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  • DEX Go-Ape Visit – 24 June
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Here’s the latest (19/05/2023) newsletter from Disability Rights UK. As ever, it’s an excellent read full of good strories: DR UK oppose Illegal Migration Bill Disability Rights UK has joined 175 civil society …more
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    Government Plans To Make Seeing Your GP Easier
    In a press release, the Government have revealed their new plan to make it easier for patients to see their GP – here’s the release in full: Action to make it easier for patients to contact their GP and end the 8am …more
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    Disability Cost of Living Payment Scheduled From June 20
    In their recent Touchbase newsletter, the government have said this about the upcoming Disability Cost of Living Payment: More than six million disabled people in the UK will receive their one-off £150 Disability Cost of Living …more
  • Bradford Literature Festival – Free Tickets for Disabled & Older People
    This year’s Bradford Literature Festival runs from Friday 23rd June until Sunday 2nd July and features around 500 events. These include everything from comedy to qawwali, from Bollywood to the Brontes, from science to sport to …more
  • Calderdale news
    Report: Calderdale Council’s Annual Residents Survey
    The results from Calderdale Council’s annual residents survey are in. Here’s Calderdale Council’s own press release about the results, plus a link to the results themselves: The full results of the residents survey …more
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    Burglary Prevention – Advice From West Yorkshire Police
    This is the latest advice from West Yorkshire Police: During the Summer months there tends to be an increase in insecure and sneak-in Burglary offences across the Calderdale District, with Suspects entering properties via open …more
  • Spring Bank Holiday Time Out Activities For Children
    Easter holidays are fast approaching, and Calderdale’s Time Out scheme has an adventurous programme in store! From digital art to acting, there’s something for everyone. All are free to attend for children and young …more
  • Mental Health Wellbeing Day – Piece Hall
    The Piece Hall is hosting a mental health Wellbeing Day on 6th of June 2023, 10-2pm in the Caygill Suite at The Piece hall, Halifax. Full details are below:…more
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    Energy Bills Support Scheme – Deadline Coming Up
    If you haven’t automatically received the £400 discount on your energy bills, you’ll need to apply for it. But be quick, don’t miss the deadline! The Energy Bills Support Scheme gave a £400 grant to households to help pay for …more
  • Look After My Bills – Advice On Energy Prices
    Energy are prices predicted to fall. But how much by, when will we know and should you fix? The Look After My Bills newsletter and website have put together a great article looking at this issue – here’s their …more
  • health & nhs news
    Planning Ahead To Help Relieve the NHS
    The NHS in West Yorkshire is urging people to plan ahead for their healthcare needs in the run up to what is expected to be a particularly busy time for health and care services in the region.  The spring bank holiday falls on …more
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    People living with stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease sought
    The Long-term Conditions & Personalisation Team at the NHS’ s West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board are seeking individuals with lived experience of stroke, diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease to work with them on a …more
  • Video: Shibden Park – Wheelchair Walk
    We recently paid a visit to Shibden Park, which is located just off the A58, a couple of miles from the centre of Halifax. The lower end of the park includes a cafe and we planned a visit to include a coffee and a walk around the …more
  • New Council Health Activities in Halifax
    5 Days Every Week A new partnership between Calderdale College and Calderdale Council is bringing a range of new wellbeing and fitness activities for all to enjoy, in the heart of the borough. A new health and wellbeing hub at …more
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    Help with paying for your TV Licence
    The Simple Payment Plan was created for those in financial difficulty, to help them pay for their TV licence. Qualifying customers can choose from either a fortnightly or monthly payment plan that spreads the cost of a TV Licence …more
  • accessibility news
    One-Handed Solutions from Active Hands
    If you have Limb Difference in one hand or one-sided weakness that makes daily tasks frustrating or limits your access to sports or hobbies, did you know that there are a range of solutions designed especially with you in mind? …more
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    Exam Tips for Disabled Students
    This is a great little article with exam season looming: Exam Tips for Disabled Students Including some tips from Students at Whizzkidz With help from Whizzkidz here are some exam tips for disabled students. If you’re a student …more
  • DeafBlind UK Newsletter
    Here are the headlines from the latest newsletter from DeafBlindUK – read the full newsletter here Inspiring young people at school Are you a teacher, or do you support young people living with deafblindness? As part of our …more
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    Video: Remote Outpatient Appointments Explained
    To help combat a backlog in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, NHS England introduced guidance that at least 25% of outpatient appointments should take place remotely. This video explains how remote appointments work, when they …more
  • Experience Community – Outdoor Activities For Disabled People
    Experience Community CIC are a not-for-profit organisation which helps disabled people access the outdoors and green spaces. They have recently been awarded funding from West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) to develop and …more
  • Halifax Charity Gala Tickets Go On Sale
    Saturday 10th June Advance tickets costing just £2 for the Halifax Charity Gala are now available at or from local shops including Brown’s News, Electric Bowl & Charity 1st Shop. Each advance ticket …more
  • HSB Cheese & Wine Night – 29 June
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter – Eye Alert
    This is the latest newsletter from Halifax Society for the Blind CIO To join all of our Zoom sessions, use the details below: Link – Phone – On any phone, dial 0131 460 1196, then enter …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Investment News
    This is Calderdale Council’s “Next Chapter” newsletter that looks at major projects in the area and reports on progress and future plans: ‘Calderdale is a great place to invest, with a distinctive and unique …more
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    Yorkshire Water Event – Your water, your say!
