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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
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    Live Healthier With The Better Living Service
    Would you like to improve your health and wellbeing?  Do you feel you need some support to get started?  The Better Living Service are here to do just that!  They support the residents of Calderdale (aged 18+) to lose weight, …more
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    Local Hospitals’ Support For Carers
    Calderdale and Huddersfield Hospitals, which work closely together, have provided a couple of useful documents to help carers get the best support, if the person they care for is taken in to hospital. This includes a really …more
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    How have covid symptoms changed?
    With new variants and a changing landscape of vaccination and immunity, what do the symptoms of covid-19—and our understanding of them—now look like? The BMJ’s Mun-Keat Looi reports. How have covid symptoms changed since …more
  • Gentle Walks In Calderdale For Cardiac Patients
    CREW Heart support are back with their guided walking groups of about 5 miles (over 2 hours) to help improve your physical health and mental wellbeing. The walks are aimed at people who have suffered some trauma based on …more
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    Domestic Violence Support in Calderdale
    Calderdale Staying Safe is a service for any individual aged 16+ who experience domestic or relationship abuse. Their service is free and confidential, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, disability, religion or ethnic …more
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    West Yorkshire Healthier Together Website
    The West Yorkshire Healthier Together website is a treasure-trove of useful medical advice and support. Add it to your favourites and turn to it if you need help or information. New pages live on the site in the last few weeks …more
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    Major Changes To Postal Stamps – Coming Before 31 January
    The Royal Mail are adding barcodes to their regular stamps. After 31 January 2023, regular stamps without a barcode* will no longer be valid. You can either use up these stamps before this deadline or swap them for the new …more
  • Calderdale Climate Action Partnership Meeting – Disability Voice Wanted
    Calderdale Climate Action Partnership are holding be a meeting to discuss climate change at the community centre in Mytholmroyd (HX7 5AF) on Saturday 4th February, 1.30 – 4.30pm. The community centre is fully accessible, …more
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    Blue Badge Parking Interaction Survey
    Disabled PhD student Vera Kubenz is researching disabled people’s interactions with strangers in Blue Badge parking spaces.  It asks about the kind of encounters disabled people have had in accessible parking spaces, what …more
  • New Accessible Music Group
    Calderdale Music are starting a group called Rhythm & Brews Music Group. It’s for adults of any age, no musical experience necessary. They welcome people with additional needs, English as a second language etc. It’s …more
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    Renewing Your Blue Badge or Concessionary Bus Pass In Calderdale
    To make an appointment to complete a Blue Badge or Concessionary Bus Pass application, please phone: 01422 288011. Alternatively, you can apply online via the Council Website For anything else you can visit in person at Customer …more
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    Visiting Calderdale Council’s Customer First Service In Person
    If you need help with any council service or have a complaint, then you can now call into the Customer First Service points as follows: Halifax To make an appointment to complete a Blue Badge or Concessionary Bus Pass …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    A message from Disability Rights UK’s CEO New Year Message As the cost of living crisis continues to bite, millions of Disabled people are struggling to keep homes warm, run essential health and mobility equipment and keep …more
  • Calderdale Museumns News
    Opening 4th February 2023 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 of dress …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter – January 2023
    Happy New Year and welcome to your January e-newsletter! We’re thrilled to kick off 2023 with a very exciting webinar on Tuesday 17 January when we will welcome Dr Wen Hwa Lee, CEO of Action Against Age-Related Macular …more
  • health & nhs news
    Lift Someone Out Of Loneliness
    https://youtu.be/edeNeq-DPHI The Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will soon be launching their new loneliness campaign activity as part of the Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign. …more
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    Beat The Burglars
    Nearly two-thirds (65%)* of us are worried about our home being broken into, yet there are simple, proven measures we can all take to halve our chances of being burgled. Neighbourhood Watch have joined forces with their …more
  • Calderdale news
    Voter ID – Are You Ready?
    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 …more
  • Healthy Minds Winter Fair
    Healthy Minds Calderdale is holding a winter fair to share more about how Healthy Minds are helping to meet mental health needs within Calderdale. On Friday, 27th January, 10am – 1pm at Healthy Minds, 1 King Street, Halifax.   …more
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    Warm Spaces Directories – Calderdale & Beyond
    Calderdale council have created a map of all the “Warm Spaces” in the area. These are venues of various kinds, including libraries, where people can go to find a warm and welcoming place to go to relax, work or just …more
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    Winter Fuel Payment Videos – Including BSL Version
    The Government has created a further short videos answering key questions about Winter Fuel Payments. The videos are now also available in British Sign Language. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t395_OLsh5I …more
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    New Cost of Living Payments from Spring 2023 
    Millions of the lowest-income households across the UK will get up to £1,350 from the Government in 2023/4 to help with the cost of living. Exact payment windows will be announced closer to the time but are spread across a longer …more
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  • accessibility news
    Birdability – Birdwatching Made Accessible
    Birdability is a bird-watching organisation based in the USA which concentrates on improving the physical accessibility of birding locations, empowering a welcoming and inclusive birding community, and introducing people with …more
  • DEX “Funzy” Event For 11-17 Year Olds
    DEX’s next event for 11-17 year olds is at Funzy in Bradford on Friday 3rd Feb. Full details are on the poster below. Please let Sabah from DEX know if you want to book a place by text to 07874041074 or you can email at …more
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    Calderdale Forum 50 Plus Newsletter
    Always well worth a read, the January newsletter from our sister organisation, Calderdale forum 50 Plus is now out and you can view it in your browser – View Newsletter…more
