Safespace Calderdale, out of hours support for emotional distress by Healthy Minds

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Safespace is an out of hours emotional support service for adults in Calderdale. It is a place of safety for people experiencing emotional distress. We can offer you the time and space to talk through what’s happening and explore different ways to help you.

Download Leaflet here

Safespace is available every evening from 6.30pm – 10.30pm.  It can only be accessed by appointment.

To access Safespace,

Call 01422 345154
Text 07388 990227
We can call you back. Please be aware that the call may come from a withheld number.
Facebook: safespace calderdale
For general enquiries or support, email

If lines are busy, please leave a message and a member of the team will call you back.

If you need urgent crisis support call 01924 316830 (24 hours NHS)
You can also contact Samaritans on 116 123

Younger People’s Services:
Saneline 0300 304 7000 (aged 16+), open 4.30-10.30pm daily
Papyrus HOPELINE 0800 068 4141 open til 10pm daily

SureStart Children’s Centres Recruiting Now! January 2021

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We are delighted to be able to advertise a number of vacancies within our Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation:


  • Caretaker – 30 hours per week
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – 2 x 37 hours per week
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – 2 x 19 hours per week

 Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 27th January 2021

 For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at:

Healthy Minds Workshops & Groups January 2021

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Healthy Minds Calderdale are putting together a series of informative, helpful workshops, designed to assist during the challenging times we’re facing.

Their workshops happen over zoom and give the opportunity for all participants to get together and work through issues, finding ways of dealing with difficult situations and improving wellbeing.

There are social groups and art workshops too. You’re bound to find something of interest!



Social Anxiety – Tuesday 19th Jan, 11-12.30pm
In this workshop we will discuss what social anxiety is and identify what triggers
anxiety. We will then explore realistic ways of managing social anxiety with the
opportunity to make a personalised plan.
Paper-based postal versions of all workshops are also available.

Regular groups

Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing – 1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month, 6-7.30pm
A light hearted space for people to make some creative connections. Each session is
themed and past activities have included mask making, Zentangling and origami.

Outdoors-in 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 2-3.30pm
Each session is based on an outdoor topic, including all things allotments and
nature. The group bring a contribution to the session in a ‘show and tell’ format, have
fun and learn new things.

Anxiety and Depression Peer-Support groups, twice monthly
(Call conferencing)
A peer-support telephone group for those who would like to access peer support but
prefer not to use Zoom video link. The groups are a safe and non-judgmental space
and offer structure, guidance and support for those experiencing anxiety and

Social Zoom Group every Monday morning

Join us for a catch-up, cuppa and chat every Monday morning via Zoom. The group
is light and loosely structured – based on the ideas and interests of group member
and is a chance to find out about upcoming events in Healthy Minds and local area.
So get in touch and join us… do bring your own brew though!

New Group for 2021!

Recovery group (CHIME) once every month (5 sessions in total)

The group will explore key themes about recovery in mental health: Connectedness,
Hope and Optimism, Identity, Meaning in Life and Empowerment; exploring how
these themes relate to our personal recovery journey.
Please note: this is a closed group for people who have attended workshops, groups
and courses with Healthy Minds.

To book or to access further details about any of workshops or groups please email:
Or call: 01422 345154
For more information about our services and updates please visit our website:

VSI Alliance – We want your feedback on content

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team



The VSI Alliance are seeking your feedback on our weekly update to find out if we are including the right information for you and your organisation’s needs. Your feedback will form part of a review of the layout and content of our update to make sure it is fit for purpose and as useful as possible.

The survey is anonymous and will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Please click on the link below to access the survey – Thank you!

Complete the Survey

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  


NeighbourhoodWatch OUR NEWS January 2021 edition

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Our popular monthly newsletter OUR NEWS January 2021 edition is here!

Read January edition




Please find our January 2021 Neighbourhood Watch national newsletter.  This month we launch the Neighbourhood Watch Crime and Community Survey 2020 findings, recruit for a new Volunteer Development Manager, share crime prevention advice and look at the new community projects we are running. As always, we hope you find the information useful. The final page of our newsletter contains a reminder from the Government ( on how we can all play our part in stopping the spread of the virus.

Best wishes for 2021,


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Money Matters Q & A session with Citizens Advice

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Who is this for?

For anyone with a question about money. Check out this fun money personality quiz and see if you need our help.

How long is the session?

We’re here for an hour but you can drop in any time, ask your question and then leave.

We can’t promise to have all the answers but we might be the first step to getting the answer you need.

What sorts of questions can you answer?

We can chat about any aspects of managing your money and we’ll also have our energy advisor on hand to help will any queries about your domestic bills, switching tariff, or making a complaint.

What can’t we discuss?

We’re not financial advisers so we can’t help with a choice of account or bank, but we can make sure you’re asking the right questions, and looking for information in the best places.

Choose your date and join us on Zoom on

Tuesday 19th January from 1-2pm

Wednesday 20th January from 1-2pm

And Thursday 21th January from 12-1pm

If you have any questions about the sessions then email


Beyond Frazzled – with Ruby Wax

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Join us for a special event on how we can find possibility and positivity in 2021!

Beyond Frazzled – with Ruby Wax

Weds 13 Jan – Online via Zoom
7pm UK time (see your time zone here)
Tickets: Open to all with optional donation

Book Your Place

2020 was a truly challenging year. How can we start the new year with a sense of positivity and hope?

At this event, Ruby Wax OBE will share “green shoots” of hope emerging in our society. Drawing on insights from her inspiring new book “And Now for the Good News…”, Ruby will explore reasons we have to be optimistic about what the future holds – and how we can find hope, even during these uncertain times.

