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Activity, Health & Well Being – Fishing – Dan’s Story

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Being Active to Help Mind and Body

I exercise to manage my mental health.  In a recent survey by Active Calderdale 76% of respondents agreed with this statement.  This is slightly more than those who exercise to manage their physical health (73%).

Last week was Mental Health week. NHS – improving mental health explains how being active is not only great for your physical health, but evidence shows it can also improve your mental well-being by :

  • Raising self esteem
  • Helping set and achieve goals
  • Boosting chemicals in your brain which can positively change your mood.

The best way to be active, is to find an activity that you enjoy.  Keeping Active during COVID -19 has lots of ideas for activities. In North Halifax we have Shroggs and Beechwood parks and numerous green spaces. Tennis, golf and recreational angling are now on the list of activities we can do. As of Monday restrictions will change slightly but please continue to follow the official guidance to keep yourself and others safe.

North Halifax Partnership’s, Dan Marnham tells us how fishing has become a vital part of his physical health and well-being.


Fishing for health – Dan’s journey

(Dan’s winning entry to Matt Hayes Facebook live show on Friday night photo contest)

As I sit here, mind running about 50 different things through it as to how I can sell something that quite frankly and understandably, just isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I think the best approach is to take you on a short journey from the very beginning and where my love of the sport came about and how it became something much more important than that, particularly over the last few years.

Some of you may know me through the community work I am involved in within my role as a Ward Link Worker for the North Halifax Partnership and some of you may have just chanced upon this article so for the latter I think the best place to start is a quick introduction.

My name is Dan Marham, born in Halifax and  grew up in the small village of Mixenden, I’m an active person and enjoy walking, football, socializing with friends & family and you guessed it… FISHING!

The main purpose of this story is to share my personal experience of fishing and how it has helped me over the years so I’ll start with my first adventure.

I remember it like it was yesterday, 10-11 years old and my parents had recently bought me a small blue kingfisher rod which is still sat in my cupboard to this day due to the fond memories it holds. This rod came with a shiny red reel, floats, hooks and everything else you need to get started on your fishing adventures. Myself and a close childhood friend who I remain in contact with today headed down to the Hebble Brook which runs through a place known as the Dodge in Mixenden where we dug for worms to use as bait. Down the Dodge we found a spot with a steady flow and it was no more than 3ft deep at its deepest point.

With worm on the hook I released the bail arm on the reel, let my bait and float drop into the stream then we proceeded to watch with anticipation as the orange tip of my float moved gracefully into the distance. It took a handful of attempts and growing disappointment before it finally happened… The tip of the float went under the surface in the blink of an eye. I flipped over the bail arm in a panic and lifted the rod tip to feel the aggressive pulling of whatever had taken my bait.

What happened next is quite a blur, probably due to the excitement and emotion I felt at catching my first fish without any kind of help and being out fishing without an adult present but I was greeted by the sight of a small brown trout and I was ecstatic. Even writing about it now I find that same emotion is flooding back coupled with the visual replay of me and my friend high fiving each other, doing a merry dance and singing/shouting  in celebration at the side of this narrow stream. We probably scared every fish from Mixenden to Brighouse in our celebration and didn’t catch another that afternoon but I didn’t care and excuse the pun, but from that day forward, I was simply hooked!

Fast forward to today and fishing has become more than a hobby and even more important to me over the last couple of years, it provides a means for me to escape day to day life and put things into perspective should anything be troubling me. 2018- 2019 was probably one of the most testing times for me having lost 4 grandparents in such a short space of time, some when I hadn’t had time to grieve the loss previous because I’m the kind of person who wants to make sure everyone around me is okay first.

I found myself in quite a dark place around these times but as we often do in those moments, I just got on with it with support from friends, family and work colleagues who always asked if I was doing okay.

So where does fishing come in to this, rather than drag it out I will provide the key points provided by the canal and river trust and give my short take on each then finish up with a link to the article so you can look for yourself.

