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West Yorkshire Trading Standards Scam Alert #20 October-November 2020

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This Monthly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

There have been further reports of scams, doorstep Crime and business complaints all relating to the COVID-19 pandemic here in West Yorkshire. This news alert will give you an indication of the current situation.

If you cannot see the Alert below, download it here.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources –

Always remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe

Local restrictions in Calderdale to tackle Coronavirus

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Tier 2

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus, visit the Council’s website here…

As of Wednesday 14th October, restrictions in Calderdale are changing.

Calderdale has been identified as a Tier 2 area in the new national tiered approach to COVID-19 restrictions. (Announced by the Government on Monday 12th October 2020.)

There are three tiers in the new system:

  • Tier 1 – Medium Alert level. The minimum level of restrictions applicable to all of England.
  • Tier 2 – High Alert level. Applies in certain geographical areas or nationally. This is when there has been a rise in COVID-19 transmission, which cannot be contained through local responses.
  • Tier 3 – Very High Alert level. Triggered in certain geographical areas or nationally when:
    • Tier 2 measures have not contained the spread of the virus;
    • or where there has been a significant rise in transmission.

The Tier 2 restrictions, which apply throughout Calderdale from Wednesday 14th October, are as follows. The main difference, compared to the previous local restrictions, is that more than one household, up to the rule of six, can meet outdoors in private gardens and open spaces, as well as outside in hospitality, retail and leisure settings. However, more than one household must still not meet inside homes or indoors in hospitality, retail and leisure venues.

In addition to the national restrictions which apply to the whole country, in Calderdale these restrictions also apply:

  • People must not socialise with anybody outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law).
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed in law.
  • Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises, can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with).
  • People can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.
  • Informal carers can provide care for children and vulnerable adults. Children under 14 can be cared for by people outside of their immediate household as part of a care bubble. Children’s groups and supervised activities in private homes are permitted, as is registered and wraparound childcare.

It is important that we all follow these measures to do our bit to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Calderdale.

Source Article in the Calderdale Council website

Calderdale named High Risk Area for Covid-19

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Calderdale has been recognised as an area of concern with regards to Covid-19, particularly due to its proximity to Covid-19 hotspots.

We are all encouraged to be more cautious about our habits and behaviour in public.

Please bear in mind the following guidelines :

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
  • Maintain a 2m distance where possible
  • Wear a face covering
  • Don’t exchange visits with other households
  • Avoid crowded spaces, especially indoors.
  • Keep yourself informed
  • Isolate if you have symptoms
  • If you suspect you have Coronavirus, get tested

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Looking for Community Covid19 Champions

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Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

You could be just the person we are looking for!

We are looking to recruit volunteer Community Covid19 Champions to help share information within communities and help us develop our response to the virus in the future.

Community Covid19 Champions    

  • Receive the latest information, updates and advice about Covid-19.oun
  • Share the information with other people in their community however they want to. This could be conversations with family & friends, via social media or any other way they choose.
  • Let us know what is and isn’t working in their community so we can make sure we respond together in the way that will work best for each community.
  • Have access to regular support meetings to ask questions and provide feedback.

With a wider understanding of Covid-19, Government guidance and local information Community Covid19 Champions can help protect themselves, their family, friends and work mates.

To find out more about becoming a Community Covid19 Champion please contact

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Scam Alert #19 September-October 2020

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This Monthly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

There have been further reports of scams, doorstep Crime and business complaints all relating to the COVID-19 pandemic here in West Yorkshire. This news alert will give you an indication of the current situation.

If you cannot see the Alert below, download it here.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources –

Always remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe

Active Updates – Newsflash from Active Calderdale

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Here is our news and updates with ideas to keep you active and healthy!




Walk to School week runs 5th to 9th of October encouraging both pupils and grown-ups to travel to school on foot. A number of primary schools in North Halifax have already signed up and will receive resource packs.  If you’re school hasn’t signed up there’s a free resource pack available at Living Streets – Walk to School.



To Couch to 5K?