Ruby will also share her thoughts on the importance of mindfulness, mental health and her ground-breaking network of Frazzled cafes, which are providing much-needed support for people in local communities and now via online meetings too.

We’re all in need of as much good news as we can get! Ruby can always be guaranteed to lift your spirits” ~ Annie Lennox

Book Your Place

CREW Heart Support Group – Walk through Starfish & Syke Hill

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This week’s CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin features a self guided 5.5 miles walk through Starfish & Syke Hill. The walk is marked as Grade 2+ and estimated to take 2.5 hours to complete.



We start our walk from Cottonstones, above Mill Bank and Ripponden. There is parking near to the church or if you require refreshments afterwards, you can always park at The Alma Inn, just inform them you are doing a CREW walk and will call in later.

From ‘The Alma’ carpark, turn right and then left up Clay Pitts Lane, further up the lane, on your right are some stone steps into a field, cross the field onto Wicking Lane. Turn right and then left, following the way marker up through the buildings and onto a walked track, this will bring you onto Ash Hall Lane.

Turn right and walk along the lane to the wide track on your left, just before the tarmac road. Follow the track up and around to a T junction of paths, turn left and walk past the farmhouse on your left. You will come to a gate, once through take the right-hand path, to your left you will see the Flints, this will lead you towards a red-bricked building.

It is very difficult to imagine now but this area was a 2nd WW ‘Starfish’ site. A great area of the moorland and farm fields to your right, were made to resemble an airfield. Wooden planes etc were placed around the site so the German bombers would think it was a significant airfield. It was to deflect their attention away from the industrial areas of Halifax and the munition factories in the Greetland areas. At night, if bombers were in the area, great fires were lit, the German bombers would see this and fly towards it. There were 1500 such sites around the country.

Looking at the red-bricked bunker, turn left and continue down the wide track, passing the disused quarries and trees to a style taking you onto Greave Road. Keep right and walk along the narrow road – Coal Gate Road. The road will take a right turning and you will see a way marker to your left. The wide track is called Flight House Road, at the junction, cross the road and onto the wide track in front of you.

At the next junction turn left and then right on to another track – this is Cote Road and the area is Syke Hill. When the wide track stops, continue straight forward on a narrow path. When you reach a tarmac road, cross over on the narrow road in front of you, then cross over the tarmac road on to a track, turn left and walk down this track.

When you are approaching the houses, the path narrows to go past the back of the properties; there are several gates and sometimes the dogs are in the back yards, so make sure the owners come out to secure them!

You will come out on to Lane Heads Road, turn right and then left to descend Foxen Lane. At the bottom of Foxen Lane, in the very bottom of Mill Bank, you will see the stream and a path to your left which goes up at the back of the houses. This soon becomes a track through the woodland (this part of the walk is a little strenuous and graded 2+). At the tarmac road, turn right and follow the wide track up to the road.
You will come out at Lighthazles, turn right along Lighthazles Road, this will then join Clay Pitts Lane to retrace your steps back to The Alma Inn.


We would love you to try this walk and send us your photos so we can pop it in the newsletter.
It doesn’t have to be this walk, we would love to feature your scenic photos in the newsletters.


Crew Heart Support Website
CREW Facebook page

VSI Alliance Update January 8, 2021

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Basic Bookkeeping Using the WYCAS Cashbook – 28th January
A 3 hour Zoom workshop to show you how to use a free template giving you confidence to set up a bookkeeping system on a spreadsheet.
You will:

  • Be shown the structure of the linked spreadsheet
  • Set up a fictional organisation, with categories of income and spend, restricted funds and bank and cash accounts
  • Reconcile the bank transactions to the spreadsheet
  • Review how the inputs produce a finance report for use in the year

A basic ability to use a spreadsheet is needed. Your WYCAS tutor will lead the session, working through a practical exercise, so that you will be able to set up and use a spreadsheet recording method for your organisation.

Could you be a Covid Champion?
Do you want to help people stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic? We are looking for Community Covid-19 Champions to help share information and help us develop our response to the virus in the future.


Calderdale Council’s response to the national lockdown
On Monday 4 January 2021, the Government announced that the country was moving into national lockdown with immediate effect.  The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS and social care services.

Update on Council services
Following the announcement that England will return to national lockdown restrictions with immediate effect, Calderdale Council is working through the implications for its services.


Have your say on the 2021/22 policing budget for West Yorkshire
An online survey on the police budget has been launched, asking how you would like to see money raised for the police part of the local council tax, called the ‘precept’.

Events and Training

Safeguarding Multi-Agency Training opportunities
Upcoming courses that were originally meant to be face-to-face, but will now take place online.


Calderdale Suicide Prevention and Self-harm Small Grants – Deadline extended: 18th January
The Calderdale Suicide Prevention Group have received funds from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to aid local suicide and self-harm activity. The fund will enable voluntary and community organisations to bid for small grants up to £8,000.

ESF Community Grants Relaunches
Since it was confirmed that ESF Community Grants was extending for applications into 2021, ESF have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure all processes are as efficient and accessible as possible for projects applying for funding.


Programme Co-ordinator – Closing date: 17th January
Newground are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to join the Employment & Skills team as a Programme Co-ordinator, to provide effective leadership and programme management of a new ESF Inclusive Growth Action Research Programme.

Project Officer (Youth Team) – Closing date: 17th January
Newground’s Youth Team (NYT) deliver a range of Youth Work programmes across the north and they are looking for someone to join the Calderdale Team, with a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of young people and the communities they serve.


Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub invite applications for additional board members
The board is entirely voluntary and most of them are in full-time employment or have other commitments and they need some additional board members to help with the load and share the work at this exciting time.

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.