Universal Credit Help to Claim Service

Citizens Advice Calderdale has launched a new service called ‘Help to Claim’ for those who need to apply for Universal Credit in Calderdale.

They are working in collaboration with the Citizens Advice Network and more locally with Calderdale Council and Job Centre Plus (Calderdale) to support people in submitting their Universal credit application to get their first full payment.

Help will be tailored to the individual and be available; face to face, over the phone (0800 144 8444) and online through webchat and advice content (www.citizensadvice.org.uk). This may include assistance with the online application form or help with providing evidence like childcare costs.

The main drop-in has now moved to Customer First so that they can work with the existing Council team to help people start a claim and get ready for their work coach appointment. They will be there Monday to Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm for clients needing help with making a claim and generalist advice needs.

Just as a reminder, they continue to offer bespoke debt advice via their team of specialist debt caseworkers, who help people manage problem debt and the Improving Lives team who help clients make appeals in relation to ESA, PIP and DLA.

If any partners would like further information about the Help to Claim service or any other services available at Citizens Advice Calderdale, please contact Caroline Jones on 01422 340303 or caroline.jones@calderdalecab.org.uk

Home-Start Calderdale Extraordinary General Meeting

Home-Start will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on Friday 26 April, 1:00pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Square Road HX1 1QG followed by a Thank You and Goodbye Gathering to celebrate the amazing contributions that Home-Start has brought to Calderdale over the last 20 years.

A light buffet and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to info@homestartcalderdale.org.uk

Volunteer with Home Start Calderdale

You could have the skills to make a real difference to a local family.

Home Start Calderdale is currently looking for volunteers who have parenting experience to support families in the local area by visiting them and offering friendly and practical support. By giving just 2 hours a week you can help local families to cope with the pressures they are facing and make a difference to both parents and children.

To learn a little more, courses are starting in January 2019 at Beech Hill School and Todmorden Health Centre. For more information call 01422 241124 or email info@homestartcalderdale.org.uk.

To print off the posters below to display in your notice boards click on these links home start poster (1) home start poster (2)

Home-Start Calderdale Celebration & AGM

Home-Start Calderdale’s team will be on hand to chat and discuss the support they can offer to families you are working with at their Celebration and Annual General Meeting.

Wednesday 13 July – 11.30am to 1.30pm
At The Tower House Hotel, Pye Nest, Halifax HX2 7EW

Please confirm your attendance by calling 01422 242124 or email info@homestartcalderdale.org.uk

Date for your diary… The Great Home-Start Bake Off!

HOMESTARTHome-Start are offering you the chance to meet the team at a coffee and cake morning where you could even judge the staff’s baking efforts “Bake-Off” style, with plenty of innuendo!

Monday 9 November 2015 – From 10am to 12.30pm
At Home Start Calderdale, Holmfield Mills,  HX3 6SN

If you would like to attend this event RSVPs to gail@homestartcalderdale.org.uk so they know how much to bake.

Could you give a parent a helping hand – Home Start Course

home start logoBeing a parent can be tough sometimes…Can you spare 2 hours every week to give a parent under pressure a helping hand?

The next Home-Start Preparation Course starts on Saturday 25 April 2015 at Holmfield Mills and offers you a chance to make a difference!

For further information please call 01422 242124

A Calderdale Family Needs You!

home start logoHome-Start Calderdale is a registered Charity supporting Families with at least one child under the age of 5 and volunteers visit a family once a week for a couple of hours to offer them support according to their needs.

Your skills as a parent could make a huge difference to the lives of children.

By giving 2 to 3 hours of your time for Home-Start you could be making a real difference to children right here in Calderdale and a young parent could really benefit from your experience!

For Further information please call 01422 340819 or visit homestartcalderdale.org.uk

You can also take part in the next 10 week preparation course held from April 2015 at Southowram Children Centre.