Do you sit at a desk all day? Simple ways to add some exercise to your routine!

With many of us having to work from home at present and the lack of going out options, despite this uncharacteristically lovely weather, there are still ways to incorporate some exercise in our daily routine.

Do you sit at a desk all day? Does your 9 to 5 leave no time for structured exercise..?

Read this document for ideas to add movement to your day

At these times especially it is crucial to keep active. This will help both with our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, in order to best cope with having to remain indoors.

VSI Alliance Announcement – Current list of Calderdale based Voluntary & Community Organisations with disruption to their services during coronavirus

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

Current list of Calderdale based Voluntary & Community Organisations with disruption to their services during coronavirus

As part of the local response to the measures linked to COVID-19, we are asking local voluntary and community sector organisations to share local intelligence with us in terms of what is happening on the ground and what you are seeing and hearing which we need to know and which we can respond to ensure vulnerable communities remain in view and supported.

A central volunteering hub has been established via the Council website: http://news.calderdale.gov.uk/council-sets-out-plan-to-co-ordinate-community-response-to-covid-19/
Plans are being now being developed for virtual locality based volunteering hubs to be developed to ensure we collectively keep people volunteering as local as possible.  To enable this approach we would be grateful if you could review the following questions and respond back to the VSI Alliance regarding what is happening locally and what current volunteering capacity the sector has.  We understand there are restrictions on movement, however we are looking at how volunteers can safely support people who are vulnerable at this time.  The questions are as follows:

Gathering intelligence through our sector:

  1.     What is happening on the ground and what you are seeing and hearing which we need to know and which we can respond to ensure vulnerable communities remain in view and supported?
  2.     Do you have any needs we can help with?

Understanding need for and availability of volunteer capacity across localities in Calderdale:

  1.     Do you have any staff who currently cannot carry out their day job but would be able to support some volunteer activity to support vulnerable communities/people?  Can you provide approximate numbers at this stage if you have staff available for volunteering activity?
  2.     Do you have volunteers who have been through the DBS checking service who could support needs at a locality level?  If so, could you provide initially, the number of volunteers?
  3.     Do you need volunteers and if so what do you require them for?

Please send all responses to jake@nbforum.org.uk.

We thank you in advance and please note that for all general support and enquiries the VSI Alliance team can be contacted on 01422 348777 or by emailing jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk.

VAC member webinar invitation to wider sector – 1 April
VAC are facilitating an opportunity for local Voluntary & Community groups in their membership to have a virtual meeting place to ensure we remain connected, ensure there is a platform for peer support and where we can discuss the current impact on the sector from COVID-19 and help each other to look at viable solutions to support the individuals and communities who rely on the invaluable services the VCS provides. We hope to be able to look at the themes as they emerge and to put in a collective emergency response to Local Government and Health: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/calderdale-vcs-coronavirus-peer-support-webinar-tickets-100393313102

We would also like to announce that as of close of play Wednesday 25th March 2020, the VAC building will be closed.  Phone and email contact remains unaffected.  For organisations that need to submit their accounts to Helen Galvin from WYCAS, please email Helen (helen.galvin@wycas.org.uk) who will make the necessary arrangements directly with organisations.

Good Practice for Working with People and Communities during the COVID-19 Outbreak
This short document has been produced by the NHS England and NHS Improvement Public Participation team. It is intended to offer some practical advice and suggestions for Engagement Practitioners and others working with people and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Charity Excellence Emergency Funder List – Now 50+
Details and links to emergency funding for charities.

Changes to Sexual Health Service Provision
Important notice from the Integrated Sexual Health Service.

British Association for Sexual Health (BASHH) COVID-19 Guidance
The British Association for Sexual Health (BASHH) has issued draft guidance on the provision of sexual health services to the community during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

£3.2 Million Emergency Support for Rough Sleepers during Coronavirus Outbreak
Press release from GOV.UK: Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announces £3.2 million emergency funding to help rough sleepers to self-isolate.

COVID-19 £1 Million Foodbank Support
B&M appreciates that many households will be facing extreme hardship due to the current crisis. Each of their stores are authorised to provide a local foodbank with a £1,500 donation, so they can buy essential groceries, cleaning goods and toiletries.

NCVO: Volunteers Responding To Coronavirus
Information on how to sign up as a volunteer, helping out in communities and guidance.

Staying Safe Domestic Abuse Support – Coronavirus (COVID 19) update (from 18/03/20)

If you are affected by any aspect of Domestic Abuse Calderdale’s Staying Safe team can help by providing telephone support including domestic abuse support, safety advice and access to legal advice. To access support please phone: 01422 323339 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).

 

Please note that in In line with Government and Public Health advice we are not meeting clients face to face and our drop-in sessions in Todmorden and open access sessions at WomenCentre in Halifax are not currently running.

We will provide an update if the situation or advice changes.  Please see our website for more information and for contact details for national domestic violence helplines:  http://calderdalestayingsafe.org.uk/

 

https://halifaxnorthandeast.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/9208-calderdale-staying-safe-flyer-a6-amended.pdf

Changes to Sexual Health Service provision

Important notice from the Integrated Sexual Health Service; Queue and wait clinics are suspended until further notice.  If you require our service you must ring clinic on 01422 261370 or 261365 to be triaged over the phone and an appointment will be offered where appropriate.

We apologise for the inconvenience but must take all reasonable precautions in line with medical advice and government guidance.

We also have an “Ask the expert” section on the website which can be used to make non-urgent queries and a member of our clinical staff will reply as soon as possible.  Further information on service provision or changes will be posted here or through Facebook and twitter.

….and finally don’t forget our condoms by post service https://sexualhealth.cht.nhs.uk/information-and-advice/condoms-by-post/

Emotional health and wellbeing support for children and young people during coronavirus

Feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the news around coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandable, especially for those children and young people who are struggling with their mental health or you have a physical illness. They may be feeling worried about their own health, or someone in their family, or what impact the virus will have on life as a whole.

Open Minds have created a section on Calderdale’s emotional health and wellbeing website where children, young people, parents, carers, family members, school staff and colleagues can find tips, support,  advice and information about looking after your self in these uncertain times.

Please share this link far and wide with children, young people, their families and colleagues you work with

www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk

Halifax Long March 2020 Cancelled

The 2020  Halifax Long March has been cancelled. The following message appears at the official website:

Halifax Long March:

It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Halifax Long March.

Given the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic it was felt that it would not be in the best interest of our walkers, helpers or committee members to proceed with the event at this time.

We will be contacting all parties involved over the next few days to fully explain our decision and to arrange refunds of walker registration fees.

The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all our walkers, helpers and charity associates for your interest and support and we hope to see you all again in 2021. ”

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VSI Alliance Announcement – Voluntary and Community organisations COVID19 disruption

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Current list of Calderdale based Voluntary & Community Organisations with disruption to their services during coronavirus

Arts Council England Update During COVID-19
Arts Council England has announced that its regularly funded organisations will continue to receive funding and that funding conditions will not apply for at least three months. They are also planning to refocus grant programmes to help compensate individual artists and freelancers. They have published a COVID-19 information page, which will be updated with the latest guidance as the situation develops.

London Funders Statement On COVID-19
London Funders has coordinated a statement from its members and other funders (including those outside of London) that commits to a number of measures to support the changing needs of grantees.

Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) Call Update
Given the ongoing COVID-19 incident the Managing Authority has extended the deadline for the current SUD Round 6 Call until 23:59 30th June 2020 to allow more time for applicants to respond given the extraordinary circumstances.

Turn2us COVID-19 Update
“Following the most recent developments with the Coronavirus pandemic, Turn2us is working hard to ensure we can continue to provide support to people during this period. As a charity, we are committed to making sure everyone who accesses our services and support; our staff; and our volunteers, remain fully supported throughout.”

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Support for Children & Young People during COVID-19
Open Minds have created a section on their website where children, young people, parents, carers, family members, school staff and colleagues can find tips, support, advice and information about looking after yourself in these uncertain times.

Martin Lewis – MoneySavingExpert Funding
Martin Lewis aka the MoneySavingExpert, has made £1m available to fund urgent small-charity coronavirus poverty relief.

Early Years Preventative Work – Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust
Applications of up to £5,000 can be submitted between 16 March and 28 April 2020 to support small and medium sized charities with small sums of unrestricted funding during this difficult period.

Funding For Creatives Affected By COVID-19
Calderdale Local Cultural Education Partnership has been in conversation with the Community Foundation for Calderdale, and are going to be launching a fund aimed at Calderdale creatives to a) make small grants to freelancers and orgs facing financial hardship and b) provide art materials to disadvantaged children and families who might not have access to them whilst they’re in isolation.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Weekly Update
This week’s leadership message comes from Rob Webster, CEO at South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust and lead CEO for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

Acas Updated Coronavirus Guidance
Acas Coronavirus advice for employers and employees has been updated. They have also released new guidance on homeworking and supporting employees who have been asked to work remotely due to the Coronavirus pandemic.