In the run up to Calderdale Council’s 50th anniversary in 2024, we are joining the local authority in celebrating five themes that illustrate the virtues we want to display in Calderdale.
This week is #Kindness week, and we’re marking the occasion by announcing the Looking out for Our Neighbours campaign, which is launching on Friday 15 March 2019.
In the spirit of the campaign, here are a number of ways in which you could lend a hand to an older and/or vulnerable person in your neighbourhood:
- Make time for a chat with someone who lives nearby
- Drop by to keep someone company
- Going shopping/ Check to see if they need anything
- If appropriate, make sure people are heating their home to at least 18°C during the winter months, and make sure paths are cleared
Through the Looking out for Our Neighbours campaign we’re hoping to promote the benefits of kindness and community spirit which will benefit general health and emotional wellbeing, by focussing initially on:
- Vulnerable people with long-term health conditions
- Social isolation and loneliness
- Those with caring responsibilities
- Families with children
- Adults with the ability to offer support to those who need it
We want to build kindness and community spirit across Calderdale, and encourage people to look out for vulnerable people in their neighbourhoods. With this support from neighbours, we can prevent ill health in vulnerable people and help them live in their own homes, keeping them out of hospital, for longer.
More information on the campaign and how it will work to promote the benefits of kindness in our communities will follow soon here, and through our social media channels.
This campaign is being run by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, of which NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Calderdale Council are partners. The campaign is also supported by The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.