  1. Fishing keeps you fit – I’m not a driver so when I fish locally I always go on foot and can walk anywhere from 3 miles to reach my destination – Once there depending on my approach for the day I might walk around the lake in search of fish in what’s known as stalking. It might even be a walk along the canal.
  2. Fishing increases your vitamin D – Being someone who has to take a daily supplement due to vitamin D deficiency, fishing provides a fantastic way to be outdoors and enable your body to top up on Vitamin D.
  3. Fishing improves your concentration – Being outside and taking notice of the environment around you improves your ability to concentrate, according to research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
  1. Fishing reduces stress – The biggest one for me! Whether I’m fishing alone or with my children, there’s just something about being outdoors next to a lake, river, canal or even the sea with nothing but bird song and the sound of nature to de-stress you.
  1. Fishing with friends – I’m fortunate to have a brilliant fishing buddy when I go away on longer trips and sometimes just having that someone to talk to can be a huge release. Not to mention the endless laughs… More often than not at my own expense but its in those little moments you tend to forget any troubles.

Further reading is provided on the canal and river trust website at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/places-to-fish/seven-reasons-why-fishing-is-good-for-you

A long term goal of mine is to establish a local fishing project where I can get dads and mums out on the bank with their children where they can spend some time making memories outdoors in some of the breath taking scenery that Calderdale has to offer.

So there you have it! I’ve tried to keep this as short as possible but I hope in reading this you may be inspired to pick up a fishing rod whether you head out alone or need a good reason to get your children off the consoles – Swap the Xbox for a tackle box even if it’s just occasional.

You could always do what I did and use the influence of YouTube to get the young ones to take part willingly. Check out some of our adventures on YouTube at The Noddy Carpers

And with that I bid you farewell and hope to see some of you out and about fishing in the future.

If you’d like to share how being physically active is helping you during COVID 19 please get in touch Suzanne.Straughan@nhpltd.org.uk.

 

 

Celebrating Volunteers Week June 1-7

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a volunteer?

Is it a quaint old lady behind a charity shop counter? A quirkily dressed, colourful individual? Perhaps a well meaning person bragging about their good deeds?

Over the past weeks that rapidly turned into months, the term of volunteering has cropped up a fair bit. But what exactly is volunteering and why is it so vital?

To say it means doing something for nothing oversimplifies it. Some think that volunteering is pointless, exactly for this reason.

To volunteer, yes, it means doing work without being paid. But it must be something done willingly, if not eagerly.

I have volunteered for my local charity shop for a few years now, though not as often as I’d like, work and family -and COVID!- notwithstanding. I chose to do this because the charity had personal importance to me but my motives were not entirely altruistic. I am a self confessed charity shop junkie, this perhaps another testament to the significance of voluntary work! A stroll into market meant a second hand trawling spree for me and how I miss it! I can put up with the supermarket queues, the lockdown, even took the initial empty toilet roll shelves in my stride. I think of all the closed second hand shops and I despair.

Volunteering was doing something I really loved whilst offering some of my free time into a cause I believed in. It got me to meet the ‘old ladies behind the counter’ who, I’ll have you know, we are a force to be reckoned with. It is something I would strongly encourage anyone to do.

What we offered is perhaps a drop in the ocean of necessity  but what we have earned as individuals is astonishing. Volunteering empowered me, as I used my creativity and gumption and we were all proud, nay chuffed, to see how each closing time we had managed to successfully run a shop.

I feel that even from the point of our personal gain, we have benefited our community. We’ve discovered our self worth, we’ve passed it on, we’ve supported a shop and each other through some really challenging times. We provided our regular, loyal customers with a shop they enjoyed visiting. I look forward to seeing you all again.

There are currently numerous multinational organisations helping worldwide with the COVID-19 crisis, such as Oxfam, Unicef, Doctors without Frontiers, to name but a few, all of which started and continue to rely on volunteers. Over the past two months, there has been an overwhelming response of volunteers worldwide as well as in our own neck of the woods in Calderdale, offering to deliver crucial supplies, befriend those in need, help out with the NHS, with the notable astonishing achievement of Colonel Tom Moore who selflessly served his country twice in a span of nearly four generations!