    Your water, your say is a new consultation event run by Yorkshire Water – here’s what they have to say about it: We’re preparing our 2025-30 plan and we’d love to know what you think! You’re invited to …more
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    Survey – Housing Support Services For Over-50s
    Calderdale Council are asking people aged 50+ to take part in a short survey, which will help to inform future housing related support services in Calderdale. They’re very keen to hear the views of people living in Calderdale. …more
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    Garden Party Pictures
    Many thanks to the many people who joined us for our Coronation Garden Party, on Friday 5 May. We really enjoyed an afternoon of music, good food and excellent company!…more
  • New Funding For Wheelchair Rugby Sessions in Halifax
    Following an application for the Creative Minds initiative on behalf of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FT (SWYPFT), Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League Club has received funding to deliver a new programme of wheelchair rugby …more
  • benefits and money news
    Saving Money – Cooking Efficiently
    The Energy Saving Trust is a great source of information on reducing cost through more efficient energy consumption. they have now come out with a guide to energy efficient cooking: Energy bills are still high, so it makes …more
  • Blind Federation’s Campaign To Save Local Radio
    The National Federation of the Blind of the UK is campaigning against some changes that threaten the future of local radio. Many disabled people rely on local radio and are likely to be impacted by the changes. Full details of …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    This is the latest newsletter (5 May 2023), from Disability Rights UK. Follow the links to the full stories on their website. New research shows huge rise in extra costs for Disabled households Scope research has found that …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Here’s the latest from the Macular society – their newsletter headlines are all below – to read the full story on all of them, view the full newsletter here: Welcome to your May e-newsletter. I hope you are well …more
  • Inspire Art Project — Disability Support Calderdale C.I.C
    Aimed at disabled people and people with long term health conditions, these art sessions are focused on mental health and wellbeing, and people can either participate in group work or can paint or sketch. The group is informal …more
  • Orange Box Choir For Young LD People
    Orange Box Choir is an inclusive community choir for young people and young adults of all abilities/needs. Their singers take part, have fun, make friends and inspire others by sharing their voices. It is a safe, welcoming …more
  • Yoga for Kirklees Adults With Learning Disabilities
    Umbrella Yoga CIC are running 80 yoga sessions for adults with Learning Disabilities and related conditions during 2023. Each session involves physical movements (building mobility and strength), breathing practices (to develop …more
  • Sight Loss Activities in Kirklees
    Outlookers, the local sight loss charity for Kirklees, will be offering a range of activities to support new and existing members of their peer support groups during 2023. Activities will include yoga, aromatherapy and creative …more
  • health & nhs news
    Carers’ Wellbeing Service Calderdale Support Groups
    The Carers’ Wellbeing Service Calderdale’s have a number of support groups – here are more details of what they offer: How to contact them: Carers Wellbeing Service Calderdale, Suite 6B, Rimani House, 14-16 Hall …more
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    Carers’ Wellbeing Service Calderdale – Newsletter & Events
    SUMMER 2023 NEWSLETTER The Carers’ Wellbeing Service Calderdale’s latest newsletter is out and in it you will find updates about their services and details about their activities and events coming up over the summer …more
  • Learning Disability Awareness – Picnic in the park
  • Overgate Hospice Annual Garden Party
    Sunday the 14th of May The Overgate annual Garden Party is back and you are invited to join them in the beautiful surroundings of the Hospice garden for an afternoon of fun, frolics and fundraising. Their team of nurses, staff …more
  • Limitless Launch New Additional Needs Youth Group
    Limitless, who provide adult day care, have launched a new youth group for people with additional needs aged 11 and above. The group will offer member-led planned activities, promoting choice in a safe and nurturing environment – …more
  • Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum resumes Town Hall meetings
    Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum, HBDAF, is re-starting its regular monthly meetings in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, on Monday 15th May at 3pm to 5pm. In the Terrace Room. They have met only by zoom video link since the start of …more
  • Healthy Minds Plans For Mental Health Awareness Week
    As you may know, Mental Health Awareness Week is fast approaching – 15-21 May. This year’s official theme is Anxiety, and Healthy Minds’ campaign has created a hashtag – #UnwindYourMind. Halifax based …more
  • One Planet Festival At Arden Road Social Club
    Calderdale Green New Deal are organising a One Planet Festival on Saturday 13th May 1-4pm at Arden Road Social club.  This is a family activity day for the Park Ward community aimed at helping people understand and make …more
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    End of life care survey from Healthwatch
    Do you know someone who is disabled and receiving end-of-life care? This is a sensitive topic but Health Watch would like to hear their views and make sure services improve based on their needs – take the survey here: …more
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    New report on deaths of people with mental ill health, a learning disability or autism
    Family Consultation Day report on deaths of people with mental ill health, a learning disability or autism This new report highlights how bereaved families can face persistent challenges following the death of their loved one in …more
  • Dementia Carers’ Marketplace – Support & Wellbeing Event
    Monday 15th May 10am – 1pm Maurice Jagger Centre, Lister Lane, Halifax, HX1 1UZ Calderdale Dementia Hub and Memory Lane Café are holding a Carers Marketplace, for people with dementia and their carers to come along and speak to …more
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    A Guide To Attendance Allowance 
    The older person’s charity, Independent Age, has come up with this excellent guide into Attendance Allowance, an important benefit which isn’t perhaps as well known as it should be: Attendance Allowance is extra, …more
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    Calderdale’s Gardening Newsletter
    Here’s the main content of the Calderdale Council monthly gardening email newsletter. You can sign up to this newsletter and Calderdale’s other newsletters here – Newsletters So glad that spring has arrived, …more
