Health

Grand Opening of New Caremark Office

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After spending many years looking after his grandparents who both suffered a stroke, Arshad Farid has launched in-home care company, Caremark Calderdale, The Clock Tower, Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET. The compassionate businessman has aspirations to tackle the growing need of quality care and social isolation that is prevalent in the region. He is looking forward to bringing employment and great quality care to people living in Calderdale.

“The thing that sets us apart from other providers in the area is that we are challenging the current model for delivering care. We’re putting a brand-new system in place to meet the varying needs of our clients. Our aim is to be the carer of choice for the people of Calderdale, inspiring elderly and vulnerable members of the community to live independently, for as long as they possibly can.”

On 17th June, Arshad – known as Ash – invited the Mayor to his office for the business’ official grand opening. The buzz of the day generated much attention with members of the public and Caremark’s team enjoyed meeting some of the people they would be caring for in the coming weeks and months.

The 34-year-old has spent most of his career working in financial services until, in recent years, he opened an indoor football centre to promote sports and exercise to the local community. It was during this time that Ash became a carer for his grandparents after they both, unfortunately, suffered a stroke, deciding to sell his football centre and launch an alternative community-minded enterprise instead.

“Taking care of my grandparents was the only right thing to do, I didn’t think anything of it. It was when my friends mentioned that I was a ‘carer’ that it prompted me to start thinking about bringing a new service to the community. I wanted to make a real difference and Caremark’s proven quality of care can do just that. The people of Calderdale were so welcoming of my previous business, that I believe they will do the same for this one.”

At the end of May, Ash and his newly appointed Care Manager, Vicky Burrows, received registration from the Care Quality Commission. Caremark Calderdale, based at the Clock Tower on Shaw Lane, has already enlisted the help of local care workers, to satisfy the demand for their growing list of clients. Alongside, Vicky – who comes with 13 years or experience in the care industry – Ash is looking to bring employment to a team of office staff and care workers over the coming months.

As well as overseeing operations, Ash is keen to start fundraising in the area. As part of the official opening celebrations, the team raised over £100 for The Alzheimer’s Society annual Cupcake Day to raise awareness and help make a difference to more lives.

 

Support WomenCentre by Becoming a Member

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One of the many ways you can support WomenCentre is by becoming a member

Membership is open to all women (subject to approval by the board of directors) and entitles you to the following:

  • WomenCentre newsletter by post or email
  • Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting
  • The option of becoming a board member

Membership costs £10 per year, or £2.50 for women on low incomes. If you’re already a member, why not  let a sister, mother, daughter or friend know you care by giving them the gift of WomenCentre Membership?

How to become a member of Womencentre

If you would like to apply to become a member of Womencentre you can do so by setting up an annual direct debit.

To set up a direct debit securely using CAF click here.

They will be in touch once your membership application has been considered by the Board.

Overgate Colour Run 2019

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If you haven’t heard of a Colour Run get ready to be amazed! This year, this fun family event will be held on Saturday 13 July at Savile Park, Halifax. It consists of a 5km route with runners being doused in coloured intervals culminating in a ‘Colour Party’ at the finish line.

The Overgate Colour Run celebrates its sixth year in 2019 and they are looking forward to making it the most colourful yet! Since it began in 2014 the Overgate Colour Run has seen more than 5,000 supporters take on the 5km course raising over £180,000 for the Hospice.

Registration for this year’s event is now open and you could be on the start line as we get colourful for Overgate.

Click here to register online or call the Overgate team on 01422 387121.

Freephone Helpline from Cruse Bereavement Care Charity

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The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline on 0808 808 1677 is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement. Alternatively you can email helpline@cruse.org.uk.

The volunteers help you to talk things through. They can also help you find your local Cruse service, or signpost you to other services and useful sources of information.

The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when it’s open until 8pm.

Cruse Bereavement Care has been helping bereaved people for 60 years being registered as a charity (No. 208078) in 1959.

The world was a difficult place for widows in 1959. A ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude to grief had developed across two world wars, replacing Victorian public mourning rituals and strong working class traditions. Widows also faced brutal economic hardship, and a society which didn’t prepare women to take on the roles of breadwinner or head of the family. The support which the new Cruse Clubs provided was desperately needed.

Margaret Torrie

Margaret Torrie became concerned with the plight of widows during her work as a social worker and while working with the Citizen’s Advice Service. She saw that the loss of a husband was often a major emotional, social and economic crisis, for the woman and for any children, and she decided to act. Margaret Torrie’s husband, Dr Alfred Torrie, was a psychiatrist and Quaker and served as chairman of Cruse.

In March 2017 Prince William and Prince Harry spoke out about the impact of bereavement on their lives, as they approached the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Rio Ferdinand also shared his story of bereavement in a TV documentary, and the two events lead to an increase in men calling the helpline to speak about their experiences of bereavement.

Cruse’s Life President Colin Murray Parkes has called grief the price we pay for love. We can’t hope for a world without grief, but the chatrity continues to strive to meet the vision that everyone who needs support after someone dies will be able to find the help they need.

In a changing and uncertain world Cruse will be there to help people understand their feelings, develop coping strategies, and return to everyday life, while remembering and celebrating the lives of those they have lost.

For more information about 60 years of Cruse visit https://www.cruse.org.uk/about-cruse/60-years-of-cruse

More locally the Calderdale Help In Bereavement Service (CHIBS) can be reached on 0845 0099 220 or 0845 0099 221.

This is a unique, free, befriending service that provides emotional support to bereaved adults living in the Calderdale area. Adult support is offered on a one-to-one basis in your own home or at a mutually agreed venue if preferred. All Befrienders are volunteers who have undergone professional training which is updated regularly. Most have suffered bereavement themselves and can empathise with the many thoughts and feelings that grief can bring. They have also undertaken an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS).

They are not a counselling service but if you have suffered the loss of a loved one and would like someone to listen and help you in your loss, then please contact them. You can contact the service yourself or ask another person to do so on your behalf.

Healthwatch Calderdale Survey of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

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Healthwatch Calderdale is working on a project to source the views of people with experiences of local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

They have been working with families on a one-to-one basis and are now seeking further views on the services for children displaying signs of autistic spectrum condition (ASC), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Healthwatch believes that in sharing your experiences, anonymously, they can help make a positive difference. They will share these stories with the CAMHS service provider and the commissioner (Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group), to ensure people’s voices are heard, highlighting the issues raised and making recommendations for positive change.

To have your say please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CAMHS
If you have any questions please contact Joanne Douglas at Healthwatch Calderdale via joanne.douglas@healthwatchcalderdale.co.uk

Tennis Taster Course for Adults

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We are Park Tennis Club in Brighouse, a friendly club with two well maintained clay courts and a recently revamped clubhouse.

We are supporting the Lawn Tennis Association‘s initiative to advance the interests of the game of tennis for senior players of all standards. Our aim is to encourage sociable, enjoyable, challenging and good value activities with benefits of good health and wellbeing.

We are offering the following programme of fun tennis sessions for adults, suitable for people of any level of fitness. Emphasis for the programme is on enjoyment and the social side, with an opportunity to play more formal singles or doubles games after the sessions.

Tennis is an amazing sport. Anyone can play, whatever their motivation or ability, from all communities and backgrounds. At any age and for a whole lifetime, tennis provides physical, social and mental rewards both on and off court.

Joining a tennis session can provide easy access to partners, coaches, rules of the game, and it’s also a fun way of challenging yourself.

The adult sessions will take place on Wednesday 2nd, 9th and 16th July from 2:00pm until 3:30pm at a cost of £2 per person per session. Follow on opportunities will be available for those who enjoy this taster course and wish to continue playing.

Rackets, tennis balls, tea, coffee and soft refreshments will be provided free of charge, although you are welcome to bring your own racket if you have one.

All of these sessions will be led by organisers with technical/tactical guidance if required.

No booking is necessary, just turn up on the day, but to register your interest, or if you have any queries at all about this course, please contact infoparktennisclub@gmail.com.

The club is now open for play, and anyone who is interested in membership is invited to get in touch; eMail infoparktennisclub@gmail.com or visit the Park Tennis Club website for further information.

