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    Video: Calderdale Wheelchair Basketball Club In Action
    Report: Calderdale 56 – Southport 32 Andy Atkinson reports on Calderdale Wheelchair Baskeball Club’s first game of the season. If you fancy giving the sport a chance, the club are recruiting for new players – read the …more
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    Calderdale Wheelchair Basketball Club Looking For New Players
    Calderdale Wheelchair Basketball Club are looking for new players to join their team. If you’ve already played the game, they are looking for 1 point players  2 point players and 3 point players. But all newcomers are very …more
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    Join Online Hate Crime Champions Session
    If you’d like to take part in our next Hate Crime Champions session, simply log-on to the session and join in. Topic: Hate Crime Session Time: Nov 11, 2021 01:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting …more
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Society For The Blind Christmas Fair
    Halifax Society for the Blind will be holding a Christmas Fair at the Maurice Jagger Centre, Lister St, Halifax HX1 1UZ (near Sainsburys and the Bus Station in central Halifax) on Wednesday 17th November from 2pm to 4pm   …more
  • health & nhs news
    Calderdale Disability Sports Development Programmes and Sessions 
    A wide-ranging programme of sporting activities for young people and adults with disabilities has now returned to Calderdale sports centres, with further funding agreed to develop the programme over the next three years. …more
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    Halifax Electric Bike Food Deliveries For Isolating Residents
    Fresh food deliveries from local shops, straight to people’s doors by electric bike, are making life easier for Halifax residents who are isolating or at higher risk from COVID-19. This is thanks to DeliverHX, an innovative new …more
  • Calderdale news
    Community Transport Calderdale’s Car & Minibus Services
    Community Transport Calderdale is a local charity and their Car Service volunteers can provide transport for people to get about. You can also travel on one of the minibus trips they organise in their wheelchair accessible …more
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    Disabled Driving: Baywatch 2021 Results out now!
    In August, Disabled Motoring UK asked the public to help them with their annual Baywatch campaign. They asked disabled motorists to complete a survey about their parking experiences over the past 12 months. The results have now …more
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    RAC Survey – What Do Disabled Drivers Want?
    As a motoring organising with over 120 years’ experience in helping customers in their time of need, the RAC understand what most people want from breakdown cover. However, they’d like to learn more about disabled drivers and …more
  • accessibility news
    Calderdale Council A-Board Policy – Have Your Say, Tues 26 Oct
    Calderdale Council’s Scrutiny Panel is looking at the council’s A-Board policy on Tuesday 26th October and you can attend via Zoom or Youtube. Halifax Society For The Blind are urging you to attend and have had the …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Right UK Newsletter – Channel 4 Subtitles, Accessible Cities & More
    Call on Government to tackle employment discrimination A Disability Employment Charter has been launched, supported by disability organisations, trade unions and academics. The Charter sets out areas for Government action to …more
  • Calderdale news
    Course: Empowering Parent Carers
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    Child & Adult Safeguarding: How To Report Concerns
    If you live in Calderdale and are worried about a vulnerable child or adult, it is important that you report your concerns to the appropriate people, as soon as possible. This will help to ensure the safety and well being of the …more
  • Calderdale news
    Half-Term Activities For Calderdale Children
    Calderdale have some awesome activity sessions kicking off on Monday 25th October, from potion making to 3D character creations, boxing to yoga, cricket to cosmetic making, they have pulled out all the stops and partnered with …more
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    Annual Report 2020-21
    The Disability Partnership Calderdale Annual Report – 2020 – 2021 – has been converted into a video. In it, we look back at a year that challenged everyone in new and unexpected ways. …more
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    Walk-in vaccination clinics in Calderdale
    In addition to pre-booked vaccination appointments, the NHS in Calderdale also runs regular walk-in clinics where you don’t need to book in advance. These clinics are subject to demand and deliver vaccinations on a first-come …more
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    Take a look at what’s coming up at Magpies!
    Did you know the learning disability organisation Magpies, which is based in Halifax, has a full calendar of events is on its website? From their activity rota and trips out, to outreach activities and events at their centre. …more
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    Health Concerns? Who Should I Call/See?
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  • coronavirus news
    Covid-19 in Calderdale: Key Messages Now!