Pragmatically, volunteering is work without fiscal reward and looks good on your CV. What it offers to the recipient and the volunteer cannot be quantified. The best part is, you don’t need to belong to an organisation or wear the badge and uniform. A simple gesture of goodwill, a tiny contribution can initiate extraordinary benefits to the lives of people far beyond your sight or reach. Arguably, volunteering is as crucial as paid work. Work keeps the world moving. Volunteering shapes it into the world we love living in.

So when you think of a volunteer, look past the quirky outfit and the age stereotypes. See the genuine smile on that face, unless they have a bad day. Amazing though they are, volunteers are still humans, albeit with great drive and a greater can-do attitude. For there’s no joy greater than the joy you give, and what a better way of doing it while doing something you love and believe in!

 

Volunteers Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th of June every year.

https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/volunteers-week-2020/

Overgate Hospice first ever Virtual Colour Run Saturday July 11, 2020

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Join us for our first ever Virtual Colour Run on Saturday 11th July 2020 – Overgate provides the paint and you host the party!

This idea came to us when we had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Colour Run due to COVID-19. We wanted to create an event that you could do in your garden, something fun for everyone to get involved with and raise positivity during these unsettling times.

We will send an event pack to your house which will contain everything you need for your Virtual Colour Run!

Don’t worry if you can’t join us on the 11th July, you can arrange it for anytime over the summer! Whatever date and time works best with you – don’t forget to share your photos with us using #OvergateColourRun

Entry Prices
Adults (Age 14 and over): £10
Children (Age 13 and under): £5

The price includes a bag of paint per person, event pack with everything you need for your Virtual Colour Run, medal and certificate.

https://www.overgatehospice.org.uk/get-involved/our-events/colour-run/

VSI Alliance – Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

Regional/National News & Information

Coronavirus Scam Alert Issue #8
West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams.

Public Health England Coronavirus Posters for Stay Alert Phase
These resources contain official guidance and key messages for Stay Alert phase relating to social distancing in specific settings.

Third Sector Awards Early Bird EntriesDeadline Tomorrow
You have until tomorrow (28th May) to get your early bird Third Sector entries in. Now is the perfect opportunity to shout about your charity, organisation and team.

What the Latest Government Guidance Means for People Affected by Dementia
The government has updated the restrictions on what people can and can’t do during the coronavirus pandemic and it’s important to be aware of what this means for people affected by dementia.

ICYMI:

Creative Leadership Course
Creative Leadership is for people working in the arts and cultural sector who want to strengthen their leadership skills, and who are driven by social impact in their work. It is a new free programme run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, funded by Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership programme.

Sharing Good Practice in Autism and/or Neurodiversity
Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network is working in partnership with West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership to identify a range of projects and programmes across the region which demonstrate a positive impact on the physical and/or mental health and wellbeing of young adults (14-25) and adults who have Autism and/or Neurodiversity.

West Yorkshire And Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Weekly Update
This week’s leadership messages come from Richard Stubbs, CEO for Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network; Jo Farn, Programme Director, System and Leadership Development, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership; and Professor Sean Duffy, Clinical Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance.

Funding News & Resources

Funding to support armed forces charities doing vital work during pandemicDeadline: 29th May
Serving personnel, veterans and their families will benefit from an additional £6-million of new funding to ensure they get the support they need during the coronavirus outbreak.

ICYMI:

Coronavirus Community Support Fund
Opened today, funding will help maintain and enhance services for vulnerable people affected by the current crisis, where delivery organisations are experiencing income disruption and/or increased demand.

Government Loneliness COVID-19 Fund
Organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5 million of funding, which the government is investing to help them to continue and adapt their critical work.

Vacancies

ICYMI:

Social Prescribing Link Worker – Closing date: 28th May
The social prescribing link worker will be employed by Pennine GP Alliance Ltd with direction from the Primary Care Networks (PCN) and based within the PCN practices.