  • benefits and money news
    PayPal Scams & How To Avoid Them
    PayPal scams are scams carried out through fake emails or links to a fake PayPal site that asks you to enter personal payment details. Scammers often use social engineering tactics to persuade users to click fake PayPal links and …more
  • Coronation Weekend At The Piece Hall
    To mark this historic occasion,  Halifax’s Piece Hall has been selected as one of the sites to host a screening of the Coronation of King Charles III and The Queen Consort. This is fitting, given the historic nature of the …more
  • Upcoming events at Calderdale’s museums
    Upcoming events at Calderdale’s museums: Click here to view Calderdale Museums’ 2023 Exhibitions and Events Here are some of the highlights coming up: The Art of Millinary Join our event linked to the Hat for all …more
  • health & nhs news
    Overgate Hospice Launches 5 Drop-In Hubs In Calderdale
    Overgate Hospice is aiming to make its care more accessible to people who need it by bringing their services closer to the homes of Calderdale residents. As a result, they have launched five Overgate Hubs in various locations …more
  • New What’s On Where (WOW) Guide Out
    Events & Activities Across Calderdale Home care company, Home Instead has published its Spring & Summer 2023 What’s On Where (WOW) Guide to Calderdale.  The guide is aimed at helping older people find things to do and get …more
  • accessibility news
    New to Nature – paid placement opportunities for young Disabled people
    National charity, Disability Rights UK, is working with Groundwork, The Prince’s Trust, and Mission Diverse on the New to Nature programme. This programme gives young people aged 18-25 paid work placements in nature and landscape …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    27 April 2023 Improved protections against forced fitting of pre-payment meters Ofgem has announced a new code of practice, which bans the forced installation of Prepayment meters (PPMs) for people with severe health conditions, …more
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    Adult Social Care Report
    The King’s fund have just published their annual “Social Care 360” report, which you can read in full (plus access previous editions of the report) on their website. According to the report, the key trends in …more
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    Healthwatch – Wanting your Views on Health; Read Their New Newsletter
    Healthwatch Calderdale gathers and represents the views of adults, young people and children living or using health services in Calderdale. They tell the people who run health and care services about your experiences and hold …more
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    BSL users appointed to board advising government on key issues for Deaf people
    Speaking at the British Deaf Association’s BSL Conference, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Tom Pursglove MP, announced that he has appointed 16 members to the new British Sign Language (BSL) Advisory Board, …more
  • Victoria Theatre’s Guide To Booking A Wheelchair Space
    Halifax’s Victoria Theatre have announced that customers can now book wheelchair spaces and complimentary companion tickets online if they are registered as a wheelchair user with the theatre. This feature is available to …more
  • accessibility news
    Active Hands’ Tools To Help With Gardening
    Gardening can be tricky if you find gripping tools tricky. The website Active Hands has lots of products and ideas to help people with disabilities and this month they have a special collection of gardening tools – See …more
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    StreetSafe – help the Police to help you
    The Police’s StreetSafe allows you to anonymously pinpoint on a map any areas you feel uneasy or unsafe in, regardless of whether a crime has taken place. This means that the police will be able to identify areas that need …more
  • Arts Society Halifax – Upcoming History Talks
    Arts Society Halifax events at Halifax’s Square Chapel provide expert lecturers sharing their specialist knowledge about the arts. The society’s vision is the belief that the arts have the potential to enrich peoples’ …more
  • Calderdale news
    How To Use Voter I.D. When You Vote
    From 4 May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections. This will apply to: Local elections Police and Crime Commissioner elections UK parliamentary by-elections From October …more
  • Webinar: Supported Internships For Young People With SEND
    Spotlight on supported internships – A webinar for parents and carers of young people preparing for adult life This webinar is being run by the National Development Team For Inclusion, an organisation that aims to enable …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter – April 2023
    Welcome to your April e-newsletter. We hope you had a lovely Easter and that you managed to get some sunshine – although it’s never guaranteed with our unpredictable weather! While we can learn to live with never knowing what to …more
  • health & nhs news
    A Guide To The Spring 2023 Covid-19 Booster
    People aged 75 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, and those aged 5 years and over with a weakened immune system will be offered a booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine this spring. A detailed guide to …more
  • Join Us For Our Scooter & Wheelchair Social
    Join us for a fun afternoon at Shibden Park’s cafe. Although aimed at scooter and wheelchair users and their families and friends, everyone is welcome!…more
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Rights’ Guides To PIP & Universal Credit
    This is Disability Rights UK’s essential guide to finding your way through the Universal Credit maze, written by their in-house benefits experts. You can download a free PDF of the Universal Credit Guide from their website. …more
  • New Elland Loneliness Events From Curious Motion
    Curious Motion’s first three-year project “The Welland Activator!” will look at reducing loneliness in Elland and the lower valley of Calderdale. The Welland Activator is focused on reducing chronic loneliness and …more
  • Age UK Open Day
    Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees are running an open day at their Sundale House Wellbeing Centre in Huddersfield. The full address is 44 Keldregate, Bradley, Huddersfield HD2 1SY.…more
  • Meet & Eat Sessions From Accessible Calderdale
    Wednesday 26th April 2023 Accessible Calderdale are running a monthly series of “Meet and Eat” sessions, where they welcome all disabled people and their family members and carers. You’ll get food, in the form …more
  • Our Coronation Garden Party
    Our Coronation Garden Party is free to attend, everyone is welcome and includes a bumper free buffet. Entertainment will be provided by musical duo, Trevor and Helen, who performed at last year’s Jubilee Garden Party and at …more