    Local health authorities have issued the following quick guide to the priorities as we continue to tackle covid-19 in Calderdale: Calderdale currently has the highest infection rates it has ever had. Not everyone is aware of how …more
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    Report: Halifax Bus Station accessibility workshop
    Meeting date: 30 September 2021 Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm Location: Microsoft Teams Meeting Project team attendees • Mark Auger – West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Erica Ward – West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Andrew Bradley – …more
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    Report of health and social care committee public inquiry into Covid – Disability Rights UK Re…
    The Health and Social Care Committee and Science and Technology Committee have published a damning new report on the Government’s response to the Covid pandemic. As part of its rigorous analysis, it says: “The disproportionately …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    The Leadership Academy Programme: a career development programme for Disabled employees Do you wish to progress your career, or have you recently received a promotion? And do you have lived experience of a disability and/or a …more
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    Sign Up For Yorkshire Water Priority Services
    Did you know that Yorkshire Water operate a priority services register – whether it’s additional support if you’ve got no water, help reading your bills, providing your bills in different font sizes or in …more
  • Calderdale news
    Our October Open Meeting – Tues 26 October
    Our next Open Meeting will be on Tuesday October 26th. 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
  • Calderdale news
    Together Housing Disabled Residents Group
    Together Housing, is a housing association which provides a number of properties in our area. They have a Disabled Residents Group. If you are a Together Housing resident and want to join the group, please contact Mohammed via …more
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    Halifax Bus Station – Latest Updates On Where To Catch Your Bus
    Halifax Bus Station is being redeveloped in order to provide improved facilities and higher levels of comfort. The new bus station is due to be completed summer 2023. To enable construction work to start, the bus station will be …more
  • health & nhs news
    Vaccinating against covid and flu at same time is safe, study shows
    By Jacqui Wise (Author affiliations) Article from the BMJ website. Administering an influenza vaccine at the same time as a second dose of a covid-19 vaccine produced no safety concerns and preserves the immune response to both …more
  • Calderdale news
    Lead The Way Newsletter
    Lead the Way’s October E-bulletin, aimed at people with learning disabilities, is now out and you can download a copy here. This month they are leading on the flu jab: Now we are into autumn and cooler weather is …more
  • benefits and money news
    Benefits training courses over Zoom from Disability Rights UK
    Disability Rights UK offers a range of essential online courses in partnership with the Benefits Training Company. Each course is run in two parts, using Zoom and facilitated by an experienced benefits trainer. Introduction to …more
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    ISCAL – Halifax Employers Of Disabled People
    ISCAL is a Halifax-based supported factory for people with all types of disabilities and health conditions. It aims to provide meaningful training and job opportunities to local people who have barriers to accessing employment …more
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    Covid-19 In Calderdale – Update
    This update is taken from the Calderdale Covid Champions email newsletter and is based on advice and information from local NHS sources. Remember, you can pick up a vaccination at one of Calderdale’s vaccine drop-in …more
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    Community Care Charge – Feed Back Opportunity
    We’ve had an email from Family Voice Calderdale (FVC), who are holding a focus group on Monday 18th October at 4.30pm via Zoom on this topic with the aim of attendees sharing their experiences of the Community Care Charge …more
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    Introducing Streetsafe – Tell The Police About Places Where You Feel Unsafe
    The Home Office has launched StreetSafe, an online tool on police.uk that enables people to anonymously tell the police about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, eg street lighting, …more
  • benefits and money news
    Starting Line Pre-Employment Courses – November
    Starting Line is a free seven-week pre-employment group support course, delivered by Scope and there are places locally in November. The course consists of 14 modules, delivered on 2 half days a week, plus a weekly one to one …more
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    NEW! Group for Direct Payments Users
    Do you get Direct Payments for your care and support from Calderdale Council? Or are you interested in getting a Direct Payment? Please join us for our second introductory ‘Zoom’ video meeting on Wednesday 20th October at 2pm. …more
  • health & nhs news
    Video: Why Are GPs Still Working Differently
    Information about this important issue can also be found by clicking on the following link https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/our-priorities/primary-and-community-care-services/why-are-gp-practices-still-working-differently …more
  • Calderdale news
    Hate Crime Awareness Week: 10-17 October 2021
    To mark Hate Crime Awareness Week – 10-17 October – we have produced a series of videos that look at the issue of Hate Crime and at how to recognise it, how to report it and how the Safe Places scheme offers refuge …more
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    Government Letter To End Shielding
    This is the government’s recent letter to clinically vulnerable people announcing the end of shielding. Dear…. I am writing to you because you were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. …more
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    BSL Videos: The lived experience of disabled people during the pandemic
    The lived experience of disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic is a piece of research commissioned by the government. The full report is here, including easy read versions. Below are BSL versions: Video 1 of 2  Video 2 of 2 …more
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    Exploring the everyday lives of disabled people: BSL videos
    Exploring the everyday lives of disabled people is a piece of government research carried out before and during the pandemic. You can read the full report here. BSL versions of the report have now been released and are available …more
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    UK Disability Survey research report: BSL videos
    Below are BSL versions of a report that summarises responses to the Disability Unit’s UK Disability Survey from 15 January 2021 to 28 February 2021. The responses have been used to inform the National Disability Strategy. This …more
  • accessibility news
    Finding An Accessible Car Park
    The Disabled Parking Accreditation is administered by the charity Disabled Motoring UK, which looks after the rights of disabled motorists. They have a searchable database of accredited accessible car parks – view it on …more
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter
    The latest edition of Look Out! – HSB’s newsletter is now out. Ldownload: Look Out! Sept ’21 (pdf) Inside this issue, you’ll find out about:- A major announcement about the fantastic new premises that HSB will be moving to …more
  • health & nhs news
    Creative Minds Newsletter – Creative Approaches To Health
    Introduction: Here at Creative Minds we develop and promote creative approaches in health through the use of arts, leisure and physical activities. This newsletter highlights some of current projects and offers from our Creative …more
