Healthy Minds Workshops, Courses & Groups April to June 2021

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Take a look at the April courses and regular workshops and groups from Healthy Minds Calderdale.

For the present everything is run over zoom with joining instructions emailed before the sessions.

Workshops, Courses and Groups April to June 2021


Allotment Workshops (various dates)

In these workshops we will experience the wellbeing benefits of ‘green spaces’ and cover a range of themed activities including arts and crafts, mindfulness, ‘noticing check-lists’ and photography.

*Please note the outdoor workshops may be subject to change


Coming out of Lockdown – Feeling Anxious? Zoom Workshop Tuesday 25th May, 11-12.20pm

The thought of things going ‘back to normal’, seeing friends in crowded places, going back to the office, attending family gatherings and travelling on public transport may feel overwhelming, sound tiring and fill you with anxiety. This workshop will provide a welcoming space and opportunity for you to talk about your fears with others and discuss ways which may help you.


Setting Goals and Moving Forward. Zoom Workshop

Tuesday 15th June, 11-12.30pm

During lockdown you may have had the chance to think about new things you would like to try or achieve in your life when restrictions are lifted or you may feel that lockdown has made you retreat into your comfort zone and you can’t find any motivation to make change, whether it be to look for a new job, join a social group or take better care of your health to name a few. This workshop will give you the opportunity to talk about your goals with others and learn ways to break them down into small achievable steps as well as inspire each other!

Paper-based postal versions of workshops are also available.


Regular groups

Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing – 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 6-7.30pm

A light hearted space for people to make some creative connections. Each session is themed. Past activities have included mask making, Zentangling and origami.

Allotment group – every Thursday 10.30-12.30

An opportunity to spend time outdoors with others, learn more about growing and harvesting a range of plants. Participants are welcome to do as much or as little as you choose to in the peaceful setting of our lovely allotment. No experience needed – we’re all learning!

*Please note group places are limited in line with restrictions. Participants will be required to complete a Covid safe activity form before attending the session.


Anxiety and Depression Peer-Support groups, twice monthly

(Call conferencing)

A peer-support telephone group for those who would like to access peer support but prefer not to use Zoom (live video service). The groups are a safe and non-judgmental space and offer structure, guidance and support for those experiencing anxiety and depression.


Recovery group (CHIME) once every month

The group will explore key themes about recovery in mental health: Connectedness, Hope and Optimism, Identity, Meaning in Life and Empowerment; exploring how these themes relate to our personal recovery journey. Please note: this is a closed group for people who have attended workshops, groups and courses with Healthy Minds.


Booking and further information

To book or to access further details about any of workshops, courses or
groups please email:

Or call: 01422 345154

Paper-based postal versions of all workshops are also available.

For wider information of Healthy Minds services, events and regular groups please visit our website:

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Newsletter Scam Alert #9 29.05.2020

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This weekly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards News Alert issue 9  29.05.2020

Outline of trending scams:

  1. Rogue traders claiming they must check the purity of the air in a property.
  2. Doorstep caller (male) in Kirklees targeting isolated, vulnerable residents claiming he’s from the Red Cross or Social Services.
  3. Rogue traders offering gardening work for a price then changing the price after work is complete.
  4. Door to door traders in Brighouse selling unsafe mattresses.

Please note: At present there is NO vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources –

Always remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it very likely is
  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 29 May 2020 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

This week:

  • Best Paw Forward: The RSPCA 26.2 mile fundraiser by the 30th of June!
  • Celebrating Volunteers Week June 1-7
  • Supporting the arts and culture sector during COVID-19 Survey May 31st
  • Ogden Water Local Natural Reserve regeneration survey June 5

Have a great weekend!

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Best Paw Forward: The RSPCA 26.2 mile fundraiser by the 30th of June!

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The Best Paw Forward is a 26.2 mile challenge that you can either walk, run or cycle to help raise funds for the animals in our Animal Centre in Wade Street Halifax, during the month of June.

You can complete 26.2 miles as part of your daily exercise or a personal goal – plus you can win a medal if you raise sponsorship too!

Pick your own pace – from 1 mile a day up to the full 26.2 at once – as long as you complete it by 30th June!

It’s only £3 to register your challenge, please email and we will send you all the details on how to get started!


Activity, Health & Well Being – Fishing – Dan’s Story

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Being Active to Help Mind and Body

I exercise to manage my mental health.  In a recent survey by Active Calderdale 76% of respondents agreed with this statement.  This is slightly more than those who exercise to manage their physical health (73%).

Last week was Mental Health week. NHS – improving mental health explains how being active is not only great for your physical health, but evidence shows it can also improve your mental well-being by :

  • Raising self esteem
  • Helping set and achieve goals
  • Boosting chemicals in your brain which can positively change your mood.

