Staying Well

Be Clear on Cancer Campaign – 22 February to 31 March 2018

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In February 2018, Public Health England will be launching a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer in women aged 70 and over.

What is Be Clear on Cancer?

Be Clear on Cancer aims to help improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of symptoms and encouraging people to see their GP without delay.

The key message promoted on TV will be: ‘1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70, so don’t assume you’re past it.’ The advert also reinforces the message that finding it early makes it more treatable.

A second message, promoted via other campaign materials, will be: ‘A lump isn’t the only sign of breast cancer’ and that women over 70 should tell their doctor if they notice any changes to their breasts.

You can get breast cancer at any age but the older you are the more likely you are to get it. 1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70 so older women need to know what their breasts normally look and feel like so they can spot any changes.
If breast cancer is found early it is more treatable.
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Young at Heart Club for the Over 50s

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Join the Young @ Heart Club at the Shay Stadium on Thursdays, 2pm-4pm for varied light activities in a friendly atmosphere.

The group caters to anyone over 50 who loves to have a good time and get involved in something fun with a bit of competition. This is one of the largest and most diverse groups in the area. Young @ Heart meet weekly at the Shay stadium in Halifax from 2pm each Thursday.

Activities include – New age indoor kurling, Nintendo Wii games, Board games including dominoes and backgammon, table tennis and a darts board.

They recently sent a team to the kurling regional championships in Lincolnshire where they came runner up.

Young @ Heart has a working partnership with Age UK.

For further information email Malcolm Kielty at malcolm.kielty@outlook.com or call 07946 510900

Active 10 – Walk 10 Brisk Minutes a Day for Better Health

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Public Health England are promoting brisk walking for just 10 minutes a day.

A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”.

A Press Release from PHE reports that 4 out of 10 (41%) adults aged 40 to 60 in England walk less than 10 minutes continuously each month at a brisk pace.

Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.

It’s the easy way to improve your health and wellbeing. No gym memberships, no Lycra. Just 10 minutes and you!
The free Active 10 app for smartphones and tablet computers (including iPads) takes away the guesswork. It shows how much brisk walking you’re doing and how you can do more. It’s easy to use and helps you set your goals for the day.
A regular 10 minute brisk walk can make you feel better in so many ways. It can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood.It can help people with lower back pain and those at risk of high blood pressure.It’s also seriously good for your long-term health – it can reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Taking at least 1 brisk 10 minute walk a day has been shown to reduce the risk of early death by 15%. A 10 minute walk can contribute to meeting the CMO’s physical activity guidance of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week. This can lead to health benefits including a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes (by 40%), cardiovascular disease (by 35%), dementia (by 30%) and some cancers (by 20%).

The severity of the current physical inactivity epidemic amongst adults contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and is costing the NHS over £0.9 billion per year.

Read more at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home#qha3yo9cF9P6rGLX.99

Staying Well – Tea, Cake and Funding Opportunities at Canon Winter Centre

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Find out what Staying Well can offer you – now working with individuals or groups 18+.

On Tuesday 27 February, 1:30pm-3:30pm at Canon Winter Centre, Elland HX5 0JF, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake and see how new funding is available to help groups and activities in the Elland, Greetland and Stainland area.

There will be details of the funding and how to apply.

For more information contact Rachel on 01422 392708 or email Rachel.swaby@calderdale.gov.uk.

Ordering Repeat Prescriptions – Changes from Thursday 1 February

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From Thursday 1 February 2018 pharmacies, online pharmacies and suppliers of medical appliances will no-longer be able to order repeat prescriptions on your behalf.

You will need to order your repeat prescription directly from your GP surgery every time.

Prescription medication can be ordered from your GP by:

  • your GP’s online ordering service (if available through your practice), either by computer or a smartphone application
  • by handing in the white, tear-off part of your repeat prescription to your surgery
  • by letter

For more information you can speak to your GP practice staff or pharmacist.

What you need to do

Each time you need more medicines;

  1. Order your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice when you have 7 to 10 days of medicines left
  2. Contact your pharmacy to let them know you have ordered a prescription if you want them to collect it for you

Remember your GP practice may need 2-3 working days to issue a prescription and the pharmacy may need up to 2 days to dispense your medicines, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

Why is this happening?
As part of our ‘It’s our NHS and we’re not going to waste it’ engagement, the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) asked people to think about the way repeat prescriptions are currently provided and whether they support the idea to encourage most people to order their own repeat prescriptions directly from their doctor’s surgery by using the online ordering system or dropping a repeat prescription request in at the doctor’s surgery.

77% of people agreed with this and they also said that we needed to look at how to reduce waste in medicines.

Following this engagement, NHS Calderdale CCG has taken the decision to recommend to our member practices that they no longer accept orders from third parties after 1 April 2018.