  • Calderdale news
    Access improvements complete at Rastrick Library
    Visitors to Rastrick Library can now enjoy improved access, following the completion of work to install a new ramp. Rastrick Library was built in 1912 and retains many grand original features, but the building previously suffered …more
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    Calderdale Council Newsletter
    Major exhibition combines fashion and a sense of place A cutting-edge exhibition showcasing the influence of the West Riding of Yorkshire on contemporary fashion is on display at Bankfield Museum in Halifax. Belonging: Fashion …more
  • benefits and money news
    Dept. For Work & Pensions’ Weekly Newsletter
    Roundup of recent DWP announcements  Health and disability green paper – two weeks to go Don’t miss the chance to shape the future of the benefits system by responding to the Shaping future support: the health and disability …more
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    Staying Warm With Citizens’ Advice Calderdale
    ‘Want a warmer, cosier home? Want to waste less money on energy bills? With high energy prices (soon to get higher) and the imminent possible reduction of Universal Credit, many people are being forced to choose between paying …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    News Round-up Disability Minister replaced in Cabinet reshuffle Justin Tomlinson has been replaced by Chloe Smith as Minister for Disabled People as part of Boris Johnson’s latest Cabinet reshuffle. Tomlinson launched the …more
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    Disability Minister replaced in Cabinet reshuffle
    Justin Tomlinson has been replaced by Chloe Smith as Minister for Disabled People as part of Boris Johnson’s latest Cabinet reshuffle. Tomlinson launched the National Disability Strategy at the end of July along with the Green …more
  • hearing impairment news
    New Alerts Transceiver For People With Hearing Impairment
    The NEW Bellman Visit Mobile Phone Transceiver is a piece of new technology for deaf and hard of hearing people, allowing, for the very first time, Bellman Visit alerts to be received on a mobile phone, tablet and smart watch …more
  • Calderdale news
    Carers Wellbeing Service Calderdale
    Carers Wellbeing Service Calderdale provides carers 18 and over with an extensive range of resources and support, designed to give you more balance in life. If you support someone with a long term health condition or disability, …more
  • Calderdale news
    Report: Disability Sports Programmes From Calderdale Sports Services
    This update is from Calderdale Sports Services: With Covid-19 regulations restricting the delivery of sports centre based disability sports programmes during the past 18 months, contact was maintained with maintained with …more
  • health & nhs news
    Government Ends Shielding For The Most Vulnerable
    The Government have announced that people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) will not be advised to shield again following expert clinical advice. They say this decision is based on there being far …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Libraries Update
    Welcome to the latest Calderdale Libraries Update – September 2021 We’ve really missed you, please come back and visit us! Most of our libraries are now open with extended opening hours. We do still advise the wearing of a face …more
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    Our Open Meetings Return
    We’re very happy to confirm that we will be holding our first Open Meeting for over 18 months on Tuesday September 28th. We’d love you to join us for this friendly, sociable get together. We’ll be talking about …more
  • coronavirus news
    Government’s plans to manage Covid through autumn and winter
    The Prime Minister set out the government’s plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter on Tuesday 14 September. Here’s the official statement to go with the plans: Thanks to the phenomenal success of the vaccination …more
  • Calderdale news
    Learning Disability: Happy Healthy Relationships Workshops
    Cloverleaf Advocacy are running some new Happy Healthy Relationships 2021 workshops, aimed at people with learning disabilities, in Calderdale this Autumn – here’s what they have to say about them. People with a …more
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    September 2021 Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Deafblind …more
  • health & nhs news
    Gentle Exercise Classes With Active Rainbow
    Local specialist instructors Eve from Eve’s Pilates4Everyone and Sophie from Active Rainbow have teamed up to provide an online platform of exercises in one easy to access place. Gentle exercise classes can get your blood pumping …more
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    kitchen aids for disabled people
    Being able to cook a meal, serve snacks and beverages or eat and drink independently can have its challenges when you have a disability. However, with the right kitchen aids, you can easily host your own dinner party, whip up a …more
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    Report: recommendations to improve migraine care in the UK
    Dismissed for too long: recommendations to improve migraine care in the UK is a new report from the The Migraine Trust. This report found a wide range of issues with migraine health care, including slow or no diagnosis and lack …more
  • Introducing S4Nd – the Society for neurodiversity
    We’re very happy to welcome our latest Affiliate Organisation, the Halifax-based Society for neurodiversity or S4Nd Organisation Name: Society for neurodiversity Organisation Email Address: angiebalmer@s4nd.org Organisation …more
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    Cycle for Health At Spring Hall
    The Cycle for Health course starts at Spring Hall this Saturday 11 September 4-6pm. This FREE 12 week course can help you to improve your health and fitness and develop bike riding skills and confidence thought cycle training and …more
  • benefits and money news
    Energy & Heating Support From Citizens’ Advice
    With high energy prices (soon to get higher) and the imminent possible reduction of Universal Credit, many people are being forced to choose between paying their rent, buying food and keeping warm. But it’s not just about being …more
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    Night Owls – Overnight Confidential Online Support Line for Children and Young People
    Night OWLS is a confidential overnight support line for children and young people in crisis. Helping them, their parents and carers living in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees, and Wakefield. Night OWLS can help children and …more
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    Touchbase: DWP Newsletter
    Roundup of recent DWP announcements  Health and disability green paper – one month to go Don’t miss the chance to shape the future of the benefits system by responding to the Shaping future support: the health and disability …more
  • coronavirus news
    60 second guide to boosters and third shots!
    Here’s a quick guide to boosters and third shots from the BMJ. Can I get a booster shot now? Not in the UK (yet), although you may be eligible for a third dose. What’s the difference? A booster is given to people who have …more
  • accessibility news
    Let’s Talk Accessibility on Buses
    Bus Users and Disability Rights UK are to host a series of online events, Let’s Talk Accessibility. The aim is to help local transport authorities (LTAs) and operators understand the challenges and barriers Disabled people face …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    News Round-up Government’s proposals to fix the social care crisis is “too little, too late” Commenting on the Government’s social care reform proposals. DR UK’s Fazilet Hadi said: “We are glad to see the Government is making …more
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    Police and Crime Consultation. 
