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Big Latch On aims to break record

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Big Latch On 2015 logo

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.

Sector Support Calderdale invites you to their Funding Fair

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Sector Support Calderdale is hosting a FREE full –day event for voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises working in Calderdale.

On Tuesday 20 October 2015, 9:30am – 4:00pm at The Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YT

The day will consist of a market place of stalls and information from support organisations and funders including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Community Foundation for Calderdale
  • Calderdale Council Small Grants
  • The Key Fund
  • SEE Ahead
  • WYCAS (West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service)
  • Charity Bank
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Lloyds TSB
  • Children In Need
  • PERS (Pay & Employment Rights Service

There will also be a series of presentations and two workshops, the workshops are free to attend and bookings for these will be taken on the day at registration.

We are also holding an open funding panel in the morning, this consists of a selection of funders sitting on a panel in the market place and will give you the opportunity to ask those all important questions.

To attend this event, please book via the Eventbrite link www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sector-support-calderdale-funding-fair-2015-tickets-17601234767

where you can book a place online. If you do not have access to the internet please call the office on 01422 345174 and you can book a place over the phone.

Please let us know if you have any specific dietary or access requirements when you book .

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day and the entire event is free of charge.

Free parking available in the main car park

If you have any further questions or would like a map/directions to the venue please call one of the team on 01422 345174

Singspiration need a new choir deliverer!

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They are a fun and friendly choir that have been together 3 years and meet every Monday in Ogden, Halifax.

They sing for fun and wellbeing and they really hope to keep singing together.

Singspiration are looking for someone who is a musically trained singer who can teach them some lovely songs in harmony. Please contact Linda Haggas 07739 397892

More information available here…

singspiration

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 17 July – OUT NOW!!

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Lower Valley LogoClick here to view this week’s Lower Valley Friday Flyer… 

The Friday Flyer is a weekly round-up of news and what’s on in the Lower Valley.

Information about ward forum meetings and other ways to have your say will also be advertised here.

We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think!

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

Have a great weekend!

Mork on Loneliness…

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Mork & Mindy: ‘In Mork We Trust’ (#1.21) (1979)
Orson: The report, Mork.
Mork: This week I discovered a terrible disease called loneliness.
Orson: Do many people on Earth suffer from this disease?
Mork: Oh yes sir, and how they suffer. One man I know suffers so much he has to take a medication called bourbon. Even that doesn’t help very much because then he can hear paint dry.
Orson: Does bedrest help?
Mork: No because I’ve heard that sleeping alone is part of the problem. You see, Orson, loneliness is a disease of the spirit. People who have it think that no one cares about them.
Orson: Do you have any idea why?
Mork: Yes sir, you can count on me. You see, when children are young, they’re told not to talk to strangers. When they go to school, they’re told not to talk to the person next to them. Finally when they’re very old, they’re told not to talk to themselves, who’s left?
Orson: Are you saying Earthlings make each other lonely?
Mork: No sir, I’m saying just the opposite. They make themselves lonely – they’re so busy looking out for number one that there’s not enough room for two.
Orson: It’s too bad everybody down there can’t get together and find a cure.
Mork: Here’s the paradox, sir, because if they did get together, they wouldn’t need one.


St Matthew’s Churchyard – can you help?

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Friends of St Matthews
Visitors from Salford finding a family grave from early 19C

The Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard are holding a working party for St Matthew’s Churchyard restoration project on Sunday 19 July, 2pm – 4pm.

Jobs will include clearing around graves, cutting grass and generally tidying up!… Any help will be much appreciated.

The group will provide equipment but gloves are advisable.

St Matthew’s Church, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax , HX3 8TH (opposite the Sun Inn)

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 10 July – OUT NOW!!

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Lower Valley LogoClick here to view the first ever Lower Valley Friday Flyer… 

The Friday Flyer is a weekly round-up of news and what’s on in the Lower Valley.

Information about ward forum meetings and other ways to have your say will also be advertised here.

We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think!

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

Age UK need your help for The Big Knit!

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Age UkAge UK is joining forces with Innocent Drinks again this year for The Big Knit; a campaign aimed at keeping older people safe and warm in winter.

They need help to knit little hats which Innocent put on their small bottles of smoothies and for every bottle sold, Innocent will donate 25p to Age UK.

Funds are distributed to local branches according to how many hats they knit and last year Age UK did over 10,000 in Calderdale and Kirklees.

You can find more information and knitting patterns on the Age UK website.

Do you need some help with a small project ?

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Calderdale Council CMBCThe Council’s Economy & Environment Directorate are having a ‘Just Do It’ day on Thursday 17 September 2015 and are looking for projects within communities that staff can assist with.

A ‘Just Do It ‘ day is a team building event, with an emphasis on giving back to the community, whether it is planting in parks, tidying up sites, improving buildings, assisting a community group with I.T. skills, helping people with interview skills or visiting / giving talks in sheltered schemes etc.

Whatever your idea is for a small project, which can be delivered in a day , please let us know by completing the attached form by Noon on Friday 10 July 2015 and emailing it to Mark.broadbent@calderdale.gov.uk

Every man needs a shed of his own…

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LogoImagine a bigger version of the shed at the bottom of the garden. 

A place where you can enjoy a chat and a brew…

We are a group of men in Halifax looking for other men to join us in creating a place where we can get together to share and learn new skills.

A Men’s Shed is a place to pursue hobbies and interests in a friendly and welcoming environment.

The Phoenix Shed Halifax is aimed at men over 55 years but anyone is welcome to attend.

Find out more about our project and how you can get involved at our Launch Meeting on Wednesday 5 August 2015. BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE…

Or get in touch on 07481 543 881 or  email phoenixshed@outlook.com

And we need your ideas!  

Please complete our questionnaire and tell us how we can make the Phoenix Shed the kind of shed that would appeal to you. Click here…