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All partners in the VSI Alliance are listening.

Our task is to make sure that everything we do in Calderdale is driven by what people tell us they need, what they value and what we know works. Engagement gives our communities in Calderdale opportunities to tell us their views before any changes are made to services. By sharing this insight, we can all better understand what matters to people.

Involving People Strategy

The Involving People Strategy is a joint strategy with a shared set of principles with our partners for involving people across Calderdale – supporting the delivery of Calderdale Cares, Wellbeing Strategy and Vision 2024.

You can read the strategy here: Involving People Strategy - NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) (

People have told us it’s pretty easy to read, but we’re working on making a more accessible version of this available soon.

Involving People Strategy

Involving People Network

This group is a network of leaders and engagement experts from statutory health organisations, such as NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Calderdale Council, other partners such as Healthwatch, and voluntary and community sector organisations. They meet to share upcoming engagement projects they have planned, and look at ways to work in partnership. If you would like more information on this network, please contact

West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health and Care Partnership

We help to make sure that local voices in Calderdale are heard at a regional level. You can find out more about upcoming opportunities to share your views, and the results of previous engagement below.

How can I get involved?

Engagement Champions

Engagement Champions are individuals working in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector who are trained to engage with the local population on Calderdale CCG’s behalf and talk to them about changes and developments in health services. Engagement Champions give communities a louder voice and help to make sure that health services are developed in response to the needs of local people. VAC – Improving Local Lives as part of the VSI Alliance, offers free training for local people to become Engagement Champions and help local communities to have a say when changes to health services are proposed. 

PLEASE NOTE - At the moment, Engagement Champions training is still delivered virtually.

Online Engagement Champions Session

Talkback panel

‘Talkback’ panel is a citizen’s panel made up of Calderdale residents, run by Calderdale Council. Panel members complete surveys on a range of issues, from council services to quality of life. This information is used to make changes so Calderdale is a better place to live. It’s designed to represent the diverse range of people in Calderdale, but at the moment there are slightly too few people over the age of 65, or people from an ethnic minority background. If you would like to be a member of the citizen’s panel, you can register via the link below.

Patient Participation groups

Most GP practices in Calderdale have a Patient Participation Group, or PPG. A PPG is a group of people interested in supporting the development and improvement of their local GP practice. This could involve sharing your views of different health and care services that you, a member of your family or someone that you care for might use. If you are interested in becoming a member of your PPG, please contact your local practice for further information.

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Healthwatch is a national independent organisation who listen to the views of local people about health services in the area. This could range from dentists to nursing homes to opticians. Healthwatch tell the people who run health and care services about your experiences and hold them to account, they investigate problems and seek solutions, and they have a say in how local services are delivered and designed. 

Calderdale Self Advocacy NetworkCalderdale Self Advocacy Network

Calderdale Self-Advocacy Network has lots of self-advocacy groups for people with a learning disability throughout Calderdale. Self-advocacy is about being involved, speaking up and making a difference as a group. 

Maternity Voices Partnership (Calderdale & Huddersfield)

Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is group of individuals who are working together to review and contribute to the development of local Maternity Services here in Calderdale and Huddersfield. MVP very much value the views and ideas of women, partners and families who have used these services (from conception through to baby’s first birthday) as this helps to shape future developments to services e.g. midwifery, health visiting etc. The group meets every 2-3 months, and when we do, we’ll always discuss feedback that we have received.

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Accessible Calderdale Project

The Accessible Calderdale Project aims to develop and improve access and inclusion in Calderdale.  We are looking for people from the disabled community who want to join our focus groups and have a voice around the issues that impact them. The different focus groups are currently: Accessible Countryside, Parks and Green Spaces; Transport; Health and Wellbeing; Tourism Stakeholder Group and ACDAF Sport.

Family Voice Calderdale

Family Voice Calderdale is the parent carer forum for Calderdale. A parent carer forum is a group of parents and carers of children & young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Their aim is to ensure the services in their area meet the needs of disabled children and families.