Working with partners

River Calder at Hebden Bridge Weir

The Council works in partnership with community organisations to deliver environmental projects.

We do this by supporting and promoting the work of community organisations. We also act in an advisory role on steering groups, or working on joint projects.

Our main community partners

Calder Future

Calder Future is a unique not-for-profit partnership organisation. It aims to improve the River Calder, its tributaries, bank sides and the canal corridor. Partners range from major organisations with substantial resources and responsibilities, to small community groups and local volunteers.

Calder Future aims to facilitate the involvement of local people and partners in projects to improve the waterways in Calderdale. The project is about giving people the opportunity to conserve local rivers and canals. While it looks to create places where people want to live, work and play beside. The Calder Future Partnership creates solutions to problems on the waterways. It provides opportunities for local volunteers to get involved in improvement projects along the Calder Valley from Todmorden to Brighouse.

Calder Future has been working with the Council since the organisation was set up in 1998. Joint activities include the:

  • production of 'The Calder Future in Calderdale - A Strategy for Future Progress';
  • Council's Highways team mapping access points to the riverbank and helping to produce maps;
  • Council's Countryside Service helping with bankside improvement schemes. Also assisting in a baseline survey of the river corridor, including surveys of ecology, access and land use.

Following on from the Council working group, a wider partnership was set up and produced a five year strategy:

  • The Calder Future in Calderdale – a Strategy for Future Progress.

The Environmental Management team ensures that all Council departments implement this strategy within their different work areas.

Green Business Network

The Green Business Network (GBN) was established in 1995. This helps small and medium-sized businesses in Calderdale and Kirklees to improve their environmental performance. The Environmental Management team has partnered GBN throughout its lifetime and sits on the Steering Group.

The GBN assists local community organisations to implement environmental projects. It secures millions of pounds through landfill tax credits and other sources. The GBN has promoted effective partnerships between the public sector, business and the community, in pursuing this work.

The GBN's work is informed by a real commitment to social inclusion. Its projects actively involve the long-term unemployed, socially-excluded young people and those with disabilities.

For more information, phone: 01422 647330 (open 9am - 5pm).