Lower Valley Friday Flyer 1 February 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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  • Elland Regeneration – Open Public Meeting Tonight!
  • Children’s Mental Health Week 4-10 February
  • Time to Talk Day 7 February
  • Have Your Say on the Council Budget Proposals
  • Friends of Rastrick Library Extraordinary General Meeting
  • Tour de Yorkshire Roadshow
  • Understanding Dementia Online Course

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Play and Learn Sensory Groups in Dewsbury for Children with Sensory Impairments

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Hutchinson Deafblind Trust have planned some more PAL sessions for pre-school children with sensory impairments:

1. A one off drop in session for the Preschool sensory group on Friday 1 February 2019

2. A block of 6 sessions starting Friday 1 March to Friday 5 April 2019. The dates are:
Friday 1 , 8, 15, 22 & 29 March 2019
Friday 5 April 2019

All sessions will be running at Sensory World, 101 Old Westgate, Dewsbury WF13 1NB from from 10:30am-11:45am.

These are FREE sessions run by specialists in sensory impairment. It is an opportunity to have fun and support the child’s learning through play and to meet other parents too.

There’s also a parent training morning coming up on Friday 15 February, 9:30am-12:00pm at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre, Victoria Road, Brighouse HD6 4DX.

Please call 07707 586845 or email hutchinsondeafblind@hotmail.co.uk to book a place.

Sensory World Play Centre is for everyone – including disadvantaged children who can discover new things in the world. Happy faces are the best incentive.


Sign up for #electricvalley to Petition for Electrification of the Calder Valley Rail Line

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A petition calling for the electrification of the Calder Valley line has been launched by Calderdale Council as part of its campaign for greater investment in the service.

After months of misery, the Council is asking commuters to pledge their support for change by signing the online petition at www.calderdale.gov.uk/electricvalley. Find out more about the campaign at Sign up for #electricvalley.

Commuters, businesses and visitors can also back the campaign through social media by demanding change using the hashtag #electricvalley on Twitter and Facebook.

The Calder Valley line is consistently one of the poorest performers across the West Yorkshire network.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:
“Improving the service, its reliability, capacity and quality, is a priority because of the economic, social and environmental benefits which it would bring. Regular commuters have suffered delays and cancellations for months as a result of the timetable changes in May 2018.  We need everyone to sign the petition to express their frustration and really demonstrate the weight of public opinion. It’s time for change.”

The Calder Valley line links Leeds and Manchester via Bradford, Halifax and Rochdale, plus several other towns in the Upper Calder Valley.

It also provides a connection between York and Blackpool and Huddersfield via Brighouse.

Full electrification of the line would improve journey times; make train services more reliable, cheaper to run and less costly for passengers; help cut congestion on the roads, leading to better air quality and fewer carbon dioxide emissions.
The Council also wants faster, more frequent trains; better access for walkers, cyclists and buses; and improved station car parking, especially in the growth area of Brighouse.

Time to Talk Day 2019 Helping With Mental Health

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This year’s Time to Talk Day on Thursday 7 February  is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking. Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.

Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. And you don’t have to be an expert to talk.

However you do it, make sure you have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day. From a coffee morning at your work, to a stall handing out materials at your local train station, there are lots of activities you can do to get people talking on Time to Talk Day.

Andy’s Man Club is a talking group, a place for men to come together in a safe environment to talk about issues/problems they be have faced or currently are facing. The benefit is there are other men who have been in similar situations and can help you with advice on how they have dealt with the situation. Some of the aims are to provide beneficial services, we will look at bringing in solicitors who can give advice about fathers seeing their children, running debt management classes for those with gambling addictions or money troubles as well as the possibility of anger management classes and even activity sessions ranging from sports like Rugby, Football, Basketball to walks and Fitness classes.

Children’s Mental Health Week 4-10 February 2019

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This Children’s Mental Health Week, Place2Be will be taking steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out.

Place2Be is encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and their minds – and you can join in!

It doesn’t have to be difficult. Our bodies and minds are connected, so simple things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing too.

When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep.

However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too.

Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.

We know from our work in schools that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Whether you’re someone who works with children, a parent or carer, passionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be you can get involved and help us reach as many people as possible.

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.

They currently provide mental health support in 294 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales, reaching 142,000 children and young people.

Last year, 232 schools took part in an in-depth ‘Mental Health Champions’ programmes, equipping school leaders, teachers and staff with the skills and confidence to support pupils’ mental health.

1,044 child counsellors took part in training – from introductory sessions to our Masters programme, building an ever-growing body of professionals who specialise in working with children and young people.

Dress Down Day Supporting Calderdale SmartMove

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On Friday 15 February, the day after Valentine’s Day, 11 schools from around the borough will be taking part in a dress down day Smartmove are calling ‘Share Some Love’. They would love it if businesses and individuals around Calderdale would join in.

The aim of the initiative is to raise the awareness of the acute issue of homelessness. The objective is to support those either homeless or vulnerably housed across Calderdale, the most disadvantaged across our Borough.

Martin Moorman, Head Teacher of Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College is the mastermind behind this event. Martin had this to say: “I believe that collectively we could make a very strong local statement. Most importantly a great local cause benefits significantly for no real effort.”

“Through the most simple of actions, we can make a huge difference to the 180+ clients that SmartMove support in Calderdale. We can’t necessarily solve all their problems, but our communities can tell them that we care and ‘Share some love’ on the day after Valentine’s Day.”

Students will pay £1 for the privilege of no uniform and all proceeds will go to Calderdale SmartMove. We would love it if individuals within businesses and Calderdale would do the same.

Throughout the day on the 15th Feb we will be posting on social media using the hashtag #ShareSomeLove please feel free to join in on this hashtag. A great chance to talk with the local community and share your involvement in the cause.

