Kindness is all around in Calderdale


The kindness of Calderdale’s extraordinary people was showcased in the Council’s latest Vision2024 social media ‘takeover’ week.

Over 2,500 residents, organisations, community groups, volunteers, businesses and Council employees got involved in #Kindness Week from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 January 2019.

More than 100 social media posts told incredible stories of people who go the extra mile to help each other. The messages helped to spread cheer to a massive 150,500 people and demonstrated Calderdale’s community spirit – from amazing fundraising efforts, food banks and donations to the Active Calderdale Bike Library, to support for homeless people, Armed Forces personnel and flood resilience.

Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, said:

“Once again, we were overwhelmed by the number of people who took part in our Vision2024 conversation, and with the truly inspirational examples of kindness across Calderdale. Caring for each other makes a huge difference to people’s lives, and contributes to our Vision for Calderdale by making it an even better place for everyone.”

Kindness Week was the perfect time to launch the new Calderdale Cares film(external link) on social media. Calderdale Cares is the shared vision of partner organisations across the borough to deliver health and care services in a new way, which is more joined up than ever and with an emphasis on local people.

In the year 2024 Calderdale will celebrate its 50th birthday. The Vision for Calderdale is based on the key themes of kindness, distinctiveness, resilience, talent and enterprise – qualities that make the borough special. The social media takeover weeks are based on these themes and encourage conversations about what makes our place stand out, and everyone’s ambitions for its future.

The Vision is for Calderdale to be a place where people can reach their potential, where talent and enterprise can thrive, where people care for each other and are able to bounce back, and a place that stands out as a great destination to visit and where people can live a larger life.

The last of the social media takeover weeks will be #Enterprising in March 2019, but you can always get involved in the conversation by using #VisionCdale2024 on Twitter, by following Calderdale Council on Facebook and by visiting  

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