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  • Calderdale public toilets to re-open from 7 July
    Calderdale Council is planning to re-open one public toilet facility, including RADAR key accessible toilets, in each town in Calderdale from Tuesday 7 July. To help support the reopening of local businesses one toilet block will …more
  • Government guidance for people receiving direct payments
    Guidance – the Government has published advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. Documents …more
  • How Scotland is Beating COVID-19
    Writing on the BMJ’s blogging website, Devi Sridhar and Adriel Chen look at how Scotland is on course to eliminating the virus. In April 2020, the Scottish government issued a framework for decision-making on covid-19 which …more
  • Safely sharing space in Calderdale’s countryside
    Calderdale Council is reminding visitors to the borough’s outdoor spaces or countryside sites to act responsibly and respect the local environment, people and animals. As more people spend time outdoors enjoying the Calderdale …more
  • Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced
    Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the …more
  • Disability Horizons Newsletter – Sex, Kindness & Streaming Issues
    This is the 29 June edition of the Disability Horizons newsletter – as always, it’s full of great content! 10 acts of human kindness during the Covid-19 pandemic While Covid-19 is an international crisis that has …more
  • Report Your Cycling and Walking Trouble Spots
    The West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee have created an interactive map to help them understand which areas in our region could be improved to help the public travel more easily by bike or on foot, and to …more
  • What a “Local Lockdown” Looks Like
    The Government have introduced a local lockdown in the Midlands city of Leicester following a spike in Coronavirus cases there. This is a step that we are likely to see more often as the fight against the virus becomes more …more
  • Report: Recovery position: what next for the NHS?
    This report, based on the first full survey of NHS trust leaders since Covid-19 started, sets out the scale of increased demand and the dramatic loss of capacity many trusts are now facing as the NHS juggles treating Covid-19 …more
  • Healthy Minds’ free Mindfulness Course
    Healthy Minds’ free Mindfulness Course. 6 weeks starting Tuesday 7th July.  Closed group of 8 people.  Working through the book and practices ‘Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ by Mark Williams …more
  • Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    The Disability Rights UK Newsletter is an excellent source of news and comment on the lives of people with disabilities living in the UK. Here’s the latest edition, dated 26 June: End of lockdown: one size fits all approach …more
  • Government’s Shielding Advice Update Letter & Video
    Last week the Government sent out a letter to everyone who has been shielding during the Coronavirus Pandemic. In the letter, they spell out the upcoming changes to the advice they are giving on shielding, with a two-stage easing …more
  • Calderdale Markets Re-Open
    Calderdale Council have announced that all of our indoor and outdoor markets are now almost fully open. The exceptions are hairdressers, barbers and beauticians, which will remain closed until the government gives further …more
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    Read Latest BMJ Newsletter
    The British Medical Journal (BMJ) is now a global company, sharing medical information and knowledge, much of it free access – here’s their latest newsletter, which contains some excellent analysis of the Coronavirus …more
  • West Yorkshire Trading Standards SCAM Updates
    29/6/2020 Keeping products safe during COVID-19 Trading Standards have seen a huge shift in its workload as part of its response to the current pandemic. Seldom complained about products are now at the forefront of enforcement …more
  • COVID-19 Analysis: Behaviours & Mental Health of The Extremely Vulnerable
    This is a new analysis, from the Government, of clinically extremely vulnerable people (the shielding population) in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including their behaviours and mental and physical …more
  • New Thread – monthly newsletter from Calderdale Council,
    The New Thread is a newsletter from Calderdale Council, issued monthly to keep you up to date with their news. Why not share it with your friends and family so they can subscribe too? You can Subscribe here New Thread – 26 …more
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    Analysis: Managing Infection Risk
    The Government has published a new paper on managing infection risk in high contact occupations. The full paper is available on their website, whilst we publish the summary below. Although not directly aimed at people with …more
  • Bus Service Updates
    We’ve had a few more updates to local bus services from Metro West Yorkshire: TIMETABLES: There will be changes to some bus timetables from Sunday 28 June 2020. Timetables are available to view on Please check …more
  • Councils Encourage To Re-Open Public Toilets
    Local Government Minister Simon Clarke and Environment Minister Rebecca Pow have written to councils encouraging them to continue to open up household waste recycling centres and municipal public toilets. In particular, they have …more
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    British Medical Journal Response To Lockdown Easing
    From The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a major relaxation of England’s lockdown rules, including reducing social distancing from two metres to at least one metre “with precautions.” The new guidelines, …more
  • Checking Your Alcohol Consumption
    Alcohol consumption during COVID-19 Many of us are drinking more alcohol during lockdown and this is understandable; however, it can be a health risk, contributing to an increase in weight and affecting your physical and mental …more
  • How To Get Tested For Coronavirus – Capacity Increased Again
    Six new ‘walk through’ local testing sites are now offering appointments to people in England, with the capacity to test hundreds of people each day. Summary Access to coronavirus testing increased further with six new ‘walk …more
  • First Buses Update: Help For Disabled Passengers
    We recently published a news item about First Buses’ updated app which gives real-time updates for passengers on the availability of seats on approaching buses, plus whether a bus’s wheelchair space is currently …more
  • Bus App Now Shows Capacity & Wheelchair Spaces
    Earlier this month First Buses updated their mobile app to show bus capacity in ‘real-time’. This has enabled customers across the region to live track the location of their next bus and its available capacity. The display will …more
  • Mask Exemption Cards – Print & Wear
    From 15 June 2020, it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a bus, coach, train, taxi or tram. Visit our Face Coverings page for tips on how to obtain or make your own face coverings. Reasons …more
