Health and Wellbeing

Let’s put a stop to fly-tipping

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The monthly round of fly tipping in Calderdale is a post we can’t wait to stop posting!

For the second month in a row, here are some images of fly tipping in Calderdale. These were provided by our community wardens, taken during their routine walkabouts.

Our aim is not to name and shame but to pass the message that fly tipping is unacceptable.

Fly tipping is definitely not a council failing in waste collection. It falls down to irresponsible persons dumping their waste where they want, with disregard to the rest of the community.

It is ugly, unhygienic, dangerous and selfish. It is also a punishable criminal offence.

What you can do:

If you see any fly tipping in the first instance report it to CMBC Community First. Please keep your eyes open, if you see anything please take a photo of it and then send details to Calderdale Council via Community First.

If you wish to see past recorded incidents, click here

The below images have been taken from various locations of Calderdale. The first image shows a case of fly-tipping cleared.







Be sugar free this January – and for ever!

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We have spent almost a whole year in lockdown (I know!) and more recently we’ve indulged in rich food during  the festive season. At this time of the year we’d probably be hitting the gym or setting fitness and weight loss goals. Yet watching what we eat is equally important as the exercise we take, if not more so.

And it’s not just about how much we eat but what we eat also. Perhaps especially, how much of the bad white stuff we consume.

Sugar, in particular the processed kind, may be responsible for more health problems than fat content.

Sugar facts

Once the industry decided to make reduced fat or fat free products, the way of improving flavour was by adding more sugar (and salt).

Sugar has some preservative options. It is essential in some products, like bread, since they rely on sugar to activate the yeast.

Even if you don’t eat sweets, you may still consume sugar.

Check the packaging of what you buy to find the sugar content of it.

Even healthy foods and savoury foods can have high sugar content.

Sugar is responsible for dental cavities and may bring about other niggling conditions, like fatigue, bloating, cravings, irritability, acne, anxiety, all of which you may be tempted to treat with: more sugar.

These can then increase the chances or severity of more serious health conditions.

Sugar consumption has been linked to diabetes and even heart conditions, weight gain and general ill health.


The white stuff lurks in nearly 80 percent of packaged foods. We’re talking health foods, yogurts, whole-grain breads, green smoothies, and even savory items like sauces. The average American eats about 22 teaspoons—that’s 60 candy corns!—a day.


Tips on sugar consumption during a new year Lockdown – by Zain Ghani

Throughout this festive period, it can be very easy to indulge in sugary-based food products as this can be easily hidden in our popular festive foods and drinks. Many of us will have overindulged intending to cutback in the new year but the cold weather and news of another lockdown might have you reaching for something sugary.

In the short term, sugar can raise your heart rate and blood pressure (not particularly good for those with Diabetes and High Blood Pressure), and can provide the body with a burst of energy which once worn off your energy levels become low (this is when you tend to grab another chocolate or biscuit to lift your energy level back up!).

In the long term, too much sugar intake can lead to things like weight gain, heart
disease, high cholesterol and even erode your teeth!

Top Tips for Managing Sugar Intake

  1. Traffic Light System – Read the colour-coding on the packaging of items to see what ingredients are their most of (Green = Low, Amber = Medium, Red = High)
  2. Sharing is caring – sharing food between people rather than consuming a food or drink can reduce the amount of sugar consumed (again be mindful of Covid). Perhaps share the box of celebrations or part with a mince pie or two?
  3. Sugar Free Alternatives – This is a great way to reduce the consumption of sugar hidden in drinks mostly!
  4. Cooking from scratch – you know how much you are putting in and you are in total control. You have that chance to put a little less sugar in and save everyone from becoming incredibly hyper!
  5. Swapping sugar for a sweetener – When your next having a brew and your craving something sweet. Instead of adding sugar or going for a biscuit, go for a sweetener instead as these are low in calories but yet still pack a sweet punch without any effect on you (as far as we know to date.)

Renew Hope communal space starting (online) in Hebden Bridge

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Hope Baptist Chapel would like to invite you to their newly launched virtual venue every Thursday between 10am and 12pm.

This is put together with the help of Healthy Minds and it aims to provide a safe space where people can enjoy some calm time doing arts and crafts with light conversation. The aim of this group is to bring some calm and wellbeing and also accept that sometimes it’s OK not to be OK.



For more information, visit Hope Baptist Chapel or call 07593 586 366.

You can read more on the project on Renew Welbeing

Online Arthritis Action Groups

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Arthritis Action Groups are an opportunity for people with arthritis to talk with others and share their tips on how to manage their arthritis and stay active whilst at home, and we actively welcome new attendees. We discuss a variety of self-management techniques. Participants will need to contact us directly for the log in instructions for the meeting, and we have produced ‘How To’ guides for those not familiar with using Zoom.


North East and Yorkshire: 25th Jan 2pm, 12th March 2pm

Evening groups: 18th Jan 6pm, 1st March 6pm


For joining details see


Active Citizen’s Project 6 week workshop starting January 26th

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Often when you’re involved in an emergency response either as a volunteer or a paid member of staff you don’t have time to sit back and reflect on the actions you have been taking or the wider context. All One Collective & Lab will be running 6 workshops for individuals who have taken their own community action during Covid-19, volunteers involved in mutual aid groups and local community organisations to reflect on their work and their involvement in the Covid-19 response.

The workshops will provide a space for participants to explore:

•    Health: What do we mean by health? Holistic understandings of health, right to healthcare, community responses to health and wellbeing.
•    Identity and values, our reasons for taking action, individual values and experiences, self-care tools, wellbeing and sustainability
•    You and me: what is community? Who is included and excluded? Prejudice and discrimination. Power, what does it mean and who holds it? How do we empower ourselves and others?
•    Taking Action: what has worked and what hasn’t? What have we learned? How do we have more impact? How can we be more effective? What does success look like?
•    Connecting with and learning from Covid responders in other countries who are part of the Active Citizens network.
•    Recovery: What does it look like? How do we build back better? Challenging inequality, building a low carbon economy.

