Commemoration of World AIDS Day at Square Chapel

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A reminder that World AIDS Day is December 1.

To commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day join together at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts to remember those affected by HIV throughout the World. The evening will feature people telling stories of their experience of HIV along with guest speakers, music recitals and a performance by an African drum troupe. This event is organised by The Brunswick Centre, which provides a number of services across Calderdale and Kirklees

This is a free event and starts at 6pm until 7:30pm approximately.

Refreshments available to purchase from the café.

Call the Brunswick Centre on 01422 341764  for more information.


Calderdale Council on being Winter Wise

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It’s getting cold out there! Calderdale Council have produced a short film for a guide to staying Winter Wise.
Winter is a time when people are at more risk of injury or illness. By thinking ahead you can reduce risk and be prepared should the cold weather hit suddenly.

You can also download the download the Stay Winter Wise booklet.

Christmas Concert in Aid of Memory Lane Cafe and Happydays Homeless Charity

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The Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge will be holding a Christmas Concert on Friday 1 December 2017 6pm-9pm at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ.

For just £5, which includes festive refreshments there will be many styles of music from jazz to ‘barbershop’. Calder Valley Voices will also be performing.

All of this to support the Memory Lane Cafe and Happydays Homeless charity.

Tickets can be obtained from June on 01422 706373, Shabir on 07866 369916 or call into the Happydays Cafe & Cycle shop on Town Hall Street HX6 2EA.

Branching Out in Bradford and Calderdale

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Branching Out have taken part in a new initiative in Bradford as part of DISC (Developing Initiatives for Support in the Community) to meet with Positive Futures in Calderdale and Bradford to move forward in Alcohol Awareness Week 2017.

Branching Out is a confidential alcohol, drug and tobacco service provided by DISC. It is for all young people under 21 in Calderdale. They work with young people who are using alcohol, drugs, tobacco or solvents at any level, and those at risk of using substances, including standalone stop smoking services for under 18’s.

Branching Out offers a flexible service for young people with a wide range of services on offer. Providing honest, accurate advice and information, they support young people to a work closely with other health providers such as Sexual Health, and workers are available in the CASH (Contraception and Sexual Health) clinics at Broad Street Plaza Health Centre.

DISC provide free GP and one to one support to young people who may require substitute prescribing/detoxification, or have health concerns related to their use of substances and access to Hepatitis A&B vaccinations.

The service has dedicated workers providing support to anyone who is concerned about a young person close to them and can provide support on a one-to-one basis or even just over the phone. The worker can provide awareness and training, either as a peer group of friends or as part of a group of parents who might have the same questions and / or fears.

Whatever the requirements DISC can tailor training packages from one hour to a day at any venue (including home). During sessions, parents, carers and family members will be provided with information and facts about drugs to better equip them and increase their confidence to talk to their young people.

The service also employs an Education, Training and Development worker who delivers alcohol, drug and tobacco basic training, enhanced training, and current trends / legal highs training packages.

These are offered to young people and any professionals working with young people and / or their families in Calderdale. This is offered through schools, youth centres, multi-agency in-house training days, or delivered to staff teams (minimum of 8 attendees) by email request.

All training packages are free of charge and certificates of attendance are issued. Sessions can range from one to six hours, and can be delivered at a time to suit you.

Please contact 01422 415550 for further details.

Research suggests that seeing parents with hangovers, instead of offering a useful lesson not to drink, can legitimise drunkenness and encourage children to drink

‘Brought to your Knees’ – Staying Healthy and Well

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The Staying Well Team held another successful event at Pellon Social Club on Monday 9 October. Attended by over 60 local residents,  there were  talks by Sue Watson from High Five on keeping fit and well, Men’s United and The Phoenix Shed also attended to talk about the benefits of their groups, and how they can make a difference to  help men who feel lonely and isolated.  Other agencies who attended were Victim Support, Better Living Team, Better Lives and Calderdale DART, who were also on hand to offer advice and information regarding their services.  The highlight of the day finished with the very popular singer Sally Glennon, who managed to entice the attendees to show off their dancing skills!

The Staying Well project works one to one, with people who are isolated or lonely to link them to social activities in their area. These local events have been successful in reaching even more lonely and isolated people, and following the success of ‘Head over Heels’, ‘Look over your Shoulder’ and ‘Brought to your Knees’ events, Staying Well is now moving throughout the Warley district with the view to working alongside existing community groups/churches and also planning another community ‘Dip your Toe in the Water’ event in the New Year, with the theme of staying positive and motivated.

Staying Well is about helping you to stay healthy and improve wellbeing. Referrals are for anyone 18+ and can include a chat with a Staying Well worker, a home visit and information and support to attend activities in your area.

If you know someone who could benefit from our service, please contact the Rachel Swaby Staying Well Worker on 01422 392708 or email




Free Winter Home Energy Checks

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Age UK is working to support older people to keep safe and warm this winter by carrying out free home energy checks. The aim of the check is to deliver energy efficiency information and advice to older people, including small practical measures which could potentially reduce their energy bills. Some restrictions apply.
The home energy check will include :
– An assessment of the client’s circumstances, usage of energy, hot water system and insulation
– Basic advice on how to keep warm and save energy
– Supply and install simple energy efficiency measures (draught excluders ,letter box brushes, radiator foils, sockets timers, remote control sockets and cold alarms)
– Where applicable refer onto other Age UK and external services for further support
Call 01422 252040 to book your free home energy check.

Reflective Women Sessions at Halifax WomenCentre

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Reflective Women at WomenCentre will be a supportive, creative, mindful thinking environment inspired by the life and words of Maya Angelou.

If you don’t like something, change it.

If you can’t change it, change your attitude’ Maya Angelou

It will enable you to

  • Re-think your story
    • reflect on past experiences and how they have impacted on your sense of self
    • use & develop thinking skills
    • develop positive decision-making and self-esteem
  • Re-write your story
    • find your voice and tell your lived experience your way
    • set goals for the future to achieve your potential
    • use creativity such as writing, poetry and art
    • create materials to help others

Thursdays 11am – 2pm starting 16 November 2017

with Thinking Environment Practitioner Lesley Whiting and Writer and Facilitator Emma Decent.

Come along to any of the sessions or contact Lesley Whiting or Alison Lord at WomenCentre, 23 Silver Street, Halifax HX1 1JN. Telephone: 01422 386500 Ext 220


Calderdale Heritage Walks Winter Programme 2017-2018

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The winter programme has fortnightly walks plus an extra one at Christmas. The majority are on Sundays, with 2 Saturdays and 2 on Bank Holidays.
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.

Sunday 19 November 2017 Historic Heptonstall

Before Halifax took over, Heptonstall was the local centre for the cloth trade with a long history and fascinating buildings.

Meet Margaret Nortcliffe at 2.00 p.m in the Bowling Club car park at Heptonstall. HX7 7LT

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


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