Have you been taking part in the Move the Calderdale Way Challenge?  If you’ve been walking more than half an hour at a time why not start the NHS’s Couch to 5K during the last week?  Just replace 3 half hour walks with 1 minute of gentle running (start slow) and 1.5 minute of walking for 20 minutes. It’s a simple 9 week course designed for beginners and there’s an easy NHS C25K app that talks you through each session and even gives your encouragement.

Autumn is here and with COVID restrictions back in place it’s can seem harder to maintain health and happiness and leave you feeling  less inclined or able to get out and about. Why not give yourself a free MOT with the NHS’s One You – How Are you Quiz.  It takes 10 minutes and gives personalised advice on mental and physical health, diet, alcohol and smoking.

Response from Calderdale Council to national restrictions announcement

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In response to the Prime Minister’s statement on COVID-19 to the House of Commons yesterday, Calderdale Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Jane Scullion, said:



“Once again, as a nation we’re seeing a worrying increase in COVID-19 rates. This is reflected in Calderdale, as sadly, infection rates are continuing to rise across the borough.

“The announcement by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons today means that a number of further restrictions will be introduced across the country. This is in addition to the local restrictions currently in place across the whole of Calderdale.

“There are no immediate changes to Council services. We are keeping all of our activities under regular review, working through the national guidance and determining what it means for each of our services.

“Today’s announcement will particularly affect hospitality businesses in the borough and all restaurants and bars will now be required to close at 10pm.

“We know this will be a blow for many establishments, especially as so many have been going the extra mile to look after their staff and customers. We’ll continue to work through the implications of today’s announcement and do all we can to support and offer advice to affected businesses.

“To say that this has been a difficult year for Calderdale would be an understatement. The borough has been through some of the most challenging times in living memory in 2020, not only with COVID, but also the devastating flooding at the start of the year.

“We’ve all faced these battles with the usual resilience, but we know that the challenges can feel unrelenting. I want to emphasise that we will continue to do all we can to support our residents and businesses and along with our partner organisations we’re working hard to identify the best ways to control the virus. Our local contact tracing system is working well, helping us to understand the local situation in more detail and contain outbreaks.

“Everyone in Calderdale can help play their part to control the spread of COVID.  We should all stay at home and avoid seeing others outside our household if we have symptoms, and arrange a test as soon as possible. We should also all continue to maintain good hygiene by washing our hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching our face, follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ guidance and wear a face covering when we’re indoors in a public area to help keep ourselves and others safe.”

National restrictions announced by the Prime Minster today, include:

  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and hospitality venues in England will be required to have a 10pm closing time from Thursday 24 September, and the sector will also be restricted by law to providing table service only.
  • People are being urged to work from home where it does not negatively impact businesses.
  • Face masks will be compulsory for retail staff, all users of taxis and private hire vehicles, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

From Monday 28 September, a maximum of 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions. Up to 30 can still attend a funeral.

  • The rule of six will be extended to all adult indoor team sports.
  • Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will now no longer be able to reopen as originally intended

The full speech from the House of Commons can be viewed at

In addition to the national restrictions, the following local restrictions are also currently in place across the borough:

  • You must not have visitors from or visit other households in your home or garden (other than those in your support bubble)
  • You’re strongly advised not to socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues
  • You must not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.

What are we doing to prevent and control COVID-19 in Calderdale?
It is clear that we will continue to live with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. In line with Calderdale’s Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan, the Council, local partner organisations and communities are working together to protect people from the virus and to prevent and manage outbreaks. This includes:

  • Engaging with and supporting communities, particularly in areas of high infection rates, and helping local businesses to be COVID-secure
  • Increasing and improving access to testing for residents
  • Carrying out local contact tracing to support the national Test and Trace service
  • Providing support to people to enable them to self-isolate
  • Enforcing COVID-19 restrictions.

