Continual Improvement and Projects

Combined Minds PresentingCombined Minds is a Continual Improvement and Project Consultancy service in West Yorkshire, helping SMEs that are looking to take the first steps towards a vastly improved business operation.

Chris from Combined Minds is putting on 3 free webinars, to help you continually improve your business and effectively run projects.

Through the use of proven development programmes, coaching and mentoring, plus ongoing support, Combined Minds will help you to improve business processes, efficiency and standards, in a practical and achievable way, leaving you with the tools, techniques and templates to sustain the improvements.

When these basics are established, we work on lean principles, implementing relevant practices and procedures to make companies more and more flexible, adaptable and efficient. At the highest level, we support our partners to achieve Higher Performing Teams and fully autonomous workforce, achieving the gold standard in business processes and results. Coupled with our bespoke consultation, this positions our partners to out-compete the leaders in any market or business sphere.

What can you expect from a partnership with Combined Minds:

  • More successful process and project outcomes
  • Service improvement
  • Better communication and collaboration at all levels.
  • Improved bottom line
  • A prioritised and achievable action plan
  • Coaching and Mentoring Support
  • Supply chain synchronisation
  • More efficient use of time, capital and other resources.
  • Improved productivity
  • Cost and time savings
  • High returns on investment

Combined MindsCombined Minds was founded in 2019 by Chris Parker after he had worked for fifteen years in operations management for a market leading Fortune 500 company. He is a trained practitioner in the project methodologies of Prince2 and Agile, and also Continual Improvement Methodologies such as Kaizen, Lean and 6 Sigma. Combine these methodologies with Chris’ wealth of operational management experience, plus your own competencies, and you have a recipe for success that can be adapted to suit any situation.

The online events that Combined Minds are hosting can be found here –

Problem Solving Bitesize Workshop

Process, Procedure and Workflow Bitesize Workshop

Communication Bitesize Workshop

 

If you would like to contact Chris from Combined Minds, his details can be found here –

Social Media –

Website – www.combined-minds.co.uk

email – info@combined-minds.co.uk

Tel – 01422 761085

Buy a Ko-fi on Mad Friday 2020

3 acres December 2020It’s Mad Friday 2020 and the pubs are not allowed to open.

We have been out over the last week, hand delivering our Christmas Postcards – because nothing says Christmas like a postcard … And it’s broken our heart not being able to go into the pubs, restaurants and cafes to hand deliver our postcards.

Many other organisations have been affected, either being able to, or restricted in how they are able to trade.

The situation was especially heightened when trying to deliver to churches and community centres – most of whom don’t appear to have letter boxes by the way.

Please support these organisations wherever you can.

Earlier in the year we inspired by the Unpretentious Network, who have run superb networking events throughout #thistime and asked for you to simply buy them a coffee via @kofi_button.

So, we created our own Kofi button and welcome you to donate to a fund to be used to support these organisations.

ko-fi.com/hd8network

Buy HD8 Network ko-fi appTo support this campaign please buy the organisation at the heart of our communities a coffee, a pint, maybe a round.

If you are one of the #affected organisations, please get in touch and let us know how we can support you during these extremely hard times. Tell us why you deserve it and what you can do in reciprocation and we can talk free membership during these tough times.

 

Want to shop local and buy amazing Christmas gifts?  Visit our Virtual High Street and watch our HD8 does QVC on our YouTube Channel.

Or catch up with us on the variety of social media platforms we chat and share on.

 

 

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome – latest walk leaflet

Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Scissett CircularThe latest walk leaflet devised by Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group offers a choice of walks of different lengths starting & ending at The Crown in Scissett.

Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Scissett Circular

This is the group’s 19th trail leaflet and all can be downloaded at  www.denbydale-walkersarewelcome.org.uk .

The group was founded in 2009 by local volunteers  (supported by Denby Dale Parish Council and the Denby Dale Countryside Officer) who believed that the Denby Dale Area has beautiful countryside, a rich and fascinating heritage and an excellent network of Public Rights of Way; and they have tried to promote walking in and around Denby Dale ever since.

In 2012 they affiliated fully to the national Walkers are Welcome scheme – see www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk .

New supporters are always welcome – contact via the website.

HD8 Virtual High Street is Live

We literally went live in under a week, following an after meeting conversation and so we are proud of our outcomes so far.

But now we need you to make it a  success.