  • Square Chapel – Victoria Wood Tribute
    There’s a packed programme at the Square Chapel in the next few weeks. Just two of the highlights are a tribute show to Victoria Wood and a visit by the Unthanks: 19th January Looking For Me Friend – 7:00pm | Red …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Horizons’Newsletter
    Here’s the first newsletter of 2023 from Disability Horizons, the online magazine (view full newsletter in browser) 5 Ways To Maintain Fitness Maintaining fitness is important for your health and wellbeing, but can come …more
  • health & nhs news
    Better Living Service – Lose Weight, Get Fitter
    Would you like to improve your health and wellbeing? Do you feel you need some support to get started? Calderdale Council’s Better Living Service (BLS) supports Calderdale residents (aged 18+) to lose weight, become more …more
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    Winter Wise: Looking After Your Mental Health
    It’s normal to experience low mood, anxiety or stress, especially at this time of year, when the dark nights and poor weather have an impact on our social interactions and mood. Talking to people is an important way of dealing …more
  • Free Digital Drop In Sessions
    Do you need somewhere to access online services? The HOT Employment team hosts a free digital access drop-in every Friday from 9.30am – 12.30pm, at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, Halifax HX1 5PG, where you can login to your …more
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    Excess Deaths – Covid & Flu
    The number of excess deaths in England and Wales has risen substantially in recent weeks, amid a surge in flu cases and severe pressure on NHS services. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics show that 2493 …more
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    Cost of Living Support Directory
    This is a really useful list of the main sources of support as we continue to endure a significant cost-of-living crisis: Cost of living payments During 2022, certain people living in England, Wales and Scotland were entitled to …more
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    Government Launches Plans To Free Up Hospital Beds
    The NHS will buy thousands of extra beds in care homes and other settings to help discharge more patients to free up hospital beds. News of these plans was released on 9 January 2023 in a Government press release. Here’s …more
  • Date Announced for Halifax Charity Gala
    This year’s Halifax Charity Gala will be on Saturday 10th June 2023. The venue is once again expected to be Manor Heath Park: Manor Heath Road Savile Park Halifax HX3 0EB Keep up to date with Halifax Charity Gala w …more
  • DeafBlind UK’s Newsletter
    the latest newsletter from DeafBlind UK is out. As ever, it’s mainly aimed at professionals working with Deaf-Blind people, but it contains plenty of generally useful information, plus links to their excellent website. Read …more
  • Calderdale news
    DART To Close
    The Calderdale disability services & support organisation, DART, will be closing at the end of March 2023. As a result, DART will no longer be in a position to take on any new clients from January 2023. They will still be …more
  • Halifax Scientific Society
    The Halifax Scientific Society continues to meet on the second Tuesday of the month at the Calderdale Industrial Museum. Meetings are 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start & usually comprise of a guest speaker covering a wide range of …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale’s Winter Wise Booklet
    Residents of Calderdale should have received a Winter Wise booklet through the post, packed with useful advice on how to stay well, travel safely, protect your home and find out about the support available to help with the cost …more
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    Learn BSL With DEX
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    The Calderdale Survey: 2023
    Calderdale Council are running their annual Calderdale Survey, which aims to measure changes in perceptions of Calderdale over time. After completing the survey questions, you’ll also have the option to enter our prize draw …more
  • Calderdale news
    Key Calderdale Schools To Be Updated
    Thousands of Calderdale pupils are set to see their schools transform, after the Government announced the next phase of its 10-year School Rebuilding Programme. Eleven Calderdale schools will be rebuilt or refurbished, bringing …more
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    Warm Spaces Update – Lee Mount Baptist Church
    A new warm space has been created by Lee Mount Baptist Church  (18 Melbourne St, Halifax HX3 5DF) to offer their building to the local community who may want to stay warm this winter and reduce how much heating they are using in …more
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    Consultation: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
    Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) is reviewing its current offer of visiting within the trust since its most recent change in June 2022; as such we would like to gain some feedback from you as to whether you …more
  • Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League Club’s 2023 ‘TRY IT’ Sessions
    Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League Club are running more ‘TRY IT’ Sessions in 2023. Venue: Calderdale College , Inspire Sports Hall. Please book in your attendance with Malcolm Kielty 07946510900 or malcolm.kielty@outlook.com Dates …more
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    Advice: Power Cuts Unlikely This Winter
    Northern Powergrid, who look after electricity supplies in our area, have emailed their customers reassuring them about power supplies during the winter. They have also offered advice for people who are vulnerable or who rely on …more
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    Look After My Bills Newsletter
    The latest “Look After My Bills” newsletter is out – here’s the introduction. There’s a link at the foot to the full newsletter. Brrrr… it’s freezing this week, and with energy bills so …more
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    New ITV App Includes BSL Channel
    ITV’s new app, ITVX gives deaf viewers access to what is a streaming first – a British Sign Language channel. It will solely feature signed programming, which will include a range of shows like the Emmerdale and …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    This is the Macular Society’s Newsletter – below are a list of their latest stories. You can follow them up and read more here. Welcome to your December e-newsletter – the last one of 2023! Thank you for all your …more
  • Halifax Church Added To Warm Spaces List
    Halifax Elim Church are the latest Calderdale venue to be opening a Warm Space at their church building Every Tuesday (except 27th Dec) 1pm – 3.30pm. Hot Drinks, Toast, Phone chargers, Friends, Table Tennis, Study Desks …more
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    AccessAble – Online Accessibility Guides
    The latest AccessAble newsletter is now out. Read it here! In it you’ll find their latest news, updates, and events as well as exclusive content from their Ambassadors and more! Find out about recent launches and events! …more
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    New Website: Access My Events
