Get Involved in Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness in the Upper Valley

Social isolation and loneliness are one of the biggest growing issues in the UK.

In the Upper Calder Valley, quality volunteers and innovative social enterprises are tackling this epidemic.

Calderdale Upper Valley and Palliative Adult Social Care team are showcasing the fantastic work done by our voluntary community at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Thursday 28 February, 10:00am-1:00pm.

Find out how you can get involved or take similar action in your own community,

  • Meet People
  • Build Connections
  • Develop new skills
  • Work Together
  • Share knowledge
  • Belong to your community
  • Forge new relationships
  • Transform your community

Sign up for #electricvalley to Petition for Electrification of the Calder Valley Rail Line

A petition calling for the electrification of the Calder Valley line has been launched by Calderdale Council as part of its campaign for greater investment in the service.

After months of misery, the Council is asking commuters to pledge their support for change by signing the online petition at Find out more about the campaign at Sign up for #electricvalley.

Commuters, businesses and visitors can also back the campaign through social media by demanding change using the hashtag #electricvalley on Twitter and Facebook.

The Calder Valley line is consistently one of the poorest performers across the West Yorkshire network.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:
“Improving the service, its reliability, capacity and quality, is a priority because of the economic, social and environmental benefits which it would bring. Regular commuters have suffered delays and cancellations for months as a result of the timetable changes in May 2018.  We need everyone to sign the petition to express their frustration and really demonstrate the weight of public opinion. It’s time for change.”

The Calder Valley line links Leeds and Manchester via Bradford, Halifax and Rochdale, plus several other towns in the Upper Calder Valley.

It also provides a connection between York and Blackpool and Huddersfield via Brighouse.

Full electrification of the line would improve journey times; make train services more reliable, cheaper to run and less costly for passengers; help cut congestion on the roads, leading to better air quality and fewer carbon dioxide emissions.
The Council also wants faster, more frequent trains; better access for walkers, cyclists and buses; and improved station car parking, especially in the growth area of Brighouse.

Small Grants Scheme for Voluntary and Community Projects in Calderdale

Calderdale Council’s Small Grants Scheme provides small grants of up to £2,500 to voluntary and community groups all over Calderdale. Each year we £70,000 is awarded a range of community initiatives and voluntary sector projects.

These grants are distributed through a Small Grants Panel, made up of five Calderdale Councillors and three representatives from voluntary groups, community groups and groups that represent communities of interest. The Panel meets four times a year on a Thursday afternoon for two hours.

The voluntary and community sector representatives are appointed for three years, and we are now inviting nominations for representatives to serve on the Voluntary Sector Grants Panel for 2019 to 2022. Each organisation can nominate one person as a representative. The nomination form can be found at our web page

If you feel that you or someone else in your organisation would like to be a member of the Small Grants Panel, please complete the nomination form, and return it by Monday 25th February 2019. After the nominations have closed, details of all nominees will then be available on this web page, and voluntary and community groups will be asked to vote for the individuals that they would like to see represent them on the Panel.

Before you decide whether to nominate a representative from your organisation, details about the Small Grants scheme can be found at

Please return nomination form to
Voluntary Sector Grants Panel
2nd Floor, Westgate House
Or email
Phone 01422 392317

Bradshaw Hosts Tour de Yorkshire Roadshow

Businesses and residents in Calderdale are invited to find out more about the Tour de Yorkshire at an upcoming roadshow event which will take place at Bradshaw Cricket Club15A Bradshaw Lane, Halifax HX2 9XB on Monday 11 February from 6pm.

Welcome to Yorkshire will be joined at the event by representatives from Calderdale Council’s tourism team, who will help share information on how to get involved and inform local residents, businesses and community groups about the many exciting opportunities that come with the race.

The Tour de Yorkshire begins on Thursday 2 May, with the race coming to Calderdale on Sunday 5 May, starting from the Piece Hall in Halifax.

In the run up to the race, Welcome to Yorkshire is hosting a series of information events across the county, with an event at Bradshaw Cricket Club on Monday 11 February from 6pm.

Details on road closures and Welcome to Yorkshire’s various cycling legacy projects will be discussed, along with ways people can volunteer to become Tour Makers or take part in the ever popular best dressed and land art competitions.

Junior Wardens Whitehill Community Academy Learn About Child Sexual Exploitation

Junior Wardens from Whitehill Community Academy welcomed Catherine Edwards CSE Project Worker CSE Hub Calderdale Council West Yorkshire Police Station into school to talk about Healthy Relationships On Line Safety and Raising CSE awareness with Young People

The wardens had really informative interactive and fun discussions around awareness across the board and how to look out for any possible indicators of CSE By Challenge thinking and start conversations and discussion about relationships with adults who support where appropriate

The session was very interactive and fun, asking the wardens what their thoughts and ideas are about relationships and online safety and giving them thoughts about how much information we give away ourselves via social media and how we can protect ourselves further by creating Complex Passwords. …

Boost Network Security. …or following simple safety steps

Staying Safe Online…..

1)      Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.

2)      Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself.  Once you’ve put  a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.

3)      Keep your privacy settings as high as possible

4)      Never give out your passwords (only to parents )

5)      Don’t befriend people you don’t know

6)      Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.  Speak to your parent or teacher about people suggesting you do

7)      Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are

8)      Think carefully about what you say before you post something online

9)      If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.

10)   KEEP SAFE Keep informed and up to date with procedures and information and informing parents how to safeguard their children via social media.

Have You Ever Considered Fostering?

Fostering is incredibly rewarding. As a foster carer you can make a massive difference to a child or young person and help give them the best possible start in life.

Foster carers are amazing people who provide a loving family home where children and young people can feel safe, settled and happy. Fostering with Calderdale Council means becoming part of a team that does everything it can to help young people live their lives to the full.

Steve, a Calderdale foster carer, said: “It’s been life changing and so rewarding for us. Knowing that we’re helping young people to be safe and happy is a brilliant feeling.”

To find out more about fostering in Calderdale, download the information pack here or go to the Calderdale Fostering Website.

The Fostering Coffee Morning is a monthly drop in to meet the fostering team and foster carers from Calderdale Council. The next coffee morning is on Tuesday 29 January, 09:30am-11:30am at COSTA Coffee, 8 Woolshops, Halifax and is an opportunity to have an informal discussion and find out about fostering for Calderdale.

There are information booklets for you to take away and the team is happy to answer any questions you may have.

Cabinet Budget Proposals for Consultation

The Cabinet’s budget proposals are now available for consultation on the Calderdale Council website.

The draft proposals were tabled at the Cabinet meeting on 14 January, marking the start of a 28 day public consultation.

There will be three drop in events to discuss the budget proposals as follows;

Thursday 24 January, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Todmorden Town Hall Courtroom
‎Bridge Street, Todmorden, OL14 5AQ

Monday 28 January, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Brighouse Library
Halifax Rd, Brighouse HD6 2AF

Tuesday 5 February, 12:00pm–6:00pm
Halifax Town Hall
Crossley Street, HX1 1UJ

The Cabinet is required to make further savings of £900,000 to achieve a balanced budget in 2019/20 on top of those which have been agreed by Council in previous years. It is anticipated that savings of £6.7million will be required in 2020/21 and £7.6million in 2021/22.

The future spending plans of the Government along with a comprehensive review of how councils are financed are due to be announced later this year. This uncertainty means that this year’s Cabinet budget proposals cover only the spending and savings decisions required in 2019/20 for which funding levels are known.

A major public consultation about the future structure and management of the Council will be held later this year, which will guide future budget proposals in subsequent years once there is greater certainty about government funding levels.

To help the Council maintain essential local services, the financial plan for 2019/20 retains the 2.99% rise in Council Tax rates agreed during last year’s budget process.

The proposals address some of the services within the Council which are facing the biggest financial pressures:

  • Additional Council money has been allocated to cover rising demand and costs in Adult’s and Children’s Social Care on top of £2.5m of extra Government funding.
  • Additional provision of £500k to help with winter maintenance/gritting costs has also been made should it be required to help protect road users and maintain other services during wintry conditions.
  • To reduce poverty and inequality the Cabinet is proposing to continue its commitment to pay social care providers an additional £1.3 million in 2019/20 to raise staff pay, improve training and terms and conditions.
    To help fund the additional savings, the Cabinet budget report proposes that in 2019/20 the Council will:
  • Operate more commercially to maximise income and resources by making the most use out of capital funding, achieving more planning fee income from increased housebuilding, selling surplus assets, reducing the money paid to West Yorkshire Combined Authority and changing Council Tax exemptions.
  • Provide services more efficiently, making greater use of technology and equipment (especially in Adults’ Social Care) and explore ways of reducing costs by delivering some activities in different ways.
  • Work more efficiently at lower cost in areas providing back-office support (including reviewing staff travel arrangements) and streamlining how the Council itself operates on a democratic level.

The budget proposals are available to view at