corona virus

S4ND: Society 4 Neurodiversity to help those with Autism and ADHD in Calderdale

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The Society 4 Neurodiversity (S4Nd) is a new community group based in Calderdale led by neurodiverse members. We are a community of people that specialise in ‘different’.


Our mission is to build and nurture a neurodiverse community. We aim to break down barriers and promote acceptance for neurodivergent people.  The S4Nd community is a place for support, friendship, and inspiration.

Many people have become increasingly vulnerable during the current Coronavirus crisis and some are not known to services or accessing support. People with learning disabilities, who are autistic or have other neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD can be more isolated at this time.

S4Nd are involved in the new regional ‘Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected’ project, coordinated by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership and Inclusion North. We are one of the services funded to run short-term peer support and information service for people in Calderdale with neurodivergent conditions including autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Tourette’s as well as people with learning disabilities. An official diagnosis is not needed to access this service

The Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected service will provide information on staying safe during the Coronavirus crisis and peer support.  We understand that many services are not accessible, so we will

  • Connect with you by phone, text, email, or video at a time that meets your needs
  • Give you information on how to stay safe and well during the Coronavirus outbreak
  • Tell you about and help you to access local support in your area
  • Call you regularly if you need support and connect with your community

This service operates 7 days a week 09:00-23:00 and ends on Sunday 12th July

To contact the service or make a referral, please send an email to enquires@s4nd.org, call or text Angie on 07966 428869.  Alternatively, you can sign up for the Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected service via our website here

Click here for a PDF copy of our flyer about the service.  If you know anyone that you think may benefit from this project, please send/give it to them.

Apologies if you receive similar information twice, but S4Nd and Cloverleaf are both offering support through this short project. We hope in this way we can reach as many people as possible who need this.

The Society 4 Neurodiversity
Tel: 07966 428869
www: https://s4nd.org/
@: enquiries@s4nd.org

Mental Health Awareness Week 18 – 24 May

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This week, 18-24 of May is Mental Health awareness week. It comes at a time where we are becoming most aware of the impact of those drastic changes on our mental health.

As is perhaps appropriate, the main focus is Kindness. It helps us overcome the difficult situation, support one another and show understanding, all of which important in maintaining our wellbeing.

Visit the Mental Health Foundation to find out how you can get involved, read stories and see what resources are available to promote good mental health for yourself and those around you.

Mental Health Awareness Week


Keeping Neurodiverse People Connected with Cloverleaf Advocacy

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Cloverleaf Advocacy have recently received funding to support adults living in Calderdale and Kirklees who have a learning disability, and/or autism, and/or ADHD.

The project can support the person with information around COVID-19 and make sure they understand what is happening and how to keep themselves safe, and who they should contact in an emergency.

The project will make sure that the person is receiving the correct services if needed and that they are connected with their community.

If you would like to make a referral, or would like more information about the project please contact Charlotte Dimitrov on 01924 454875.

Family Learning Team courses are back on! June and July courses list

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Sure Start North Halifax Partnership are pleased to be able to deliver the following courses to you at home.

  • Baby Massage
  • Baby Yoga
  • Parents and Baby Pilates
  • Parenting Teenagers
  • Top tips for remaining positive during uncertainty
  • Top tips for managing children’s behaviour

Download course list FLT online courses May and June 2020

Classes will be brought direct to you online via Zoom. Zoom is a simple app for your phone, tablet, laptop or computer. It allows us to still hold classes face to face but in a virtual space. Everyone can see and hear each other, we can still learn, laugh, smile and gain the all-important social contact that you and your babies need.

If you are offered a place on the course you will be notified by text on around a week before the courses is due to start. You will then be contacted by the trainer a short time later by emailed with instructions on how to join the session.

To apply for a place please complete the booking form below please remember places are limited. Our usual allocation procedures still apply. If you have any questions please contact leanne.barlow@nhpltd.org.uk


Course Application form
Download Zoom here

VSI Alliance Announcement – COVID-19 list of useful resources May 2020 #2

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


VSI News

*ONE WEEK LEFT* Calderdale Sector Resilience Survey May 2020
As an infrastructure partnership, we the VSI Alliance, think it is important to find out how our third sector organisations are adapting, to understand the pressures you are under and to work to provide the right support at this time and beyond. We’d like to ask you to take a few minutes to complete this survey. We will use this information to advocate for your interests and, wherever possible, to adapt our services to meet your needs.


Managing Your VCSE Organisation Through Covid-19 – Funding, Furlough and More
Forum’s Sector Support services would like to invite you to a free webinar offering advice and guidance on managing your group, charity or social enterprise during the Covid-19 crisis. With so much information out there, we are aware that many groups require a clear summary of the support available.

Calderdale News & Information

Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected in Calderdale
The Society 4Neurodiversity’s Keeping People Connected Service is free and available now for people with neurodiverse conditions such as autism, ADHD, or a mild learning disability.

The Listening Line
The Listening Line will give young people the opportunity to get some simple advice and guidance about how to keep busy and reduce their anxiety about the current situation.

Regional/National News & Information

COVID-19 Summary of Published Guidance and Support for Vulnerable Groups
This document provides a summary of the main guidance produced to help vulnerable individuals, groups and communities to protect themselves and others from coronavirus and to manage the impact of shielding and social distancing.

Support for Frontline Workers
The Samaritans have partnered with Shout, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation to launch ‘Our Frontline’, a round-the-clock, 1:1 support service for health, care, emergency and key workers.

Earlier this week:

Frequently Asked Questions for Vulnerable Residents
These frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been put together to help people understand what help is available during these difficult times.

Local Coronavirus Testing for Essential Workers and Their Households
If your organisation employs essential workers who are self-isolating they, and members of their household, can now apply to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the local drive-through testing hub in Halifax.

Together in Halifax
Woolshops Halifax has put this health and wellbeing pack together to highlight some of the local charities and services providing mental health support and access to essential supplies.

Regional/National News & Information

Coronavirus Scam Alert Issue #7
West Yorkshire Trading Standards has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 related scams.

John Tizard: Charities Must Shape the Covid-19 Rescue, Recovery and Reform Agenda
John Tizard offers some thoughts about how charities can lead the way in helping the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic, including sector bodies producing a manifesto driven by specific communities of interest and specialist services.

New Board Formed to Lead West Yorkshire’s Economy out of the Pandemic Leaders from organisations and businesses across West Yorkshire are coming together to form an Economic Recovery Board to plan the region’s economic fightback from the Covid-19 pandemic.

What Do Children and Young People Want from Society at This Critical Time?
Gathering the views of 8 to 21-year-olds are really important in informing the vision for a child-friendly welfare state that Children England are working with young people to create. It’s only open until 31st May and it only takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

Earlier this week:

Making the Government’s COVID-19 Support Schemes Work Better for Charities
Many of the business support measures are open to charities, but they are designed in ways that actually restrict access. Elizabeth Chamberlain explains the improvements that are being pushed.

Funding News & Resources

COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund 2020-21
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced £6 million of emergency funding to provide relief for homelessness providers directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Earlier this week:

COVID-19 Funding Available Via Calderdale Council
Many Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in Calderdale can claim grants made available by the government in response to the coronavirus emergency. These are being administrated by the Calderdale Council Business Rates team.

Energy Redress Fund
Charities that support vulnerable energy consumers or have innovative ideas that will benefit energy customers are being invited to apply for shares of £13m of funding.


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 info@vsialliance.org.uk, or see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

Lower Valley Family support team is there for you!

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The Lower Valley Family support team have put a cheerful video together in the hope to lift your spirits and to remind you that they are still there for you.

You can contact the Lower Valley Support Team on 01484 368821.


And you can join them in a little dance with this uplifting video!


Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Calderdale

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Brighouse and Halifax Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) are now open with restrictions. Todmorden HWRC will open on Friday 22nd May 2020. Other HWRCs remain closed.


The three sites open on a restricted basis, with strict safety measures in place to protect both staff and visitors. Proof of postal address is required on entry (ie a utility bill or driver’s licence), only one person per car. Sites can only accept bagged general household waste, garden waste, wood, metal and bulky items of household waste such as old furniture, no electrical bulky items. Please do not bring any other types of waste or recycling. This is to ensure each visit is completed as quickly as possible. Staff cannot assist with unloading, so please only bring items you can safely carry alone.


Additional traffic management will be in place at Todmorden due to its location on a main road. For highway safety, entrance to Todmorden HWRC will be via left turn only. There will be no right turns into the HWRC, as queuing traffic from the Todmorden direction will be dangerous for other road users. Please approach from the Hebden Bridge direction. If you are travelling from Todmorden, please go past the HWRC for approximately 5 minutes and use the turning circle on A646 Halifax Road to enable you to approach Todmorden HWRC via the left.  Please see Frequently Asked Questions or our ‘Quick Check’ guide on the website for further information.


The Revive ad Re-use shop will remain closed until further notice.

Local RSPCA Pet Portrait Competition is open during Lockdown until May 24th

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The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch are searching for the next ‘Paw-Casso!’ as they officially open their virtual Pet Portrait Competition.


The competition welcomes all ages and capabilities and is open for entries until May 23rd. There are two classes available to enter – above 18’s and under 18’s – and the winner of each class will have their artwork displayed permanently at the Animal Centre on Wade Street, Halifax.


Entry by Che Adams 8 years old of Peggy The Pug

Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser says “Our virtual Pet Portrait Competition is a brand new event we’ve introduced during lockdown – we’re all spending more time with our pets, so why not try your hand at a pet portrait for some fun! We’ve already had some fabulous entries and we can’t wait to see more.”

Entry by Michael Waine – of Sally the RSPCA rescue dog

The ten finalists of the two classes will be announced on May 24th and the 1st place winners will be selected by the team at Yorkshire Payments and officially announced on May 25th.

The competition will help raise vital funds for the local RSPCA Branch and the animals in their care. With the support of the local community, the branch successfully rehomed over 500 animals during 2019.

For more information about the competition and the branch please visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or to enter your pet now visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/247463609644911/


“The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.”


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