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  • Grab A Covid-19 Jab This Weekend (9 Dec)
  • Bus Station Access Issues
    There are some temporary changes to level access at Halifax Bus Station (as from 6 December 2023). Level access is temporarily unavailable between the Market St/Northgate entrance (the “top” entrance) and the town …more
  • Toilet Map – Facility Finder Website
    Visit the website: Everyone will, at some point in the day, need to use the toilet. Some people will need facilities more than others, and some will need to find toilets sooner rather than later. The Great …more
  • New Orange Wallet Travel Scheme: Supporting Passengers With Disabilities
    From 30th November West Yorkshire Metro are launching a new orange travel wallet scheme. The orange wallet scheme aims to make it easier for people with communication difficulties or disabilities to use public transport. It’s a …more
  • Mayor’s Big Climate Chat
    West Yorkshire Combined Authority have launched the “Mayor’s Big Climate Chat”. Join the conversation – they’ve launched the Mayor’s Big Climate Chat survey to ask you what your think about the …more
  • TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability
    Woodspeen Training are starting a new online course called TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability (RQF) on Tuesday 23rd January 2024. This course is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about …more
  • Calderdale Over-50s Newsletter
    Calderdale Forum 50 Plus put out a great monthly newsletter, which includes links to their big online calendar of local events. It’s also full of useful and topical advice, features and news items. If you are over fifty or …more
  • Scam Alert
    West Yorkshire police are telling people about a fraud that has successfully targeted two elderly ladies in the Dewsbury area, costing thousands of pounds.  The scam starts with a professional sounding automated message …more
  • Christmas Home Security Tips From Neighbourhood Watch
  • Empowered People – Cycling for people with disabilities
    Empowered People are based in Todmorden and support disabled people in cycling. When: Most Saturdays, 10am to 3pm. Where: Empowered People, Bentley Fielden, Salford Way, Todmorden, OL14 7LF. What: Empowered people offer …more
  • Calderdale Cost of Living Newsletter
    Cost of Living Newsletter The VSI Alliance Cost of Living team have put together a newsletter with lost of useful information for the winter months. Download a copy via the link above. Information covered includes free events, …more
  • Downloadable Support Directory
    VSI Alliance Winter Directory 2023/2024 Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team’s winter directory can be downloaded here. It lists organisations of Calderdale that can provide support during the winter months, …more
  • DEX night out for young deaf people
    DEX, the young deaf people’s organisation are holding a joint event with the youth club at Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People this Friday night. It’s a fab chance to meet other deaf young people and find out …more
  • Disability Rights UK’s newsletter
    Disability Rights UK’s newsletter this month contains a great range of stories – we’ve picked out a couple of the more important ones, below. Subscribe to their newsletter at the foot of their website’s …more
  • Calderdale Royal Hospital To Get New Car-Park
    A new multi-storey car park is to be built on the site of the existing car park at Calderdale Royal Hospital. Work will begin in early 2025 with a planned opening in the summer of 2025. Temporary car parking facilities during the …more
  • Local Bus Consultation – Accessibility Webinar
    West Yorkshire’s Bus Reform consultation is now live until 7 January 2024. All information, including their questionnaire, can be found on the Your Voice engagement platform webpage here: …more
  • Report: Our 2023 AGM
    We held our 2023 AGM on Tuesday 28 November at the King’s Centre in Halifax. Amongst the business covered, we elected a new Trustee, Alison Schofield. She joins the following Trustees for 2023-24: Marion Spruce Chair …more
  • Tell Disability Driving UK About Your Experiences Using Motorway Service Stations
    Disabled Motoring UK and National Highways would like to hear about your positive and negative experiences of using motorway service stations. They are keen to find out what is working well and what could be improved for disabled …more
  • Public Transport Accessibility & Communication Workshops
    Last year, a workshop was held to gather feedback on the West Yorkshire Network Navigation scheme, which looks at public transport accessibility and communication. The project team has used this feedback to develop the scheme and …more
  • Find a Warm Space In Calderdale
    Calderdale Council have a very useful online directory of warm spaces in Calderdale. These are where people can gather for free in a warm, safe, welcoming place. Maybe to enjoy a hot drink and some company! To find your warm …more
  • Look After My Bills’ Financial Advice Newsletter
    The latest newsletter is out from Look After my Bills, the online consumer guide. You can read it in full here. Below are the main headlines. Octopus, EDF, So Energy & British Gas launch cheaper fixed tariffs – should …more
  • West Yorkshire’s Bus Reform consultation
    West Yorkshire’s Bus Reform consultation is now live until 7 January 2024. All information, including our questionnaire, can be found on the Your Voice engagement platform webpage here: …more
  • Activity Alliance Disability Sport Newsletter
    The latest Activity Alliance Disability Sport Newsletter is out – below are the headlines, whilst you can read the full newsletter here Call to provide inclusive PE on World Children’s Day World Children’s Day, marked on …more
  • Call for participants- celebrating neurodivergent entrepreneurship in West Yorkshire
    The Neurodiversity & Entrepreneurship Association, a Community Interest Company run from Shipley near Bradford, is working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority to bring together a group of amazing neurodivergent business …more
  • Calderdale Stroke Support Group Newsletter
    Calderdale Stroke Support Group’s new newsletter is out (Download: Calderdale Stroke Support Group Newsletter November 2023) and includes details of their December activities. Monday 11 December: Ho ho ho!!! Christmas …more
  • Women Only Exercise Classes
  • health & nhs news
    Helping the NHS get through winter
    This winter the NHS is running a new campaign to encourage people to get to the help they need by using the NHS 111 online service. The NHS 111 online service can assess and direct people to the most appropriate local service, …more
  • DEX Pantomime Trip To Halifax
    See below for details of DEX’s latest social event for young deaf people, a trip to a BSL interpreted performance of Cinderella at Halifax’s Victoria Theatre. Please note the booking information details at the foot of …more