The best way to be active, is to find an activity that you enjoy.  Keeping Active during COVID -19 has lots of ideas for activities. In North Halifax we have Shroggs and Beechwood parks and numerous green spaces. Tennis, golf and recreational angling are now on the list of activities we can do. As of Monday restrictions will change slightly but please continue to follow the official guidance to keep yourself and others safe.

North Halifax Partnership’s, Dan Marnham tells us how fishing has become a vital part of his physical health and well-being.

Fishing for health – Dan’s journey

(Dan’s winning entry to Matt Hayes Facebook live show on Friday night photo contest)

As I sit here, mind running about 50 different things through it as to how I can sell something that quite frankly and understandably, just isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I think the best approach is to take you on a short journey from the very beginning and where my love of the sport came about and how it became something much more important than that, particularly over the last few years.

Some of you may know me through the community work I am involved in within my role as a Ward Link Worker for the North Halifax Partnership and some of you may have just chanced upon this article so for the latter I think the best place to start is a quick introduction.

My name is Dan Marham, born in Halifax and  grew up in the small village of Mixenden, I’m an active person and enjoy walking, football, socializing with friends & family and you guessed it… FISHING!

The main purpose of this story is to share my personal experience of fishing and how it has helped me over the years so I’ll start with my first adventure.

I remember it like it was yesterday, 10-11 years old and my parents had recently bought me a small blue kingfisher rod which is still sat in my cupboard to this day due to the fond memories it holds. This rod came with a shiny red reel, floats, hooks and everything else you need to get started on your fishing adventures. Myself and a close childhood friend who I remain in contact with today headed down to the Hebble Brook which runs through a place known as the Dodge in Mixenden where we dug for worms to use as bait. Down the Dodge we found a spot with a steady flow and it was no more than 3ft deep at its deepest point.

With worm on the hook I released the bail arm on the reel, let my bait and float drop into the stream then we proceeded to watch with anticipation as the orange tip of my float moved gracefully into the distance. It took a handful of attempts and growing disappointment before it finally happened… The tip of the float went under the surface in the blink of an eye. I flipped over the bail arm in a panic and lifted the rod tip to feel the aggressive pulling of whatever had taken my bait.

What happened next is quite a blur, probably due to the excitement and emotion I felt at catching my first fish without any kind of help and being out fishing without an adult present but I was greeted by the sight of a small brown trout and I was ecstatic. Even writing about it now I find that same emotion is flooding back coupled with the visual replay of me and my friend high fiving each other, doing a merry dance and singing/shouting  in celebration at the side of this narrow stream. We probably scared every fish from Mixenden to Brighouse in our celebration and didn’t catch another that afternoon but I didn’t care and excuse the pun, but from that day forward, I was simply hooked!

Fast forward to today and fishing has become more than a hobby and even more important to me over the last couple of years, it provides a means for me to escape day to day life and put things into perspective should anything be troubling me. 2018- 2019 was probably one of the most testing times for me having lost 4 grandparents in such a short space of time, some when I hadn’t had time to grieve the loss previous because I’m the kind of person who wants to make sure everyone around me is okay first.

I found myself in quite a dark place around these times but as we often do in those moments, I just got on with it with support from friends, family and work colleagues who always asked if I was doing okay.

So where does fishing come in to this, rather than drag it out I will provide the key points provided by the canal and river trust and give my short take on each then finish up with a link to the article so you can look for yourself.

  1. Fishing keeps you fit – I’m not a driver so when I fish locally I always go on foot and can walk anywhere from 3 miles to reach my destination – Once there depending on my approach for the day I might walk around the lake in search of fish in what’s known as stalking. It might even be a walk along the canal.
  2. Fishing increases your vitamin D – Being someone who has to take a daily supplement due to vitamin D deficiency, fishing provides a fantastic way to be outdoors and enable your body to top up on Vitamin D.
  3. Fishing improves your concentration – Being outside and taking notice of the environment around you improves your ability to concentrate, according to research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
  1. Fishing reduces stress – The biggest one for me! Whether I’m fishing alone or with my children, there’s just something about being outdoors next to a lake, river, canal or even the sea with nothing but bird song and the sound of nature to de-stress you.
  1. Fishing with friends – I’m fortunate to have a brilliant fishing buddy when I go away on longer trips and sometimes just having that someone to talk to can be a huge release. Not to mention the endless laughs… More often than not at my own expense but its in those little moments you tend to forget any troubles.

Further reading is provided on the canal and river trust website at

A long term goal of mine is to establish a local fishing project where I can get dads and mums out on the bank with their children where they can spend some time making memories outdoors in some of the breath taking scenery that Calderdale has to offer.

So there you have it! I’ve tried to keep this as short as possible but I hope in reading this you may be inspired to pick up a fishing rod whether you head out alone or need a good reason to get your children off the consoles – Swap the Xbox for a tackle box even if it’s just occasional.

You could always do what I did and use the influence of YouTube to get the young ones to take part willingly. Check out some of our adventures on YouTube at The Noddy Carpers

And with that I bid you farewell and hope to see some of you out and about fishing in the future.