Please keep coming back to browse as Businesses are being added all the time

Tell us what you want to buy!  Do you want to play a Christmas Shopping game?  Join us on Facebook and Insta.

Should your business be on there?

We are looking to connect with local producers and retailers, artists and fitness instructors, know anyone that wants to sell more, we provide a platform to be seen locally in HD8.

All they have to do is fil in a form here and wait for approval. 

However to stay Live on the site you also need to send us any images and text you want to appear in there. If you have those already, Great. We don’t need it just yet. We can get you Live and showing on the Virtual High Street.  BUT – to be of any benefit to anyone, it needs to be right while its live.

A reasonable admin may apply if you need assistance to get it right.  First chat is free.

It costs just £20 to list your business on the HD8 Virtual High Street which is will be available from now, over the Christmas period.

Or become a Bronze member for £30 for the full year.

Silver and Gold packages available too.

 

Want EVEN MORE – Join the FSB for £49* if you employ under 10 employees and are based in West Yorkshire.

Christmas Shopping Game

Let’s play a Christmas Shopping Game! Okay so we can’t go out.  We are stuck in.

Many have danced through lockdown to djs, I am sure we have all done a quiz and most certainly a meeting or other call using virtual technology.  Well here is your virtual christmas shopping experience.

Get yourself a drink, maybe a slice of cake and play along – What about a Baileys?  You know it is Christmas when you get the Baileys out! (Skip to short version)

Get comfy and let’s go Virtual Christmas shopping in your local high streets, lanes, back lanes and estates around where you live.

Well what’s the first thing about Christmas Shopping?  It’s your list!  Well don’t worry about not having a pad and pen, this is a virtual game!  Comment on our Facebook Instagram posts and help create a big collaborative list.

Ready?

Lets go Christmas Shopping HD8

on  Facebook and Instagram

If you could buy anything what would it be?

Chat with us on Facebook and Instagram and play our Christmas Shopping Game.

Share suggestions, wants and the products that are available.  Don’t spam though.  Get a listing.  Don’t be rude – unless you are giving me freebies.  In that case SPAM away!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping Friends and FamilyLets go Christmas Shopping YourselfLets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

 

In this game we ask that you imagine you are shopping for certain items like for a child, or for a work connection, for a family member or for yourself.  Then we ask about the food and drink you would normally like to eat and share with your friends.

 

However there are hundreds and thousands of local businesses that we can give a shout out to instead, of the big guys.

That’s the beauty of small businesses, we aren’t after market share.  We want enough to sustainably grow our business, to sustain a good lifestyle for us and the people around us.

There are some local businesses that you see all the time, but there are many more behind them.

The legal people and others who providing professional assistance.

When you need to fix up the car, the delivery driver, the manufacturers and engineers producing good that are distanced to first depart our area.

There are so many millions of businesses behind the things we we shop and buy, so use us as a go to guide for all your needs whether you work, rest or play here.

Use our main directory to find local to HD8, businesses and organisations which want you to support.  Helping you to support local, to shop local and to support the local community of the HD8 area.

Chat with us and others who actually work, rest and play here on our Facebook Groups and other social media.

 

So, anyway, what about this Christmas Shopping? Where you going to shop now?

Check out our Virtual High Street in HD8 area of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Lets go Christmas Shopping for a Child

In this imaginary shopping game …. (See previous post)

If you were buying presents for a child, what would you be looking to buy?

Maybe you have got some recommendations of what others could buy a child …. Obviously, it is all going to depend on age, interests etc

But we are playing make believe here, there is no right or wrong answers!

Maybe, if you can cast your mind back far enough #cheeky – what was your favourite gift as a child?

I always remember my baby brother only being interested in the boxes! It really did not matter what had been in there!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildFacebook

InstagramLets go Christmas Shopping Child

 

 

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping Work Connection

So, continuing our imaginary shopping trip … (See previous posts)

If you were buying for a work colleague, supplier or even an employee, what would you be looking for or considering?

What have you bought in the past and what have you been given, that you could recommend to others as a suggestion?

Was it a novelty, small inexpensive item or a statement piece?

Did you simply opt for a bottle of something and Christmas nibbles?

Again, obviously, it all depends on who you are buying it for!

A few years back we did HD8 Network branded mugs for Meetup attendees and suppliers (of course the Mother in Laws got one as well) which went down very well!

FacebookLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping WorkInstagram

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

 

Lets go Christmas Shopping Friends and Family

Are you up for more imaginary shopping? (See previous posts)

What about for the in-laws? Or wider family? Maybe for friends and neighbours?

Do you have a budget that you try and stick to? Are you just trying to tick them off the list or is it about finding the perfect gift for them?

Between me and my siblings, because we only have one little person to buy for, over the past few years we have been doing Secret Santa. This means we each get a present to open, but don’t have to go crazy buying for everyone.

We have also tried experience days and vouchers amongst the family, with the aim of bringing us together – which has had mixed response and success.

What is worked for you in the past and what would you recommend?

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping Yourself

But what about for yourself?

Is it just me? But whenever I go out shopping for other people, all I can see is things that I want to buy for myself!

So, continuing this imaginary game of shopping …. (See previous posts)

Whilst we have been thinking about what we would buy everyone else, what have you put in your mental shopping basket?

Most years, while Christmas shopping for gifts, I’ll tend to try and buy a Christmas outfit for myself – but this year if we’re not allowed guests or to go visiting, will we be having a loungewear Xmas?

Do you write a list of presents that you want? Drop (massive, big) hints? Or do you just trust that they know what you want?

Chat with others in the HD8 area about it here on social media –

Christmas Shopping Game

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Denby Dale co-working and meeting space now open

Your local co-working and meeting space in Denby Dale is now open.

Jayne Adamson creator of the Flex CollectiveThe Flex Collective was set up by Jayne Adamson who had been working at home since starting her marketing business (she helps product led businesses with their strategy and marketing) in February 2019.

She decided that working from home all the time was not good for her, she found it lonely and missed collaborating with her ex colleagues, customers and suppliers.

Well many of us have had a taste of that now and there are not a lot of people who have actually enjoyed working from home for the last 4 months, whilst home schooling kids or with the other half under the feet or maybe just being alone all that time.

Yes, many of us have discovered the power of the online video meeting even for our social lives as well as work but let’s be honest, we are so over that aren’t we?

The fact remains that nothing can beat being around people, the banter, having someone make you a brew and generally just being somewhere other than your own house.

As pubs and restaurants reopen and people get back to some sort of normality, the government are set to change the ‘work from home’ advice that they have been dishing out since March and are now saying we can go to work.

It still remains to be seen whether employers will force their employees to go to the office (yes, by law they can do this), or whether they will be open to more flexible arrangements, or even will tell their employees to carry on working from home for the foreseeable future.

If you are one of those being told to continue to work from home or you are your own employer and you can do what the hell you like then it may be time to consider visiting The Flex Collective to chat about the co-working space.

It is a friendly, comfortable and fully equipped office where you can chat with like minded people whilst cracking on with your work without the distractions that we have all had to put up with the last few months.

And best of all, you can try it out for free for a day, see if you like it.

If you want to book a free day you can do that here http://theflexcollective.co.uk/make-a-booking/ using code ONEDAYFREE. Jayne would be happy to welcome you and show you around.

The space works on a flexible membership basis where you can sign up for 5, 10 or 15 days a month or you can just pay as you go, the more you go the more you save. Details of pricing for all the services can be found on the website here http://theflexcollective.co.uk/pricing/

Over the last few weeks they have had quite a few people trying out the space and all have said they will be back once they can properly get their lives back, so that is looking like it will be September time as many still have childcare issues and many are just not ready to come out of their homes yet. However, over the next month or so hopefully people will grow in confidence and we can all get back to work properly (whatever properly means!)

Flex Collective workshop

As well as the space for co-working there is also a large meeting room which can be hired out by the hour, half day or full day for private meetings, training workshops and networking events, whatever you need it for really.

There have been a couple of workshops run in this space already with very limited numbers so that they could maintain a social distance but both were really well received and there will be more to come.

Amongst others there will be another wordpress workshop for those of us with wordpress sites that we don’t know how to update, a social media strategy workshop to help local businesses define what their strategy should be and how to reach their target customer and also a facebook ads workshop.

If you have any suggestions of something you would like to see then just pop an email to jayne@theflexcollective.co.uk who will be very open to discussing any ideas with you.

Jayne really wants The Flex Collective to be a place where our community can collaborate and support each other so that we can all see each other, and therefore the HD8 area thrive in the long term.

You can follow The Flex Collective on

Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/The-Flex-Collective

Instagram here – https://www.instagram.com/theflexcollective/

or on Linkedin here – https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflexcollective 

 

Or visit the Flex Collective’s listing on our directory 

The Flex Collective

 

Apply for the second round of the Local Authority Small Business Discretionary Grant Fund

Kirklees Council has made a second and final round of the Local Authority Discretionary Grant fund available to help small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Kirklees discretionary grant fundGrants of up to £10,000 are being made available to businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that have not received funding in round one and are not eligible for other Government grant schemes, including the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

This fund is available to the following types of businesses:

  • Manufacturing businesses with their own business rate assessment with a ‘Rateable Value’ of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • Businesses that wholly or mainly supply the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sector with their own business rates assessment with a ‘Rateable Value’ of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • OFSTED registered childcare providers

Businesses must also meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Be a small or micro business
  • Have relatively high, ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • Be able to demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Have been trading on 11th March 2020
  • Occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000

Applications are open now and you can apply online via our website www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness .

Further information including full eligibility criteria and detailed guidance can also be found on their website. The application process will close at midnight on Wednesday 19 August 2020. The Council reserves the right to amend the closing date and will publish any changes on its website

SlingLibrary bring new offering to HD8

SlingLibrary have started to run walks with parents in the local area, providing companionship and information exchange while enjoying the great outdoors

Slinglibrary.com are all about helping you make life easier.

And now they are helping you to get stuff done while being out in nature together.
Hands free cuddles
Helping reduce colic symptoms
Simply allowing you to eat a meal with a knife and fork.
slinglibrary.comSlingLibrary.com have been run from Library’s, playgyms and public halls and have supported thousands of families in Huddersfield and Halifax over the last 10 years.
Then Coronavirus happened and everyone was told to stay home, stay safe, avoid people and not take unnecessary journeys.
Rachel from SlingLibrary.com says “It feels like a lifetime since our last libraries ran. And for our newborns it is!
We recommend all parents of new babies attend our bump to baby session which we’ve moved online for now. We’ve been managing coronavirus safe collections and drop offs of slings.
But we’ve not been having the impact on our community that we love to give.
We’ve heard of parents isolated, unable to make the lasting friendships that help you transition to the parent you want to be.
We’ve heard of loneliness and fear being a double edged sword.
Keeping parents stuck and the loss of people contact increasing their fear of catching the virus.
We’ve seen the smouldering smoke as a larger problem of maternal mental health begins to decline and we’ve decided to make a stand!”

One thing coronavirus has taught us is simplicity, slowing down and appreciating the now. It’s also reminded us of humanity’s ability to adapt and survive.

SlingLibrary Sling Walks outside
So, moving forwards, as part of the SlingLibary.com’s covid-19 recovery plan, they are looking forward to regular walks. Bringing parents and families together in a socially distanced way, enabling contact without putting ourselves in a situation that feels unsafe or that we’re not comfortable with.
SlingLibrary Sling Walks UmbrellasThey are introducing summer holiday walks, taking socially distanced parents out for walks.
Bringing parents together in the fresh air which is well documented to improve mental wellbeing.
Regardless of weather!
But it will be more than that, each week they will discuss a theme, bring the world to life for your little ones and give play ideas to use throughout the week with your babies and young children.

At the moment there are regular walks planned in Scissett and Wyke, with travelling walks as our family life allows.

They are starting a 3 month project; to record the impact this has on families at the end of August.
After then sessions will cost £6.  It is advisable to block book to get the most out of the play ideas and learn about helping your baby develop.
While the SlingLibrary.com are fine tuning their walks they are offering their time and expertise in exchange for donations.

Walks in Scissett weekly on Tuesday.

Walks in Wyke every other week on Fridays.

Pop up walks – look out on Facebook.

For more information and contact details please visit the SlingLibrary’s directory listing

Sling Library

Do you know we have a Events Calendar?

I thought I would remind you about our Events Calendar on the website.

It is free for organisations to list their events on our online events calendar.

Ordinarily you would have found lots of interesting things to do … however a small pandemic had us delete all pre-standing events and now it is looking a bit empty and boring.

Currently we only have some business networking events and the sling library socials.

But we know that there is a lot more happening than that!

