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  • consultations
    North Bridge and A58 flyover consultation
    Throughout 2022 Calderdale Council are looking at creative approaches to improve the Halifax North Bridge and A58 flyover and surrounding area. The site provides a huge opportunity for their future vision of Halifax, and now they …more
  • benefits and money news
    Save on phone & broadband with “social tariffs”
    So-called “social tariffs” can provide a safety net for eligible households who might be struggling to afford their broadband or phone services. As we all know, broadband and mobile providers offer customers a wide …more
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    Scope – places available on employment training courses
    Disability charity Scope have free places available on the next Starting Line pre-employment training courses. They have both online and face to face courses that will be delivered in Leeds and Manchester (venues tbc but likely …more
  • health & nhs news
    Calderdale NHS Covid-19 Update
    Calderdale NHS are still encouraging everyone eligible for a Covid vaccination to take the opportunity to protect themselves and others from coronavirus. Latest data for Calderdale, up to 5th May 2022: 427, 937 Vaccinations …more
  • Calderdale news
    Arts & Craft For Adults With Learning Disabilities
    Vi Cruz is running Arts & Craft For Adults With Learning Disabilities at Todmorden College. Learn about ART and how to make it – including painting, paper mache, printmaking and origami. Feel proud of your achievements. …more
  • health & nhs news
    New Healthwatch Videos: How To Get More From Your Pharmacy
    Healthwatch Kirklees & Healthwatch Calderdale have released a small series of videos aimed at helping local people to get the most out of their pharmacies. The videos each address a different subject and help explain the …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Horizons Newsletter
    How to prepare for a festival if you’re a wheelchair user Thinking of attending a festival this year but not sure how to plan for the event if you use a wheelchair? Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. Mountain Trike, which …more
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    Report: Disability Workforce Equality In The NHS
    NHS England’s latest Workforce Disability Equality Standard report is out. It looks at whether disabled employees across the NHS’s trusts and foundation trusts are working in equality with their able bodied …more
  • benefits and money news
    DWP Touchbase Newsletter
    Roundup of recent DWP announcements  Special Rules for End of Life   As outlined in the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday 10 May fast-track benefit access is to be extended to those nearing the end of their life for Personal Independence …more
  • accessibility news
    Funding Boost For Get Yourself Active Programme
    Get Yourself Active, the Disability Rights UK programme that focuses on increasing Disabled people’s participation in sport and physical activity, has been named a system partner by the arms-length body for grassroots sport: …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Government must halt ‘managed migration’ to universal credit – DR UK Charities from across the UK have warned the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Thérèse Coffey that plans to restart ‘managed …more
  • health & nhs news
    Lack of NHS dental appointments widens health inequalities
    Key findings from Healthwatch England’s national dental polling in 2022 have been released A representative poll of 2,026 adults based in England on attitudes to NHS dentistry shows that half of the adults in England find dental …more
  • benefits and money news
    Are You Owed Unpaid Pension Credit?
    Do you or a family member get a State Pension? An estimated £6.8 million of unclaimed Pension Credit is unclaimed in Calderdale*. We want to encourage every one of State Pension age to check their eligibility, even if they don’t …more
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    New: Calderdale What’s On Where (WOW) Guide
    Local care provider, Home Instead, has published a second edition of their popular What’s On Where (WOW) Guide for older adults in Calderdale. With many more groups and classes for older people back up and running, the Spring …more
  • health & nhs news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 5 May
    Long Covid and illness drives 400,000 more people from the workforce A new Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report warns that deep health inequalities and ineffective policies mean people are living shorter lives, with …more
  • Macular Society May Newsletter
    Welcome to your May e-newsletter. Macular disease can often feel like an unknown condition among the wider public and that is why we are so grateful to you for continuing to spread the word. Thanks to your support great strides …more
  • health & nhs news
    Forum 50 Plus Newsletter
    Our sister organisation, Calderdale Forum 50 Plus, run an excellent monthly newsletter aimed at older people and their families and friends in Calderdale – their latest issue is here – Forum 50 Plus newsletter You can …more
  • consultations
    The RNIB Wants to Hear From You!