    The Mayor of West Yorkshire has launched the consultation to inform her first Police and Crime Plan, which sets the strategic direction for West Yorkshire Police, community safety partners and commissioned services over the next …more
  • Calderdale news
    Update: Walk-In Vaccinations in Calderdale 
    The calendar of walk-in vaccination clinics in Calderdale has moved to a new location on the local NHS website. Here’s the new link – Walk-In Vaccinations in Calderdale  Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK “Get Yourself Active” Newsletter
    Welcome to the Disability Rights UK “Get Yourself Active” Newsletter Welcome to the latest edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter. This is our round up of what the Get Yourself Active team and our partners have …more
  • accessibility news
    Moving more where you are
    The Activity Alliance are committed to ensuring disabled people can be and stay active. Access exercise advice, workouts, and activity guides to support disabled people through their website. This helps everyone to move more, …more
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    Activity Alliance Newsletter – Disability Inclusion in Sport
    Welcome to August’s newsletter. This edition features our stakeholder survey, the Paralympic Games and Birmingham 2022. Help our work by taking part in our stakeholder survey Working effectively with our members and other …more
  • coronavirus news
    Calderdale Covid-19 Update – Vaccines, Testing & More
    Grab A Jab: Walk-in Vaccination Clinics Calderdale, updated weekly: https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/walk-in-vaccination-clinics/ Government Guidance England: How to Stay Safe and Prevent the Spread of Covid …more
  • Easy Read Calderdale Adult Learning Timetable
    If you are a person with a learning disability who is looking for things to do on days off college or just in general then the downloadable easy read timetable from Calderdale Adult Learning is worth looking at. There might well …more
  • Lead the Way Newsletter
    Here is the September ebulletin from our friends Lead the Way. Don’t forget that they have different health awareness sessions running for the next few months, some information is inside this bulletin, and a list of …more
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Bus Station Service Changes
    Here’s a summary of the upcoming bus service changes due to Halifax Bus Station redevelopment. The bus station will be partially closed from Sunday 05 September, to allow for the construction works to start; Public posters …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Museums Update
    Here’s the latest newsletter from Calderdale’s Museum Service. Bankfield Museum, Shibden Hall and Smith Art Gallery are now open. Pre-booked tickets are no longer required at either Bankfield Museum or Smith Art …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your September e-newsletter. It is hard to believe it is September already and the summer, despite being a rather grey one, has almost finished. Weather aside, we hope you’ve been able to enjoy a break, or catch up on …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    DR UK holds assisted dying debate to inform stance on Meacher Bill Four prominent Disabled activists took part in an online debate around assisted dying this week as DR UK trustees prepare to review the organisation’s position on …more
  • benefits and money news
    Broken benefits system hitting thousands of Disabled people
    Thousands of Disabled people on out of work benefits, such as ESA and Jobseeker’s Allowance, are facing considerable mental health and physical challenges as the pandemic has left them struggling financially, new research shows. …more
  • health & nhs news
    Booster’ Vaccination Programme Launch 
    The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a third vaccine dose as part of their primary vaccination schedule against covid-19. …more
  • Deafblind UK Invites You To Their 2021 Convention
    You’re invited to the Deafblind Convention 2021 – Living better with sight and hearing loss 7th October, 9am – 5pm Free – click here to register today! Yes, that’s right, Deafblind UK is hosting the UK’s first …more
  • Video: How Sensory Overload Affects Autistic People
    Here’s a short video that looks at a particular model that explains some of the sensory overload issues that people with Autism experience, and how reducing that overload can help. feel free to pause the video if the slides …more
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    Local Support Group For People With Parkinson’s
    Parkinson’s local groups welcome people with the condition, family members and carers. Meetings are often informal and sociable, though there are sometime presentations by a visiting speaker. Meetings: Monthly, every second …more
  • benefits and money news
    How To Spot A Rogue Trader
    Rogue Traders in West Yorkshire targeting vulnerable residents. West Yorkshire Trading Standard continue to receive reports of doorstep traders using pushy and sometimes aggressive sales tactics to intimidate people, usually the …more
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    Department for Work & Pensions Newsletter
    Roundup of recent DWP announcements in their regular newsletter, dated 27 August 2021 Change to the Universal Credit system helps claimants ahead of bank holiday Universal Credit has been improved with a new automatic process to …more
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    Health and Care Policy Jargon Buster
    What’s the difference between an integrated care provider and an sustainability and transformation partnership? What do we really mean when we talk about patient and public involvement? The health and care policy landscape is …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Council Newsletter
    Calderdale Council joins anti-racism movement Calderdale Council is one of nearly 500 organisations to join the Root Out Racism movement being launched by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) …more
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    New electric bike food delivery service in Halifax for people who are self-isolating
    DeliverHX is an innovative new food delivery service which delivers straight to people’s door for FREE if they are isolating or are at higher risk from COVID-19. The scheme is a great way to support independent businesses …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Winter vaccine schedule for Disabled people unclear Plans for the universal roll-out of a third booster vaccine are in doubt. The Government is now likely to propose that only over-16s with immune-suppression, care home …more
  • accessibility news
    Driving Assessment Delays Hitting Disabled Drivers
    It has been confirmed that over 200,000 people are waiting for a doctor’s assessment to renew their driving licences. Disabled people who need transport to remain mobile are caught up in the backlog which is months behind …more
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    Disabled people paying vastly more for care in past two years
    Disabled people are being told by councils to pay vastly more for care, according to research from the BBC. Some adults with learning disabilities are being forced to pay thousands of pounds more, with six councils doubling the …more
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    Ten GB Paralympians to watch out for at Tokyo 2020
    The online magazine, Disability Horizons has selected its 10 GB Paralympic Athletes to watch out for: The rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is finally here, and at Disability Horizons, we’re very excited. Almost 230 …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Covid-19 Update
