Dec

Pennine Magpie recruiting new Trustees – various roles

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Pennine Magpie is a charity based in Halifax that offers a wide range of activities, experiences and training to adults with learning disabilities.

We are at an extremely exciting time of development and are looking for new Trustees to help us achieve our strategic aims.

We are particularly looking to recruit new Trustees who have experience in the fields of:

  • Finance
  • Employment Law
  • Governance
  • Health and Social Care
  • Project management
  • Adult Education
  • Learning Disabilities

You do not have to have a particular professional background to become a Trustee. You may know someone with a learning disability, or care or have cared for someone, you may be someone who believes strongly that all people no matter what their disability deserve to be respected and valued by society. If this describes you, you could have a lot to offer.

Pennine Magpie is committed to promoting equality and diversity opportunities and we welcome applications from all aspects of society.

If you feel you have the experience skills and drive to help us deliver our strategy, please contact amanda.goulding@penninemagpie.co.uk or phone 01422 383550 in the first instance.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Be Scam Aware – The 12 scams of Christmas…

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Please read this important advice from the SAFER team regarding current telephone scams – Please also pass on the information to friends / relatives that may not have internet access.

With the festive season upon us, we would like to draw your attention to our twelve scams of Christmas.

At this time of year people can let their guards down as the festive fun starts and the criminals try to take advantage.

We hope you keep scam aware this Christmas and have a fun filled, scam free new year!

  1. Subscription Trap: Offering a free gift or trial offer in return for Postage and packaging and your bank details…
  2. Bogus Charities: Make sure the marketing you receive is genuine.
  3. Pop-up shops: Often sell counterfeit and/or faulty items.
  4. HMRC: Phonecall claims you have over/underpaid taxes. Never give out bank details and hang up immediately.
  5. Bank scam: Call claims to be the bank, reporting suspicious activity. Hang up and phone your bank on a trusted number.
  6. Police scam: Similar to the bank scam, it will claim suspicious activity of your bank account. Hang up immediately, WAIT 15 minutes or use another phone and call 101.
  7. e-Greeting/online cards: They can contain malware
  8. Bogus gift cards: Be sure you are buying from a trusted retailer as they can be illegitimately replicated.
  9. Seasonal travel scams: Only use trusted online travel agents.
  10. Delivery scams: ‘Sorry we missed you!’ card with a premium number. Check it is a genuine delivery card. Trusted retailers will name the courier delivering your parcel.
  11. Smishing: Text messages pretending to be the bank requesting immediate response. Never contact your bank via text.
  12. Romance scams: Only use well established and trusted dating websites. Do not contact anyone away from the website. Trust your gut feeling.

For the detailed list, download the PDF: 12 Scams of Christmas

Be aware of the following:

  • BT phone call –  ( You may be called by an old BT phone number – These  phone numbers can apparently be bought by scammers), it’s an automated call that will you to press option 1……..DO NOT DO THIS AS YOU’LL BE CHARGED £35!
  • HMRC – You may be called to say that you owe £600 to the tax man and that they will arrest you. Don’t be fooled – Tell them you are already in prison!  HMRC never contact by phone or email.
  • Internet Provider  (Whomever that may be) – If you receive a phone call telling you that there is something wrong with your laptop / computer. Simply tell them you don’t have internet – If in doubt, you can always confirm later by contacting your internet provider yourself.
  • Call from your bankNow this is probably the most dangerous one – You might get a very convincing call from someone claiming to be your bank. You may think you’ve put the phone down to contact your actual bank when in actual fact the other caller has intercepted this call and you end up talking back to the scammers.

There are a number of FREE apps available to download to your smartphone which can detect and block unwanted calls as well as automatically identify & stop spam, scam and fraudulent calls. One of those is Mr. Number – Caller ID & Spam Protection

Mr. Number is the most powerful call blocker on the market. Block calls from people, businesses, and hidden numbers. Browse comments from other users when you get a spam call. Automatically block potential fraud and suspected spam calls.

Available for FREE (offers in app purchases) on both the Apple Store and devices that support Google Play

If you have been a victim of a scam or have come across suspicious behaviour, contact The Safer Team – West Yorkshire Joint Services for advice.