  • Family Cycling & Sport For SEND Children
    Summer sport is back on the agenda and here’s a great opportunity for SEND children. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…more
  • Safeguarding Contacts in Calderdale
    Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we should all be aware of the need to look out for each other, especially vulnerable adults and children. If you are concerned about a child please call MAST on 01422 393336. If you …more
  • Mental Health Update – Help in Calderdale
    “INSIGHT Talking Therapies ( Calderdale ) has changed its name and is now called Vita Minds (Calderdale IAPT ) . Their contact number is 03330153494. Email  Website Don’t …more
  • Gov’t Advice: Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July
    This Government guidance explains how you can protect yourself and others from coronavirus when meeting people that you do not live with. It applies from 4 July. The existing guidance will continue to apply until that date. At …more
  • Gov’t Advice: Staying alert and safe (social distancing) after 4 July
    This is the Government’s guidance, that will apply from 4 July, that explains the measures that will help you to stay alert and stay as safe as possible as we continue to respond to the challenges of coronavirus. Until …more
  • Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers to reopen from 4 July
    The Government’s new Covid-19 secure guidance for the hospitality sector and hairdressers means businesses will be able to reopen in England from 4 July, provided they meet government criteria for keeping staff and …more
  • Government review of two metre social distancing guidance
    Over the last fortnight, a review panel, led by the Permanent Secretary to No10 and including the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the Chief Medical Officer, and the Chief Economic Adviser to HM Treasury, has considered the …more
  • Lockdown Easing: reopening of tourism and attractions on July 4
    Guidance on Tourism and the Visitor Economy, published 24 June 2020, will help to get the tourism sector back up and running so the public can safely take domestic holidays  and visit attractions on days out A new VisitEngland …more
  • Hot Weather Advice – How To Stay Cool
    As the summer gets going, there are going to be more and more hot days and it’s best to be prepared. High temperatures can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are: older people, especially those over 75 babies and …more
  • Gov’t Advice: Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July
    The latest Government advice on how you can see people that you do not live with while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) from 4 July 2020. Note, there is separate advice on shielding & protecting …more
  • Latest General Lockdown Easing Schedule
    Tuesday 23 June saw news of more easing of lockdown measures in England: From Saturday 4th July: pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. two households will be …more
  • Gov’t Guidance on shielding & protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
    This is the updated Government Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 – Updated 23 June 2020 What has changed? The government has updated its guidance for people …more
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    Covid-19: Local teams trace 8 times more contacts than national service
    By Elisabeth Mahase, for the BMJ Related content – Test and trace: it didn’t have to be this way – A doctor describes her experience of working in the test and trace service Local health protection teams have traced …more
  • Face Masks & Face Mask Exemptions: A Disability Horizons Guide
    New face mask rules in the UK mean that everyone must wear a face covering on public transport. But what if that is difficult for you to do because of a disability or health condition? Disability Horizons, the online disability …more
  • Disability Horizons Newsletter
    Don’t miss the latest advice, news, top picks and stories from Disability Horizons, an online disability lifestyle publication that aims to give disabled people a voice. Founded by two disabled guys in 2011, Disability …more
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    King’s Fund Newsletter – COVID-19 Analysis
    The King’s Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. Their vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all. They publish some excellent articles and …more
  • It’s Deafblind Awareness Week
    National charity, Deafblind UK, is on a mission to make things easier for people who have sight and hearing loss and this week (22-28 June) is deafblind awareness week. Director of Operations, Simon Moore said: “Combined sight …more
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    Vitamin D – Does It Reduce Covid-19 Risks?
    As agencies announce they are examining whether vitamin D supplements could reduce the risk of covid-19, the BMJ’s Ingrid Torjesen finds out what the existing evidence shows Public health agencies in England and Scotland …more
  • Public Toilet Finder Website
    Finding public toilets can be tough at the best of times. But during the current circumstances, it’s harder than ever. However, there’s a new website that aims to address the problem, with our help. …more
  • Lockdown To Be Eased For People Shielding
    Millions of people shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19) will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July. Advisory guidance to be eased for 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable people across …more
  • Calderdale & Huddersfield Foundation Trust Patient Survey
    Since the start of the Covid19 pandemic, hospital and community services at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, like others across the country, have had to work in different ways.  Where it has been possible, they …more
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    Coronavirus Statistics/Data
    Below we list several excellent sources of statistics and data about the Coronavirus – Office for National Statistics: Catch up on the latest data and analysis related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact …more
  • Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    The Disability Rights UK Newsletter is an excellent source of news and comment on the lives of people with disabilities living in the UK. Here’s the latest edition, dated 19 June: Disabled women over 11 times more likely to …more
  • Government support for social housing residents
    Below are various versions of a letter from Christopher Pincher, Minister of State for Housing, to social housing residents in England setting out all the measures that are in place to support social housing residents during the …more
  • Guide: Re-Opening Inclusive Activities
    As more opportunities to be active resume, new guidance from the Activity Alliance will help providers to enable welcoming, and more accessible environments. Activity Alliance has published Reopening Activity: An inclusive …more
  • Covid-19 guidance for extremely vulnerable in other languages.