    Current Data on Infection Rates in Calderdale In the 7 days prior to 18th August: Overall rate in Calderdale was 397.3 per 100,000, 4 up on the previous figures. As of July 31, Rates were highest in young people aged 17-29 years …more
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    Halifax Bus Station redevelopment – changes to services
    There are some important changes to services at Halifax Bus Station as its £17.7 million redevelopment starts on Sunday 5 September 2021. Services affected: 20, 21(Team), 343, 501, 502, 503, 510, 512, 514, 524, 526, 530, 531, …more
  • health & nhs news
    Covid-19 vaccine exemption pass
    Covid-19 vaccine exemption pass: what to do if you cannot be vaccinated or test for Covid? This article from Disability Horizons looks at the issue and offers some guidance and solutions. Now that most Covid-19 restrictions have …more
  • Disability Horizons Newsletter
    Tell us how your work has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic With a lot of disabled people shielding and businesses struggling, work has been tricky for many during this time. To understand how it has impacted disabled …more
  • accessibility news
    Access to Work: factsheet & BSL video
    Access to Work – Overview Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support if you have a …more
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    Calderdale Staying Safe Domestic Abuse Support
    If you are 16 or over, female or male and have experienced any form of Domestic Abuse, Calderdale Staying Safe are here to help you. They have diverse, experienced and skilled staff, female and male that can assist you and where …more
  • health & nhs news
    Healthy Minds Activities, Groups & Sessions
    Peer-support groups & drop-ins Elland Anxiety & Depression Peer-Support Group (in-person group from 10th August) Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 12.30 – 2.30pm Halifax Depression Peer-Support Telephone Group …more
  • Calderdale news
    Square Chapel Re-Opening
    Halifax’s Square Chapel will be re-opening in September. their website has been updated and they are sharing details of the cinema and performances that will be coming to Square Chapel over the next few months! View …more
  • accessibility news
    New Passenger Assistance app  
    This new Passenger Assistance app, which takes the time and fuss out of requesting assistance when you want to travel, was released in May – here’s a quick rundown on all there is to know. How does it make things easier?   …more
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    Liberty Hate Crime Survey
    Liberty Investigates survey Liberty Investigates is running an anonymous survey to find out why victims of hate crime withdraw from police investigations. If you pulled out of a police investigation, they would love to hear from …more
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    Disability Rights UK newsletter
    Disability Rights UK newsletter – ‘Waking watch’ charges hit Disabled residents Shocking numbers of leaseholders are having to invest in ‘waking watch’ schemes in place to protect Disabled residents who cannot self-evacuate …more
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    Assessing the Government’s Disability Strategy
    Disability Rights UK has been undertaking deep analysis of the National Disability Strategy, released after Parliament had broken up for Recess. Fazilet Hadi, Head of Policy, has written a blog, assessing the different areas …more
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League Team – Match Video
    Here’s the full match video from Sunday 8th August and the clash between Halifax WRL and Mersey Storm at Calderdale College’s Inspire Centre. DPC’s Philip Ingham was the man behind the camera (smart phone) – this video is …more
  • coronavirus news
    Covid Self-Isolation Rules Change: 16 August
    What rules are changing and when? As of 16 August, fully vaccinated adults no longer have to self-isolate for 10 days if they’re told they have been in close contact with a person who has Covid. This rule also applies to …more
  • accessibility news
    Introducing AbilityNet
    AbilityNet is a UK charity that supports anyone living with any disability or impairment to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education. Here’s a short video to introduce them. …more
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Rights UK’s work capability assessment factsheet
    The work capability assessment is very important for universal credit and central to employment and support allowance (ESA). Disability Rights UK’s factsheet F71 explains the work capability assessment in a detailed but …more
  • benefits and money news
    DWP failing to send out limited capability for work questionnaires
    In 2020, the Welfare Benefits Team at Central England Law Centre (CELC) noticed a trend in the ‘UC50’ limited capability for work questionnaire form not being issued to claimants in circumstances where that would have been …more
  • accessibility news
    Survey reveals significant shortcomings in access for Disabled fans
    Level Playing Field, a charity that focuses on removing barriers for Disabled people wishing to follow live sports as fans, has revealed the results of its annual fan survey. The report has the most in-depth answers of any in the …more
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Support Calderdale
    Disability Support Calderdale are based  in the Upper Valley and have regular drop in sessions for people who are having trouble with benefits and housing. The drop in sessions are at the Upper Valley Community Hub, Hebden …more
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    Call 105 To Report A Power-Cut
    There is a national phone number “105” run by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Key points to note about this service are: Dialling …more
  • Calderdale news
    Dog Fouling – How To Report It
    Calderdale Council are committed to promoting responsible dog ownership and reducing the problems caused by dogs. Unfortunately there are still some dog owners who act irresponsibly and do not clean up after their dog. You can …more
  • coronavirus news
    Walk-in vaccination clinics in Calderdale
    In addition to pre-booked vaccination appointments, the NHS in Calderdale also run regular walk-in clinics where you don’t need to book in advance. These clinics subject to demand and deliver vaccinations on a first-come …more
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    West Yorkshire Mayor Replies To Covid-Concerns Letter
    Last month (July 2021), we at Disability Partnership Calderdale were co-signatories of a letter raising concerns about the safety of disabled people and local precautions after national COVID deregulation on 19th July. The letter …more
  • Calderdale news
    Community Transport Calderdale Tripping Again
    As things gradually get back to normal, Community Transport Calderdale is seeing increasing demand from local groups for trips. CEO Peter Hancock said “It’s great to see things returning to some kind of normality. Although we …more
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Deafblind Convention 2021 – …more
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    Disability Horizons’ Paralympic Interviews
    Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: Para-canoeist Emma Wiggs MBE in the spotlight 05/08/2021 We speak to World, European and Paralympic canoeing champion Emma Wiggs ahead of her competing at Tokyo 2020. Read More » Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: …more
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    Disability Horizons TV Paralympics Special
    In this episode of Disability Horizons TV, Mik, Zec & Dan are talking about the Paralympic Games. They are joined by Paralympian Elizabeth Wright who won Silver at the 2000 games in the 400m Freestyle. …more
  • Calderdale news
    Have you been affected by Hate Crime or Hate Incident?
    Hate crimes / hate incidents can take place anywhere, at home, in the street, at work, school or online. No-one should have to put up with it and live with the fear, anxiety and consequences of hate. A hate crime is any criminal …more
  • accessibility news
    Blue Badge Offences Up
    Research published this week reveals that councils issued 175,000 Blue Badge penalty notices to motorists last year, with Milton Keynes named the worst offending location outside London. The research collected and analysed …more
  • benefits and money news
    MPs call for radical overhaul of DWP’s approach to employment support
    The DWP’s national programme for supporting Disabled people to find and stay in work is not working and must instead be delivered at a local level as part of a renewed effort to break down unacceptable barriers Disabled people …more
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    New ‘tick box’ National Disability Strategy “Rejected”
    Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Forum reject new ‘tick box’ National Disability Strategy The Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPO) Forum has issued a press release expressing “outrage at the Government’s decision to go ahead …more
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    Get Active With “We Are Undefeatable”
    “We Are Undefeatable” is a national campaign supporting people with a range of long term health conditions, developed by 16 leading health and social care charities and backed by expertise, insight and significant …more
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    National Disability Strategy
    We have gathered together all the key documents released as part of the Government’s recently published (28 July) National Disability Strategy. This strategy sets out the actions the government will take to improve the …more
  • Report: Health inequalities and the impact of Covid-19
    Local Government Association Report: A perfect storm: health inequalities and the impact of Covid-19 This report warns that Covid-19 has created a ‘perfect storm’ of existing inequality and disease, leading to higher rates of …more
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    Move It!
    Here’s a nice little video featuring some local people which reminds us all that getting a little exercise is the key to so much health and happiness.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muCbzWrfpSI   Share …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your August e-newsletter. Even if the weather isn’t quite up to scratch, we hope you are enjoying being able to spend precious time with loved ones once more. After what we have all experienced over the last 18 months, …more
  • coronavirus news
    Covid-19: Calderdale Testing, Vaccination & Info
    Key Coronavirus information and services in Calderdale and beyond – Calderdale Resources Community testing …more
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    The Government’s Disability and Access Ambassadors
    Disability and Access Ambassadors help to ensure businesses are doing all they can to support their disabled customers.Please note: Disability and Access Ambassadors are not able to deal with individual issues or personal …more
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    UK Disability Survey research report, June 2021
    An analysis of responses to the UK Disability Survey 2021, and data tables with responses to all questions UK Disability Survey research report, June 2021 UK Disability Survey research report: data tables Details This report …more
  • accessibility news
    Research: Disabled People Struggle to Access Banks
    Research conducted by Which?, having surveyed 1,500 disabled banking customers and spoken to members of the Disability Horizons community, has found that disabled customers are struggling to access banks due to branch closures …more
  • Lead the Way eBulletin
    The latest Lead the Way eBulletin is out with helpful resources for clients and carers, organisations that can support you as well as news, information and wellbeing sessions. Lead the Way work with people with learning …more
  • New Government strategy to improve the lives of autistic people
    The government has launched a new multi-million pound strategy to speed up diagnosis and improve support and care for autistic people. This is their press release first published on 21 July 2021 The Autism Strategy aims to tackle …more
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    Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    5 products to help manage fatigue and chronic illness Fatigue is a feeling of constant tiredness or weakness and can be physical, mental or a combination of both. It is a symptom of many chronic illnesses, including myalgic …more
  • accessibility news
    Freelance Roles For Disabled Professionals With Transport For All
    Transport For All are looking for disabled professionals to join our Access Partner team in delivering our accessibility consultancy services. This is ideal for freelancers or anyone looking for flexible project-based work. If …more
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    Get Yourself Active Newsletter
    Welcome to the latest edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter, from Disability Rights UK. This is our round up of what the Get Yourself Active team and our partners have been up to during the month of July- and some …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 29 July 2021
    News Round-up Government’s National Disability Strategy ‘disappointingly thin’ Reacting to the publication of the Government’s National Strategy for Disabled People, Disability Rights UK CEO Kamran Mallick said: “Disabled people …more
  • Tandem Trekkers blind and visually impaired cycling club
    Tandem Trekkers are a specialist cycling club, dedicated to providing tandem riding for blind and visually impaired cyclists.  They warmly welcome new members at their track sessions on the first Saturday of each month, from …more
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Activities Update
    Welcome to the July edition of the Halifax Society for the Blind Activities Update.  Exciting times, we have some face-to-face activities to tell you about this time!  We are continuing to run phone-based and online groups as …more
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    Government Report: The lived experience of disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic
    Executive summary From July to September 2020, the Cabinet Office Disability Unit commissioned the Policy Lab to conduct ethnographically-led research into the experiences of disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim …more
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    Activity Alliance Newsletter
    Welcome to July’s newsletter from the Activity Alliance (Activity Alliance is the operating name for the English Federation of Disability Sport). This edition features our response to the National Disability Strategy and …more
  • Calderdale news
    The latest newsletter from Calderdale Council
    The latest news from Calderdale Council Restrictions are ending but COVID-19 isn’t. Calderdale people are encouraged to remain cautious, be kind and help each other to stay safe. Although most COVID restrictions lifted from 19 …more
  • Calderdale news
    Summer Activities For Calderdale Children
    School’s out for summer, and young people in Calderdale can take part in exciting activities, enjoy nutritious meals and meet new friends in a safe environment, as part of the Calderdale Healthy Holidays programme. With funding …more
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    Wheelchair Sport Amongst Panthers’ Family Activities
    You are invited to join the Halifax Panthers Family in exciting activities that cover several aspects of health, wellbeing and sports! Some of the activities planned include Rugby, Cricket, Wheelchair Sports, Circuits, Team …more