List your event or activity now for free – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/add-your-event/

You do not need to be a member of the HD8 Network to make use of the calendar.

We say if it is of interest to those who work, rest and play in the HD8 area it is okay to upload your event.

So, you might also find events further afield too.

HD8 Network Events CalendarCome and find different events for you and your family.

Whether you are looking for activities for the kids, a new skill you want to learn or a day out.

Normally there would be groups, events and fairs listed all the time and we want to get back to this.

So please tell everyone about the events calendar, add your events and keep checking back to see what else is going on.

We offer promotional packages for events who want further promotion outside of the events calendar.  If this might be of interest to you, please get in touch.

If you were a member of the HD8 Network, we would remind you to send us content to share on your behalf and offer you the opportunity to work with us to help you find your story

To find out more about our listing and membership packages please visit – www.hd8network.co.uk/join/

HD8 Network Social Meetup

We are well known for holding events for businesses Meetups, however our Social Meetup will purely be a social event and have a strict no selling policy.

This event is focused on those who rest and play in the area.

To talk about what we have been up to for leisure and pleasure. Or how homeschooling is going. What walks people have been on. The wonderful sights they have seen in the HD8 area.

Perhaps you might want to talk about the places you have been able to buy things, however this is not a promotional event – by all means let people know if you run a business. But think about this as the pub or church coffee morning – this is purely a social event.

Icebreaker

It is always easier to start a conversation with an ice breaker.

It would be good if you came prepared to the Social Meetup with an ice breaker.  A suggestion from literature is to share 1 very interesting thing, 2 moderately interesting things, 3 very dull things

… or more simply you could have an example of why you love the HD8 postcode area of Huddersfield, and share positive news and stories.

If, however, you fancy joining, but do not wish to participate other than listening, that is okay too.

Format

We have the option of having one big conversation, or splitting into groups. Depending on number of attendees.

We also have the option of holding a speed social (similar to speed dating or speed networking – but we are not looking for proposals for marriage or business!), just to talk to some different people.

Speed Social would allow you to have lots of mini conversations, instead of open discussion in front of everyone at the same time.

Feel free to message us either through Facebook or email if you would like to understand more or express any preferences.

Tickets

Book your ticket here – hd8networksocialmeetup.eventbrite.co.uk

Our first Social Meetup event on Thursday will be free to join

We have created a JustGiving Page for you to be able to donate a contribution. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hd8network

Our suggested ticket price is £5-10 but please give what you can.  Your generosity will be much appreciated.

Our aim is to build a community fund which can be used to provide support to local groups and organisations in the area.
Whether it is to help groups go back to normal or provide services in the meantime.

Future Social Meetup events

We would love to host lots of other social Meetups.
Would you like to volunteer to be part of it?

Did you previously run a mother and baby group? We are actively seeking volunteers to tune in and help run Mother With babies session.  These are aimed at mums getting together and not the activity of the child.

We have also considered Parents with homeschooling chat.

Perhaps a book clubs, or movie review night.

Would you like to volunteer to be part of it?

You can be demonstrating or passionately talking about your business which can help promote it.

We are hatching a plan for a HD8 Network Show and Tell, where we are inviting people to provide content for our event …. If you are an entertainer, dancer or gym instructor, or a Painter, Builder or Plumber giving DIY tips, or reading poetry or stories, exhibiting a photo collection … what would you like to watch or maybe offer?

You can be promoting a business (but don’t be too salesy, as no one likes being sold too) or just passionate about what you do.

Never used Zoom before?

Get in touch before the meeting and we can do a practise run and talk you through it.

Support charities in the 2.6 Challenge

As many of you will know, Sunday 26th April was supposed to be the London Marathon but instead it’s now the 2.6 challenge day.

The Huddersfield Giants Community Trust are asking for support in the 2.6 challenge to help UK charities, like themselves, through the pandemic.

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust 2.6 challengeThe idea is to create a 2.6 challenge using the numbers 2 & 6 whether its walking 2.6 miles, 26 star jumps or having a zoom call with 26 people doing an activity 26 times.

HGCT is asking everyone to get involved and share their challenges on social media, donating to help keep us continuing our good work in the community.

Please take a look at their website for more information – https://hgct.co.uk/be-a-2-6-hero/

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust is a registered charity and non-profit making organisation.  Using the influence of professional sport, the trust is responsible for all community sports and educational activities on behalf of Huddersfield Giants Rugby League.

