Category Archives: Local News

COMMUNITY: Volunteer Befrienders

Are you looking for a way to share your time and give something back to the community?

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are currently recruiting volunteer befrienders. Join them in helping older people love later life through personalised activities, friendship and getting out and about.

Contact Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees on 01422 252040 or email: for an application pack.


ALERTS: Eye on Calderdale Website

A quick reminder to bookmark the Eye On Calderdale website which is a one stop place to access up to date information about flooding, weather and traffic disruptions across the borough of Calderdale.

There’s also lots of info on flooding schemes, plus interactive maps with up to ate info on river levels and traffic issues – visit


Save the date – 1 – 5 October 2018. It’s when Hebden Bridge Community Association in partnership with Staying Well and the Alzheimer’s Society present Dementia Friendly Communities Awareness Week.

The week starts with a Market Place event where you can find out what services are available for people living with dementia in the Upper Valley, there will also been workshops running alongside this for information and advice about all things dementia related.

This event is aimed at professionals, carers, people living with dementia and community groups – basically anyone who has an interest in finding out more about what is available to support people living with dementia and their cares.

Throughout the week there will be events and activities running. If you would like to promote your service or group activity as part of this event, or would like to be involved in anyway please contact Helen Doodson on 01422 392707 or to have a chat about how you can get involved.

ACCESS: Hebden Bridge Map

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF) has published a map of accessible routes around Hebden Bridge Centre, showing wheelchair friendly pavements, accessible toilets, bus stops and parking spaces.

The routes give easy access to people with impaired vision and mobility – around 11% of the population.

The map is available to view or print out from Hebweb:

Paper copies are now available free from Hebden Bridge Library, Town Hall, Visitor Centre, Valley Medical Centre, Hebden Bridge Station and various shops and cafes.

The back of the map lists many premises which have step-free access (maximum 2.5cm rise for safe wheelchair use), hearing loops and accessible toilets. All research and mapping has been done by HBDAF members and associates, who are disabled people from the Hebden Bridge area. Some of the premises were improved by grants from the 2017 Accessible Hebden project, funded by Community Foundation for Calderdale, CFFC.

HBDAF has also been very busy this year improving access in town by giving out portable ramps thanks to a grant from CFFC.

HBDAF formed in 2016 with the aim of improving access to life in general, in the area. They can be contacted at or on 01422 844914, and we are very keen to welcome new members with any sort of disability. They meet on the third Monday of each month in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, 2.30pm.

ELECTRICITY: Report and cut on 105

We’ve covered this story before, but it’s well worth repeating, especially as late summer is a time when thunderstorms can cause power outages.

There is a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.

Key points to note about this service are:

  • Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
  • 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
  • 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Customers can call 105 no matter who they buy their electricity from.
  • Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

LINKS: Calderdale’s Top Links For Older People

Calderdale Council’s website is a useful source of information for older people. they have a particularly helpful “Quick links” page – here are a selection of their recommended links:

Adults, Health and Social Care in Calderdale

Calderdale Council Contacts

ADULT CARE: Gateway to Care

Calderdale’s services for older people, people with physical and sensory disabilities and their carers

Gateway to Care is Calderdale Council’s specialist team of friendly and experienced Social Care Advisors, Clinical Advisors and Social Workers. They are available to offer you advice with your social care needs. Simply call them on 01422 393000. For example, you may need information about community alarms, frozen meals, bus passes for disabled people, home adaptations, support when you come out of hospital, practical advice on staying independent in your own home and what to do to avoid unnecessary stays in hospital. The Gateway to Care Team can also put you in touch with various services if you need other specialist support.

Here are two short videos which explain how simple adaptations can make your life easier and help you to remain independent in your own home.

You are entitled to a full assessment of your needs (whether for yourself or as a carer), in which case you will be referred to the specialist Social Work Teams who will help you to complete a Community Care Assessment.

Below is a short video which explains how the Community Care Assessment is used to consider your needs.

Staff in these teams can give advice and support to older people and people with physical and sensory disabilities to enable them to live as independently as possible in their own homes or in suitable residential settings in the community.

Support is also available if you are providing care for someone who is dependent on you.

There is a charging system in place which will be explained fully to you and your carers. You will be given information about the Council’s Complaints and Compliments service.

Access to health services

Gateway to Care staff will be pleased to give you advice about staying independent, mobile and confident after an accident, illness, injury or deterioration in a health condition.

Hospital Social Work Team

After a stay in hospital you may need support to continue living independently at home. If requested, a social worker from Adults, Health and Social Care can look into what help you need and work with you to arrange the services that you may require.

You can either contact Gateway to Care before you go into hospital or you can ask to see a social worker during your stay in hospital.

  • Telephone:
  • 01422 393000

Contacting Gateway to Care

Opening hours
Monday to Thursday 8.45 am to 5.30 pm
Friday 8.45 am to 5.00 pm


Telephone: 01422 393000

By post
Halifax Customer First
19 Horton Street

Access to services for people with mental health problems

Community Mental Health Teams

North Halifax
  • Address:
  • Beechwood Health Centre
    Keighley Road
  • Telephone:
  • 01422 355626
South Halifax
  • Address:
  • Elmfield House
    50/52 Prescott Street
  • Telephone:
  • 01422 383062

Access to services for people who have a learning disability

Community Learning Disability Teams

  • Address:
  • Adults, Health and Social Care
    1 Park Road
    Halifax, HX1 2TU
  • Telephone:
  • 01422 363561