Wuthering Bytes festival in Hebden Bridge

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Calderdale council have been invited to front three days of Wuthering Bytes to celebrate all things digital, technology and innovation and how this translates into transforming public services.

Taking place at Hebden Bridge Town Hall from 8am on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 29 September
  • Wednesday 30 September
  • Thursday 1 October

Go along for a packed three days full of interesting talks and hands-on workshops as part of Wuthering Bytes; a week-long festival of technology in the heart of the Pennines, featuring talks and workshops on a diverse range of topics, including open source software and hardware, open data, the Web, citizen innovation and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Further details can be found at eepurl.com/bwE9IP and you can click here for the line up of speakers.

Tickets for the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions will be priced at £10 each and includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Thursday is free to attend with no lunch provided; however we do need to know who is coming so please register here so we can keep you informed of the agenda and when tickets will be available.

This is set to be an extremely exciting three days – not to be missed, register your interest now!

Calais Refugee Support from Calderdale – Group meeting

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The Calais Refugee Support from Calderdale Group will be meeting to develop a plan of support from Calderdale for Calais on Monday 7 September 2015 at 6pm at The Works, 12 Hollins Mill Ln, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2QG

There will also be a collection point located at Hebden Bridge Town Hall for the donation of the following items:

Trainers, hiking boots, wellies (only sizes UK 7-9), Tents (covers, tarpaulins), Jackets (small and medium only), Travelling bags, Socks, Candles and other lighting, Belts, Tracksuit trousers, Blankets, Jeans (size 28-32), Smartphones with SIM, Sleeping bag, Soap and shampoo, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Plastic bags, Wooly hats, Pants, Pots and Pans

Note – Items not needed at the moment are Women’s clothing or shoes, Jumpers, Children’s clothing, Nappies, baby wipes etc, Feminine hygeine products and Suits or formal shoes

The collection point will be open from Monday 7 September from 9am to Friday 25 September at 5pm for anybody who wishes to make a donation.

For further information on the Calais Refugee Support from Calderdale, find the group on Facebook here.

Your views on the Police 101 number

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The current Police 101 contract expires in March 2016 and ahead of this, the Home Office are undertaking a review of the service to identify options for the future of the 101 service.

As part of the review, they are keen to hear the public’s views on the 101 police non – emergency number and feedback will be used to help ensure it continues to meet the needs of the public.

Please take a moment of your time to complete the online survey.

Safer Communities Fund, apply for up to £5,000

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The Safer Communities Fund is a grant giving scheme which is designed to make funding easily accessible for projects that aim to make West Yorkshire safer and feel safer.

Application deadline to grant round 6 Friday 25 September 2015 (5pm).

Grant round 6 has a generic theme and projects will address the Police and Crime Plan priorities (see page 7 of the plan).

Voluntary and community groups, small charities and not-for-profit groups as well as National charities working in West Yorkshire can apply for up to £5,000.

Please read the guidance notes and terms and conditions before completing the application form.

Have you returned your Electoral Registration form?

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Please don’t forget that your electoral form needs returning even if there are no changes and you can return by post or follow the simple instructions on your form to do it online or by phone.

Electoral Registration staff are now visiting households who haven’t returned electoral forms to ask them to complete on their doorstep.

Recycle weekly to win great prizes

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No matter how little is in your recycling Calderdale Council need you to put it out EVERY weekend and to encourage residents to do this they are offering great monthly prizes of an iPad mini, 2 x £100 worth of tickets for the Victoria Theatre, 3 x £50 shopping vouchers.

A selection of households will be checked on each collection day and if you have recycled every week you will be put into a monthly prize draw.

Also, did you know you can sign up to Collection Day email reminders and never miss a collection again. Simply insert your postcode and then fill in your email address and receive an email you to remind you to put out your waste and recycling.

Receive your Council Tax bill electronically

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Lots of people already receive many of their bills electronically, water, gas, electric…so why not your Council tax? If you or anyone you know have not yet registered, sign up today!

All you need is the council tax reference number from your previous bill and it takes less than a minute.

If you don’t have your reference number to hand, email council.tax@calderdale.gov.uk or you can Live Chat for help.

Age UK, Information & Advice Volunteer wanted

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Age UK are looking for volunteer support for at least half a day per week to assist older people with their health and care needs and help them complete the Attendance Allowance claim form.

Age UK provide training and ongoing support for this role so if this is something you would like to do please read on…

Key responsibilities:

  • Interview older people and their carers/ family about their health and care needs.
  • Complete the Attendance Allowance claim form for clients where appropriate
  • Keep the client informed of the ‘next steps’ once the form is complete.
  • Signpost older people to other services that may help them, whether other Age UKCK departments or external providers where appropriate
  • Update a record of your visit on our electronic database, and liaise with Age UKCK staff in the office.
  • Arrange visits to clients in their own homes keeping office staff informed and aware of your visits.
  • Attend training and support sessions and provide at least one form filing session per week (approximately 2-3 hours).

Person requirements: – Any potential volunteer would need to be able to demonstrate:

  • Good literacy and numeracy skills, and the ability to update information onto a computerised system
  • The ability to explain things clearly and simply in an appropriate manner
  • The ability to write clear and accurate notes and records
  • Open minded, non-judgemental approach to everyone, with patience, empathy and understanding

For volunteers visiting an older person at home you will need your own transport (your mileage will be paid), and you must be willing to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

If you would like to make a difference within your community and feel that you are the right person for this role, please phone 01422 252040 and ask for Alison, or e mail enquiry@ageukck.org.uk.