Category Archives: Young people

An innovative project that supports young people in Calderdale has been awarded funding to allow its work to continue and develop.   Calderdale Council’s Positive Choices programme has been awarded £270,000 from the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme – it’s one of just 14 projects around the country to be selected at… read more … about Supporting young people to make Positive Choices>>

Cllr Wilkinson

Young people in Calderdale’s schools and colleges will soon be supported by two new dedicated Mental Health Support Teams. These teams will help young people in our schools by supporting teachers and staff to identify issues young people may have as early as possible, so they can get help and support when they need it…. read more … about Mental Health Support Teams set for schools in Calderdale>>

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A proposed new approach to youth services, which would help boost the health, wellbeing and skills of the most vulnerable young people in Calderdale, will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday 1 June 2020. The recommended changes would: Bring the Council’s youth services up-to-date and ensure they continue to meet young people’s needs… read more … about A proposed new direction for youth services in Calderdale>>

Cllr Wilkinson

Calderdale Council is advising local schools not to open more widely until they can be confident that children and teaching staff are able to return to classrooms safely. All schools and Calderdale College are currently closed except to vulnerable children and the children of key workers. The Government has now asked schools to plan for… read more … about Keeping schools safe during COVID-19>>

Calderdale Council

This Mental Health Awareness Week(external link), Calderdale people are invited to take part in the Council’s social media ‘question and answer’ session about the impact of COVID-19 on children’s health and wellbeing. Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 takes place from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 May. This year’s theme is kindness – one of the… read more … about Have your say on children’s health and wellbeing>>

Cllr Wilkinson

Children and young people in Calderdale are in urgent need of foster placements and the Council is stepping up its campaign to recruit more carers to support young people, at this especially difficult time. As the times in which we live and work in are changing, the pressures on some families have increased. In Calderdale,… read more … about Fostering – this is the moment, now more than ever>>


Schools and care homes in Calderdale have joined together to enable pupils and residents to share their experiences of life in lockdown, as part of an innovative pen pal programme. Pupils at Todmorden C of E School have been writing to residents at the nearby Pennine Lodge care home sharing news about their hobbies, things… read more … about Sharing stories and building friendships>>

Sylvia at Pennine Lodge

In these challenging times when we are physically apart due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to look out for each other, to know the signs of safeguarding issues, to report anything that doesn’t feel right, and to speak up if we need support. That’s the message from Calderdale Council, Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership… read more … about Safeguarding is always everyone’s business>>

Cllr Tim Swift

Calderdale Council has issued a request to all early years child care providers, including childminders, to help support key workers during this national emergency. Although the safest place for all children is at home, for some key workers this isn’t possible. Schools, and all child care providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide… read more … about Supporting child care providers throughout COVID-19>>

Cllr Wilkinson