Community Spirit Awards 2015: A boost for region’s most vulnerable

Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 at Berties, Elland. Health and Wellbeing Award. From the left, host Clare Frisby, Amanda Deakin, Jo Haslan, Jackie Thompson, Kate Morrison Alistair McGregor and sponsor Ann Palmer from Calderdale Home Care.
Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 at Berties, Elland. Health and Wellbeing Award. From the left, host Clare Frisby, Amanda Deakin, Jo Haslan, Jackie Thompson, Kate Morrison Alistair McGregor and sponsor Ann Palmer from Calderdale Home Care.

Health and wellbeing - sponsored by Calderdale Home care

Our Health and Wellbeing award is for charities and organisations who have made an important contribution to improving health and wellbeing in Calderdale.

Last year Calderdale Citizens Advice Bureau was given funding from the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group which helped to establish its Welfare Benefits Project.

This enables a team of caseworkers to act on behalf of clients denied benefits after undergoing a medical assessment process.

Specialist advisors examine the grounds on which an individual has been assessed as fit for work and identify where assessments may be flawed or inadequate.

The project aims to improve outcomes for individuals who are disabled or who have long term health conditions, helping them to connect with support at the earliest possible point.

This reduces longer term debt and housing difficulties, puts money into the pockets of some of the most vulnerable people in Calderdale and promotes independence.

But most importantly, the project promotes self care, by giving people access to benefits they need to live equally in the community and compensating for the finanical costs of disability or sickness.

Alastair McGregor, chief executive officer of Calderdale Citizen’s Advice Bureau, said: “We were delighted that we were shortlisted, but winning is fantastic.”

Also nominated were the Calderdale Community Coaching Trust and Healthy Minds.