West Yorkshire Fire Service
Along with demonstrations by police and other emergency services there will be dance displays, family entertainment, children’s rides and much more.
Please note there is no on-site parking so you are advised to travel by public transport.
An innovative new partnership has been developed in Calderdale between West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC). The fire service has been delivering Safe and Well visits to people in their homes across Calderdale since April 2017. These free-of-charge visits involve fire crews identifying potential fire risks within the home. WYFRS believe they’re delivering a quality service but wanted to find out from customers themselves, what they thought about the service they had received and whether they had acted on the advice and information given.
Together with VAC, the Quality Voice project was created and has been running since June 2017. Local volunteers are recruited and trained to contact people by phone and ask them how they found the experience. Volunteers attend VAC’s Resource Centre each month for a few hours to make the calls. The information collected is analysed by WYFRS and used to improve the service.
Martyn Greenwood, Calderdale District Commander for WYFRS, said
“Our partnership with VAC has been a great way for us to connect with the local community through volunteers. The volunteers have helped identify the high quality of our Safe and Well Visits and encouraged a culture of continuous improvement within WYFRS. We are very grateful to our customers and our volunteers for the vital feedback they give us each month.”
Hailey Dundavan, Quality Voice volunteer, said
“It has been unlike any volunteering I have been involved in before. Having WYFRS involved with us so closely has really helped to get a sense of the difference we are making.”
Adam Clark, Volunteering and Projects Manager at VAC, said
“Our team of volunteers are fantastic. They have a professional but relaxed phone manner and are able to connect with people in a unique way to gather feedback about services. The Quality Voice team have learnt some important skills through our partnership with WYFRS, not only gathering feedback but also offering follow-up support to people to ensuring they understand and implement the fire safety advice given by WYFRS. As the project continues to develop we would love new people to volunteer and join the Quality Voice team.”
To attract new volunteers to the Quality Voice project, VAC are holding a volunteer open day on Monday 26 February at the VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY between 11:00am–2:00pm. Anyone interested in the project is invited to attend; the fire service will be talking about the project and offering free home fire safety information to those who attend. There will also be a chance to find about VAC’s other volunteering roles which include delivering creative activities in care homes, offering a befriending service to older people and mystery shopping adult social care services.
Every day, the Council do a wide range of jobs you may not always be aware of. Some jobs, such as street cleaning, may be done in the early hours of the morning, while others, such as pest control, licensing and road safety may not be seen directly – but all contribute to making Calderdale a better place to live.
From Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 February, Calderdale Council will be out in Elland on the key themes of safer, cleaner, greener with partners including Together Housing,West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire Service.
Let’s be safer
We will be focusing on a range of things, including tackling problem parking outside schools, safety checks at bars and food hygiene inspections.
Let’s be cleaner
We will be doing a range of activities including litter picking, bin emptying, jet washing and de-odourising, plus spot fines for littering and fouling.
Let’s be greener
Some of the activities which will take place will include advice on recycling and pest control to residents and businesses. We will also be checking on air pollution.
The video below shows some of the things Calderdale Council and partners did during the first week of action held from 23 to 29 October 2016.
Calderdale Council is holding a Community Action Day in Whinney Hill on Thursday 30 July 2015.
The day will begin at 10am. Residents will be invited to carry out a community clean-up and bring out any household rubbish and bulky unwanted items for a one off pick up and removal FREE skips will be available for you – perfect excuse to have a good sort out!
In the afternoon there will be a number of activities available at the community centre for everyone to enjoy including:
Face painting, Sure Start Arts and Crafts, Community Garden Makers, Mobile Internet Bus, Recycling Team, Sick Of Being Skint , Employment Advisor, Working Wonders, Maltings College, Tombola, a chance to speak with the local PCSO’s, and Fire Service display.
Cycle training for ages 9 – 15
Whether you’re just starting out or already have some good skills and just want to use your bike more safely and more often.
The right level of Bikeability training will help you to develop the best habits that will keep you safe whenever you cycle.
Holiday Bikeability courses are held at Halifax, Illingworth and Todmorden fire stations, where bikes and helmets are available.
Courses run over two days; Level 1 and Level 2 for children aged 9 to 14 and Level 3 for more experienced riders aged 11 to 14.
Courses are FREE of charge and children who successfully complete the course are rewarded with a badge and certificate
For details of these courses see Do Something! If you just want to book please register at Book activities and classes or telephone 01422 341527.
For further details on Bikeability cycle training email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01422 392800.