covid-19

Our Calderdale: Living under the Shadow of Covid April 11

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Join us for a free, on-line event about Disability and Health issues in Calderdale on April 11th from 2.00 – 4.30pm.  It will be our opportunity to present our findings from our community research from a grass-roots perspective.

Over the last year we have listened to Hardly Heard voices from different communities across Calderdale about their experiences of living under the Shadow of Covid on themes of Disability and Health.  It will also be your opportunity to ask questions about our research as well as of the community researchers from diverse communities who belong to our research team and represent grass-roots organisations in Calderdale.

Please register via https://crag-disability-research.eventbrite.co.uk

Download the flyer here

We are also keen to continue this dialogue and discussion after the event.  We recognise that our efforts have been relatively invisible so far and hope that we can collaborate with a broader coalition of people to pursue any actions which may come in its wake.   One possibility is to explore the potential of setting up an independent Citizens Forum to enable concerns about Disability and Health to be expressed and responded to more effectively across Calderdale and with a democratic basis based upon the principle of genuine co-production.

We welcome your ideas and suggestions both at the event and afterwards on how best to go about this.  We are also keen to pursue efforts for an inclusive and supportive Calderdale in line with our support from the Connection Coalition at the Jo Cox Foundation and the Community Organisers movement in the UK.

I will endeavour to respond to all of your queries and suggestions but please bear with me if I do not always respond immediately because I am presently immersed in other conversations about the War in Ukraine and our practical response to it in the Calder Valley, UK and indeed across Europe.

Halifax Minster – Covid Memorial Service March 20

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Halifax Minster, on behalf of the whole Calderdale community, is organising a service to commemorate the second anniversary of the Covid pandemic and the start of lockdown. The service will be the opportunity to remember the 459 residents of Calderdale who have died due to Covid and to give thanks for the hard work of all the keyworkers of Calderdale during the past two years to help maintain community life.

At the service a candle will be lit for each person who has died and an artwork installation to remember all those affected by the pandemic will be on display for the first time. The artwork, made up of the thousands of prayer cards and messages hung on our Remembrance Trees over the past 2 years, will be hung in the Minster’s tower in front of the West Window where it can be seen from inside and out. It will be floodlit with the colours of the rainbow to represent the hope shown by communities during the difficult times of the pandemic.

You would be most welcome to join us at the service on Sunday March 20th at 4pm . Please feel free to pass on this invitation to others who may wish to attend.

With every good wish

Andy Barber

www.halifaxminster.org.uk

Carer-Focussed Rapid-Learning Pandemic Legacy Projects – Up to £10k by 31st January

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Carer-Focussed Rapid-Learning Pandemic Legacy Projects – Up to 10k Available for Successful Projects – Deadline Monday 31st January at 17:00!

The Commitment to Carers Programme team of NHS England & NHS Improvement is looking forward to receiving project bids from Voluntary Sector organisations on the theme of capturing learning and best practice around supporting unpaid carers / family members during the COVID pandemic response, including increasing uptake of vaccination of unpaid carers.

Our belief is that there have been innovative approaches developed at a local/ community level for which some funding will help to evaluate, sustain, communicate and spread best practices for wider benefit and inform and embed more collaborative ways of working going forward.

Submission deadline: 17.00hrs Monday 31st January 2022. 

For More Information – Click Here to Download the Supporting Document!Click Here to Download the Project Bid Form! If you have any queries email: england.nhsthinkcarer@nhs.net and put NHS E&I Carer Spring 2022 Project in the subject line for easy identification.

Helping you stay safe, well and Winter Wise

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[taken from Calderdale news]

Winter wise

 

Residents in Calderdale will soon receive important advice to support them to stay warm, safe and well throughout this winter.

The latest version of the Winter Wise guide is being sent to all households in Calderdale, with updated advice on a range of topics to help support residents through the winter period.

The guide has been created by Calderdale Council in partnership with the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and is also available to view at www.calderdale.gov.uk/winter. It contains important advice to help with issues that we may have during winter months, such as preparing for extreme weather events, energy saving tips and how to boost mental wellbeing.

This year’s guide also includes extra information about how we can boost our immunity this winter, with specific guidance on the COVID-19 booster campaign and flu jabs and the importance of getting these vaccines. There’s also a section providing further advice for those with health conditions such as diabetes and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

To support local health and care services and reduce pressures on these services, the guide also signposts people to the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This includes support on self-care and the use of local pharmacies, as well as advice about contacting GP surgeries or seeking urgent emergency care. More information is also available at https://togetherwe-can.com/

Read the full article on Calderdale news

UK Covid19 restrictions to contain new Omicron variant

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[ Excerpt from the Guardian, read full article ]

The Government is putting in place additional restrictions following more occurrences of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus.

Face coverings are now Mandatory in all indoor spaces, including shops, public transport (buses, trains, etc).

All arrivals to the UK must take a PCR on or before day 2 of arrival and self isolate until they receive a negative result.

 

Boris Johnson has expressed “absolute confidence” that people will enjoy a better Christmas this year than last, despite reimposing a range of restrictions – including compulsory mask-wearing – to combat the new, highly transmissible Omicron variant of Covid-19.

 

The Omicron variant can affect those who are doubly vaccinated and has a higher re-infection rate.

You are encouraged to receive a booster jab if it has been 6 months since your 2nd vaccination.

The vaccination for 12-15 year olds is now rolled out.

 

For accurate information visit:


www.nhs.uk

GOV.uk : https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Winter Vaccination Walk-in Clinic at the Piece Hall Nov 20-21

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There is a unique opportunity to receive your Covid-19 jab and the NHS flu jab this weekend at the Piece Hall. No appointment needed and all three doses (1st, 2nd and booster) will be available!

Saturday 20th November, 10am-2pm
Sunday 21st November, 10am-4pm

Vaccinations will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Covid first and second doses available for anyone 16+.
Please note, you need to wait at least 8 weeks from your first dose to receive the second dose.

Booster jabs available for those who had their second dose on or before the 22nd May 2021.

Please note that people who are severely immunosuppressed should bring a letter from their specialist or GP confirming the need for a third primary dose to receive this additional vaccination.

Public Health COVID key messages for Calderdale

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The following key messages describe the current coronavirus situation in the area of Calderdale. Please take a moment to read.

1.1 Calderdale has the highest rates it has ever had Public Health. Not everyone is aware of how widespread across the age groups the high rates are.

1.2.    Business continuity is going to be massively affected over the coming weeks due to the high rates, as it is likely more people will have to isolate.

1.3.    Promote Lateral Flow Tests take up and be clear that if anyone has symptoms, they must take a PCR test.

1.4.    Respect people’s different views and show kindness to each other – some people are happy everything is opening up and some are very concerned.

Be respectful. Be considerate. Be kind.

Prime Minister announces new lockdown on 4th January 2021

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PM Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Monday January 4th at 8pm, announcing the necessity of new stricter measures to control the spread of coronavirus and in particular the new variant.

The decision was made due to a spike in infection rates. The numbers are the highest witnessed since March 2020. There is considerable strain on the National Health Service and it is hoped the new measures will help delay the spread.

Consequently, those who are able to work from home must do so. All schools will remain closed.

The new measures are set to remain in place until at least the middle of February.

More information will be provided as we receive it.

Gov.UK: Prime Minister’s address to the nation 4 January 2021 8pm

Calderdale current Coronavirus information

 

Coronavirus: National Restrictions from November 5th, 2020

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For the most Up to date Coronavirus information visit Calderdale Council website here

 

In the effort to tackle the spread of Coronavirus, as of Thursday 5th of November the whole of England will be entering new restrictions. Once the new national restrictions have been approved by parliament, they are projected to last until the 2nd of December.
The new restrictions are these:
  • People need to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  • Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  • Closing certain businesses and venues.
  • Preventing non-essential travel including holidays.

For more information, please see: GOV.UK – New National Restrictions from 5 November.

Until then Calderdale remains in Tier 2.

There will be additional restrictions in Calderdale, please read Calderdale Council guidelines.

Calderdale Changes To COVID-19 Restrictions from Monday November 2

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For the most Up to date Coronavirus information visit Calderdale Council website here
Calderdale and West Yorkshire are moving into Tier 3 (“Very high”) restrictions as of one minute past midnight on the morning of Monday 2 November 2020.
As a result, there will be additional restrictions on people and businesses across the borough. The Council website will be updated with all the latest information on the Tier 3 restrictions from tomorrow.
For more detail please read our statement from our Leader, Cllr Tim Swift below.