Cloud Youth Project Easter activities for children and young people

Cloud Youth Project, part of Reach4ward have prepared a series of Easter activity sessions for young people, starting the Easter term period and beyond.

Download list of activities here

All events are FREE and delivered safely under COVID guidelines.

More details on the activities

Self Portraits Art Project starting 7th April 2021
Join our professional artists in creating a series of 3 self portraits using different materials. Nothing too difficult but lots of fun!

Woodland Capers for 5 – 9 year olds – 6th April 2021, 10am to 2 pm
Come and explore local woodland areas and learn survival skills at our one day Forest School workshop with accredited Level 3 Forest School leader, Nessa Dear.

Walk on the Wild Side – for 9 up to 24 yrs, 14th April 2021, 10am to 2 pm
Come and explore local woodland areas and learn survival skills at our one day Forest School workshop with accredited Level 3 Forest School leader, Nessa Dear.

Street Art Project in Calder Holmes Park
Led by our Detached Youth Worker and Artist Phil Hunter and three other local artists.

Project funded by Hebden Royd Town Council and the LotteryAwards for All

Healthy Minds Create Workshop available spaces

We have places free for our Zoom Drawing Workshops (CREATE) on Tuesdays at 4pm.

Any children aged 10 to 19 that would like to create some cartoon animals with Zeke and Alex are welcome to join.

Here is the link to book and just make sure you add the date you want on the form:

Fill | CREATE Drawing Workshops: Individual Registration Form

Please provide all of the details below

Send to anyone who may be interested – sessions are working for most ages so we are not restricting (just Time Out ages 10-19).

Want to become a life changer? Volunteer with Guide Dogs!

Are you experienced in teaching new behaviours? Do you feel you can dedicate 14 months to training a new puppy? Then this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

We are looking for Puppy Raisers in Halifax, to join our Guide Dogs family! The role involves looking after a pup full time in your home for a year and helping to train the pup according to Guide Dogs standards. A perfect companion and new training project during these difficult times!

If you feel that this much fluffiness may be too much of a distraction but still want to give your support, we are also looking for fundraising help, including a Treasurer for the fundraising group.

For more information please email

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 19 March 2021 – OUT NOW!

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This week:

  • Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine statement from Department of Public Health
  • Propaganda: Past & Present workshop March 22
  • Your Views Survey West Yorkshire Police resident survey by March 24
  • Tough Times Reference Group Annual Survey closing March 19

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West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership scoops national prestigious awards

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) scooped a number of awards at the 40th Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards online celebrations on Wednesday 17 March.


The achievements of 24 winners — and 186 finalists — saw WY&H HCP being recognised by the HSJ for a number of outstanding achievements after a year in which it faced its toughest ever challenges.


Winning System Leadership System Leadership Initiative of the Year for their ambition to increase leadership diversity, Helen Hirst, Chief Officer for Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group and CEO Lead for WY&H HCP, System Leadership Programme said: ‘Our relentless focus on increasing the diversity of our leadership to better serve our communities in West Yorkshire and Harrogate has upped a gear during the pandemic, with delivery of a senior leadership fellowship programme and  changes in recruitment policy and practice in all our partner organisations.   We have supported our colleagues who work in health and care across our area with health and wellbeing resources and taken a clear stance with communications campaigns such as Black History Month and Islamophobia Awareness Month. We’re delighted to have received this award on behalf of all our colleagues and communities’.


Sayma Mirza, Senior Head of Collaboration for Bradford District and Craven and member of the WY&H BAME Network said: ‘The system leadership initiative aims to increase the representation of ethnic minorities in senior leadership roles, enabling us to further meet the needs of people living across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. We know when we are able to see things from everyone’s perspective we are better informed and positioned to meet the needs of those we serve. We want our people to dream with ambition and we will work hard to make those dreams a reality – winning the award is a tremendous boost to us all here at WY&H HCP and encourages us to keep pushing those boundaries’.


WY&H HCP was also highly commended in the Workforce Initiative of the Year category for its nationally recognised Working Carers Passport Initiative. 


Richard Parry, Kirklees Council, Strategic Director for Adults and Health and Karen Jackson, CEO for Locala Community Partnership, who are joint chairs of the WY&H HCP programme board for unpaid carers said: ‘The working carers passport is an agreement between the carer and their manager, on behalf of the organisation. The intention is for the carer to be able to manage their role alongside their caring responsibilities by implementing mutually beneficial and flexible working arrangements. We’re delighted that the importance of supporting unpaid carers has been recognised in these awards – and more delighted that carers are getting the care and attention they deserve in the work place’.


