Prince’s Trust training with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service for 16-25 year olds

Are you between 16 – 25 and not in employment or education?

The Prince’s Trust, in association with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service are offering an 8 week Free online training programme to gain a level 1 qualification in personal development and employability.

The course started on 29th of June but you may still be eligible.

For more information:

Call 07552 283640

or email

TimeOut – Listening line for 10 – 19 year olds from Open Minds

Open Minds have a listening line for children and young people between 10 – 19 years, offering support and advice.

The number is 01422 345 154

The line is open on Wednesdays between 1pm – 4pm.


A proposed new direction for youth services in Calderdale


A proposed new approach to youth services, which would help boost the health, wellbeing and skills of the most vulnerable young people in Calderdale, will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday 1 June 2020.


The recommended changes would:

  • Bring the Council’s youth services up-to-date and ensure they continue to meet young people’s needs

A recent review by the Council’s Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Board recommended a new direction for youth services, focused on supporting Calderdale’s most vulnerable and deprived young people. This would help improve their health, wellbeing and resilience; raise their skills and aspirations; and give them better access to education, training and job opportunities.

  • Make the best use of innovation and digital technology 

Talent and enterprise are two of the key qualities that make the borough so special, and are themes of the Vision2024 for Calderdale. Innovation has especially shone through the COVID-19 pandemic, as the need to provide youth services virtually has sparked creative new approaches, including virtual youth work drop-ins and social media support. Using Government funding, the Council is in the process of ordering 600 laptops for vulnerable children and young people.

  • Harness the valuable contribution of Calderdale’s vibrant voluntary sector

Many youth services are already delivered by voluntary and faith organisations. The proposed new approach would support and train small, local voluntary groups to expand or start youth activities, targeting the areas of highest deprivation and in line with social distancing rules. This would enable the Council to focus on supporting the most vulnerable young people, such as those at risk of school exclusion, involved in criminal activity, with a mental illness or those who have been exploited.

Although the Orange Box Young People’s Centre in Halifax is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, its long-term vision is to remain as a youth work hub, using innovative approaches to meet the needs of a changing population.

  • Ensure limited resources are targeted where they are needed most

There is a need to deliver savings in the Council’s youth services due to a reduction in Government funding. The proposed targeted approach to youth services, rather than the current open access, would ensure that the Council is prioritising its spend to help young people with the highest needs.

This would require a new staffing structure to enable qualified youth workers to focus on improving outcomes for the most vulnerable young people, and using virtual methods wherever possible. Cabinet Members are being asked to approve a 45-day staff consultation, which would start in June 2020.

Cllr Adam Wilkinson, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said:

“Our priority is to ensure that young people across the borough are safe, healthy and successful. To help achieve this and our aim to be the best borough in the North, we need our youth services to remain relevant to young people now and in the future. That’s why we’re looking at more targeted and innovative approaches, including working in partnership with our amazing local community groups.

“Open access to youth activities would be commissioned in our areas of highest deprivation. As we cannot do this whilst social distancing measures are in place, we are utilising creative and virtual approaches to services.”

The Cabinet meeting on Monday 1 June will take place virtually for social distancing reasons. It will be live streamed through Calderdale Council’s YouTube channel from 6pm.

You can save me – NSPCC encourages you to be vigilant around child abuse

During lockdown, some children and young people may be being abused and exploited at home.

These children need your help! As a neighbour or key worker visiting homes for any reason, you may be the only person able to spot abuse and report it.

Read the full PDF here

Family Learning Team courses are back on! June and July courses list

Sure Start North Halifax Partnership are pleased to be able to deliver the following courses to you at home.

  • Baby Massage
  • Baby Yoga
  • Parents and Baby Pilates
  • Parenting Teenagers
  • Top tips for remaining positive during uncertainty
  • Top tips for managing children’s behaviour

Download course list FLT online courses May and June 2020

Classes will be brought direct to you online via Zoom. Zoom is a simple app for your phone, tablet, laptop or computer. It allows us to still hold classes face to face but in a virtual space. Everyone can see and hear each other, we can still learn, laugh, smile and gain the all-important social contact that you and your babies need.

If you are offered a place on the course you will be notified by text on around a week before the courses is due to start. You will then be contacted by the trainer a short time later by emailed with instructions on how to join the session.

To apply for a place please complete the booking form below please remember places are limited. Our usual allocation procedures still apply. If you have any questions please contact


Course Application form
Download Zoom here

My Hero is You! Story book to help children and young people cope with COVID-19

A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.

Download the book here

My Hero is You: all language versions

With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.

The book – aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

During the early stages of the project, more than 1700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world shared how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The input was invaluable to script writer and illustrator Helen Patuck and the project team in making sure that the story and its messages resonated with children from different backgrounds and continents.

In order to reach as many children as possible, the book will be widely translated, with six language versions released today and more than 30 others in the pipeline. It is being released as both an online product and audio book.

Read more here:



Guidance to help vulnerable individuals, groups and communities

This document provides a summary of the main guidance produced to help vulnerable individuals, groups and communities to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and to manage the impact of shielding and social distancing. It is intended to be an ‘easy access’ document for a range of organisations in local areas who support vulnerable people, groups and communities.

It’s quite easy to use and is divided into sections such as mental health; domestic violence; living in poverty.

Or you can access the PDF document here: