Health

The Writing Room for Over 50s

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The Writing Room is a friendly and diverse over 50s group running since 2012, held every Thursday night 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Calderdale Industrial MuseumSquare Road, HX1 1QG (next to the new library).

Every session is self-contained and supported by email for home study. Fees are £42 per 6 week block.

For further information email winstonplowes@googlemail.com.

National Autistic Society – Spectrum Live Streaming

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Join the National Autistic Society on their Facebook page for a special live event, starting at 7:00pm on Wednesday 13 March. They will be live streaming experts, as well as speaking to autistic people and families about what it means to get an autism diagnosis.

NAS will be covering the different routes available to getting a diagnosis, what an autism assessment should look like and how you can help to campaign to reduce the length of time people have to wait for an autism diagnosis.

During the show there will be a segment where your questions will be answered, so make sure you like the Facebook page if you’d like to get involved.

If you have a question around the topic of diagnosis, you can submit your question in advance here. There’ll also be a chance during the live stream too.

Phone 105 for Details About a Power Cut

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There is now a national phone number “105” set up by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.

Key points to note about this service are:
Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.

105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.

105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
Customers can call 105 no matter who they buy their electricity from.

Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

This article was originally published by Calderdale Forum 50+ which aims to support and represent people aged 50 and over in Calderdale.

Next Meeting of the Rugby League Heritage Lunch Club

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As part of the work of the Halifax RLFC Foundation, a Rugby League Heritage Lunch Club has been formed.

The aim is to meet on the first Thursday in every month at the Old Post Office pub in Winding Road, Halifax, HX1 1SJ. The time will be from 11:00am-1:30pm so the next meeting is Thursday 7 March 2019. The premier guests will be Paul Dixon and Ben Beevers.

The highlights of an old game will be shown on screen.

The target audience is the over 50s, but people of all ages are welcome. However, as we will be on licensed premises, under 18s MUST be chaperoned.

A two-course meal will be available at the fantastic price of £3.99 but places are limited, so book your place(s) now with Chris Mitchell 07947 827627 email chrismitchell@halifaxrlfc.co.uk  leaving your name and contact details on or before Monday 4 March 2019 to guarantee a lunch.

Payment can be delayed until the day.

The numbers are limited to 50, so those booking their meal ticket will be given priority and those not buying a meal will be charged £1. If you do not pre-book, food may not be available.

The first meeting was on the Thursday 2 August 2018, 11:00am-1:30pm, with the one-and-only Jim Mills being the first guest and their is a short video of this at https://vimeo.com/285133407.

Free Support from Calderdale Better Living Service

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Do you want to make a change to improve your health?
Maybe to lose weight, be more active, stop smoking or reduce your alcohol intake……..

The Better Living Service of Calderdale Council provides help and support in improving lifestyles. This is a free service across Calderdale providing support around weight loss, accessibility to exercise, smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, stroke recovery, pre and post-natal health and much more.

If you would like further information, please either visit the website or contact our office on 01422 230230.

https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/health-and-social-care/bls

Why not book a FREE Better Lifestyle Session with a qualified and experienced Better Living Trainer.  They will be able to  offer you the support and advice you need to take the next step to make a change.

Better Lifestyle Sessions are available at venues across Calderdale on various days and times through the week.

To book a Better Lifestyle Session ring 01422 230230 or email BLT at blt@calderdale.gov.uk

Calderdale Heritage Walks Summer Programme 2019

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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 are still a few walks from the Winter Programme with the next on;

Sunday 3 March – The North Side of Elland.

Elland goes back to at least 1086 yet in 1760 much of the land was open land. In the century that followed, the arrival of canal, railway, new roads, industry and more housing changed things radically.
Meet Ian Philp at 1:30pm by St. Mary’s Parish Church, HX5 0BW for the latest Calderdale Heritage Walk.

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

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

Home Instead Senior Care in Your Own Home

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Home Instead Senior Care enables people to remain at home where they’re most happy and comfortable. Families can enjoy the freedom to relax in the knowledge that their loved ones are in excellent hands, being cared for by the world’s leading home care company specialising in older age adults.

They offer a wide range of one-to-one services such as, Home-help, Personal care and Companionship, tailor made to the needs of the individual – and home visits can be from an hour a day up to 24-7 care that includes weekends and holidays.

For further information call 01422 292424.

Great News from the Phoenix Shed

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Thanks to kind donations, The Phoenix Shed now has sufficient wood carving and wood turning tools to be able to offer more older men (over 55s) the chance to take up either, or both, wood turning and wood carving.

Sticky George (of Ogden fame) runs walking stick making and wood carving on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Several members are now doing wood turning and one member has made two lovely wood carving mallets for the Shed.

If you, or someone you know, would like to come along and try out walking stick making, wood carving, or wood turning, please ring Chris Freeman 07930 207537 to book a place. Price is £2.00 per session for members and £5 for non members. Membership is just £20 per year.

They are a really friendly bunch and we can assure everyone that they will receive a warm and hearty welcome.

Creating a Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge

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Dementia Friends will be holding a Charity Quiz Night at Wetherspoons in Sowerby Bridge on Monday 25 February, 9:00pm. Entry is just £1 per person.

They will also be holding a coffee morning the day after, Tuesday 26 February, 10:00am-11:30am with home-made cakes and musical bingo.

If you would like more information about becoming a Dementia Friend, there will be FREE interactive demonstrations at Tesco on Friday 22 February, 10:30am and 6:30pm and also on Wednesday 27 February, 2:00pm and 6:30pm.