EU nationals – support to apply for settlement status in the UK

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 20th June 2021.

If you need support to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you can get help from Calderdale Council

We can scan your valid passport and help you to apply to the scheme.

You will need:

  • A valid EU or EEA passport or an ID card (biometric) or UK-issued biometric residence card
  • A mobile phone
  • Email address (this can be set up at the session)

For further information call 07857601530 and speak to Janice or email

If you would like to book an appointment, please go to the Calderdale Council website and search for EU Settlement Scheme

Appointments will be held at:

Unit 13, Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax, HX1 5PG

Support with green social prescribing bid – Closing November 25th

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership would like your help us to understand the barriers people face in accessing greenspace and your potential interest in green social prescribing.

We have created a very short survey (closing this Wed 25th November). It is the first stage of a much more detailed engagement piece.

Take The Survey

Green social prescribing links people to nature-based interventions and activities and includes both green and blue (rivers, lakes etc) environments. Activities are varied and may include green exercise, such as local Walking for Health schemes and dementia walks, active travel (such as walking or cycling), local Park Runs, care farming, community gardening and food growing projects, as well as conservation volunteering, green gyms, and arts and cultural activities which take place outdoors.

We would appreciate if you could complete this survey for us. We are especially keen on hearing from people living in the most deprived areas, people from BAME backgrounds, and people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and autism.

VSI Alliance Update November 20, 2020

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

As part of #CalderdaleFireflies, we would like to know if any groups are doing Christmas cards this year, so we can share details or a link to how people can buy the cards and support the group. Please email with any information. Thank you.

Community Response Coordinator (COVID-19)
This post will be pivotal to the fight against Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Calderdale by engaging and working with local communities, the VCSE and wider partners. The post will work as part of the VSI Alliance and will be hosted by VAC.

In case you missed it:

Funding for Volunteer DBS Checks
Thanks to a grant from the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership through the Harnessing the Power of Communities fund, the VSI Alliance can now offer some limited financial support to voluntary and community groups in Calderdale who wish to undertake appropriate DBS checks for their volunteers who are supporting around Covid-related tasks.


Calderdale News & Information

An Important Message About COVID-19 In Calderdale
Via Councillor Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader and Deborah Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council: the rate is the highest it has ever been in Calderdale. We have reached a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keeping Calderdale Cosy: Providing Affordable Warmth Solutions for Calderdale Families
Cold homes are bad for health. If you or your clients are struggling to pay heating bills and/or the home is cold and damp, in all probability health will suffer. This will increase the financial burden on the Public Health Service and the NHS.

verd de gris – The Art of Community
As verd de gris have been nominated for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, they have created a booklet filled with testimonies of some of the volunteers who have been a part of the journey, aiming to impact on areas like community health and positive social change.

In case you missed it:

Fielden Acre Community Share Offer
Calder Valley Community Land Trust are inviting investment in the Calder Valley through the Fielden Acre Community Share Offer. The finance raised will be part of a fund to purchase two residential properties for use as affordable housing, a meeting room and land with potential for new community facilities.
Regional/National News & Information

Guide for Volunteer Opportunities During Lockdown
NAVCA have produced a handy guide to help people work out whether they should pursue a particular volunteer opportunity during the current lockdown.

In case you missed it:

Flu Vaccination: Who Should Have It This Winter and Why
Download a leaflet explaining the importance of the influenza (flu) vaccination this winter.

PCC Newsletter November 2020
The latest newsletter from Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. This issue contains stories on work to tackle modern slavery, the award-winning Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), a competition for young people and much more.

Supporting Jobs in the Charity Sector During Coronavirus
Many infrastructure bodies and campaigners for the voluntary sector to have signed a letter calling on the Chancellor to create a job retention scheme that works for charities, covered in Third Sector.

The Impact of a Second Lockdown
NCVO chief executive Karl Wilding has written about the new rules and how they apply to charities and volunteering. He also highlights the importance of charities making our voices heard in Westminster as we push for a further package of financial support for the sector.

Events and Training

Thriving Communities Fund Webinar – 23rd November
To mark the launch of the Thriving Communities Fund application portal; National Academy for Social Prescribing, Arts Council England and NHS Charities Together will be holding a webinar on the Thriving Communities Fund and NHS Charities Together Community Partnership Grants.