  • Our Next Open Meeting – Tues 25 April
    Our next Open Meeting will be on Tuesday 25th April 2023. We’d love you to join us for this friendly, sociable get together which is free to attend, includes a free buffet lunch and where you can also claim your travel expenses! …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Two-thirds of workers with long covid treated unfairly by employers New research by the Trade Union Congress has found that one in seven workers reported losing their job because of reasons connected to Long Covid. Learn more …more
  • Calderdale Stroke Support Group – Meetings & Walks
    Calderdale Stroke Support Group is a voluntary group, set up in 2015 by two stroke survivors, and is part of the Stroke Association.  It is open to everyone in Calderdale who has suffered a stroke and is now rebuilding their …more
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    Emergency Alerts – Info On 23 April Test
    On Sunday 23 April there will be a national UK Emergency Alert test. This new Emergency Alert system is being rolled out by the government and will notify all phones with an alert sound – including when they are on silent. …more
  • RNIB Newsletter
    The latest RNIB newsletter features some exciting new products- From a minimalist talking clock to actual rose-tinted glasses, and, most exciting of all, the new RNIB Accord USB player. Available from 28 April, the RNIB Accord …more
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    Local Hospitals’ Offer More Support For Carers
    Calderdale and Huddersfield Hospitals are looking to provide more support for carers when the person they care for is taken in to hospital. This includes a really helpful and comprehensive leaflet that you can download, which …more
  • accessibility news
    Activity Alliance Newsletter
    The Activity Alliance is the national charity and leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity. They work with others to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. Here’s …more
  • Motability Exhibition- Harrogate
    One Big Day – Harrogate Saturday 12 August 2023 9am – 4pm Come along to One Big Day, Harrogate to see the latest range of products available on the Motability Scheme and meet many Motability Scheme partners and …more
  • Macular Society Meetings- Maurice Jagger Centre
    The Macular Society holds a meeting on the 2nd Friday of every month from 1pm to 3pm at the Maurice Jagger Centre, Lister St, Halifax HX1 1UZ.  These meetings provide support, tea and a chat. The next group takes place on Friday …more
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    Calderdale’s Recycling Newsletter
    Here is Calderdale Council’s latest recycling newsletter, covering April and May.         Welcome to the Easter 2023 edition of the Waste and Recycling Ezine. You can check your collection days, sign up …more
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    Easter Recycling Dates
    Here are Calderdale’s recycling dates for Easter 2023.  …more
  • Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum
    This group aims to improve access for Deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent people, and those with long-term health conditions in the Hebden Bridge area. It meets on 3rd Monday afternoon of each month, by zoom video link or at …more
  • Summer Term Courses for Adults (19+) with a Learning Disability
    Calderdale Adult Learning (CAL) have released details of their Summer Term Courses for Adults (19+) with a Learning Disability. All course are at their Heath Campus, Free School Lane, Halifax HX1 2PS (unless stated otherwise). …more
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    New review to boost employment prospects of autistic people
    A new review designed to boost the employment prospects of autistic people has today been launched by the Government. Sir Robert Buckland KC MP to lead new Autism Employment Review Focus on supporting employers to recruit and …more
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    First 2023/24 Cost of Living Payment dates announced
    Millions of UK households will receive £301 directly from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) between 25 April and 17 May. This is the first of three payments totalling up to £900 for those eligible and on means-tested …more
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    Final year of life disability benefits fast-tracked  
    Thousands of people in their final year of life to have their disability benefits fast-tracked Watch the explainer video More information about claiming benefits for people nearing end of life New legislation enables vital …more
  • Wheelchair/Trike Event
    Here’s a great chance to help with some local conservation work with a disability focus, plus there’s a chance to try out a mountain trike.…more
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    IAPT – improving access to psychological therapies in Calderdale
    Many people experience problems with their wellbeing at some point in their lives. Things like losing a job, an accident, the loss of a loved one, a traumatic incident or even just moving house can lead to feelings that can be …more
  • Visual Impairment Walking Group
    Halifax Society for the Blind are starting their very own Walking Group. Walks will be once a month between May and September. The first walk will be Tuesday 16th May 2023 at Ogden Water. Contact them to book or for more details: …more
  • Halifax Society for the Blind’s Newsletter,
    The Halifax Society for the Blind’s monthly newsletter, Look Out, is always a good read – we have their latest edition here for you to download: Look Out! March 2023 (pdf) The newsletter includes details of the …more
  • Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust’s New Eye Care Liaison Officer
    We spotted this great article in Halifax blind Society’s latest newsletter Meet Fran, the Eye Care Liaison Officer Hi, my name’s Fran and I’m the new Eye Care Liaison Officer (ECLO) at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS …more
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    Spring Budget – More Support Promised
    Here’s the Government’s post-spring budget announcement about a range of new measures and support processes, some of which are especially relevant to older and disabled people. Here’s the Government’s own …more
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    BSL users to advise Government on key issues for Deaf people
    Speaking at the recent British Deaf Association’s BSL Conference, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Tom Pursglove MP appointed 16 members to the new British Sign Language (BSL) Advisory Board, which will advise …more
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    Share Your Views On Real Time Bus Info Text Service
    West Yorkshire’s Combined Authority want you to share your views on their text message real time information service! Here’s what they are asking: Do you use our real time text message service to find out when your …more
  • DeafBlind UK’s Deafblind Studies Course.
