Children

New ‘Choose Well for Mental Health’ guide helps local young people find the right support

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A new guide to help children and young people in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield choose well for mental health has been launched by the local NHS.

The ‘choose well for mental health’ guide helps children and young people, under the age of 18, find the right service for their mental health and wellbeing needs. It supports them to look after their mental health and wellbeing, how to access the right services when needed, and lets people know what to do if they, or someone they know, experience a mental health crisis or emergency.

The new guide has been developed by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and co-designed by children, young people with lived experience, and specialist healthcare teams who work with them, carers and their families.

Parents, carers, families and friends can also use the guide to look out for children and young people close to them and help them get the right support and advice.

Information about support and services across Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield are covered in the ‘choose well for mental health’ guide. This includes, practical things children and young people can do to look after their own mental health, emotions and wellbeing, to how to access family help and support, and how to contact specialist mental health services.

Find out more : bit.ly/CYPchoosewellformentalhealth

You can download a copy of the ‘choose well for mental health’ guide for children and young people, and the version for adults, from the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website: bit.ly/CYPchoosewellformentalhealth

Shining Rainbows activities near you starting this November!

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Shining Rainbows Parent and Toddler Group, a group for children in and around Calderdale with additional needs, are delighted to announce their exciting new classes near you!

My Tribe Fitness Studio and Parenting Hub – Unit 12, Kirklees Steel Works, Mill Lane Brighouse HD6 1PL starting Thursday 3rd November from 9:30- 10:15 and 10:30-11:15

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All Saints Parish Hall – Godfrey Road Halifax HX3 0LY starting Wednesday 2nd November at 11:45-12:30 and 12:40- 1:25

 

Follow our Facebook Page @shiningrainbowsparentandtoddlergroup for the latest updates

e : shiningrainbowsparentandtoddler-group@hotmail.com for any enquiries

 

The group holds regular safe space sessions for parents and toddlers with additional needs to have fun and socialise.

£7.50 per session with drinks and snacks provided for parents and children.

We look forward to seeing you!

CFFC launches new programme of funding for Youth Social Action

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CFFC is proud to be distributing the latest round of #iwill funding in Calderdale made possible thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund and DCMS.

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to fund projects to inspire10–14-year-olds to get involved in social action.

Examples of projects funded in earlier funding rounds include intergenerational volunteering programmes, environmental initiatives and involving young people in the design and delivery of community activities.

Visit https://cffc.co.uk/iwill-2022/ for more information.

UKHSA warns parents not to miss children’s vaccinations

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The following is an excerpt. Find full press release here :

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is urging parents and guardians to ensure their children are up to date with all their routine childhood immunisations including polio and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations. This comes as new data shows vaccination coverage for young children fell last year for virtually all programmes.

Vaccination rates have fallen over several years and additional disruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, beginning in March 2020, is likely to have caused some of the decreases in vaccine coverage seen in 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 compared to earlier years.

It is important vaccination coverage is recovered as soon as possible to levels recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) of 95% for all childhood immunisation programmes to help prevent the spread of avoidable serious – and sometimes deadly – diseases such as measles and polio.

Since the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1968 it is estimated that 20 million measles cases and 4,500 deaths have been prevented in the UK.

Measles is highly contagious so even a small decline in MMR uptake can lead to a rise in cases. Since international travel has resumed closer to pre-pandemic levels, it is more likely that measles will be brought in from countries that have higher levels of the disease and cause outbreaks.

Measles can lead to complications such as ear infections, pneumonia, and inflammation of the brain which require hospitalisation and on rare occasions can lead to long term disability or death.

The NHS is running a MMR catch-up campaign so some parents may be contacted directly.

Read full story at GOV.uk

Ghost Hunt Trail at Brighouse Open market Saturday 29th October

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Brighouse Open Market will once again play host to friendly ghosts, waiting for you to find them!

Follow the Ghost Hunt Trail at Brighouse Open Market this Saturday 29th of October, starting at 9.30am until 1.30pm!

Walk around the stalls, find the tricky ghosts and get some treats for it!

Everyone is welcome. This event is a great way for little ones to have the experience of trick or treating whose parents don’t wish to take them out trick or treating on Halloween. Just find the hidden ghost on each market stall and receive some sweets! If your little ones would like to dress up that would be amazing , but they don’t have to!