    Access My Events is a unique business designed to give disabled people the opportunity to attend events that are accessible in the UK. Here’s what they have to say by way of an introduction to the website: We will source …more
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    Worrying About Money Leaflet
    Access the Calderdale ‘Worrying about money?’ Leaflet The Calderdale ‘Worrying about money?’ leaflet is a straightforward resource for people facing financial crisis and support workers to quickly see available cash …more
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    Pete Hoey Stands Down As HSB Chief Officer
    Pete Hoey, Chief Officer for Halifax Society For The Blind (HSB) is to stand down at the end of December. He’s released a statement looking back at his time in the role: “I wanted to pass on my gratitude to everybody …more
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    DEX Newsletter, Video & Winter Message
    This has been a busy year for DEX! Read the attached newsletter to find out what they’ve been up to. DEX newsletter 2022 Watch the BSL version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kh0RkHWjIY DEX have also sent out this …more
  • Calderdale news
    Staying Safe On The Road In Winter
    Are you prepared for the dark days and icy roads ahead this month? If you have to travel, please put safety first and make sure you and your vehicle are well prepared to keep everyone as safe as possible. Here’s some …more
  • health & nhs news
    NHS Stay Well This Winter – Leaflet & BSL Video
    The Stay Well this Winter leaflet for 2022/23 is now available from the NHS. This helpful resource is updated annually and provides health information and guidance on how to stay well over the winter months. Content includes …more
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    Energy Companies Fail Disabled people
    A report by energy watchdog Ofgem has uncovered failings within 17 Energy suppliers in their attitude and assistance to Disabled customers, Disability Rights UK reports. The regulator said the worst examples included, suppliers …more
  • Accessible Visit to Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve
    For those who don’t know where Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve is or want to know exactly what to expect before visiting, Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group have created two self-guided walking booklets and a video. Accessible to all …more
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    E-Scooter Law Clarification
    The West Yorkshire Police has issued a useful poster outlining the laws surrounding e-scooters.…more
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    Christmas Tree Recycling in Halifax
    Why not let Focus4Hope collect and recycle your tree this January! For a small donation, they will pick up your tree from outside your home and recycle it for you, it takes the stress and hassle away from you and is good for the …more
  • RNIB Last Minute Gifts
    Still looking for last-minute gifts and stocking fillers, perhaps for a person with a visual impairment? The RNIB have possibly got the solution – whether you want a practical present or a nice little something that supports the …more
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    Hosepipe Ban Ends
    Yorkshire Water have ended their hosepipe ban (as of 6th Demeber 2022). Here’s their message to users in the regions: Thanks for putting the hosepipe down over the last few months. Because we’ve had a lot of rain and …more
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    Calderdale Forum 50 Plus Newsletter
    Our friends at Calderdale Forum 50 Plus put out a monthly newsletter aimed at older people and their families and friends in Calderdale. You can view the latest copy online here As ever, you should also pop over to their …more
  • accessibility news
    Activity Alliance (Disability Sport) Newsletter
    Read the full newsletter here New toolkits for sight loss organisations and sports clubs British Blind Sport (BBS) and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) are pleased to announce the release of two new See Sport …more
  • Women’s Activity Centre Gets Wheelchair Ramps
    Halifax’s Women’s Activity Centre is now accessible following the arrival of a wheelchair ramp. The centre is located in Hope Street, HX1 5DW. The Women’s Activity Centre (WAC) is a female only day care service, in …more
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    Disability Horizons TV – Latest Episode
    On this episode of DHTV, Mik and Zec are talking to Fuchsia Carter about disability and work. Needless to say that even though they discussed working and reasonable adjustments, that they drifted onto other topics!! …more
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    The story behind the Bealies wheelchair joggers
    Caron Mcluckie is the designer of the Bealies wheelchair joggers, adaptive trousers with a unique diagonal zip for easy self-catheterisation and a high-back waist for better coverage and comfort while seated. The online magazine, …more
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    Co-chair appointed to BSL Board advising Government on Deaf issues
    The Minister for Disabled People, Tom Pursglove, has appointed Craig Crowley MBE FRSA as co-chair of the new British Sign Language (BSL) Advisory Board, which will advise the government on key issues impacting the Deaf community. …more
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    Energy Saving Trust Money Saving Tips
    The Energy Saving Trust’s quick and easy tips could help you save up to £564 a year on your energy bills. The information on a typical energy bill can be confusing. However, being able to read and understand your bill can …more
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    Cost of Living: Lists of Support Funds
    Here are two documents to download. They are lists of organisations that may be able to offer help and support to those struggling with the cost of living. Some are open to individuals and families; some are only available …more
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    RNIB Newsletter
    Read the latest RNIB newsletter online now – read newsletter Here are a couple of their main stories: Resources for cost of living support If you’re feeling under pressure from the current cost of living crisis, we can …more
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    Join Calderdale Direct Payments User Group
    Do you or someone you care for receive a Direct Payment from Calderdale Council? Or are you interested in finding out more about Direct Payments? Calderdale Direct Payments User Group meets on-line on the 3rd Wednesday of every …more
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    Quick Tips To Make Your Home More Secure
    West Yorkshire Police’s Easy Street campaign is highlighting poor home security and offering some quick and simple tips to make your house more secure. https://youtu.be/zblhu3AMus4 Think about your own home. Is it inviting …more
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    Preparing for Adulthood In Calderdale For People With a Learning Disability
    What Next in Calderdale – Preparing for Adulthood is a booklet from Calderdale Council which provides information about the supportive framework available from the Council for young people aged 18+ with a learning …more
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    Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter
    DR UK reaction to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement The Government has announced in the Autumn Statement that it will increase benefits, in line with September’s inflation rate, from April. The Statement also said that there will …more
  • Wheelchair Rugby League Taster Sessions
    If you’ve been inspired by England’s World cup triumph, you can give Wheelchair Rugby Leage a try in Halifax – sessions start Monday 28th November, are entirely free and are open to everyone. Booking Please book …more
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    Recent Scams – What To Avoid
    Scams are a part of everyday life and so it’s important to keep yourself up to date with the latest trends – here’s some recent advice from the Co-operative Bank: Remain vigilant to energy crisis scams Scammers …more
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    Autumn Statement – Support For Vulnerable People
    The latest edition of the Government’s Department for Work & Pension’s newsletter, Touchbase, included details of the support it offered vulnerable people – below is the section of the newsletter covering …more
  • Deaf Blind Newsletter
    The Deaf Blind association has an excellent email newsletter – the latest edition is now out. You can read it here…more
  • health & nhs news
    Active Calderdale – Seated Exercise Video
    As part of the Active Calderdale programme, which we signed up to in November 2022, we have worked in conjunction with VAC (Voluntary action Calderdale) to produce a video of seated exercises. It’s presented by Julie Stott …more
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    We’re Now An Active Calderdale Charter Organisation
    That might sound like a mouthful but it’s actually quite simple. We’re now officially part of the Active Calderdale programme and we received our certificate at our recent AGM. We’ve also worked with the …more
  • Community Transport Calderdale – An Alternative To Taxis
    Community Transport Calderdale’s Peter Hancock was a very welcome visitor to our November 2022 Open Meeting. He explained the various services offered by Community Transport Calderdale (CTC) and fielded questions from our …more
  • accessibility news
    World Cup Winner Visits Our Open Meeting
    Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup winner Jack Brown was the surprise guest at our November Open Meeting. Jack brought along his medals and chatted with members during the pre-meeting lunch. You can read a bit of Jack’s …more
  • Warm Space – Salvation Army Brighouse
    The Salvation Army, Brighouse is the latest organisation to offer a Warm Welcome Space in Calderdale. They are open Wednesday 9.30am – 1pm during which time they offer hot drinks and activities available throughout the morning. …more
  • Macular Society – Latest Newsletter
    The Macular Society produce an excellent monthly newsletter. Here’s a taste of what’s in this month’s edition, which you can read here. Welcome to your November e-newsletter. You’ve told us how important raising …more
  • health & nhs news
    Antibiotics – Time To Think
    The NHS in West Yorkshire will be joining health organisations around the world this week (18-24 November) to raise awareness of the global problem of antibiotic resistance and to encourage people to pledge to tackle it. …more
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    Blog: how to improve how health and care services work with Disabled people
    Fazilet Hadi, Head of Policy at Disability Rights UK, has a new blog out in which she considers how Disabled people’s organisations can harness their power and expertise to improve how health and care services work with Disabled …more
  • accessibility news
    5 mobility aid gifts for Christmas
    This great article is from Disability Horizons’ the online magazine. They have an online shop full of these and other great present ideas. Many people with limited mobility or dexterity issues can find it difficult to …more
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    Inclusive books by disabled women writers
    It’s an exciting time for inclusive literature as more disabled authors are entering the literary world, especially disabled women writers. Disability Horizons writer Raya Al-Jadir has put together a must-read list of books – …more
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    Six Things To Help Our Health Services
    As health services will be extremely busy this winter, everyone is asked to play their part and to be better prepared during the cold and flu season.  There are six simple things we can all do to help each other: Health and care …more
  • accessibility news
    Accessibility Support – Spire Hospital
    Disability Partnership Calderdale were recently the guests of the Spire Hospital in Elland. We’d been invited to visit the hospital to help them with an accessibility audit of their buildings and grounds. We’re always …more
  • Piece Hall Christmas Events
    Christmas is a high point in the Piece Hall’s calendar and this year they’ve got a great line-up of activities: Ice SkatingThe lights are on, the tree is up and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The …more
  • Our Christmas Party – 20th December
    Disability Partnership Calderdale would like to invite you along to our annual CHRISTMAS PARTY. It’s totally free to attend and includes a big Christmas buffet. Once again, we will be back at the popular Old Rishworthians …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    8 disabled influencers from different ethnic minority groups – Social media is very influential. Everyone deserves representation, especially people from different ethnic minorities as well as people living with …more
  • health & nhs news
    Carers Rights Market Place Event
    Making Space Calderdale would like to invite you to their Carers Rights Day Event. Friday November 25th 10.00am – 12.30 pm The event is taking place on Friday 25th November 10am-12.30pm at Brighouse Central Methodist Church. The …more
  • What’s On At The Space, Rastrick
    There are some great activities at The Space @ Field Lane in Rastrick – this is an accessible venue with gentle exercise and art lessons amongst the activities.…more
  • RNIB Newsletter
    RNIB works with geo and Energy UK to help make smart meters more accessible We’ve worked with geo and Energy UK to develop the accessible in-home display (AIHD) to make it easier for blind and partially sighted people to manage …more
  • Report: Hospital Experiences Of LD & Autistic People
    Experiences of being in hospital for people with a learning disability and autistic people is a new report from the Care Quality Commission (The independent regulator of health and adult social care in England). Here’s …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Council Puts Leisure Centre Work On Hold
    Calderdale Council faces severe financial pressures which will have an impact on delivery of proposed development projects across the borough. The challenges of rapid inflation, loss of income, uncertainly about funding local …more
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    How To Plan For Flooding
    Don’t get caught out – flooding can happen to you.Recent polling suggests nearly two in three households at risk from flooding do not believe their homes could flood. But just because flooding hasn’t happened to …more
  • Calderdale Museums – What’s On? What’s Coming Up?