  • Lifetime Achievement Award For Malcolm Kielty
    Malcolm Kielty with Hannah Cockroft, during the official photograph session after receiving his Lifetime Achievement award Disability Partnership Calderdale’s Trustee Malcolm Kielty MBE was the recipient of the Lifetime …more
  • Get The Help You Need – Call 111
    This winter the NHS is running a new campaign to encourage people to get to the help they need by using the NHS 111 online service. The NHS 111 online service can assess and direct people to the most appropriate local service, …more
  • Our AGM – Tues 28 November
    Our next Meeting will be on Tuesday 28th November 2023. We’ll begin by enjoying a relaxed buffet lunch with you, before moving on to the important (but brief) business of our Annual General Meeting. That will be followed by a …more
  • Worrying about money? Calderdale Council’s Support Info
    Dealing with money related matters can be off-putting, but there is lots of support for you. The Calderdale council website has a series of sections, linked below, aimed at helping everyone, with lots of information on local …more
  • Warmer Homes With Calderdale Council’s Healthy Homes Service
    Calderdale Council’s Healthy Homes Service can help low-income households make their homes warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat. They have a range of schemes and advice, such as replacement boilers and insulation schemes, to …more
  • Seasonal Vaccinations – How To Get Yours
    There are some things you can do to help yourself stay well in winter. This includes getting your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. Here is the NHS’s latest advice on this subject: Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations It’s …more
  • Government Plans to Help Disabled Students Into Work
    In a press release, the government have revealed new plans to help disabled students into work after completing their university studies. Here is the press release in full: New Government Planner to help thousands of disabled …more
  • Older Person’s Winter Fuel Payment BSL Video In addition to the Winter Fuel Payment, you can also find out more about the range of government support with the cost of living at Transcript: …more
  • Government Reveal More About Their “Back to Work Plan”
    On 16 November 2023, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions announced a package of employment support measures as part of what the government call their Back to Work Plan. Disability …more
  • Kirklees Learning Disability Wellbeing Cafes
    Kirklees Involvement Network is a self advocacy group for people with a learning disability. They have a really busy Facebook page – – where you can catch up with this initiative …more
  • Short breaks – for families of disabled children
    Sometimes families who have disabled children and/or health conditions benefit from a break from their caring responsibilities. Local authorities/trusts now have duties to provide short break services and make clear how families …more
  • Safeguarding Adults Week – And How To Report A Concern
    This is Safeguarding Adults Week (20-24 November) and the Calderdale Safeguarding Adults Board and its partners are running a week of activities – you can download the full programme here: Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week …more
  • Healthwatch Calderdale Updates
    The latest insights from Healthwatch Kirklees and Healthwatch Calderdale are available in their comprehensive newsletter – read it here Below is a graphic that shows some of their work:…more
  • consultations
    Survey: What did you thinks of Calderdale’s “Warm Spaces”?
    Calderdale Council and Leeds Beckett University are working together on an evaluation of the Warm Spaces programme in Calderdale. They want to find out what worked well and what could work better. To do this, they are doing a …more
  • Disability History Month – Great Blogs From Parliamentary Archives
    To mark Disability History Month, the UK Parliament website is sharing a selection of blog articles from the Parliamentary Archives. They reveal a lot about the legislation and people that have played a part in shaping disability …more
  • Leeds Deaf Cafe
  • Video Guide: Halifax Bus Station’s Changing Places Room
    Whilst we were looking around the new Halifax Bus Station (full video guide here) we had a more detailed look at the Changing Places room which is close to the Woolshops entrance. This room is available to everyone, during bus …more
  • Avoiding Winter Plumbing Emergencies
    As the clocks go back and temperatures drop, now’s a good time to get our homes ready for winter. It’s important to think about how to stay warm and protect yourself against plumbing emergencies. WaterSafe, the UK’s register of …more
  • Warm Welcome Spaces Near You
    Warm Welcome Spaces is a national scheme to promote venues that are opening their doors to local communities, offering everyone a free, warm, welcoming and friendly space. Why not explore your local Warm Welcome Spaces via their …more
  • Calderdale Council’s Healthy Homes Service
    Calderdale Council’s Healthy Homes Service can help low-income households make their homes warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat. They have a range of schemes and advice, such as replacement boilers and insulation schemes, to …more
  • Adaptive Cycling & Wheelchair Demo Day
    This looks like an excellent opportunity to test out some great tech!…more
  • Calderdale Newsletter
    Our sister organisation, Calderdale forum 50 Plus, has just put out its November newsletter. It’s full of useful news and articles. But, best of all, it has a comprehensive calendar of things to do in Calderdale, including …more
  • Calderdale news
    Guide To Mobility Scooters On Buses
    Following the release of our video looking at the new Halifax Bus station, we have been asked what the law is about accessing buses in a powered mobility scooter. Here’s a useful guide which covers the local bus provider in …more
  • Cubbie – helping autistic and neurodivergent people regulate sensory overloads
    Occasionally we feature a commercial product or device. We don’t necessarily recommend it, but we share in the spirit of passing on potentially useful information. Cubbie is a multisensory space of light sound and video, …more
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    Report: Advocacy For People With A Learning Disability
    The National Development Team for Inclusion has just carried out a review of advocacy for people with a learning disability and autistic people who are inpatients in mental health, learning disability or autism specialist …more
  • health & nhs news
    NHS Psychotropic Medication Survey (LD Focused)
    The STOMP STAMP team at NHS England have created a survey to find out people’s views and experiences about psychotropic medication.  Psychotropic medication is any medication that affects the mind for example, medication used to …more
  • Macular Society’s Newsletter