    You can find guidance on shielding and protecting those defined as extremely vulnerable on medical grounds from COVID-19 on the website. This advice is currently provided translated in some foreign languages  (Arabic, …more
  • Staying Well Telephone Befriending Service for adults in Calderdale
    Sometimes just a brew and a chat would just do and the Staying Well Hub team have found a way to bring this simple yet vital service back. Although face to face may not be an option at the present, the new telephone befriending …more
  • Lip-Reading Face Masks
    A Scottish company is manufacturing and selling face masks with a clear panel that makes the wearer’s mouth visible, thus allowing them to communicate with someone who relies on lip-reading. Here’s the company’s …more
  • Mask Exemption Cards – Print & Wear
    From 15 June 2020, it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a bus, coach, train, taxi or tram. Visit our Face Coverings page for tips on how to obtain or make your own face coverings. …more
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    Science – Top Coronavirus Stories & Analysis of the Week
    The New Scientist magazine produces a weekly email round-up of the top science-themed news stories of the week – here’s this week’s selection Preventing pandemics We knew how to prevent a pandemic like the …more
  • Easy Read guidance for households with possible coronavirus
    The Government has published guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection. A series of stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection includes an excellent “Easy …more
  • Next phase of NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) app announced
    The government has announced the next phase of development in building an app that supports the NHS Test and Trace service. This next phase will bring together the work done so far on the NHS COVID-19 app and the new Google/Apple …more
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    Priority Groups for COVID-19 Vaccination
    The Government have published (Published 18 June 2020) an independent report by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in which they outline interim advice on which groups should receive COVID-19 vaccination as a …more
  • Council Continue To Support Vulnerable People
    Calderdale Council continue to offer support for vulnerable people who are shielding. They are also very keen to point out that they also providing assistance to anyone who has been removed from the shielded list who still needs …more
  • Optometrists expand services to offer wider care to patients
    Services expand as The College of Optometrists’ survey shows 22% of people noticed their vision get worse over the course of lockdown The College of Optometrists has announced that from Monday, 15 June, optometrists across …more
  • Calderdale Council’s Frequently asked questions for vulnerable residents
    Are you in need of additional support? You can contact Calderdale Council via: Our website – If you don’t have internet access you can call 01422 …more
  • Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected
    Here is a new project that our partners, Lead the Way, are heavily involved with and which is aimed at helping people with Learning Difficulties stay connected. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…more
  • Update: Calderdale Council’s Young Carers Service
    It’s been business as (the new) normal for Calderdale Council’s Young Carers Service, which says “it’s certainly been a challenge to adapt to supporting young carers virtually but it’s great to see their …more
  • Scope Update: Employment Services Still Running
    During these difficult and uncertain times, where we may all be feeling more isolated, disability equality charity, Scope, wanted to make people aware of some their services on offer. Their employment services – Starting Line, …more
  • West Yorkshire Devolution Deal Consultation
    While so much focus has shifted to Covid-19 related activity, in the background progress towards implementing the West Yorkshire devolution deal agreed in March has continued at pace. The deal, worth more than £1.8 billion, will …more
  • Calderdale Sign Language Service Update
    The Calderdale Sign Language service are continuing to adapt their services to the deaf community requirements.  Currently all services are being delivered by face time calls with medical services and Council services.  If deaf …more
  • Free Course: How To Lead A Stress-Free Lifestyle
    This course is very flexible as it is all run on a private Facebook   group or can be emailed to you. Sophie will be uploading daily tasks, seminars, quotes, sessions, exercises, meditation, help sheets etc.   You can then tap …more
  • Test & Trace FAQ’s
    The Test and Trace service is an important weapon against the Coronavirus in the UK. Here’s the Government’s latest FAQ on the subject based on questions form the general public. How do I know that I’m being contacted …more
  • Safer Streets for Cycling and Walking
    A new interactive map has been distributed to the ACDAF Transport Group and Disability Partnership Members. The ‘Safer Streets for Cycling and Walking’ interactive map will allow people to highlight issues that they …more
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    The Health Foundation Covid-19 survey
    The Health Foundation commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct a representative poll of the general public in Great Britain to understand opinion on a range of issues. A report has now been published and looks at topics including: • …more
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    Steroid cuts death in ventilated patients by a third
    Low dose dexamethasone reduces deaths in patients hospitalised with covid-19 who need ventilation, according to preliminary results from the RECOVERY trial. The drug was also found to reduce deaths by one fifth in other …more
  • Face Coverings A Guide: including how to get one free!