  • accessibility news
    Changing Places Toilets fund now open for applications
    Councils in England are being urged to apply for a share of a £30m fund to install life-enhancing Changing Places Toilets (CPTs) in public places and tourist attractions, providing a significant increase in areas where users want …more
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    Government’s National Disability Strategy Published
    During the last week in July 2021, the Government published its landmark National Disability Strategy. Here’s what they had to say about it at the launch: The strategy aims to transform the lives of disabled people across …more
  • health & nhs news
    Coronavirus: Calderdale testing, vaccination & support
    Here’s a useful guide to the current Coronavirus support and info available in Calderdale, including testing and vaccination opportunities. TESTING: Community Coronavirus testing in Calderdale: …more
  • accessibility news
    Access guides to motorway services
    Highways England has partnered with accessibility information provider AccessAble to produce access guides for motorway services. The government-owned company said the new guides, available online or via the free AccessAble app, …more
  • Vacancy – Activities Coordinator, Halifax Society for the Blind
    Halifax Society for the Blind wish to recruit an innovative and person-centred Activities Coordinator on a permanent contract (£20,952pa pro rata for 25 hours per week). Here’s what their job advert has to say about the …more
  • Lead the Way eBulletin – July 2021 
    The latest eBulletin from Lead the Way, the Halifax-based learning disability organisation, is out. As ever, it’s full of helpful resources for clients and carers, details of organisations that can support you as well as …more
  • Halifax Society For The Blind’s latest newsletter
    Fresh out is Halifax Society For The Blind’s latest edition of Look Out!, their newsletter. This edition is also produced as a text file for those using screen-reader software, and can be translated into braille or audio on …more
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    Staying Cool In Hot Weather
    The current hot weather isn’t to everyone’s liking. If you are struggling with the heat, here are a few tips to help you stay cool. How to Stay Cool Stay out of the heat: keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm if …more
  • Survey Results: low vision assessment services in England
    The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) has published the findings of their recent Impact survey on the commissioning and provision of low vision assessment services in England. The impact of Covid-19 has …more
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    Report: The treatment of autistic people and people with learning disabilities
    The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee have just released a new report, titled “The treatment of autistic people and people with learning disabilities.” Below is the Summary – the full report can …more
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    Coping With Change – Tips To Avoid Stress
    Some people love change, however, many people find change hard. As covid restrictions lift there will be people that will relish new opportunities and there will be people who feel anxious about the ‘new normal’, living with …more
  • Calderdale news
    Heartbeat – Activities For All
    HEARTBEAT was founded in October 2006 for people in West Yorkshire who had or were at risk of having a cardiac event. Our aim is to improve the quality of life and the life expectancy of our Members. The Charity, registered in …more
  • benefits and money news
    Work Capability Assessment Factsheet
    Disability Rights UK work capability assessment factsheet The work capability assessment is very important for universal credit and central to employment and support allowance (ESA). Disability Rights UK’s …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    19/7/2021 News Round-up DPOs call for reinstatement of infection control measures A plethora of organisations, including DR UK, is calling on government to revise new guidance which effectively leaves Disabled Clinically …more
  • benefits and money news
    Department for Work & Pensions Newsletter
    Brought to you by the Department for Work & Pensions 16 July 2021 – Roundup of recent DWP announcements  Coronavirus Roadmap update This week the Prime Minister announced that Step 4 of the Roadmap out of COVID-19 legal …more
  • coronavirus news
    The Pandemic’s Toll On People With Learning Disabilities
    This article, from the BMJ explores how the covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on people with learning disabilities across the world. The linked paper by the OpenSAFELY collaborative led by Williamson and colleagues …more
  • hearing impairment news
    Deaf patients excluded in NHS rush to digital care
    In this extract from a longer piece on the BMJ website about how the NHS’s rush to use digital communications is excluding some patients, there is an examination of the particular issues this throws up for deaf patients. …more
  • Calderdale news
    Open Letter: Calderdale Disability Organisations On Restriction Easing Concerns
    This is an open letter from Calderdale’s leading disability organisations to local/regional politicians, sharing concerns about the ending of Covid-19 restrictions on 19th July. To Tracy Brabin, Mayor, West Yorkshire …more
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    Disability Horizons Newsletter
    10 disabled contestants on TV reality and talent shows For more than a decade, disabled contestants have had the opportunity to take part and compete in TV reality and talent shows, with many reaching the finals and even winning. …more
  • coronavirus news
    19 July Covid-19 guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable
    Who this guidance is for? This guidance is for everyone in England who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes those people who have been identified by the NHS as being …more
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    Covid-19 Restrictions To Be Lifted On 19 July
    Government Info: Lifting restrictions on 19 July Read the full guidance here | Read the advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 will be lifted in England on 19 July 2021. The …more
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    Report: Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England
    Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 21 June to 26 June 2021. An analysis of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including their behaviours …more
  • accessibility news
    Accessible Housing Guide
    Disability Horizons, the online disability magazine have partnered with accessible housing specialists Branch Properties for the second year in a row to bring you an up-to-date accessible housing guide to help you find the best …more
  • coronavirus news
    Government guidance on getting tested for Coronavirus
    Here’s a series of links to Government guidance on getting tested for Coronavirus. They go through to the official information on the Government’s website. Understanding lateral flow testing for people without …more
  • benefits and money news
    Department For Work & Pensions Newsletter
    Roundup of recent DWP announcements  Coronavirus Roadmap update Step 4 of the Roadmap is expected to begin on Monday 19 July. This will be confirmed on Monday 12 July, following a review of the latest data. At Step 4, the …more
  • accessibility news
    Top accessible beaches revealed
    Nearly all of the top ten most accessible beaches are in just three counties, according to new research. Keep Moving Care analysed 30 top-rated UK beaches against 10 criteria points – whether the beaches had received a Blue Flag …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Lockdown easing plans put CEV people back in jeopardy Psychology experts, health professionals and Disabled People’s Organisations are expressing grave concerns about the Prime Minister’s announcement that the majority of …more
