Fire Safety Advice from Together Housing

In light of the fire at a high rise block in London, Together Housing would like to reassure all tenants and nearby residents of any high rise blocks that they are confident everything possible is  done to ensure they are protected and kept safe.

However, as a precaution, Together Housing are double checking all procedures over the coming weeks and will be re-issuing fire safety advice to tenants.

Together Housing has cladding on a number of its properties and, following speculation in the media, understand tenant’s concern about whether it is fire resistant.

In construction, Together Housing have taken every step possible to ensure the materials they use are fire resistant and the design safe. The details from the Grenfell Tower Fire are not yet known but Together Housing are reviewing this on a daily basis as details become available and will be keeping tenants informed through digital channels.

Read the full press release from Together Housing here…

Calderdale armed forces veteran network is up and running

“Veterans helping veterans”- providing comradeship and support in a safe environment.

That’s the motto of the new Calderdale Armed Forces Veterans Network which meets weekly in the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is part of this initiative to create a weekly support group for serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Three people from the Trust set the group up when they noticed a gap in the support provided in Calderdale and the North for armed forces personnel and veterans.

The network will provide a place where serving army personnel and veterans of all ages, including their families, can meet in a non-clinical setting. Information, signposting, support and advice on a wide range of mental health and social issues unique to armed forces personnel will be offered at a one-stop-shop, alongside opportunities to socialise. The network is run by healthcare professionals who have served in the forces, who understand military mentality and who share many of their experiences.

The network is being funded by two Trust programmes designed to back initiatives which traditionally might not receive NHS funding: Creative Mind and the Trust Charitable Funds, both of which provide resources for services not normally paid for by the NHS.

Rob Webster, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“This new network will provide welcome support to our armed forces personnel and veterans.”

“We are bringing organisations together to make sure that our armed forces personnel are supported in dealing with any problems or issues they may face, and helping them to meet like-minded people who can share experiences and support.”

“This network is led by veterans so they understand what it is like to leave the forces and adjust back to civilian life. I am pleased that we are able to give something back and help our armed forces veterans in this way.”

The network meets every Wednesday at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax between 1pm and 3pm – Refreshments are provided and the whole family is invited.

Those interested in the group can call 07464 496490 for more information.

Innovative Police Liaison Scheme nominated for a national HSJ Award

The Calderdale and Kirklees police liaison scheme has been nominated for an HSJ Award 2016, recognising the scheme for its innovation in mental health and the way that it has improved experiences of service users in crisis.

The HSJ Awards celebrate the finest achievements in the NHS and are seen as the most sought after accolade in British healthcare, being the biggest awards scheme of its kind in the world.

The police liaison scheme is run in Kirklees and Calderdale and involves mental health nurses working alongside officers at Halifax and Huddersfield police stations to recognise the signs of mental illness.

This ensures fewer people with mental health conditions are placed on Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, held in a cell or admitted to A&E when there are more appropriate ways of providing health care for them. The scheme also enables practitioners to visit victims and witnesses at home and support police officers at the scene of an incident.

The police liaison scheme is supported by the clinical commissioning groups in Calderdale and Kirklees and has had its funding extended, demonstrating how much of an impact the scheme has had in improving mental health services.

Read more about the scheme at

Mental health support for perinatal women

perinatal womenPerinatal women across Calderdale and Kirklees will now have easy access to information on how to get help for mental health issues that present themselves during pregnancy and after their baby is born.

The perinatal period is a uniquely stressful time for women and their families. Women are more likely to experience a mental health problem than a physical health problem as a consequence of pregnancy, and are more likely to experience a serious mental illness than at any other time of their lives.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is working together with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust to ensure that midwives are skilled to identify mental health issues and offer information where women can access services.

Women and their families will be given access to information from (IAPT) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, which provides a choice of services for people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression, stress, panic and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Karen Taylor, South West Yorkshire Partnership’s District Director for Calderdale and Kirklees said:

“This is a great initiative that offers valuable help to women at a time when they may need extra support to deal with the stresses often associated with pregnancy.

Our IAPT service is uniquely placed to support women and their families during this time by providing help in dealing with depression, anxiety, stress or any other mild to moderate mental problems they may be facing.

While IAPT can help anyone, regardless of gender or age, it is good that perinatal women will now have easy access to mental health advice and support whenever they need it.”