Steps to Building Organisational Resilience: Key Things to Consider – 2nd December
In partnership with Zurich, NCVO will be delivering a webinar discussing key considerations for making your charity resilient. This free webinar will explore key considerations for making your charity resilient, including financial sustainability, reputation and governance.


HMRC Grant Funding – Deadline: 27th November
Grants will range from £20,000 to £750,000 per year with a maximum threshold set at 50% of the organisation’s turnover. The funding is for activities that cover one or more of the following: advice and support, digital inclusion and/or specialist support and referrals.

Good Things Foundation Looking for Partners to Apply for Funding to Support the Delivery of the 2021 Census – Deadline: 30th November
The Foundation is looking for organisations who can deliver support to people wishing to complete the census between March and May 2021.

The National Lottery Community Fund New Infrastructure Programme – Deadline: 1st December
The National Lottery Community Fund will give between 8 and 10 infrastructure organisations a package of funding, combined with on-site coaching and expertise provided by a Design Lab over 12 months.

UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief
The UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief has been created to support youth organisations who have not had access to the crisis funding they require to survive the Covid pandemic.


Sure Start Children’s Centres – Recruiting Now!
Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation: Early Years Practitioner Plus x 3, Early Years Practitioner and Caretaker.

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact, or visit for more contact details.

Scam alert: Claim Legal Firms operating around Upper Mixenden

Together Housing have become aware of rogue traders approaching households claiming to handle cases of disrepair against landlords. These individuals are often aggressive in their approach.

Together Housing takes its responsibility to repair very seriously and will always attempt to make repairs in line with our repairs policy, which forms part of the tenancy housing agreement.
Because of this Together Housing will always defend all cases brought before them, which are not covered by insurance and is often an unnecessary cost that could be better used for property improvements.

If you have a problem with Together Housing as a landlord, in the first instance, contact them.

These rogue traders may often claim to offer a no win no fee case but if they find the case being unprofitable, they may well bill you for their expenses.

If you have been approached or are concerned for yourself or someone you know, contact Together Housing
online at or by calling 0300 555 5560.

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Why I support Movember: Zain’s Story

Movember is one of the leading charities changing the faces of men’s health and addressing associated stigmas.

This year for Movember I am growing out my moustache. This is raise the awareness and money for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer.

This year has been an unprecedented year and has impacted people in many ways. Men are not as likely to open up, talk about their feelings or seek help when they need to in normal circumstances. Therefore, I wish to raise at least £100 to help donate to some great projects as well as empower men to open up and take action. It is okay to be not okay and recognising this can impact your mental health and wellbeing. I would greatly appreciate any donations. Spread the word and Happy Movember!

Link to my profile:

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 20 November 2020 – OUT NOW!

Click here to view the latest North and East Friday Flyer

This week:

  • Urgent Action needed to stop the spread of coronavirus
  • Staying Well is just a phonecall away
  • Reimagining Communities Zoom Poetry Workshop
  • Get your headphones on The Curious e-Motion podcast is out now!

 Have a great weekend!

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Staying Well is just a phonecall away

With the nights drawing in and lockdown still in place with the potential that it may be extended, more people may come to experience loneliness.

According to the BBC, Lockdown loneliness has reached record levels. The numbers of adults who state they are frequently or always lonely has increased since the first lockdown earlier in March 2020.

There are several organisations who work towards reaching out to individuals coping with being alone throughout Calderdale. The Staying Well Hub team is one of them.

How the Staying Well team can help you

The Staying Well Hub Team are here to listen to your concerns and help you make sense of what is happening. Whatever you are dealing with, we would like to hear from you because help is always at hand.

The telephone befriending service is how the Staying Well Team can be contacted during the COVID-19 period.


Staying Well Telephone Befriending Service

Isolation has never been such a concern and risk as it currently is but a chat with a Volunteer Befriender can make all the difference to someone who is lonely. So get in touch to find out how we can help you.

We can offer assistance in a variety of different languages, please enquire to see how we can assit.

This service aims to match clients with volunteers who have similar interests and common ground, aiming to offer a listening ear to those who feel isolated.

How you can request assistance

You can call the Staying Well team on 01422 392767.

Referrals can be made over the telephone or you can visit the Staying Well website to fill out the referral form.

Individuals can refer themselves. In order to refer someone you will need their consent.


For more information visit the Staying Well Telephone Befriending service page

Related article: BBC: Lockdown loneliness reaches record levels