    Shibden Hall’s annual winter craft fair returns for 2022. The Hall will re-open especially for the weekend of Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November, and will host a selection of local crafts and produce on sale in time for …more
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    Disability Power 100 List
    The 2022 Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List has been published. This is an annual recognition of the most influential disabled people, nominated by the public and judged by an independent panel. It celebrates the 100 role …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    News Disability Rights UK Annual General Meeting 2022  We are delighted to invite you to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 23 November from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Join us to hear about what we have done in the past year, …more
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    Magpies Outreach Services
    Magpies is an award-winning Halifax-based charity that believes people with learning disabilities deserve to live life to the full. They offer a fun and friendly learning environment, offering a wide variety of activities and …more
  • Magpies Art Showcase
    Magpies is an award-winning Halifax-based charity that believes people with learning disabilities deserve to live life to the full. They offer a fun and friendly learning environment, offering a wide variety of activities and …more
  • health & nhs news
    Top up your immunity this winter
    This is just a quick reminder that COVID-19 booster and flu vaccinations are underway! The NHS is prioritising those at greatest risk and will contact you when it’s your turn so please wait to be invited. Or if you are 50+, …more
  • accessibility news
    Disability Horizons Newsletter
    Here’s the latest newsletter from Disability Horizons, an online magazine: ZipOns Created by US-based adaptive clothing company Befree, ZipOns are adapted trousers with zips down both sides to make dressing easier and …more
  • Introducing RNIB reading services
    Reading is important. If you’re struggling to read because of your sight RNIB Reading Services offers plenty of solutions to help, whatever your reading tastes and preferences. Browse their growing collection of 30,000 …more
  • RNIB Newsletter
    Here’s the latest newsletter from the RNIB, with s great mix of stories: Get a Letter from Santa RNIB is once again helping to deliver the magic of Christmas by making sure all children with a vision impairment can receive …more
  • RNIB Mental Wellbeing Check-In
    The RNIB offer a mental wellbeing service for people with sight-loss – here’s what they say about it and there’s also a link to sign-up: While isolation, stress and loneliness can affect anyone, we know those …more
  • benefits and money news
    Calderdale Directory of Financial Support & Debt Advice
    Calderdale Council have produced a new leaflet to help people with money worries. You can download a copy below: Calderdale’s Worry About Money Leaflet Here is some of the content: SUPPORT OPTIONS Council Support Schemes …more
  • Computers & Internet Help Sessions At Libraries
    A range of help with computers, IT and the internet are available in Calderdale’s libraries – full details below: Central Library Halifax Activity: Volunteer led 1:1s When: Tuesdays between 2&5pm and Thursdays …more
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    Disability Rights Newsletter
    Report reveals families raising disabled children are struggling to survive A new report by the Family Fund shows that UK families raising disabled, or seriously ill, children and young people are struggling to survive, due to …more
  • Our Annual Report 2021-22 & AGM Date
    Our 2021-22 Annual Report has been published. It’s a detailed look at our activities and achievements over a busy year. Annual Report (pdf) Our AGM is on Tuesday 22 November, Date: Tuesday 22 November Venue: The King’s …more
  • Calderdale’s Libraries – Warm Spaces This Winter
    Calderdale’s libraries are opening their doors this winter to help people stay warm. They will be welcoming anyone who needs a warm place to relax, rest or work, with places to charge your devices too. There will also be …more
  • benefits and money news
    Money Saving Video From The Energy Saving Trust
    The Energy Saving Trust is a great source of advice on saving money on your energy bills. Below is a video of easy to follow advice. There’s more detailed advice on their website. https://youtu.be/KPDfNphh4kw …more
  • health & nhs news
    National Stress Week – Tips For Coping, Numbers To Call
    Next week is national stress week There are many people who will suffer from stress at various points in their life. Some people can find stress helpful and motivating, others find it harder to manage. But if stress is causing …more
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter
    Here’s the latest edition of the Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter. Foreword from the Chair Dear Members and colleagues, welcome to our Autumn Newsletter! As the days get shorter, I start to think about my top tips …more
  • accessibility news
    Government Support with Employee Health and Disability 
    New employer information and advice service – Support with Employee Health and Disability  A digital information and advice service for businesses is live on GOV.UK, providing tailored guidance on health and disability, to …more
  • consultations
    Participants needed for floods research project  
    Can you help? Are you a woman with a physical or mental health condition (diagnosed or undiagnosed)? Have you experienced a flood in England? Participants needed for research project Are you interested in participating? If you …more
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Council’s Monthly Newsletter
    The News Thread is Calderdale Council’s main newsletter and it’s emailed to subscribers monthly. It aims to keep you up to date with news from Calderdale Council. This month’s newsletter includes news of …more
  • Calderdale news
    Winter Warmer Lunch Club For Carers
    Starting on Thursday November 3rd, a new Lunch Club will be run by the carers’ organisation,  Making Space. Its aim is to help carers through the winter months. Each Thursday they will be providing a quality warm meal, hot …more
  • Calderdale news
    New Calderdale Carer Recruitment Website
    Locally and nationally, care homes, home care and supported living providers are struggling with staff shortages and this is putting a massive strain on their services. Calderdale Council are launching a new recruitment website …more
  • health & nhs news
    Mental Health: Get Your Personalised “Mind Plan”
    The NHS-approved Mind Plan, is a very useful tool if you have mental health concerns. By answering five short questions people get a personalised mental health action plan, providing practical tips to help them deal with stress …more
  • benefits and money news
    Government’s Winter Fuel Payment Video 
    The government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has created a short video answering key questions about Winter Fuel Payments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaPoW5_nzKg   This is what the DWP say about the …more
  • accessibility news
    Blog: Loneliness can be the greatest challenge with a disability
    Writer and editor Emma Purcell, who is visually impaired and a wheelchair user, recently wrote a very personal piece on her blog, Rock for Disability, about loneliness. Despite having good friends and family, she won’t be …more
