Health

Calderdale Heritage Walk – ‘Flats for Women’ and More

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The summer programme has fortnightly walks plus extra ones including Bank Holiday Mondays.
No pre-booking required, just turn up and pay the Guide – its £3 (all ages).

Almost all starting points are served by public transport. Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed on walks unless indicated by the No Dogs symbol.

There is still a walk from the Winter Programme with the next on;

Saturday 30 March – Fine Halls for Men, Small Flats for Women.

Stories of gracious houses to the south of the town centre, some now vanished.

Includes a look at the Flats for Women sponsored by local Soroptimists in 1938, the site of Halifax’s first Railway Station, the home of Charles Dickens’ father-in-law, and the tale of Mrs Haigh of Lower Shaw Hill who was buried alive!

A circular walk, lasting just over two hours.

Meet David Glover at 1:30pm outside the former Magistrates’ Court, HX1 2AF facing Harrison Road.

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

The complete Summer Walks Programme as shown below can be downloaded here.

Reclaiming lives after Stroke – support group

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different strokesDifferent Strokes is a charity run by younger stroke survivors for younger stroke survivors

We help younger Stroke Survivors reclaim their lives through active peer support and independent recovery.

Come along to our monthly meetings:
We meet between 1pm and 3pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

We meet at:
Halifax Fire Station
Skircoat Moor Road
Halifax
HX1 3JF

Group Coordinator: Geoff Render
Phone: 07434 958024
Email: Geoff.Render@differentstrokes.co.uk

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Information Line: 0345 1307172
Website: www.differentstrokes.co.uk

Single Point of Access mental health services survey

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healthwatchHealthwatch Kirklees are engaging with people who have contacted the Single Point of Access (SPA) for adult mental health services in Kirklees and Calderdale.  We’d love to hear from people who have called SPA themselves, or on behalf of a friend, relative or someone they care for.  We’d also welcome feedback from staff who may call SPA on behalf of people they work with.

Here are the links to the surveys:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VCSBP5K  This is the survey for people who may have called SPA for themselves or for a friend, relative or someone they care for.  Please share this with people who access your service/group.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VC6ZB2P  This is the survey for staff who call SPA on behalf of people they work with.

We’re also offering to run an interactive, creative workshop as a way to gather more detailed feedback in a relaxed environment.  If you would like our team to come to your organisation/group to run a workshop, please get in touch to arrange – contact Clare on 01924 450379 or email clare.costello@healthwatchkirklees.co.uk.

Our engagement will run until the end of April 2019.

Caring Together – an event for carers and their loved ones

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FREE EVENT for carers and their loved ones on Friday 22 March 2019.

Hosted by the Calderdale Carers Project and Memory Lane Cafe, Bluebird Care and Age Uk Calderdale and Kirklees.

Learn about what support is available to carers while enjoying:

  • Favourite hits from the 50s and 60s performed by Darren Lee
  • Hand and heck/neck massage
  • Lunch

Venue: Age UK C&K, Rimani House, Hall Street, HX1 5BD

This event is for Carers and the person they care for to come along together or the Carer alone. They must be either currently registered with Calderdale Carers Project or undertake registration prior to the event.

All places must be booked via Calderdale Carers Project by ringing 01422 369101.

Transport may be available but must be mentioned at the time of booking. Respite care may also be available but we will need at least 1 weeks’ notice in order to arrange this subject to availability.

To find out more, please email enquiries@calderdale-carers.co.uk

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Halifax Canoe Club – we love canoeing and want you to love it too!

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Come along to Hollins Mill pub in Sowerby Bridge on Tuesday 26 March 2019 and find out more about what Halifax Canoe Club can offer you!

We’re an active and family orientated club based on the River Calder in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax. Those new to the sport will need to start on one of our beginners courses where our qualified coaches will introduce you to the skills you need to start paddling safely.

As you progress our coaches can introduce you to move advanced skills, white water paddling, open canoes, slalom and freestyle canoeing. There’s also the chance to try sea kayaking, surfing, slalom racing, weekends away and during the winter much of the club’s activity is heading off on river trips to suit various levels of ability.

Never paddled before and want to see if it’s for you?

Try one of our taster sessions – they’re on 6 and 7 April. We provide everything you need – boats, kit and coaches to keep you safe and make sure you’re having fun! Available for anyone ages 7+.

Want to paddle but don’t know how?

You should take our Learn To Paddle Course – this runs for 8 weeks. These are on Mondays and Thursdays from 29 April. There’s a course starting in June as well, subject to demand. We’ll release dates nearer the time. The Learn to Paddle Course is available to everyone aged 7+.

Already know how to paddle and want to refine your skills?

Take our River Skills Course – you can choose Mondays and Thursdays from 29 April.. There’s a dry induction night on Monday 8th April or Thursday 11th April. There’s another course running in June – we’ll release dates nearer the time. This course is available to everyone aged 7+.