    You can read the Macular Society’s latest newsletter here – below are the headlines and snippets from the main stories: Proposals to transform eye care to be unveiled to politicians Recommendations for a national plan …more
  • accessibility news
    Rail Ticket Offices To Stay Manned & Open
    Plans to close hundreds of rail ticket offices in England have been scrapped. Transport Secretary Mark Harper said the government had asked train operators to withdraw their proposals because they failed to meet high passenger …more
  • consultations
    Consultation: Ward Changes in Calderdale
    An important current consultation concerns proposals to make changes to some of Calderdale’s wards. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is asking for the views of local people on its proposed new …more
  • benefits and money news
    Second Cost of Living Payment update
    From this week, millions of households across the UK will receive the second of up to three Cost of Living Payments, totalling up to £900 through 2023/24. The payments made will be staggered over the next couple of weeks, running …more
  • health & nhs news
    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
    Despite how beautiful autumn may look, some people struggle to enjoy it due to Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as SAD. Symptoms Persistent low mood. Loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities. …more
  • benefits and money news
    Energy & Food Support In Sowerby Village
    The Community Centre is located directly opposite the Church at the top of St Peter’s Ave, Sowerby, Sowerby Bridge HX6 1HB.…more
  • Calderdale news
    Visits Unlimited and the Accessible Calderdale Project
    Local Calderdale Social Enterprise, Visits Unlimited CIC aims to improve access, remove barriers, and make the UK a welcoming and inclusive place through access audits, training courses, speciality consultancy and advice, and …more
  • Cinderella – Signed & Relaxed Performances
    Halifax Victoria Theatre’s pantomime this year will be everyone’s favourite rags to riches tale, CINDERELLA! Poor Cinderella works night and day but dreams of a very different life and with an invitation to the royal …more
  • Wheelchair Basketball – “come and try it” sessions – more dates announced!
    Calderdale Wheelchair Basketball Club are having a series of “come and try it” sessions of Wheelchair Basketball at Calderdale College’s Inspire Sports Centre Sports Hall, Francis Street, Halifax,HX1 3UZ. The …more
  • benefits and money news
    Tod Support – New Website For Local Support Service
    Tod Support (Previously Todmorden Emergency Support)  now has a website and provides help when you need it for people living in Todmorden who are in need. If you are struggling with the cost of living and …more
  • benefits and money news
    Government’s “back to work boost for disability benefit claimants”
    The government are pushing a new initiative which they describe as a “back to work boost for disability benefit claimants”. This is what they had to say about the initiative in their Touchbase newsletter, which is …more
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Society For The Blind’s Christmas Fair
    The Halifax Society For The Blind’s Christmas Fair will take place at their new premises, 7 Southgate, Halifax on Saturday 25th November from 10am to 2pm. They will be offering refreshments throughout the day in their …more
  • accessibility news
    Aids For Helping Children Hold Onto Toys & Pens
    The Mini Small Item Aid is a product from the website, which has a huge range of aids for people with disabilities. The soft, neoprene glove slides over the child’s hand and the velcro-on palm pad clamps …more
  • Calderdale news
    How To Sign Up For Flood Alerts
    Sign up for alerts Signing up to flood alerts and warnings can give you vital extra time to prepare for flooding. Sign up for the free flood alert service if your home or business is at risk.…more
  • health & nhs news
    Staying Active And Fit At Home
    The disability sport organisation, the Activity Alliance, is committed to ensuring disabled people can be and stay active. Their website is a great resource. With winter creeping up on us and the weather making it harder to get …more
  • health & nhs news
    England Football launches Disability Training for Clubs
    According to the disability sport body, the activity Alliance, England Football is on a mission to improve football for disabled people. They aim to create and sustain a culture across the game, where disabled people have access …more
  • Calderdale news
    Video: Halifax Bus Station – a guide to using the new facility
    Looking a the new Halifax Bus Station, including the approaches from the Woolshops, Market Street and Winding Road. What do the access routes in and out of this brand new bus station look like, plus there’s a look at the …more
  • Places Offering Free & Discounted Meals For Children
    The Food Poverty Team of the VSI Alliance have sourced a list of places where children can eat for free or for a reduced price during the school term dates. Please find the list of places here…more
  • accessibility news
    Listen to our October podcast – news, events & updates
    Pop over to Youtube to listen to our October podcast. In it you’ll find details of our Christmas party, a range of other upcoming events in Calderdale, plus news and updates, all aimed at the disability community in …more
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    NHS Guide To Learning Disability Housing Choices
    NHS England’s Learning Disability and Autism programme has been working with the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust (HACT) to develop a flexible set of hospital to home discharge resources, for people with a learning …more
  • accessibility news
    Independent Age’s Guide To Advice & Support for People With Disabilities
    The older person’s website, Independent Age, has put together a great little guide to advice and support for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. Attendance Allowance This Independent Age guide explains …more
  • Get Online – Solutions to Digital Exxclusion
    It’s #GetOnlineWeek! An annual campaign that aims to help find solutions to digital exclusion. If you’re already online, this week, you can help your loved ones get online too by directing them to Get Online Week’s …more
  • benefits and money news
    Social housing issue? Know how to complain
    Everyone deserves a safe and secure home. If you live in social housing and you have an issue with your home or your landlord, there are ways to make things right. This website is for tenants living in England only. How do I get …more
  • benefits and money news
    Warm Home Discount Helpline
    The Warm Home Discount (WHD) helpline opened for calls from 16 October: 0800 030 9322 The WHD provides a £150 rebate onto electricity bills for eligible low-income households in Great Britain. Scheme reforms mean that different …more
  • benefits and money news
    Second Cost of Living payment – Help for Households  
    The Government has released details of the second Cost of Living Payment of 2023. Here’s what they have to say about it, including a BSL Video: Millions of households are …more
  • Our Christmas Party – 19th December
    Disability Partnership Calderdale would like to invite you along to our annual CHRISTMAS PARTY. It’s totally free to attend and includes a big Christmas buffet. Once again, we will be back at the popular Old Rishworthians …more
  • consultations
    Have your say on how buses are run in West Yorkshire (with drop-in dates)
    Here’s a new consultation being run by West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire: The West Yorkshire Combined Authority believes the way local buses are run needs to change to achieve …more
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    New “One Stop Shop” Priority Services Register Website
    The Priority Services Register (PSR) is a free UK wide service which provides extra advice and support, including when there’s an interruption to your electricity, gas or water supply. All UK Priority Services Registers have now …more
  • Calderdale news
    Making Space Carers Wellbeing Newsletter
    The latest newsletter from the Making Space Carers Wellbeing Service is available to download here:  Making Space | Carer support for adults living in Calderdale It includes details of: Carers support groups Activity groups …more
  • accessibility news
    Recruitment begins for disability experts to advise Government
    The Government’s Disability Unit is recruiting disability experts in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber to be chairs of its Regional Stakeholder Network. You can find out more, including how to apply, on their …more
  • Calderdale news
    Easy Read & Audio Guides To New Bus Station
    Following the partial re-opening of Halifax Bus Station, earlier this month, an Easy Read information leaflet about the new bus station has been published – Easy Read Information (pdf download). There is also a newly …more
  • Wheelchair Basketball – “come and try it” sessions
    Calderdale Wheelchair Basketball Club are having a series of “come and try it” sessions of Wheelchair Basketball at Calderdale College’s Inspire Sports Centre Sports Hall, Francis Street, Halifax,HX1 3UZ. The …more
  • benefits and money news
    Worrying about money? Help is at hand in Calderdale
    Here’s a reminder of the support available to you, if you have money worries. The info is available mainly via the Calderdale Council website. Dealing with money related matters can be off-putting, but there is lots of …more
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Tours of The New Bus Station
    As you may be aware the new Halifax bus station is now in the process of re-opening. The Transport Accessibility Coordinator has offered to do tours of the new facility for Halifax Society for the Blind members. These will take …more
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Eye Alert Newsletter
    16th October 2023 The Halifax Society for the Blind Eye Alert Newsletter is out and you can Download a copy here Alternatively, here is the plain text version: To join all of our Zoom sessions, use the details below: Link – …more
  • Macular Society’s October e-newsletter
    The Macular Society’s October e-newsletter is out and below are the main stories. You can view the newsletter with links to more on all the topics covered here – View Newsletter New telescopic lens for patients with …more
  • Calderdale news
    Print From Your Phone At Local Libraries
    Calderdale Libraries have launched a new printing service, which sounds great! You can now print directly from your smart-phone at Halifax Central, Brighouse, Hebden Bridge, Elland, King Cross, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden …more
  • Four “Meet & Eat” Events in Halifax This Winter
    Accessible Calderdale are running a series of four of their popular “Meet and Eat” events at the Kings Centre (Park Road, Halifax, HX1 2TS) through the next few months. They are aimed at disabled people, families and …more
  • Halloween In Calderdale
    Get ready for a bone-chilling Halloween experience like no other in Calderdale! As the leaves turn golden and the nights grow longer, our region becomes a hub of ghoulish activities and ghostly fun. From haunted tours to pumpkin …more
  • Calderdale Libraries – Warm Places To Go This Winter
    Find your local library, opening times and services, search their catalogue, renew and reserve books and manage your library account on their website.  …more
  • Magpies’ October Activities
    Magpies is an award-winning charity that believes people with learning disabilities deserve to live life to the full. They offer a fun and friendly learning environment, offering a wide variety of activities and opportunities …more
  • 50+ Walking Football
    Walking football is a great way to meet people, keep fit and enjoy sport as you get older and if you are coping with physical issues that would prevent you playing the sport in the traditional manner.…more
  • Calderdale news
    Our Recent Networking Meeting
    Last Wednesday, Disability Partnership Calderdale held its first networking meeting at the Shay Stadium, in Halifax. The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen ties with local disability organisations, voluntary groups, local …more
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    SEND Transport Event
  • International Day of Disabled People Marketplace Event In Leeds
    Thursday 30 November is International Day of Disabled People with a marketplace event at Leeds City Museum. The theme is Transformation, Innovation and Inclusion. The Leeds for All Marketplace will showcase a selection of …more
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    National Deaf Children’s Society’s BSL Courses
    National Deaf Children’s Society, the leading charity for deaf children, are running BSL courses – the details in their words are below: Learn British Sign Language We have free courses for families to be introduced to …more
  • accessibility news
    Activity Alliance Newsletter
    The activity Alliance are the national charity and leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity Read more about all the stories from their October newsletter (headlines below) on the Activity Alliance website. Activity …more
  • Free Brass Concert For Over-50s
    On Saturday 21st October, at 2.30pm to 4.30pm, St Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ, the fantastic “Phoenix Brass” coming to perform some musical sets. This event is for anyone over the age of 50, their …more
  • health & nhs news
    World Mental Health Day: 10 October
    The mental health charity, mind, are leading the UK’s response to World Mental Health Day, which is on 10th October. Here’s what they have to say about the day, with a suggested action to mark the day, plus links etc …more
  • News item
    Could early intervention prevent a retirement disability benefit timebomb?
