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  • Calderdale Deaf Youth Hub Re-Starts
    We’ve heard from Deaf Ex Mainstreamers (DEX) that they are starting their Calderdale Deaf Youth Hub again on Monday 26th April. The key details are below: Remember, their YouTube channel is great for BSL versions of latest …more
  • Survey: Transport & Social Exclusion
    Transport for the North (TfN) is launching a new research programme to understand the links between transport and social exclusion in the North of England. As part of this, we are asking charities that work with communities …more
  • 10 things we want for disabled people in the next 10 years
    As part of Disability Horizons’ 10th birthday celebrations, the disability organisation asked their community of readers what they’d like to see improve or change for disabled people in the next 10 years. Ideas include better …more
  • Coronavirus Restrictions: 12 April & What’s Changed
    Some of the rules on what you can and cannot changed on 12 April. From 12 April: non-essential retail can reopen personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile …more
  • Report: Coronavirus, the social impacts on disabled people Feb 2021
    From the ONS (Office For National Statistics) In February 2021, among people aged 16 years and over in Great Britain: A larger proportion of disabled people (78%) than non-disabled people (69%), said they were worried (very or …more
  • Direct Payments – working or not working?
    18/03/21 Are direct payments working the way they should be? Informed by the experiences of people with direct payments during the Covid-19 pandemic, this report looks at how they could work better, what the issues are and how …more
  • Have you experienced Charles Bonnet Syndrome?
    Halifax Society for the Blind (HSB)are asking, Have you experienced Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS)?  CBS is a common condition among people who have lost, or are losing, their sight.  It causes people to see things that aren’t …more
  • Vaccine Report: Blood Clots “Extremely Rare”
    From the BMJ Website Investigations by EU and UK regulators into reports of unusual blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine have concluded that these are a “possible” and “extremely rare” side effect. …more
  • Changing Places Survey
    There are currently only 1,500 Changing Places toilets across the UK. Could you explain what the lack of a Changing Places toilet has limited or stopped you or the person you support from doing? This survey will help to put …more
  • “Now is the Time” Report Released
    The Centre for Social Justice’s Disability Commission’s detailed submission to the National Strategy for Disabled People consultation, Now is the Time, has been released. Summary This year (2021) will mark 26 years since the …more
  • Disability News: Calls for better housing laws
    UK housing laws must be strengthened to ensure that new builds are suitable for Disabled people. The latest calls come in a letter to The Daily Telegraph from charity chiefs, including Disability Rights UK CEO Kamran Mallick, as …more
  • Healthy Minds Calderdale – April-June Courses Etc
    Take a look at the upcoming courses and regular workshops and groups from Healthy Minds Calderdale. For the present everything is run over zoom with joining instructions emailed before the sessions. Workshops, Courses and Groups …more
  • Avoid Census Scams & Frauds
    Now that the Census date has passed, official Census branded letters are being sent to people who have not yet completed their Census. Census field officers may also be used and may knock on doors offering help and encouragement …more
  • Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England
    Everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing from 9 April 2021, the Government has announced. Everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free …more
  • Access To Work Factsheet
    This is the Government’s latest information on the Access to Work scheme, which aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. Changes to Access to Work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Read …more
  • Advice: Providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities & autism
    This Government guidance is for anyone who provides unpaid care, such as friends or family, to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults. It has been updated in line with the latest easing of lockdown regulations. The …more
  • Disability-Related Hate Crime Increasing On Public Transport
    The government has released new public transport hate crime data which shows that anti-disability hate crime is on the rise on public transport in the UK The data shows that between 2014 and 2016, the numbers of disability …more
  • Face-to-face assessments to resume for health and disability benefits
    The Government’s Department For Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that, “in line with the latest public health guidance and adhering to strict safety protocols”, it is to begin reintroducing face-to-face assessments for …more
  • Many Disabled People Won’t Stop Shielding
    Research by disability charity Scope has found that 75% of Disabled people do not want to stop shielding. Shielding officially ended on 31 March, but many Disabled people have fears that they will not be able to return to safe …more
  • Calderdale Adult Learning Newsletter – Back To Class
    Heath Campus – Update After exceptionally challenging times over the past year, we are delighted to announce that we can welcome some of you back to classes at Heath Campus after the Easter break.  We will also continue …more
  • Lead the Way Newsletter
    Here is the latest ebulletin from Lead the Way which as usual incudes lots of useful information and links. Click on the image to download the pdf newsletter. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…more
  • Calderdale COVID-19 vaccination engagement
    NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is working in partnership with Calderdale Council, Healthwatch Calderdale and VSI Alliance, and would like to know your views and experiences of the Covid-19 vaccines. If you have …more
  • Get Yourself Active newsletter from Disability Rights UK
    Welcome to our March 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 working on over …more
  • Vaccination Priority For Those Living With Immunosuppressed Adults
    The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised the government to prioritise people for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine who are over 16 and living with adults who have weakened immune systems, such as …more
  • Report: Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England
    Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 18 January to 30 January 2021. This is a Government report which offers analysis of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England during the coronavirus …more
  • Healthy Minds Calderdale’s latest Workshops, Courses & Groups
    Here are Healthy Minds Calderdale’s latest Workshops, Courses & Groups running for the period April – June 2021 To book or for further details: Email: Or call: 01422 345154 For wider …more
  • Calderdale Bins & Waste Newsletter
    Calderdale Council put out a regular e-zine newsletter about their bin collections and waste management. The latest edition, which includes bin collection days/date over Easter and May bank holidays, plus full details of what you …more
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter – March/April
    This is the regular newsletter from the Halifax Society for the Blind. Find out more about them and sign up to the newsletter and many of their activities via their website. Welcome to the March edition of the Halifax Society for …more
  • Coronavirus Restrictions – 29 March: What’s changed?
