Spread the kindness by ‘Looking out for each other’


Partnership inspires young people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to spread the kindness by ‘Looking out for each other’

Over 22 local organisations working alongside young people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate have signed up to support a new #SpreadTheKindness campaign.

In September, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) launched an exciting new phase of the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ community campaign. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic the campaign had inspired over 49,000 people to get involved by making a positive difference to their neighbours’ lives through acts of kindness.

#SpreadTheKindness is reaching 15–24-year-olds living, in education or working across the area.  It aims to encourage young people to check in and share positive messages with friends either online or in person.

WY&H HCP wants to thank all organisations who have already signed up to the campaign and who are sharing it with local young people.  This includes: Coop Member Pioneer and Calder community cares, North Yorkshire County Council, The Brunswick Centre, Wakefield Youth Justice Services, Kirklees Council, Good News Yorkshire, Healthy Futures Calderdale ,Leeds University Union, Barca-Leeds, 12th Leeds Boys: Brigade, Joint Activities & Motor Education Service, Newground Together, The Holy Family Catholic School, The Youth Association, Calder Community Cares, Leeds College of Building, Young Lives Consortium, Healthwatch , Crofton and Sharlston Medical Practice, Children Inspired by Yoga, The Kindness Hub and North Huddersfield Trust School.

As more organisations continue to sign up each day it’s not too late to join them. If you work alongside local young people, you can sign up to the campaign today. It takes two minutes to complete an online form at: ourneighbours.org.uk/eachother/

The simplicity of the #SpreadTheKindness campaign means organisations can adapt the campaign to suit them and the young people they work alongside. Once organisations sign-up they receive a supporter’s pack containing the campaign materials and one of the campaign ambassadors will be in touch to talk you through some ideas of how you can use the pack. There’s lots of ways to work with young people and showcase how they are spreading kindness, this could be through a short video, taking photographs or sharing their activity online.

The Brunswick Centre provides community-based services across Calderdale and Kirklees and are actively supporting the campaign. The young people from the LGBT youth group created a video about how they are spreading kindness with each other and this can be viewed online .

Kate Ribchester a LGBT Youth Worker from The Brunswick Centre said: “At the Brunswick centre our young people have really embraced spreading kindness, from small gestures of making toast to listening and being there for each other. As a worker we are constantly seeing young people struggling with their mental health. Spreading acts of kindness, we know helps improve mental health and spreads happiness”

Beate Wagner, Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Wakefield Council and Joint Senior Responsible Officer for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Children, Young People and Families Programme, said: “Looking out for each other has never been more important. A huge thank you to the broad variety of organisations, schools and settings working alongside young people that have so far signed up. Services in daily contact with young people such as the community groups, justice services and universities are already making such a positive difference and even more so by sharing this simple but important message”.


Dr Adam Sheppard, Chair of NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, and the urgent and emergency care programme board, said “The many local organisations signing up gives this campaign the platform to make a real difference. Increasing the connectivity and personal resilience of young people are factors that can have a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing. It’s great to know that so many local young people will be seeing it and inspired by it.”

Saleem a campaign ambassador for #SpreadTheKindness said “It has been great speaking to lots of different organisations and discussing how they can get involved with the campaign. Sign up today by visiting the website ourneighbours.org/eachother.”

Commemoration of World AIDS Day at Square Chapel

A reminder that World AIDS Day is December 1.

To commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day join together at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts to remember those affected by HIV throughout the World. The evening will feature people telling stories of their experience of HIV along with guest speakers, music recitals and a performance by an African drum troupe. This event is organised by The Brunswick Centre, which provides a number of services across Calderdale and Kirklees www.thebrunswickcentre.org.uk

This is a free event and starts at 6pm until 7:30pm approximately.

Refreshments available to purchase from the café.

Call the Brunswick Centre on 01422 341764  for more information.


National HIV testing week 2016

Running from Saturday 19 to Friday 25 November, the purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the importance of testing for HIV – HIV TESTING SAVES LIVES.

