Help Healthwatch to Improve Social Care in Calderdale and Kirklees

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For the next 12 months, Healthwatch Calderdale and Healthwatch Kirklees are focussing on the experience of people using Adult Social Care services.  They want to collect detailed feedback from people across a few months to help give a clear picture of what it’s really like to use those services. Hopefully you might want to be involved in this engagement project.

If you want to get involved please contact Clare at Healthwatch Kirklees on either 01924 450379 or email

Healthwatch are the independent champion for people who use health and social care services.  Anyone who wants to get involved with their engagement around Adult Social Care can be assured that they will represent their views to those with the power to make change happen.

The sole purpose is to help make care better.

FREE I.T. Drop in Sessions in Halifax

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Are you confused or frustrated by computers, the internet or social media?

Do you want to improve your computer technology skills in a relaxed environment?

Meet Healthy Minds volunteers on Thursday 17 January, 1:00pm-3:00pm at 1 King Street, Halifax HX1 1SR to find out what support might be available to you.

For more information call 01422 345154 or email

Take Part in a Survey on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Children Young People

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Calderdale Youth Council and the Tough Times Reference Group have devised a survey on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing to gather information about the experience of mental health and emotional wellbeing for children and young people aged 5 – 19 (up to 25 for those with learning difficulties or disability) in Calderdale.

The information we gather will be shared with Commissioners and Service Providers so we can influence services to make positive changes that will help children and young people in Calderdale.

We need as many children and young people in Calderdale to complete this survey as possible and therefore are asking for your help. Please can you share this link or QR code with children and young people and help them to complete this survey.

The survey will close at 5:00pm on Friday 15 February.

WEA Course – Psychology and Life

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The WEA are offering a 7 week course starting Tuesday 22 January, 10:30am-12:30pm at Halifax Central Library HX1 1QG on ‘Psychology and Life’.

There will also be a FREE taster session on Tuesday 15 January, 10:30am-12:pm.

The course offers an opportunity to think about what makes people behave the way they do as shaped by genetics, upbringing, culture and life experiences.

The cost for the course is £49 but if you are entitled to certain benefits the course may be FREE.

Book online at or call 0300 303 3464.

Halifax Hostelries: Calderdale Heritage Walks

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On Sunday 20 January 2019 meet Anne Kirker outside Bull Green House at the top of Bull Green, Halifax HX1 2EB at 1:30pm for the latest Calderdale Heritage Walk.

Halifax hotels and inns have been renowned for centuries for a variety of reasons – good and bad!

Find out more as you look at some of them, and may even call in one or two!

£3 for all ages. For more information, visit: Calderdale Heritage Walks Current Season or email

Keep an eye on the Facebook page to see any late alterations.

PHEW: Parenting for Healthy Emotional Wellbeing

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Unique Ways is hosting a FREE course on Parenting for Healthy Emotional Wellbeing on Saturday, 19 January 2019, 10:00am-3:00pm at their offices in Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, Halifax HX1 5PG.

Book Online at :

Our Parenting for Health and Emotional Wellbeing (PHEW) course is for parents and carers of 11 to 18-year-olds with additional needs.

We don’t have all the answers about what’s best for your child – after all, you’re the one who knows them best.

The aim of the course is to share tools, ideas and insight that will help you to recognise and improve the mental health and wellbeing of your young person. It is then up to you how to best use this information to support your young person, and if you believe that your young person needs further professional support then we’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

Exercise for Men with Halifax Rugby League Foundation

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These sessions with the Halifax RLFC Foundation are designed for men who haven’t exercised for a while and are looking to get fit and have some fun.

Train with current and past players to build your strength, stamina and fitness with other like-minded men.

Mondays, 6:30pm-7:30pm for 10 weeks starting on Monday 21 January 2019 at 3GI Soccer, Shaw Lodge Mill, Halifax HX3 9ET.

To join the team call 07947 827627 or email

Personal Child Health Records Available at NHS Online

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You may have seen in the news that the the Personal Child Health Record “red book”, containing your child’s health information is to be made available to parents online, as part of government plans to improve NHS care for mothers and new babies. We do not know the timeframe for this yet in Calderdale but will keep you posted.

Potential benefits for parents include:

  • access to information so that health and care choices can be made
  • an online record of their child’s health and development
  • ownership of the wellbeing of their child through links to guidance on healthy choices and *preventing avoidable poor health
  • the ability to share their health and wellbeing information with professionals
  • being able to set preferences for information sharing and to see who subscribes to this information

Accredited Paediatric First Aid Course at Elland Community Rooms

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Sure Start Children’s Centres, North Halifax Partnership will be hosting an Accredited Paediatric First Aid Course at Elland Community Rooms, Croft House, Elland HX5 0BD starting on Friday 25 January, 9:30am-12:30pm.

In the 4 week course you will learn a Level 3 award in Paediatric First Aid. Learners will gain the knowledge in dealing with first aid situations for example choking, CPR and shock. Learners must attend the full 12 hours to receive accreditation.

To book go to the online booking form or call 01422 266179 for further information.

Ryburn Barn Dances at Waring Green Community Centre

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Ryburn 3 Step runs a dance every month from October to April at Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Road, Brighouse HD6 2AX.

Guest callers and bands for 2019 are as follows:

Saturday 19 January – Pauline Jones (Old Bridge Specials)

Saturday 16 February – Sue Coe (Four Hand Band)

Saturday 16 March – Michelle Holding (Monkey Box)

Saturday 20 April – Sid Calderbank (Our Northern Branch)

Tickets- £9 adults, £8 concessions, discounts available for families Dancing starts at 8:00pm Bring your own refreshments.

For further information email: