The latest Disability Partnership Calderdale covers coronavirus news, the In Touch project, has lots of exercise ideas and links as well as a wealth of useful contacts for help and support.
Often when you’re involved in an emergency response either as a volunteer or a paid member of staff you don’t have time to sit back and reflect on the actions you have been taking or the wider context. All One Collective & Lab will be running 6 workshops for individuals who have taken their own community action during Covid-19, volunteers involved in mutual aid groups and local community organisations to reflect on their work and their involvement in the Covid-19 response.
The workshops will provide a space for participants to explore:
• Health: What do we mean by health? Holistic understandings of health, right to healthcare, community responses to health and wellbeing.
• Identity and values, our reasons for taking action, individual values and experiences, self-care tools, wellbeing and sustainability
• You and me: what is community? Who is included and excluded? Prejudice and discrimination. Power, what does it mean and who holds it? How do we empower ourselves and others?
• Taking Action: what has worked and what hasn’t? What have we learned? How do we have more impact? How can we be more effective? What does success look like?
• Connecting with and learning from Covid responders in other countries who are part of the Active Citizens network.
• Recovery: What does it look like? How do we build back better? Challenging inequality, building a low carbon economy.
The workshops will help participants to develop confidence and capacity to take further social actions both individually and collectively, and to learn from others involved in this work in Calderdale, nationally and from groups internationally.
The workshops will run on Zoom but with some offline activities integrated into the sessions. Each workshop builds on the previous one so whilst we understand some participants might not be able to attend all six, we would encourage participants to attend as many as possible.
The sessions will run from 10am -1pm (with a break)
The dates of the workshops are:
• 26th Jan
• 2nd Feb
• 9th Feb
• Week off for half-term)
• 23rd Feb
• 2nd March
• 9th March
The project is funded by the British Council.
If anyone interested would like to join but is worried about the digital aspect of the workshops, please do get in touch and we can talk about any further support you might need to help you participate.
For people interested in participating, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The OMI and Friday Flyer team have put together some helpful suggestions and a list of advice outlining the current coronavirus situation in Calderdale.
The list is by no means exhaustive. For current, uptodate information, always refer to official channels. These are listed at the end of this article.
The information in this article is accurate at the time of posting.
Stay at home is the advisory.
Only go for groceries or emergencies. You can also go out once for exercise.
If you have coronavirus symptoms: Isolate. Do not go to your GP. Call 111 for advice. Only request assistance if symptoms become severe.
If you must commute, observe social distancing where possible.
Always wear a face mask in closed spaces. If you are exempt from wearing face coverings, have supporting documentation at hand.
Children under the age of 11 do need a face mask.
Clinically vulnerable should shield
Covid and diabetes: Having diabetes does not make you more likely to catch coronavirus. It may make it worse however.
The vaccine is deemed to be safe.
Vaccination is prioritised for the elderly, vulnerable and keyworkers.
Do not contact the NHS requesting vaccination. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn.
As we do more online and there is concern, scams are on the rise.
Protect yourself online.
Be wary of people approaching you, selling coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine is presently not for sale.
For the latest Coronavirus information, visit:
Up to 25% of a home’s heat can be lost through the roof and if your attic room is not properly insulated, you could be wasting money on your energy bills. Following a successful application process, Calderdale Council will receive over £2million from the Government’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, to help improve the energy efficiency of low-income households (up to £30k household income or means tested benefits). The funding will be used to support residents living in the least energy efficient homes to make residents’ homes healthier, warmer and cheaper to heat as well as helping to reduce carbon emissions and tackle the climate emergency.
Eligible households could receive the work, either fully-funded or significantly discounted. The work will be carried out by Better Homes and Yorkshire’s delivery partner, Halifax-based, Eclipse Energy, energy efficient home improvement experts and winners of the 2019 Sustainable Business Award for Calderdale.
This offer is only available for a limited time! Find out more today by calling Eclipse Energy direct on 01422 414850, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The first week of February 1-7 is dedicated to Children’s Mental Health.
Place2Be.org.uk have prepared a series of activities, workshops and information to promote awareness and direct to sources of assistance for those in need.
Including an incredible half-day conference (watch live or buy ticket to watch the recording at your discretion) “Creativity as a healing tool: connecting mind body and imagination”. With keynotes from Lemn Sissay and Besseel Van Der Kolk.
For more information, visit Place2Be.org.uk