The charity uses the power of sport to inspire people of all ages and abilities through four key areas: Sport, Education, Health and Social Inclusion. The Trust engages with over 200,000 people every year through sports coaching within The Zone, local schools, grassroots clubs and the wider community.

Within their home The Zone, the Trust also provides further opportunities for the community, including their own post 16 Education facility which provides students with the opportunity for further study. HGCT also delivers the NCS programme to hundreds of youngsters across the region every year.

For Huddersfield Giants Community Trust’s contact details please check out their listing on our directory

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust

Virtual Meetups now free for Silver Members

It is an unprecedented world at the moment and because of this, we are having to be ever evolving.  We are trying to adapt so that we can continue to support the local area.  One of the ways that we have been doing this, is by transferring our business networking events to Virtual Meetups – which are now FREE for Silver members, as well as Gold members.

Our virtual Meetups give local businesses the opportunity to introduce their products and services.  However we have also found the Meetups are having a positive impact on attendees social life as well as mental health.

Virtual Meetups on Zoom are free for Silver MembersThe Meetup sessions are held on Zoom on Thursday mornings starting at 10am

We had initially agreed to hold the events fortnightly – more regularly than our normal monthly events.  However, it was not as easy to set this up on Eventbrite (how we process the ticket purchasing).  So we have decided to hold these weekly.

Once a month these events will be supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), whereby their members can attend our virtual Meetups for free.

These Virtual Meetups will cost

  • £10 to non members,

  • £5 for Bronze members and FSB members (if it is not the ‘Supported by FSB’ Meetup),

  • Free for Silver and Gold Members.

At our Virtual Meetup on Thursday 16th April, we were able to replicate our unique Speed Networking format, as seen at our physical Meetups over the past 7 years.  All agreed that they liked the format and it had been productive for them.

Survey results showed that attendees thought these events were –

  • useful for their business, enjoyable and that they will attend further ones.

  • also beneficial to attendees social life and mental health.

If you would like to join us for one of our Meetups please visit our Eventbrite profile to book your ticket – HD8network.Eventbrite.co.uk

However if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us (during reasonable hours) on 07790705223.

If you would like to find out more about our membership packages and to sign up please visit – www.HD8network.co.uk/join

Flood support in West Yorkshire

FSB Members will have recently received this information by email about the recent flooding and the support available for small businesses affected

Following the flooding incidents that have followed Storm Ciara over the weekend, local authorities are working to help businesses and communities. 

If your business has been affected there is some practical advice from the FSB about what you can do before, during and after a flood.

If you are affected in any way the following details may be of use.

Get help: The Environment Agency has specially trained Flood Support Officers across the country who provide information and advice during and after floods. Call Floodline (24-hour service) on 0345 988 1188.

Check the Government’s National Flood Forum or speak to a Floodline adviser to find out how to stay safe during a flood, 24/7 on: 0345 988 1188.

You can also report a flood or possible cause of flooding via the Environment Agency incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60.

Insurance: If you have been flooded, contact your insurance company and follow their advice. Members can take advantage of the FSB Insurance Service, including the advice line and business continuity planning kit. For further advice on making claims insurance claims click here. If you haven’t got insurance, the National Flood Forum can offer help and support on 01299 403055 

Prepare for more flooding: Further rainfall is expected in the next 36 hours with weather warnings issued across England. Keep up to date with the government flood alert service.  

Health: If you are concerned about any health related issues following the flooding call the NHS 111 service. In an emergency call 999. 

 

About FSB
As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk. You can follow us on twitter @fsb_policy.

Shepley Spring Festival asks for your support

Shepley Spring Festival 2020

Shepley Spring Festival are asking you to support their Spacehive Fundraising Bid (https://www.spacehive.com/shepley-spring-festival) this week.

By pledging just a small amount you can help make a big difference and make this happen!

In 2019 Shepley Spring Festival moved to a great location just a couple of miles from Shepley to Storthes Hall Park.

The Venue offers a great indoor space ideal for an intimate friendly folk festival.

It is set in secure woodland and offers indoor accommodation as well as extended camping space in 2020.

It is a great place to bring the children for the weekend.

Now Shepley Spring Festival are looking for your support to make the event even more family friendly.

