Rhythm and Brews starts tomorrow!

One day to go…

Rhythm & Brews starts tomorrow!


We’re kicking off Rhythm & Brews with an uplifting and joyous African music and movement class!

Taught by the brilliant Sandile Duma (more about him below), this free session will be a combination of Zulu dance movements, which includes kicking of the legs, stomping and shaking, Zulu song chants and Drumming circle with djembe drums, and a meet and greet in Zulu Language.

Plus, enjoy some time to chat and relax over a brew afterwards.

Friday 1st October
12pm – 12.45pm: music and movement workshop
12.45pm – 1.30pm: time for a brew

Southgate Church, Langdale Street, Elland. HX5 0JL


There’s lots more in store through October and November too.
See the full schedule here.

Meet the musician – Sandile Duma

Hailing from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and now based in England, Sandile is a befittingly respected vocalist, dancer and drummer who specialises in traditional African music and choreography.

He’s performed for both the royal family and Nelson Mandela, so we’re honoured to have him join us at Curious Motion!

Please book in advance – spaces are limited.


Hope to see you there!

Rhythm and Brews brought to you in association with:


National Emergencies Trust – Funding Opportunity

CFFCCharities are being invited to apply for up to £10,000 in match-funding through a new £1.2m pot from the National Emergencies Trust.

The charity has launched its Local Action Fund to support community and voluntary organisations whose finances have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The NET said it would match donations up to a total of £10,000 per charity.


About CFFC

The Community Foundation for Calderdale supports hundreds of charities and voluntary groups across the borough, addressing inequalities and working together to help create opportunities for those that most need help.

Help your community respond to the pandemic

We are looking for volunteers in the North Halifax area to help with our Covid19 recovery, helping the most vulnerable in our communities.

VSI Alliance Volunteer Hub is a group of volunteers responding to the needs of people still feeling the effect of Covid19. We are assisting people who are isolating by delivering food parcels, completing shopping, walking dogs, prescription delivery, posting and other errands they may need help with.

Volunteers have also been assisting at vaccination centres and helped at Calderdale College’s rapid testing programme. Volunteers helped Calderdale Healthy Holiday programme this summer delivering meals and activity packs to kids holiday groups across Calderdale, and plans to help with the Christmas healthy holidays programme later in the year. All of these tasks have been hugely beneficial to those who may otherwise have been left with no support during this continued challenging time.

The volunteer hub relies on community spirit and people who have the capacity to give their time to help others who need short term support.

Volunteers receive requests for support in their area and are asked based on what they have said they can do for people. We operate delivering shopping and food parcels 6 days a week but during the week is our busiest time.

As people have returned to work we have lost a number of volunteers and are finding it harder to reach demand, particularly in the lower valley and North Halifax area.

If you are able to give some time to those in your area please contact Kate Hornby, Volunteer Hub Coordinator on kate.hornby@vsialliance.org.uk.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate (WY&H) Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will meet in public on Tuesday 5 October 2021, 11am to 1pm. The Committee, which is part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP), has a shared health programme of work that aims to further improve the health and wellbeing of the 2.7 million people living across the area.

The meeting will be held virtually due to Government social distancing guidelines and to ensure people are not at any unnecessary risk.

The Committee has delegated powers from individual CCGs (Bradford district and Craven; Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield) to make collective decisions around specific work programmes, for example mental health, planned care, urgent care, and cancer.

A key part of their work involves sharing expertise and working closely with local councils, hospitals, care providers and voluntary community and social enterprise organisations – ensuring services are fit for the future.

The meeting on the 5 October will discuss:

  • Proposed new commissioning policies and pathways from the Partnership’s planned care programme
  • Proposals relating to the establishment of Integrated Care Boards (ICBs), which will take on the commissioning responsibilities of CCGs.

Committee meetings held in public are filmed live and offer the public an opportunity to ask questions about agenda items.  As we are holding the meeting virtually via digital technology, we are taking a different approach to questions.

Members of the public are asked to email their questions to westyorkshire.stp@nhs.net before 5pm on Monday 4 October 2021. They can also call 01924 317659 to submit questions.


