White Ribbon Day – 25 November

The White Ribbon Campaign works with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. The Council will be supporting White Ribbon Day on Sunday 25 November 2018, followed by the 16 days of action to the 10 December 2018. Please help mark this period with a special effort to speak to family, friends and co-workers about why men must take a stand against violence towards women. Further information is available here.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

On this day until 10th December is the 16 Days Of Action. During this time we ask men to wear a white ribbon, and pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

Of course this issue is present all year round, and we never stop campaigning. But it is important to mark this period with events, presentations and a special effort to speak to family, friends and co-workers about why men must take a stand against violence towards women. Join the campaign today and find out how you can do more in your community to mark White Ribbon Day and the 16 Days Of Action.

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 23 November – OUT NOW!

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Featuring

  • Causey Hall Launch by The Creative Learning Guild
  • Halifax Minster Tree Festival
  • Still Time to Apply for Ward Forum Grants!
  • Changes to Household Waste Recycling Centres
  • Christmas Fairs and Concerts

The Friday Flyer is our weekly e-newsletter which includes upcoming events, activities, information, local services and themes. We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think.

Have a great weekend!

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School – Road Safety Campaign Week

Wednesday 21st November saw Community wardens  Lee Ackroyd and Zoe Davis attend St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School as part of the road safety campaign which involved taking a group of children aged between 5yrs to 8yrs outside the school gates with posters they had designed to deter drivers parking on the school zigzags and lines to make the school a safer place at finishing time and to highlight and educate drivers to the dangers of parking outside schools.

 

Overall it was a success as 8 vehicles were moved off the school zigzags and restricted lines  and dozens more parked elsewhere once seeing the children and wardens presence outside the school.

Community wardens will continue to work with the school on safer parking with another  planned visit in the next few weeks being arranged  with Civil Enforcement officers from Apcoa Parking to also attend.

Have Your Say! Ovenden Ward Forum – 27 November 2018

Come along to the Ovenden Ward Forum and have your say on what matters to you.

On Tuesday 27 November 2018 at Moorside Community Primary School (new building!), Keighley Road, Halifax HX2 8AP.

Refreshments and signing in from 6:00pm. Meeting starts at 6:15pm.

Up for discussion:

  • Local ward updates
  • Police updates

Fundraising Ideas for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

Christmas is a very special time for our families. A time to share magical moments and make precious memories that will last forever.

That’s why Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice wants to make Christmas as magical as possible – but they need your help.

Luckily, they have 12 festive and fun ways you can get involved. From donating to our shops, playing the raffle, volunteering or cycling to Lapland (well, sort of), there’s something for everyone!

Causey Hall Launch Event 24 November

There will be a FREE Causey Hall Launch Event on Saturday 24 November to celebrate The Creative Learning Guild moving in to the building!

There will be activities for all ages: rebuild Causey in cardboard on a grand scale, create a digital interactive game, build dens, tell stories and there will be a Busk Stop!

The event is organised in 3 free bookable slots of an hour and a half each. For more information and to book your place:

10:30-12:00 [Eventbrite link: https://goo.gl/1x86rV]

12:30-14:00 [Eventbrite link: https://goo.gl/kPvmzK]

14:30-16:00 [Eventbrite link: https://goo.gl/gHsz3J]

The space at Causey Hall has been renovated into a completely accessible, state of the art learning space including a large hall, meeting room, breakout space and our offices.

This has been supported by Calderdale Council’s Disabled Children’s team via the Short Breaks scheme to undertake a feasibility study as part of this.

Hiring The Guild at Causey Hall

The Guild at Causey Hall is now available to hire by community groups and businesses. For images of the architects’ plans and renovations work keep an eye on our image gallery and for more information about the type of facilities we’ll be able to offer see the drop downs below.

If you have a group or event that would benefit from meeting and working in a creative environment please call Gabs Naddeo on 01422 383191 or email gabs@creativelearningguild.co.uk / enquiries@creativelearningguild.co.uk. They will be happy to explore with you how our space could meet your needs.

Facilities

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Catering – there is a kitchenette available for your use. You can either provide your own catering or the Guild can recommend excellent local suppliers. Tea and coffee is available on request
  • IT Equipment – Wi-Fi available. Give the Guild a call to chat through your AV, projector and other requirements
  • Workshop Equipment – discuss ways to support your creative learning with materials and equipment

National HIV Testing Week 2018

National HIV Testing Week promotes HIV testing to the most affected population groups in England, men who have sex with men (MSM) and black African men and women. These groups make up seven out of 10 people in the UK living with HIV.

The week is co-ordinated by HIV Prevention England (HPE) with support and participation from organisations in the public, statutory and private sectors, and promotes the benefits of regular testing and treatment for both the individual and community.

 

Testing

Testing for HIV is free, fast, confidential and simple – you can now even do it at home.

Testing is good for YOU

The sooner you find out you have HIV, the better it is for your health. If you have HIV for a long time without knowing, it can damage your health and shorten your life. It’s a good idea to test at least once a year (or more if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner).

Testing is good for ALL OF US

Most people get HIV from someone who doesn’t know they have it – the only way to be sure is to get tested.

Get tested

Do your bit to stop HIV in the UK by getting tested. Find out:

Prince Harry has called for HIV testing to be seen as “completely normal and accessible”, in a new video to mark National HIV Testing Week.

The Duke of Sussex said people should view getting testing for HIV the same as getting protected against viruses like “cold and flu”.

He said in the video: “There is still too much stigma, which is stopping so many of us from getting a simple, quick and easy test.

“Taking an HIV test is something to be proud of – not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about.”

Around one-in-eight people living with HIV are undiagnosed, while 43% of people who were diagnosed in 2017 did so at a late stage of the virus, meaning damage to their immune system had already begun.

A late diagnosis can lead to a 10-fold increased risk of death.

The royal has long advocated for better HIV testing, and when he got tested live on Facebook two years ago there was a five-fold increase in orders for HIV tests from the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Ian Green, chief executive of the charity, said: “We’re thrilled to have the Duke’s continued support for tackling HIV stigma and normalising testing, ahead of what we hope will be the most successful National HIV Testing Week ever.”

Public Health England (PHE) chief executive, Duncan Selbie, said: “Testing and early diagnosis are critical to ensure that those with HIV can access effective treatments and go on to live a long and healthy life.”

Treatment

Treatment is good for YOU

If you have HIV, the sooner you start treatment, the better it is for your health – it protects you from illnesses which could shorten your life.

Treatment is good for ALL OF US

People on effective treatment cannot pass on HIV. That’s because HIV medication works by reducing the amount of the virus in the body to ‘undetectable’ levels. This means the levels of HIV are so low that the virus cannot be passed on. This is called having an ‘undetectable viral load’.

Find out more about how treatment stops HIV being passed on.