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Public health

Living and working well

We want people to live long, happy, healthy and full lives. We will make it easier for residents to be healthy throughout their lifetime by working across a variety of Council teams and with the NHS, the voluntary and community sector, the Police, the Fire Service, schools and early years settings, workplaces and local communities.

Working as part of the Health and Wellbeing Board, a key priority is to help improve the emotional health and wellbeing of working-age people and to reduce suicides.

Many things affect our health and wellbeing – from income, housing and education to air quality, culture and access to green spaces. As a Council we cannot influence these on our own. We are part of a system that drives change where it is needed. For example, working with our strategic planning partners, we will ensure that our urban planning and housing developments maximise the opportunity for improving residents’ health.

Calderdale will be a place where...

  • We build on the positive engagement with our communities and the national COVID vaccination programme to help prevent future harm for our residents and enable Calderdale to recover from the worst effects of the pandemic. Our Living with COVID Plan sets out how we will achieve this.
  • Our Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2022- 2027 recognises that COVID-19 has negatively impacted on people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, increased inequalities and placed unprecedented challenges on services.
  • We will work with our communities and partner organisations to recover people’s health and wellbeing and public health services.
  • We work with our partners to achieve the four Wellbeing Strategy priority outcomes:
    • All children are ready for school.
    • All 15-year-olds have hope and aspiration.
    • Working-age adults have good emotional health and wellbeing and fewer suicides.
    • Older people are connected and live in vibrant communities.
  • We will deliver the Active Calderdale movement and embed physical activity across Calderdale into health and social care, the voluntary and community sector, education, parks, open spaces and more. Through this approach, we are creating the conditions in communities for people to receive more support and encouragement to be physically active.