We will then send members of the public a Microsoft Teams link to enable them to join the meeting for their question-and-answer item.

All questions submitted will also receive a written response after the meeting and will be published on the Joint Committee webpage as usual.

The agenda and meeting papers can be accessed from Tuesday 28 September at:



The meeting can also be watched live via the same link.

Feel part of the Healthy Minds community this weekend!

Join Anneliese, Jim and Louise as they walk the extra mile for mental health this Sunday the 3rd of October. Here’s how:

Join our special Walk for Wellbeing

To celebrate our three amazing Marathon walkers and to give you a taste of our Walks for Wellbeing here at Healthy Minds, we are inviting our wonderful community to come for a walk with us!

Sunday 3rd October (Marathon day!) 10am from Mytholmroyd. Please contact cath@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk to join the walk and get meeting instructions.

Cheer our Marathon Walkers on their route

Come see us at:
9.15am – Hebden Bridge Park (by Parklife Cafe)
11.30am – Outside The Moorings Pub in Sowerby Bridge
2.15pm – Canal Side ‘Parklet’ next to Blakeleys of Brighouse in Brighouse
3.45pm – Shibden Park Cafe, Halifax
4.45pm – Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax
AFTER PARTY – refreshments & music at 5pm @ Woolshops
ENTRIES OPEN: Thought bubble mascot name competition!

Is it a bird.. is it a plane.. no, its our very own Healthy Minds thought-bubble mascot, soon to be modelled by our very own volunteer Pat Dale this weekend. 💭

BUT we need your help… our new mascot is in need of a name! Send us your suggestions and we will reveal the winning name on the big day this Sunday.

Watch out for the mascot making its debut across Calderdale this weekend, and if you spot it, catch a snap and tag us on social media @healthymindscalderdale and use the hashtag #TeamHealthyMinds
Sign a ribbon & decorate our finish line!
@ Woolshops Shopping Centre Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun this week!
We will be at Woolshops signing ribbons with our names and well wishes to add to our garden archway finish line.
We want our walkers to feel like all of Calderdale is behind them, so pop down for a chat about Healthy Minds and to sign a ribbon to show your support for local mental health services!
Give a donation and add your name to our archway of supporters!

Read more about Anneliese, Jim and Louise taking on the Virgin 100,000 persons marathon here:

Local Walkers Go The Extra Mile For Mental Health


International, regional, and local speakers connect on week-long inclusion event

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) is bringing together local, regional, and international speakers for a week-long celebration from Monday 4 to Friday 8 October. The week will showcase the work taking place across the area to connect on inclusion, whilst celebrating diversity within its workforce, learning from others, and highlighting the positive difference made when all come together.

Coordinated by the WY&H HCP Race Equality Network online event speakers include Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council and inclusion lead, and WY&H HCP CEO, Rob Webster CBE. The West Yorkshire Mayor, Tracy Brabin and Alison Lowe, West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, will also take part in the event.

King’s Fund and Professor at Lancaster University Michael West CBE; Dr Habib Naqvi Director, NHS Race and Health Observatory and Nadine Pemberton all the way from St Lucia will take part amongst many others. As a previous Executive Director of Legal for Social Work England and current consultant coach and mentor, Nadine will be sharing her leadership journey.

Other speakers include Monique Carayol, Founder and Managing Director of Your New Avenue, previous NHS Director of Strategy and Transformation and Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons and Dr Navina Evans, CEO for Health Education England.

The week-long event, held using digital technology, will recognise WY&H HCP’s approach to championing diversity, inclusivity, and equality, whilst setting out the difference made since it launched its race review in October 2020 into the impact of COVID-19 on minority ethnic communities and colleagues.  This includes an award winning Fellowship leadership programme, which was informed by the WY&H HCP Race Equality Network and a coproduced anti-racism movement with the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit and over 570 partner organisations/ community allies.

Network members are now on key decision-making forums, with representation on interview panels and supporting the development of a health equity fellowship.The Network has also been involved in the West Yorkshire Vaccine Programme to encourage take up. Other examples include a toolkit for recording ethnicity being embedded within the WY&H HCP Development Framework.