    Cloth face coverings are to become compulsory on public transport from June 15th and are also  recommended where social distancing is not possible (e.g. shops). The Government is encouraging people to make their own face …more
  • Mask Exemption Cards – Print & Wear
    From 15 June 2020, it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a bus, coach, train, taxi or tram. Visit our Face Coverings page for tips on how to obtain or make your own face coverings. …more
  • Meals on Wheels Brochure
    I hope you are keeping safe and well. Park Meals have updated their Meals on Wheels brochure – ParkCareBrochure2020 (pdf) Park Meals deliver 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  The service is completely flexible – there …more
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    Human trials of Imperial College COVID-19 vaccine
    Clinical researchers will begin human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Imperial College London. Beginning this week (w/c 15 June), the study will be the first time the vaccine has been trialled in …more
  • Survey: Calderdale health & care during Covid-19
    If you have contacted (or tried to contact) health and care services during the Covid-19 outbreak, please fill in this survey. Whatever your experience, your views are wanted. Developed in partnership across Calderdale, between …more
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    We cannot reduce excess deaths unless we know what’s causing them
    Author: Veena S Raleigh for the BMJ – June 2020 The number of deaths from covid-19 in the UK is among the highest reported internationally, second only to the US.1 This covid-19 related mortality surge comes on the heels of …more
  • Guidance for those accessing a Direct Payment
    The latest guidance for those accessing a Direct Payment is now available on the Government Website – it’s a comprehensive collection of advice and documents, so please read through the notes carefully. …more
  • BSL Videos On Covid-19 & Benefit Changes
    The Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have produced a range of BSL videos on coronavirus and benefit changes. These include new content for Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay. You can view these …more
  • Good Read: Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disability Rights UK produce an excellent newsletter – here’s the latest copy: ‘Isolated, alone, forgotten’ – DR UK shielding survey reveals huge sense of lack of safety and neglect Eighty-five per cent of people …more
  • West Yorkshire Public Transport Covid-19 FAQs
    This useful FAQ covers many of the changes to the public transport system in Calderdale (and West Yorkshire) during the current Coronavirus pandemic. What is the current status of public transport in West Yorkshire?    We are …more
  • West Yorkshire Transport Survey
    Will you change the way you travel in the future? The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is keen to understand how COVID-19 is affecting your feelings about public transport and how you might travel in future. They would like to …more
  • Survey: health & care experiences during Covid-19
    If you have contacted (or tried to contact) health and care services during the Covid-19 outbreak, please fill in this survey. Whatever your experience, your views are wanted. Developed in partnership across Calderdale, between …more
  • Scam Alerts – 15 June 2020
    Here’s a selection of the latest scams circulating in West Yorkshire and beyond: Traders in Leeds reported to be selling fish & seafood on the doorstep, using high pressure sales tactics to target consumers who are …more
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    R-Number Set To Go Regional – And Become Less Relevant!
    With the UK government set to release R-numbers regionally, somewhat ironically the R-number is becoming less relevant as the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK begins to tail off. The excellent New Scientist website looked into the …more
  • Coronavirus and the social impacts: 12 June 2020
    This is the regular Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 4 June to 7 June 2020, used by the Government to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great …more
  • Govt Advice: Meeting people from outside your household
    This guidance explains how you can now see people you do not live with, while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus. In England, there are 2 ways that you can do this: meeting outdoors in a group of up to 6 people with …more
  • Face Coverings & Transport – When You Need To wear Them
    Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak This update covers the main changes in travel advice coming into force on Monday June 15 2020, with particular emphasis on face coverings, when you have to wear them and what …more
  • PUB QUIZ 7 (Nature) – Have a Go!
    Pub quizzes are all the rage at the moment as the nation looks to occupy itself and here at Disability Partnership Calderdale, we’re hooked. Here’s our latest quiz, which is entirely nature based. There are no prizes – why not …more
  • NHS launches new online support for people with diabetes
    New online tools for people living with diabetes are now available on the NHS to help people manage their condition during the coronavirus pandemic. Three new services will allow people to manage their condition online, with a …more
  • Learning Disabilities Newsletter
    Here’s a download of the latest Learning Disabilities Partnership Board Update. The introduction sets the scene: We hope you are all keeping ok under the current circumstances. As with a lot of other things we have moved to …more
  • New service connects neurodivergent people in Calderdale
    People in Calderdale who are neurodivergent may become increasingly isolated and vulnerable during the current Covid-19 crisis. In response to this a new service has been launched. Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected aims to …more
  • Great Get Together 2020
    The Great Get Together will go ahead this year on 19-21 June, albeit in a somewhat different way! Whilst there won’t be any public gatherings or large events, organisers are encouraging people to reach out across the …more
  • Survey Results: Coronavirus – Social impacts on disabled people
    This is a new document reporting the results of a survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), looking at the social impact of the Coronavirus on people with disabilities in Great Britain. It’s an important …more
  • Support Bubbles – Advice For People Who Are Shielding
    The Government’s new Support Bubble advice includes some very important exceptions, particularly if you are shielding or have particular medical or workplace issues. If You Are Shielding If you are clinically extremely …more
  • Making a support bubble with another household
    The government has announced another easing of the Coronavirus lockdown aimed particularly at people who have been cut off from their family and friends in recent months, for whom the new “Support Bubbles” advice has …more
  • Government Announces New “Support Bubble” Advice
    The government has announced another easing of the Coronavirus lockdown aimed particularly at people who have been cut off from their family and friends in recent months, for whom the new “Support Bubbles” advice has …more
  • Guidance for people receiving direct payments, their families and PAs
    The government has produced an updated version of their advice document entitled “Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants”. …more
  • It’s Carers Week
    Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who …more
  • Scams: HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails and texts
    The Government has published a guide on how to recognise when contact from HMRC is genuine, and how to recognise phishing or bogus emails and text messages. Genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails Details Phishing is …more
  • Council Update – 10 Point Coronavirus Plan
    Calderdale council have recently (8 June) updated their ten-point-plan to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic – – read their plan on their website here ….or we’ve popped the plan on our website below: How is the …more
  • Shops, Stores & Shopping Centres Get Green Light To Open
    Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June, the Government has confirmed (9/6/20). Key Points All non-essential retail shops to reopen in England from Monday 15 June, provided they …more
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    Analysis: Is it safe for shielders to go out?
