INFO: Calderdale Council Newsletter

Here’s the most recent newsletter from Calderdale Council, covering a number of topical issues.

Message from the Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift
“As we all adjust to the changes in our daily lives as a result of COVID-19, it’s important that as well as looking after the physical health of ourselves and those around us, we also look after our mental wellbeing.“During these difficult times it can be easy to become overwhelmed, either by our own situations or the sheer quantity of information that is being communicated. This week, we’ve been raising awareness of the support available to minimise the mental health impacts of COVID-19. I recommend that you take a look at our press release: Looking after your mental health, which has some great advice to help people during this difficult time.

“This week has also seen further changes to a number of our services and I’d like to thank the many staff who have been working around the clock to ensure that we can maintain the delivery of vital and highly-valued key services.

“Calderdale’s kindness and outstanding partnership work continue to shine through this challenging time and we’ve been sharing examples on social media of staff from the Council and our partners who are on the front line, helping some of our most vulnerable residents. If you don’t already, make sure you follow @Calderdale on twitter and our Facebook pages for the latest news and updates.

“As always, we’ll continue to do all we can to support residents through these difficult times. Below are some of the key updates from this week. I also recommend that you visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/coronavirus for up-to-date news and advice regarding COVID-19. Please continue to help us, support the NHS and save lives by staying at home. We’re all in this together.”

Keeping our communities safe during lockdown
Calderdale Council and West Yorkshire Police are working together to look after Calderdale’s communities and ensure people understand the national guidance so that everyone can play their part in protecting each other.
During their usual patrols (taking into account social distancing), the Council’s community safety wardens and youth offending team, and Police officers are engaging with people in public areas, helping them to understand what they should be doing and why it’s so important. They’re out and about giving a reassuring presence at this difficult time. To find out more about how we’re working together to ensure that people, businesses and premises are complying with the national guidance, visit Keeping our communities safe during lockdown
Changes to funeral services in Calderdale
Following further, stricter guidance from Government, Calderdale Council has taken the difficult decision to make additional changes to funeral services.
From Monday 6 April, any new bookings taken for both cremations and burials will be subject to further restrictions. Visit COVID-19 – Changes to funeral services in Calderdalefor more information.
Supporting the most vulnerable together
Vulnerable people in Calderdale are being supported to get the food they need during the COVID-19 outbreak, through food parcels, food banks and free school meals. Find out more at Vulnerable people supported to get the food they need.
The most vulnerable residents will receive food parcels, containing essential items such as pasta, fruit, tinned goods and toilet rolls. These are being distributed this week thanks to joint working between the Council and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
Calderdale Council, its partner organisations, volunteers, Councillors and communities all around the borough are pulling together to help people through this national emergency. Find out more at Supporting the most vulnerable together
Supporting Calderdale businesses to minimise the impact of COVID-19
Calderdale businesses are encouraged to register their details with the Council in order to receive the relevant COVID-19 support grants.
Recent government announcements have confirmed a package of measures to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on businesses.
This includes small business grant funding of £10,000 and a grant of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, subject to qualifying criteria.
Forms are now live on the Council’s website for businesses to provide information to ensure eligibility and also allow payments to be made to the correct bank accounts. Find out more at Supporting Calderdale businesses to minimise the impact of COVID-19