Who’s already involved

Here’s a list of schools that are already participating in this amazing event:
• William Henry Smith
• Crossley Heath
• Calderdale College
• The Calderdale Pupil Referral Unit
• Ryburn Valley High School
• Copley Primary
• St Chads Primary
• Ripponden Junior and Infant
• Ravenscliffe High School
• Brighouse High
• Christ Church Pellon Primary

How this will help

Homelessness is an ever increasing issue and is openly visible to anyone walking down any city or town street. Calderdale SmartMove has an extensive track record of helping vulnerable groups across the borough with 96% of clients maintaining their tenancy.

SmartMove need to generate £100,000 over the next 12 months from charitable activities just to maintain and continue to support their existing work.

Here’s how your money helps:
• A £10 donation can buy a sleeping bag.
• A £10 donation can buy two pillows.
• A £20 donation can buy a toaster and kettle.
• A £35 donation can buy a microwave.
• A £400 donation can buy a bond for a 2 bedroom property.
• A £1,000 donation can buy 20 emergency starter packs including basic food, personal hygiene packs and the basics.
It would be amazing to get as many schools, businesses and individuals involved in this borough-wide event as possible. We want to share some love with as many people as possible! Thank you for your continued support of Calderdale SmartMove.

Get involved

If you require more information about this event please give us a call on 01422 361515 and ask for Dom Furby or Stuart Rumney or reply to this email and we’d be happy to assist with any questions or queries you may have.

If you would like to take part simply let your colleagues/friends know about the event, start posting on social media with the hashtag #ShareSomeLove and the day after donate your collection to Calderdale SmartMove using this link.

Healthy Minds Calderdale Seeks a New Trustee

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Healthy Minds Calderdale is seeking a new trustee to join its Board, who will take on the role of Chair of the Board as the current Chair is stepping down after a number of years.

Applicants will need to have a commitment to furthering the aims of the organisation, experience of committee work, a knowledge of mental health and some awareness of the voluntary sector in Calderdale. You will receive training and induction, and the support of the outgoing Chair, the Board of Trustees, and the Chief Officer.

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work with a successful and respected charity and to help them move forward into the next decade. The time commitment is flexibly 8 hours a month, mainly in 2 hour blocks, and meetings take place evenings and daytimes. They are based at King St in central Halifax.

Closing date for applications is Monday 18 February. Please email Jen Fagan for an application pack and more information: faganjenny@aol.com or ring for an informal discussion on 07795035567 / office 01422 345154.

Small Grants Scheme for Voluntary and Community Projects in Calderdale

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Calderdale Council’s Small Grants Scheme provides small grants of up to £2,500 to voluntary and community groups all over Calderdale. Each year £70,000 is awarded to a range of community initiatives and voluntary sector projects.

These grants are distributed through a Small Grants Panel, made up of five Calderdale Councillors and three representatives from voluntary groups, community groups and groups that represent communities of interest. The Panel meets four times a year on a Thursday afternoon for two hours.

The voluntary and community sector representatives are appointed for three years, and we are now inviting nominations for representatives to serve on the Voluntary Sector Grants Panel for 2019 to 2022. Each organisation can nominate one person as a representative. The nomination form can be found at our web page https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/grants/grants-voluntary-organisations/small-grants-scheme/panel.

If you feel that you or someone else in your organisation would like to be a member of the Small Grants Panel, please complete the nomination form, and return it by Monday 25th February 2019. After the nominations have closed, details of all nominees will then be available on this web page, and voluntary and community groups will be asked to vote for the individuals that they would like to see represent them on the Panel.

Before you decide whether to nominate a representative from your organisation, details about the Small Grants scheme can be found at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/grants/grants-voluntary-organisations/small-grants-scheme.

Please return nomination form to
Voluntary Sector Grants Panel
2nd Floor, Westgate House
Or email Grants@calderdale.gov.uk.
Phone 01422 392317

Bradshaw Hosts Tour de Yorkshire Roadshow

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Businesses and residents in Calderdale are invited to find out more about the Tour de Yorkshire at an upcoming roadshow event which will take place at Bradshaw Cricket Club15A Bradshaw Lane, Halifax HX2 9XB on Monday 11 February from 6pm.

Welcome to Yorkshire will be joined at the event by representatives from Calderdale Council’s tourism team, who will help share information on how to get involved and inform local residents, businesses and community groups about the many exciting opportunities that come with the race.

The Tour de Yorkshire begins on Thursday 2 May, with the race coming to Calderdale on Sunday 5 May, starting from the Piece Hall in Halifax.

In the run up to the race, Welcome to Yorkshire is hosting a series of information events across the county, with an event at Bradshaw Cricket Club on Monday 11 February from 6pm.

Details on road closures and Welcome to Yorkshire’s various cycling legacy projects will be discussed, along with ways people can volunteer to become Tour Makers or take part in the ever popular best dressed and land art competitions.

Older Adult’s Mental Health Workshop for People from the LGBTQ Community

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The way that the NHS provides older adult’s mental health is changing.

They are improving services to make sure they continue to meet people’s needs and offer the best care and outcomes for service users. The NHS has listened to what service users, carers, partners and staff have said so far and would like to talk to you about ideas for improvement.

As part of our ongoing engagement they are keen to meet with people from different groups. On Thursday 14 February, 2:00pm–3:30pm at Laura Mitchell Health and Wellbeing Centre, Great Albion Street, Halifax HX1 1YR they are holding a workshop and are especially keen to engage with older adults from the LGBTQ community or with family members / carers of someone with mental health issues.

If you would like to discuss anything, please book a place by calling 07867 787409 or email yasmin.arshad@swyt.nhs.uk.

Refreshments will be provided and travel expenses can be claimed back.