July

Sector Support Calderdale Training Courses

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From Friday 20 May Sector Support Calderdale have a number of upcoming training courses.

From Volunteers and the Law to Child Protection and Adults at Risk, there may be something to suit your role even if you just want to improve your grant application skills.

Click here for upcoming courses, costs and booking details

Payment in advance is required to secure bookings and payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque made payable to North Bank Forum.

To reserve places or to request a booking form contact Olivia Swingler or Jake Farrar on 01422 345174 or email sectorsupport@nbforum.org.uk.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 29 April – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…
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Featuring:

  • Northowram Scarecrow Festival this weekend
  • Calderdale Local and PCC Elections 5 May
  • Drop-in sessions about the changes to Calderdale Hospital Services
  • Singing for the Brain! Halifax Alzheimer’s Society looking for a volunteer singer

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing calderdalelowervalley@gmail.com

Halifax Marathon & Half Marathon this July

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Taking place on Sunday 3 July, the 2016 Halifax Marathon is going to be a great way to bring your summer to an exciting and fulfilling start.

Incorporating a full Marathon, a Half Marathon and Fun Run, plus lots of other activities at the event’s HQ, this event should definitely be on your to-do list this year!

The route: is certainly a bit different. With a single lap for Half-Marathon runners and two for the Marathon, its a hilly opening few miles before a kinder run in to the finish. It’s challenging, it’s hilly and it’s very much a taste of Halifax, with urban, upland, woodland and industrial heritage all mixed together!

The Event Ethos: This is no ordinary marathon.  It is a unique, bespoke, family event with the option of a half marathon

The Food: Local Street vendors will be providing you with a selection of race recovery foods, perfect for celebrating your running achievements. plenty of different foods to choose from!

The Entertainment: On the well marked course you will be supported by a whole host of people, local running groups and charities etc. The fuel and drink station will have snacks & drinks ready for you as you pass by.

The Charities: Our charity partners for 2016  Overgate Hospice & TBC they will be handing you out your finishers bags containing your t-shirt + medal. www.overgatehospice.org.uk

How to Enter The Event: In order to keep this marathon special, entries are restricted to 500 for the 2016 Marathon / Half  Marathon.
– Marathon £35  – Half Marathon £30.00

To apply and for more information click here

Activities to keep you active and well in Shelf

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Come along, try out new activities and make new friends at Shelf Library every Tuesday from 5 April – 27 September 2016 (excluding 12 April, 24 May, 12 July, 2 August and 20 September)

Activities include:

  • Relaxation Therapy/Meditation – achieve calmness of mind and body (2-3pm)
  • Kurling – just like curling but without the ice (2-3pm)
  • Tai Chi – gentle exercise and good for balance. (3.30-4.30pm)

Includes a break for tea/coffee and chat

Please wear loose fitting clothes and comfortable footwear.

Prior to any form of new physical activity it is advised that you consult with your doctor.

For more information please contact: Hayley Conlon on 01422 393956 or email hayley.conlon@calderdale.gov.uk

Shelf Library, Shelf Village Hall, Halifax HX3 7NE

Sportsbox at The Orangebox, Halifax coming soon

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Sportsbox LogoThe Sportsbox is a fantastic opportunity to try out a variety of sports and all in one place so go along and try your hand at pool, badminton, bouldering, skateboarding, table tennis or Zorbing.

Just £2 per session

Every Saturday – 2pm to 5pm (From 7 May until 17 September)
At The Orangebox young people’s centre, 1 Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1AF

For further information visit orangeboxhalifax.org, call 01422 433200 or email hello@orangeboxhalifax.org

Family fun day at Rastrick Bowling Club

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A family fun day in Rastrick has been arranged and all residents of the HD6 3 area can enter their names for either a snooker or  bowling competition with a prize for each winner.

Sunday 17 July 2016 – From 12pm
At Rastrick Bowling club, Toothill Bank, Brighouse, HD6 3EZ

For the younger members there will be a bouncy castle, penalty shoot out , face painting and a barbeque with pie and peas and sandwiches available as well as produce stalls.

