North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 14 August 2020 – OUT NOW!

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New this week:

  • Museum Mondays virtual sessions with the Bankfield Museum
  • Message for everyone to keep infection rates down in Calderdale
  • RiSE Calderdale housing project is empowering young people
  • Local RSPCA first ever Digital Cat Show for Cats in Urgent Need

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Museum Mondays virtual sessions with the Bankfield Museum

Join Bankfield Museum for Museum Mondays and Discover each week a different online activity for 4- 12 year olds:

  • Mini dig;
  • Pirate adventure;
  • Stories;
  • Crafts;
  • Experiments and more.

To join us on Facebook, please visit: Calderdale Libraries Facebook .

To watch this and other Discover content after the scheduled events, please visit: Calderdale Libraries on YouTube .

Message for everyone to keep infection rates down in Calderdale

With Calderdale measuring higher infection rates and new restriction in place, Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health, Calderdale Council has released the following message (Abbreviated).

This is a request that we all do our part in reducing incidents of Coronavirus in Calderdale.

I’m asking for your help today to bring the infection rate down. This is important to us all for many reasons. We all want to get our freedoms back so we can visit family and friends outside our households.

How we can protect ourselves and our loved ones:

  • Wash or sanitise hands frequently
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene – Catch it, Kill it, Bin it
  • Avoid gatherings, crowded places and close contact with others
  • Don’t visit or have visits from people outside your household or support bubble in homes or gardens. This includes care home visiting
  • If you do come into contact with people outside your household/ bubble observe social distancing – 2 metres. This may not apply in your workplace depending on your job
  • Wear a face covering, in enclosed spaces where there are people outside your household bubble (other than at work) such as in shops, taxis, places of worship, visits to NHS services

For those if us who have symptoms or have been in contact with someone with the virus

  • If you get symptoms, stay at home for 10 days, self-isolate and book a test online by visiting the NHS  website, there are different ways you can get a test to suit your circumstances, including walk-up, home delivery and drive in
  • If you are contacted by the test and trace service and told you have been in contact with a confirmed covid-19 case, follow the advice you are given. This will be to stay at home for 14 days
  • If you need support because you have been advised to self-isolate visit Calderdale Council website and click on coronavirus on the front page if you can’t get online call 01422 392890.

Many of us will know people who are medically vulnerable to serious effects of Covid-19 and will want to ensure that the infection rate remains low to protect them, as the national shielding programme ends and we prepare for winter demands on health and care services.

Many of us will be concerned about children’s education and recognise that they being able to return to school may mean that we need to make sacrifices in other parts of our lives.

It’s also important that we all understand that if we are to successfully implement these actions, our infection rate will increase before it reduces. This is because we need to find more people with Covid-19, so that they can be supported to isolate to reduce the spread of virus. This increase before the decrease has been seen in other areas that have successfully reduced the infection rate.

Because of our high infection rate, Calderdale has been given the opportunity to deliver a local Covid-19 contact tracing service to work hand-in-hand with the national NHS Test and Trace service. This will be launched on Friday 14th August, subject to approval at a meeting with Government on that day. Local contact tracing will work by details of contacts of people who have tested positive for Covid-19, that have not been reached by the national service within 48 hours, being passed to the local public health team. We will then try to contact them, by text, phone or by knocking on their doors, to give them advice and support to self-isolate. The local service will be delivered by a partnership between Calderdale Council, local NHS organisations, local businesses and local voluntary and community groups, all of whom have in-depth knowledge of local communities, that no national service can ever be expected to have.

The Council and Police are working hard to support local businesses and workplaces implement the restrictions to protect their staff and customers. We are visiting premises across the borough to offer support, but if we find organisations that are breaching the regulations, and that are unwilling to implement the improvements we recommend, we will take enforcement action.

You can keep up to date with the Covid-19 situation in Calderdale on the Council’s coronavirus webpages here

Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health, Calderdale Council

Calderdale project wants to support more young people during these strange times

engage a Calderdale mentoring project by Newground Together, part of Together Housing Group, is supporting young people to realise their potential.

The project run by a team of dedicated Youth Workers aims to help 8 – 17-year olds who are Together Housing residents in Calderdale. Through early support and help the project aims to help young people to realise their potential, develop self-confidence and reduce risk taking behaviour.

With the current situation with coronavirus, the team knows children and young people may be struggling more than usual with their mental health and risk-taking behaviour.

engage can offer you and your family:

  • A designated Youth Worker
  • Support to identify what is going well and areas that need a helping hand such as school attendance, positive friendships, confidence building and staying safe online and in the community.
  • A tailored support plan with personal goals identified by your son/daughter which should empower them to explore their behaviours and actions.
  • Support to access activities with their peer group and signposting to specialist services.

Samantha Harrison, Senior Sustainability Advisor at Newground Together, said: “We aim to start early when supporting young people in this project. This way young people have more time to start questioning previous risky behaviour and, most importantly, begin to see the potential in themselves.”

For more information you can:

Call: 07860 952814




RiSE Calderdale housing project is empowering young people

A Calderdale Housing Project called RiSE is aiming to empower young people to live independently.

RiSE is a housing project by Newground Together, part of Together Housing Group, that is educating 16 to 24-year olds about the responsibilities of having their own home. The programme involves group work and one to one mentoring which aims to increase resilience, independence, and self-confidence in young adults to empower them to sustain their tenancy.

The programme offers:

  • A designated Youth Worker local to you.
  • Individual support plan focused on the skills needed to manage their tenancy and household finances.
  • Support plans are tracked and monitored to see how you are doing. They are reviewed every 3 months to reflect the support you need.
  • Group work and social activities so you can meet young people in similar situations.
  • Access to specialist services such as mental health and employment support.

To find out more about the programme you can contact:

  • Email:
  • Call Samantha Harrison, Senior Project Officer: 07860 952814
  • Call Stephen Bedeu, Project Officer: 07793 618769
  • Call Abbi McHale, Project Officer: 07971 802978

Lead the Way August 2020 eBulletin

The latest Lead the Way eBulletin is out with helpful resources for clients and carers, organisations that can support you and information on their online sessions.


Download Lead The Way August 20 eBulletin

CREW Heart Support Group announce launch of their website

CREW Heart Support  group  are  pleased  to invite you to their updated website.


Through this forum they can bring back their wide range of activities, including their guided walks and a library of rotating exercises for all levels of fitness.

Visit to learn more about their work, how they can help you and what ways they can offer to help you maintain your fitness levels. There is also information about their plans for upcoming Zoom classes and events.

These exercises are provided with help from their Cardiac Rehabilitation trained hub Instructors and voluntary Walk Leaders.

Visit CREW Heart support website: