COST OF LIVING / FOOD POVERTY

Families and Children

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School Uniforms

Halifax YMCA provide free school uniforms for many of the schools throughout Calderdale, and no referral is needed. They are open Monday 10am – 2pm, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday from 10am to 12 noon.

Mattresses and Beds

Zarach provide children with a free ‘Zarach bed bundle’, which includes a brand-new Bed, Mattress, Duvet, Pillow, Bed Sheets, Pyjamas and Hygiene Kit. They take referrals from schools or organisations. For more information, visit their website.

Healthy Start Vouchers

If clients are more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, they may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.

You can use your card to buy:

You can also use your card to collect: Healthy Start vitamins and vitamin drops for babies and young children – these are suitable from birth to 4 years old.

Free School Meals

In Calderdale, children are eligible for free school meals if their parents or guardians get certain support payments. 

Free School Meals should be applied for even if the child is entitled to Universal Free School Meals. (In reception, Year 1 or 2).

Free School Meals

In Calderdale, children are eligible for free school meals if their parents or guardians get certain support payments.

Free School Meals should be applied for even if the child is entitled to Universal Free School Meals. (In reception, Year 1 or 2).

Healthy Holidays

The Healthy Holidays programme is for children from reception to year 11 who receive Free School meals. There are also some subsidised places for other specific groups of children.

It runs over Christmas, Easter and Summer School Holidays and aims to make sure children enjoy healthy and nutritious meals, whilst keeping a healthy level of physical activity. 

Children who attend develop a greater understanding of food, nutrition and other health-related issues, whilst taking part in fun activities.

News and Events

News

Volunteering Opportunities

11 Jun 2024

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Training and Events

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Regional News

4 Jun 2024

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Local News

4 Jun 2024

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Community Journalist

21 Jun 2023

Celebrating Creating Opportunities for 21 Years

Community Journalist

5 Jun 2023

Two Years Funding Secured for Local Youth Provision, EdShift @ The YouthBase

Community Journalist

1 Jun 2023

A Thank You to Volunteers – Volunteers Week 2023

Events

Training and Events

4 Jun 2024

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Support for Providers

Funding and Grants

To find more funding and grant options, visit the Funding and Grants webpage.

Newsletters

Cost of Living and Anti-Poverty Newsletter: A mixture of headlines both locally and nationally of current events, news, guideline updates, and more. To sign up, email antipovertyaction@calderdale.gov.uk with ‘Subscribe – Newsletter’ as the subject line.

Cost of Living Catch-up: A Calderdale focused newsletter with funding opportunities, events, local news, and a section on Families and Children. To sign up, email metcalfe@cvac.org.uk.

Update Information

To update information on your service or get in touch, please contact tia.metcalfe@cvac.org.uk.