    Some of the Government’s Coronavirus rules on what you can and cannot do change on 29 March. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a …more
  • Government launches mental health and wellbeing recovery plan
    The UK Government has launched a plan to prevent, mitigate and respond to the mental health impacts of the pandemic during 2021 to 2022. Here’s their brief introduction to the plan, along with a link to the full document. …more
  • Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disability Rights UK’s Newsletter – 26 March 2021 Government continues to fail Disabled election candidates Questions have been asked this week in the House of Lords about why there isn’t a Government fund to support …more
  • Blind woman fighting for accessible pandemic communications
    A blind woman has won a legal case which secures fundamental promises of changes to how the Government communicates with people during the pandemic. Sarah Leadbetter, who is registered blind, was due to have a judicial review …more
  • Disability Rights UK Highlighting High-Rise Safety Issues
    Almost four years after the Grenfell Tower fire in which 72 people died, including Disabled people, the Government has still not implemented the Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations relating to the safety of Disabled people in …more
  • “Supporting Families” Programme Aims To Help Vulnerable Families
    The Government has released more information about their newly named Supporting Families programme to support some of the most vulnerable families in society. Successful programme to support vulnerable families launches its next …more
  • DWP Extends British Sign Language Service
    The Government’s Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has extended its Video Relay Service (VRS) for British Sign Language (BSL) users to connect with all service lines. This service allows customers to make an inbound …more
  • Government Launches Video Assessments for Disability Benefits
    From this week disabled people could have a video assessment as the technology is rolled out across England, Scotland and Wales. People who have a Work Capability Assessment for Universal Credit or New-Style Employment and …more
  • Vaccination: Don’t Let Your Guard Down Too Soon!
    Health services are observing a rise in Coronavirus infections in people shortly after they have received their first vaccination, suggesting that many people are letting their guard down before the vaccine has taken effect. …more
  • Report: Access To GPs “Difficult” During Pandemic
    This article is taken from the BMJ website The covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated access problems in general practice and patients have reported finding it difficult to book appointments and access treatment, a report by …more
  • How to have your say at the May elections
    On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents in Calderdale can vote in the local elections and the first West Yorkshire Combined Authority Mayoral election. Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by …more
  • Calderdale Council March Newsletter
    Here is the latest newsletter from Calderdale Council View this email in your browserFacebookTwitter On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents in Calderdale can vote in the local elections and the first West Yorkshire Combined Authority …more
  • Coronavirus Vaccine Scams – Helpful Info
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  • Guide Dog Raisers Wanted
    Are you experienced in teaching new behaviours? Do you feel you can dedicate 14 months to training a new puppy? Then this could be the perfect opportunity for you! The Guide Dogs organisation is looking for Puppy Raisers in …more
  • AstraZeneca vaccine prevents 100% of severe disease
    Article from the BMJ website Interim analysis of a phase III trial has found that the vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca was 79% effective at preventing symptomatic covid-19 and 100% effective at preventing …more
  • Government Launches Universal Credit Benefits Checker
    The Government have launched a new benefits checking tool to help people who think they might be eligible for Universal Credit. It takes a few minutes, and doesn’t require any detailed information, nor does it process or store …more
  • Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 19/3/21
    Shielding to end from 1 April More than 3.79 million clinically extremely vulnerable people in England are to be told they are no longer advised to shield from Thursday 1 April 2021. People on the shielded patient list will be …more
  • End of Shielding: BSL Version of Government Advice
    More than 3.7 million vulnerable people in England will no longer have to shield from the coronavirus from 1 April. The Government is sending a letter to all of them explaining this decision and updating advice on preventing the …more
  • West Yorkshire Covid-19 vaccination update
    The vaccine rollout in West Yorkshire is continuing apace, with latest figures (5 March) showing that 683,801 people have now been vaccinated. This is almost a third of all adults in the region and reflects the huge efforts of …more
  • Ongoing advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people
    This is the latest (March 18th) advice from the Government for people who have been shielding. Shielding advice is being paused nationally from 31 March. From 1 April you are no longer advised to shield, but you must continue to …more
  • Letter To Clincally Vulnerable With End of Shielding Advice
    Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable is changing from 1 April and the Government have sent the following letter to everyone who is on their shielding list.  On 22 February the Government published a roadmap out of the …more
  • Shielding To End On 1 April
    More than 3.7 million vulnerable people in England will no longer have to shield from the coronavirus from 1 April. It comes as the numbers of Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions have declined for the past couple of weeks. …more
  • Department of Public Health Backs Vaccine Safety
    I am worried that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t safe as I’ve heard some countries are stopping using it – should I still have it? It’s a question that’s been concerning some people in recent days! Here’s …more
  • Calderdale Council Survey – Your Views On Local Parks