    The increasing number of working-age individuals in the UK unable to work due to sickness or disability is a growing concern. Unless steps are taken to improve the health of individuals, there is a risk of a significant number of …more
  • Introducing Outlookers – Visual Impairment Organisation In Kirklees
    Outlookers is the new name for Kirklees Visual Impairment Network (KVIN) and the Society for the Blind of Dewsbury, Batley & District. Outlookers is a member led organisation that runs support services for people with visual …more
  • News item
    A roadmap to a sustainable future for adult social care
    “Care for our future: the roadmap to a sustainable future for adult social care” is a new document from Care England (a registered charity and a representative body for small, medium and large providers of adult …more
  • benefits and money news
    Support for people who need help to buy food.
    Calderdale Council’s website includes a page where you can find a range of support for people who need help to buy food. Find out about community kitchens, food banks and what Government schemes there are for you. Also, how …more
  • Our Next Open Meeting – Tues 24 October
    Our next Open Meeting will be on Tuesday 24th October 2023. We’d love you to join us for this friendly, sociable get together which is free to attend, includes a free buffet lunch and where you can also claim your travel …more
  • British Sign Language Tour: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    Sat 14 Oct About British Sign Language Tour: Erwin Wurm Yorkshire Sculpture Park is running a British Sign Language (BSL) Sculpture Walk led by d/Deaf BSL user, architect, and art facilitator Martin Glover, who will guide you …more
  • accessibility news
    Our Latest Podcast
    Click on the video below to hear our latest podcast, covering a range of news and a guide to Shibden Park for wheelchair users.  …more
  • Meet and Eat Event In Illingworth
    On the 18th of October from 11 – 2pm you are invited down to Illingworth Moor Methodist Church for a ‘Meet and Eat’. The event is for disabled people, families and carers and is an opportunity to meet friendly, like-minded …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Petition
    Disability rights UK has written to all its supporters asking them to sign a petition to support a new Disabled People’s Manifesto they are promoting. Here’s what they said in their communications, with links to the …more
  • accessibility news
    Disabled Access – have your say!
    2023 Euan’s Guide Access Survey Supported by Motability Operations is now open Motability is working with disabled access charity Euan’s Guide for a third year to give you the opportunity to share your views on disabled access. …more
  • accessibility news
    National Inclusion Week “Reading” List
    The website has put together a reading/viewing/listening list to coincide with the start of National Inclusion Week. Here’s what they have to day about it: We have compiled a list of disability media we …more
  • benefits and money news
    Work Capability Assessments – update
    This is from the Government’s Touchbase newsletter, which cover Department for Work and Pensions’ updates. Although we continue to prioritise new claims for a Work Capability Assessment, we plan to conduct more …more
  • Calderdale news
    Help Wheelchair Rugby League Club Raise Funds
  • Calderdale news
    A Guide To Halifax Bus Station Partial Re-Opening On 1 October
    From Sunday 1st October 2023, Halifax Bus Station will be partially reopening with a new Travel Centre, toilet facilities and some bus services. Construction works will continue until early 2024 to finish the remainder of the new …more
  • Calderdale news
    New Changing Places Toilet Opens In Todmorden
    Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub has officially opened its Changing Places toilet, the first of its kind in Todmorden. The new facility is open to all (not just people attending activities in the building) and includes …more
  • RNIB – new products
    The RNIB shop is a great source of ideas, gadgets and information about making the lives of people with visual impairments easier. If you want to check out their newest products, pop over to their website they also have …more
  • A Guide To Disabled Students’ Allowance
    Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a government-provided support to cover the study-related costs you have because of a mental health problem, long-term illness or any other disability. This can be on its own or in addition to …more
  • benefits and money news
    Government Launches New Scheme To Remove Barriers to Work For Disabled People
    Here’s the government’s own press release about this new scheme. 25,000 people to be helped into work as government ramps up roll-out of flagship Universal Support scheme Up to 25,000 people will benefit from new …more
  • Swimming Fund Raiser – For Healthy Minds
    Healthy Minds are calling all swimmers, from novice to pro, to take the plunge for a great cause: better mental health for everyone in Calderdale! When: Sunday, October 1st, 2023, at 2:00 PM Where: Choose your local participating …more
  • health & nhs news
    Calderdale Older Persons’ Activity Survey Results
    In June and July 2023, our sister organisation, Calderdale Forum 50 Plus, ran a short survey of older people to find out more about their activity levels and access to health & fitness. The survey was promoted through the …more
  • The Push For Healthier Food
    Recipe for Change: building support for an industry levy to help make our food healthier Thirty-six well-known health organisations, Royal Colleges and charities have joined forces in the Recipe for Change campaign, calling on …more
  • Calderdale news
    Our September Podcast
    Disability Partnership Calderdale’s September 2023 podcast is now out and it contains the usual range of news, events and info. Find out about what Shibden Park has to offer wheelchair users; hear about events in Todmorden …more
  • benefits and money news
    New home adaptation funding released
    The Government has announced that Fifty million pounds has been allocated to local authorities to help older people and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes. Additional funding to help older …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    This month’s newsletter from the Macular Society is now out – you can read it here Below are some of the headline stories in the newsletter: Second drug for dry AMD becomes available in the US Another new drug to …more
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    Learning Disability Report: Independent care (education) and treatment reviews
    A new report, published this week by the King’s Fund, examines the impact of IC(E)TRs, which are meetings intended to improve the treatment of people with a learning disability or autistic people in long-term segregation. …more
