The VSI Alliance are producing a Calderdale Winter Directory of all the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector support and services available to individuals over the Winter months. This may be promoting part of your regular service delivery or it may be Winter specific work the VCSE are providing.
As examples, the Winter Directory is aiming to include information on Mental Health Support, Wellbeing Sessions, Physical Activity, Food Support Services, Social Groups etc.
The directory has a very tight turnaround to collate the information so apologies for the short deadline for information.
To include your organisation or specific service, please complete the Microsoft Form via the link below byFriday 2nd December 2022.
West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) is all set to run an area wide ‘Together We Can’ campaign this winter. The campaign started in Calderdale and Kirklees is being rolled out across West Yorkshire to help people access health and care services at the right time and place.
The campaign encourages people to choose well and to opt for convenient self-care, where safe to do so during the winter months.
If everyone ‘chooses well’ it could really make a difference to already stretched services. Together we can make a real difference.
The campaign has an easy to navigate website [togetherwe-can.com]. Here you will find help and advice and tips for keeping well this winter, as well as other useful information on how to stay healthy.
Together we can protect each other this winter. Together we can make a real difference so please:
Access online services. You can book appointments or order repeat prescriptions through the NHS App. Visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111 if you need urgent medical help 24/7.
Remember GP practices are here to help and will ensure you get the right care appropriate for your needs.
Be COVID-19 aware. Take up vaccines and boosters and get a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Stay safe by following the latest COVID-19 restrictions.
Get the Flu vaccine. If you’re over 50, pregnant or have a long-term medical condition, get your free flu jab today.
Take good care this winter there’slots you can do to stay well and protect yourselves and others around you this winter.
Visit your local community pharmacy for medical advice and treatments for things like colds, tummy troubles, rashes, and pains.
We can all spread the kindness this winter by looking out for each other and our neighbours. Visit: ourneighbours.org.uk
This Winter, during the December school holidays, children and young people across Calderdale who are eligible for free school meals are getting the chance to access free holiday club places through our Healthy Holidays Calderdale programme.
The scheme provides enjoyable activities and nutritious meals for primary and secondary school-aged children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. We are developing inclusive places as part of Healthy Holiday provision.
We have contacted all families in Calderdale that are eligible, either by letter or email. There is no application needed – funding will be awarded automatically once they have provided bank details. All they need to do is follow the instructions in the letter/email and we will do the rest.
To date we have awarded almost £500k to over 4,500 families.
If you know anybody that has been contacted by us, please reassure them that this is legitimate and encourage them to take action.
Frequently Asked Questions and a link to the secure portal are now live on our website.
As the temperature plummets and the initial cold weather starts to become a long term reality, it may be time to consider reviewing your energy supplier.
Citizens Advice Calderdale has an Energy Champion ready to support you with this process and want everyone in Calderdale to be on the cheapest energy tariff and to have a warm home and keep healthy this winter.
What can we do?
Citizens Advice will train all your volunteers and front line workers on how to use comparison websites and give them the tips of the trade to saving their clients money.
We also take referrals for clients who need us to help them get some cheaper options for their utilities. This can be done over the phone.