    DeafBlind UK are pushing a new Deafblind Studies course. They’ve teamed up with Birmingham City University to launch a new course, the Certificate in Professional Studies (Deafblind Studies). It’s designed for health …more
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    Report: The Mayor’s Big Bus Chat engagement
    If you took part in The Mayor’s Big Bus Chat engagement, you’ll be interested in the reports and feedback from the process. Here’s the details sent out by the people who ran the engagement: We gained so many …more
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    Disability Right UK Newsletter
    Council urged to bring forward decision to end social care charging The East London Council of Tower Hamlets has been urged to move forward with its “bold” decision to become just the second council in England to …more
  • Post-Budget Finance Advice For Disabled People
    In their detailed cost of living guide, Disability Horizons update everything that was announced in the 15 March Spring Budget that may impact people with disabilities and health conditions. The includes the Energy Price …more
  • benefits and money news
    Help to claim Universal Credit
    This week, it was announced that Citizens Advice will continue to deliver Help to Claim support which provides free and impartial advice to people to make their Universal Credit Claim online. This investment of more than …more
  • health & nhs news
    Coping With Bereavement – Advice & Support
    The death of someone you’re close to can be devastating and overwhelming. Bereavement affects us all, but everyone will cope with it differently and experience unique feelings. It’s important to remember to be kind to yourself …more
  • Time Out Easter Calendar – Keeping Kids Entertained
    Time Out run free, open access workshops for children and young people during the school holidays to help them ‘find their thing’, socialise with others, learn new skills and boost their confidence. Have a look at …more
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    Pet Food Bank Launched In Halifax
    Here for owners in need. Halifax Fridge community Pet Food Bank is now open in Halifax. If you’re struggling to feed your pet, please pop in and pick up some free pet food. They won’t ask you for a referral or any personal …more
  • DeafBlind UK Newsletter
    Here’s the March newsletter of DeafBlind UK – a link to the full newsletter is at the foot of the article. What is the emotional impact of sight and hearing loss? Meet Tracey – who, at 62, was finding her sight …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    International disability rights leading light Judy Heumann dies One of the founding mothers of the international disability rights movement, Judy Heumann, has died aged 75. Learn more about Judy Heumann’s life on the DR UK …more
  • Eyesight – Legal Requirements For Driving
    We recently published a story about police in West Yorkshire testing the eyesight of drivers. We had a big response to the article, so here’s a follow-up from Compare The Market, who have gone into a lot more detail about …more
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    The Coaching and Therapy People
    The Coaching and Therapy People is an organisation founded by disabled entrepreneur Nath Fernandes. It provides personalised life coaching and therapy solutions to individuals with disabilities across the UK. Their founder, Nath …more
  • accessibility news
    BBC Writersroom’s call for disabled writers
    Top TV writers and actors Rose Ayling-Ellis, Ruth Madeley and Jack Thorne have thrown their support behind a new BBC Writers’ Access Group training programme that has put an open call out for deaf, disabled and neurodivergent …more
  • Halifax Society For The Blind Weekly Activity Update
    Halifax Society For The Blind’s weekly update of their activities is below: Monday 13th March 2023 – 12.30 pm –14.30 pm Brighouse Group – friendly gathering of people with sight loss, friends and family for social …more
  • Walking Football – Monday Evenings, Halifax
    Monday nights 6:30pm-7:30pm – New walking football sessions are now taking place at The Indoor Football Centre, Shaw Lodge Mill, Halifax, HX3 9ET. It is £3 a session, with your first session being FREE. To book or for more …more
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    Suicide Prevention: Creating Hope Through Language
    Do you know what to say if you think someone is suicidal? Here is a new “language guide” to help show the importance of non-stigmatising, compassionate language. The West Yorkshire Suicide Prevention Programme has …more
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    Voter ID – Are You Ready For 4th May Elections?
    The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May …more
  • accessibility news
    Make Things Right: Social housing complaints campaign 
    The Government’s Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has launched a Make Things Right campaign. The campaign aims to ensure more social housing residents who need support know how to make a complaint. …more
  • Autistic & Learning Disability Ambassadors Sought
    The Care Quality Commission (the CQC) and Healthwatch are recruiting six campaign ambassadors to help them develop campaign messaging for people with a learning disability and autistic people, and to feature them as campaign …more
  • Limitless Easter Coffee Afternoon – 6th April
    Limitless, the adults day care centre, who cater for adults with learning disabilities, would like to invite you to their Easter coffee afternoon on Thursday April 6th at 1.30pm. All are welcome and they will have a cake stall …more
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    Calderdale Forum 50 Plus Newsletter
    Our friends at Calderdale Forum 50 Plus put out a really useful monthly newsletter – their March edition is out now and it’s got lots of things to do and activities to take part in. Read the full newsletter here …more
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    Council Reveals First Details of 2023-24 Budget
    Calderdale Council have released details of what they are calling a “Strong and robust budget for the future.” Here’s what the Council had to say about the budget in their press release: Balancing the books to …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Below are the main headlines from the March Macular Society e-newsletter – if you want to read more on any of them, the full newsletter is here: There is an exciting development for people living with dry age-related …more
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    Learn BSL Courses
    British Sign’s online course “Introducing British Sign Language” is a 20hr CPD certified comprehensive introduction to British Sign Language and is a really good place to get started. You are invited pay what …more