If you’d like to share how being physically active is helping you during COVID 19 please get in touch



Celebrating Volunteers Week June 1-7

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a volunteer?

Is it a quaint old lady behind a charity shop counter? A quirkily dressed, colourful individual? Perhaps a well meaning person bragging about their good deeds?

Over the past weeks that rapidly turned into months, the term of volunteering has cropped up a fair bit. But what exactly is volunteering and why is it so vital?

To say it means doing something for nothing oversimplifies it. Some think that volunteering is pointless, exactly for this reason.

To volunteer, yes, it means doing work without being paid. But it must be something done willingly, if not eagerly.

I have volunteered for my local charity shop for a few years now, though not as often as I’d like, work and family -and COVID!- notwithstanding. I chose to do this because the charity had personal importance to me but my motives were not entirely altruistic. I am a self confessed charity shop junkie, this perhaps another testament to the significance of voluntary work! A stroll into market meant a second hand trawling spree for me and how I miss it! I can put up with the supermarket queues, the lockdown, even took the initial empty toilet roll shelves in my stride. I think of all the closed second hand shops and I despair.

Volunteering was doing something I really loved whilst offering some of my free time into a cause I believed in. It got me to meet the ‘old ladies behind the counter’ who, I’ll have you know, we are a force to be reckoned with. It is something I would strongly encourage anyone to do.

What we offered is perhaps a drop in the ocean of necessity  but what we have earned as individuals is astonishing. Volunteering empowered me, as I used my creativity and gumption and we were all proud, nay chuffed, to see how each closing time we had managed to successfully run a shop.

I feel that even from the point of our personal gain, we have benefited our community. We’ve discovered our self worth, we’ve passed it on, we’ve supported a shop and each other through some really challenging times. We provided our regular, loyal customers with a shop they enjoyed visiting. I look forward to seeing you all again.

There are currently numerous multinational organisations helping worldwide with the COVID-19 crisis, such as Oxfam, Unicef, Doctors without Frontiers, to name but a few, all of which started and continue to rely on volunteers. Over the past two months, there has been an overwhelming response of volunteers worldwide as well as in our own neck of the woods in Calderdale, offering to deliver crucial supplies, befriend those in need, help out with the NHS, with the notable astonishing achievement of Colonel Tom Moore who selflessly served his country twice in a span of nearly four generations!

Pragmatically, volunteering is work without fiscal reward and looks good on your CV. What it offers to the recipient and the volunteer cannot be quantified. The best part is, you don’t need to belong to an organisation or wear the badge and uniform. A simple gesture of goodwill, a tiny contribution can initiate extraordinary benefits to the lives of people far beyond your sight or reach. Arguably, volunteering is as crucial as paid work. Work keeps the world moving. Volunteering shapes it into the world we love living in.

So when you think of a volunteer, look past the quirky outfit and the age stereotypes. See the genuine smile on that face, unless they have a bad day. Amazing though they are, volunteers are still humans, albeit with great drive and a greater can-do attitude. For there’s no joy greater than the joy you give, and what a better way of doing it while doing something you love and believe in!


Volunteers Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th of June every year.

Plans to reopen outdoor markets and non-essential shops from June 1st

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The government has announced that outdoor markets and car showrooms can reopen from 1 June, followed by other non-essential shops, such as shoe and clothes shops from 15 June, including the indoor markets. The market halls have been open for the sale of essential food and both Todmorden and Halifax will continue in that format until the 15 June, when we will be required by law to allow other traders to open their stalls. In line with government guidance, cafes and beauty salons in the markets will not reopen at present. Carboots will remain closed until further notice.

The reopening will start in the week commencing 1 June with the following open markets: Brighouse (Weds, Sat), Elland (Fri), Hebden Bridge (Thurs, Sat, Sun), Sowerby Bridge (Tue, Fri, Sat), Todmorden (Weds, Fri, Sat)

In the week commencing 15 June the following markets will be open: Brighouse (Weds, Sat), Elland (Fri), Halifax Borough Market, Hebden Bridge (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun), Sowerby Bridge (Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sat), Todmorden (Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun),

You can keep up to date with the stalls that are currently open here.

Overgate Hospice first ever Virtual Colour Run Saturday July 11, 2020

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Join us for our first ever Virtual Colour Run on Saturday 11th July 2020 – Overgate provides the paint and you host the party!

This idea came to us when we had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Colour Run due to COVID-19. We wanted to create an event that you could do in your garden, something fun for everyone to get involved with and raise positivity during these unsettling times.

We will send an event pack to your house which will contain everything you need for your Virtual Colour Run!

Don’t worry if you can’t join us on the 11th July, you can arrange it for anytime over the summer! Whatever date and time works best with you – don’t forget to share your photos with us using #OvergateColourRun

Entry Prices
Adults (Age 14 and over): £10
Children (Age 13 and under): £5

The price includes a bag of paint per person, event pack with everything you need for your Virtual Colour Run, medal and certificate.