    Do you have a vision impairment that can’t be corrected with glasses? Help improve the lives of people with vision impairment in the UK by taking part in the RNIB’s telephone survey and help them to understand what life is …more
  • health & nhs news
    Active Calderdale Survey
    Active Calderdale are gathering information on physical activity habits, and opinions on how the local area can influence people to be more active. They’ll use this information to make sure that their work targets the people who …more
  • Calderdale news
    Our Jubilee Garden Party
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    Video: The Impact of Covid in Calderdale
    Jess March from Calderdale’s public health dept and Lucy Bradwell the communications manager from Calderdale Council spoke at our April 2022 Open Meeting . They were looking to find out people’s thoughts on Covid and the …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    News Disabled employees paid £3.5k less than non-Disabled employees – ONS The ONS has published new data showing that Disabled employees earn £1.93 less per hour than non-disabled employees, equating to a £3,500 pay gap based on …more
  • Free Online Course – Understanding Autism
    Understand diagnosis, behaviour, needs, and the support available to individuals with autism and their families. This FREE online training explores what it’s like for an individual to live with autism and how you can develop …more
  • benefits and money news
    Info To Help With Energy, Food & Other Bills
    As prices for energy bills and food continue to soar many ‘people are struggling to afford even the basics. Turn2Us’s excellent guide provides useful and practical information on benefits, charitable grants, support …more
  • health & nhs news
    Access for all at Calderdale sports centres
    Calderdale Council is introducing changes to its car parks at Todmorden Sports Centre and Brighouse Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre, to ensure that disabled parking spaces are used correctly. As an inclusive organisation, the …more
  • Calderdale news
    Celebrating the Jubilee – Calderdale Events
    Information from Calderdale Council on the Jubilee Calderdale is gearing up to make the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee an occasion to remember for years to come. Communities across the borough will come together to celebrate 70 years …more
  • health & nhs news
    Activity Alliance Newsletter
    Our response to Sport England’s Active Lives 2020/21 report The latest Active Lives Adult Survey published this week covers the period between November 2020 and November 2021. Activity Alliance responds to the latest Survey, …more
  • benefits and money news
    DWP Newsletter
    Managed move of claimants to Universal Credit set to restart  DWP is resuming the programme to move all benefit claimants over to Universal Credit by 2024. This follows a pause to the process during the pandemic when staff were …more
  • health & nhs news
    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 April, and what to …more
  • accessibility news
    Motability Scheme’s Face-To-Face Events
    The Motability Scheme’s face-to-face events are back for 2022 with the return of The Big Event and the regional One Big Days. These events are the perfect way for visitors to find out everything they need to know about the …more
  • health & nhs news
    Healthy Minds Events & Sessions April – June
    Healthy Minds runs free groups and activities across Calderdale to help you feel well. Contact your local R&S Worker listed in the programme below to book or enquire about a group or activity, or call their main line: 01422 …more
  • benefits and money news
    Info: Latest Government Benefit Rates
    Department for Work and Pensions has published the Benefit and pension rates 2022 to 2023. This publication, which is on the government’s website, lists the benefit rates and pension rates for 2022 to 2023. It covers …more
  • health & nhs news
    Calderdale Covid Vaccine Survey Report Released
    NHS Calderdale CCG worked with partners in Calderdale (Healthwatch, Local Authority, and the Voluntary Sector) to understand the views and experiences of people living in Calderdale of the COVID vaccine through a survey they ran …more
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    New ADHD Group In Calderdale
    A new West-Yorkshire based group is offering support to people with ADHD and their families and friends. They are also running a Calderdale group, which meets monthly in Brighouse. The West Yorkshire ADHD Group has it’s own …more
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    Disability In Children’s Books
    Literature, art and culture have always been tools of enlightenment and knowledge. Exposing children to books that have a disability theme or disabled characters ensures a future generation devoid of discrimination and exclusion. …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    News DR UK warns transport providers on ensuring options for Disabled people DR UK is writing to the Department of Transport about the failures of transport providers to meet their obligations to Disabled passengers after the …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale: Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Events
    Here are just some of the events and activities in Calderdale to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail Starting in May, this is a specially created, augmented reality, outdoor trail …more
  • health & nhs news
    Making Space – Caring For Carers
    Making Space is the Carers Wellbeing Service for Calderdale Phone 01422369101 Email carers.wsc@makingspace.co.uk Address: Suite 6b Rimani House, 14-16 Hall Street Calderdale, West Yorkshire HX1 5BD Facebook: …more
  • Calderdale news
    Elland – Companionship Café
    Home Instead Calderdale (who provide home care) are teaming up with Morrison’s Supermarket in Elland to host a monthly Companionship Café for older people. Everyone welcome – whether you are alone, with a friend, family …more
  • health & nhs news
    Activities: Curious Motion
    Curious Motion is an arts and health community organisation using dance and movement to tackle loneliness and isolation in the lower valley of Calderdale. They provide a regular programme of classes and workshops, alongside …more
  • Calderdale news
    Video: Halifax’s Latest Wheelchair Rugby League Game
    Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League carried on their unbeaten run against North Wales Crusaders on 25 April, coming out as 86 to 52 winners, despite having a slightly reduced playing squad. The win leaves them Top of super league as …more
  • Five year wait for child autism and ADHD assessments
    Figures collected by The Observer highlight the extent of delays young people are facing when trying to get assessed for autism. The Guardian reports that 2,835 referrals for assessment in Coventry and Warwickshire have still not …more
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    Covid-19 vaccinations, including boosters – free transport for those in need
    If anyone is invited for a Covid vaccination, including boosters, but does not have their own transport and cannot use public transport, please contact your GP. The GP practice will give you phone numbers for taxis and Community …more
  • hearing impairment news
    Talking therapies to be available in BSL
    The Deaf health charity SignHealth has been awarded a national NHS England contract to deliver NHS Talking Therapies in British Sign Language (BSL) to support Deaf people experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, or other …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    News Disabled people’s groups set out demands for Covid inquiry The horrifying impact of the Covid pandemic on Disabled people risks being ‘airbrushed out of history’, DR UK and its partners have warned ahead of the looming …more
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Charity Gala Coming Up!
