Winter Payments Available for Families in Need

Message from Calderdale Council:

The government recently announced a package of extra targeted financial support for those families most in need across England for the cost of food, energy and water bills and other associated costs.

Read the Government announcement on Gov.UK here

We have contacted all families in Calderdale that are eligible, either by letter or email.  There is no application needed – funding will be awarded automatically once they have provided bank details.  All they need to do is follow the instructions in the letter/email and we will do the rest.

To date we have awarded almost £500k to over 4,500 families.

If you know anybody that has been contacted by us, please reassure them that this is legitimate and encourage them to take action.

Frequently Asked Questions and a link to the secure portal are now live on our website.

Have you considered reviewing your energy supplier?

As the temperature plummets and the initial cold weather starts to become a long term reality, it may be time to consider reviewing your energy supplier.

Citizens Advice Calderdale has an Energy Champion ready to support you with this process and want everyone in Calderdale to be on the cheapest energy tariff and to have a warm home and keep healthy this winter.

What can we do?
Citizens Advice will train all your volunteers and front line workers on how to use comparison websites and give them the tips of the trade to saving their clients money.

We also take referrals for clients who need us to help them get some cheaper options for their utilities. This can be done over the phone.

For further information contact susan.thorpe@calderdalecab.org.uk

Healthy Minds Courses, Workshops, Activities and Groups

healthy mindsHealthy Minds will be running a variety of recovery and support courses and workshops throughout Autumn – Winter 2016-2017.

Click here to see upcoming activities

The aim is to provide participants with an opportunity to gain insight, self-understanding and skills to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

For more information or to book on to courses and workshops contact Healthy Minds on 01422 345154 or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

The true cost of burglary campaign

Burglars know the price of everything and the value of nothing – that is the message being highlighted by West Yorkshire Police as part of their latest burglary campaign.

The campaign aims to make people think about the true cost of burglary, as this can be both emotional and financial.

Being burgled can be devastating for victims, not only is it upsetting and inconvenient to lose the items that you have worked hard to pay for, but it can also lead to sleepless nights, feelings of anger and the loss of treasured memories and personal items.

Following crime prevention tips can help to secure your home and deter burglars. Find them at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/truecost

For more information about home security call 101 and ask to speak to your local Crime Prevention Officer or follow on Twitter using #wypburglary.

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Enjoy winter warmers at Flutterbytes Cafe

The clocks go back this weekend and the cold weather is on its way so why not stop in at Flutterbytes café at Manor Heath Park for winter warmers, including hot butternut squash soup and parkin.

Open 7 days a week from Monday 2 November – 9.30am to 3pm

During December why not meet in this relaxing environment for mince pies and christmas cake and don’t forget that Father Christmas will be visiting the park on the 12 and 19 December at 10.30am

From Monday 4 January the café will open at the following times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, – 9.30am to 1pm
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 9.30am to 3pm

History classes in Calderdale

WEA LogoGet involved with history classes in Calderdale covering topics such as Industrial history & heritage of Yorkshire, Victorian Explorers, Family History and more.

Starting autumn and winter terms in Halifax or Hebden Bridge.

Fees are £20 to £70.88 depending on the length of course you choose and if you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a FREE course.

You can enrol online at enrolonline.wea.org.uk or telephone 01422 822342.

Art & Literature classes in Calderdale

WEA LogoAre you a fan of art and literature and looking to brush up or expand on your current skills?

Get involved with classes in Art and Literature in Calderdale covering skills such as creative writing, philosophy, drawing and painting, poetry and more.

Starting autumn and winter terms in Halifax or Hebden Bridge.

Fees are £20 to £70.88 depending on the length of course you choose and if you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a FREE course.

You can enrol online at enrolonline.wea.org.uk or telephone 01422 822342.