Update

Local RSPCA delighted with Valentines support

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16730632_247690772343321_2921676189263606853_nThe RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District branch are thanking their supporters who joined in with their ‘Valentails appeal’ this year. The local branch which is entirely self funded, recently called upon the public to choose an animal at their centre to send a ‘Valentails’ card to to put a little love in their lives!

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator said

“Everyone here at the centre has been truly overwhelmed by the sheer number of cards received for our Valentails appeal. Every single animal received a card and we’ve had some incredibly generous donations too, it’s been very,very heart warming. We would like to thank every individual or organisation that has donated to this appeal, without your generosity we simply couldn’t continue the work we do for so many local animals in need.”

fullsizerenderThe branch received a total of 172 Valentines cards and raised a total of £400. Local after school club ‘Harlequins’ also got involved by making their own cards and even doing a bake sale to raise funds. Calder High School and the Upperthong Brownies also made cards and kindly donated to the appeal.

The branch hopes to continue with the appeal next year due to it’s success and would like to thank everyone who supported the appeal.

To find out more about the RSPCA Halifax & Huddersfield you can visit their website: www.rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk or to donate please Text RSPC40 £2 to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/rspcahalifax.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch are a completely 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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Elland Bridge due to open to pedestrians and cyclists next week

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The newly rebuilt Elland Bridge is expected to be open to pedestrians and cyclists by the end of next week – a key milestone in the final stage of construction before the expected full reopening of the bridge to traffic later this month… read more…

Walkers and cyclists on the new Elland Bridge will be able to admire the stonework, which is almost complete.

The majority of the original stones from the 1811, Grade II listed bridge were saved from the floods, catalogued, kept safely in storage and are being reused on the new bridge by a specialist stonemason.

An update from Elland & District Food Bank and Support Drop-In

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When we opened our doors in October 2015 we helped just one family in that first session. Now, one year later, we have 86 people registered with us and give food bags to 25 people on average every Saturday morning!

The Food Bank is open every Saturday morning at the Southgate Centre, Langdale Street in Elland from 10.15 a.m. until 11.45 a.m.  As well as a bag of food, customers are also offered a warm welcome, refreshments, and a friendly chat.

Any person wishing to access the food bank just needs to come along and register. They will be asked in confidence to explain their circumstances and we will do our very best to help them. We offer help to any family or single person living in Elland and district.

We are so indebted to the management and customers of Morrisons in Elland. Every Saturday morning we collect several trays of bread and produce from the store. Morrisons  donates all this food, which would otherwise have to go to waste. They also allow us to have a trolley in the store which customers fill every week, putting in a tin or two as they leave the store. We also receive many food donations from faith groups, local community groups, local businesses and individuals.

Financial donations are also important to us as they help with the running costs of the project such as building rent, insurance, packaging materials etc. The Food Bank is run entirely by volunteers and is funded solely by grant money or donations.

To make a food or financial donation, or to find out more about becoming a volunteer, contact Ann Mansfield (Secretary) on 01422 364620, or email to ellandfoodbank@gmail.com

The 2017 Voice Your Choice results are in!

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vyc-resultsRastrick Big Local would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote in the Theme Vote for Rastrick Big Local, Voice Your Choice 2017 – you have once again, made a huge contribution to making Rastrick a better place.

The voting closed on 18 September 2016 and a total of 503 votes were cast… a 63.8% increase on last years theme vote.

The results are as follows:

  • Category A – Health and Well Being – 200 votes
  • Category D – Community Safety – 153 votes
  • Category B – Leisure – 112 votes
  • Category C – Work and Money – 38 votes

In the coming months we will be contacting groups and organisations to determine if they would be interested in putting forward any proposal that could be delivered to improve health and wellbeing in Rastrick and your ideas are welcome!

If you are interested in putting forward a proposal then please contact Danny Leech at Rastrick Big Local on 07544 684954 or by email to danny.leechrblvyc@gmail.com

Innovative Police Liaison Scheme nominated for a national HSJ Award

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The Calderdale and Kirklees police liaison scheme has been nominated for an HSJ Award 2016, recognising the scheme for its innovation in mental health and the way that it has improved experiences of service users in crisis.

