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.

For all the key local information for people aged over 50, see our latest newsletter, published 3 July.

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. 

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


Coronavirus News

Gov’t Advice: Meeting people from outside your household. Here is a summary of the updated Government advice on meeting people from outside your household.  Read more…

Funded activity packs for older people.  Community Foundation for Calderdale are funding Age UK to deliver activity packs to the homes of isolating older people in Calderdale. Find out how to apply.

Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced. From 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted MOT testing will be required if your certificate expires on or after this date. Read more…

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

Other News

Changing stereotypes about ageing. Here is a link to a short video from Calderdale Council on changes the adult social care team are making to support elderly people to stay active and in their homes.  Watch the video…

New video guide on using Direct Payments to pay for a PA. This webinar is helpful for anyone employing PA’s (Personal Assistants) with their Direct Payments.  Access the video…

The Macular Society’s July e-newsletter is now out.  It highlights the concern that patients and people experiencing worsening  problems are not seeking treatment due to coronavirus. Read the newsletter…

How to manage depression during lockdown. For older people, living under lockdown and dealing with the subsequent fears caused by a global pandemic can lead to mental health conditions such as depression. Read more…

How to choose and buy a bike. Bike use during the coronavirus lockdown has surged, with many of us going back to two wheels.  But how do you choose the right bike for you, with so many types now on the market.

See all our  over 50’s news here. 


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).

Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced
Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted.​