Regular Volunteer Help Needed!
As we approach Christmas and the weather is getting colder, an Inn Churches Project is going to run this winter.
Training for volunteers is on Tuesday 12th January, 2014 at 7pm at Salvation Army Halifax, St James Road, Halifax, HX1 1YS.
The purpose of the Inn Churches Project is to provide night shelter 7 nights per week between 3rd January and 3rd March overnight between 6pm and 7am, for those who are homeless.
A number of volunteer roles would help with the smooth running and success of the project including; Chef/Cook, Be-friender, team leader.
Full training is provided and the next training session is being held on Tuesday 12 January, 2014 at 7pm at Salvation Army Halifax, St James Road, Halifax, HX1 1YS.
If you would like to make a real difference and can volunteer on a regular basis during the 3 month period please contact Dave Fawcett at email@example.com
Calderdale residents are being warned about a company that is contacting people about their Council Tax bands. Calderdale Council has received a number of calls from people who have been contacted by a Manchester firm claiming that their Council Tax bands might be wrong and they could be owed money. The firm tells people it can check their band, and tries to set up an appointment in their home. Once there, it starts charging a fee.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, says: “We want to make it clear that firms of this kind are not working on behalf of the Council, and we’re urging residents – especially elderly people, who seem to be the main target – not to give out any details if they are contacted about their Council Tax band.
“The firm is charging for a service that can actually be provided for free. If people think they might be in the wrong Council Tax band, and therefore paying the wrong amount of Council Tax, they should contact the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), which is responsible for keeping Council Tax bands up to date in England and Wales. The VOA checks banding for free. It’s not possible for anyone other than the VOA to make guarantees on the outcomes of appeals about Council Tax bands.”
Contacting the Valuation Office Agency: Website: Valuation Office Agency – Council Tax Phone: 03000 501 501
Electric blanket testing day
Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are hosting an electric blanket testing day on Tuesday 12th November at the Age UK Choices Centre in Woolshops, 9.30am-12.30pm.
We are expecting a large number of blankets so booking is essential – call 01422 399830 to book your test. Then bring your blanket in and if it fails the safety test, we will replace it free of charge with a similar one of the same size.
At our last session 80% of the blankets tested failed the safety check!
Unsafe blankets are a potential fire risk and West Yorkshire Fire Service will be on hand to offer home fire safety advice.
Third Sector Trends Survey 2013:
mapping the Third Sector in Yorkshire & the Humber
If you work in the voluntary sector you’ll probably have been challenged on things like – how many people are employed in the sector or are there really that many organisations?
This is one of the reasons Involve Yorkshire & Humber is producing the 2013 Third Sector Trends survey, so organisations can have reliable evidence for bids, planning services and demonstrating the contribution of the VCS to the economy and communities. Click here to take the survey now
We want as many voluntary and community organisations across Yorkshire and Humber – small and large, volunteers and staffed- to fill in the survey. The Survey will provide robust data about the size, value, activity, volunteering and geographical spread of the voluntary sector for Yorkshire and Humber. This data will support the work of voluntary organisations and provide valuable information for other sectors concerned about their communities.
We will conduct this work through an anonymous online questionnaire, which we want to go to as many voluntary and community organisations of every type as possible. It takes 10-12 minutes to complete. If you have problems using the survey link, here is the web-address to go to: https://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/durham/thirdsectortrends2013yorkshireandhumber
‘Best Foot Forward’ – Falls Awareness Week
http://www.ageuk.org.uk/calderdaleandkirklees/news–campaigns/falls-awareness-and-prevention/ Falls Awareness Week (17 June to 21 June 2013) is an annual event which aims to highlight things you can do to reduce your risk of falling and the local services available to help you to do this.
This year’s Falls Awareness Week will focus on healthy feet. Keeping feet healthy is fundamental to maintaining mobility and independence.
Further information is available from the http://www.cht.nhs.uk/services/clinical-services-a-z/community-services/falls-prevention-service/
From 1st April 2013 North Bank Forum will be providing Infrastructure Support to the voluntary and community sector groups in Calderdale. Over the next two years they will be offering an exciting sector development programme and are looking forward to working proactively with the borough’s groups and organisations in supporting their needs.
Their head office is based in Hull but from 1st April will be operating an admin office at Clare Road in Halifax. From there they will be accessible to all groups, regardless of their size and delivery, with an outreach presence in Calderdale’s communities. Throughout April they will be contacting as many VCS groups as they can to introduce themselves and offer support, including:
- organisational needs assessments to ensure the services provided are right for the sector’s groups
- Attendance at events and organising themed events around Calderdale
- Outreach advice surgeries
- A programme of future training workshops tailored to the needs assessments
- One to one advice, at venues accessible to individual groups
- Support for managing volunteers
- Safeguarding advice and support
- Funding advice
- Support around Community Asset Transfer.
The above is just a little taster of what they aim to deliver.
North Bank Forum are currently in the process of setting up contact numbers which will be circulated when available, but in the meantime if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Helen Schofield, Deputy Chief Officer on 01482 499039 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe and Warm Calderdale (formerly Warm Homes, Healthy People) will launch at a FREE event on Friday 2 November.
The project offers home fire safety visits and advice on energy saving and how to claim benefits you may be entitled to.
During the winter months (November to March), further help is available, including winter warmth packs, food packs and falls prevention measures such as ice shoes and car care kits.
Book your free place at Safe and Warm Calderdale.
LA Group and Bradford Teaching Hospitals invite you to an informal session:
LOOKING AFTER YOUR BREAST HEALTH
Illingworth Moor Methodist Church
Tuesday, 18th September 2012 starting at 2 pm
This informal session provides an opportunity to learn about breast health and breast screening. The session covers:
- the signs and changes to look for
- the breast screening programme
- breast cancer risk factors
- breast health awareness for women and men
Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
For further information contact either: Lynn Clark, Health Promotion Specialist Pennine Breast Screening Lynn.email@example.com 01274365042 or Secretary of the LA Group at LAGroup50@hotmail.co.uk 01422 249070
Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) has set up a £10,000 Fund initially for voluntary organisations and individuals/families affected by the floods in the upper valley of Calderdale.
To donate to the Fund
Click on http://localgiving.com/charity/cffc/project/emergency-fund-for-june-2012-floods. So far £1,000 has been donated. OR
Text a donation FREE to Community Foundation for Calderdale…
Simply text CFFC01 £2/£5/£10 to 70070 OR
Visit www.cffc.co.uk to find out how to support CFFC through a Pledge or through Membership
Voluntary sector organisations affected by floods or giving direct support to flood victims should get in touch with CFFC.
If you require any volunteers to help with any clean-ups please give us a call at the Resource Centre and we will endeavor to get you some assistance
Community Foundation for Calderdale
The 1855 Building (First Floor), Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 2NG Tel: +44 (0)1422 349700
If you’re worried about your weight or trying to lose weight, the online clinic on weight loss, run by NHS Choices, is your chance to get expert advice and information specifically about your concerns.
Specialist consultants, dieticians and fitness experts are available to answer your questions on diet and dieting, obesity, nutrition, exercise, fat and health issues related to being over or under weight.
The clinic is in ‘forum’ format, and there is information on the front page helping you to understand how to use it. First of all you will need to register with TalkHealth – you can do this by clicking here. Once you are registered and logged in, you’ll have access to all of the information on the forums.
The online clinic on weight loss, hosted by talkhealth with support from the charity Weight Concern, is open until Friday June 8 2012.
Upcoming online clinics in 2012:
Posted in Calderdale-wide, Elland, Halifax, Illingworth, Bradshaw and Holmfield, Lower Valley, Mixenden, Northowram and Shelf, Ovenden and Lee Mount, Pellon, Warley, Wainstalls and Mount Tabor area, SALs - for Asian women, Skircoat Ward, Southowram and Bank Top, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd
Tagged exercise, health, services, support, weight management
What’s on your doorstep? Find out at this free event organised by Voluntary Action Calderdale!
Halifax Central Library – Saturday 10th March, 11.00 – 3.00
Our very own LA Group will be there manning a stall, along with a host of other local groups and services offering information and tasters.
0845 111 1103
One number to call for adult health and social care support needs
People can now call Gateway to Care for adult health and social care needs and for help to get back independence, mobility and confidence after an accident, illness, injury or deterioration in a condition.
The improved service was set up after the Council and NHS Calderdale asked patients, the public and staff about the kind of services they would like.
People said that they wanted a way to get help and advice quickly and easily, with one assessment. People also said they wanted to avoid being admitted to hospital and wanted services to work together to care for them safely at home instead.
To support the additional service, Gateway to Care is now staffed by dedicated nurses, social workers and trained advisors who are working together to make sure people receive coordinated care, help and advice.
Call Gateway to Care on 0845 111 1103 to speak to an advisor or email your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
The service is open from 8:45am to 5:30pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 5pm on Fridays. Out of hours arrangements will apply at all other times.
If people would like copies of the posters, leaflets or information cards about the service, please contact Nicola King from the project team on 01422 281431 or email email@example.com
101 is now the number to call to contact the Police when it’s not an emergency
- My car has been stolen
- My property has been vandalised
- I want to talk to someone about a crime
- I suspect someone is selling stolen goods
- I suspect drug dealing in my neighbourhood
- My phone has been stolen and I need a crime number
All calls to 101 only cost 15 pence, even from your mobile, and no matter what time of day or how long your call.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired you can textphone 18001 101
101 is available 24 hours a day
Ask your pharmacist…
If you want answers to questions about medicines and pharmacy services, MedsExpress Pharmacy in Furness, Illingworth is having a holding a session tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday 9 November, 2pm-4pm.
At the Voluntary Community Care Group, 95 Turner Avenue South, Illingworth, HX2 8EF (Next to the Pennine Housing Office).
Includes free buffet, tea and coffee. All welcome.
For more advice about your wellbeing and medicines use, ask your local pharmacist.
Age UK (the charity that incorporates what was Age Concern and Help the Aged) have launched a new local business directory, where you can find trusted, high-quality businesses providing the services you need:
Click here to visit the directory at www.abcdwestyorkshire.co.uk
The Age UK Business Directory is the first on-line, one-stop directory to be developed specifically for older people. The aim of the directory is to make life easier for thousands of older people, their carers, families or friends who will be looking for products or services tailored to their needs.