    Calderdale Council, as part of the Vision 2024 project, want your views on your local parks and are running a survey to gather them. The purpose of this survey is to help them understand how their work is impacting …more
  • Calderdale Better Living Service – Helping You Get Healthier
    Calderdale Better Living Service is now taking referrals for people who would like support with weight management, healthy eating, physical activity or cutting down on alcohol. The service is now back open, after having had to …more
  • Consultations: improvements for walking and cycling in Halifax
    A couple of new consultations which were launched on 15 March regarding proposed improvements for walking and cycling in West Halifax and North Halifax. Calderdale Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined …more
  • Government’s New Long-Term National Bus Strategy
    Monday 15 March 2021 saw the government publish Bus Back Better, their long-term national bus strategy for England outside London. It appears to include an important commitment to people with disabilities. Download Strategy …more
  • Coronavirus: Government guidance for people receiving direct payments
    The Government has published a series of advice documents for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. Here are …more
  • Coronavirus home testing kits made more accessible for people with sight loss
    From the Macular Society website The government has introduced new improvements to the home testing programme to make them more accessible to those living with sight loss. Charities in the sight loss sector, including the Macular …more
  • Barriers removed for Deaf Jurors
    The government has announced that the law will be changed to allow BSL interpreters into the jury deliberation room. Up until now, BSL has been permitted in court but not in the jury room. This has  meant that in order to …more
  • Disability Rights UK News Round-Up
    This is the latest newsletter from the excellent Disability Rights Uk website Budget 2021: “Outrageous” that over 1.9 million disabled people on legacy benefits refused £20 week financial lifeline In last week’s Budget 2021, …more
  • Coronavirus – A Quick Guide To The Vaccine & Vaccination
    Coronavirus can affect anyone. The Covid-19 vaccines will help protect you against the disease and reduce the risk of you becoming seriously ill. Here’s what you need to know: • Like all vaccines, the Covid-19 vaccines teach your …more
  • DeafBlind UK Newsletter – March 2021
    Professional’s Update March 2021 Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please …more
  • Are You Registered To Vote?
    On Thursday 6 May 2021, Calderdale residents will be voting for their Local Government Councillors and for the first time, a Combined Authority Mayor for West Yorkshire. In some areas there will also be Parish/Town Council …more
  • Statistics: Vaccine hesitancy amongst people with disabilities
    This is part of a larger government paper on attitudes to and take-up of the Coronavirus vaccine by various sections of the UK population. This is the specific info on people with disabilities – you can read the full report …more
  • BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order. …more
  • COVID-19: Overcrowded housing – reducing the risk of infection
    The government has published guidance that explains the additional steps you should consider to reduce the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 for people who live in: accommodation with shared facilities, such as a block of …more
  • Disabled Access To Railway Stations Petition
    Here’s a campaign to improve access to train travel for people with disabilities: For far too long disabled access has been overlooked or briefly looked at but with a “tick box” mentality. I want to campaign to …more
  • Mental Health – Who To Call!
    Here’s a quick reminder from our friends at Calderdale council of a few of the mental health resources available to everyone in Calderdale – also visit our Mental Health Page for lots more options and places to turn. …more
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    Obesity & Covid-19 – A Catalyst for Change
    The evidence is clear that obesity is a risk factor for severe covid-19 disease and death. Writing on the BMJ website, Meera Senthilingam asks what this increased urgency has done to boost action against this other epidemic …more
  • NHS Vaccine Text Messages – How To Recognise Them
    From March 9 the NHS will begin texting people inviting them to book their life saving COVID jab, making it quicker and more convenient to get an appointment. Almost 400,000 people aged 55 and over and 40,000 unpaid carers will …more
  • Calderdale Council Covid-19 Update
    As children return to school and mix, it’s inevitable the virus will spread, so it’s important that those of us that aren’t school children, do all we can to prevent the Virus spreading. This means staying at home as much as …more
  • Unpaid Carers: Free Online Support Session
    SUCH (Supporting Unpaid Carers at Home) is a free online session that has been funded by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Personalised Care Programme. The session lasts for 45 minutes and is designed to …more
  • Act FAST – Stoke Awareness Video in BSL
    The Act F.A.S.T. campaign is a great reminder that stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK – and can change lives in an instant. Yet the pandemic has seen a significant fall in stroke admissions and 1,413 excess deaths from …more
  • Disability Rights UK News Roundup
    Here’s the top news stories from the excellent Disability rights UK website – Doctors assumed Disabled people not capable of discussing care A report by the British Institute of Human Rights said that doctors assumed …more
  • £30 Million For Changing Places Toilets
    The government has announced a new £30 million fund to install more Changing Places toilets in existing buildings, which will benefit more than 250,000 disabled people throughout England. The new investment was announced on …more
  • Recent DWP Announcements & Budget Fallout
    Key points from this week’s Budget announcement Extension of furlough and support for the self-employed The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of September. Employees will continue to receive 80% of …more
  • The Government’s Back To School & College Information