    Here’s an article from the New Scientist website that looks at the complicated issues surrounding the easing of lockdown for people who are vulnerable and shielding. It’s a good counterpoint to government advice and …more
  • Brighouse Arts Festival launches Art Challenge
    Having seen many of the amazing art responses to Covid-19 that people have been displaying in their windows, the organisers of the Brighouse Arts Festival wanted to find a way to boost community art work in the borough. …more
  • Scams – latest advice, including PPE scams
    West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams – week 1, June 2020 The current pandemic has seen a huge increase in the need for PPE, particularly face masks across the world. Unfortunately …more
  • Macular Society June Newsletter
    Patients’ sight maintained five years after groundbreaking stem cell treatment Patients who were the first to receive a new treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) derived from stem cells in 2015 have …more
  • Coronavirus: how to keep safe if you use carers and PAs
    While the lockdown measures have been relaxed for much of England, for those asked to shield or isolating because they’re at increased risk, they’re continuing to stay safe at home. But what if you use PAs/carers to help you? …more
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    Evidence/Analysis: face mask use in the community
    This is a paper by the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), which in turn advises the Government on its response to the Coronavirus threat. …more
  • Face masks/coverings to be worn by all hospital staff and visitors
    The Government has announced that all staff in hospitals in England will be provided with surgical masks which they will be expected to wear from 15 June. All visitors and outpatients must wear face coverings at all times. …more
  • About NHS volunteer responders
    From Monday 8 June, the NHS volunteer responders will extend their support to health and social care workers across the country, helping them to protect those they care for by making fewer journeys and coming into contact with …more
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    Analysis: Social & Health Impacts of Coronavirus
    Here are three contrasting articles from the King’s Fund website, looking at health and social impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK. Covid-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes: This is a descriptive …more
  • NHS – Open For Business
    The NHS have been keen to communicate that they are “Open for Business” for all patients, not just those with Coronavirus. Here’s their latest update: During the coronavirus pandemic, NHS staff have been working …more
  • Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport
    From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England. government asks transport operators in England to make wearing face coverings a requirement of using public transport from 15 June to coincide …more
  • Guide: Supporting people with learning disabilities with the use of PPE
    Below is an excellent guide to supporting people with learning disabilities with the use of PPE – either for themselves or by their staff/supporters. It’s been put together by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and …more
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    Why so many coronavirus deaths in the UK?
    There’s a good analytical article in the New Scientist website, by Adam Vaughan, that tries to get to the bottom of this question, which we have all asked ourselves at one time or another. Below are a few of the key factors …more
  • Test & Trace – We All Need To Understand The Process
    Test and Trace has been running for a week and it’s clear from media coverage and the PR focus of the Government that many of us still don’t understand it fully, and who is eligible for testing and how the tracing …more
  • Making a lasting power of attorney during COVID-19
    If you want to make an LPA now, you can still do so while observing government guidance on social distancing, self-isolating and shielding. Making a lasting power of attorney (LPA) is an important decision that you should think …more
  • Short-term options for health, welfare and financial decisions
    He’s some Government guidance on how other people can make certain decisions for you or do certain things on your behalf. You may have questions about how to make a lasting power of attorney (LPA) during the coronavirus …more
  • Council to re-introduce car parking charges
    Since the end of March all Council-run car parks and on-street parking bays in Calderdale have been free to use, so key workers could continue their work to support the COVID-19 response without worrying about the charges and …more
  • Lockdown Rules: A Quick FAQ Guide
    Here we explain what the new lockdown rules, which came into force on Monday 1 June, mean for you.  What you can and can’t do now restrictions have been eased. See Government guidance. Q: How many people can I meet outside the …more
  • In Touch – BBC Visual Impairment Programme
    Throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, the BBC’s In Touch radio programme has done great work informing the blind and visually impaired. Below are the most recent episodes – each episode also includes a full …more
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    The Lancet – Coronavirus Science & Analysis Online
    The Lancet is a renowned medical journal and as you might expect, it is the source of some excellent analysis of the Coronavirus pandemic. Much of their content is made available online and, if a deeper understanding of the …more
  • Face masks to carers, PAs and support workers
    The Imagineer Foundation are distributing disposable face masks to carers, Personal Assistants (PAs) and support workers on a first-come, first-served basis, until stocks run out. If you are requiring support to access PPE …more
  • Why shielders are asking, should I go outside or not?