People still choose to not get tested, due to the fear of stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV.

For testing and support, visit your GP or the following websites or find out more by watching the video below:

The Brunswick Centre – Sessional Counsellors Required

The Brunswick Centre’s Counselling Service is available in Calderdale and Kirklees for those who are:

  • HIV positive
  • A carer, partner or family member of someone who is HIV positive
  • A gay, or bisexual man, or a man who has sex with men or is attracted to men
  • A woman in a relationship with a man who has sex with or is attracted to men

We are seeking skilled and fully qualified counsellors or psychotherapists to join our existing team. This is an excellent opportunity to build a client portfolio, work with complex need and improve outcomes for some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Be qualified in their field
  • Belong to their relevant professional body
  • Have a portable Enhanced DBS Disclosure or willing to undertake one
  • Have undertaken or willing to undertake Safeguarding training
  • Be able to provide two professional references
  • Be able to show proof of regular supervision
  • Have a flexible approach and attitude
  • Live or work in the Kirklees and/or Calderdale area
  • Preferably have experience of working with these service user groups

In return he Brunswick Centre will:

  • Provide a Service Level Agreement
  • Pay a competitive sessional rate
  • Provide clients
  • Flexible working

Useful information on our counselling service and our other work can be found on our website: http://www.thebrunswickcentre.org.uk/counselling

Other useful information on the psychological wellbeing of the service user groups we work with can be found on these websites:

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015

To coincide with National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015, Calderdale Hate Crime Partnership is working with partners including Calderdale Council, Calderdale Police, Pennine Housing 2000, Calderdale Citizens Advice Bureau, Calderdale College, Victim Support West Yorkshire, Brunswick Centre and partners to supporting activities across the borough.

The week runs from Saturday 10 October to Saturday 17 October 2015.

The Partnership will be raising awareness of hate crime reporting and what individuals can do should they experience or witness anyone experiencing hate crime.

In the Police and Crime Plan 2013 – 18, the Police Crime Commissioner has committed to tackling hate crime and provide support for victims. In Calderdale, we work very closely with partners to ensure that appropriate support in made available to victims suffering from any elements of hate crime.

This year’s campaign is based on, “Hate Hurts. Report it, Sort it, say No to Hate Crime”.

To support the activities during the week, information will be available from Pennine Housing 2000 offices, Calderdale Citizen’s Advice Bureau offices, Calderdale College, Customer First Horton Street, Brunswick Centre, Halifax Central Initiative and Ovenden Mixenden Initiative. We are also working with community organisations in sending out a clear message that hate crimes will not be tolerated in the borough.

How do I report a hate crime incident?

  • Always call 999 in an emergency where there is danger to life or crime is in progress
  • Call 101 for non-emergencies
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired you can use textphone 18001 101 or mobile text phone 07786 200 200
  • Visit your local police station
  • Use the service of the independent Hate Incident Reporting Centre (full list available of Calderdale Council website or West Yorkshire Police website)
  • Report non-emergency hate incidents online using the online reporting form – www.westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrime
  • Speak to the Calderdale Councils Cohesion and Equality Officer on 01422 392869 or contact by email at sail.suleman@calderdale.gov.uk

Weekly stop smoking clinic at Sainsbury’s

Due to the high smoking rates amongst LGBT communities and people with HIV, The Brunswick Centre and Yorkshire Smokefree are pleased to announce that they will be running a weekly stop smoking clinic which is open to all.

Starting Saturday 10 October – From 12pm to 2.30pm
At Sainsbury’s in Halifax, HX2 7NP

For further information email farzana@thebrunswickcentre.org.uk or call Farzana Ali on 07976 402222

Free, rapid HIV tests – No appointment necessary

HIVWeekAs part of the National HIV testing week, FREE rapid HIV testing will be available on Saturday 22 November from 2pm till 4pm at The Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax.

If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Helen on 07900 533137.

Please visit www.thebrunswickcentre.org.uk for more information on HIV.