Rob Webster, Chief Executive, WY&H HCP CEO Lead and CEO for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust won Chief Executive of the Year. Angela Monaghan Chair of the Trust said: ‘We are so delighted and proud that Rob has been recognised in this way. Rob’s widely admired leadership is founded on strong values, compassion, inclusion and lifting others. He is deeply committed to improving staff wellbeing, tackling inequality, improving diversity and, particularly, to making sure health and care system working serves the wider needs of local populations. He would never have sought out this recognition, but it is hugely deserved.’


The judges concluded that this combination of humility, support for staff and partners and a focus on population needs was the near perfect combination for a leader in today’s NHS. Rob is also the first mental health trust chief executive to secure the number one spot in HSJ’s Top 50 chief executives list, announced on Thursday 18 March. Other chief executives on the top list include Julian Hartley, CEO for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Dr Owen Williams, CEO for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.


Huge congratulations to others across the area who were nominated, including Locala Community Partnership finalist for Community Provider of the Year and to winners Leeds Community Healthcare Trust for winning ‘Freedom to Speak up Organisation of the Year for creating a culture of speaking, listening and following up.


Thea Stein CEO for Leeds Community Healthcare Trust said: ‘We are delighted that our hard work to create a culture of speaking up has been recognised in this way. Our aim is to make sure that everyone at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust has a voice. I am equally pleased that our work to engage and support the wider health and social care system in Leeds has been recognised. Speaking up is an important practice that should be for everyone and free from organisational boundaries’.


Cllr Tim Swift, Chair of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Board and Leader for Calderdale Council said: ‘I’m delighted that colleagues and communities have been recognised for their outstanding achievements during what has been an incredible difficult year for all. Tackling health inequalities across the Partnership is a priority everyone, and this has been reflected in those nominated and winners of these awards and Rob being awarded CEO of the year. Congratulations to all involved’.


WY&H HCP is made up of the NHS, councils, independent care providers, hospices, Healthwatch and hundreds of carer and community organisations; the Partnership is working together across Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield.


You can find out more about the Partnership’s work at or on twitter @wyhpartnership

A Spring in Your Step Outdoor Volunteering and Activities

Being outdoors brings with it a wide range of benefits to mental and physical wellbeing, many of which have helped people to cope with the lockdowns and social isolation that we’ve had to endure during the pandemic. Our local countryside has never seen so many people walking and cycling and hopefully once the pandemic isn’t at the forefront of everyone’s minds, local people will have established being outdoors as part of their routine and will continue to take part in outdoor recreation.

Calderdale’s Countryside Service have lots to contribute to the health and wellbeing agenda. We manage some wonderful places that are very dear to the residents of Calderdale including Ogden Water, Jerusalem Farm and Cromwell Bottom. These places have proved invaluable to many visitors during the lockdowns and visitor numbers have shown a significant rise. Just being outdoors in a wood or walking on the moors helps with feelings of wellbeing and reduces stress.

To help look after our sites and maintain the rights of way network, we are heavily reliant on the assistance of volunteers to be able to build stiles, cut back vegetation, plant trees and a myriad of other things. We benefit hugely from the support we get but at the same time, we offer our volunteers support, friendship and a chance to exercise outdoors, so it is a two way relationship from which everyone benefits.  Volunteer work parties are hoped to start in the next few weeks, so please email if you want to know more.

Another aspect of the Countryside Service’s work which has benefits for people’s wellbeing is the events we ran pre-COVID. These include family events such as bird box building, mini beast hunts and kite making, and those aimed at adults such as our gardening events, where we focus on basic gardening skills such as planting up containers and baskets. The Countryside Team are hoping to start running events again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Here are some ideas from Active Calderdale you can do while out and about this week.

Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine statement from Department of Public Health

I am worried that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t safe as I’ve heard some countries are stopping using it – should I still have it?

Some European countries have temporarily paused the use of the vaccine as a precautionary measure, following reports of blood clots in a small number of people who had recently had the vaccine.

However, there is no evidence that the blood clots have been caused by the vaccine and the UK regulator, the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority, has said that they are confident the vaccine is safe. This is supported by both the European Medicines Agency (the European regulator for medicines and vaccines) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), who have said the vaccine is safe and should continue be given.

There were 30 reports of clots among almost five million people given the vaccine across Europe. This is actually less than the number that would be expected to happen naturally. Following the concerns regarding blood clots, AstraZeneca has conducted a review of all safety data, which has shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots. This covered more than 17 million people vaccinated in the UK and European Union.

The UK is further ahead its vaccination programme than any other country in the world and so far over 20 million people in England have been vaccinated. It is very important that people still have their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so. This is the only protection available against the serious illness caused by Covid-19, which has sadly led to the death of millions of people around the world, and people will continue to be at risk from the disease if they do not take up the offer of a vaccine.

Department of Public Health