Calderdale and Huddersfield Trust employs a perinatal mental health midwife to oversee the care provided to women during the perinatal period, and to help further develop the maternity and mental health services compliance with best practice, including NICE guidance.

The perinatal mental health midwife role includes overseeing the care provided to women and their families, referring and communicating with the mental health team, and updating the maternity service of plan of care, including guidance in relation to medication. The midwife also trains maternity staff on a monthly basis to identify women at risk of developing perinatal mental illness.

IAPT provide support to people in Kirklees and Calderdale who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems, including depression, stress, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and dealing with phobias.

More information on IAPT can be found onnline at or by phoning 01484 434625 or 01484 434626.

MP’s ask Mixenden youths about integration

DSC00093Heather Stout from the Mixenden Initiative arranged for Halifax MP Holly Lynch and the MP for Streatham, Chuka Umunna, to visit Mixenden Activity Centre, where they talked to a group of local young people about their thoughts on integration.

Chuka Umanna is making it his business to find out why the electorate voted to leave the EU, and he was particularly interested in what young people feel about the situation.

Chuka and Holly sat and talked to the youths at the Mixenden Activity Centre for an hour and asked them for their honest opinions on integration, leaving the EU and what they liked about living in Mixenden.

IMG-20160823-WA0002They weren’t left disappointed, as the young people spoke honestly and from the heart on the topic at hand before the MP’s had a tour of Calderdale’s Premier Outdoor Activity Centre.

MP Holly Lynch is a regular visitor to Mixenden Activity Centre and was very proud to show her colleague around who was very impressed with the centre, commenting that he wished his constituency had such fantastic facilities.

To find out more about the centre and some of the fantastic things to do there visit

Junior rugby returns to Halifax RUFC

Halifax RUFC ShieldSpecial junior sessions open to boys and girls of all ages will run at Ovenden Park on Wednesday 29 June at 6.30pm and Saturday 2 July at 11am.

Halifax RUFC are delighted to reveal their plans to bring junior rugby back to Ovenden Park.

Despite boasting a thriving senior section – made up of men’s, ladies and mixed ability teams – Halifax have been without a junior membership for the past few years.

However Toby Turner has now taken up the role as head of junior rugby at Halifax RUFC and will work with the club’s rugby committee and the RFU in a bid to revive the juniors.

Director of rugby Tony Curtis said: “We are delighted that Toby will be spearheading this initiative. He is a Halifax club man who is keen to put something back into the club.

“The juniors are a vital part of the club’s long-term aims, In the past we have seen some really good players come through the youth ranks to represent the club, with a number of last season’s first second team squads having been part of our last batch of juniors.”

Halifax RUFC will host now special junior sessions at Ovenden Park on Wednesday June 29th (at 6.30pm) and Saturday July 2 (at 11am), with boys and girls of all ages welcome along.

For more details about the juniors, contact Toby on 07854 094760 or Tony on 07554 013307.

Calderdale College Workplace Learning Project gives boost to Economy

Over £795m Generated Back into the Economy thanks to Calderdale College’s Workplace Learning Project

Over 6,000 businesses and more than 29,000 employees across the North of England have accessed fully funded training thanks to Workplace Learning, creating significant benefits to the economy.

Results from an independent evaluation into the £35m project managed by Calderdale College, on behalf of the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges, revealed that training has exceeded employees’ expectations and their confidence in their ability to learn has improved considerably, confirming the project’s extensive success for employees and businesses alike.

Skill levels in the workplace have developed and the day to day running of the businesses has improved, and one of the most staggering findings show that for every £1 of funding claimed, £22 worth of economic contribution will be generated, higher than the national average amount.

Principal of Calderdale College John Rees, comments on the positive findings to come from the evaluation:

“The results of the evaluation show that Workplace Learning has been extremely well received by employers and employees. It highlights the continued importance of investing in skills and builds on the significant results we’ve achieved for the region and beyond over the last 10 years. I am delighted that Calderdale College and our partners were able to contribute to the significant results showcased in these reports.”

The feedback from employers has been overwhelmingly positive. One business that benefitted was Viable SEO, who accessed the funding through Enterprise Made Simple.

Helen Turley, Owner of Viable SEO commented: “The Going for Growth course I undertook has had quite a big impact on the business, primarily with my confidence but also internally within the business; it’s really helped the company thrive.”

Visit to access the full reports.

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