How do I sign up for a course? 

Come along to Hollins Mill pub in Sowerby Bridge on Tuesday 26 March 2019 and find out more about what Halifax Canoe Club can offer you.  We’ll be there between 7 and 8.30pm. Or get in touch if you have any questions before – email: info@halifaxcanoe.org.uk

Can’t make it to our Hollins Mill sign up night and want to join a course?

Sign up online HERE – NOW!

Annual membership includes the cost of all river courses, coaching and also the cost of using our equipment (boats, safety gear etc). We offer reduced rates for families, concessions rates and junior rates – please take a look at our membership options HERE.

Please get in touch if you have any questions – email info@halifaxcanoe.org.uk

Please remember that everyone at Halifax Canoe Club is a volunteer – we give up our own time to support you as a paddler – have fun and we’ll see you on the water!

Cycling 4 All Calderdale – 2019 Sessions

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cycling for allCycling 4 All sessions start again on Monday 1st April 2019 at Brooksbank Cycle Circuit Hammerstones ROad, ELlnad, HX5 0TA.

  • All ability rides – every Monday 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Women and Children only rides – Saturday’s 11am – 12pm
  • Bike Library (borrow a bike from our Yorkshire Bank bike library)

Just £5 per family!  Children under 16 must be accompanied on the track by a parent/carer.

Any questions, please get in touch on 01422 230230

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Preventing suicide in Calderdale

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Calderdale Council CMBCCalderdale Council press release 12 March 2019:

Work begins this week to install fencing on North Bridge in Halifax, as part of Calderdale Council’s wider suicide prevention plan.

At the end of last year, new CCTV cameras were installed, which have already been used to alert the Council and partners to vulnerable people on the bridge.

Additional works are now taking place to install anti-climb mesh and new sloping metal covers on existing features, to reduce accessibility to the bridge’s parapets.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Strategy, Barry Collins, said:

“The Council has an important role in preventing suicides and it’s something we take very seriously.

“We’re investing around £200,000 in improving safety measures on North Bridge. This is part of our work to reduce access to the means of suicide – an important aspect of our suicide prevention plan.

“The overwhelming majority of suicides are preventable. We’ll continue to work with other organisations as part of the Suicide Prevention Group, to do all we can to reduce the rate in Calderdale.”

The Council’s suicide prevention plan supports the ongoing work of the Calderdale Suicide Prevention Group and sets out a range of initiatives to prevent suicides, which as well as physical measures, includes a comprehensive programme of support.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Inequalities, Cllr Faisal Shoukat, said:

“Although the works on North Bridge are a visible way that we’re aiming to prevent suicide, we want to remind people that there’s a wide range of support available for anyone at any time.

“The Samaritans offer a free confidential service, 24 hours a day, on 116 123.  People can also contact their local NHS trust, which is open 24 hours a day, and can be contacted on 01924 316830. There’s no need to suffer in silence.”

New Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum

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The Accessible Calderdale project is inviting people living in Calderdale with lived experience of disability to become members of a new forum.

The Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum (ACDAF) will provide people with a voice and to play an important role in promoting and developing Calderdale as an accessible and inclusive destination for all.

You can find out more at the first ACDAF meeting/information session at The Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax HX1 2TS on Tuesday 26 March, 3:00pm buffet and refreshments followed by 3:30pm-5:00pm a meeting and information session (including a presentation about the Accessible Hebden Bridge Project).

If you are interested in joining the ACDAF and would like to attend the first meeting please email
Lorraine Beiley- Project Co-ordinator lorraine@visitsunlimited.co.uk or call 07596 707795.

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Wellbeing and Support Meetings at Moorside School

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Staying Well and North Halifax Partnership’s Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative are holding a number of Wellbeing and Support sessions at Moorside Community Primary School, Keighley Road, Halifax HX2 8AP.

The sessions will be;

  • Friday 15 March, 9:30am-11:00am – Launch
  • Friday 5 April 9:00am-11:00am – Scams & Frauds
  • Friday 17 May 9:00am-11:00am – Consumer Savvy
  • Friday 7 June 9:00am-11:00am – Savvy Savings
  • Friday 28 June 9:00am-11:00am – Staying Well
  • Friday 19 July 9:00am-11:00am – Staying Well

For more information contact Karen Scanlon on 0300 555 0266 or email Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk

Healthy Heart Grants

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Deadline; 11 April

Thanks to the partnership between Heart Research UK and Subway, grants of up to £10,000 are available to community projects that focus on heart health and promote healthier, happier longer lives for everyone.

These Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grants are available thanks to the fundraising done in Subway® stores and through the Subway Helping Hearts™ Family 5Ks. They are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote a healthy heart and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease near you.

More information and to apply: https://heartresearch.org.uk/apply-for-grants/healthy-hearts/