As a rule: If something seems too good to be true… it probably is.

New Suicide Bereavement Service across West Yorkshire and Harrogate

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A new service to support people bereaved or affected by suicide goes live on Monday (2 December) across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. The service is a response to the fact that people bereaved by suicide are more likely to suffer from severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, or even adopt suicidal behaviours themselves.

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Suicide Bereavement Service will provide support through one to one peer support, peer support groups and advocacy.

The new service, an extension of the Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service, is central to West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s plan to improve bereavement support, while it works to reduce the numbers of suicides too.

Support on offer, which will enhance suicide bereavement support services across the region, will include practical advice and signposting to other much needed services, for example counselling or financial advice.

A number of workshops are running throughout December and are open to all, irrespective of a coroner’s conclusion. People will be able to self-refer to the service or be referred by other people such as funeral directors, police, coroners, or NHS staff across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

Additional support will also be available to staff affected by suicide in the course of their duties; for example health, social care or emergency service staff. Help will also be available to people who have been bereaved historically yet feel they may benefit from peer led support.

Yorkshire and Humber has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership is driving a collaborative approach to reduce suicide and improve services. It is working towards reducing suicide by 10% across the region and by 75% in targeted areas.

Referrals can be made by visiting www.wyhsbs.org.uk or by calling 0113 305 5800. Practitioners will be based in Bradford, Harrogate, Huddersfield and Leeds but meeting locations will be flexible.

Support groups will begin in December at the following locations:

  • Kirklees group: Thursday, 5 December, 6pm-7.30pm at Support to Recovery – S2R CREATE SPACE, Brook Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1EB
  • Bradford group: Friday, 6 December, 6pm-8pm at Mind in Bradford – KenBurgh House, 28 Manor Row, Bradford BD1 4QU
  • Calderdale group: Wednesday, 18 December, 6-8pm at Halifax Fire Station, Skircoat Moor Road, King Cross, Halifax, HX1 3JF
  • Craven group: Wednesday, 18 December, 6-8pm at Settle Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9DZ
  • Harrogate group: Monday, 9 December, 6pm-8pm at Mind in Harrogate – Acorn Centre, 101A Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1HB
  • Wakefield group: Wednesday, 11 December, 6-8pm at Lightwaves Leisure Centre, Lower York St, Wakefield WF1 3LJ

People bereaved by Suicide in Leeds are able to access the linked Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service, funded by Leeds City Council. Referrals can be made by visiting www.LeedsSBS.org.uk or by calling 0113 305 5803. Leeds drop in group is first Tuesday of every month, Civic Hall in Leeds City Centre, 6-8pm.

Rob Webster, CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and CEO for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘As someone personally affected by suicide, I understand the impact it can have on individuals, families and other people too. This service will provide essential help to those facing one of the hardest issues to face. This is something that I hope becomes less needed as we reduce suicides through our other work to help more people’.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership focuses on the health and care needs of local people across Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The partnership is made up of a number of organisations who work together to help 2.7 million people in the area including the NHS, councils, Healthwatch, voluntary and community organisations. You can find out more at www.wyhpartnership.co.uk

You can read our Suicide Prevention Strategy and the Annual Report here.

Free Get Digital course from Potential4skills: Help to get back into work.

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Potential4skills is getting Digital this December

 

We’re offering a free Get Digital course to people in receipt of benefits

 

Candidates will learn:

  • ICT skills to manage your universal credit claim
  • How to find work digitally with online job search
  • Complete job applications form online
  • Create/edit and upload CV’s
  • Become more confident and motivated to progress into the job market

On completion of the course we will order the candidate either a Laptop or a Tablet which they can then keep so they can put into practice what they have learnt on the course

 

We’re taking bookings for the course now so don’t miss out. Please give us a call on 01757 322017 (option 1)

Join the Calderdale Heritage Walks every fortnight until March 2020

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Even walks in Brighouse attract walkers from further afield so why not join in a fun activity that combines gentle exercise with fascinating insight into the history of Calderdale?

Walks take place every second Sunday on a fortnightly basis. Each walk has its own topic of interest and takes place in a different part of Calderdale. All welcome to join, all levels of fitness welcome.
Walks that are wheelchair accessible are marked as such.

December walks:

  • December 1st: Big ‘Cs’ IN RIPPONDEN:  Church, catastrophe, conflict, cooperation, Chartism and more. Ripponden had them all!
  • December 15th: Brighouse Extends Northwards: In the 1800s Brighouse expanded rapidly particularly to the north. Many buildings from that period are still in use, some with rich histories. Wheelchair accessible.
  • December 29th: How Hebden Bridge: The story behind the growth of the town and the changes that have taken place. Wheelchair accessible.

For more information, take a look at the Calderdale Walks or visit CalderdaleHeritageWalks.org.uk

Come to Bridge House Day Centre to discover our range of activities!

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As the dark nights draw in the isolation for those living alone can increase.

Do you know someone that would benefit from a day out in a stimulating, warm and friendly environment?

At Bridge House Day Centre we are able to offer all that and more

We have a range of activities including but not limited to knitting, baking, bingo, puzzles, quizzes and movement classes.

Sound interesting? Pop in for a visit or call to discuss a free trial session.

Transport options are available

For more details contact

Aisha Daji, Day Centre Manager on 01484 905111 or aisha.daji@bridgehouse-care.co.uk

 

Bridge House Residential, Day & Nursing Care
95 Bracken Road
Brighouse
HD6 4BQ
01484 905111

Huddersfield Live at Home Winter 2019 Newsletter

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Have a look at what’s happening in neighbouring Huddersfield in the Huddersfield Live at Home latest Winter 2019 Newsletter.

Find out about shows, events and groups in the Huddersfield and Elland area for the period of Dec 2019-Jan 2020.

MHA is an award-winning charity that helps improve the lives of over 18,000 older people across the UK every day. As the only national care provider to offer connected care and support through specialist care homes, thriving retirement living and vibrant community groups, our organisation is a leading light in later life care.


Huddersfield Live at Home Winter 2019 Newsletter
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Have a Crime Free Christmas in Calderdale

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West Yorkshire Police, Calderdale council and partners are working together to reduce crime and make people safe. Here are some useful tips to prevent and reduce criminal activity during the festive season.

 

1. Light up, lock up, be secure
Use a timer switch so lights come on when you’re not in. Lights on help deter burglars.

2. Keep your valuables out of sight
Burglars often look through windows. Keep expensive gadgets, chargers, car keys wallets and purses out of sight.

3. Do not leave packaging by the bins
Dispose fully expensive Christmas presents boxes in your bin, not against it. Don’t advertise it!

4. Be on your guard against bogus callers
Don’t let anyone you do not expect in your house. Always check ID, call the company if unsure, refuse entry. Genuine callers won’t mind.

5. Keep your car safe
Park in well lit spaces, lock the car, don’t leave valuables or Christmas presents in the car.

6. Keep yourself safe
Plan your return home, inform a friend or family member, only use licensed taxis.

7. Don’t drink and drive
If you will drive, stick to soft drinks.

8. Alcohol related behaviour
Officers will be on duty to make sure anti-social behaviour doesn’t ruin the night for others.

9. Internet safety
If shopping online use a secure payment service and never give out personal or financial information unless you know the contact. For advice www.thinkuknow.co.uk.

10. Domestic abuse. How much more can you take?
Domestic abuse often increases at Christmas. 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247.

Wear your Christmas Jumper for Overgate Hospice!

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Share the Christmas cheer with your colleagues and raise some much needed funds for Overgate Hospice this festive season.

 

To get involved, please contact us to tell us you’re taking part. Then donate £1 per person to wear your Christmas Jumper on Friday December 13.

Overgate can collect the fundraiser proceedings from your workplace. Alternatively, you can send us a cheque or drop it in at our hospice in Elland.

For more information call 01422 387 121 or email fundraising@overgatehospice.nhs.uk

 

Thank you for your continued support!

 

www.overgatehospice.org.uk

Registered Charity Number 511619