    Preparations are well underway for the 65th Halifax Charity Gala, happening on 11th of June at Manor Heath Park. Visit https://www.halifaxgala.org.uk/ for updates, information for the public and companies, as well as pictures of …more
  • benefits and money news
    Video: Disability Horizons TV on Food Prices
    In this episode of Disability Horizons TV, they will be discussing the massive rise in food and energy prices and the impact it will have on those who are disabled. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7nNd1k3djY   Share …more
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    Community Foundation For Calderdale Newsletter
    There is a lot happening at Community Foundation For Calderdale, who have provided us with a lot of wonderful funding in recent years. They are now welcoming new donors, still giving out lots of grants, and they are also …more
  • health & nhs news
    Healthy Minds Events & Sessions April – June
    Healthy Minds runs free groups and activities across Calderdale to help you feel well. Contact your local R&S Worker listed in the programme below to book or enquire about a group or activity, or call their main line: 01422 …more
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    Helping Disabled Ukrainian Refugees
    Predictably, disabled people are suffering disproportionately in Ukraine, They have less able to access bomb shelters and evacuation routes and victims of the war include many disabled children and learning disabled people. If …more
  • accessibility news
    Naidex Exhibition
    The Naidex exhibition is an event for independent living and supporting the disabled community, showcasing wide-ranging solutions to improve mobility and accessibility, the latest innovations and tech, and explores the future of …more
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    Autism Info Updated
    As part of Autism Acceptance Month, West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership have updated their website’s Partnership Autism website pages with new content to read, watch, listen to and share, including a briefing about …more
  • Calderdale news
    Lead the Way’s Spring Newsletter & Activity Pack
    Lead the Way have published a Spring Newsletter and Activity Pack, full of fun things to do. Why not download a copy: Lead The Way Spring Newsletter Activity Pack Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…more
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    Avoiding Fuel Poverty in Calderdale
    There are three types of support available to help people out of fuel poverty. If you are unsure of the type of support that is needed, please make a referral to CAB below who will make any onward referrals that are necessary to …more
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    NEW disability awareness cards
    Check out NEW disability awareness cards For many of us who have a disability or health condition, there are often a number of things that we wish people knew – and respected – without you having to explain them. …more
  • accessibility news
    Activity Alliance Newsletter
    New campaign to challenge negative attitudes towards disabled children Activity Alliance is calling time on negative perceptions through our campaign, ‘Who says?’. The leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity wants …more
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    Getting your health checked easy read newsletter
    Getting your health checked Easy read newsletter. This new issue of the easy read newsletter is about encouraging people to use health services and not being scared because of coronavirus. It has articles about where to go if you …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    SEND Review raises red flags The Department for Education (DfE) has opened a consultation on its SEND Green Paper Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Review: right support, right place, right time. It is asking for …more
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    Consultation: Government SEND Green Paper
    SEND Review: right support, right place, right time The government is seeking views on a new Green Paper about the changes they want to make to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your April e-newsletter. While we continue to experience our own challenging times at home and hear about those happening in the world around us, we wanted to let you know we are thinking of you; and we hope you and …more
  • benefits and money news
    Ukraine fundraising scams
    Action Fraud have seen a high number of Ukraine fundraising scams in circulation. They wanted to make you aware that these scams are doing the rounds and you should exercise caution if you receive any emails relating to raising …more
  • health & nhs news
    DWP Newsletter
    This is the latest newsletter from the Government’s Department For Work & Pensions: Household Support Fund doubled to help most vulnerable tackle cost of living  The Household Support Fund (HSF) has doubled to £1 …more
  • health & nhs news
    Get Yourself Active Newsletter
    Together with the Centre for Ageing Better, we have launched Picture Yourself Active: a new, publicly accessible image library of over 300 photos depicting older and Disabled people getting active to challenge pervasive negative …more
  • accessibility news
    Government Disability and Access Ambassadors
    The Cabinet Office’s Disability Unit is seeking 3 new Disability and Access Ambassadors to replace ambassadors who have come to the end of their tenure. There are currently 19 ambassadors who use their influential status as …more
  • benefits and money news
    Support: Yorkshire Water
    Yorkshire Water run a number of schemes to help customers – here’s a quick guide to them: WaterSure If you have a water meter and use a lot of water because of a medical condition or there are at least three children …more
  • health & nhs news
    Covid-19 Vaccination – Latest Update
    It’s never too late to get a COVID-19 vaccination. If you haven’t had a first or second vaccination, or a booster, book an appointment or visit a walk-in clinic. It’s the best way to protect yourself, your family, and friends …more
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Bus Station – Easy Read Guide
    Halifax Bus Station is being redeveloped in order to provide improved facilities and higher levels of comfort. The latest temporary re-arrangement of services at the site of the bus station and in Halifax centre was in late …more
  • Calderdale news
    Squash: Mixed Ability Open Day
    Calderdale Community Squash will be hosting another mixed ability open day at the Old Crossleyans club on the 27th of April. Details are in the flyer below and there’s also a video from the last one below (if you’re a …more
  • The Secret Button For Blind People At Pedestrian Crossings
    A great little video that explains what the secret button is and how it works! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coJ0Ewc25Ck Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…more
  • Calderdale news
    Police: Sign Up To West Yorkshire Community Alert
    West Yorkshire Police has launched a new and updated version of the messenger system “West Yorkshire Community Alert“. To sign up, please visit: www.wypcommunityalert.co.uk Community Alert is a system West Yorkshire …more
  • Calderdale news
    Gardening For Young Adults With Learning Disabilities
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    Five-year NHS autism research strategy for England
    A five-year NHS autism research strategy, to facilitate the use of the best current evidence when making decisions about autism services provided by or paid for by the NHS in England, has been launched (25/3/2022). Below are the …more
  • benefits and money news
    Energy Cost Rebate
    A £150 rebate will soon be available to help eligible residents with rising energy costs. If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit you’ll receive it automatically within 10 working days of your first instalment being …more
  • benefits and money news
    Department For Work & Pensions Newsletter
    Roundup of recent DWP announcements  Spring Statement 2022  This week the Chancellor delivered a Spring Statement that included further measures to help people with the cost of living. From April 2022 there will be an extra £500 …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    How bare bones benefits don’t add up The Spring Budget offered next to nothing in terms of real-world increases to benefits for Disabled people, or salves to ease the pain of cost of living increases. DR UK’s Media and …more
  • health & nhs news
    NHS begins Spring booster vaccinations
    The NHS in Calderdale is starting to offer Spring booster vaccines this week as the Covid-19 vaccination programme moves to the next phase.  The extra booster is being offered to people aged 75 and over, care home residents and …more
  • Calderdale news
    Accessible Calderdale
    Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum Are you interested in the countryside and getting around on accessible transport? Do you like to meet others with the same interests and get out and about with others? Accessible …more
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    Disability TV Drama: Then Barbara Met Alan
    Then Barbara Met Alan is a factual drama that tells the true story of two disability activists – Barbara Lisicki and Alan Holdsworth – who became the trailblazers for disability rights in Britain and helped make the Government …more
  • benefits and money news
    West Yorkshire Trading Standards – How They Can Help
    The Role of West Yorkshire Trading Standards They work with consumers to prevent them from becoming victims, with businesses to help them comply with good practice and with partners to put funds back into communities. For a full …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale’s flooding website re-launched
    The new Eye on Calderdale website, which provides information to support those vulnerable to flooding, is now live! The redeveloped website has a new look and improved functionality to make it easier to access and find the …more
  • Calderdale news
    Are You Registered To Vote?