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    Activity Alliance Newsletter
    Welcome to October’s Activity Aliance newsletter. Read the full newsletter here. Headlines include: Announcing Adam Blaze as Activity Alliance’s new Chief Executive Activity Alliance is pleased to announce Adam Blaze as its …more
  • accessibility news
    Able Clothing – Making Dressing Easier
    The Able Label is a new clothing retailer. But their clothes are not just any clothes, they are specifically been designed to make dressing easier. It all started when The Able Label founder, Katie Ellis, was a fashion buyer for …more
  • Andy’s Man Club in Ovenden Monday Evenings
    Andy’s Man Club, the men’s suicide prevention charity are holding regular evening meetings at the OSCA Foundation (Cousin Lane, Ovenden) every Monday, except Bank Holidays. Meetings take place in the evening from 6.30pm. Just …more
  • Calderdale Bonfire/Fireworks Displays 2022
    Elland Bonfire Saturday, November 5 from 5.30pm to 8pm at Hullen Edge Recreation Ground. Organised by Elland Round Table. Tickets available from https://buytickets.at/ellandroundtable Siddal Fireworks Disco Friday, November 4 …more
  • Introducing Luv2meetU
    Luv2meetU is a friendship and relationship service for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, helping people improve their overall health and wellbeing. Visit their website to find out more. This video is a good …more
  • Halloween Trail at The Piece Hall
    Spooky season is upon us!  Between 27 – 30 October join the Piece Hall for some spooktacular Halloween fun! With prizes for the best costumes, kids can wear their scariest fancy dress and trick or treat around the shops with our …more
  • Half Term – Healthy Holidays & Children’s Centres
    Join #HealthyHolidaysCalderdale for a variety of activities during October Half Term, 24th October to 28th October 2022 Calderdale Council are providing FREE activities for young people eligible for free school meals aged 5-16. …more
  • health & nhs news
    Government urged to speed up covid antibody treatment
    With covid-19 cases rising and winter approaching, immunocompromised patients are frustrated at the government’s inaction on rolling out the preventive drug, reports Gareth Iacobucci for the BMJ. The UK government has been urged …more
  • Viaduct Theatre’s Panto at Dean Clough
    The Viaduct Theatre at Dean Clough in Halifax recently launched this year’s PANTO – ALADDIN and it’s going down a storm. Not only is it a fabulous tale, the theatre is in a unique, underground location. They have several dates …more
  • health & nhs news
    Be kind to your mind! BSL Video
    There are small things we can all do to help be kind to our mind and these can make a big difference to how we feel. That’s why a new Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign has been launched by the NHS, helping us find …more
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    News Disabled UC claimants underpaid by over £350 per month due to DWP failure to start WCA process The National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers (NAWRA), the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) and Disability Rights UK …more
  • benefits and money news
    Cost of living: advice from energy saving expert
    As the rising cost of living continues to dominate the headlines, The Macular Society spoke to Kate Urwin, the founder and director of Yorkshire Energy Doctor. Kate offers independent advice on anything to do with energy, whether …more
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your October e-newsletter. We’re really happy that we can brighten up this autumn with lots of promising updates for you, including two interesting webinars you might like to join this month. The first of this …more
  • New national TV advert raises awareness of macular disease
    The Macular Society has a new national TV advert which launches today, raising awareness of macular disease and the importance of regular sight tests, as part of a partnership between the Macular Society and Bayer. The new ad …more
  • Calderdale news
    Hebden Bridge Access Map Re-Launched
    Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum, HBDAF, has just published its updated Step-Free Access Map and Guide to Hebden Bridge town centre. The map was first published in 2018 but is now fully updated to September 2022. ​Previous …more
  • £1 Soup and a Roll for over-60s in ASDA
    Asda has announced a range of new ‘winter warmer’ initiatives to support customers and community groups struggling with the cost-of-living crisis. The supermarket is offering those aged 60 and over the chance to enjoy soup, a …more
  • accessibility news
    Support for disabled people using public transport
    As part of their current campaign to improve accessibility on public transport for people with disabilities, the government have released the following list of sources of useful info for disabled travellers:It can be difficult to …more
  • accessibility news
    Government Disability Travel Access Campaign
    The government have launched a new campaign, “It’s everyone’s Journey”, to bring together those who want to improve public transport for disabled people and deliver real change. It has been developed by …more
  • benefits and money news
    Cost of Living – Key Sources of Advice and Info
    Calderdale Council  Cost of Living Advice: Find help in Calderdale with the following: Money, debt and benefits advice; Electricity, gas and water bills; Children, young people and families; Health and well-being; Employment …more
  • benefits and money news
    Help for Households – Cost of Living Info & Advice
    In response to increasing prices and the pressures around the cost of living, the Government has been running the ‘Help for Households campaign’ to raise awareness of the support available among those that need it …more
  • benefits and money news
    Second Cost Of Living Payment – Dates Upcoming
    Last week the Government announced that households receiving DWP benefits will receive the second part of the £650 Cost of Living Payment from 8 November and continuing through to the 23 November. Over eight million families have …more
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    Report: Bereavement is everyone’s business
    The UK Commission on Bereavement has published a new report, Bereavement is everyone’s business With 8 Principles for Change, and clear, detailed recommendations, the findings from Bereavement is everyone’s business are …more
  • health & nhs news
    Podcast: Looking at end of life care
    What needs to happen to make sure everyone gets the care and support they need as they approach the end of their lives? In a podcast hosted by the Kings Fund, Ruth Robertson speaks to Lesley Goodburn, Professor Bee Wee CBE, John …more
  • National Braille Week – Equipment & Courses
    Every week is braille week for some people, but this week is National Braille Week, where awareness of braille and how it works are being raised. The RNIB are a great source of information on braille and they also stock a …more
  • Employers Overlooking Neurodiverse Opportunities
    The Charity Jobs website has a great article on the hiring of Neurodiverse people, including some great tips on how to make your vacancy more attractive to a Neurodiverse person – Right now, charities and organisations are …more
  • benefits and money news
    Are You Paying Too Much For Your Mobile?
    1.5 million people overpaying for their mobile contract – cut yours to as low as £5! Research published by Citizens Advice earlier this summer found around 1.5 million people in the UK are not switching at the end of their …more
  • benefits and money news
    Energy Saving Trust – Money Saving Advice
    The team at Energy Saving Trust have put together a great guide to what’s happening with the cost of energy and how to reduce your costs as a result. Why are energy bills so high anyway? The pandemic and Russia’s invasion …more
  • benefits and money news
    Ten Tips/Products To Keep You Warm This Winter
    With the weather getting colder and concerns around rising energy bills, we’re resharing the Disability Horizons Magazine article on 10 ways to keep warm this winter if you have a disability, written by Stephanie, who has …more
  • accessibility news
    National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSO)
    Find out more about the NDSOs Click here to learn more about the NDSOs, and visit their individual websites to find out how they can help you to get moving and enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. All NDSOs are Activity Alliance …more
  • health & nhs news
    World Mental Health Day 10 October
    Better Health – Every Mind Matters Designed to empower people to look after their mental wellbeing. BH-EMM focuses on promoting mental wellbeing as well as addressing the four most commonly-reported, subclinical mental …more
  • What’s On From DEX – Including BSL Info
    Here’s the latest “What’s On” email from DEX, who provide events for young deaf people in West Yorkshire. There are several BSL videos to go with it! We have been busy planning all of our FREE DDYC events …more
  • Calderdale Forum 50 Plus Newsletter
    Our sister organisation, Calderdale Forum 50 Plus has published its October e-newsletter: They’ve given the newsletter a minor makeover for this edition. Here’s the intro – you can view the newsletter in full …more
  • benefits and money news
    RNIB Help with navigating Cost of Living Crisis
    The RNIB offer free practical and emotional support to help people with sight loss deal with increasing financial pressures. People with sight loss are entitled to financial support to help with the extra costs associated with …more
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    Neighbourhood Watch Having An Impact
    Neighbourhood Watch’s 2021/22 Impact Report, highlights how, in their 40th anniversary year, they are helping more people feel safe and connected. The report demonstrates how they are beating crime and building a more …more
  • Calderdale news
    Together Housing Supporting Older People
    Together Housing are now providing a FREE OF CHARGE Older Persons Support Service across Calderdale to anyone in Calderdale aged 60 and over. Although this is not specifically aimed at people with disabilities, it’s a …more
  • Calderdale news
    How To Report Dog Fouling
    Unfortunately there are some dog owners who act irresponsibly and do not clean up after their dog. You can do something about this by reporting offenders to Calderdale Council’s Environmental Health by going online – this …more
  • Piece Hall Christmas Events
    Halifax’s Piece Hall has released details of many of the Christmas events they are set to host, including concerts, carols, brass-band concerts, films, family events and much more. To view all upcoming events at the venue, …more
  • Brighouse Arts Festival 7th – 15th October
    To celebrate 10 YEARS! of Brighouse Arts Festival have’ve invited back the BEST OF THE BEST! Brighouse Arts Festival started in 2012 to celebrate the town centre, and to bring big acts to Brighouse. It was part of the Olympic …more
  • health & nhs news
    Safespace – Evening & Weekend Mental Health Support
    Safespace offers emotional support for people in distress during evenings and weekends. Safespace workers provide a listening ear when everything gets too much. ​The service is free and for anyone over 16 in Calderdale. Safespace …more
  • health & nhs news
    Covid-19 Autumn Boosters – A Guide
    Like all vaccines, the protection offered by the COVID vaccinations will decrease over time. Autumn boosters are an extra dose of the vaccine that is given to ‘boost’ protection against the virus and ensure those at greatest risk …more
  • health & nhs news
    Losing Weight With The Better Living Service
    Would you like to improve your health and wellbeing?  Do you feel you need some support to get started?  The Better Living Service can help you do just that!  They support the residents of Calderdale (aged 18+) to lose weight, …more
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    National Deaf Children’s Society: Grants to Support Young Deaf People
    The National Deaf Children’s Society is offering grants of up to £1,000 to support young deaf people that wish to deliver projects and activities that benefit their lives. Through the Make a Change Fund, young deaf people aged …more
  • accessibility news
    Bradford Clean Air Zone – Check Your Vehicle
    The Bradford Clean Air Zone is now in force and everyone is advised to check if their vehicle/s are likely to incur charges. You will need to pay a daily charge to drive in the Bradford Clean Air Zone (CAZ) if your vehicle does …more
  • benefits and money news
    Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reviews  
    This month the government has started automatically extending existing PIP claims awaiting review by up to 12 months. This will happen 35 days before the award end date. The extension provides greater certainty for claimants and …more
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Cost of Living Payment – Q&A
    To note: Individuals must have received a payment (or later receive a payment) of one of the qualifying benefits for 25 May 2022 to get a Disability Cost of Living Payment. Why are disabled people only receiving £150 when …more
  • benefits and money news
    BSL Video: Disability Cost of Living Payment Info
    The UK Government is providing £37billion this year to help households combat the rising cost of living. This video explains more about the Disability Cost of Living Payment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUFGhvbfxWA  …more
  • accessibility news
    Lying-in-State was not accessible says Disability Rights UK
    Speaking about the access arrangements for Disabled people for Her Majesty the Queen’s Lying-in-State, Disability Rights UK CEO Kamran Mallick said: “Given the decades that have gone into planning the events around the death of …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    DR UK comment on mini Budget Speaking about the Chancellor’s fiscal event, DR UK CEO Kamran Mallick said: “This was anything but a mini-Budget. But with all of the big announcements focused on tax cuts and boosts for business, we …more
  • accessibility news
    Report: Public Toilet Provision
    Although London-based, and concerned largely with the views of older people, this report looking at the provision of public toilets has relevance for people with disabilities, too, wherever they live. From May to July 2022 almost …more
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    New regulations for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
    New regulations for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are coming into force on 1 October 2022. The rules have been extended so that carbon monoxide alarms must be installed in rooms of a private rented property where there is any …more
  • Calderdale news
    Burglary Prevention Tips
    There has been a slight rise in burglaries in Calderdale and West Yorkshire Police has a new initiative in force to tackle this crime and make your home safer. “Easy Street” is about informing you how to make your home less …more
  • health & nhs news
    Disability and Periods
    Disabled people have periods – it happens. Some may have easy menstrual cycles whilst others may experience trickier periods, with heavy bleeding, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, anaemia and much more – no matter …more
  • Starting Line pre-employment training course
    Scope have free places available on their next Starting Line pre-employment training course starting on Tuesday 27th September. Scope are able to support and work with people with any disability, learning difficulty, mental …more
  • Calderdale news
    Let’s get Greener together
    Let’s get Greener together Greener Together is a new and exciting programme launched in Calderdale to help you get green for a brighter future. Learn Green Skills Professional qualification in landscaping (LANTRA) and Facilities …more
  • Calderdale news
    Nominations are open for Calderdale Community Spirit Awards
    It’s time to nominate a community spirit champion. The Community Foundation for Calderdale host the Community Spirit Awards celebrating the often unsung champions who work in our community, often in extremely challenging …more
  • health & nhs news
    Report: professionalisation of care workers
    This new report from the Nuffield Trust finds that perceptions of care work as low skilled continue to persist, despite the pandemic highlighting just how vital care workers are. In recent years there has been increased debate …more
  • health & nhs news
    Stoptober is back!
    Whether you want to start breathing easier, feel the energy boost or even have a little more money to spend, there has never been a better time to stop smoking. Remember, it’s never too late to join the thousands of people …more
  • Memory Lane Cafe – Dementia Support
    Memory Lane Cafe is a local community group providing support for people affected by dementia, other memory problems, and isolation. They have regular cafes in Sowerby Bridge (St Paul’s Church) and in Halifax (Maurice …more
  • Calderdale news
    Election Update At Next Meeting
    Ian Gledhill our local Electoral Outreach Officer will be attending the next Disability Partnership open meeting on Tuesday 25th October. He will give information about the progress of the Annual Canvass of Electors for 2022, …more
  • Our Next Open Meeting: Tuesday 25th October 2022
    Our next Open Meeting will be on Tuesday 25th October 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
  • News item
    Accessibility arrangements for Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State
    Guidance published this week for people visiting Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster sets out information on accessibility for disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people and people with long-term …more
  • benefits and money news
    New Government Scheme To Help Older People Claim For More Support
    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has introduced a new system to help people over 66 claim for additional support. It took around 40 days for new claims for Pension Credit made between April 1 and July 3 to be processed …more
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    Free one-to-one support for young deaf people in Kirklees
    Deaf Experience Limited (DEX) have funding up to April 2023 to offer one to one support to any deaf young person aged 16 – 25 living in Kirklees. Here’s what they say about the offer: This could include transition support …more
  • What’s On At The Space Rastrick
    What’s on at the popular The Space community hub in Rastrick…more
  • health & nhs news
    New Mental Health Service For Calderdale
    Vita Health Group works in partnership with the NHS to provide mental wellbeing services to support local residents in various districts throughout the UK, including Calderdale. Here’s what they have to say about their …more
  • Seated Exercise at Hipperholme Christ Church
    There’s a Seated Exercise class at Hipperholme Christ Church every Tuesday. Active Rainbow come to Hipperholme Christ Church every Tuesday morning to offer seated exercise sessions! This is a very friendly class and they …more
  • Disability Sport From Calderdale Council’s Sports Services
    The link below takes you to the Disability Sport section on Calderdale Council’s Sports Services website giving details of current programmes & sessions along with other relative information and ‘access’ information at …more