    What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 – this is the government’s information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in …more
  • Lockdown – Rules That Change On 8 March
    March 8th is the first date when changes are made to the lockdown rules in England. It marks the first steps on the government’s easing of Coronavirus restrictions which it published as the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring …more
  • Calderdale GPs offering pulse oximeters to those vulnerable to COVID-19
    Devices to monitor oxygen levels and pulse rate are being offered to those patients in Calderdale that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 and suffer from breathlessness or other associated symptoms. Patients …more
  • Halifax Society For The Blind Newsletter
    Below are pdf and text versions of the latest edition of Look Out, the newsletter of Halifax Society For The Blind (HSB)! In this issue, you can find out about their growing group activities, new products or services, and …more
  • Calderdale Council’s Monthly Newsletter
    Lockdown Easing Calderdale Council is working through the implications for its services following the announcement from the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, advising how lockdown will be eased across the country. Read the Leader of …more
  • At least 150,000 with learning disabilities to get vaccine sooner
    At least 150,000 people with learning disabilities are to get the Coronavirus vaccine sooner than originally planned – the news was released by Public Health England yesterday (24 Feb 2021) – here’s what they …more
  • Council Support For 3000 Additional Residents Shielding
    Calderdale Council is continuing to support those most at risk of becoming seriously ill if they catch COVID-19, as the national shielding programme is extended. The government has announced that an additional 1.7million people …more
  • Round Table Event For LBT Disabled Women
    Event: Included or Excluded? – a discussion about breaking the silence for LBT Disabled women Wednesday 10th March, 2-4.30pm by Zoom This is a round table for Disabled women who identify as Lesbian, Bi-sexual or Transgender (LBT) …more
  • Book your coronavirus vaccination – if you’re clinically vulnerable or aged over 64
    Use this NHS service to book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or manage your appointments. Who can use this service You can only use this service if any of the following apply: you are aged 64 or over you have previously …more
  • Stage 1 – Summary of March 8th changes of restrictions
    From 8 March, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing: you will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support …more
  • Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    Disability Horizons is a an online lifestyle magazine for people with disabilities. Here’s their latest newsletter: Filter vs medical vs fabric face masks – choose the best for you With the new variants of Covid-19 …more
  • Government Releases 4-Step Plan to End Covid-19 Restrictions
    Today, Monday 22 February 2021, the Government has released its first detailed and timetabled plan to release the Coronavirus-combatting restrictions the country has been under since 4 January. Here is a summary of the main …more
  • Calderdale Libraries Update, February 2021
    Unfortunately, due to staffing issues Calderdale Libraries are having to make some changes to the days their hub libraries are able to open. Central Library Tuesday to Saturday (closed Mondays) Brighouse Library – Mon, Tues, …more
  • Disability Rights Uk Newsletter 20-2-2021
    Open Statement from Disabled People’s Organisations and Allies – February 2021 Coronavirus has hit disabled people hard. 60% of deaths from coronavirus have been those of Disabled People. Disabled People have struggled to …more
  • Video: What’s It Like To Receive The Vaccine?
    Join Hessner on her journey through the vaccination process Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…more
  • Local Newsletter: Lower Valley Flyer
    Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer… The Lower Valley Friday Flyer is a Calderdale-based email newsletter that comes out every week. We subscribe to it and share some of the news it contains, but we thoroughly …more
  • Calderdale Staying Safe: Helping All Domestic Abuse Victims
    If you are 16 or over, female or male and have experienced any form of Domestic Abuse, Calderdale Staying Safe are here to help you. They have diverse, experienced and skilled staff, female and male that can assist you and where …more
  • Call 119 For A Covid-19 Home Testing Kit
    The government has introduced a number of new improvements to the home testing programme to make it even easier to get tested. People who do not have access to the internet can now order PCR home testing kits over the phone by …more
  • Message from Debs Harkins, Calderdale’s Director of Public Health
    19 Feb 2021: The new UK COVID-19 variant that is known to spread more easily is now the dominant strain in Calderdale, with 98% of cases now being identified as this type. The current rate of infection in the borough is 182 per …more
  • Updated letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people
    Important guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people from the government, 18 Feb 2021 Link: Other language versions, plus easy read, BSL and large print versions available here We are writing to you as you have …more
  • Healthy Minds in March – Workshops, Course, Groups
    Workshops, Courses & Groups from Calderdale mental health specialists Healthy Minds, coming up in March 2021 Exploring Personal Values (two-part course) Tuesday 16th & 30th March, 11am-12.30pm When we are connected to …more
  • Consultation: Toilet provision for men and women
    Consultation description This call for evidence launches a technical review of provision of toilets for men and women. Women often have to face excessive queues for toilets or don’t have access to appropriate facilities that meet …more
  • Coronavirus Vaccine – Why it’s safe? Why it was developed so quickly? And other importan…
    Here’s a really useful selection of detailed information on the most common concerns about the coronavirus vaccine currently being raised in local communities and which people might need reassurance about. Safety – …more
  • Coronavirus: Who should be shielding and why?
