Calder Community Cares – and we really do!

We currently have a number of volunteer opportunities available, please click here for more information.

It has been over 14 months since we were told to “Stay Home – Protect the NHS – Save Lives”. And that’s what we have all done.

Now, a lot of us (and certainly those of us who are over a certain age!) have had one if not both of our jabs, and we are starting to think about going out and what we can safely do to continue to “Save Lives and protect the NHS”.

These are the services and projects that we are currently offering to our Community Friends – that’s our name for those who register with us for support. If anything listed is of interest to you, you can register with CCC for support. Please either get in touch using the contact form or call our Helpline on 07903 452788.

And if you are already a CCC Community Friend, please either talk to a regular CCC caller, or call our Helpline on 07903 452788 to get involved.

Wellbeing Support

Nessa Dear leads the Wellbeing Team.

Calder Community Cares offers a phone wellbeing service, which provides support in these are difficult and unusual times. You may find that chatting 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 and has time to listen. Our 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.

The Wellbeing Team is made up of 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 in advance.

Support and Shopping Volunteers

Helen Plaice is coordinating the Support Volunteers.

We regularly match support volunteers with Community Friends. Whether it’s picking up basic 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!

CCC Helpline and On Call Rota

Simon Smith and Jan Lymer coordinate this service.

Sometimes our Community Friends find themselves in situations where they require support from us. We have put together a Helpline and an On Call Rota so that there is someone on hand to help Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.It might be a need for a delivery of food or medication because you are ill, or anything else that we can help with in these unpredictable times.

To get in touch, call our Helpline on 07903 452788.

Food Share Project

Dave Salcedo is coordinating this project.

This project effectively reduces the amount of food going to land-fill, and also benefits our Community Friends.

The Food Share Project involves a team of volunteers taking turns to collect short sell-by-date food from the Co-op, Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl, which is then sorted and bagged for delivery 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.

Out and About

Shellie Brown and Simon Smith lead on these projects.

It’s been a long year, but as restrictions are lifting, there will soon be opportunities to get Out and About.
Calder Community Cares is offering a few friendly events as well as some gentle and practical support to help get people back in the swing of things.

Firstly, we are planning to link people with a volunteer for a short walk and, if you fancy it, a stop at one of
the local cafes for a hot drink and a cake. The volunteers are all known to us, and will follow current Covid safety guidance at all times.

We also have a few other things coming up.

  • Cinema trips to the Hebden Bridge Picture House for Thursday morning “Elevenses” films with a
    coffee. This is arranged thanks to The Friends of the Picture House. And we are planning a one-off
    screening of ‘The Man Who Wanted to Fly’ in conjunction with the Hebden Bridge Film Festival.
  • Social events in some local community spaces with musical entertainment, afternoon tea, bingo
    and plenty more besides.


Caz Hughes-Dennis and Caroline Beardsmore lead on these projects.

We have some great ideas on how we can support families – and we are excited to be running more “Ready Steady Cook-Off” events in the coming year. Families can have fun cooking tasty, healthy food on a budget and can compete against each other to see who is the better chef and which is the better dish. Our next one is at the end of June so please watch out for how you and your family can get involved.

Social Events

Shellie Brown leads on these projects.

This last year has been a challenge for us all.

At CCC, Community Friends 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. 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”

“Absolutely Brilliant”

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

Don’t forget, you can always get in touch via our Helpline on 07903 452788.