  • health & nhs news
    New Huddersfield A & E Public Open Day
    Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust are inviting members of the public to a special open day on Thursday 21st September to look around their brand-new A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary before it opens. To book …more
  • DEX Event – Deaf-Friendly Drumming
  • Calderdale news
    Changing Places Toilet Coming to Ogden Water This Month
    Calderdale Council have secured funding through the Changing Places Consortium to install a Changing Places toilet at Ogden Water.  Work is currently underway to reconfigure the existing disabled toilet to create space to allow …more
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    Battery Charging Safety Advice
    The Fire Service has recently highlighted the rise in fires caused by lithium batteries overheating, which are used in a range of everyday items including mobile phones, mobile computer devices, toothbrushes, electric bikes and …more
  • benefits and money news
    Happy Days Launch Social Supermarket
    On Wednesday the 23rd of August, Happy Days launched Halifax’s first Social Supermarket, relacing their foodbank. This is what they say about the change: “This move from a foodbank will promote choice, dignity and empower …more
  • Eye Alert Newsletter
    Download the newsletter here: Eye Alert 04.09.23 Halifax Society for the Blind CIO’s latest newsletter is out – download a copy above or read the plain text version below: Eye Alert w/c 4th September 2023 To join all …more
  • Heritage Festival Events in Calderdale
    September sees this year’s running of the Heritage Open Days Festival, England’s largest community-led festival of history and culture, involving thousands of local volunteers and organisations. Every year in September it brings …more
  • Meet and Eat Event
    Accessible Calderdale is holding a FREE Meet and Eat event for disabled people, family members and their carers in a relaxed and friendly space. On Thurs 14th September, 11am – 2pm At Square Chapel. Ring 07596707795 to book…more
  • benefits and money news
    Spotting & Reporting Rogue Traders
    Rogue Traders target older and more vulnerable people with offers of services and products that are bogus, over-priced or both. Key indications that you could be dealing with a Rogue Trader They turn up at the door unannounced …more
  • Adaptive Bikes Available To Try At Ilkley Event
    Ilkley Active Travel Hub are part of a team organising a car free festival with adaptive bikes for disabled users to try. Come and try the cycle track on the Grove and a much larger car free area to use too. There will be some …more
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    Introducing Deaf Experience (DEX)
    Deaf Experience Limited (DEX) is a charity which campaigns nationally to improve access to education, wellbeing and quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing young people. Here’s what they say about themselves: We …more
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    Grief & Bereavement Advice
    The death of someone you’re close to can be devastating. Despite being an almost universal experience, bereavement affects everyone differently, and at times it can leave you feeling very alone. With National Grief Awareness Day …more
  • benefits and money news
    Financial Insights: New Energy Price Cap
    The website is a good independent source of financial information and they have three useful articles online at the moment, all related to the new Energy price cap. New Energy Price Cap announced – how …more
  • Calderdale news
    Update & Pictures: New Halifax Bus Station
    Although the actual date has yet to be confirmed, the new Halifax bus station is due to open in the next few weeks. We will update you when we have a precise date. In the meantime, here are a couple of images of the new building: …more
  • Calderdale Stroke Support Group Update
    The Calderdale Stroke Support Group’s latest newsletter is out and available to download: (Calderdale Stroke Support Group Newsletter August 2023).  their contact details are in the newsletter, should you wish to get in …more
  • benefits and money news
    Citizens Advice Available in Local Building Society Branches
    A partnership between Citizens Advice and Yorkshire Building Society is making advice available to more people in our area. The partnership sees Citizens Advice advisers hold free, impartial and confidential appointments in …more
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    Report: Disparities in differences in rates of disability
    New research, released on 22 August 2023 by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, finds that differences in rates of disability between education groups are larger than differences by age. This comes as the UK has seen a dramatic …more
  • accessibility news
    Government refuses to attend UN meeting scrutinising its rights violations of Disabled people
    The UK Government is refusing to attend a meeting at the UN to review its treatment of Disabled people under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). It has told the UN Committee that …more
  • health & nhs news
    Introducing the Get Yourself Active website
    Get Yourself Active is a programme run by the leading national user-led pan-disability charity Disability Rights UK. here’s what they say about it: Since we began in 2015, we have worked tirelessly to increase Disabled …more
  • benefits and money news
    2023-24 Winter Energy Bills Support & Advice
    This article is part of Calderdale’s Winter 2023-24 Cost of Living Factsheet, a really useful guide published by Calderdale Council. Energy bills for gas and electricity will drop slightly this winter but will remain high. …more
  • hearing impairment news
    SignVideo – Live BSL Interpreting Service
    SignVideo provide live and on-site British Sign Language (BSL) video interpreting. Their service is available across the UK and they work with, amongst others, NHS 111, Department for Work and Pension, Northern Ireland Health and …more
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    Video: Calderdale Sign Language Service Explained With BSL
    This presentation by Pauline Connolly from Calderdale Sign Language Interpreting about the Calderdale sign language service, took place during our 22 August 2023 Open Meeting. Pauline gave us some excellent insights into the …more
  • accessibility news
    Phone Loop – Helps With Texting
    Phone Loop This clever little “helper” attaches to the back of your phone with a strong sticky pad and stays put. Slide a finger through to keep an easy grip of your phone when texting or scrolling. Flip the phone …more
  • Digital skills training in Calderdale
    Unsure how to use a mouse and surf the internet? Do you want to develop your skills and confidence in the digital world? Available both at Heath Training Centre or out in the community, learning digital skills can help you in …more
  • health & nhs news
    West Yorkshire COVID-19 vaccination programme – Autumn 2023
    The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has announced eligibility for a COVID-19 booster vaccine for autumn 2023 The advice for this autumn is to offer the vaccine to people at high risk of serious disease and …more
  • Halifax Panthers Wheelchair RL Club Fund-Raiser
    Charity Pig Racing – Enjoy an evening of fun and fund raising for the Halifax Panthers Wheelchair Rugby League Club. Held at the ever popular Volunteer Arms Wakefield Road Copley Halifax, HX3 0UD Saturday 14th October, 1st …more
  • health & nhs news
    Frequently Asked Questions about dentistry in our area
    A new article with Frequently Asked Questions about dentistry and dental service has recently been published by West Yorkshire Health & Care Partnership, who run the NHS in our region – below are the questions – …more
  • accessibility news
    Little Progress On Making New Homes Accessible
    The older people’s organisation, Ageing Better, is pushing for more action on making homes accessible – here’s what they have to say on this important issue: Over a year has passed since the government committed …more
  • Home Security Tips for When You’re On Holiday
    If you’re going on holiday or leaving your home a for a few days for some other reason, there are a few things you can do to make sure it’s as secure as possible: Don’t leave a spare key in a hiding place, like under …more
  • Wheels For All Adaptive Cycling – bolton
    Thursday 28th September  Wheels for All is a dynamic initiative delivered at Leverhulme Park’s running track in Bolton! The program, run by Cycling Projects, bursts with energy and enthusiasm as it provides adapted cycling …more
  • benefits and money news
    Local Support with Money and Council Tax
    Do you or anyone you know struggle to pay for food and fuel or need support with budgeting? Are you finding it difficult to pay your Council Tax or unsure what benefits you can claim? Calderdale Council’s Early Advice and …more
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    Magpies Are Recruiting
    Magpies, who work with adults with learning disabilities and are based in Halifax are currently recruiting – here are the roles they are looking to fill: Magpies – Outreach Supervisor (Closing Date 5pm, 21st August …more
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    Open University Courses For Those Who Care for Older People with Learning Disabilities
    The Open University has launched two free courses aimed at supporting professionals and families who care for older people with learning disabilities. The two new courses, which are available now on the OU’s free learning …more
  • health & nhs news
    Have You got a Carer’s Emergency Back-Up Plan?
    If you worry about what would happen to the person you care for if you were involved in an emergency then an emergency back-up plan might help. The Carers’ Wellbeing Service has a scheme that aims to provide peace of mind …more
  • benefits and money news
    Citizens Advice Calderdale Survey
    Citizens Advice Calderdale are working with partners to find out from residents how they’ve been affected by the increased cost of living.  This survey should take no more than 4 minutes to complete and will help them build …more
  • Calderdale news
    Flood Warning Test – Sept 28th
    If you live in an area prone to flooding, it might be worth popping the 28th September in your diary. On that date, the Environment Agency will sound eight Flood Warning Sirens across the Upper Calder Valley between 11:00am – …more
  • Calderdale news
    First Map of Halifax’s New Bus Station
    West Yorkshire Combined Authority, who are responsible for the project have released a map of the soon to be completed Halifax Bus Station. It will be part of a range of information that will be available ahead of the opening of …more
  • Women-Only Wheelchair Rugby League Coming
    Martin Coyd, the General Manager of England Wheelchair Rugby League has written to all the clubs in the country about moves to make a women-only strand of the sport a reality in the near future. Here’s what he said in the …more
  • Macular Society August Newsletter
    The latest newsletter from the Macular Society is out – you can read it here Here are the headlines from this newsletter: ‘Inspiring’ pop singer and Macular Society patron Vince Hill dies age 89 We pay tribute …more
  • Halifax Society For The Blind News
    You can find out what the Halifax Society For The Blind are up to in their latest newsletter, which details many of the groups and activities they run. 7 August Newsletter (pdf) Here are a few of their headline news items: …more
  • Our Next Open Meeting – Tues 22 August
    Our next Open Meeting will be on Tuesday 22nd August 2023. We’d love you to join us for this friendly, sociable get together which is free to attend, includes a free buffet lunch and where you can also claim your travel expenses! …more
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    Disability Rights UK August Newsletter
    Below is the Disability Rights UK August Newsletter: Welcome to our August 1st E-Bulletin from Disability Rights UK! This week we’re bringing you the latest updates and news, including information about the new law passed …more
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    Government’s BSL Report For 2022
    Read the 2022 Report Background Information The British Sign Language (BSL) Act (2022) requires the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to publish a report on what ministerial …more
  • Greener Women Sustainability Courses
    Greener Women Sustainability Courses are being held at the Women Centre Halifax Join their Greener Women Free Short Sustainability sessions to find out more about recycling and upcycling, reducing energy costs, reducing food …more
  • benefits and money news
    Free & Cut-Price Meals for Kids
    As families feel the effect of the cost of living increases, VSI Alliance has collated some information on local and national restaurants and supermarket cafés that are offering promotions to provide value for money food to feed …more
  • benefits and money news
    Halifax-Based Free School Uniform Service
    The YMCA in Halifax run a free school uniform service accepting donations of uniforms from all Calderdale schools. To collect or donate uniforms, visit the shop on Crossley Street in Halifax. No appointment or referral is needed. …more
  • Quad Rebuild Summer Fayre
    Quad Rebuild are a charity based in West Yorkshire and their annual Summer Fayre is in Halifax. Enjoy a huge range of activities, performances and stalls including food & drinks from around the world, children’s stalls and a …more
  • 6-Week Wheelchair Skills Course