    Local Government Elections are coming up on Thursday 5th May 2022. If you are already registered to vote at your current address you don’t need to register again. Anyone who needs to register can do so quickly and easily online …more
  • Calderdale news
    Changing Places – Big Funding Boost
    Changing Places, who provide accessible toilet facilities have received a big funding boost. £23.5m worth of funding has been allocated across 191 councils and that will see 513 new Changing Places toilets installed across …more
  • Calderdale news
    Upcoming Square Chapel Entertainments
    There’s a great line-up of entertainment at Halifax’s Square Chapel in the coming weeks – to see the full line up and book, please visit their website. Meanwhile, here are a few highlights: Martin Offiah 31st …more
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    Our next Open Meeting: Tuesday 19th April
    Our next Open Meeting will be on Tuesday 26th April 2022. 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
  • Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    The lifting of Covid-19 restrictions is lifting my stress level up: Almost all Covid-19 restrictions have been or soon will be lifted across the UK. Our writer Raya, who has muscular dystrophy and respiratory failure, talks about …more
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    Do you know what red and white means? Did you know that someone with a red and white cane or assistant dog harness is deafblind? Read more about red and white canes here. Deafblindness: Spotting the signs. Thousands of people in …more
  • accessibility news
    British Sign Language Bill: BSL version video
    This is a Government bill to: recognise British Sign Language (BSL) as a language of England, Wales and Scotland require reporting on the use of BSL by government departments require guidance to be issued in relation to BSL The …more
  • health & nhs news
    Spring COVID-19 booster vaccine
    People aged 75 and over, and people aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed, are now eligible for a Spring COVID-19 booster vaccine. The NHS will contact eligible people to book their next vital jab. Visit …more
  • Halifax Society For The Blind Newsletter
    Halifax Society For The Blind Newsletter – 18th March 2022 MORECAMBE DAY TRIP and other brief updates. Firstly, I hope this letter finds you in good health. At HSB we are well into planning what we hope will be a lovely new …more
  • health & nhs news
    Making Good Choices To Help The NHS
    Winter sees all our health services under a lot of pressure. To help the NHS, we all need to know which service is best suited to our medical needs. On this page you’ll find a quick and easy to use guide to help you. Self Care At …more
  • Calderdale news
    FREE activities for deaf young people
    There’s an exciting programme of FREE activities from Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers (DEX) for deaf young people in West Yorkshire who are between the ages of 11 and 17. It’s incredibly important for deaf young people’s …more
  • hearing impairment news
    Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Newsletter
    A warm welcome to your March newsletter, full of all the latest updates from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. This year marks our 40th anniversary and four decades of training life-changing hearing dogs. Since training our first dog …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Autistic boy wins right to life transplant hearing The mother of an autistic boy has won a legal battle to ensure her teenage son has the right to a potentially life-saving transplant after Royal Manchester Children’s …more
  • Yorkshire & Humber SEND Regional SEND Network Newsletter
    This is the March 2022 edition of this far-reaching and comprehensive newsletter. Acknowledgement and thanks to Dr Cathy Hamer, NW SEND Regional Network co-ordinator for collating most of this information and Julie Killey …more
  • Calderdale news
    Police and Crime Plan Launched
    The Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin has Launched Her First Police and Crime Plan. Download the Report Here  A video about the plan, the Voice of West Yorkshire Document and the Needs Assessment can be found here: The Police …more
  • benefits and money news
    Department For Work & Pensions Newsletter
    Special Rules for Terminal Illness update  Fast-tracked access to benefits will be extended to a year from six months for people nearing the end of life, under changes due to take effect from 4 April. This means that people who …more
  • benefits and money news
    Everyone Should Take A Meter Reading On 31 March
    EVERYONE needs to take gas and electricity meter readings on March 31st. Regardless of what type of meter you have, smart or otherwise. Ideally a photo of both meters showing the readings and meter serial number. Submit the meter …more
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    It’s Sign Language Week
    Sign Language Week is celebrated each year in March to coincide with the anniversary of the recognition of British Sign Language (BSL) by the UK Government in 2003. Sign Language Week is an initiative of the British Deaf …more
  • hearing impairment news
    Talking Therapies in British Sign Language
    The Deaf health charity SignHealth has been awarded a national contract from NHS England to supply Talking Therapies in British Sign Language (BSL), in what’s been described as a “ground-breaking step forward for the Deaf …more
  • health & nhs news
    Guide: Choosing the NHS service you need
    Winter sees all our health services under a lot of pressure. To help the NHS, we all need to know which service is best suited to our medical needs. On this page you’ll find a quick and easy to use guide to help you. Self Care At …more
  • accessibility news
    How To Use: Emergency SMS Service
    What if you can’t make voice calls but need the emergency services? If you can’t make voice calls, there’s an emergency SMS service. Send a text to 999. This works on all mobiles in the UK, but not abroad. They also need to go …more
  • Calderdale news
    Mixed Ability Racketball Sessions – 13 March
    Mixed Ability Racketball is fully inclusive and includes people of all abilities and those who are new to sport and there’s a free drop-in taster session on Sunday 13th March at 1pm at Old Crossleyans’ Squash Club …more
  • health & nhs news
    Report: Leading risk factors for ill health
    A report from the The Health Foundation Addressing the leading risk factors for ill health: this is a review of government policies tackling smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity and harmful alcohol use in England This review …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your March e-newsletter. As we try to keep up with what’s been happening in the news over the last few weeks, we hope you are looking after yourself and would like to take this opportunity to share our solidarity …more
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    Consultation: improve the Transition Service for neurodiverse people
