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‘Autism Show’ to raise awareness in Kirklees.

The first ever Kirklees Autism Show is being launched by the Council this month in a campaign to improve understanding of the condition.

A new webpage is also being created by Kirklees Council, which will contain support information and a film addressing prejudice towards people with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

The event will take place at Huddersfield Town Hall on Tuesday October 29 from 2pm.

We hope this event will improve understanding of this hidden condition to ensure that the one in 100 people in Kirklees who live with it are able to reach their full potential.

– Cllr Molly Walton, Kirklees Council.

There will be an opportunity to speak to professionals to find out more about things that are important to people with Autism Spectrum Condition, such as employment, transition,housing, leisure activities, diagnosis, benefits and much more.

– Gary Wainwright, Kirklees Council


Sports buddy launch

Hannah Cocroft will launch the Sports Buddy scheme Credit: Calendar news

Olympic champion Hannah Cockroft will launch the Sports Buddy scheme in Kirklees today. It aims to encourage youngsters with physical or learning disbilities to take up a sport, with the help of volunteers.

The main focus is to recruit, train and support volunteer Sport Buddies to carry out short term placements with young people who are looking for someone to help them take part in some form of physical activity or sport.

Strike ballot for council workers

Thousands of Kirklees Council workers are to be balloted on strike action in protest over compulsory redundancies. More than six thousand five hundred people working for the council are to be asked by their union, Unison, to consider industrial action.

The union claims the council has made two workers at Ashbrow Junior School redundant, contrary to an agreement. Staff will vote for strike action from this Thursday until July the 10th.

Strike action confirmed at Kirklees College

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Kirklees College will be on strike next week.

They will walk out on Thursday 20 June in a row over pay and terms and conditions.

Style is never a replacement for substance and fewer teachers with bigger classes and increased workloads are a poor return for new buildings and scant reward for staff who worked so hard to deliver a glowing OFSTED report.

If the college is allowed to push these changes through local students will suffer - especially those who require additional support with their literacy and numeracy skills and their main studies. It’s the department who provides the specialist support to those students that would bear the brunt of these cuts.

– Julie Kelley, UCU regional official

Goose stabbed in West Yorkshire

A Goose has been stabbed by two men in Meltham in Kirklees. It happened on Monday afternoon. Police were called out to reports that the men had tried to steal the animal in a sack from Royd Road, but attacked it when the Goose resisted and pecked at them. Police are appealing for witnesses.


Mother campaigns against cuts in teachers for the deaf

Hibba Hussain and her daughter Amani (4)

A mother from Dewsbury will take her fight to try to stop cuts in teachers for the deaf to councillors in Kirklees today.

Hibba Hussain, who has two deaf children, will tell Kirklees Cabinet members a thirty per cent cut in such teachers will badly affect how deaf children perform in school.

But Kirklees Council say there's been a fall in demand for teachers for the deaf and children won't lose out.

Cuts would cause public "inconvenience"

Kirklees Council will decide today whether to close all its public toilets - and to axe its kerbside glass collection. The toilets would go in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley, Holmfirth and all the outlying districts.

And the council is looking at having a private company depositing large glass bins throughout the borough on Council land, free of charge.

Unison members are opposed to what they say is a cost-cutting exercise at the expense of the council's so-called "Green Agenda". They are planning to lobby councillors as they meet to discuss the cuts at Huddersfield Town Hall,

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