Staying Well

Help Healthwatch to Improve Social Care in Calderdale and Kirklees

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For the next 12 months, Healthwatch Calderdale and Healthwatch Kirklees are focussing on the experience of people using Adult Social Care services.  They want to collect detailed feedback from people across a few months to help give a clear picture of what it’s really like to use those services. Hopefully you might want to be involved in this engagement project.

If you want to get involved please contact Clare at Healthwatch Kirklees on either 01924 450379 or email

Healthwatch are the independent champion for people who use health and social care services.  Anyone who wants to get involved with their engagement around Adult Social Care can be assured that they will represent their views to those with the power to make change happen.

The sole purpose is to help make care better.

WEA Course – Psychology and Life

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The WEA are offering a 7 week course starting Tuesday 22 January, 10:30am-12:30pm at Halifax Central Library HX1 1QG on ‘Psychology and Life’.

There will also be a FREE taster session on Tuesday 15 January, 10:30am-12:pm.

The course offers an opportunity to think about what makes people behave the way they do as shaped by genetics, upbringing, culture and life experiences.

The cost for the course is £49 but if you are entitled to certain benefits the course may be FREE.

Book online at or call 0300 303 3464.

Exercise for Men with Halifax Rugby League Foundation

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These sessions with the Halifax RLFC Foundation are designed for men who haven’t exercised for a while and are looking to get fit and have some fun.

Train with current and past players to build your strength, stamina and fitness with other like-minded men.

Mondays, 6:30pm-7:30pm for 10 weeks starting on Monday 21 January 2019 at 3GI Soccer, Shaw Lodge Mill, Halifax HX3 9ET.

To join the team call 07947 827627 or email

Ryburn Barn Dances at Waring Green Community Centre

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Ryburn 3 Step runs a dance every month from October to April at Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Road, Brighouse HD6 2AX.

Guest callers and bands for 2019 are as follows:

Saturday 19 January – Pauline Jones (Old Bridge Specials)

Saturday 16 February – Sue Coe (Four Hand Band)

Saturday 16 March – Michelle Holding (Monkey Box)

Saturday 20 April – Sid Calderbank (Our Northern Branch)

Tickets- £9 adults, £8 concessions, discounts available for families Dancing starts at 8:00pm Bring your own refreshments.

For further information email:

Staying Well Newsletter!

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Golly – it hardly feels like 5 minutes since we had the last Staying Well newsletter but a lot has happened since then! We also need to keep you up to date with what is happening over the Christmas period and give you a chance to look at the full newsletter here.

There will be the Brew and a Chat Christmas party at St. Columba’s Church Hall, Pellon on Monday 10 December, 10:30am-12:30pm.

Tesco, Sowerby Bridge are sponsoring a Christmas party at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ on Tuesday 11 December, 2:00pm. 

Following that we have the Memory Lane Christmas Party at the Maurice Jagger Centre on Monday 17 December, 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Not everyone has the best time at Christmas and Todmorden Central Methodist Church will be holding a short, reflective service / contemplation on Saturday 22 December, 2:30pm for those who struggle over the festive period.


Domestic Abuse – in Whatever Language at Whatever Time

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Have you or a family member been affected by Domestic Abuse?
Do you need some support or someone to talk to about the abuse?
Are you struggling to cope with the effects of family violence?

Christmas, for some families is a time of celebration, but unfortunately for some the expectations of being there to provide and support can make Christmas a challenging time. Don’t forget the Samaritans are always there to help you and can be contacted though our link.

Calderdale Staying Safe has published a series of guides to in different languages to support those who may not know what services are available in UrduCzech and Polish.

Calderdale Staying Safe, the Domestic Abuse Support Service has released a flyer that can be downloaded here and printed to give the latest information on how to contact them, 01422 323339 Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. The leaflet also includes the out of hours number.

There are also leaflets in different languages

In an emergency, call 999 or to report an incident to the Police, please call 101.

Staying Safe has a skilled, experienced and diverse staff team who speak other languages or will make every effort to find language support through interpreters.

This is a free and confidential service to anyone aged 16 and above, who has been affected by domestic abuse and who lives in Calderdale.
Support is available to people regardless of their sexuality, gender, disability, religion or ethnic origin.
Support is also available for children 5 years and above, who have been affected by domestic abuse.
There are dedicated male and female support workers.

The latest outreach sessions are;

Todmorden Community College, Burnley Rd, Todmorden OL14 7BX

(1st & 3rd Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)

06/12/18, 20/12/18


Innovations Children’s Centre, Cousin Lane, Ovenden, HX2 8DQ

(2nd & 4th Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)

13/12/18 (No drop in 27/12/18)


Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Rd, HX1 4NE

                Monthly drop-in on 1st Tues of the month 9:30am–11:30am (No drop in 01/01/2019)

Download the Calderdale Staying Safe Flyer.

Christmas Presents from the Phoenix Shed

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There’s just still some time left to order something special from The Phoenix Shed.

What will it be, from this range of very sturdy, well made timber presents?

A bird nesting box (£15), seed feeder (£12), a bird table (£40), a Hedgehog House (£40), a bespoke walking stick, or pole (from £25), planters for the garden (from £15), a garden bench (from £100) or maybe a garden tripod for you washing basket (£12)? Whew, there are so many things you could get.

Very special Christmas gifts, all reasonably priced and specially made for you.

All of the things that we make at the Phoenix Shed can be tailored to your own requirements. However, we do have some items in stock, so just give Chris a ring on 07930 207537 to ask for details.

By the way – being all older men, we do tend to specialise in RUSTIC!

Hot news! We currently have a very, very special ‘Benny the Beluga Whale’ walking stick. The head is made from Silver Birch (debarked) and the shank is made from Cotoneaster. A very comfortable and sturdy stick if ever there was one. The socket and spigot joint is reinforced with a hardened steel pin. Christmas offer only £35. Remember, this is a unique stick, so we only have the one.

Don’t forget all the other presents still available from other walking sticks to bird boxes, benches and garden planters. See more here.