Green Doctors Calderdale – Free Service to help reduce energy bills

The Green Doctors visit around 2000 homes each year across the Yorkshire and North East regions. We help households to save between £100 – 1000 per year on their energy bills through switching and increased energy efficiency whilst also making homes warmer and healthier.

The Green Doctor service is completely free and provides valuable assistance to many vulnerable households. It may be an elderly person needing help switching, a young family applying for energy grants, or perhaps someone suffering from a health condition exacerbated by the cold and struggling to keep their home to a safe temperature. The scheme is open to eligible people in all types of tenure. Housing Associations, Local Councils, privately rented and privately owned residents are all offered the opportunity to participate in the Green Doctor scheme. The aim of the service is to provide ‘assisted action’ in order for people to maximise their income and to ’empower’ consumers to make informed decisions.

Programme criteria

  1. Low income
  2. Living with debt
  3. Physical health issues
  4. Mental health issues
  5. Dementia
  6. Disabled
  7. In emergency accommodation
  8. Poor housing conditions
  9. In receipt of benefits

How does the programme work?

The local referral network provides referrals of vulnerable residents who are in (or at risk of falling into) fuel poverty.

A householder can apply directly or be referred by a professional / organisation.

A highly-trained Green Doctor Home Energy Adviser then carries out a home visit (these are now being conducted over the telephone due to Covid).  The Green Doctor assessor will provide tailored in – depth energy efficiency advice and help look for a better deal on energy bills and applying for grants such as the Warm Homes Discount. All the team are trained to assess and advise on heating systems, damp and mould, and can support clients to deal with problems with energy and water suppliers.

Based on the findings of the visit/telephone call there are a range of onward referrals that can be made. These include: referral to an income maximisation service, assessment for larger energy efficiency measures (insulation and heating), referral to the local fire service Safe & Well scheme, and identification of serious hazards in the home. With over 12 years’ experience, the Green Doctor team are highly trained in dealing with the wide variety of issues that present themselves during the many home visits we make and we have built partnerships with many local support organisations.

All Green Doctors are trained to City & Guilds Level 3 Energy Awareness 6281-01 as a minimum. We also have 2 fully qualified City & Guilds 6361 Domestic Energy Assessors who are able to assess properties and households for larger energy efficiency measures such as central heating systems and cavity / loft insulation. In addition, all our Green Doctor team are trained to identify, advise and support households with damp, mould and condensation issues.

The Green Doctors have training in mental health awareness, suicide awareness, safeguarding, de-escalation techniques, crime prevention, dementia friendly training, Better Conversations, Universal Credit, Falls, Trips and hazards & hoarding awareness training.

In terms of outreach/marketing/promotion the Green Doctors delivered almost 200 presentations, talks and workshops in the last year to a wide range of both frontline professional workers and local community groups. We also deliver in-depth training for front line workers with our own Green Doctor Accredited ‘Fuel Poverty Awareness’ course.

First Steps – Walking Workshop in Calderdale February 1st

Getting out for a stroll is one of the few ways we can all move more at the moment. We’d like your help to understand what groups, routes and resources are out there so together we can make it easier for everyone to find a way to walk. For further details and to register on to the event, please visit

Facebook event:

Actual Eventbrite link to register:

Active Calderdale walking workshop full

Beyond the Pain 8 week course by Healthy Minds

Do you live with chronic pain or have a long term health condition?

This step by step 8 week course is designed to help you live a joyful and fulfilling life by lightening the load of living with pain so it doesn’t dominate your life.


The course will go through mindful techniques and meditation that will help put you in touch with your body and in control.

It will be run by Zoom and starts on the 28th of January.

For information and to book a place, contact Nic on mobile : 07985 754898 or
Places are limited and booking is essential.

Safespace Calderdale, out of hours support for emotional distress by Healthy Minds

Safespace is an out of hours emotional support service for adults in Calderdale. It is a place of safety for people experiencing emotional distress. We can offer you the time and space to talk through what’s happening and explore different ways to help you.

Download Leaflet here

Safespace is available every evening from 6.30pm – 10.30pm.  It can only be accessed by appointment.

To access Safespace,

Call 01422 345154
Text 07388 990227
We can call you back. Please be aware that the call may come from a withheld number.
Facebook: safespace calderdale
For general enquiries or support, email

If lines are busy, please leave a message and a member of the team will call you back.

If you need urgent crisis support call 01924 316830 (24 hours NHS)
You can also contact Samaritans on 116 123

Younger People’s Services:
Saneline 0300 304 7000 (aged 16+), open 4.30-10.30pm daily
Papyrus HOPELINE 0800 068 4141 open til 10pm daily

SureStart Children’s Centres Recruiting Now! January 2021

We are delighted to be able to advertise a number of vacancies within our Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation:

  • Caretaker – 30 hours per week
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – 2 x 37 hours per week
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – 2 x 19 hours per week

 Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 27th January 2021

 For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at:


Healthy Minds Workshops & Groups January 2021

Healthy Minds Calderdale are putting together a series of informative, helpful workshops, designed to assist during the challenging times we’re facing.

Their workshops happen over zoom and give the opportunity for all participants to get together and work through issues, finding ways of dealing with difficult situations and improving wellbeing.

There are social groups and art workshops too. You’re bound to find something of interest!



Social Anxiety – Tuesday 19th Jan, 11-12.30pm
In this workshop we will discuss what social anxiety is and identify what triggers
anxiety. We will then explore realistic ways of managing social anxiety with the
opportunity to make a personalised plan.
Paper-based postal versions of all workshops are also available.

Regular groups

Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing – 1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month, 6-7.30pm
A light hearted space for people to make some creative connections. Each session is
themed and past activities have included mask making, Zentangling and origami.

Outdoors-in 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 2-3.30pm
Each session is based on an outdoor topic, including all things allotments and
nature. The group bring a contribution to the session in a ‘show and tell’ format, have
fun and learn new things.

Anxiety and Depression Peer-Support groups, twice monthly
(Call conferencing)
A peer-support telephone group for those who would like to access peer support but
prefer not to use Zoom video link. The groups are a safe and non-judgmental space
and offer structure, guidance and support for those experiencing anxiety and

Social Zoom Group every Monday morning

Join us for a catch-up, cuppa and chat every Monday morning via Zoom. The group
is light and loosely structured – based on the ideas and interests of group member
and is a chance to find out about upcoming events in Healthy Minds and local area.
So get in touch and join us… do bring your own brew though!

New Group for 2021!

Recovery group (CHIME) once every month (5 sessions in total)

The group will explore key themes about recovery in mental health: Connectedness,
Hope and Optimism, Identity, Meaning in Life and Empowerment; exploring how
these themes relate to our personal recovery journey.
Please note: this is a closed group for people who have attended workshops, groups
and courses with Healthy Minds.

To book or to access further details about any of workshops or groups please email:
Or call: 01422 345154
For more information about our services and updates please visit our website:

VSI Alliance – We want your feedback on content

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


The VSI Alliance are seeking your feedback on our weekly update to find out if we are including the right information for you and your organisation’s needs. Your feedback will form part of a review of the layout and content of our update to make sure it is fit for purpose and as useful as possible.

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About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact