Welcome to Calderdale Forum 50 Plus

We aim to support and represent people aged 50 and over in Calderdale and to promote a collective voice on issues that matter to them.

Coronavirus Information & Advice

During the Coronavirus outbreak, we’ll be keeping you up to date with the key information and advice for older people, from sources such as the Government, Calderdale Council, the NHS and our useful directory of local companies offering food deliveries.  For all the key local information for people aged over 50, see our latest newsletter, published 26 May.

NHS support and advice Calderdale Council support and advice Government support and advice Food Delivery Directory


Coronavirus News

Six people can meet outside from 1 June.  Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed. However, those who are shielding due to health or other related issues, should continue to do so.  Read the details.

Coronavirus Testing: What to expect.  The Government has now published a guide to the Coronavirus tests that are being used in this country. Find out what to expect.

Transmission of COVID-19: What to look out for.  Here are some key points from research compiled for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and Published on 26 May 2020. Read the highlights.

The Government’s new Test & Trace service has been launched.  Read our User’s guide and How it Works pages to find out what you must now do if you suspect you have coronavirus or believe you have come into close contact with someone who has it.

See all our latest Coronavirus news and advice aimed at the over 50 population of Calderdale.


Coronavirus Key Advice Sources

Getting help from NHS Responders. People who are self-isolating can now ask for support from NHS Volunteer Responders.  Read more about the scheme and how to access help.


New report from Independent Age – In Focus: Experiences of older age in England

Published on 16 April, this project set out to explore the reality of life for older people whose voices can be less often heard in debates about ageing, and to find out what is important for people in this age group.  Read more.

Our Other Work

2018 Annual General Meeting
Our 2018 AGM featured a presentation by Paul Butcher, Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health, based on the Council’s Public Health Annual Report 2017-18, which looked at the lives of older people in the Calderdale area. We videoed the presentation and have broken it down into six clips, each with a separate theme. View Videos

Interview – Calderdale’s Adult Social Care. In 2018 met up with Calderdale Council’s Head of Adult Social Care, Iain Baines and interviewed him and asked him about a wide range of topics related to adult social care in the area. Iain kindly agreed to be videoed so that we could share his answers with a wider audience. View Video

Care Aware! Thank you to everyone who took part in our “Care Aware” survey. Calderdale Forum 50 Plus wanted to find out more about the social care available in Calderdale (in particular the “Gateway to Care” service run by the council), how people access it, what services they access and who provides those services. We ran a small, informal survey to act as a discussion piece. The key findings can be seen in our Care Aware Video.


Issues & Concerns Survey

We are always keen to identify the issues, concerns and worries that affect the daily life of older people and bring them to the attention of local government and private or commercial service providers. Our “Issues & Concerns” survey was run through September and October 2016 and we are now able to share the results. The “Changing Times” video below summarises the results. A more comprehensive breakdown of the survey’s findings can be downloaded here: Issues & Concerns (word file).