    With more people are being added to the shielding list in England, the BBC have published this article looking at shielding, who it applies to and what changes are being made: Who is being added and why? Health advisers say they …more
  • Vaccine Journeys With Community Transport Calderdale (CTC)
    Our friends at Community Transport Calderdale (CTC) are available to assist with transport to Covid vaccination appointments for those in need, throughout Calderdale. their email address to book is …more
  • Additional 800,000 adults to be prioritised to receive vaccine
    Published 17 February 2021 New technology has been introduced in England to help clinicians identify, for the first time, a new group of people who may be at high risk from COVID-19. The patients identified through the risk …more
  • All over-70s invited to book first Covid-19 vaccination
    People who are over 70 and haven’t had their first Covid-19 vaccination can now contact the NHS National Booking Service for an appointment. In West Yorkshire, health organisations expect to have reached everyone in the first …more
  • Avoiding Vaccine Scams
    The NHS has teamed up with law enforcement and security agencies to warn the public not to fall victim to fraudsters trying to exploit the coronavirus vaccine campaign. Criminals are claiming they can offer the vaccine at a cost …more
  • Community Alarms – Keeping You Safe At Home
    Calderdale Council, in partnership with Progress Lifeline, offer 2 types of community alarms which offers direct access to a Contact Centre from your home. The Centre provides emergency assistance 24 hours a day in your own home, …more
  • Hot Tips To Keep You Warm This Winter
    In this article, Disability Horizons‘ editor Stephanie, who has muscular dystrophy, shares her top 10 tips for keeping cosy and comfortable when temperatures plummet, as well as highlighting the ‘keep warm’ products …more
  • Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    This is the latest newsletter from Disability Horizons, the online lifestyle magazine. 10 tips to help you keep warm if you have a disability For some disabled people, winter can be a difficult time of year due to the bitterly …more
  • West Yorkshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner’s Newsletter
    Newsletter – February 2021 A message from Mark – Hello everyone I hope that you are all keeping safe and managing as best as possible, as we all face the ongoing challenges of these national Covid restrictions …more
  • Vaccine Safety Data “Reassuring”
    This article first appeared on the British Medical Journal website. The UK’s medicines regulator has described the first safety data related to covid-19 vaccines as “reassuring,” with most side effects reported being mild and in …more
  • Department for Work & Pensions Newsletter
    Here’s a roundup of recent DWP announcements  Coronavirus vaccination update People do not need to wait to be contacted if any of the following apply: they are aged 70 or over they have previously received a letter saying …more
  • Calderdale Museums’ Enews February 2021
    LGBT+ History Month 2021 For LGBT+ History Month 2021 we’re proud to share the story of landowner, businesswoman, traveller, diarist and lesbian Anne Lister of Shibden Hall. Find out more on our website including …more
  • Gov’t Report: Coronavirus related deaths by disability status
    A new Government report has been released which focuses on estimates of differences in COVID-19 mortality risk by self-reported disability status and diagnosed learning disability status for deaths occurring up to 20 November …more
  • Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 13/2/21
    Grenfell measures slammed by Disability groups Housing Minister Robert Jenrick has announced another £3.5 billion of funding to remove and replace unsafe cladding from towerblocks. The announcement comes three and a half years …more
  • Disability Rights UK Critical Of Inaccessible Government Survey
    The government’s Disability Unit is currently running an online survey which will help to shape the forthcoming National Strategy for Disabled People. Comments must be received by 13 February in order for them to be taken on …more
  • Wheelchair Users – Taxi Booking For Vaccinations
    We have heard from the local NHS that Taxi companies are available to transport patients in the top four vaccination priority groups who use wheelchairs to have their Covid-19 vaccinations. Please ask your local GP surgery for …more
  • BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order. …more
  • Calderdale Countryside News Winter/Spring 2021
    Calderdale council have just released their latest Countryside News Newsletter. It’s a comprehensive round-up of projects, volunteering news and updates from various parts of the Calderdale countryside. Here’s the …more
  • Help Family & Friends Get Active
    Active Calderdale are doing a great job getting people back into exercise and fitness. Here’s their latest challenge, aimed at getting families and friends to follow your example. “Two-fifths of people say they are being …more
  • Over-70s & Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Can Now Book Coronavirus Vaccination
    For the first time, you can now book your Coronavirus vaccination if you are: 1/ over 70 years old 2/ if you’ve received a letter from the Government saying you are at high risk from Coronavirus. Below is the information on …more
  • Children’s Disability Living Allowance Applications – Information and Support.
    Disability Support Calderdale has received funding from Community Foundation For Calderdale to support families, children and young people with Children’s Disability Living Allowance Applications. They are working remotely at the …more
  • Disability Rights UK Newsletter 6/2/21
    News Round-up Disabled People’s Organisations call for the Disability Strategy to be delayed Disability Rights UK Our Voices group has written to the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, setting out a number of …more
  • Government Reports Into Vaccine Safety