    The Government has recently announced that people who are shielding during the Coronavirus outbreak, due to health conditions, can begin to ease their lockdowns, with short outdoor walks and meeting people from outside their …more
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    COVID-19 – Review of who was/is at most risk
    The Government has published the following review of data on disparities in the risk and outcomes from COVID19. Below is the detailed summary of the review. View Full Report: Disparities in the risk and outcomes from COVID-19 …more
  • Resumption of Dental Services
    The NHS has announced the full resumption of routine dental care commencing Monday 8 June. All dental practices have been asked to commence opening from Monday 8 June for all face to face care, where practices assess that they …more
  • Scams – Latest Alerts in Our Area
    West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams. What is happening at the moment in West Yorkshire? Reports of a rogue trading company cold calling residents to say they’ve sent a letter stating they …more
  • Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected
    Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected is a new regional project funded by Inclusion North and the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Care Partnership. The aim of the project is to reach out to adults with Autism, ADHD or a mild …more
  • Calderdale Markets Re-opening
    Calderdale Council is planning the safe, phased reopening of its markets across the borough, following Government guidance that outdoor markets can reopen from Monday 1 June, and indoor markets (along with other non-essential …more
  • Calderdale’s Plans For Supporting Sustainable Travel
    Cyclists and pedestrians will be actively supported across Calderdale as the Council introduces new measures to encourage social distancing and sustainable travel. Pavements will be temporarily widened and marked out to encourage …more
  • Easy-Read Coronavirus Guides
    Here are a couple of useful Coronavirus resources here, for anyone not already aware of them. Easy read guides from Mencap …more
  • Tell the NHS about your health and care experiences during the pandemic
    Tell the NHS about your health and care experiences during the pandemic NHS and care services have had to quickly change the way they work and deliver services in response to COVID-19. Whilst NHS and care staff are doing …more
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    Face Coverings – Some of the Background To UK Advice
    This paper provides a bit of background to the science and politics behind face coverings and their use in the UK. The paper was prepared by Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours on the evidence about the behavioural …more
  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: Latest on what you can and can’t do
    The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect …more
  • Advice: Latest Govt Guidance On Staying Alert & Staying Safe
    This is a bit more detail on the Government’s easing of lockdown and the advice that goes along with it. It was published on 1 June and covers a wide range of activities and scenarios and provides useful clarification on …more
  • Local Bus and Train service updates
    These updates were published by West Yorkshire Combined Authority (METRO) on 27 May 2020 We are strongly urging people to consider whether their journey is necessary before using public transport. Capacity is limited across …more
  • People Shielding Can Now Leave Homes
    The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that COVID-19 disease levels are substantially lower now than when shielding was first introduced. Links: Shielding can now leave homes / 6 …more
  • Groups of up to 6 can now exercise outside
    The Government have announced that people will be able to exercise outside with up to five others from different households from Monday 1 June, provided that strict social distancing guidelines are followed. Links: Shielding can …more
  • Slight Lockdown Easing For Vulnerable People
    Vulnerable people in England who have been asked to remain at home since the coronavirus lockdown began will be able to go outdoors again from Monday. Those with families will be able to go out once a day with members of their …more
  • PUB QUIZ 6 (Sport) – Have a Go!
    Pub quizzes are all the rage at the moment as the nation looks to occupy itself and here at Disability Partnership Calderdale, we’re hooked. Here’s our latest quiz, which is entirely sport based. There are no prizes – why not …more
  • Government Answers To Public Questions
    This is the most recent selection of questions asked by the public and answered and published by the Government on 28 May 2020. Social distancing, and seeing your family and friends Can you clarify the difference between social …more
  • Six people can meet outside from June 1
    Links: Our Government Advice Homepage / News Homepage Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed. However, those who are …more
  • A Guide to Coronavirus Testing
    Here’s the UK Government’s guide to the Coronavirus tests that are being used in this country. With Test and Trace now launched, it’s a useful guide to what to expect if you are in line to be tested. Testing for …more
  • Stay Alert – A Personal View From Disability Partnership Calderdale
    The Trustees of Disability Partnership Calderdale met earlier this week via the zoom video conferencing app and one of the topics they discussed was the easing of lockdown and their perceptions of the ongoing risks to people with …more
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    How To Lower Your Coronavirus Risk in Different Settings
    At work, school and seeing friends: How to lower your coronavirus risk is an excellent new article on the New Scientist website, by Linda Geddes. Here we have some of the key points, though the whole article contains more detail, …more
  • Test & Trace – How It Works
    See also: Test & Trace User’s Guide A Guide to Coronavirus Testing Guidance For Contacts Of People Who Test Positive Stay At Home Advice For Those with Possible Infections Stay At Home Guidance – Households with …more
  • Test & Trace – A User’s Guide
    See also: How Test & Trace Works A Guide to Coronavirus Testing Guidance For Contacts Of People Who Test Positive Stay At Home Advice For Those with Possible Infections  Stay At Home Guidance – Households with …more
  • Scams – Latest Alerts in Our Area
    West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams. What is happening at the moment in West Yorkshire? An increase in fraud involving the sale of pets online. Whilst in lockdown, many people have been …more
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    Science: How COVID-19 is Transmitted
    Research compiled by the Environmental and Modelling Group for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and Published on 26 May 2020. This paper looks at transmission through airborne, droplet and contact routes. It …more
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    Selected NHS patients to access coronavirus treatment remdesivir
    The anti-viral drug remdesivir will be made available to patients meeting certain clinical criteria to support their recovery in hospital. Innovative medicine with promising results in clinical trials to be made available to …more
  • Staying Well – Telephone Befriending Service
    It’s not quite business as usual at Staying Well but they’re still open and working with volunteers to provide a Staying Well Telephone Befriending Service for adults in Calderdale who want someone to talk to regularly or just …more
  • Lockdown exercise videos for all disabled people
    The website Disability Horizons is an excellent source of news and information for people with disabilities, they also have a well stocked shop and a really helpful newsletter.  Mish Choudhury has just put together this selection …more
  • Call for clear face masks to help deaf people
    This is an interesting story that appeared on the BBC website this morning, looking at why clear face masks might become the norm in the near future. It’s now part of daily life for many of us – struggling to work out …more
  • Prime Minister sets out timeline for retail to reopen in June
    Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed …more
  • Antibody tests for health and social care staff and patients
    New antibody testing programme to provide tens of thousands of antibody tests per day across the UK from this week. All NHS and care staff in England will be offered a test, with patients and care residents eligible at their …more
  • Report: COVID-19, Social Intergration & How We Communicate
    The All Party Parliamentary Group has published a new report following its recent Social Integration inquiry into social connection during the Covid-19 crisis. It finds that the lockdown has reinforced the importance of digital …more
  • 10 Minute NHS and Active Calderdale Workouts
    If you need some ideas and inspiration there are some 10 minute workouts from NHS and loads of ideas on the Active Calderdale Staying Active page for everyone, some 10 minutes and lots longer. Marie the Active Workforce Lead, has …more
  • New Guide To Benefits Post Coronavirus Outbreak
    The benefit system has undergone swift change due to the Coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak. Most of these changes are detailed in the recently published Disability Rights Handbook 2020/2021. But in a special free supplement, the …more
  • £300 million for local authorities to support test & trace
    Local authorities will be central to supporting the new test and trace service in England, with the government providing a new funding package of £300 million. Local authorities to work with government to support test and trace …more
  • Up to £15 million for Citizens’ Advice
    Link: Citizens’ Advice and other financial/benefits advice sources Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland to receive funding boost of up to £15 million to help them deal with increased demand during the COVID-19 …more
  • PUB QUIZ 5 – Have a Go!
    Pub quizzes are all the rage at the moment as the nation looks to occupy itself and here at Disability Partnership Calderdale, we’re hooked. Here’s our latest quiz. There are no prizes – why not play with a relative …more
  • Calderdale Council: FAQs for vulnerable residents
    Are you in need of additional support from Calderdale Council? You can contact them via: website –  If you don’t have internet access you can call …more
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    New Scientist COVID-19 FAQ
    The New Scientist magazine has compiled a broad COVID-19 FAQ based on questions submitted by its readers – if you want to know the answers to any or all the questions below, visit the New Scientist website (an excellent …more
  • Support Options For Domestic Violence Victims
    Domestic Violence is an ongoing problem in society and the Coronavirus pandemic has produced a spike of cases as people are forced to spend more time than normal together in a situation where anxiety and depression are also …more
  • Coronavirus Support for Children & Young People
    If you have children, grandchildren or other young people in your life who are worried about coronavirus, Open Minds Calderdale provides emotional health and wellbeing support that they might find helpful. The World Health …more
  • Calderdale Council’s Statement on Schools Reopening
    Keeping Schools Safe: COVID-19 Update from Julie Jenkins, Director of Children and Young People’s Services This statement was sent out by Calderdale Council on Tuesday 19 May 2020. For details of Calderdale Council’s …more
  • Government Definition of COVID-19 Vulnerable Groups
    This is the Government’s definition of the various COVID-19 vulnerable groups and a brief outline of how they are identified and the support available to them. For more information on the support the Government is offering, …more
  • The UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy
    Our plan to rebuild: the UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy This is the Government’s recently published document that describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, …more
  • Report: Covid-19 and the nation’s mental health
    Covid-19 and the nation’s mental health Forecasting needs and risks in the UK: This is a new report from the Centre for Mental Health, authored by Dr Graham Durcan, Nick O’Shea and Louis Allwood You can read the full report …more
  • Council Addresses Direct Payment Concerns
    Here is a copy of a letter that Calderdale Council is sending out to recipients of direct payments from Adults or Children’s Services, addressing their concerns and clarifying the steps needed to get support and advice. Further …more
  • Public Health England Easy Read Advice for the Vulnerable
    This Public Health England document provides a summary of the main guidance produced to help vulnerable individuals, groups and communities to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and to manage the impact of shielding and …more
  • Disability Horizons Newsletter
    The Disability Horizons newsletter always has a good mix of interesting and topical reading. Here’s their latest edition! 5 things I want everyone to know about living with a disability Blogger Rebecca Sullivan, who has …more
  • Large Print Copy of Council Support FAQs
    Calderdale council has produced a Frequently asked questions for vulnerable residents. These frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been put together to help people understand what help is available during these difficult times. …more
  • Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests
    As of May 18 2020, everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now get a test. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; and now also a loss of or change …more
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    New Scientist – What They Are Suggesting Your Read/View About COVID-19
    The New Scientist magazine also has a thriving online presence and it provides a good source of information about Coronavirus that is generally more analytical and scientific. Here’s their latest round-up of recommended …more
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    SAGE Report – Covid-19: What is needed for the future?
