Want to be part of the West Yorkshire Mayor’s Innovation Prize?

Are you aged 16-26?

Do you want to learn creative ways to solve the big challenges of today?

Do you have a business idea that address environmental challenges in West Yorkshire?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on!

Join us for an exciting innovation journey, where you will learn the tools and techniques to develop new ideas and make them happen. We will also be sharing information about how to enter the Mayor’s Innovation Prize, which is awarding £10,000 to 16-25 year olds for new ideas on how to address environmental challenges in West Yorkshire.

  • Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre
  • Oct 5th 1.00 – 2.30pm
  • For 16-26 year olds
  • Free lunch provided

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/giving-innovation-a-go-the-mayors-innovation-prize-tickets-427789007437

Introduction to the DBS Service – 6th October

VSI Alliance:Introduction to the DBS Service Session – 6th October, 11:30 – 12:30

Delivered by the new Regional Consultant (Via Zoom) from DBS service, this free session is for anyone who needs to know a little bit about DBS but not in great depth.

We’ll be looking at the rile of the Disclosure and Barring service, understanding the checks and eligibility, how “Regulated Activity” with children and adults is defined (and what this means in practice)… Along with how to get support from the service. To book please email info@vsialliance.org.uk. 

Illingworth Messenger October 2022

Welcome to the October issue of the Illingworth Messenger with encouraging autumnal messages.

View Latest Illingworth Messenger here

Previous issues of the Illingworth Messenger and homepage

The Illingworth Messenger is full of useful information about activities, businesses, news and initiatives around Illingworth and Ovenden.

The messenger lists the church service schedules for Holy Nativity, St Malachy’s and Illingworth Moor Methodist Church and scout meeting times.

Don’t forget the entertainment and puzzles section.

Please note the links to the messengers are external to Halifax North and East. These links are valid at the time of posting but we cannot guarantee their validity.

Get your flu and Covid jabs booked and be winter ready

[ Message from Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health and Jackie Addison, Head of HR&OD – abbreviated ]

COVID-19 Autumn 2022 Boosters overview

With flu season nearly upon us and COVID-19 continuing to circulate, we are encouraging you to protect yourself and others from serious illness at this critical time.As well as the infection prevention measures we have been using during the pandemic, you can boost your immunity by:

  • having a flu jab – Check your eligibility for a free jab
  • having the COVID-19 booster vaccine, if you are eligible

The COVID-19 booster and the flu vaccine can be given on the same day.  We advise that you get each vaccine as soon as you can, rather than wait to get both.

Additionally, those working in care homes could be offered the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 or flu vaccine when roving teams visit care homes, however this may not always be possible.

Free flu vaccinationWhile it’s important to get the flu jab every year, it’s particularly important this year.There has been more flu circulating this year in the Southern Hemisphere than in recent years and the flu season started earlier than usual, so we can anticipate a similar situation in the UK. As well as this, the measures we have taken to avoid catching COVID-19 have meant that for the last couple of years we were also less likely to catch flu, so there may be less natural immunity in the community this year.You are more likely to get seriously ill and end up needing hospital care if you have COVID-19 and flu at the same time. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) found that people who have COVID-19 and flu at the same time were almost six times more likely to die compared to people with neither.  So please keep doing everything you can to avoid infection.If you are already eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS you should get it through that route. You will have probably already received an invite.  If you’re not sure, one of the participating pharmacies can check when you go along and can still give you a jab even if you’re eligible for a free one on the NHS. If you have any questions about the scheme, or are not sure if you are eligible or not, please email joanne.ngan@calderdale.gov.uk.

As well as all Calderdale Council staff, the free flu vaccine is available through this scheme for employees of some of our partner organisations, where they are not eligible to get it on the NHS.  Specifically employees who work in:

  • Calderdale care settings, including domiciliary care
  • Early years settings and early years providers
  • Primary, secondary, specialist and post-16 education providers

Get your COVID-19 booster vaccination

The NHS is offering Autumn boosters to people at greatest risk from COVID-19 to help increase their immunity from the virus during the winter months. COVID-19 is still with us and people can still become very ill or die from the virus. Having your booster will ensure you continue to have the best protection against the virus through the winter months. The NHS will invite eligible people to make an appointment when it is their turn so please wait to be contacted.  This invite will provide all the information on how to book an appointment.  Frontline Health and Social Care Workers do not need to wait to be invited and can self-declare their status and book an appointment here or ring 119. You can have your seasonal booster (Autumn booster) if it’s been at least 3 months since you had your previous dose.  If you have not had a 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet, you should have them as soon as possible.For more information on eligibility and to book your Covid booster vaccine, visit the NHS website.

More information about the Flu Vaccine and Covid Autumn Booster on Gov.uk

September Update from Jill Webb Training

The period from Easter to Summer has been extremely busy.  I have delivered a variety of courses… from Safeguarding to First Aid to Working with Childcare courses, targeted at those people interested in working with children, a bespoke course developed for safeguarding leaders in charities and other courses.  The variety of my course offerings is one of the things I really enjoy about my role.

Read full updates here

Free Courses for West Yorkshire Residents from Jobskilla!

The following courses are free for West Yorkshire Residents.

Click the image of each course to make a referral.

5 Day Supply Chain Logistics

Online Course

Start Date: Monday 3rd October

Completion Date: Friday 7th October

Guaranteed Job Interviews on Completion

Supply Chain Logistics – CLICK HERE

5 Day Digital Skills

Online Course

Start Date: Monday 3rd October

Completion Date: Friday 7th October

Digital Skills – CLICK HERE

 

5 Day Construction

Online Course

Start Date: Monday 10th October

Completion Date: Friday 14th October

Construction – CLICK HERE

 

For further information contact Donna Ham on either:
Mob: 
07877092832 or Email: donna.ham@jobskilla.co.uk

Nominations are open for the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards 2022

The Community Foundation for Calderdale are proud to announce that nominations are open for the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards which will be held at The Venue, Barkisland on 24th November 2022 celebrating the Not-for-profit sector in our borough.

Categories include New Charity of the Year, Fundraising Campaign of the Year, Best Marketing Campaign, Young Community Champion, Outstanding Individual, Charity of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement. This year there is a new category for the Mandy Taylor Award.

Who do you know in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector who should be nominated? It’s quick and easy to nominate.

If you know a person or organisation who should be nominated for going above and beyond, please nominate them by 30th September 2022 at https://cffc.co.uk/calderdale-community-spirit-awards/