    This report from the Government covers the safety of the Coronavirus vaccines. There’s a link to a more detailed report at the foot of the page. Government Report Into Vaccine Safety Data published from UK’s independent …more
  • How To Get Flood & Weather Warnings
    With Calderdale experiencing a fairly wet and cold start to the year, here’s a reminder of where to get your up to date weather and flood information: Flood Alerts and Flood Warning s provided by the Environment Agency can …more
  • Plan Your Bus/Train Travel to Vaccination Centres
    The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has put in place several measures to assist local people in getting to community vaccination centres by public transport, including a journey planner facility on their website (see below) …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter – February
    February Update Welcome to your February e-newsletter. We hope you are keeping safe as we continue to face some challenging times. Following last month’s e-newsletter, we were so pleased to hear from so many more of you who have …more
  • West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme Update
    The NHS is reassuring people in West Yorkshire that they will be contacted when it’s time for their COVID-19 vaccine appointment – and there’s no need for them to contact services. The COVID-19 vaccination rollout in West …more
  • Healthy Minds Calderdale Workshops
    Healthy Minds Calderdale are putting together a series of informative, helpful workshops, designed to assist during the challenging times we’re facing. Their workshops happen over zoom and give the opportunity for all …more
  • Kooth – Mental Health Support For Young People
    To kick off Children’s Mental Health Week, Kooth has launched their latest social media campaign: Don’t Do It Alone which features social media stars Chunkz, Amelia Dimz, Riyadh Khalaf, Jax Jones, and Joy Crookes talk about the …more
  • Learning Disability Guide – Vaccine Decisions
    Below is a link to download a document Learning Disability England has written for people and organisations that offer paid support to people with learning disabilities and also for provider organisations or personal assistants. …more
  • Gov’t Advice: How to stop the spread of coronavirus
    Here’s the latest Government advice on stopping the spread of Coronavirus. We’re all familiar with the basics, but it’s well worth a read just to refresh your memory on some of the details! Protect yourself and …more
  • Deaf Text & Other Ways To Get Support From The Council
    Calderdale Council are a key provider of support during the Coronavirus pandemic for residents of Calderdale. Visit their website for lots of advice across a wide range of services. Or call them on 01422 392890 for volunteer …more
  • New Look For Pennine Magpie – Now “Magpies”
    Pennine Magpie have re-branded themselves “Magpies” – they will continue to offer a place to make new friends, learn new skills and create new opportunities but with a new modern look. The organisation has been …more
  • Lead the Way February 2021 eBulletin
    The latest Lead the Way eBulletin is out with helpful resources for clients and carers, organisations that can support you and information on their online sessions. Download Lead The Way February 2021 eBulletin Share …more
  • ACDAF, Working for Accessibility in Calderdale
    Here’s a quick reminder of how to get involved with ACDAF, who are addressing accessibility issues in Calderdale – their details are below or you can download a copy of the ACDAF postcard Share …more
  • Fizz Free – Tips For Cutting Sugar
    Fizz Free February is a campaign created by SugarSmart to help kick out the sugary drinking habit and reduce how much sugar you consume just by cutting out fizzy drinks and develop a new healthier habit. Benefits for cutting out …more
  • Update: Household Waste & Recycling Centres
    The Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRC) in Calderdale are still operating during lockdown but there are times and operation restrictions in place, to ensure the safety of staff and the general public. Centre opening …more
  • Fewer Disabled People Wary of Having Coronavirus Vaccine
    According the the Government’s latest monthly report, Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 29 January 2021, fewer disabled people are likely to refuse the chance to have a Covid-19 vaccination, compared to …more
  • English Federation of Disability Sport Newsletter
    Activity Alliance is the operating name for the English Federation of Disability Sport. Here’s their latest newsletter: Welcome to the first newsletter in 2021. This edition features our response to the Sport England …more
  • Department for Work & Pensions Disability Updates
    Severe Disability Premium (SDP) The regulations to remove the SDP Gateway from 27 January 2021 were made in 2019. From this date the current restrictions preventing claimants with an SDP entitlement from claiming Universal Credit …more
  • Be phone aware – avoiding telephone COVID related scams
    Unfortunately, despite the pandemic, there are still those who will try to commit fraud. Ofcom have received information from the NHS regarding many different scams relating to Covid-19 that are currently circulating. Calls are …more
  • CREW Self-Guided Walk
    This week’s CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin features a self guided 5.5 miles walk through Starfish & Syke Hill. The walk is marked as Grade 2+ and estimated to take 2.5 hours to complete (see foot of page for more details …more
  • Coronavirus Vaccine – FAQs We Should All Read
    The following is the latest information on the coronavirus vaccine, in particular how it will be made available to you, its safety and effectiveness. Basics Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; they will contact you. …more
  • Age UK Covid-19 Response Service – Also Available To Disabled People
    What is the Covid-19 Response service? Age UK’s Covid-19 response is a collection of services provided for up to 6 weeks to support someone who has been in hospital and/or to prevent a hospital readmission. Who would …more
  • Coronavirus Update From Calderdale Council’s Public Health Dept.