    Run by Experience Community, this course will take place once a week over a 6-week period and will include aspects such as appropriate pushing technique, manoeuvring in tight spaces, through doors, and negotiating slopes, steps …more
  • Exercise Session, Including Seated Options, Todmorden
    The Inspire, Motivate, Transform scheme in Todmorden has a range of classes offering dance, exercise and movement. Many of them are aimed at older people and people with limited mobility. Their weekly timetable is below along …more
  • benefits and money news
    Worrying about money? Help from Calderdale Council
    Dealing with money related matters can be off-putting, but there is lots of support for you and Calderdale Council have put together a lot of information on their website to help you. The sections below are to help everyone, with …more
  • Halifax Society For The Blind Youth and Family Groups Summer 2023 
    Over the 2023 summer holidays Halifax Society For The Blind are planning to run two new groups: 1/ A family group for visually impaired children under the age of 11yrs and their parents/ grandparents or carers. At this group, …more
  • Halifax Society For The Blind Activities & Groups
    Here’s the latest list of HSB events and activities (27 July 2023) To join all of Zoom sessions, use the details below: Link – Phone – On any phone, dial 0131 460 1196, then enter …more
  • DEX Picnic & Walk At Shibden Hall
    DEX’s next event for deaf 17-30 year olds is on 2nd September at Shibden Hall in Halifax. They will be going for a walk and a picnic! You can also watch the BSL information here: Please text or …more
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    New Service Provides Advocacy Support to Calderdale Deaf People
    The Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) are partnering with Cloverleaf Advocacy to provide advocacy support to deaf people in Calderdale. Their support includes: Care Act advocacy, where they are going through an assessment …more
  • accessibility news
    Gadget – Sixth Digit Helps With Phones & Other Screens
    Occasionally we like to highlight products that we have seen and which impress us with their practicality. Active Hands is an online shop that sells a wide range of products to help people with disabilities in their everyday …more
  • Video: Shibden Park – Wheelchair Walk
    We recently paid a visit to Shibden Park, which is located just off the A58, a couple of miles from the centre of Halifax. The lower end of the park includes a cafe and we planned a visit to include a coffee and a walk around the …more
  • Video: Manor Heath Park – Wheelchair Walk
    We recently paid a visit to Manor Heath Park, which is sandwiched between Skircoat Green and Savile Park, just outside the centre of Halifax.  Here’s a video that shows many of the paths and walkways of the venue, including …more
  • accessibility news
    New support scheme for injured or disabled veterans 
    New Adjustments Passports, launched recently by the government, will help those leaving the Armed Forces with an injury, disability or health condition to start and stay in work. The passport provides a transferable record of any …more
  • Calderdale Stroke Support Group Newsletter & Barbecue
    Here is the Calderdale Stroke Support Group Newsletter July 2023 Looking ahead, their Barbecue is being held on Monday 14 August at the Blackley Cricket Club, Halifax, HX5 0TE. They will be there from 13.30 onwards. Food, drink …more
  • accessibility news
    Travel Assistance Card Feedback Wanted
    Erica Ward, Transport Accessibility Coordinator for West Yorkshire Combined Authority is looking for feedback on Travel Assistance Cards. Travel Assistance Cards have been designed to help people using public transport who have …more
  • benefits and money news
    Affordable Broadband Services
    If you or someone in your household claims Universal Credit, you could pay as little as £12 per month for your broadband. All major providers also include people on Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s …more
  • Calderdale news
    Healthy Holidays Activities For kids
    Calderdale Sport Services have Healthy Holiday provision running at Mixenden Activity Centre and Todmorden Sports Centre. Cultural Services have provision running at Kings Cross Library, Akroyd Library, Bankfield Museum and …more
  • Calderdale news
    Free WiFi at Halifax Borough Market
    You can now stay connected whilst browsing the lovely independent shops, cafes and eateries in Halifax Borough Market. Just look for ‘BM Guest’ in available networks – you will need an email address to join. …more
  • New Halifax Society For The Blind Groups
    Group 1 : The Inbetweeners Formerly known as the Working Age Group, The Inbetweeners meet at 6pm on the 4th Thursday of every month. Each session will cost £1.50 with refreshments included Group 2 : Youth Group A group created …more
  • Daisy Chain Dementia-Friendly Cafe
    More cafe dates from Dementia Friendly North Halifax – the address is Blackburn House Nursery Lane, Halifax HX3 5SJ…more
  • Events: Rastrick “Scooter Socials”
    Following on from the success of our recent Shibden Scooter Social event, we are running three more short walks, suitable for wheelchairs, powered scooters and people with mobility issues. Each walk will be 1km long and is …more
  • Accessible Calderdale Meet & Eat Event
    Accessible Calderdale are running another of their popular Meet and Eat events. Join them for food and good company – they welcome all disabled people, family members and carers to their regular events When: Thursday 20th …more
  • Cycle For Health Courses
    Summer is a great time to cycle, as you get the dual mood-boosting effects from sunshine and being active. The Cycle for Health programme, funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect, has plenty of courses …more
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Update
    Halifax Society for the Blind’s new Social Café and Sight Centre, their social café and sight centre is now open Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm – it is located opposite Wilko’s in the Town Centre – Corn Market, …more
  • RNIB Roadshow – Leeds
    The RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) are hosting their very first Community Connection and Campaigning Roadshow. RNIB and Leeds Hearing and Sight Loss Service are combining together for a one day event talking about …more
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Cost of Living Payment – update
    According to the government’s latest newsletter, most people entitled to the £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment will have been paid automatically between 20 June and 4 July. however, customers can now report a missing …more
  • Macular Society’s Newsletter
    The Macular Society’s latest newsletter is out. See below for all the headlines. You can read the full newsletter here “As a mother, it’s one of the hardest things to face” Ten-year-old Freddie was diagnosed with Stargardt, …more