  • Accessible Calderdale Conference
    Visit Calderdale and Visits Unlimited are hosting an Accessible Calderdale Conference on Thursday 23 March, 10:30 – 14:30 at The Shay Stadium Shaw Hill Halifax HX1 2YS Did you know that one in five people have access …more
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    Energy Saving Trust Newsletter – Tips & Hacks
    One way you can save energy and money on your bills is by investing in energy efficiency. You can do that in lots of different ways, from small changes in each room to bigger projects such as installing renewable technologies. …more
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    £400 Energy Bill Help For Those Who Don’t Pay Provider Direct
    900,000 more households across England, Scotland and Wales will benefit from the government’s £400 help with energy bills, via an online application portal. Support households who do not have a direct relationship to a domestic …more
  • Calderdale Museums’ March Update
    From 11 March: A Hat for all Seasons Opening 11th March 2023 in Bankfield Museum’s Link Gallery, Celebrating all things hats! This new exhibition examines the style, function, and symbolism of headwear in British society. …more
  • Calderdale news
    Video: Why Does Calderdale Flood? There are many different reasons why an area might flood but in Calderdale we are particularly at risk. Calderdale’s unique landscape makes it particularly vulnerable to floods. …more
  • health & nhs news
    Report: Challenging Decisions About Social Care
    Good adult social care helps people to live their lives well, with dignity and independence, protecting their human rights. But the social care system in England and Wales is struggling. Local authorities face huge pressures when …more
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    Look After My Bills Newsletter
    The website is a good source of financial news and advice – here’s their latest newsletter, which includes some important updates – full details of all the stories are on their website: …more
  • DEX Laser Zone Trip – April 28th
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    Utility Warehouse – Making Life Simple
    At our latest Open Meeting, on 28 February 2023, we were joined by Kay, from Utility Warehouse. Whilst Disability Partnership Calderdale doesn’t endorse commercial products and services, we do like to highlight particularly …more
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    Ofgem Announces Update To Energy Price Cap
    Energy regulator Ofgem, on Monday 27 February 2023, announced its quarterly update to the energy price cap for the period 1 April – 30 June 2023. From 1 April the energy price cap will be set at an annual level of £3,280 for a …more
  • Calderdale news
    Police Testing Drivers’ Eyesight
    West Yorkshire Police will be conducting voluntary roadside vision checks between 27 February – 12 March 2023 as part of a nationwide initiative to remind motorists they have a legal responsibility to ensure their vision is …more
  • Luddendenfoot Community Cafe & Centre
    Enjoy Community Hub is based at Tenterfields Business Park, Luddendenfoot (postcode HX2 6EQ) where there is a Community Cafe which is open on Wednesdays 2-4pm. They offer teas, coffee, hot chocolate, juice etc. prices range from …more
  • accessibility news
    Latest news from the National Disability Sports Organisations
    The National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) are a good starting point for many deaf and disabled people who want to be more active. They provide advice, support, and opportunities for people of all ages with specific …more
  • Access The Dales – Website
    Access the Dales is a website  that aims to break down the barriers that prevent people living with disabilities enjoying the great outdoors either independently or with their friends and family.  They primarily do this by making …more
  • hearing impairment news
    How to communicate with someone with hearing impairment
    The RNID (Royal National Institute For The Deaf) have an excellent website full of information and advice. Here’s a great example of their really useful content, some tips for communicating with a person who is deaf or who …more
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    Halifax Regeneration – Have Your Say
    Calderdale Council are currently planning the next steps of their regeneration in Halifax. They’re planning on creating new public spaces improving accessibility, creating areas where people can move around free of traffic, …more
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    Disability Horizons Newsletter
    TV Access Project: a coalition of broadcasters pledge to make the TV industry more accessible for disabled talent The TV Access Project (TAP) is a coalition of 10 of the UK’s biggest broadcasters and streamers who have pledged to …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Rights On Flights DR UK, Disabled TV presenter Sophie Morgan and MP Marion Fellows have launched a new campaign demanding that the Government grant the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) the power to fine airlines and other actors if …more
  • Wakefield Park Scooter Social club
    Wakefield’s ‘Scooter Social Group’ is aimed at anybody who uses a mobility scooter or motorised wheelchair and will bring like-minded people together to enjoy the local Wakefield countryside. Every first …more
  • benefits and money news
    Calderdale Council’s Household Support Fund For Disabled Households
    Calderdale Council’s Household Support Fund for disabled households in Calderdale is now open.  You can apply via the weblink below to register for financial support provided by the Department for Work and Pensions. …more
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    Help Paying Your Water Bill
    Yorkshire Water are running a campaign at the moment in which they are emphasising that they don’t want anyone to worry about paying for the water they need. If you’re struggling to pay, there are immediate, short-term and …more
  • Halifax Society For The Blind – Activities 27 Feb – 3 March
    Here are the details of all HSB’s group sessions for the coming week: Monday 27th February – 12.30pm –14.30pm Brighouse Group – friendly gathering of people with sight loss, friends and family for social chat, …more
  • Film Calderdale & Other “Happy Valley” Legacies
    After Happy Valley gripped the nation and reached its dramatic finale on Sunday 5 February, its impact will live on across Calderdale, and the Council has some exciting launches in store to harness the success of filming. With …more