The workshops will help participants to develop confidence and capacity to take further social actions both individually and collectively, and to learn from others involved in this work in Calderdale, nationally and from groups internationally.

The workshops will run on Zoom but with some offline activities integrated into the sessions.  Each workshop builds on the previous one so whilst we understand some participants might not be able to attend all six, we would encourage participants to attend as many as possible.

The sessions will run from 10am -1pm (with a break)

The dates of the workshops are:

•    26th Jan
•    2nd Feb
•    9th Feb
•    Week off for half-term)
•    23rd Feb
•    2nd March
•    9th March

The project is funded by the British Council.

If anyone interested would like to join but is worried about the digital aspect of the workshops, please do get in touch and we can talk about any further support you might need to help you participate.

For people interested in participating, please email:

Download Active Citzenship on Health Inequalities Flyer PDF

Coronavirus in Calderdale – useful information

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The OMI and Friday Flyer team have put together some  helpful suggestions and a list of advice outlining the current coronavirus situation in Calderdale.

The list is by no means exhaustive. For current, uptodate information, always refer to official channels. These are listed at the end of this article.

The information in this article is accurate at the time of posting.

Lockdown – restrictions

Stay at home is the advisory.

Only go for groceries or emergencies. You can also go out once for exercise.

If you have coronavirus symptoms: Isolate. Do not go to your GP. Call 111 for advice. Only request assistance if symptoms become severe.

If you must commute, observe social distancing where possible.

Always wear a face mask in closed spaces. If you are exempt from wearing face coverings, have supporting documentation at hand.

Children under the age of 11 do need a face mask.

Health and wellbeing

Clinically vulnerable should shield

Covid and diabetes: Having diabetes does not make you more likely to catch coronavirus. It may make it worse however.


The vaccine is deemed to be safe.

Vaccination is prioritised for the elderly, vulnerable and keyworkers.

Do not contact the NHS requesting vaccination. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn.


As we do more online and there is concern, scams are on the rise.

Protect yourself online.

Be wary of people approaching you, selling coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine is presently not for sale.


For the latest Coronavirus information, visit:

Place2Be events and resources for Children’s Mental Health Week 1 – 7 February

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The first week of February 1-7 is dedicated to Children’s Mental Health. have prepared a series of activities, workshops and information to promote awareness and direct to sources of assistance for those in need.

Including an incredible half-day conference (watch live or buy ticket to watch the recording at your discretion) “Creativity as a healing tool: connecting mind body and imagination”. With keynotes from Lemn Sissay and Besseel Van Der Kolk.


For more information, visit

Green Doctors Calderdale – Free Service to help reduce energy bills

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The Green Doctors visit around 2000 homes each year across the Yorkshire and North East regions. We help households to save between £100 – 1000 per year on their energy bills through switching and increased energy efficiency whilst also making homes warmer and healthier.

The Green Doctor service is completely free and provides valuable assistance to many vulnerable households. It may be an elderly person needing help switching, a young family applying for energy grants, or perhaps someone suffering from a health condition exacerbated by the cold and struggling to keep their home to a safe temperature. The scheme is open to eligible people in all types of tenure. Housing Associations, Local Councils, privately rented and privately owned residents are all offered the opportunity to participate in the Green Doctor scheme. The aim of the service is to provide ‘assisted action’ in order for people to maximise their income and to ’empower’ consumers to make informed decisions.

Programme criteria

  1. Low income
  2. Living with debt
  3. Physical health issues
  4. Mental health issues
  5. Dementia
  6. Disabled
  7. In emergency accommodation
  8. Poor housing conditions
  9. In receipt of benefits

How does the programme work?

The local referral network provides referrals of vulnerable residents who are in (or at risk of falling into) fuel poverty.

A householder can apply directly or be referred by a professional / organisation.

A highly-trained Green Doctor Home Energy Adviser then carries out a home visit (these are now being conducted over the telephone due to Covid).  The Green Doctor assessor will provide tailored in – depth energy efficiency advice and help look for a better deal on energy bills and applying for grants such as the Warm Homes Discount. All the team are trained to assess and advise on heating systems, damp and mould, and can support clients to deal with problems with energy and water suppliers.

Based on the findings of the visit/telephone call there are a range of onward referrals that can be made. These include: referral to an income maximisation service, assessment for larger energy efficiency measures (insulation and heating), referral to the local fire service Safe & Well scheme, and identification of serious hazards in the home. With over 12 years’ experience, the Green Doctor team are highly trained in dealing with the wide variety of issues that present themselves during the many home visits we make and we have built partnerships with many local support organisations.

All Green Doctors are trained to City & Guilds Level 3 Energy Awareness 6281-01 as a minimum. We also have 2 fully qualified City & Guilds 6361 Domestic Energy Assessors who are able to assess properties and households for larger energy efficiency measures such as central heating systems and cavity / loft insulation. In addition, all our Green Doctor team are trained to identify, advise and support households with damp, mould and condensation issues.

The Green Doctors have training in mental health awareness, suicide awareness, safeguarding, de-escalation techniques, crime prevention, dementia friendly training, Better Conversations, Universal Credit, Falls, Trips and hazards & hoarding awareness training.

In terms of outreach/marketing/promotion the Green Doctors delivered almost 200 presentations, talks and workshops in the last year to a wide range of both frontline professional workers and local community groups. We also deliver in-depth training for front line workers with our own Green Doctor Accredited ‘Fuel Poverty Awareness’ course.