    Your views and experiences are important in helping Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) to improve the Transition Service for young people and their families with neuro-disabilities.  Transition is the …more
  • A guide on what neurodiverse young people feel is important when having an assessment
    A guide on what young people feel is important when having an assessment.  A number of young people who represent the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Reference Group, Tough Times Reference Group and Calderdale …more
  • Blind Parents UK
    Blind Parents UK are a peer support organisation for blind and visually impaired parents and parents-to-be. Here’s what they say about themselves and their services: Our services are completely free and offered by our …more
  • accessibility news
    Get Yourself Active Newsletter
    Welcome to the latest edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter, published by 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 February, and …more
  • Calderdale news
    Making Space Easter Coffee Morning
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  • accessibility news
    Electric cars and accessibility
    With over 345,000 electric vehicles (EVs) and in excess of 650,000 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) on UK roads at the end of October 2021, it’s fair to say the nation is adopting the transition towards a cleaner means of travel. But how …more
  • health & nhs news
    Calderdale’s Carers Wellbeing Service
    Calderdale’s Carers Wellbeing Service is offering a new worker information session via Microsoft teams on Tuesday 15th March 10-11am. New workers can join the session to find out more about the support and services …more
  • health & nhs news
    Coverage: Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics
    Channel 4 has exclusive broadcast rights within the UK to show the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics. In a global first for a broadcaster at a world-class sporting event the free-view channel will have an entire all-star disabled …more
  • health & nhs news
    Disability Sport: Activity Alliance Newsletter
    Welcome to February’s newsletter. This edition features new activity cards, UK CMOs’ disabled children’s activity guidelines and a new research project. New activity cards deliver inclusive, challenging, and fun …more
  • health & nhs news
    Different Strokes – Recovery & Rehabilitation
    There are 100,000 strokes in the UK each year with 1 in 4 happening to somebody of working age or younger. Different Strokes aims to promote independent stroke recovery and help these younger stroke survivors reclaim their lives. …more
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Bus Station Update
    Halifax Bus Station is being redeveloped in order to provide improved facilities and higher levels of comfort. Below is a guide to help you identify where your bus will depart of arrive during the third phase of the building …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Council Newsletter
    Statement from Cllr Tim Swift on the crisis in Ukraine Our Leader, Cllr Tim Swift has shared a message of support for Ukrainians around the world. The thoughts and prayers of everyone here in Calderdale are with Ukrainians. …more
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    Covid Restrictions Removal- Disability Rights UK Responds
    The Government removed nearly all Covid restrictions as of 24 February 2022. Staff and students in most education and childcare settings no longer need to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing. Rules requiring …more
  • Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Covid restrictions removed The Government has removed nearly all Covid restrictions as of 24 February 2022. Staff and students in most education and childcare settings no longer need to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic …more
  • health & nhs news
    Making Good Choices To Help The NHS
    Winter sees all our health services under a lot of pressure. To help the NHS, we all need to know which service is best suited to our medical needs. On this page you’ll find a quick and easy to use guide to help you. Self Care At …more
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    Free Mental Health Sessions
    Offload, have a conversation and learn techniques to help with anxiety, stress, grief, isolation, relationships and other difficulties! Wellbeing experts Absolute Specialists are offering three FREE confidential online sessions …more
  • Calderdale news
    How To Report Dog Fouling
    Unfortunately there are some dog owners who act irresponsibly and do not clean up after their dog. You can assist the Council by reporting offenders to Environmental Health by going online – this is the quickest and easiest way …more
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    Open Meeting Video – Who Wants To Be An NHS Millionaire?
    Here is a video we shot at our Open Meeting on Tuesday 22 February. We’re working with the local NHS services to help them with their “Winter Messaging” campaign. The aim of the campaign is to help people select …more
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    Stay safe as COVID-19 England restrictions lift
    The government has ended legal restrictions in England and is instead asking the public to practice specific safe and responsible behaviours. With the publication of the Living with COVID plan, the government has ended legal …more
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    Member Video: living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
    At our Open Meeting on 22 February 2022, one of our members, Alison Schofield, spoke about her life and, in particular, living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. With Alison’s kind permission, we videoed her talk and you can view …more
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    High-profile disabled people share their mental health journeys
    Five well-known disabled people, including The Last Leg presenter Alex Brooker, Googlebox star Simon Minty and Disability Horizons’ Co-founder Martyn Sibley, talk openly about their mental health experiences for the new …more
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    New government guidelines to support disabled children to be more active
    UK’s Chief Medical Officers have published the first ever guidelines on physical activity for disabled children and young people. Published: 16 February 2022 New guidelines to support disabled children and young people to …more
  • accessibility news
    Report: Research Institute for Disabled Consumers on Delivery Services
    Here’s a new report from the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers on Delivery Services: We want to say a big thank you for completing our recent survey in conjunction with Which? to research the accessibility of parcel …more
  • accessibility news
    Accessible Vehicle Charging Trial
    As part of the Shift! EV accessibility project which Disabled Motoring UK is involved with, two new accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging bays will be installed in Brighton and Hove. Working with the city’s EV Charging …more
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    Report: Tickboxes and Tokenism?