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    Cost of Living Support From Calderdale Council
    Many more people than ever before are experiencing money worries with the increased cost of living. Calderdale Council’s Money & Wellbeing web pages are updated regularly and cover all money related matters. Whether you are …more
  • health & nhs news
    New Domestic Abuse Victim Support Locations
    Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) is a new codeword scheme that provides a safe, discreet and confidential way for victims of domestic abuse to access immediate help from their local pharmacy or jobcentre. What are Safe …more
  • Naidex: mobility aids, gadgets and accessories
    The online magazine, Disability Horizons, is going to be a partner of the Naidex Exhibitions which is at the NEC in Birmingham 22-23 March. They will be running a “Market Place” where you can find affordable daily …more
  • International Women’s Day – Happy Valley Panel Event
    On March 10th to mark International Women’s Day, Halifax MP Holly Lynch will be hosting a special Happy Valley panel event. She will be joined by Mollie Winnard who played Joanna Hepworth in Happy Valley series 3, Lisa …more
  • Todmorden Library Coffee Mornings
    Tod in a Teacup is a new weekly coffee morning starting on Monday February 27th at Todmorden Library – join them anytime between 10am – 12pm in the Reading Room for coffee, cake and a chat.…more
  • Bradford Cycling Sessions
    Bradford Disability Sport & Leisure have announced the relaunch of their popular cycling sessions at Lister park, Bradford. Their first session is on Saturday 4th March. Please complete the sign up form either via the link …more
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    Online Safety & Skills
    Independent Age is a charity that can provide older people and their families with clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter: care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility. Much of their advice is …more
  • Introduction to Photography Course
    Calderdale Adult Learning’s Introduction to Photography course is starting next week on 23rd February at 9:30am-12pm. It will take place at Heath Campus which is on Free School Lane in Halifax, and costs £37.50 for 6 weeks. …more
  • Magic Moments: Calderdale Music’s New Community Group
    This is a friendly community singing group for those who love to sing to their favourite songs, evoking past memories and reliving those times together.  Coming together in song helps well-being and brain activity whilst being a …more
  • Calderdale Libraries’ History Podcast
    Welcome to a podcast by Calderdale Libraries! Each month they will be bringing you fabulous guests along with stories and facts from Calderdale’s weird and wonderful past. With over 22 episodes to date, covering a many …more
  • Ward Forums – Having Your Say On Local Issues
    Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you? Comment on schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you, directly to councillor and senior council staff? Get feedback on what …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Facts & Figures
    Calderdale Council have recently shared some interesting and insightful key facts about our borough and local authority. The document includes census results from 2021 and information about the workforce and their performance …more
  • accessibility news
    Regional Disability Chairpersons Sought
    The Cabinet Office Disability Unit is recruiting 2 Regional Stakeholder Network (RSN) chairs on behalf of the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work. Here’s what they have to say about the vacancies (Full details on …more
  • benefits and money news
    Warm Home Discount: Latest Update
    The criteria for getting Warm Home Discount has changed. The fuel poverty charity National Energy Action estimates “thousands, if not tens of thousands” of people are impacted. Did you receive Warm Home Discount last …more
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    Act FAST Stroke Advice
    The Act FAST campaign urges everyone to take immediate action on seeing any stroke symptoms to save lives. Stroke is a medical emergency and anyone experiencing symptoms should seek urgent help. Early treatment not only saves …more
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    Easy To Use Warm Spaces Finder
    A company called Open Innovations, from Leeds, have put together a warm space directory that brings together information from many sources into one easy-to-use place. Alphabetical: Here is a view that loads an alphabetical list …more
  • accessibility news
    Parking Tips For Blue Badge Holders
    This article was written by the Motability Scheme – it’s a great guide to a tricky issue. At the foot of the article is more about the Motability Scheme itself. Blue Badge Parking Tips The Blue Badge Scheme helps …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability aids recommended by disabled people
    The right aids can be an important part of living independently. Read this article on the Motability website by Chloe Tear to learn about some aids and equipment that can help make life easier, as recommended by the disabled …more
  • health & nhs news
    More Government support for bereaved families
    Bereaved cohabitees with dependent children can now claim additional financial support. Following Parliamentary approval of the draft Bereavement Benefits (Remedial) Order 2022, parents who were not married or in a civil …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disability Rights UK challenges the Bill of Rights on a parliamentary panel On the 1st of February, Equally Ours arranged a parliamentary event – hosted by Shadow Minister for Justice Ellie Reeves MP – on the importance of the …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your February e-newsletter. We’ve got a bumper edition for you, packed with the latest news on how, together, we are Beating Macular Disease. Below are the headlines from the newsletter – to read more on any of …more
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    Mental Health Support in Calderdale
    The IAPT service, which stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, is a free NHS service that can provide support for common mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, low mood, or sleep problems. Calderdale IAPT …more
  • New Clothing Exhibition – Bankfield Museum
    Opening the Wardrobe: On display now in Bankfield Museum’s Fashion Gallery A unique exhibition celebrating women’s clothes and the stories they tell. This exclusive exhibition features highlights from the private collection …more
  • Calderdale news
    What is voter identification and what will voters need to know?