    This update was circulated around Council staff on Friday 29 January 2021 and is from Caron Walker, Assistant Director, Adult Public Health Improvement This week I was saddened to hear that we had reached over 100,000 deaths in …more
  • Energy Saving Tips
    See also the Citizens Advice information on this subject. Set your heating to come on just before you get up and switch it off after you’ve gone to bed. If it’s very cold, set your heating to come on earlier and turn it off later …more
  • How The Pulse Oximeter Is Helping The Covid fight in Calderdale
    A pulse oximeter is a little device that is put on the finger to monitor the oxygen levels in the blood. Patients who attend A&E at Calderdale Royal Hospital and who have symptoms of coronavirus but have tested negative, will …more
  • Calderdale Council Newsletter
    First life-saving COVID-19 vaccinations delivered to every elderly care home in Calderdale Every elderly care home in Calderdale has now had their first life-saving COVID-19 vaccinations delivered to those that were willing and …more
  • Watch Out For Covid-19 Vaccine Scams
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  • Get Yourself Active January Newsletter
    Welcome to the Get Yourself Active January Newsletter, from Disability Rights UK Welcome to the first edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter in 2021!  This is our round up of what the Get Yourself Active team and our …more
  • How To Support Laptops For Learning in Calderdale
    Calderdale Council has teamed up with the Community Foundation for Calderdale and The Valley Learning Partnership to launch Laptops for Learning – an appeal to purchase laptops for pupils most at need while they are being …more
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    This is “the Professional’s Update”, a newsletter from from Deafblind UK. Accessible video calls Did you know that by making just a few simple changes you can help make your video calls more accessible to people …more
  • Accessibility: Touchless Crossing Technology
    Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be trialling touchless technology at six busy pedestrian crossings in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The detection technology, funded by the Welsh Government, will allow pedestrians to …more
  • FREE 6-week British Sign Language (BSL) programme
    A NEW initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available to residents of Yorkshire.  The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with …more
  • Guide: Lateral Flow testing for people without symptoms
    This is an explanation of the technology behind asymptomatic testing and the role these tests play in the national COVID-19 testing programme. Published 27 January 2021 by the government. NHS Test and Trace is making rapid …more
  • Domestic Abuse – West Yorkshire Police Update
    This is a new communication from West Yorkshire Police about Domestic Abuse and how to report it and how the police remain committed to combating it. West Yorkshire Police understands that the Coronavirus lockdown can be a …more
  • Healthy Minds Workshops & Groups February 2021
    Healthy Minds Calderdale are putting together a series of informative, helpful workshops, designed to assist during the challenging times we’re facing. Their workshops happen over zoom and give the opportunity for all …more
  • Autism & Learning Disability “Grab & Go” Guide
    If you need to go to hospital it is useful to have a Grab and Go guide about your support needs. It is a bit like a hospital passport. It has information about you on it that doctors need- that they can read really quickly. It …more
  • Calderdale Mask Exemption Cards
    Exemption Cards: We continue to run off copies of NHS Calderdale’s special cards. They are intended for use by people who can’t wear face coverings and need to communicate this to shop staff and other people. They …more
  • Calderdale Council Covid-19 Update
    COVID 19 UPDATE 23.1.21 – distributed to councillors in Calderdale There were 476 positive Covid-19 tests carried out on Calderdale residents in the 7- day period 10-16 January 2021. In this 7-day period the rate was 225 …more
  • Healthy Minds – Upcoming Accessible Support Opportunities
    Healthy Minds offers lots of accessible support for anybody who lives or works in Calderdale. They offer a range of services including; drop-in sessions, peer support groups, activity groups, workshops and welfare rights. All of …more
  • Public Transport – Check Before you Travel
    Local bus and train operators are reminding customers to check the latest travel information before they travel as bus and rail operators continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check, @MetroTravelNews on …more
  • Newsletter: Halifax Society for the Blind Activities Update
    January 2021 Hello and welcome to the first HSB Activities Update of 2021!  As we are now in lockdown and will be for some weeks yet, this issue focuses on activities we can do from the comfort and safety of our own homes.  …more
  • Report: Disabled people & Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
    Transport for All (TfA) is a pan-impairment organisation, guided by the passionate belief that all disabled and older people have the right to travel with freedom and independence. They are the only disability group in the UK to …more
  • Keep yourself warm in winter with Citizens Advice Calderdale
    With the current cold weather set to stay with us for the time being, this is a good time to remind you of this excellent service: Would you like to find out how to save money on your energy bills? Citizens Advice Calderdale can …more
  • Calderdale’s Food Banks
    Here’s the council’s list of food banks operating in Calderdale – more info on the council website Hub 1 – Gathering Place/Ebenezer Opening times: Gathering Place (hot food take away) on Tuesday, Thursday …more
  • Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter
    22 January 2021 A message from the Disability Rights UK CEO: Over the past year it has often felt like disabled people’s lives haven’t been valued equally. We have had Care Act rights removed, our access to health care …more
  • Autism: Government Agree To review Mental Health Act
    This week, The National Autistic Society announced some excellent news – here’s their press release on the subject : For years, we have been campaigning to change the law on mental health in England and Wales. At the …more
  • Guide: Limiting close contact with others in the household if you have COVID-19
    Spend as little time as possible in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas. Avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens and other living areas while others are present and take your meals back to your room to …more
  • Disparity in Successful Blue Badge Applications Revealed
    From the Disabled Motoring UK website According to an investigation conducted by the BBC those who apply for a Blue Badge on the grounds of having a non-visible disability have far lower success rates than those who apply on the …more
  • North East and Yorkshire Online Arthritis Action Group
    To help more people across the country access peer-led support, the organisation Arthritis Action are now running virtual meetings over the online platform Zoom. During these meetings, you will get the opportunity to share your …more
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable next in line for Vaccination invites
    People in England listed as clinically extremely vulnerable, will begin receiving offers of a coronavirus vaccine this week, alongside people aged 70 and over. Many people with disabilities fall into the groups set to receive the …more
  • Healthy Minds Workshops & Groups January 2021
    Healthy Minds Calderdale are putting together a series of informative, helpful workshops, designed to assist during the challenging times we’re facing. Their workshops happen over zoom and give the opportunity for all …more
  • Wanted: New Disability Ambassadors to support rights of disabled consumers
    The Cabinet Office, on behalf of the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, is seeking fourteen new Disability and Access Ambassadors to help to ensure businesses are doing all they can to support their disabled …more
  • Morrisons’ Doorstep Deliveries For People Self Isolating
    Morrisons continue to offer a doorstep deliver service for people who are self isolating: Their Doorstep Delivery service available to anyone who’s self-isolating, to help them get the groceries they need. Whether …more
  • Vaccination – Latest Information/Advice From Gov’t
    Here is a selection of the Government’s latest advice and information on the Covid-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccination programme Selection of Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. …more
  • COVID-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people – Translations available
    There are now many translations available of the recently updated letter from the government to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. The letter offers a range of advice, information and suggested support sources: View …more
  • Guidance on shielding – BSL and Audio Versions
    Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – British Sign Language Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – audio Published 21 …more
  • Have Your Say: Government’s UK Disability Survey
    The Disability Unit at the Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People. Publication is planned for Spring 2021. To help the Government with understanding the barriers that disabled people face and how to …more
  • Fitness & Activity Ideas & Opportunities
    During the lockdown in spring 2020, Active Calderdale surveyed Calderdale residents, and found that 73% of people exercised to manage their physical health and 76% to manage their mental health – it’s really important that we …more
  • Survey – Autism Training
    The ACCEPT (Autism Core Capabilities Repository) project South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) are working with Health Education England on a national project to identify and share a range of approaches to …more
  • Is your child feeling stressed, worried or uncertain?
