“Our time is now” – Plan launched to improve safety of women and girls across West Yorkshire

The safety of women and girls in West Yorkshire is Mayor Tracy Brabin’s top priority, she said as she unveiled a plan to bring about societal change and end generations of injustice.The country’s first and only female metro-mayor has this week launched her Safety of Women and Girls Strategy at West Yorkshire’s annual Third Sector Conference in Calderdale.The strategy reveals the shocking experiences and challenges facing women and girls, including a recent survey that found 97% believe ‘being a woman’ affects their personal safety, and outlines a plan to tackle this.This will be resolved through four key areas of work to bring about change:

  • Education and Prevention: through events to raise awareness of the issue in schools, colleges, and universities across the region.
  • Behaviour Change: including delivering a behaviour change programme to empower men to be allies.
  • Safe Spaces: working to improve safety in the public, private and digital space.
  • And Supporting the Sector: securing funding for vital services in the region through working together with partners, including the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and private businesses.

Each are underpinned by two cross-cutting themes, which are ‘the role of men and boys’, and ‘equality, diversity and inclusion’.The strategy, which puts the voices of women and girls at its heart, will be delivered in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, local councils, community organisations, businesses, and the public. A further £1 million of funding has been made available by the Mayor to support the it’s delivery. This builds on considerable work already ongoing in the region including:

  • £14 million for victims’ services across the next three years, many of which support women and girls.
  • A SmartTag spray for use in night-time venues that tags offenders with a unique forensic code so they can be identified and brought to justice.
  • Funding “Ask for Angela” services which enables those who feel vulnerable or unsafe to seek assistance in bars, clubs or businesses.
  • Over £500,000 for domestic abuse perpetrator programmes across West Yorkshire to reduce re-offending.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:  “We owe it to every little girl growing up in our brilliant and diverse region to provide them with a future where they are safe from harm. Male violence against women and girls is a scourge that must be addressed, and as someone who has experienced this first-hand, I have made that my top priority.“This plan, which has been co-designed with women, male allies and organisations across the region, sets out how together, we can make West Yorkshire a safe, just and inclusive place for women and girls.“Our time is now – we must do this together to overcome generations of injustice and harm and drive this important change.”

Alison Lowe OBE, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said:  “As a survivor of sexual and domestic abuse, I feel a strong personal responsibility towards making West Yorkshire safer for women and girls.“When it happened to me many years ago, I did not believe that I had a voice. But I am here now as the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in West Yorkshire to tell you that you will be heard, you will be believed, and you will be supported.“This Strategy builds on years of work, there’s still lots to do, but I can’t wait to see the incredible things we will achieve together.”The Mayor of West Yorkshire’s Safety of Women and Girls Strategy was co-designed through dedicated consultation events, a West Yorkshire wide call for evidence and public feedback from the Police and Crime Plan consultation.To find out more about the ongoing work to improve the safety of women and girls and read the strategy, visit https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/a-mayoral-combined-authority/mayoral-pledges/the-safety-of-women-and-girls/safety-of-women-and-girls-strategy/.

Message from WY Police : Clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups in Leicester

 

 

  • The police stand together with all communities in the UK and we will take action against any criminal behaviour, which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate.
  • We are aware of the clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups in Leicester and the potential impact that this incident may have on the community’s sense of safety.
  • There can never be any excuse for hate crime and this criminality will not be tolerated.
  • We want those who are victims of hate crime to feel confident in the belief that we’ll take your reports seriously, protect you and make sure you get all the support you need.
  • If you are a witness or a victim of hate crime or feel vulnerable, please contact someone to report it.
  • More people are reporting hate crime than ever before but it is still significantly underreported.
  • Do not suffer in silence; there are people who can help you.
  • Call the police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, or visit the True Vision website (www.report-it.org.uk)

Contacting the Police: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us

  • If you have information to share about any crime please either speak to a police officer in person or call 101.
  • If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired please register with 999 Emergency SMS service

Editor’s Note:

There are further ways to report hate incidents or hate crime, which can be found here:

Calderdale Hate Incident Report Centres

Have you booked your place on the CFFC Membership Event?

You’re invited to our relaunch event at Berties, Elland

on Wednesday 28th September 2022


Members and 
Non- Members are all warmly welcomed 

Wednesday 28th September
12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

Berties, Brook Street
Elland, HX5 9AW

 

We are going through a lot of change at the moment. We have a new Prime Minister. We have a new King. There is uncertainty about the cost of living crisis and how it will effect us.

Come along and join a group of like-minded people who want to see Calderdale thrive and be a great place to live and work at our membership event. You will feel supported and I’m pretty sure will leave having had a great time.

You’re invited to the official launch of our membership club. This is a monthly networking event for like minded people who support CFFC so we can connect people who care with local causes that matter. There will be open networking and a buffet lunch provided.

We are planning on having monthly events and will choose locations throughout the borough.