 

Have you thought about a career in Early Years?

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Every day is different, and you will be in the privileged position of helping young children develop and learn through play and care.

        

 

Key skills must include…

🥰 A warm smiley face that makes children feel safe and secure.

 

🎤 The ability to sing (in tune is not a necessity) but in front of a crowd is essential!

📖 You must be patient and kind with the ability to accept a couple of interruptions during story time.

🦖 The preferred candidate must have a good sense of humour and a good imagination, if a child requests that you are a dinosaur, you will be the best roar-some dinosaur you can be!

🦸‍♀️ Knowledge of aliens, superheroes and children’s characters would be advantageous.

👀 You must feel comfortable telling everybody in the same room as you that you are going to the bathroom. You must also be prepared to leave the building feeling comfortable with unknown substances on your clothing.

😘 And finally you must be prepared to distribute hugs when needed, ensuring children feel special and loved.

There is simply no other job quite like it ❤️

If this sounds like you, head over to our website to see our range of job vacancies 👇

https://surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk/jobs/

What we’ve learned from the Community Get Together at Hove Edge Bowling Club

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On Tuesday 13th of September, Staying Well and Focus4Hope, arranged an event at Hove Edge bowling club.  The aim of the event was to provide information to local residents of Hipperholme and Hove Edge on services are locally available to help them lead a healthier and happier life.

On the day the following groups and services attended; Hipperhome Christ Church, Memory Lane Cafe, Active Calderdale, Better Living Service, Invictus Wellbeing, Calderdale Dementia Hub, Vita Minds, Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group and our very own NHP Neighbourhood team and Sure Start Children’s centres.

All these organisations offer fantastic opportunities to meet others, gain support around dementia, move more indoors and out, access emotional wellbeing services, achieve a healthier weight, access excursions and other local events. Many of those we endeavour to publish in our online blogs to which you can sign up to.

We enjoyed refreshments and cakes.  Focus4Hope delighted us with their culinary skills providing delicious hot food of Vegetarian Chili and Sausage casserole, Crust and Crumb offered delicious woodfired pizzas made on the day.

As well as valuable networking, we had a unique opportunity to listen to a talk from West Yorkshire Police about personal safety at home, out & about and current scams.  The event concluded with a meditation session from Tai Chi Tigers, concentrating on breathing and gentle stretching exercises.

 

The Hipperholme and Hove Edge residents who came, gave our Staying Well workers very positive feedback, saying they enjoyed the day, as well as encouraging requests for more such events in the future. People signed up for various services and there was active interest in taking up Tai Chi, while West Yorkshire Police received numerous requests for home safety visits following their talk on crime prevention.

Thank you to all for your contribution into making this event a success and thank you to all who visited.

For more information on the services available, please find links to the participating organisations below.

 

Hipperholme Christ Church 21
Brighouse Rd, Hipperholme, Halifax HX3 8EA

 Memory Lane Cafe

Active Calderdale

Better Living Team Service

Invictus Wellbeing

Calderdale Dementia Hub

  Vita Health Group – Calderdale

  Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group

North Halifax Partnership (NHP)

Sure Start Children’s centres

Crust and Crumb 77

Tai Chi Tigers

West Yorkshire Police

 

Reminder of the Event – look out for future events!

HALIFAX STARS – A celebration of the proud tradition of boxing clubs in Calderdale

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“Boxing is the sport to which all other sports aspire …”
Big George, Halifax Star Boxing Club

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verd de gris arts have been awarded funding through Historic England’s Everyday Heritage Grants – to create an innovative intergenerational project with the aim of celebrating the working class culture of boxing clubs around Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Halifax Stars will record the stories of older fighters, and the gyms that used to be a prominent feature of the area – as well as celebrating the importance of boxing coaching with young working class people today – the instilling of self-discipline and self-care, respect and pride in community.

The project will be cross cultural, reflecting the communal nature of boxing culture here in Halifax, but will, importantly, share this culture with a wider audience – to increase understanding of boxing’s remarkable working class legacy in the area, and champion the work that is done through the clubs to help some of the poorest and most marginalised young people in our communities.

If you would like more information please contact:

Jeff Turner
T: 07926 978651
W: www.verddegris.org