    In Calderdale parents and carers have been asking for advice, support and signposting to emotional health and wellbeing support for their children and young people.  In response to that demand Calderdale Council have produced a …more
  • Must See – Hate Crime Documentary
    Our friend Karen Graham, Service Manager at Lead the Way has been in touch with something for our TV diaries. A documentary featuring her son Daniel, is to be broadcast next week. It’s called: “Targeted: the truth about …more
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    Science: How The Oxford Vaccine Was Developed
    Andrew Pollard has been leading the Oxford vaccine clinical trials in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. He tells Elisabeth Mahase how the Oxford vaccine came to be, how dosing was worked out, and whether it will stand up to the …more
  • Online Course: Living With Pain
    Do you live with chronic pain or have a long term health condition? This step by step 8 week course from Healthy Minds is designed to help you live a joyful and fulfilling life by lightening the load of living with pain so it …more
  • Could You Become a Health Services Engagement Champion?
    Become a Voice for your Community VAC, in partnership with Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), offers free training for local people to become Engagement Champions and help people who are seldom heard to have a say …more
  • Energy Saving/Heat Support From Green Doctor
    The Green Doctors visit around 2000 homes each year across the Yorkshire and North East regions. We help households to save between £100 – 1000 per year on their energy bills through switching and increased energy …more
  • British Polio Fellowship Newsletter
    Here’s the latest newsletter of the British Polio Fellowship – it’s a good insight into their work and the services they can offer – visit their website here: Dear Member, I …more
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    Vitamin D – An Advisable Winter Supplement
    Despite claims that there is not enough evidence that vitamin D supplements protect people against Covid-19, everyone is still advised to take a daily supplement this winter to keep bones and muscles healthy. Free supplements are …more
  • Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, exemption cards
    Government advice on face coverings: When to wear a face covering There are some places where you must wear a face covering by law, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse (see When you do not need to wear a face …more
  • Sunflower Lanyards – Link To Website
    Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious, such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, visual or hearing impairment. Living with a hidden disability can make daily life more demanding for many …more
  • Supermarket Update: Rules, Deliveries, Online Etc
    The website has produced a really useful update on the latest rules, restrictions etc at English supermarkets. Read the full article here. Aldi Stores are usually open up to 10pm every day except for Sundays, when …more
  • Government Publishes Vaccination Plan
    The Government has publishes plans for the largest vaccination programme in British history. At least 2 million vaccinations per week with over 2,700 vaccine sites across the UK Over 200,000 offers of non-clinical support from …more
  • Video: Neighbours – Looking Out for yourself & New Year resolutions
    Here’s an upbeat video from the local NHS reminding us to look after ourselves and to make the best of the New Year: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…more
  • Coronavirus: How to help/volunteer or receive help safely
    This government guidance is for volunteers and those receiving support from volunteers. Part 1 – Giving Support to Others The most important thing you can do to fight coronavirus is to follow social distancing guidance. …more
  • Summary of the Government’s Covid-19 economic support measures
    UK wide support for jobs We have extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of April 2021. The government will cover the cost of 80 per cent of the wages of furloughed employees for hours not worked – employers …more
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    Info & Data: Technical briefing documents on the new varient of Coronavirus
    for those of you interested in background info on the Coronavirus pandemic, here are the government’s Technical briefing documents on novel SARS-CoV-2 variant. Published 21 December 2020 and Last updated 8 January 2021 …more
  • Latest Government Letter/Advice For Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    Part 1 – Letter Important advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people during the national lockdown On 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown to help tackle the high and rising cases of …more
  • Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi shares news of vaccine deployment
    This statement was released by the Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi on Sunday 10 January 2021 and it outlines the plans to step up vaccine deployment in the UK in the coming weeks and months. Britons will again be …more
  • 8 exercise videos for disabled people during isolation
    This collection of videos during lockdown 2021 comes from the online magazine for people with disabilities, Disability Horizons. The lockdown means that a lot of us are inevitably getting less exercise. But there are so many …more
  • FREE things to keep you entertained during lockdown 2021
    This collection of FREE things to keep you entertained during lockdown 2021 comes from the online magazine for people with disabilities, Disability Horizons. With the new lockdown in place across the UK, they’ve headed into …more
  • Government Support Info: If You Are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
    Support is in place for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) individuals, who must follow separate shielding guidance during the national lockdown. If you’re in this group, you will previously have: Received a letter from …more