the maze at Shroggs Park,
  • Wander along  woodland paths at Ogden Water,
  • Get out into your garden; for a kick about with the kids, a bit of weeding or have a stroll,
  • Walk to the end of your street, or to the nearest bench for a rest and enjoy the sunshine.


There are lots more free ideas to stay active both inside and outside the house on the Active Calderdale page