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DECEMBER 2010

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S NETWORK NEWSLETTER JAYNE LEECH Forum Co-Ordinator jayne@calderdalecommunityforum.org,uk

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Welcome to the December edition of the Children and Young People’s Network Newsletter! This newsletter will be available on the first Tuesday of every month and will keep you up to date with all the events, training etc. going on in and around Calderdale.

Inside this issue:

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE 2011 EXPLORER PROGRAMME

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16 DAYS OF ACTION CAMPAIGN

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GIRLS CRAFT DROP-IN

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Calderdale Community Forum would like to wish you all a very happy festive period and hope you are all wrapped up warm against the biting cold! If you would like to include an article, future event or course in the January newsletter, please email emma@calderdalecommunityforum.org.uk no later than 29.12.10

SURE START—’HELP US 3 PLAN OUR SERVICES’ XMAS KIDZONE

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WORK SNOW POLICY

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EVENTS CALENDAR & FUTURE C&YP MEETING DATES

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‘Budding young crime-fighters of the future are invited to experience the inner workings of West Yorkshire Police.’

West Yorkshire police 2011 explorer programme Budding young crime-fighters of the future are invited to experience the inner workings of West Yorkshire Police. Applications are now available for the 2011 Explorer Programme, which will see 16-18 year olds gaining an exciting insight into different aspects of policing in the county. The 20week programme, which starts in February 2011 will enable successful candidates to explore the work of Neighbourhood Policing, Operations Support, Forensics, Homicide and Major Enquiry, Roads Policing and Crime Prevention to name but a few. Explorers will be required to attend their local police station for two hours each week where they will take part in an interactive programme. They will also be given the opportunity to volunteer within the Force and in their local community. Applications are available to download from www.westyorkshire.police.uk/explorers or call 01924 292 904. Deadline for the applications is Friday 10th December 2010.


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16 DAYS OF ACTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO RAISE AWARENESS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE Calderdale Domestic Abuse Partnership has joined an international 16 Days of Action campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Over 2,000 groups in 156 countries take part. Events in Calderdale began last month with an event to highlight the dangers of domestic abuse during pregnancy. Other events include a presentation to acknowledge Calderdale’s White Ribbon status and an awareness campaign with police.

‘Over 2,000 groups in 156 countries take part.’

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and would like support please contact Calderdale Womencentre on 01422 323339, or email dvss@calderdalewomen.org.uk For further information go to www.womensaid.org.uk or www.womencentre.org.uk/contact.php

GIRLS CRAFT DROP-IN SESSIONS IN HEBDEN BRIDGE Step 2 are running a craft drop-in session every Friday leading up to Christmas for Girls aged between 11-18 years old. There are 3 sessions left before they break for Christmas, and all drop-ins are centred around Christmas and gift making; after the new year there will still be creative workshops. The girls will be able to make various things - such as jewellery, puppets, knit, Christmas cards and decorations. It is completely up to the girls to decide what goes on in the sessions and computers etc will also be available if they wish to just use them. The sessions run every Friday at the Step2 base from 6 until 8. For further info contact Belinda on 01422 842642 or find us on Facebook. Sessions held at Step2 base, 36 Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EX


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SURE START CHILDRENS CENTRES SAY ‘HELP US TO PLAN OUR SERVICES’

‘tell us what you think about the services we have delivered in the past and share your ideas of how we could improve in 2011’

An opportunity for those working with children or young people in North and East Halifax to join us for coffee tell us what you think about the services we have delivered in the past and share your ideas of how we could improve in 2011. Refreshments will be provided. Please come along to any of the following consultation workshops:Monday 13 December – Illingworth Community Children’s Centre 12 – 1pm and 2 – 3pm and 5 – 6pm Tuesday 14 December – Innovation Children’s Centre 1 – 2pm and 2.30 – 3.30pm and 4.30 – 5.30pm Wednesday 15 December - Pellon Network Centre 1 – 2pm and 2.30 – 3.30pm Wednesday 15 December – Creations Community Children’s Centre 4 – 5pm Thursday 16 December – Ash Green Children’s Centre (Upper Site) 10.30 – 11.30am and 2 – 3pm and 4 – 5pm Friday 17 December - Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre 11 – 12pm and 1 – 2pm and 3 – 4pm Please reserve a place by telephoning 01422 251090. For further information please contact: Carol Gorman on 07850 799587 or email carol.gorman@calderdale.gov.uk

