Calderdale Council Household Support Fund

The Government has allocated additional funding to Calderdale Council to provide support to local households over the period October to March 2022 – details on how to access this support will be released shortly.

Households who have provided their email address will have received an email regarding this fund. If you have already responded to the email, you don’t need to do anything else.

Initially we will be supporting families with children who currently receive assistance with Council Tax Support and/or Free School Meals over the October Half Term.

Each family will receive £15 per child will be paid directly into your bank account.

If Free School meals only are awarded then payment will only be made for those children in school.

This payment will be made directly to your bank account and we now need you to provide your bank information on the secure weblink below – please ensure to double check your account and sort code before submitting as we will be unable to reissue until returned by the Banking system.

https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus-covid-19/help-people-and-communities/household-support-fund

 

VCSE Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers at the Elsie Whiteley Centre Halifax

VSI Alliance: VCSE Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers- One Day Course -Face-to-Face – 3rd November – Elsie Whiteley Centre (Halifax)
In a national survey, 50% of employers said they would like to do more to support staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right skills or training. This one-day course is delivered by a local organisation: Unmasked Mental Health. The day aims to provide managers with the knowledge, competence and confidence to identify mental health disorders within teams and to learn how to take appropriate early intervention. The face-to-face one-day course covers the awareness of the mind and body, what’s at the heart of mental health conditions and the soft skills to have great conversations about mental health with your team.Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 3rd 2021
9 am – 5 pm

Location: 
Elsie Whiteley Centre – Halifax

Register:
Please contact engagement@cvac.org.uk with your Name, the Training Title and VCSE organisation details. Please email by *Friday 29th October* to register in time.

Waste Not Want Not Halloween Free Fun Day Event

Bubble bubble, Toil and Trouble
Stop Pollution on the Double,
Join Together, Take a stand
to stop the heating of the land
Rid us of environmental curse
to help out nature and your purse
Chant this spell to end the cycle
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

Sounds good?

Join us at Lee Mount Baptist Church on Saturday October 30th between 12pm and 3pm to find inspiration for doing things a bit differently as well as saving money.
There will be arts and crafts, advice and info stalls, free food and goodies to take home but most importantly, lots of fun for all ages!
See you there…IF YOU DARE!!!

Check out the map below to find out what’s happening where.
In the event of rain, activities will take place indoors in the church and St George’s hall.

Download and Print flyers here

Partnership supports Let’s Eat: Young Carers Cookbook

Across West Yorkshire over 1500 young carers are registered with young carers services who support them with everyday challenges such as juggling school, friendships, social life and caring for their loved one.

Working together with West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP), over ten young carers  have developed a young carers cookbook aimed at highlighting the incredible work they do alongside support available to them across the area.

Engagement with young carers highlighted a need for co-produced resources for young carers to support their health and well-being, resulting in the launch of the WY HCP Young Carers Support App, and production of the Let’s Eat: Young Carers Cookbook.

The cookbook will be widely available online, via the Young Carers Support App on West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership website, www.wypartnership.co.uk

Working in partnership with Verd de Gris arts – an award-winning creative arts company from Hebden Bridge – the cookbook was designed via creative workshops to co-produce the content. The purpose of the workshops was to create a fun environment enabling young people to talk about food and recipes, combining that with their own unique stories. Carers ages ranged from six to fourteen years old. This artistic content and the voice of the young carer has been beautifully and skilfully captured by Ver de Gris arts in the creation of the cookbook.

Tim Riley and Beate Wagner Co-chair of the WY HCP Programme for Children and Young People said: ‘During the pandemic more children and young people have taken on caring roles or have noted an increase in their caring responsibilities. 40% of young carers and 59% of young adult carers say their mental health is worse since the start of the pandemic (Carers Trust, 2021). With 11% of young carers and 19.7% of young adult carers reporting an increase of 30 hours or more in the amount of time they spend caring per week having access to quick and healthy meals has never been more important. Never has it been more important to identify and support young carers to be happy and healthy’.

Karen Jackson and Richard Parry Co-chair of the WY HCP Programme for Unpaid Carers said: ‘The cookbook will be launched via a Young Carers Cookbook roadshow starting in Bradford on the 19 October, and then Harrogate (25 October), Leeds (26 October), Wakefield (27 October) and Kirklees (28 October), before making its final stop in Calderdale early November. The roadshow will include an interactive session on how to make healthy pizzas delivered by Huddersfield based The Singing Pineapple Catering Co, and designed in partnership with Wakefield Council, Carers Resource, Barnardo’s, Family Action and Calderdale Council to ensure each event is bespoke to meet the specific demographic and needs of our diverse communities. The events are taking place in outdoor venues and provide an opportunity to shine a light and celebrate the fantastic role young carers do, share healthy messages and officially launch the cookbook’.

One young carer who took part said: ‘ I love making recipes and recipe books too! I am 12 years old and a cook in my house. I make food that blows you mind…NEVER give up on your cooking skills and don’t put pressure on yourself’. Olivia aged 12

Tune into our next COVID-19 LIVE Q&A Thursday 21 October

We’re hosting our next COVID-19 LIVE Q&A this Thursday, when our panel of experts will answer your questions about how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones against COVID-19, as we head into the colder months.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your important questions about the vaccines and winter flu jab answered by our panel, which includes:

  • Debs Harkins – Director of Public Health, Calderdale Council
  • David Birkenhead – Executive Medical Director, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Lisa Pickles – GP, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stuart Hillary – Headteacher, Park Lane Academy

Click on the button below to join the Q&A which will begin at 7pm on Thursday. You can click ‘Get Reminder’ on the Facebook post to be notified when the Q&A is live.

Join our Facebook Live Q&A

Calderdale Anti-Poverty Partnership Online Event – 4th November

Last chance to book for the Calderdale Anti-Poverty Partnership: Next Steps for Early Years in Calderdale – Online Event – 4th November – #AntiPovertyCalderdale

 

**BOOK BY THIS FRIDAY VIA EVENTBRITE**

The Anti-Poverty Partnership Action Plan brings together our collective efforts to improve the life chances of those affected by poverty in Calderdale. The Anti-Poverty Partnership has chosen to host an online event on poverty and the early years. An opportunity to be involved in the starting well and family journey work.

Please share using the hashtag #AntiPovertyCalderdale. We hope you can make it. Please share the invitation with colleagues and partners who may be interested in attending the event.

All places must be booked by Friday 22nd October 2021.
The event will take place on Zoom and the link will be sent out with the agenda.

Date and time: Thursday, 4 November 2021 at 13:00 – 15:00 GMT

Location: Online Event – ZOOM

Register HERE

VSI Alliance
Resource Centre
Hall Street
Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 5AY
United Kingdom

Harnessing Diversity Grant

We have put aside a modest sum, per annum, to fund small community activity/projects to promote diversity and community cohesion within Together Housing Group’s or Pendleton Together’s operating area.

The fund is open to residents, staff and members of the community. The minimum amount you can apply for is £100 and the maximum is £1,000. We can allocate no more than £10,000 of grant per year.

Who can apply?

Any group or organisation that operate and/or deliver projects within Together Housing’s or Pendleton Together’s area. Together Housing Group staff members who are not part of a formally constituted group can also apply.

Download full information and the Application Form :

Harnessing Diversity Grant Leaflet and Application Form blank