The next online People Helping People local network event is on Wednesday 17th March 2021 from 10.30am to 12 noon. It’s run by Third Sector Leaders Kirklees, to help small community organisations in local places across Kirklees to get together, meet each other, share what you are doing and learn what others are doing. It is another chance to share best practice and discuss how we might be able to support each other.
Find out about funding & opportunities for working with children & young people
At this People Helping People meeting, you’ll hear from the Kirklees Council Early Years Team and a new local charity, Kirklees Youth Alliance, You can find out about the latest funding and opportunities for working with children and young people in Kirklees, including putting on holiday activities and accessing other funding, like Children in Need.
There will also be an update on the latest funding opportunities and about other support and training that’s available, including:
- IT support from Kirklees Council
- training on scams and how to spot and safeguard victims (from West Yorkshire Trading Standards), plus opportunities to put on a range of consumer and safety workshops for your groups
- Co-op Local Community Funding
- Grants for walking and cycling
How to take part
This meeting will take place online and you will receive a link that you click to join the meeting nearer the time. You do not need any special software, or to download anything or set up an account. You should just be able to click and join.
If you have any problems or questions about accessing the meeting, please contact email@example.com
Groundwork’s Green Doctor is a free service that helps households to stay warm, stay well, save money on their household bills and reduce carbon. Groundwork are offering free training for community groups, to help you support people where you live.
Helping people stay warm and well
Millions of households in the UK live in fuel poverty yet very few people understand the scale and severity of this complex issue. Each winter thousands of people die as a direct result of being unable to afford to heat their homes.
The Green Doctor service is completely free and provides valuable assistance to many vulnerable households. It may be an elderly person needing help switching, a young family applying for energy grants, or someone suffering from a health condition that’s made worse by the cold who is struggling to heat their home.
People who live in a housing association home or in council housing, those who rent privately and people who own their own home are welcome to participate in the Green Doctor scheme. The aim is to help people make the most of their income and to empower people to make informed decisions about energy use.
Fuel Poverty Awareness Course for community groups and frontline workers
In order to increase awareness of this free service, the Green Doctors are running a series of presentations and training sessions for community groups and frontline workers.
Presentations cover topics such as:
- Switching supplier
- Payment options
- Smart Meters
- Energy efficiency
- Damp / Mould / Condensation advice
- Additional support
- Carbon Monoxide
- Green Doctor service
Register to take part
Fuel Poverty Awareness Course – 6th January 2021 from 12 noon to 4pm
Fuel Poverty Awareness Course – 20th January 2021 from 12 noon to 4pm
Groundwork – North East and Yorkshire
A new 24 hour mental health helpline has been launched, offering confidential help and advice to anyone registered with a GP in Kirklees or in neighbouring councils.
We know that many of you are concerned about the wellbeing of your neighbours, friends and those who are more vulnerable in our communities. We’re also aware that you’re doing an awful lot to support each other. This helpline could be a great way to get support for those who need it.
Mental Health Helpline – 0800 183 0558
Mental Health training
There is also some free training available to support you with talking about mental health, delivered by the Zero Suicide Alliance and Future Learn.
Zero Suicide Alliance offer a session called ‘Stepping up’ – this covers the impact of isolation on wellbeing, dealing with our ever-changing circumstances, the impact of social connectivity, signs of poor wellbeing, how to communicate and how to look after yourself.
Future Learn offer training on Psychological First Aid and it covers:
- What is psychological first aid?
- How do emergencies impact mental health?
- The psychological first aid stages: Prepare, Look, Listen, Link
- Supporting yourself and your colleagues
- Example scenarios
Anyone can use this approach. The following is what you will need to use Psychological First Aid:
- Be a good listener. An important part of Psychological First Aid is identifying what help and support each person requires.
- Be well informed about the COVID-19 pandemic, so you can give people accurate information. It is important that people can trust you.
- Have the ability to encourage active coping by, for instance, helping people make decisions about the next steps they will take.
- Encourage and help people to connect with their loved ones, or community and spiritual supports. Be aware of people’s cultural preferences and needs, and adopt a non-judgemental approach.
- Know how to look after your own wellbeing and access support through friends, family, supervision or managers.
S2R are offering a basic Mental Health Awareness training session free of charge via Zoom on Friday 27th November 2020 from 9am to 11am. This is for anyone who is a Mutual Aid Group volunteer in Kirklees.
By the end of the session you will be able to:
- Understand the difference between mental health and mental illness
- Know the main signs and symptoms of the most common mental illnesses
- Define wellbeing
- Understand the relationship between wellbeing and emotional resilience
- Be aware of sources of help and support
If you would like to book a place on this session please email firstname.lastname@example.org
S2R have also created 12 Wellbeing packs – these are all available for volunteers to use and share with people who may be self-isolating or who are lonely and might be struggling with depression and anxiety.
Crosland Moor Community Learning Centre are offering a range of free online learning opportunities this November, which can help people boost their confidence as well as skills. Could you or someone you know benefit?
There are lots of opportunities for you to learn something new, including:
- Zoom workshop – Keep hearing about Zoom sessions? Find out what it’s all about
- Food Hygiene Level 2 – get qualified to begin work in the catering industry
- What’s recycling all about? – Build your confidence speaking English, focussed on recycling and the environment
- Working with office apps – making full use of your Google or Outlook apps
- Digital skills for beginners – first steps to becoming familiar with digital technology
- Digital Citizenship – for people with some existing digital skills, who might want to consider working toward a qualification.
How to take part
You can find out more about these courses on the Crosland Moor Community Learning Centre website. If there is something there that takes your fancy you can sign-up using the enrolment button and complete your details using the online form:
You can also email email@example.com to find out more information first hand.
Adult Safeguarding week runs from 19th to 23rd October 2020. Third Sector Leaders Kirklees are running some important sessions for local groups and volunteers. Never before have citizens in our communities been so active in supporting vulnerable people. TSL Kirklees continue to offer new learning and awareness events to make sure we remain informed.
If you’re interested in attending a free session to learn more, or if you know a group or volunteer who might be, you can find out more and book your free place now…
Scams and Frauds Training
Delivered by the Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team at West Yorkshire Trading Standards
Tuesday 20th October from 10am to 12 noon
This training will be relevant to staff and volunteers who are supporting vulnerable and isolated people anywhere in Kirklees. The session will provide information on Scams and Doorstep Crimes including new Covid-related scams in the local area. Illustrated with real case studies, it will also provide an overview of the role of WY Trading Standards and how you can report a concern.
The training will be hosted by Third Sector Leaders Kirklees and delivered via Zoom.
Adult Safeguarding Basics
For Community and Volunteer-led organisations anywhere in Kirklees
Thursday 22nd October from 6pm to 7pm
We all have a role to play in keeping people safe from harm and abuse. Covid has meant that more vulnerable adults are ‘invisible’ as they are unable to access their usual support services.
This short briefing for community groups and volunteer-run groups will include:
- Measures your group can take to protect staff, volunteers and those who use your services or participate in your activities
- Signs and indicators to look out for when you are helping ‘adults at risk’ in your community
- What to do if you think someone may need help.
The Training will be delivered via Zoom by Third Sector Leaders Kirklees in partnership with Yorkshire Children’s Centre.
The Covid Quilt Project is a nationwide project aimed at tackling social isolation by bringing people together to be part of something bigger in their community, by stitching our memories into the fabric of time.
By bringing people together in a creative space, to make bold statements about memorable moments in the time of Covid and piecing them together stitch by stitch, the project aims to document people’s experiences by creating a historical textile reflecting a living social history of our time.
But capturing memories and documenting them to look back on is only part of the story. This is also about people and places – a way to talk, create and give people a voice. It is about gaining new understanding of the local communities around us and how we coped.
This is a great opportunity to share your own memory with others, or to help other people to share something, and continue to help bind our communities together.
All project details are available online, including how to get a group together, a timeline for the project, and the support you can expect, such as regular updates, regular Zoom drop-in calls and mutual support and discussion groups.
Find out more
The Covid Quilt Project – patchwork group information (PDF)
Threads of survival – 999 Call for the NHS
Like many organisations delivering learning during the coronavirus lockdown, PJ Arts Hub have taken to delivering their weekly arts based wellbeing sessions online.
In between Motivational Monday and Feel Good Friday sessions, PJ Arts Hub have guest speakers to motivate you on such things as gaining employment and skill development, to skills swap sessions to either learn new skills or share your own skills to help others.
Everyone needs a bit of encouragement and mental stimulation sometimes, and everyone is welcome to join the sessions.
For more details you can visit:
If you think this is for you, or might benefit someone you know, all you need to do is get in touch with Cheryl for more information.
You can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01484 514687.
This post was updated on 6th August 2020
If you’ve volunteered as part of the coronavirus lockdown over the last few months, helping to make sure the more vulnerable people in the community are looked after, you may be considering your next steps. It might be to do more volunteering, find employment or looking for a career change.
Help with finding work is at hand through Works Better. The team understands that this is a stressful time for job seekers and especially those who have recently been made redundant.
The support available includes:
- Help to apply for Universal Credit
- Advice on updating your CV
- Searching for jobs
- Preparing for interviews
- Support with Job Applications and much more.
Works Better is an employment support programme that has been designed to help residents in Kirklees tackle barriers into work and find new employment opportunities in the future.
Currently, due to Covid-19, services are only being delivered via telephone and digitally, to make sure they comply with government guidance and that residents can still access this crucial support.
To access support from Works Better you must be out of work or unemployed and be a Kirklees resident aged 18+
Find out more
or call 01484 221000 (and ask for Works Better)
Works Better Enhanced is part funded by the European Social Fund and managed by Kirklees Council. It is delivered across the Kirklees District in partnership with Fusion Housing, Paddock Community Trust, Proper Job Theatre Company and Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing.
Sometimes we all need a boost of confidence or support to get us on the right track or back into work. Many of us might need this more than ever right now. It is great news then that Shape Lindley are running a back to employment programme for people aged 18 to 65.
It is FREE to attend and will be running over the summer from 27th July 2020.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet real employers through the programme, learn new skills and learn how to update and improve their CVs.
Worried that you won’t be able to attend because of childcare? Don’t be. Shape Lindley have an Ofsted registered provision for parents of Children under 5 to access and can provide a pick-up service from Town where necessary.
To find out more please contact Shape Lindley: email@example.com