Panic Circus at Shepley Spring FestivalTo help bring back Panic Circus and music workshops for the children, opening up more opportunities for our local community to come along and get involved, the festival is using the ‘Spacehive’ crowdfunding initiative – which will also hopefully receive the needed backing from Kirklees Council – to raise some of the money to pay for these family friendly attractions.

Spacehive support our campaign

However! There is only a week left to raise the funds needed to make this happen.

Click here for details of how you can help – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/shepley-spring-festival-asks-for-your-support/

The Shepley Spring Festival are not asking for large sums of money, just a small pledge from lots of you will make this project part of the 2020 festival!

 

Festival Tickets

Tickets are on sale for Shepley Spring Festival 2020.

Early bird tickets are sold out.

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Help the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Fuel the Sleigh

Laura Crane Trust Logo HD8 NetworkCancer does not take time off over Christmas and so the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust’s Christmas appeal ‘Fuel the Sleigh’ aims to spread a little cheer to young people forced to spend the holidays in hospital away from their family and loved ones.

The gifts that you donate to the nationwide campaign organised by The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust will be given to young people between 13- and 24-years old spending Christmas in hospitals across the UK to open on Christmas morning

team santa laura crane youth cancer trustGifts wrapped by volunteers are delivered to around 500 young people, being treated at the 43 hospital units nationwide.

In Yorkshire there are only 6 specialist hospitals available for young cancer patients – LGI, St James’, Weston Park, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, The Royal Hallamshire in Sheffield the Castle Hill Hospital in Hull – meaning that these young people have to travel far for their treatments and are potentially separated from their family and loved ones on Christmas morning.

Over the coming weeks the Laura Crane sleigh will travel from Aberdeen down to Plymouth and across to Dublin and Belfast – covering approximately 5,970 miles. Last year a staggering 1,281 gifts were delivered to patients across the country and the charity are hoping to do the same again this year.

Young people staying at these specialist hospitals will be amongst those receiving a bundle of gifts from the charity including an Amazon voucher, chocolates and a distraction therapy game.

Sarah Dransfield, Ambassador for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust, has put together a list of personal gifts, inspired by the gifts she received herself as a teenage cancer patient.

Please use this list to help you buy and donate gifts to support this campaign –
• Cosy gifts such as fluffy socks, slippers and pyjamas, hats, scarves and gloves or microwavable wheat-bag warmers
• Gifts to help pass the time – trivia quiz, card games, adult colouring books, fidget spinners, books, and arts and crafts
• Practical gifts such as power banks – to charge devices or Bluetooth speakers
• Pampering gifts such as wash sets, make-up and beauty products, eyebrow kits or nail-varnish.

HD8 Network Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Pam Thornes, Charity Manager at The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust told us about how the campaign started “We became aware that because teenagers are often treated on adult wards they were missing out on any special surprises at Christmas and certainly weren’t receiving any gifts. All are waking up on Christmas morning in a hospital bed, away from the comfort of home and loved ones.

“Every child, however, deserves to wake up to a special gift at Christmas. And thanks to the ongoing kindness and goodwill of volunteers – and the generosity of all who continue to support the appeal – we are able to make that a reality for the young patients spending the festive season in hospital – a message that we are all thinking of them.”

Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust is the only UK charity focused on funding research specifically into cancers affecting the 13-24 age group. The charity also funds measures to improve the quality of life for these young cancer patients, during their frequent and often debilitating stays in hospital.

Mum, Andrea, whose son received a gift from Laura Crane at Christmas last year explains what it meant to their family: “When my son woke up in hospital on Christmas morning, he was so touched to receive a bag of gifts from your organisation. It not only made being in hospital at Christmas time more bearable, but it also made it feel more special knowing that people were thinking about him and actually cared that he was away from family and friends at a time when he felt most isolated.”

If you would like to get involved in this year’s campaign you can do so by making an online donation to the charity’s virtual Christmas Gift tree.

Instead of sending Christmas cards this year why not light up the Laura Crane tree with lights, presents and baubles and your own special Christmas messages.

All donations will go towards buying gifts, wrapping paper and of course fuelling the sleigh.

Companies have the opportunity to become one of the charity’s Corporate Santas and make a real difference this Christmas.

For more information or to make a donation via the virtual Christmas tree visit http://www.lauracranetrust.org/.

or visit their directory listing on the HD8 Network here –

The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust