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VOTE: Community Awards

Community Spirit Awards – Vote Now!

The Community Foundation for Calderdale believes that local charities, community groups and volunteers are local heroes.

Their Community Spirit Awards celebrate the often unsung heroes who work in our community, often in extremely challenging situations.

From charities to individuals who give of their time and energy the awards highlight the people at the centre of the brilliant work being done here in Calderdale.

This is your chance to nominate your own charitable organisation or nominate a charitable organisation that has supported you.

Voting closes August 30th 2019. The awards ceremony will take place on November 21st at The Venue Barkisland.

Awarded to a charity that has delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its goals and strategy, and demonstrated excellence, especially within the last year.

Sponsored by Riley & Co.


Awarded to a charity (registered after September 2015) that has made a demonstrable impact since its foundation, achieved awareness of its cause, mission and activities, and set the foundations of excellent management and accountability for the future.

Sponsored by Lattitude7.


Awarded to the volunteer who has displayed the greatest commitment and achievement to a charity, voluntary sector organisation or the community.

Sponsored by Snowflake Media.


Awarded to a charity or community group active in the arts (visual arts-music-film-photography-writing-drama- dance-design) which has demonstrated passion and enthusiasm in making a significant contribution to the wider community.

Sponsored by Croft Myl.


Awarded to a charity or community group for successfully developing something new or different. Areas could include supporter and/or donor engagement, putting a piece of research to good use, extending the reach of the charity or introducing a new way of working.

Sponsored by Calderdale College.


Awarded to a charity or community group on the basis of innovative approaches coupled with exceeding funding targets.

Sponsored by Value Exchange.


Awarded to an individual, school community group or charity which is having a positive impact on the community and/or raising the profile of environmental issues.

Sponsored by Pulman Steel.


Awarded to a person who has demonstrated dedication, professionalism and integrity throughout their career, and who has produced a demonstrably positive effect on the sector through their work and management over at least a 15 year period.

Sponsored by Wilby Insurance.


Awarded for a marketing campaign that used one or more of the following, social media, website/microsite, printed press, adverts, leaflets, video content, social activity campaign. May also include giveaways.

Sponsored by Town Hall Dental.


Awarded to a young person 21 years old or under, who have engaged, inspired and motivated their peers or other people in support of a social cause or initiative.

Sponsored by Calderdale Council.


CARERS: Time off in an emergency

If you’re working as well as caring for someone, it can be a lot to handle at once. It may help to know about your rights at work. Age UK have a new guide on their website, to help you with this delicate balance.


And here’s just one section from that article, dealing with the right to time off work in case of an emergency:

You have the right to time off in an emergency when it involves a person who is dependent on you. That might include, for example, your partner, your parent, or your child. If someone else relies on you for help, they may also count as a dependent.

Examples of when you might need to use this right to emergency time off include:

  • where your normal care arrangements have been cancelled or changed
  • if the person you care for dies, is ill, or has an accident
  • when you need time off to organise long-term arrangements for the person you care for
  • when they are ill or injured

SUMMER: Holiday Destinations For Older People

From time to time we like to introduce you to some of the excellent websites out there aimed at older people and their friends, relatives and carers.

One of the ones that has recently caught our eye is My Ageing Parent, a site set up by two women who were both caring for recently widowed mothers. It’s a warm and welcoming website and full of good advice and insight.

With the summer now upon us, we’re thinking about day trips and perhaps longer holidays and the guide to where to take an older relative seemed a good starting point for a browse around the website.


GUIDE: Choosing A Care Home

Choosing a care home, either for yourself or for a relative or friend can seem like a daunting challenge. However, there are professionals who can advise you and a number of web-based tools that can make the process a lot easier and allow you to make a decision based on a broad spread of information.

What Do Care homes Provide? Support provided in a care home can involve: help with eating, washing, bathing, dressing and toilet needs, and caring for you if you become ill. Some homes provide services for people with more complex needs, including nursing care.

Choosing a Care Home: Choosing a care home is an important decision. You need to choose one that is right for you, both now and in the future. You can get advice from a social worker, district nurse or your family doctor. Alternatively, you can use a range of online tools to help you make the decision:

  • Calderdale Council: For a list of all the care homes in Calderdale, their contact details, information about the service they provide and links to their Care Quality Commission reports, visit the Calderdale Council’s website, where the information is stored in their Social Care and Wellbeing Hub. Calderdale Council also provide other key info on Care Homes on their website:
    Financial Guide to moving into a care home
    Gateway to Care – all Calderdale’s main care services are now under Gateway to Care.
  • Quality Care Commission (CQC) Map of Care Homes. The Quality Care Commission (CQC) has produced a map of inspection ratings for care  homes. The map is very easy to use and each care home marked on the map has an accompanying rating and report. You can search by postcode to find services near you.
  • Age UK: There is a lot of useful information about choosing a Care Home on the AgeUK website including a guide and a checklist which can be downloaded.

FACEBOOK: Group For Unpaid Carers

The aim of the group is to create a community of carers made up of those that have a responsibility of providing care for their partner, other family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or an addiction.

The group will provide a space through which members can connect with each other in order to:

  • Overcome the isolation and loneliness that carers often feel
  • Share thoughts and ideas
  • Listen and be heard on the challenges you may be facing
  • Provide and receive support
  • Learn what help and support is available for carers

Link to the group:

VIDEO: Talking About Death & Dying

We all seem to find it difficult to have conversations with people we love about death and dying. It brings up uncomfortable emotions so we tend to shy away from it. Talking about death often feels like a taboo subject in our society. Yet all of us will experience the death of a loved one at some point in our lives and talking more openly can often make it seem less scary.

Age UK recently put out a really helpful blog on the subject, plus this short video – we think it’s well worth a watch!


DEMENTIA: Important new guide

Promising approaches to living well with dementia is a new and very comprehensive guide from Age UK.

Download Guide (pdf file)

In his introduction to the guide, Keith Oliver, an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, neatly sums up what it has to offer:

“By starting from the perspectives of people with dementia, this guide adds to the ever growing knowledge base of what ‘living well’ really means. And, further, it offers thoughts on how this can be achieved particularly through support and engagement in meaningful activities.

This report is full of examples of interesting approaches which are already in place in some parts of this country, but as it makes clear the next step will be to open dialogues with local authorities up and down the country to reduce the current postcode lottery.

The framework the guide offers for supporting people will hopefully prove useful to those seeking to improve things, and there is comprehensive sign-posting to effective interventions for those seeking inspiration.

To place great emphasis on the rights of people affected by dementia is central to this work and is consistent with my own work with the Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project (DEEP) Think Tank.

Rights-based approaches will be vital in taking forward our discussions with providers in the community. The new Dementia Statements set out a clear set of expectations and reminding people of these can help to ensure that people with dementia are not disregarded or overlooked. I have a copy of the new statements framed and mounted for easy reference on my office wall. Maybe all interested parties should copy this example or carry them in their diary for inspiration!

No matter who you are there is certainly something in this report for everyone touched by dementia, be they a person with a diagnosis, someone living with a person who has dementia or a professional seeking to better understand and care for those of us who seek to live as well as possible for as long as possible.

Download Guide (pdf file)