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New Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

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Packed with over 180 reviews of accessible and inspiring days out, there’s something for everyone in the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. The Guide aims to inspire and support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractions – whatever their disability.

The perfect tool for Motability Scheme customers wanting to explore the UK, the revamped Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is free to download or view online.

Now in its 10th year, the Guide is an ideal planning tool for anyone with access needs and now also includes information for visitors with more hidden conditions such as autism or mental illness. Every venue in the Guide is reviewed by Rough Guides’ team of writers, who either have a disability themselves or visited the venue with disabled friend or family member.

The Guide provides clear and helpful advice to highlight the very best inclusive and accessible days out for people of all abilities, from museums and art galleries, to wildlife parks and gardens.

The guide can be viewed online here or downloaded from the Motability website.

 

Loneliness Awareness Week 17–21 June 2019

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The Marmalade Trust started Loneliness Awareness Week (LAW) just three years ago. It was really apparent that raising awareness is an important part of changing the way we think and acknowledge loneliness. We need to talk about it.

LAW 2018 was incredible! The Trust supported over 250 events that ran across the UK. Japanese HNK television even came over from Japan to film the awareness week. The reach was over 4 million people.

Britain is in the midst of a loneliness epidemic. A survey by the Jo Cox Commission in 2017 revealed that nine million of us in the UK are affected by it.

So, no wonder that last year the Government even appointed the world’s first loneliness minister, Tracey Crouch. And no wonder that the Marmalade Trust aims to raise awareness of isolation in the UK.

Loneliness hurts you physically as well as mentally. It has even been said that it can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It can raise blood pressure, and cause diabetes and obesity.

Technology is a big factor: we send emails rather than talk, we have virtual team workspaces rather than speaking in person. We use LinkedIn and Facebook to keep in touch. One health expert said, “We’re getting out of the habit of actual conversations.”

People who work from home and who also live alone can go days without speaking to anyone. No wonder that the millennial generation, for whom technology accounts for an increasing percentage of their interaction, are reporting high levels of anxiety.

Experts advise that you simply try and make as many social connections as you can, however brief. Make tea for someone at work, or chat to your neighbour.

Marmalade Trust’s vision is to create a society where loneliness is recognised openly as something likely to affect us all.

One of the first steps to achieving this is to reduce the stigma around loneliness – our theme for LAW 2019.

Marmalade Trust has over 300 organisations across the UK partnering to raise awareness, support people to find friendship by hosting events and raise money to help them to do more.

For ideas on how to get involved go to https://marmaladetrust.org/law/.

It could be anything such as;

  • invite neighbours around for tea
  • arrange a street party
  • instigate a group lunch at work
  • organise a picnic with new mums
  • plan a games night
  • arrange a group cycle

 

Befriending Volunteer Opportunities with Age UK

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Are you looking for a way to share your time and give something back to the community?

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are currently recruiting volunteer befrienders. Join them in helping older people love later life through personalised activities, friendship and getting out and about – just having a chat and a cuppa!

Contact Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees on 01422 252040 or email: enquiries@ageukck.org.uk for an application pack.

Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge FREE Dementia Awareness Sessions

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Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge are running some free, informal “Dementia Friends” awareness sessions at Tesco, Sowerby Bridge HX6 3BN.

They will be held on

  • Monday 3 June, 2:00pm and again at 6:30pm
  • Friday 7 June 10:30am and again at 2:00pm

The session lasts about an hour and explains how dementia affects a person and how we can all help to support them.

You can book for one of these sessions by ringing Chris on 01422 706373 – or you can simply turn up on the day if you prefer.

When Panic Seized the Town: Calderdale Heritage Walks

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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.

The next Heritage Walk is on;

Sunday 2 June, 2:15pm – When Panic Seized the Town.

A major outbreak of smallpox hit Brighouse area in 1892. You will visit the key sights in Clifton to retell the story.

Meet John Brooke at 2:15pm. by the War Memorial in the centre of Clifton HD6 4HP.

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

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

Survey of Young People’s Experience with Doctors

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Are you a Young Person (aged 12-25) living in Calderdale?

If the answer is YES then this survey by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is for you!

Help us to review your experience at your Doctors.

Going to your doctors is important, right?

We are interested in finding out about your experience at the doctors. We are gathering as much information as we can. This will help us understand what works well, what doesn’t work so well. This will help us identify if any improvements need to be made.

Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey. It is anonymous, which means that we do not know who is taking the survey. We will just collect all the results so we can get a good picture of what young people’s experience of going to the doctors is in Calderdale.

You can take the survey by clicking on this link https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/young-peoples-experience-at-gp-practices-in-calderdale/

Some of the questions just need a tick, other questions ask you to write an answer. Please give these questions careful thought and answer as honestly as possible.

Even if you hardly ever, or don’t go to the doctors, we still want to hear from you!

Let’s work together to make a difference.

If you need support to give your view or prefer to tell us your story please contact:

Alexis Ritchie at Calderdale CCG
Tel: 01924 504956
Email: Alexis.Ritchie@northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk

Lydia Pignataro at Barnardo’s Positive Identities
Tel: 01422 371993
Email: lydia.pignataro@barnardos.org.uk

This engagement will last for six weeks.
The closing date for all responses is Midday on Monday 3 June 2019.

Thank you for taking the time to share your views and completing this survey!

Gig Buddies Receives 2 Years Continuation Funding to Continue to Tackle Social Isolation

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In March Gig Buddies Calderdale was pleased to receive 2 years continuation funding to expand the team and continue to tackle social isolation in Calderdale.

Gig Buddies Calderdale has been going strong since it launched as a pilot project in June 2017. Led by Gig Buddies and Engagement Coordinator Gemma Hailwood-McCallion, based at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, the aim was to try to address the barriers that prevent people with a learning disability accessing local arts and entertainment. The scheme has proved popular and as a result, has been awarded a two-year continuation fund of £46,000 from the Henry Smith Trust as well as continuation funding from Calderdale Council, to help expand the team and continue its work in the community. The project has also confirmed its very first ambassador – the stage and screen actor Darren Jeffries.

Gig Buddies Coordinator, Gemma Hailwood-McCallion said: “Gig Buddies has been a wonderful project to be involved with and has reached out to so many people who were otherwise isolated and bored in their homes. We’ve been able to go out into mainstream venues to enable people to have a great time in a safe environment, just like everybody else does! It’s been fabulous working with such a dedicated and fun group of volunteers without whom, the project would simply not have worked. I am excited to be expanding the team for Calderdale, to our quest to help people ‘Stay Up Late’. What is also hugely exciting about where we are now, is that we have our very first ambassador; Darren Jeffries has been along to some of our socials and has been a real hit! It’s great to hear that we are appealing to more and more people who can help us spread the word about Gig Buddies.

Stage and screen actor & Gig Buddies Ambassador, Darren Jeffries said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be ambassador for Gig Buddies Calderdale. As a lover of live music, comedy and theatre, the idea of anyone being denied access to these life-affirming experiences because of circumstances beyond their control is frustrating and unfair. I’ll be supporting the Gig Buddies team every step of the way, as well as looking forward to plenty more memorable evenings with our brilliant Gig Buddies members.

Pioneered by Brighton-based Charity Stay Up Late, Gig Buddies connects people with a learning disability with volunteers who share a similar passion for entertainment, culture and live events; and supports them to access all the great events and gigs going on in the community.

Since the birth of Gig Buddies Calderdale, the scheme has matched over twenty-five pairs of buddies, held fifteen social events which have introduced over fifty people to the local entertainment scene, connecting people who may have otherwise missed out on the growing number of events that have been showcased in Calderdale over the past two years.

The funding, that has been awarded by the London based Henry Smith Trust and is being administered by the Calderdale Community Foundation, will enable the project to match even more pairs of buddies, increase the number of social events and expand the team by creating two new post to support the continued work.

The new roles include a Project Assistant and a Quality Checker, the latter being a role for a person with a learning disability. This will enable the team to ensure the work being done and the way in which it’s being doing done, is accessible to the people it seeks to engage with.

The Gig Buddies initiative is funded by Adult Health and Social Care, The Henry Smith Trust as well as the West Yorkshire Business Consortium. The partnership with Square Chapel Arts Centre, Calderdale Council and the Brighton based charity Stay Up Late will continue for a further two years.

For anyone wanting more information about Gig Buddies Calderdale or to become a ‘Gig Buddy’, please contact Gemma Hailwood-McCallion gemma@squarechapel.co.uk, or call 01422 353073.

Holiday at Home – Bethesda Methodist Church 2 and 3 July

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Holiday at Home at Bethesda Methodist Church, Elland on Tuesday 2 July and Wednesday 3 July,  10:00am-3:00pm each day.

For £4 each day have Fun, Fellowship and Food with

  • Morning coffee
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea and cakes
  • Sing along
  • Games
  • Quizzes
  • Crafts

To book a place call Christine on 01422 256244. The closing date for bookings is Sunday 16 June so book now!

This event also involves members of Southgate Methodist and is supported by Elland Staying Well.

 

Walk to School Week 20-24 May 2019

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Living Streets has created the greatest national Walk to School celebration where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.

Each year a new five-day walking challenge is developed aimed at primary schools – the perfect activity to take part in during Walk to School Week.

This year, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Living Streets, the challenge will get to the heart of walking and how it can benefit the whole community as well as improve individual wellbeing.

This Year’s Theme and Activity

Living Streets will take pupils on a special walking journey re-tracing the steps of their greatest achievements over the course of the last 90 years.

The classrooms packs and activities are built to make the pupils feel empowered to change their walking environment for the better: they’ll experience first hand the importance of walking to school.

Through the fun wall charts and stickers, children will work collaboratively to transform an unwelcoming and cluttered walking environment into the most walkable street imaginable.

For more information go to

https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/products-and-services/projects/walk-to-school-week

Living Well Roadshow

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The Living Well Project will be holding a number of roadshows which will be looking at how people with a learning disability or autism can live well, and also sharing information about annual health checks and screening. One of the roadshows will be on Wednesday 26 June, 10:30am-2:30pm at Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Halifax, HX3 5SX. This will give local people a chance to talk about what is working well in their area, and what isn’t working so well.

They would love to hear from:

  • People with lived experience
  • Families and carers
  • Support providers
  • Commissioners
  • Social Workers
  • Community Learning Disability teams
  • Advocacy providers
  • Screening professionals from the NHS

To come along to the roadshow you will need to book your place.

Book online here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/living-wellcalderdale-
roadshow-adults-with-learning-disabilities-tickets-57779777871?aff=ebapi