The  event will finish with live band, Manhatten Project on stage from 5pm.

Big Latch On aims to break record

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New mums in Calderdale are being asked to get together for a world record attempt to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.

In a bid to get as many babies breastfeeding as possible, all at the same time in the same place, Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network and Elland Children’s Centre are hosting a ‘Big Latch On’ event on Friday 31 July at the centre from 10am to 11am.

The event is part of The Big Latch On 2015 – an international event organised as part of World Breastfeeding Week (1 – 7 August) by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.

The aim is to encourage new mums to gather and nurse their newborns in public, all around the world, to raise awareness of the breastfeeding support available and to help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.

During the global latch-on, mums will need to breastfeed their babies for one minute from 10.30am on either Friday 31 July or Saturday 1 August, and the number of women doing this will be officially counted at each venue. The current record was set in 2013, when 14,536 children were breastfed simultaneously.

During the event at Elland Children’s Centre, people will be on hand to answer questions about breastfeeding and how to sign up to become part of a team offering support to other mums.

Calderdale Council set up and continues to fund Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network to promote breastfeeding in the borough. It is made up of local women who have breastfed their own children and work as volunteers to support other mothers. They are specially trained and supported in their role by a team of coordinators who work with health professionals. There are currently 35 peer supporters.

Mums can get advice from peer supporters over the phone and at locations across Calderdale, including antenatal and health visitor clinics, Calderdale Royal Hospital and support groups and drop-ins at children’s centres.

Cllr Megan Swift, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said:

“The Big Latch On is a great way to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. I urge local mums to get involved and help send out a strong message that breastfeeding is a normal part of day-to-day life and support is available.

“Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. We created the Peer Support Network to boost the number of mums starting and continuing to breastfeed. In Calderdale about 80% of women breastfeed their newborns in the first 48 hours after birth, but this drops off to about 40% by the time the baby is six to eight weeks old. The longer you do it, the greater the benefits – including healthy growth and less chance of diarrhoea, vomiting, ear infections and obesity for children, plus reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer for mums.”

Bridget Hall, Calderdale Council’s Breastfeeding Peer Support Network Lead Coordinator, added:

“We encourage more people to come forward to join our Peer Support Network. It’s really rewarding. Mums who receive support from our volunteers tell us it helps them to overcome breastfeeding difficulties because they have someone to listen to their worries and answer questions; offer practical solutions; give local knowledge about where to go for more specialised help; and offer reassurance.”

If you would like support from the network, please contactpeersupporters@calderdale.gov.uk or 07920 466660. If you are interested in volunteering to be a peer supporter, please contact bridget.hall@calderdale.gov.uk or 01422 393480.

For more information visit the Calderdale Breastfeeding Support Network Facebook page or follow @breastfeedpeers on Twitter.

Chit Chat Success!

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The Chit Chat group from Elland was recognised for its hard work on Thursday 9 July at the Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 ceremony where they picked the Supporting Older People in Calderdale award (sponsored by The Leo Group)

Chit Chat provides fun activities and friendly social interaction over a cuppa!

The night, hosted by Clare Frisby and held in partnership with the Community Foundation for Calderdale, was a well-deserved showcase for the people who make Calderdale the caring, creative and conscientious place we all know and love… read more about the awards…

Chit Chat runs every second and fourth Wednesday in the month from 1.30pm until 3.30pm at All Saints Church, Charles Street, Elland, HX5 0JF

Whinney Hill Park Community Action Day

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Whinney Hill

Calderdale Council is holding a Community Action Day in Whinney Hill on Thursday 30 July 2015. 

The day will begin at 10am. Residents will be invited to carry out a community clean-up and bring out any household rubbish and bulky unwanted items for a one off pick up and removal FREE skips will be available for you – perfect excuse to have a good sort out!

In the afternoon there will be a number of activities available at the community centre for everyone to enjoy including:

Face painting, Sure Start Arts and Crafts, Community Garden Makers, Mobile Internet Bus, Recycling Team, Sick Of Being Skint , Employment Advisor, Working Wonders, Maltings College, Tombola, a chance to speak with the local PCSO’s, and Fire Service display.