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    COVID-19 vaccines highly effective in most people in clinical risk groups
    There’s reassuring news that vaccines are helping keep people from at risk groups safe from serious illness and death from Covid-19. Those used in the UK as effective at preventing symptomatic disease in the majority of …more
  • accessibility news
    Cut the Clutter Campaign To Clear Pavements
    The walking charity, Living Streets, is running a “Cut the Clutter” campaign, calling for local authorities to prioritise clearing footways and pavements through measures including (but not limited to): 1. Banning all …more
  • benefits and money news
    Finding A Good Disability Employer
    What is a disability-confident employer? Nearly every employer claims to be an ‘equal opportunities employer’, but as disabled people, we know that most aren’t – particularly when it comes to disability. Research carried out by …more
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    Disability Horizons Newsletter
    LAST CHANCE to take our survey on disability hate crime Our survey on disability hate crime, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire, will be closing this week, so this is your LAST CHANCE to have your say and make your voice heard. …more
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    FREE Virtual Project for Disabled Adults and Children from Sense
    Here are details of a new project for disabled adults and children in our area, below is more information and the contact details on how to get in touch. The Sense Virtual Buddying project and Virtual Group Sessions is a great …more
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Support Calderdale Nominated For Top Award
    Disability Support Calderdale have be nominated as a finalist at the Yorkshire Choice 2020 Awards in the Local Fundraiser category. This is the citation detailing their achievements: The group from Disability Support Calderdale …more
  • health & nhs news
    Local Vaccination Drop-ins
    In addition to pre-booked appointment sessions, the NHS are also running regular walk-in vaccination clinics throughout Calderdale where you do not need to book in advance. They hold these clinics subject to demand and deliver …more
  • coronavirus news
    Most Covid-19 Restrictions Set to Be Lifted On 19 July
    The government has outlined plans to lift the remaining Covid restrictions in England. Most legal restrictions and guidance in England look set to be removed from 19 July. At a Downing Street briefing, earlier this week, Boris …more
  • health & nhs news
    Are You at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?
    https://youtu.be/0anqgIw2Hiw Did you know, Calderdale’s Hebden Bridge GP Group Practice is top of the leader board this month when it comes to making referrals to the Heathier You NHS Diabetes prevention Programme. In May, 49 …more
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Society for the Blind Want To Know What Services You Need
    This survey is being circulated by our friends at the Halifax Society for the Blind. Dear Members, Supporters, Colleagues and Partners, we hope you are well, and getting some sunshine and feeling good about getting out and about. …more
  • health & nhs news
    Covid-19 Winter Booster Vaccination – Report
    JCVI interim advice: potential COVID-19 booster vaccine programme winter 2021 to 2022 Published 30 June 2021 In the situation where social mixing and social contact return towards pre-pandemic norms, it is expected that winter …more
  • Macular Society July Newsletter
    Welcome to your July e-newsletter. Firstly, a big, big thank you to everyone who supported us in Macular Week. Every year we are overwhelmed by how many of you show your support, in so many different ways. It is so inspiring …more
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    Covid-19: “Life on hold” for NHS patients needing musculoskeletal care
    Conditions such as back pain and arthritis are the biggest cause of morbidity in the UK. But the pandemic has seen primary and secondary care appointments cancelled or held virtually. In the first of a new series on the “new …more
  • BBC appoints new disability team
    The BBC has set up a new disability team, to include Cbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell in the role of Disability Ambassador, Kay  Ashton MBE as Creative Diversity Disability Lead, and Nichola Garde as Project Manager of Elevate, …more
  • health & nhs news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disabled people’s lives ‘devastated’ by Covid – BBC Survey Thousands of D/deaf and Disabled people became more disabled during the pandemic with most losing access to vital medical appointments and necessary routines. A BBC …more
  • health & nhs news
    GPs urge government to clear up confusion over Covid-19 symptoms
    GPs have called on the government to update the official list of covid-19 symptoms after seeing patients shun tests to check their infection status because they don’t believe they have been infected by SARS-CoV-2. They also said …more
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    Get Yourself Active newsletter from Disability Horizons UK.
    Welcome to the latest edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter from Disability Horizons UK. This is our round up of what the Get Yourself Active team and our partners have been up to during the month of June – and some …more
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    Disability Horizons Newsletter
    8 misconceptions about disabled women busted – There are many assumptions and misconceptions about disabled women in our society. Some people think that they are unable to be parents and have a family, that they can’t …more
  • accessibility news
    Activity Alliance (Disability Sport) Newsletter
    Our Chair blogs: Disabled people need to be at the heart of the return UK Coaching Week is a campaign to celebrate coaching at all levels in sport and activity. This year’s theme was ‘The Great Coaching Comeback: …more
  • hearing impairment news
    BBC Research Reveals Pandemic Toll On Disabled People
    Thousands of deaf and disabled people across the UK have told the BBC of the devastating impact the pandemic has had on their lives. Most said their disability had worsened and more than 2,400 said routine, often vital, medical …more
  • health & nhs news
    Results: Calderdale/Huddersfield ‘Improving hospital services for people with sight loss’
    We, at Disability Partnership Calderdale, in conjunction with Halifax Society for the Blind, recently ran a Focus Group looking at ‘Improving hospital services for people with sight loss’. We are now ready to share the feedback …more
  • health & nhs news
    Report: Digitally excluded people’s experiences of remote GP appointments
    Below is the introduction and a link to the full content of a report from Healthwatch, looking at the effects of digital exclusion on our interaction with GPs. It appears that people with disabilities are central to this issue …more
  • coronavirus news
    Calderdale Walk-in Vaccination Clinics
    In addition to pre-booked appointment sessions, the NHS in Calderdale are also running regular walk-in vaccination clinics where you do not need to book in advance. They hold these clinics subject to demand and deliver …more
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    Reminder: Current Covid-19 Restrictions In Full
    England remains in Step 3 The government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions remain in place, and you should follow the guidance on this page, which explains what you can and cannot do. It is expected that …more