    In 2020 Shaping our Lives was successful in securing funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to develop a national inclusive involvement movement. From that they commissioned research and produced the following report: …more
  • Calderdale news
    Changes To Halifax Bus Station Services – Late February
    Services at Halifax Bus Station are set to change from later this month (February) as work progresses on a new £17.7 million state-of-the-art facility delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in partnership with …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 can be of assistance. Their service is free and confidential, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, disability, …more
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    Healthy Minds Wednesday Drop-in is back – by appointment
    The Healthy Minds Drop-in sessions are back. These sessions are an opportunity to get help, support, or to chat to us and find out more about our services. To stay as safe as possible, the drop-in will be by appointment only. …more
  • Calderdale news
    Be Here Now: weekly creative arts group
    Be Here Now is a creative arts group which combines a gentle mix of dancing, painting, poetry, song and conversation. They are a friendly, welcoming group that loves to try new things. Feel positive and uplifted Exercise your …more
  • Calderdale news
    Inclusive Dance Workshop
    Time Out Calderdale and Curious Motion come to the Orange Box in Halifax to introduce you to dance through fun sequences and activities with time to create your own ideas and find out how you like to move.   This workshop is …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Mental health services failing Disabled children New research from the office of the Children’s Commissioner shows the number of children experiencing mental distress has increased sharply since 2017. The research also says over …more
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    Halifax’s New Leisure Centre To Complete By 2024
    Following the approval of plans to build a new, state of the art sport and fitness facility on the site of North Bridge Leisure Centre, the centre will be closing on 6 March 2022 to allow work to commence, with completion of the …more
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    Guide: Choosing the NHS service you need
    Winter sees all our health services under a lot of pressure. To help the NHS, we all need to know which service is best suited to our medical needs. On this page you’ll find a quick and easy to use guide to help you. Self Care At …more
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    Video: Focus Group work looking at signage & navigation at Calderdale Royal Hospital
    Disability Partnership Calderdale’s development worker Julie Stott has been working with Halifax Society for the Blind and the Hospital Managers to look at various aspects of Calderdale Royal Hospital from  the perspective …more
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    Halifax Bus Station – Accessibility Workshop Report
    This is the report (Read Full Report Here) from the most recent Accessibility Workshop, looking at the development of the new Halifax Bus Station. The purpose of the workshop was to update accessibility groups in the Halifax area …more
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    Calderdale Covid-19 Update – Rate Falling
    Taken From the Calderdale Covid Champions Update The definition of what counts as a covid case has changed, so that now re-infections (that are at least 90 days since previous positive test) are now counted.  Around 10% of the …more
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    Need a bit of extra help? Poverty & Food support in Calderdale
    Tackling Poverty: Calderdale Council’s website with details of a range of services offering support to tackle poverty in Calderdale. This includes information of support for Children and Families (Healthy start), debt and …more
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    “Big” Sculptures By Sophie Ryder At The Piece Hall
    The Piece Hall courtyard will host a UK first when a selection of sculptures by world renowned artist Sophie Ryder go on display in Halifax from 19 February. The five pieces will include the 4.5m high ‘Dancing Hares’, which has …more
  • accessibility news
    New countryside guidance calls for more access
    New Countryside Code guidance has been released for farmers and land managers. The guidance says that they must ensure their land can be easily reached by ‘visitors with different abilities and needs’ – effectively, …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale museums – what’s on
    Smith Art Gallery The Grand Tour10 January – 25 June 2022This exhibition will take you on a Grand Tour of Europe through some of the incredible paintings in our collection. The Grand Tour was a period of foreign travel …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Removing Covid restrictions puts Disabled people at risk The Government is proposing removing all Covid restrictions by the end of this month. DR UK’s Head of Policy Fazilet Hadi said: “DR UK has grave concerns about the proposed …more
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    Yorkshire’s clinically Vulnerable Get New Covid Treatment
    Hundreds of the most clinically vulnerable people across West Yorkshire receive new COVID treatment to reduce the chance of hospital admission Across England, the NHS has set up new services that will assess patients at the …more
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    Join Our Direct Payments Zoom Support Group
    Do you, or your child get Direct Payments for your care and support from Calderdale Council, or perhaps are you interested in getting a Direct Payment and want to know more? Would you like to connect with other Direct Payment …more
  • accessibility news
    Nine Accessible Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 
    9 accessible Valentine’s Day gift ideas Get ready for Valentine’s Day with these 9 accessible gifts, selected by the online magazine, Disability Horizons. They include luxury wheelchair gloves and our unique T-shirt …more
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    Free: Starting Line Employment Programme Places
    Scope has free places available on the next Starting Line Employment Programme which is due to start on the 22ndof February. Here’s what they’ve got to say about the course: Starting Line is a free seven-week …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your February e-newsletter. Thank you for joining us once again and sharing our hope for the future for everyone living with, or supporting someone with macular disease. This month we are excited to share two new …more
  • Magpies Open Day
    Magpies is an award-winning Halifax-based 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 …more
  • Dental Hygiene session for people with Learning Difficulties
    You are invited to a short session around Dental Hygiene for people with learning disabilities. Come and learn how to keep your teeth clean and avoid dental treatment. The session takes place on Wednesday 16rh February from …more
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    Support for energy bills and the cost of living
    Last week, the Chancellor announced support to protect households from rising energy bills. Millions of households will receive up to £350 to help with the cost of living, following the rise to the energy price cap. All domestic …more
  • hearing impairment news
    Hearing Dogs Newsletter
    This is the latest newsletter from Hearing Dogs For Deaf People – https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/ A warm welcome to your February newsletter, full of all the latest updates from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.  Our adorable …more
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    Calderdale Covid-19 Vaccination Info & Links
    Here are a few key contact and useful links if you’re looking to get a vaccination or booster in Calderdale: Book a vaccine: nhs.uk/covidvaccine or call 119 for free Calderdale walk-in clinics: calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/grabajab …more
  • benefits and money news
    Age UK responds to increases in energy costs
    A typical household will face an annual increase of more than £693 on their energy bill as the price cap is raised from April. The Government announced Thursday 3 February that the energy regulator’s new price cap – the maximum …more
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    The latest newsletter from Activity Alliance
    Sense report aims to understand physical activity needs of families A new report from the charity Sense highlights that a person-centred approach and flexible delivery are required for more positive and engaging experiences. …more
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    7 Amazon Originals that include disabled characters & actors
    Amazon is much more than an online store. Launched in 2014, Amazon Prime Video allows Prime members to stream and download thousands of exclusive TV shows and films. The people at Disability Horizons have done a sift of …more
  • Calderdale news
    Look Out – Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter
    Below you’ll find the latest newsletter from Halifax Society for the Blind, downloadable in three formats. Here’s their intro, which gives you a good idea of what’s inside: We hope this newsletter finds you …more
  • hearing impairment news
    Ofcom to investigate TV transmission security after sub-titling fiasco
    TV regulator Ofcom is to investigate transmission arrangements at a number of UK broadcasters after equipment failure left Deaf people and others frustrated for many weeks in the autumn. The Guardian has reported that the probe …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disabled people urged to back campaign on social care charges Disability Rights UK is urging campaigners and disability organisations  to back parliamentary efforts to scrap social care charges for working age Disabled people. …more
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    Our next Open Meeting: Tuesday 22nd February
    Our next Open Meeting will be on Tuesday 22nd February. 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
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    National Disability Strategy declared unlawful
    Report: Disability Rights UK The High Court has declared that the Government’s National Disability Strategy is unlawful due to inadequate consultation with Disabled people. Disability activists Miriam Binder, Jean Eveleigh, Doug …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    National Disability Strategy declared unlawful The High Court has declared that the Government’s National Disability Strategy is unlawful due to inadequate consultation with Disabled people. Disability activists Miriam Binder, …more
  • Calderdale news
    Modern facility supports adults with disabilities in Elland
    A new, modern respite care and short breaks centre for people with learning disabilities has opened in Elland. The former Westgarth children’s home has undergone major refurbishment works providing much improved accommodation for …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Council’s Monthly Newsletter
    A robust and balanced budget Protecting communities and supporting businesses through the pandemic, building a strong recovery, and ensuring the Council maintains financial stability are the priorities for the Cabinet’s budget …more
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    Family Voice Calderdale Respond to the Calderdale Transport Policy Consultation.
    Family Voice Calderdale response to the Calderdale Council Post 16 Transport Policy 2022-2023 Consultation. Executive Summary Family Voice Calderdale is a project of Unique Ways, a small local charity that supports families with …more
  • coronavirus news
    Calderdale Coronavirus Update
    Released by Calderdale Council – 26 Jan 2022 So the good news is that Calderdale is now ranked 98th in terms of covid cases by local authority. However, at a recent public health meeting, Debs Harkins, Director of Public …more
  • accessibility news
    Visual & Hearing Impairment Support in Calderdale
    One of Calderdale’s Social Prescribing Link Workers from the Lower Valley, Ella Fairbrother recently went to meet Katherine Bland, Visual Impairment Team and Michelle Gerrard, Hearing Impairment Team at The Glenholme …more
  • Calderdale news
    Reporting Pavement Obstructions
    If you encounter obstructions on pavements in Calderdale and wish to report them, these are your options: Vehicles Obstructions caused by parked vehicles should be reported to the police on their non-emergency number by …more
  • health & nhs news
    Winter Health Advice
    Over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing quite a few posts on our website and social media covering the subject of winter health advice. The NHS in Calderdale is under considerable pressure at the moment and they are …more
  • hearing impairment news
    Creative Minds Newsletter
    Creative Minds Newsletter Jan 2022 Creative Minds was launched in 2011 in response to feedback from service users and carers about their desire for more creative approaches to understanding and supporting their health and …more
  • Birds in Flight Workshops For Adults With Learning Needs
    Creative Minds is running these music, dance and drama workshops using the theme of ‘Birds in Flight’. They will hold 2 large performances following the workshops. They are holding face-to-face sessions at The Watershed in …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    9 winter warmers to help you deal with the cold if you have a disability: Many disabled people find cold temperatures a struggle due to lack of mobility or poor circulation. Disability and lifestyle blogger Gemma Orton, who lives …more
  • accessibility news
    New Disability Website – Ability Today
    Grant Logan is a disabled entrepreneur whose goal is to connect disabled people and equip them with information and skills. Having become disabled after a bike accident, he discovered how scarce knowledge and advice was in the …more
  • health & nhs news
    Calderdale COVID-19 Vaccination Update
    The key priorities we all need to know about It’s never too late to get your first and second dose. Your vaccine is waiting for you, book online, call 119. The NHS has started to roll out booster vaccines to children aged 12 to …more
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    ‘Season ticket’ can cut prescription costs
    Do you use over 12 prescriptions a year? Consider a ‘season ticket’ to cut costs. Pay for a prescription in England and it costs £9.35 a time. Yet 100,000s could save with an NHS prepay ‘season ticket’, …more
  • accessibility news
    Flexi-Schooling Recommended For SEND Students
    New report from Relationships Foundation and 20/20health calls for a ‘flexi-schooling’ approach for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) A new jointly published report argues that a shift in …more
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    Disability Rights UK e-news
    NEWS Government to end face mask rules and Covid passes in England in “return to plan A” The Prime Minister has announced that England’s Plan B measures will end on January 27th. This includes dropping mandatory …more
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    Easy Options To Join Council’s Sports Service
    Calderdale Council’s sports service has launched its new membership campaign for 2022, with flexible joining options to suit everybody. As well as annual one-off payment options, membership options launched for the new year …more
  • health & nhs news
    Covid-19: Self-Isolation Can End After 5 Days
    From Monday 17 January, people with COVID-19 in England can end their self-isolation after 5 full days, as long as they test negative on day 5 and day 6. People self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their …more
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    Covid-19: Plan B measures to be removed
    The government announced on the 19 January 2022 that England will fully return to Plan A on Thursday 27 January (plan B had been introduced on 8 December 2021, following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant). The Changes Are …more
  • hearing impairment news
    DEX – Group Activities For Young Deaf People
    Here are details of some group activities DEX are offering for deaf young people between the ages of 11 and 17. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…more
  • Calderdale news
    Yorkshire Water // How can Yorkshire Water help me?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RLPAUnJtMg&t=3s Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…more
  • Lead The Way Newsletter
    You can download a pdf of the latest Lead the Way newsletter, themed around learning disabilities,  here: LTW January 2022 Email Newsletter Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…more
  • DeafBlind UK Newsletter
    Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. Top tips for clear speech Don’t miss our useful guide to help you communicate more effectively with people living with sight and hearing loss. Read more here Our …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    News Disabled boy becomes youngest ever recipient in New Year Honours A Disabled boy who has cerebral palsy and autism is to become the youngest person to receive the British Empire Medal (BEM). Tobias Weller has been given the …more
  • health & nhs news
    Macular Society Newsletter
    January Update Welcome to your January e-newsletter and Happy New Year! While this month is often a quiet one following December’s festivities, there’s already lots going on in the world of eye health and macular disease that …more
  • benefits and money news
    NHS Facts & Figures: Key Questions Answered
    What’s the NHS annual budget? How many doctors and nurses are there? What’s the cost of an operation? The Kings Fund’s press and public affairs team, library service and policy experts deal with hundreds of …more
  • Work With Me Training
    A free training session about communicating with people who have learning disabilities, autism, a neurodiverse condition, sensory or speech impairment. This training is for those who need to be able to deliver personalised care, …more
  • health & nhs news
    Coronavirus Vaccination: key messages from Calderdale CCG
    Calderdale Clinical Commissioning group would like to encourage everyone eligible for a Covid vaccination to take the opportunity to protect themselves  and others from coronavirus. Whilst the vaccine will not make you immune to …more
  • Calderdale news
    what’s On At Square Chapel
    In need of a great night out? Halifax’s Square chapel has got an exciting line up of events that deserve to be enjoyed with friends! Take a look at their full What’s On guide here Share this:TwitterFacebookLike …more
  • Calderdale news
    Beechwood Road Library, Illingworth, Re-Opens
      Beechwood Road Library in Illingworth has reopened following extensive repair work. The work has involved major upgrades to both the interior and exterior of the building and improvements to its energy efficiency. Facilities …more
  • health & nhs news
    Calderdale Winter Support Directory 2021/22
    This directory is full of information about the diverse range of help and services available from the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector that can support you to have a safe, supported Winter. Find help on: …more
  • Calderdale news
    New Year Support – Mental Health, Money & More
    Here are a few suggestions of where to get help should you have problems as 2022 gets underway. Adults can find support for mental health at South West Yorkshire Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust (SWYFT) an organisation which …more
  • Calderdale news
    Help Alison’s Fund-Raising Swim
    Halifax’s Alison Schofield is aiming to raise £3000 to purchase an appropriate basketball wheelchair. She wants to continue to be able to play the sports she loves, improving her pain and stamina which she lives with daily …more
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    Safe Spaces – Helping People Abused Within Church of England
    Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with Church of England, the Catholic Church in England and Wales …more
  • health & nhs news
    Healthy Minds Calderdale – Jan-March 2022 Programme
    The Recovery & Support team at Healthy Minds is excited to bring the people of Calderdale a new-and-improved offer of peer-support groups, drop-ins, activities, workshops and ‘Walks for Wellbeing’ in our January – March 2022 …more
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    Disability Horizons’ Good Reads of 2021
    Disability Horizons, the online magazine is sharing some of their most popular articles and interviews from 2021. It’s a great list of good reads and good things to watch. The Last Leg: how the show still promotes positive …more
  • accessibility news
    The Government’s Disability and Access Ambassadors
    This is the latest information about the government’s Disability and Access Ambassadors programme, managed by the Disability Unit. Disability and Access Ambassadors are senior business leaders. They encourage improvements …more