Cllr Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council said: ‘It’s great to see the difference being made across our area. We pride ourselves on the richness and diversity of our communities and it’s only right we celebrate achievements made. It’s a great start. There is more to do. It’s everyone’s business to connect on inclusion – and this weeklong event will demonstrate that each of us has an important part to play towards becoming an inclusive society’.

Rob Webster, CBE, and CEO for WY&H HCP said:  ‘This is an important week for us, where we will again be raising the profile of our diverse workforce and the work, we are doing to deliver on race equality in our Partnership. This event is another opportunity for us to ensure people see the ongoing commitment we have to addressing a social and systemic issue. We have come a long way in the last 12 months and the work of the Network has been outstanding. These achievements would not have been possible without the energy, motivation and passion they bring to the change that’s needed’.

Fatima Khan-Shah, a WY&H HCP Programme Director for unpaid carers and personalised care,  who convenes the Race Equality network said: ‘All the work we are doing is co-produced with Race Equality Network colleagues, supported with a clear plan of action working in Partnership with the leadership – that’s the magic ingredient because without such we would achieve nothing for each other or our communities’.

Sayma Mirza, WY&H HCP Associate Director for System Leadership and Development and one of the co-founders of the event said: ‘We’re excited and looking forward to this special week of celebration. Themes for the sessions include masterclasses on inclusion, sharing good practice and increasing accountability, amongst many other important topics. We are keen to connect everyone on inclusion’.

The inaugural Race Equality Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 8 October 2021 to bring the week-long ‘Connected on Inclusion’ event to a spectacular close whilst celebrating the huge achievements made to race equality across West Yorkshire and Harrogate over the last few years.

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

Local homecare workers are celebrated at party

Local homecare company, Home Instead Calderdale honoured their home carers and recognised their hard work on 22nd September, by taking part in the first ever ‘Celebrating Homecare’ day, organised by United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA) and The Care Workers’ Charity (CWC).

The company hosted a lunch party, where their team of caregivers and clients were welcomed to enjoy a buffet lunch and conversation at Jack’s Bar in Elland.

‘Celebrating Homecare’ has been launched to celebrate and recognise the hard work and dedication that home carers provide.  Every day of the year, homecare workers support people to live safely and well at home, enabling people to flourish within our communities.

The theme for this year’s inaugural event was ‘made with care’, celebrating the fantastic relationships that exist between the people who give and receive care, and highlight the many activities they enjoy together. Whether this is crafting, baking, completing a jigsaw or even filming a TikTok, care workers and the people they support were encouraged to celebrate something they have made or shared together.

Home Instead Calderdale employs 40 caregivers who support their clients in their own homes, providing companionship, home help, dementia care and personal care. Throughout a difficult period, they have served an important role as key workers, providing vital support to clients living across Calderdale, Huddersfield and the Spen Valley.

Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA commented: “Homecare workers have been a lifeline for many people throughout the past 18 months, showing real selflessness and resilience in providing invaluable support to people in their own homes in incredibly challenging times.

“But the work they do is always important – not just throughout the pandemic. Homecare services benefit all of us: people who receive and give services, their families, health services and our wider communities.

“Their roles deserve to be celebrated now, and increasingly into the future.”

Speaking about the celebration, Karolina Gerlich, CEO of the CWC said: “It’s right and proper every so often to take a step back from the day to day and look at what you have achieved.

“Care workers do such amazing work, bringing companionship, care and comfort to so many people.

“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate what they do!”

Owner of Home Instead Calderdale Munaf Patel comments: “We are so proud of our caregivers for providing an outstanding service, week in week out throughout the last 18 months to keep our elderly clients safe and well at home.  With the ending of lockdown in July, Celebrating Homecare Day provided the ideal opportunity to come together, and show our team just how much we value their contribution.”

To find out more about Home Instead Calderdale and the homecare services they provide across the area please call 01422 292424 or visit homeinstead.co.uk/calderdale

Home Instead Caregivers and clients enjoying a party on “Celebrating Homecare” day

Press contact: Julie Ingham, Community Engagement Officer at Home Instead Calderdale, 01422 292424, julie.ingham@homeinstead.co.uk