Register your free place here

Things have changed a lot over the last few years. Everyone wants more bang for their buck when they spend money, and membership is no different. If you want to get your Return on Investment from being a member, we can help you with that. If you want to know what your membership is being spent on, we can help with that too. If you want to feel connected with your community and help Calderdale thrive, well we can help with that too.

Let’s cut to the chase, so how much will it cost you?

There are different levels of membership, you can choose the one that’s right for you:

Voluntary / Not for profit Organisations : £10 per year

Friend of the Foundation – Individuals or small businesses / sole traders: 

£120 annually or £10 per month.

Foundation Club Members : £600 annually or £50 per month

There are many benefits to being a CFFC Member, including:

  • Monthly networking events
  • Certificate of membership (which looks good in your reception or office)
  • Being part of a group of people who care about their community and want to be part of something bigger making a difference
  • Supporting the Foundation so we can give out grants and continue our role to connect people and create a positive impact in our community in the 5 areas we have as priorities
  • The opportunity to show your support for an issue you care about
  • Invited to our AGM
  • The opportunity to engage with the issues you care about and be connected with volunteering or fundraising opportunities
  • Logo to use on your website, email signature, and social media
  • Invite to social events
  • Receive our Annual Report
  • 1 to 1 meeting so we can connect and introduce you to people
  • Listed in our online directory

100% of every membership fee goes towards making grants for one of the priorities you choose.

Plus, if you are a Foundation Club Member or a Friend of the Foundation in the first year we will match fund your membership to double the amount going towards making grants. If you are a Foundation Club member, your membership fee is £600 so £1200 will go towards grants and if you are a Friend of the Foundation, your membership fee is £120 so £240 will go towards making grants.

If you would like to become a member now, here is the link to complete the application form.

Click here to find out more about applying to become a member

It would be lovely to see you at the official relaunch and I hope you will be able to join us!

Register your free place here

Migration Yorkshire – Ukrainian population latest figures in West Yorkshire

We have released a new local migration data dashboard about the Ukrainian population today, with a text and video user guide.

The dashboard presents various open data sources about the newly arrived and settled Ukrainian population for local areas in Yorkshire and Humber, including:

  • key counts of the population group
  • a timeseries for new arrivals
  • regional and national comparisons
  • and additional insight into other population groups that may be impacted by the conflict in Ukraine [i.e. Russian, Polish, Belarusian].

We will regularly update the dashboard to provide timely insight into the emerging Ukrainian population and continue our commitment to make migration related data more accessible for the region.

We hope this is useful for you to increase knowledge and awareness, influence policy and support development of evidence-based services for the communities we serve.

Dean Field fundraiser to provide educational supplies and resources to schools in Uganda

Children at Dean Field Community Primary School are supporting one of their teachers who is participating in a charity fellowship to Uganda during the summer holidays this year.

The children have learned all about the different culture, education and poverty in the differing country during assembly and how Miss Fudge, Deputy Headteacher, will be supporting the education system out there. When she returns to Dean Field in September she will be able to share photos and information on how their fundraising made a difference to children out there, inspiring the charitable possibilities others could do in the future or may want to pursue when they are older.

Miss Fudge also shared the similarities and differences of the UK and Uganda’s education system so Dean Field children can understand the advantages and disadvantages of education across the world.

There is now an online fund raiser for Dean Field families to get involved in the project too and the money raised will be for purchasing school resources out there. If you would also like to get involved with the charity project then please see more information on the poster and via the Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/missfudgedeanfieldugandaproject2022

Healthy Holidays Summer 2022 Live from Friday 24th June

The Healthy Holidays Calderdale Programme is back for the Summer! Free places are available at Summer holiday clubs across the Borough for children aged 5-16 eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

Bookings go LIVE on Friday 24th June Here:

Healthy Holidays Calderdale Summer 2022

More information on the Healthy Holidays Summer scheme (PDF)

Migration Yorkshire – Local Migration Data update up to March 2022


We have updated our Local Migration Data Dashboards with data up to March 2022 on our statistics webpage. You can follow the links under the ‘interactive data dashboards’ section to find a dashboard with accompanying video and text user guide for:

  • Refugees arriving through a government resettlement scheme
  • Children who arrived here unaccompanied and are seeking asylum
  • People who are seeking asylum
  • Applications and outcomes in relation to the European Union Settlement Scheme [EUSS]

The dashboards include key counts of the population in local areas, provide characteristic breakdowns as well as long term trends and comparisons to other local authorities and regions.

Please note we have updated the ‘people who are seeking asylum’ dashboard to now include data about asylum seekers supported under Section 4, previously this only covered asylum seekers supported under Section 95. We were also expecting to add data about the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) in the ‘refugees arriving through a government resettlement scheme’ dashboard, however this data has not yet been released.

We have also produced a summary of key migration trends from the latest Home Office and ONS statistics released last week.