Calderdale Council

Men as Parents Survey with Calderdale Council

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Are you a male? Do you care for a child aged 5 or under? Do you live in Calderdale? Then Calderdale Council wants to hear your views.

This survey aims to capture the views from men who care for a child or children under the age of five e.g. dad, grandparent, uncle, brother, step dad, dad to be.

This will help to inform and potentially shape the development of future Calderdale Council and other partner organisations’ services, activities and groups for men who have a caring role for a child aged 5 or under in Calderdale.

All the information collected is anonymous.
(Please note: where a question says ‘my child/ren’ it is referring to the child/ren you look after in your caring role.)

Take the survey by following https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/survey/men-as-parents-2019/

Small Grants Scheme for Voluntary and Community Projects in Calderdale

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Calderdale Council’s Small Grants Scheme provides small grants of up to £2,500 to voluntary and community groups all over Calderdale. Each year £70,000 is awarded to a range of community initiatives and voluntary sector projects.

These grants are distributed through a Small Grants Panel, made up of five Calderdale Councillors and three representatives from voluntary groups, community groups and groups that represent communities of interest. The Panel meets four times a year on a Thursday afternoon for two hours.

The voluntary and community sector representatives are appointed for three years, and we are now inviting nominations for representatives to serve on the Voluntary Sector Grants Panel for 2019 to 2022. Each organisation can nominate one person as a representative. The nomination form can be found at our web page https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/grants/grants-voluntary-organisations/small-grants-scheme/panel.

If you feel that you or someone else in your organisation would like to be a member of the Small Grants Panel, please complete the nomination form, and return it by Monday 25th February 2019. After the nominations have closed, details of all nominees will then be available on this web page, and voluntary and community groups will be asked to vote for the individuals that they would like to see represent them on the Panel.

Before you decide whether to nominate a representative from your organisation, details about the Small Grants scheme can be found at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/grants/grants-voluntary-organisations/small-grants-scheme.

Please return nomination form to
Voluntary Sector Grants Panel
2nd Floor, Westgate House
Halifax
HX1 1PS
Or email Grants@calderdale.gov.uk.
Phone 01422 392317

Bradshaw Hosts Tour de Yorkshire Roadshow

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Businesses and residents in Calderdale are invited to find out more about the Tour de Yorkshire at an upcoming roadshow event which will take place at Bradshaw Cricket Club15A Bradshaw Lane, Halifax HX2 9XB on Monday 11 February from 6pm.

Welcome to Yorkshire will be joined at the event by representatives from Calderdale Council’s tourism team, who will help share information on how to get involved and inform local residents, businesses and community groups about the many exciting opportunities that come with the race.

The Tour de Yorkshire begins on Thursday 2 May, with the race coming to Calderdale on Sunday 5 May, starting from the Piece Hall in Halifax.

In the run up to the race, Welcome to Yorkshire is hosting a series of information events across the county, with an event at Bradshaw Cricket Club on Monday 11 February from 6pm.

Details on road closures and Welcome to Yorkshire’s various cycling legacy projects will be discussed, along with ways people can volunteer to become Tour Makers or take part in the ever popular best dressed and land art competitions.

Have You Ever Considered Fostering?

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Fostering is incredibly rewarding. As a foster carer you can make a massive difference to a child or young person and help give them the best possible start in life.

Foster carers are amazing people who provide a loving family home where children and young people can feel safe, settled and happy. Fostering with Calderdale Council means becoming part of a team that does everything it can to help young people live their lives to the full.

Steve, a Calderdale foster carer, said: “It’s been life changing and so rewarding for us. Knowing that we’re helping young people to be safe and happy is a brilliant feeling.”

To find out more about fostering in Calderdale, download the information pack here or go to the Calderdale Fostering Website.

Have You Ever Considered Fostering?

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Fostering is incredibly rewarding. As a foster carer you can make a massive difference to a child or young person and help give them the best possible start in life.

Foster carers are amazing people who provide a loving family home where children and young people can feel safe, settled and happy. Fostering with Calderdale Council means becoming part of a team that does everything it can to help young people live their lives to the full.

Steve, a Calderdale foster carer, said: “It’s been life changing and so rewarding for us. Knowing that we’re helping young people to be safe and happy is a brilliant feeling.”

To find out more about fostering in Calderdale, download the information pack here or go to the Calderdale Fostering Website.

The Fostering Coffee Morning is a monthly drop in to meet the fostering team and foster carers from Calderdale Council. The next coffee morning is on Tuesday 29 January, 09:30am-11:30am at COSTA Coffee, 8 Woolshops, Halifax and is an opportunity to have an informal discussion and find out about fostering for Calderdale.

There are information booklets for you to take away and the team is happy to answer any questions you may have.

Cabinet Budget Proposals for Consultation

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The Cabinet’s budget proposals are now available for consultation on the Calderdale Council website.

The draft proposals were tabled at the Cabinet meeting on 14 January, marking the start of a 28 day public consultation.

There will be three drop in events to discuss the budget proposals as follows;

Todmorden
Thursday 24 January, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Todmorden Town Hall Courtroom
‎Bridge Street, Todmorden, OL14 5AQ

Brighouse
Monday 28 January, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Brighouse Library
Halifax Rd, Brighouse HD6 2AF

Halifax
Tuesday 5 February, 12:00pm–6:00pm
Halifax Town Hall
Crossley Street, HX1 1UJ

The Cabinet is required to make further savings of £900,000 to achieve a balanced budget in 2019/20 on top of those which have been agreed by Council in previous years. It is anticipated that savings of £6.7million will be required in 2020/21 and £7.6million in 2021/22.

The future spending plans of the Government along with a comprehensive review of how councils are financed are due to be announced later this year. This uncertainty means that this year’s Cabinet budget proposals cover only the spending and savings decisions required in 2019/20 for which funding levels are known.

A major public consultation about the future structure and management of the Council will be held later this year, which will guide future budget proposals in subsequent years once there is greater certainty about government funding levels.

To help the Council maintain essential local services, the financial plan for 2019/20 retains the 2.99% rise in Council Tax rates agreed during last year’s budget process.

The proposals address some of the services within the Council which are facing the biggest financial pressures:

  • Additional Council money has been allocated to cover rising demand and costs in Adult’s and Children’s Social Care on top of £2.5m of extra Government funding.
  • Additional provision of £500k to help with winter maintenance/gritting costs has also been made should it be required to help protect road users and maintain other services during wintry conditions.
  • To reduce poverty and inequality the Cabinet is proposing to continue its commitment to pay social care providers an additional £1.3 million in 2019/20 to raise staff pay, improve training and terms and conditions.
    To help fund the additional savings, the Cabinet budget report proposes that in 2019/20 the Council will:
  • Operate more commercially to maximise income and resources by making the most use out of capital funding, achieving more planning fee income from increased housebuilding, selling surplus assets, reducing the money paid to West Yorkshire Combined Authority and changing Council Tax exemptions.
  • Provide services more efficiently, making greater use of technology and equipment (especially in Adults’ Social Care) and explore ways of reducing costs by delivering some activities in different ways.
  • Work more efficiently at lower cost in areas providing back-office support (including reviewing staff travel arrangements) and streamlining how the Council itself operates on a democratic level.

The budget proposals are available to view at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/council/budgets-and-spending/proposed-budget-2019.

Greetland and Stainland Ward Forum – Thursday 24 January

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Thursday 24 January – 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start. Venue to be confirmed.

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Have your say! Elland Ward Forum Tuesday 22 January 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 22 January 2019, at 6:30pm. .

Venue: Willow Court, Victoria Road, Elland HX5 0PL

For more information on the meetings, see Lower Valley ForumExternal link

Rastrick Ward Forum – Monday 21 January 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Monday 21 January 2019 – 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start at The Community Hub, Rastrick High School, Field Top Road, HD6 3XB.

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Ward Forum – Thursday 17 January 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Thursday 17 January 2019 – 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start.
St Matthew’s Church, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TH

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum