Elland District Partnership

Get Involved – Join Elland & District Partnership

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The Elland & District Partnership are still looking for interested people to join them in their various activities to improve the Town.

They meet bi-monthly and try to influence any decisions which affect the area. If you are interested and wish to help, their next Open Meeting is on 10 October at Willow Court starting at 7pm.

They would certainly look forward to meeting you there.

For further information email Joe on joeb555@outlook.com

Community Grants Panel Ballot Results

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The Small Grants Panel Ballot has now taken place and the votes have provided a conclusive result with a warm welcome given to the following Panel representatives:

Communities of Interests Representative:
Pat Akerman of Heath Stroke Club Care Services

Community Groups Representative:
Brian Mansfield of Elland & District Partnership

Other Voluntary Organisations Representative:
Susan Thorpe of Citizens Advice Calderdale

If you have any queries regarding the Small Grants Scheme please contact Steve Martin on 01422 392317

The next deadline for Small Grants (up to £3000) and Community Festival & Events Fund (up to £5000) is Tuesday 3 May 2016. Information and application forms can be found at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/community/grants/voluntarygroups/index.html

Success for Elland at the Calderdale Citizen Celebration Awards

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Citizen Celebration NomineesCalderdale Council has always celebrated the work of individuals who have contributed to their communities and to recognize the efforts of outstanding individuals within Calderdale the Citizen Celebration Award was established in 2014.

To encourage and enable participation, the award was promoted through Ward Forums, councillors, partner organisations and local networks and this year there were 50 nominations from the 17 council wards with one or more nominations in each ward.

Joe Braithwaite and Mayor Lisa LambertThe Ward Councillors in each area worked with Neighbourhood Teams to put a winner forward who would represent their area at the Calderdale Citizen of the Year Celebration event held on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at Halifax Town Hall.

The Civic Advisory Group went through all the nominees put forward to choose the winner Mr Joe Braithwaite, chairman of the Elland and District Partnership, who was awarded a certificate and a contribution of £250 for a community initiative by the Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Lisa Lambert.

Christmas day event spreads joy in Elland

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Staff and VolunteersSadly, thousands of older people in the UK spend the festive season on their own, and in Calderdale over 200 older people won’t have received Christmas presents this year.

Local group ‘Let’s just do it Elland’, sponsored by Elland & District Partnership and supported by a team of volunteers held a festive feast with exciting entertainment at Elland Cricket Club on Christmas Day, to bring festive cheer to isolated people aged over 65 in the local community which saw over 30 elderly people come together and receive gifts Dancingwhen they would usually celebrate Christmas alone.

Guests gathered for a three course lunch and enjoyed a traditional brass band, a singer performing 1940s and 1950s classics and many local businesses donated goods which added to the overall success of the day with 100% positive feedback and early requests to repeat the event next year already received.

Door to door transport was also provided in mini buses loaned from the Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax, driven by volunteers and a number of meals were delivered to the homes of those unable to attend.

GuestsElland & District Partnership is one of four community ‘hubs’ in the borough, established as part of ‘Staying Well’ – a project by Calderdale Council and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to help tackle loneliness and isolation in older people, improve wellbeing and create more connected communities whilst reducing GP and hospital visits as well as early entry into residential care.

The project helped to fund the event on Christmas Day, as well as many other activities this year to bring lonely people together – from lunch clubs and coach trips to IT training, befriending, exercise classes and many more.

Rachel Swaby the Staying Well support worker in Elland said:

“The ‘Let’s Just Do It’ Christmas lunch provided a great opportunity to bring together people on Christmas Day who would otherwise have spent the day alone. Staying Well supports and encourages events such as these within the local community – helping individuals become more connected and less isolated. We understand that people thrive when they have company and things to do.”

Cllr Simon Young, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Engagement, said:

“Loneliness affects thousands of people all year round, but at times like Christmas it can be especially hard, and having company and support becomes even more important. It’s heart-warming that as well as connecting people throughout the year, the Staying Well project has helped to spread some festive cheer this Christmas. I’d like to thank all the hubs and community groups who continue to help us tackle loneliness and isolation in Calderdale.”

For further information about the Staying Well Hub in Elland contact Rachel Swaby on 01422 392708

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