We can all play our part to beat the virus by:

  • Washing our hands regularly
  • Staying two metres apart
  • Wearing a face covering when we are indoors where we might come into contact with others, such as public transport, taxis, shops, museums and places of worship
  • Not visiting, or having visitors from, other households
  • Staying away from crowds and avoiding close contact with others, such as handshakes and hugs
  • Keeping up with guidance
  • Isolating for 10 days and getting a test if we have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Following the advice of the Test and Trace service if we have come into contact with someone with the virus.

For up-to-date and reliable information about COVID-19, use trusted sources such as:

Six months of Covid-19. How are we doing?

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It’s been six months since the beginning of lockdown. We had half a year of a previously unimaginably confusing state of living. For many it brought additional stressors to the fore, perhaps helping or forcing us to reframe our lives.

Usually at this stage of the year we’d all be asking one another in passing where the year’s gone. Perhaps this year has flown quicker than previous years. Or not quickly enough?

Schools have reopened, lockdown has been relaxed, then new restrictions have been introduced.

How are we getting on with the present state of things?  As we are carving out the new way of life, now more than ever may present an  opportunity to instigate valuable changes in our lives.

There are many venues that offer exactly this opportunity. Many organisations invite people to make contact and offer assistance to those most affected, although for the first time this affects each and every one of us.

Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative have launched our own Reimagining Communities, in which we encourage these conversations, the sharing of thoughts and ideas, in the hope that we can turn this confusing situation into an opportunity.

Speaking for myself, at this time of the year, I would typically be discussing how  I spent summer holidays or plan a last minute escape.

I was lucky enough to be able to board a plane, after three cancelled attempts before that. Until the last minute, I expected to be told that the flight is cancelled and would have to turn back. That fear didn’t leave me until the plane was off the ground and only after I stepped off at my destination did I allow myself to believe that I had actually made it.

I suppose that made me aware of one great impedance due to the COVID-19, the restriction of free movement. Transport is again resumed but with stricter measures. Venues of entertainment have reluctantly opened and they operate heavily scrutinised. Exercise clubs and societies had to reinvent themselves. Places of leisure are open but need booking in advance. Cafés and restaurants request that you complete a locator form. Not to mention the compulsory quarantining after returning from some countries.

We would be keen on hearing your thoughts on any of these matters or anything else. Six months on, we’re still recovering and realising how our lives have changed, perhaps for a long while yet.

The World Health Organisation has said, the day we beat the virus is not when the vaccine is released but when we can live with the disease and carry on regardless. That day may well be tomorrow.

So… how are we living with it?

Join the discussion with Reimagining Communities


Safer Recruitment – The role of the DBS online training course

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As part of the regional Safeguarding Training Fund through NCVO and the National Lottery, there is a regional Safer Recruitment and DBS training session being delivered via Zoom on Monday 21st September at 11am and it is free and open to all VCS groups in West Yorkshire. The trainer is Lyn Gavin, a senior staff member with the DBS service so she really knows her stuff!

The session will cover:
• DBS processing and relevant changes due to COVID
• Assessing if a role is eligible for a DBS check
• Dealing with disclosures of criminal convictions
• The DBS update service and keeping records up to date
• How to report a safeguarding concern relating to a member of staff or volunteer.
• Recognise types of harmful behaviour and conduct
• Understand what information to provide
• What it means to be barred and legal consequences
• Question and Answer Session

To register your place, please click here:

Responding to Covid-19 – VCS Resilience Survey September 2020

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Charities and voluntary groups are playing a critical role in the Covid-19 pandemic response and gradual opening up of communities and the economy.  Organisations are working in different ways, more flexibly and often under real financial pressure.

Third Sector partners across Yorkshire and Humberside issued a survey in April/May to find out about the immediate impact.

We now want to know about your current situation and look ahead to the challenges and support needs.

The survey is being co-ordinated by Voluntary Action Leeds.

The findings will be shared with you, health, local authority and other colleagues.

Please complete the survey here by 30 September.

In case you missed it, we also circulated the Calderdale Voluntary and Community Sector’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Report last week, which was brought together by the VSI Alliance using evidence and insight drawn from across the diverse voluntary and community sector in Calderdale.