    The Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) – Covid-19: What is needed for the future? This report gives a really good overview of current scientific thinking on how the UK might continue and win the …more
  • Shielding & Protecting the extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.
    This is a reminder of the guidance for shielding people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including children. It’s also for their family, friends and carers. People who are clinically extremely vulnerable should have …more
  • COVID-19 Symptoms Update
    Symptoms The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following: a new continuous cough a high temperature a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) For most …more
  • Getting PPE If You Care For A Vulnerable Person
    Many vulnerable people who rely on carers have had concerns that their Personal Assistants may not have access to the correct PPE. Additionally if the PA is sick, or self-isolating and the person has had to rely on an extended …more
  • Advice on Outdoor Activities in Calderdale
    This is a good round-up of practical advice and information from Active Calderdale (Calderdale Council) on outdoor activities in the area. We are all spending more time at home, distancing ourselves from large gatherings, or …more
  • New Info For Social Housing Residents
    The Government has written to all social housing residents in England, to update them on recent changes. It covers a lot of ground, including Maintenance and Repairs, regulations covering work on homes where people are …more
  • Ogden Water Improvements Survey
    Calderdale Council is currently working on a funding application to make some improvements to Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve and need to gather information from people who currently visit the site (or who may visit in the …more
  • The ‘best and easiest outpatient visit’ of my life
    This account, from the Macular Society, reminds us that it’s important to keep seeking medical attention as normal, despite any concerns we might have about Coronavirous. As many people remain frightened to attend their …more
  • DWP Publish New Advice To Help Disabled Claims
    The Government has published information on how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) can help you if you have difficulties claiming benefits because of a disability or health condition. A new section on their website is to …more
  • How To Report Anti-Social Behaviour
    What is antisocial behaviour? The legal definition of Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) is: Acting in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household. Reporting …more
  • NHS Planning For Increasing “Routine” Hospital Treatments
    Health leaders have set out a series of measures to help local hospitals plan to increase routine operations and treatment, while keeping the necessary capacity and capability to treat future coronavirus patients. Over the coming …more
  • NHS Planning Ahead For 2020-21 Flu Immunisation
    The NHS is planning ahead for the national flu immunisation programme 2020/21 1. It is more important than ever that we have effective plans in place for the 2020/21 flu season to protect those at risk, prevent ill-health and …more
  • Info: Tackling Hate Crime / Hate Incidents
    This is West Yorkshire Police’s information on tackling hate crimes – including BSL video Hate crimes / hate incidents can take place anywhere – at home, in the streets, at work, online or at school. No-one should …more
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    Government begins large scale study of coronavirus immunity
    Government Press Release – Published 17 May 2020 Antibody testing will help to understand levels of immunity and the role of genetics Up to 20,000 people of all ages and walks of life to take part for at least 6 months Up …more
  • Deaf People Disadvantaged By Face Coverings & Coronavirus in General
    This is a thought-provoking article from the BBC website, looking at how face coverings are potentially disadvantaging those with hearing impairments. People who are deaf or have hearing loss will struggle to communicate if more …more
  • Local coronavirus testing for essential workers and their households
    One of the most challenging things about coronavirus is the uncertainty: not knowing who has the infection and, for our essential workers and their households, when it’s safe to return to work if they have had coronavirus …more
  • Government’s Test & Trace Programme Expands
    The government has announced the expansion of the expert team leading on the rapid nationwide roll-out of the coronavirus (COVID-19) test and trace programme. Here’s their press release on the news: On 12 May 2020, the …more
  • Update: Mourners Allowed To Attend Park Wood Crematorium
    Mourners in Calderdale will soon be able to enter the chapel at Park Wood Crematorium once more to attend the funeral service of a loved one. Any new bookings will allow up to ten mourners to enter the crematorium chapel to …more
  • FAQs – If you receive direct payments & have a PA
    This is a document produced by Calderdale Council and tackles a range of questions about direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak. It includes an FAQ Many people who receive a Direct Payment for their care and support are …more
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    SAGE Report – Covid-19: what are the options for the UK?
    The Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) – Covid-19: what are the options for the UK? This report, which we have the “Executive Summary” of below (Report published in full here), gives a …more
  • Survey: How To Make You Feel Safer About Scams
    Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership and Safeguarding Adults Board would like to know how they can help children and young people and vulnerable adults feel safer during Covid-19. They are looking to receive feedback on a …more
  • Current Advice On Face Coverings
    This is the latest Government advice on the use of face coverings: Face Coverings: Key Points People who use public transport or visit shops should consider covering their mouth and nose Social distancing and regular handwashing …more
  • Lead The Way – Craft & Movie Sessions
    Tracey from Lead the Way has been busy organising some virtual activities for people with learning disabilities to take place on Thursday 14th May and Thursday 21st May, both at 1pm. She is also arranging movie days/nights where …more
  • Scams – This Week’s Trends
    What Scams are trending at the moment in West Yorkshire? Email circulating to businesses purporting to be from the Chief Finance Officer from Local Councils advising them of eligibility for a £25,000 grant. This is not genuine …more