The HSJ Awards celebrate the finest achievements in the NHS and are seen as the most sought after accolade in British healthcare, being the biggest awards scheme of its kind in the world.

The police liaison scheme is run in Kirklees and Calderdale and involves mental health nurses working alongside officers at Halifax and Huddersfield police stations to recognise the signs of mental illness.

This ensures fewer people with mental health conditions are placed on Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, held in a cell or admitted to A&E when there are more appropriate ways of providing health care for them. The scheme also enables practitioners to visit victims and witnesses at home and support police officers at the scene of an incident.

The police liaison scheme is supported by the clinical commissioning groups in Calderdale and Kirklees and has had its funding extended, demonstrating how much of an impact the scheme has had in improving mental health services.

Read more about the scheme at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk

Look how far we’ve come! Celebrating Staying Well in Elland

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20160720_192855On Wednesday 20 July the Elland Staying Well Hub held an event to celebrate the achievements of the project in Elland, Stainland and Greetland so far.

Local community groups and organisations were invited along to Elland Cricket Athletic & Bowling Club to showcase their work in these areas. Those attending included Elland & District Partnership, Chit Chat Group, Bethesda Church, Cartwheel, Yorkshire Community Connections, Let’s Just Do It, CREW and Bluebird Care.

The Adult Brass class who received funding from the project, kicked off proceedings by playing three pieces for the attendees conducted by Sam Harrison.

20160720_193728Elland Staying Well Worker, Rachel Swaby then highlighted the work in the community over the last 18 months and how, through anecdotal evidence and statistical analysis, the Staying Well project has achieved the goals set out at its inception, which were to reduce loneliness and isolation in older people and create more connected communities.

Comments overheard during the night were unanimous in agreeing that “it’s been good for Elland…It’s just what Elland needed.”

Win Theaker of the Chit Chat Group said

The funding we got means we can stop panicking about money and plan ahead properly…expand the work we do, get bigger and better next year!”

whilst another community group member added

“I know most of us knew each other’s groups before, but it’s like we are more together now and we’ve also made new contacts and come out of our shells.”

A film titled ‘Real Stories’ was shown and gave a particularly touching recount of how the Staying Well project has helped 3 local residents when they needed it most, and was followed by an impromptu ‘Thank you’ speech to Rachel from a 96 year old member of the audience, who is also a member of several of the community groups that were present.

WomenCentre to provide Calderdale Staying Safe service

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WomenCentre is delighted to announce that it successfully tendered to provide Calderdale Council’s Domestic Abuse Support Services Contract. The newly contracted service starts on Friday 1 July 2016 and the service will be rebranded and publicised as ‘Calderdale Staying Safe’.

There will be one office phone number to contact the team for support for children, young people and adults: Monday to Friday / 9am to 5pm / (01422) 323339

The Calderdale Staying Safe office base will be at WomenCentre working closely with its existing Breaking the Cycle Team (funded by the Big Lottery).

Please see the team structure chart which provides information about both teams or click here to see some key aspects of the service.

Deadline lifted for funding to protect your home or business

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Deadlines have now been removed for applications to Calderdale Council’s Repair and Renew grant for owners of residential and business premises affected by the Boxing Day Flood in the Calder Valley.

Timescales for the applications have now been lifted, however, funds from the government are limited and people wanting to make an application should register their interest as soon as possible… read more…

More information about the grant is available on the Council’s website at: http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/environment/flooding/help-available.html

Business owners can contact the Business Support Team on 01422 392222 and residential property owners can get in touch with the Council’s Home Improvement Service on 01422 392199 for advice and support on how to apply.

Service bridge to be installed at Elland

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On Sunday 14 February, the Canal & River Trust will be installing a temporary bridge at the site of the flood damaged Elland bridge.

This bridge will be in addition to the pedestrian crossing point, installed last month, and will carry utilities such as water, gas, electricity cables and telecoms… read more…

While the new bridge is being installed, it will be necessary to close the junction of Elland Road and Park Road from 4am to 9pm on Sunday 14 February.

This closure means there will be no access via Park Road from Brighouse on to the A629 Calderdale Way for this period. However, access to Exley and from the Calderdale Way through to Brighouse will be unaffected.