    There are key changes to our electoral system just around the corner, with the advent of Voter ID. Bring your ID to vote You need to bring photographic ID to vote at polling stations for the local elections on 4 May 2023 – this …more
  • Calderdale news
    How to get access to a digital device and the internet
    If you cannot afford a device such as a mobile phone or laptop, local organisations might be able to help you access or loan one or point you in the right direction. Digital Access West Yorkshire ( also matches …more
  • accessibility news
    Improving Your Online Skills: Courses & Info
    If you want to improve your online skills, there is help available from a number of sources – try these, you’re sure to find one that works for you: AbilityNet – Free course. Free resources that include …more
  • benefits and money news
    Getting more from your Broadband and phone services
    Did you know, there are cheap broadband deals for people on benefits? Social tariffs are low-cost broadband packages for people who get certain benefits, such as Universal Credit. For more about this and to see the full list of …more
  • Calderdale Community Clothes Exchange
    Please put Saturday 4th March 10am-2pm in your diaries and come and support the Calderdale Community Clothes Exchange!…more
  • accessibility news
    Active Hands Products
    The Active Hands Company specialise in products to help people with disabilities. We receive their regular newsletter and we’re always intrigued by their latest products. Here are a selection from their latest newsletter. …more
  • Happy Days Charity Dog Walk
    Calderdale homeless charity, Happy Days, are running a sponsored dog walk at Norland park, raising money for their charitable and social enterprise activities. Full details of how to take part are on the poster below. WHAT WILL …more
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    How You Can Learn CPR At Home In 15 Minutes
    Many of us will witness a cardiac arrest in our lifetime. Be ready for that day and learn lifesaving CPR in just 15 minutes. with RevivR, the British Heart foundation’s fast, free and easy-to-use online training course. All …more
  • Mind The Gap – Performing Arts For Calderdale Adults With Learning Disabilities
    Get into Performing Arts is a new one day per week course for people from Calderdale with learning disabilities and/or autism over the age of 18. Below are links to documents with more info – note, although some are dated …more
  • Purple Patch Arts – Sessions in Halifax For Adults with Learning Disabilities
    Megan Pickering from Purple Patch Arts has been in touch with us to tell us about what they do. (See also their Lifelong Learning Programmes and how to sign up here: ) They run …more
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    2021 Census Disability Findings
    The latest findings from the 2021 Census are now available. Here’s Disability Rights UK’s report on the findings, from a disability angle: The question asked to identify disability in England and Wales was “Do you …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Follow the links to the Disability Rights Uk Website for full details of each story: Church of England calls for radical social care reform The Archbishops of York and Canterbury have said that taxes must rise to fund a new …more
  • Staying Well: Stay Warm Event
    This free event from Staying Well will help you to save money and stay warm, plus there’s a free lunch thrown in. sounds great!…more
  • Community Choir, Shelf
    This excellent community choir is looking to build its numbers. It’s hosted by Witchfield Grange, which is 100 yards down Brow Lane (Shelf) on the right. It costs £3 per session.…more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your February e-newsletter. We’ve got a bumper edition for you, packed with the latest news on how, together, we are Beating Macular Disease. Artificial intelligence, or AI seems like something out of a science fiction …more
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    Accessible Warm Space: Kevin Pearce Annexe, Ovenden
    Feel welcome to our weekly Warm Space at Kevin Pearce Annexe, Tea, Toast and some Crafts! The North and East Halifax Staying Well Team have set up a welcome Warm Space in the Annexe building next to the Kevin Pearce Children’s …more
  • Healthy Holidays Calderdale: Half-Term Fun!
    Calderdale’s Healthy Holidays Half Terms provides enriching activities, delicious nutritious meals, and a chance for young people to meet new friends in a safe & fun environment, during the school holidays. The next set of …more
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    How To Text to 999 For Help
    The emergencySMS service lets deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people in the UK send an text (also known as SMS) message to the UK 999 service where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire rescue, or coastguard. …more
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    Scam Alerts: Police Impersonation & Lifeline Scams
    Lifeline Scam We heard recently of a Calderdale-resident who has a Lifeline and key safe. She received a phone call from a company calling themselves ‘Medical Health Services’ calling from an 0203 number. They told her “we are in …more
  • Cooking Course For Adults With Learning Disabilities
    The Cooking for Beginners course is for adults with learning disabilities who would like to learn to bake and cook in a lively and fun environment. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends while learning lots of …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    6 ways to secure employment if you have a learning disability. Finding a job and gaining employment can be challenging for most disabled people, but it can be even harder if you have a learning disability due to employers’ …more
  • Illingworth & Bradshaw Accessible Fitness Sessions
    The Local Activities (LA) Group in Illingworth and Bradshaw was formed specifically to improve the health and wellbeing of people over 50 in this area of Halifax. If you are interested in meeting new friends and doing new …more
  • Long Covid Support Group Calderdale
    Calderdale’s Long Covid Support Group is now open. This group offers peer support for people with Long Covid in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, UK and is a community-led. If this group interests you, you are welcome to join …more
  • Calderdale news
    Flood Alerts – Eye On Calderdale!
      Did you know almost 5 million people in England are at risk of flooding? Even if you don’t live near a river, you may be affected by surface water flooding. Find out about the steps you can take to reduce your flood risk …more
  • Upcoming Events At Halifax Minster
    Halifax Minster are starting to hold a Crafternoon Tea from 3rd Feb. 1.30pm. Free craft activities and refreshments. Booking via the Minster Office. Also holding a Youth Brass Band Festival on 4 th February from 1 to 5pm. …more
  • health & nhs news
    Cold Weather Payments – When Do They Kick-In?
    Households receiving certain benefits could be eligible for extra money to help keep warm during the cold weather between now and the end of March 2023. DWP’s Cold Weather Payments are an automatic bank top-up of £25. The …more
  • benefits and money news
    Changes to state pension top-ups
    A rule that allows people to fill historic gaps in their National Insurance contributions record to boost their state pension is set to change from 6 April 2023.  You need at least 10 qualifying years of contributions (NICs) in …more
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    Warm Space, Food Share & Drop-In: Upper Valley
    Warm Space & Foodshare at St James’ Church, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DS Tuesdays 10 am to 1 pm. Thanks to a Hebden Royd Town Council grant, they can offer a warm space and welcome coffee morning in their St. John’s …more
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    Advice: Getting disability equipment
    If you’re struggling with certain tasks or activities due to a sensory or physical impairment, there could be equipment to help you manage and stay independent. There’s a lot available, so it’s a good idea to get advice about …more
  • Our Next Open Meeting: Tuesday 28th February 2023
    Our next Open Meeting will be on Tuesday 28th February 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
  • Short, Easy-Paced Walks For Women
    Interested in getting fitter and finding out about green spaces in Halifax? Like to know more about the benefits of walking and appreciating our connections to the natural environment? Greener Together is running a series of FREE …more
  • Magpies To Open Saturdays From March
    Magpies will be opening on Saturdays from March 2023! Magpies are based in Halifax and they work with people with learning disabilities to help them live life to the full. Magpies Sundays Join them for 4 hours of Magpies fun …more