 

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

S4ND: Society 4 Neurodiversity to help those with Autism and ADHD in Calderdale

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The Society 4 Neurodiversity (S4Nd) is a new community group based in Calderdale led by neurodiverse members. We are a community of people that specialise in ‘different’.

 

Our mission is to build and nurture a neurodiverse community. We aim to break down barriers and promote acceptance for neurodivergent people.  The S4Nd community is a place for support, friendship, and inspiration.

Many people have become increasingly vulnerable during the current Coronavirus crisis and some are not known to services or accessing support. People with learning disabilities, who are autistic or have other neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD can be more isolated at this time.

S4Nd are involved in the new regional ‘Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected’ project, coordinated by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership and Inclusion North. We are one of the services funded to run short-term peer support and information service for people in Calderdale with neurodivergent conditions including autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Tourette’s as well as people with learning disabilities. An official diagnosis is not needed to access this service

The Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected service will provide information on staying safe during the Coronavirus crisis and peer support.  We understand that many services are not accessible, so we will

  • Connect with you by phone, text, email, or video at a time that meets your needs
  • Give you information on how to stay safe and well during the Coronavirus outbreak
  • Tell you about and help you to access local support in your area
  • Call you regularly if you need support and connect with your community

This service operates 7 days a week 09:00-23:00 and ends on Sunday 12th July

To contact the service or make a referral, please send an email to enquires@s4nd.org, call or text Angie on 07966 428869.  Alternatively, you can sign up for the Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected service via our website here

Click here for a PDF copy of our flyer about the service.  If you know anyone that you think may benefit from this project, please send/give it to them.

Apologies if you receive similar information twice, but S4Nd and Cloverleaf are both offering support through this short project. We hope in this way we can reach as many people as possible who need this.

The Society 4 Neurodiversity
Tel: 07966 428869
www: https://s4nd.org/
@: enquiries@s4nd.org

Mental Health Awareness Week 18 – 24 May

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This week, 18-24 of May is Mental Health awareness week. It comes at a time where we are becoming most aware of the impact of those drastic changes on our mental health.

As is perhaps appropriate, the main focus is Kindness. It helps us overcome the difficult situation, support one another and show understanding, all of which important in maintaining our wellbeing.

Visit the Mental Health Foundation to find out how you can get involved, read stories and see what resources are available to promote good mental health for yourself and those around you.

Mental Health Awareness Week

 

Keeping Neurodiverse People Connected with Cloverleaf Advocacy

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Cloverleaf Advocacy have recently received funding to support adults living in Calderdale and Kirklees who have a learning disability, and/or autism, and/or ADHD.

The project can support the person with information around COVID-19 and make sure they understand what is happening and how to keep themselves safe, and who they should contact in an emergency.

The project will make sure that the person is receiving the correct services if needed and that they are connected with their community.

If you would like to make a referral, or would like more information about the project please contact Charlotte Dimitrov on 01924 454875.

Family Learning Team courses are back on! June and July courses list

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Sure Start North Halifax Partnership are pleased to be able to deliver the following courses to you at home.

  • Baby Massage
  • Baby Yoga
  • Parents and Baby Pilates
  • Parenting Teenagers
  • Top tips for remaining positive during uncertainty
  • Top tips for managing children’s behaviour

Download course list FLT online courses May and June 2020

Classes will be brought direct to you online via Zoom. Zoom is a simple app for your phone, tablet, laptop or computer. It allows us to still hold classes face to face but in a virtual space. Everyone can see and hear each other, we can still learn, laugh, smile and gain the all-important social contact that you and your babies need.

If you are offered a place on the course you will be notified by text on around a week before the courses is due to start. You will then be contacted by the trainer a short time later by emailed with instructions on how to join the session.

To apply for a place please complete the booking form below please remember places are limited. Our usual allocation procedures still apply. If you have any questions please contact leanne.barlow@nhpltd.org.uk

 

Course Application form
Download Zoom here

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