Services

Calder Community Cares has been created to offer a range of volunteer-led services to Upper Calder Valley communities. Services we provide include:

  • Wellbeing support

    Calder Community Cares offers a listening phone wellbeing service, which provides emotional support to those in isolation. Our experienced volunteers ring our Community Friends regularly. You control how often we call, and you have the opportunity to build a relationship with someone you can trust.
    These are difficult and unusual times, and you may find that speaking to someone over the phone helps you to deal with your feelings, thoughts and anxieties.  Or you may just enjoy a chat with someone who cares about what you are saying. We can offer what matters to you.

    The Wellbeing Team is made up of very experienced people who can not only offer you support but signpost you to other support teams, groups and organisations if you feel it would help you. The team has relationships with groups and individuals such as Healthy Minds Calderdale, Bereavement Specialists and Staying Well. Referral is always discussed and agreed with you, never done to you. All our team members are experienced in safeguarding of adults, confidentiality, and emotional wellbeing.
    In addition our team of volunteers delivering food, books and other forms of support are always ready for a distanced chat or phone buddying. It’s what you want that matters to us.

    If you think this support would be of help to you, please register as a Community Friend and someone will give you a ring.

  • Isolation Support

    As well as providing phone support, the Wellbeing Team will also help you to get the things you need if you are shielding, quarantining, self-isolating or housebound.

    We regularly match support volunteers with Community Friends. Whether it’s picking up basics food items a couple of times a week, or shopping for a restricted diet or medical requirement, we can link you with someone who has the time to understand what you need. They will support you in getting your shopping on a regular basis. And this support will be there for as long as you need it.

    We’re not going away!

    If you think this support would be of help to you, please register as a Community Friend and someone will give you a ring.

  • Food Share Project

    We are developing a very exciting scheme to reduce the amount of food going to land-fill, that will also benefit our Community Friends.
    The Food Share Project involves a team of volunteers taking turns to collect short sell by date food each evening from the Co-op which is then sorted and bagged for delivery the following morning by further volunteers. We are picking up bread, rolls, sweet pastries, salad and vegetables on a daily basis and we deliver these items free to those Community Friends who have expressed an interest. We cannot promise a delivery as it depends on what is available each day so should best be treated as a little extra rather than something to rely on.

    As ever, the volunteers all follow best hygiene practices and carry volunteer identification.

    If you would like to join in this project, please register as a Community Friend and someone will give you a ring.

  • Eat Together, Stay Home

    The aim of this project is to provide a sense of community through the sharing of virtual food events on a regular basis.

    Local, independent cafes and pubs work with us to provide meals that can easily be delivered by our volunteers at a prearranged time. We choose the sort of meals that our Community Friends are unlikely to be cooking for themselves (roast dinners, afternoon teas, pizzas…..) and we limit the number of options but make individual arrangements for those with dietary requirements. By arranging “dinner parties” where many Community Friends are receiving the same meal at the same time, we hope that people feel that they are dining with friends.

    The meal providers and the volunteers give their time for free. The meal ingredients have been funded from a grant from CffC, but many meal providers are also generous in their donations of some of the food ingredients.

    In the first phase of this project, between 27th April and 15th July 2020, we made 604 deliveries of a total of 806 meals to self-isolators in the Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Luddenden areas. We are currently planning our second phase and will launch it during the autumn.

    If you would like to join in this project when it restarts, please register as a Community Friend and someone will give you a ring.

  • Borrowers

    The Borrowers is Calder Community Care’s free book and jigsaw lending service available for anyone registered with us.

    We have a growing stock of donated books and jigsaws that you can borrow. Choose from our list and we will deliver and pick up from your door.
    If we don’t have any in the genre you enjoy, why not try something new! Or let us know and we will send a shout out to see if we can source the books that you enjoy.
    If the books or jigsaws you request are currently out on loan, we will give you a call to see if you’d like to try something else.

    All items will be quarantined between loans.

    Check our catalogue here to see if we have something you would like to borrow.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/10t47GgR5qPcUJxoqv1OIXdjnl3uanDc15aXTCDk3S_8/

    If you would like to join in this project, please register as a Community Friend and someone will give you a ring.

  • Digital Divide

    We know that keeping in touch with friends and family is important, and much more difficult now that you can’t pop round to a neighbour for a coffee or have family round for the day. Zoom and other platforms give the opportunity to “meet” individuals and groups of people, but we know that many of you don’t have the technical knowledge or the equipment to set this up for yourselves.

    We can help by giving Zoom and other social media training. Once you are up and running, we also set up opportunities for you to meet others in similar situations by joining us on regular Zoom ‘chats’. And we have a small grant to provide computers to those who need them.

    If you would like to join in this project, please register as a Community Friend and someone will give you a ring.

  • Wilde Gardening

    Please note that we are no longer taking requests for Gardening Support. This project will reopen in the spring.

    This is our Gardening Service for Community Friends. If you are finding your garden a little difficult to manage and would appreciate a bit of support whilst you are isolating, then please register as a Community Friend and we’ll talk about how we might be able to help. We can mow the lawn, do a bit of weeding, or help you to plant up those lettuces and tomatoes. We can link you in with other gardeners who are self-isolating and set up Zoom meetings so that you can all have a natter together. Also, if you don’t have a garden but would like a little window box of veg or flowers, we might be able to help get one set up for you.

  • Home Sourcing

    As well as providing phone support, the Wellbeing Team will also help you to get the things you need if you are moving into the area or find yourself in need. We have a dedicated Home Sourcing Team who can support you in getting the basics together so that you can live comfortably and safely.

    If you think this support would be of help to you, please register as a Community Friend and someone will give you a ring.

  • Social Events

    Isolating and shielding, particularly, if on one’s own, is an emotional wellbeing challenge for us all.

    At Calder Community Cares, Isolators and Volunteers work together, along with local musicians, creative artists of all kinds, shops and businesses to create socially distanced, outside events, that happen in our community spaces.

    Whether it’s a surprise for a Special Birthday or Anniversary or, quite simply, some damned good entertainment, just for FUN – because WE CAN!
    We endeavour to accommodate as many ideas, needs, requests, as reasonably possible.

    Nicola Mills, a local singer with a difference, has provided us with some absolutely fabulous, Opera for the People’, in our streets and on the village green.

    The Co-op has provided us with a take home tea and treats.

    The photos of all the smiling faces and the lovely comments afterwards speak volumes for the impact on emotional wellbeing and pleasure experienced by our Community Friends at our events:-

    A lovely, lovely surprise

    Wonderful

    Absolutely Brilliant

    I really enjoyed every bit of it, so talented

    I could listen to it all again, loved it

    It was the best hour I have had for a long, long time

    Possible forthcoming events, ideas include 1940’s and 50’s big band sounds and swing jive – doing what come naturally! And a Lockdown Community Food Fest.
    If you would like to know when we are holding these events, please register as a Community Friend and someone will give you a ring.