The Story of Beauty the Rocking Horse

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From Grandma’s redundant upright piano, ‘Beauty’ the rocking horse, was made by a lady called Pearl Howarth around 28 years ago, but was never finished.

The horse never rocked, but was fitted to a wooden frame and many children enjoyed just sitting on her back.

And then something rather magic happened!

At a Staying Well ‘Bring Your Neighbour’ event last November, Pearl was introduced to Chris Freeman from The Phoenix Shed, Halifax. “Can you make a rocking horse rock?” Pearl asked, and Chris said that he would love to take on the challenge.

So on 12 December ‘Beauty’ arrived at The Shed and work started. Well, not so much as start, but first the research as to where to source all of the necessary kit.

Then Chris struck gold and found that Yorkshire Rocking Horses were based in Hebden Bridge, with a workshop in Sowerby Bridge. The proprietor, Steve Bulcock, was more than willing to give valuable advice and supply the necessary ‘Restoration Kit’, which would be needed to complete the project.

Pear came along to The Shed to finish off the paintwork one Saturday in January and Chris then set about the restoration of some of the 28 years of wear and tear, before starting to ‘dress’ the horse.

Slowly, over the next few months, Chris was able to get The stand built up, varnished and then mount ‘Beauty’ on the stand using the special hangers and brackets, supplied by Steve.

Then finally on Monday 28th May the day had finally come to deliver ‘Beauty’. Thanks to Paul from Green Homes for the help with the move, using his van.

As you can see from the photo, ‘Beauty’ is now complete with what every good rocking horse should have, a bucket and shovel. However, due to the rarity of ‘rocking-horse-droppings, the bucket is empty!

Challenge complete!

 

Getting Started with Essential Oils – Halifax

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Heard about essential oils? Maybe you already use them? Maybe you have always wanted to find out more? What if there was a way to live a more natural and healthier life? Would you want to find out more?

Well Oiled Machine will be holding a ‘Getting Started’  session on Saturday 8 June, 11:00am and also at 1:00pm at the Premier Inn Halifax, Salterhebble Hill, Huddersfield Road HX3 0QT.

Essential oils can enhance so many areas of your daily life. They’re often used for immune support, relaxation and sleep, stress relief, emotional balance, skin care, respiratory health, cleaning, and even muscle tension and pain.

Here’s your opportunity to find out more. Well Oiled Machine is going to give you all the tools to help get started with essential oils.

You will learn about essential oil safety, how essential oils are produced, and common methods of use. You’ll also learn how to create a more natural, healthy lifestyle through the use of essential oils.

Some of the topics being covered on the day include:

  • What essential oils are?
  • How they work
  • How they are produced
  • Managing stress with essential oils
  • Natural remedies for everyday ailments and sniffles
  • Dealing with sleep problems the natural way

You will have opportunities to experience essential oils first hand and understand the best way to source oils for you and your family.

If you have any questions, please contact hello@welloiledmachine.co.uk.

Clean Air Day Thursday 20 June

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Thursday 20 June is Clean Air Day and it’s a great chance to do your bit and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

Air pollution is real and harms the health of millions. But there are lots of simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health.

Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

Why not help to spread the Clean Air message by pledging to make a small change on the 20 June, for example walking, cycling or taking public transport to work and leaving the car at home.

Post your plans on your twitter accounts and don’t forget to hashtag your messages and pictures with #LetsClearTheAir so that they can be displayed on the Clean Air Day website.

You can also use #CleanAirDay and remember, the Clean Air Day campaign is not just for one day – why not pledge to make the small change as regularly as you can?

Official Opening Day of Caremark’s New Office

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The Mayor, Councillor Dot Foster will officially opening the new Caremark office at The Clock Tower, Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET on Monday 17 June, 10:00am-1:00pm.

Meet the Caremark team, pop in for tea /coffee, nibbles, cake and a have a chat whether you are looking for support for yourself, for a loved one or if you would like a role supporting people in the community.

To celebrate they will be raising funds for The Alzheimer’s Society through Cupcake Day so enjoy some cake with your drink.

For more information contact;

Caremark (Calderdale)
The Clock Tower, Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET
Tel: 01422 339944
E-Mail: Calderdale@Caremark.co.uk

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