XMAS KIDZONE ACTIVITY DAYS Four afternoons of fun, games, crafts and sports for children aged five to seven. Typical sessions will include sportmix, and can include construction, baking, painting and hand ball. On 20, 21, 22 and 23 December from 1 – 4pm. £6 per day (or £4.50 Passport to Leisure). To pre-book please email xs@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 341527

THE VCCONNECT DATABASE IS NOW LIVE! PLEASE VISIT WWW.CVAC.ORG.UK FOR MORE DETAILS


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GOING SNOWHERE - WORK SNOW POLICY Slipping on treacherous black ice and trudging through heavy snowfalls has made daily commutes very hazardous this month. Many employees didn’t get to work at all as they were snowed/iced in, or there was no transport, or had to stay at home as schools were shut. Some did get there, but feared the worst - being stuck - so went or were sent home early. Others’ journeys took hours as they were either stuck in traffic jams or stationary trains or had to complete the trek on foot. The lucky few were able to work unhindered from home. Employers reacted differently to staff shortages. Some classified absences as paid or unpaid leave. Another tack was to acknowledge only hours worked, but others were more flexible and credited staff with a full day if they got in at all. A further approach was allocating the extra commuting time as work time. Finally, some employers varied start and finish times. This meant staff did not have to travel in darkness, which is more dangerous, nor battle with the rush hour traffic as well as the weather. Employers have a duty of care and if they decide, when exercising this to shut the workplace then they should pay the full shift, though they may expect staff to work from home. Also employers must pay all hours at work, but there is nothing to stop them deducting pay for hours not at work. For some this will be financially crippling, but it could be off set by home working. This saves on commuting time and frees up what transport there is for those that have to travel. But not everyone can, they may not have the resources or their children may be very demanding. All employees are protected against unauthorised deductions from pay, but at the same time are contracted to turn up for work every day, so all must make a valiant attempt to do so, unless they have pre-arranged to work from home. It is up to the individual to assess the risks and if in doubt discuss this with their manager. An employee should be able to justify any absence to their manger, especially if a neighbour did get to work. See also: http://www.worksmart.org.uk/news/2009/02/badweather-commutings-snow-joke


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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 13th - Sure Start ILLINGWORTH Children’s Centre 12 - 1pm 2 - 3pm 5 - 6pm carol.gorman@calderdale.gov. uk 14th - Sure Start Innovation Children’s Centre 1 - 2pm 2.30 - 3.30pm 4.30 5.30pm carol.gorman@calderdale.gov. uk 15th—Sure Start PELLON Children’s Centre 1 - 2pm 2.30 - 3.30pm carol.gorman@calderdale.gov. uk 16th - Sure Start Ash Green Children’s Centre 10.30 - 11.30am 2 - 3pm 4– 5pm carol.gorman@calderdale.gov. uk 17th - Sure Start Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre 11-12pm 1-2pm 3-4pm carol.gorman@calderdale.gov. uk 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd — Xmas Kidzone Activity Days HALIFAX

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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE NETWORK FUTURE MEETINGS

£4.50-6 pp xs@calderdale.gov.uk

25th - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Children and Young People’s Sub-Block All Thursdays from 10 to 12 16th December 9th February 10th March 5th May 7th July 8th September 13th October 8th December

Ovenden Initiative, Ovenden Calderdale Community Forum, Halifax Calderdale Community Forum, Halifax Barnardos, Elland TBC Noah’s Ark, Ovenden TBC TBC

Youth Organisation Network All Tuesdays from 12.30 to 2.30 7th December

www.calderdalecommunityforum.org.uk

Square Chapel, Halifax


C&YP December 2010