By doing this the CCG hopes to:

  • Reduce medicines wastage from orders that are not required by patients.
  • Reduce spend on prescribing of unwanted medicines.
  • Reduce the potential for stockpiling medicines and the associated risks.
  • Reduce GP practice and community pharmacy workload in the longer term.
  • Empower patients to be in control of their own medicines.
  • Promote effective repeat prescribing systems including use of online ordering, Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) and repeat dispensing systems including Electronic Repeat Dispensing (ERD).

The CCG will start to roll out the changes on 1 February 2018 enabling both practices and community pharmacies and appliance contractors’ time to notify patients and put in place new protocols ahead of 1 April.

 

Lead the Way Art Group Volunteer Opportunity

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Lead the Way Art Group Volunteer Opportunity

What does the group do?

The group meets once a week, on a Thursday, 10am-12pm at Lower Valley Day Services, Rastrick.
The group is open to all abilities and is fully accessible.
The group create various artwork during the sessions and then take it home.

What is the role?

As a volunteer you will support people attending the group with whatever artwork they are making at the session, along with the day to day running of the group.

What kind of volunteer are they looking for?

  • Someone who is friendly
  • Someone who is patient
  • Someone who enjoys working with a group of people
  • Someone who has a general interest in making things/art
  • Someone who is confident working with people who have varying abilities and needs.  All people attending, who have additional needs, come with their own support staff.
  • Someone who likes to have fun!

How will you be supported?

You will be supported at the group by a member of staff from Lead the Way.
Support such as supervision will be carried out by the line manager.

Expenses

All your travel expenses to and from the group will be covered by Lead the Way on production of a receipt, bus ticket etc.

How do you become a volunteer?

Please ring Lead the Way on 0300 012 0416 or email info@leadthewaycalderdale.org.  Arrangements will be made for someone to meet with you and complete a DBS check and a volunteer application form.

 

 

Elland Working Men’s Club Over 60s Club

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The Over 60’s Club runs each Tuesday at Elland Working Men’s Club, South Lane, Elland HX5 0HT and is a great way to socialise with like minded people. Starting at 2pm and finishing around 4pm, there is Bingo, Raffle a tea break during the afternoon a great chance to get to know people.

New members are welcome.

Membership to Elland WMC is just £5 per year, which is fantastic value for money and members enjoy lots of benefits.

If you would like to join it’s easy –  simply either collect a membership form from the club or download one in either case complete and return to the club along with £10(admin & 1st year membership).

Non Members are welcome to come and sample the club a couple of times before being asked to become a member but MUST be signed in by a member(if you don’t know any current members please speak to a committee member who will be able to assist you.

Healthy Minds ‘Well Aware’ Course at Brighouse Library

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Healthy Minds is a small local mental health charity. We understand the problems people face on day to day basis and offer a place where you can get support to manage life’s ups and downs. The course is facilitated by workers and volunteers who have had their own lived experience of mental distress.

During this 6 week ‘Well Aware’ course you will explore personal mental health and ways in which we can develop a deeper sense of awareness about ourselves, our experiences and our wellbeing. You will cover themes such as strength based approach, identifying values and beliefs, managing emotions and much more.

‘Well Aware’ will be running at Brighouse Library on Mondays 5, 12 & 26 February and 5, 12 & 19 March between 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

Refreshments will be provided. To find out more information about this course or any other support that Healthy Minds Calderdale provide you can speak to Nicola on 01422 345154, visit the website at healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
A full list of courses on offer from Healthy Minds from January to March can be downloaded here.

Healthy Minds ‘Visual Story Telling’ Workshop at Southgate Methodist Church

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Healthy Minds is a small local mental health charity. We understand the problems people face on day to day basis and offer a place where you can get support to manage life’s ups and downs.

Visual Story Telling is a creative workshop where you will explore what makes us unique; our experiences, strengths, abilities and what matters to us through using art and imagery.

The workshops will run for 2 hours per week at Southgate Methodist Church, Elland on Thursdays 8 and 15 February between 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

To find out more information about this course or any other support that Healthy Minds Calderdale provide you can speak to Nicola on 01422 345154, visit the website at healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
A full list of courses on offer from Healthy Minds from January to March can be downloaded here.

Healthy Minds ‘Head Space’ course at Brighouse Library

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Do you want to improve how you’re feeling in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere?

– Then the NEW course –

Head Space

might be just what you’re looking for!

Healthy Minds is a small local mental health charity. We understand the problems people face on day to day basis and offer a place where you can get support to manage life’s ups and downs. The course is facilitated by workers and volunteers who have had their own lived experience of mental distress.

The 3 week course will run for 2 hours per week and will cover topics such as

  • Dealing with stress
  • Improving confidence and self esteem
  • Moving forward – goals and aims
  • Getting what you need and taking control

Head Space will be running at Brighouse Library on Mondays 9, 16 and 23 January between 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

Refreshments will be provided. To find out more information about this course or any other support that Healthy Minds Calderdale provide you can speak to Nicola on 01422 345154, visit the website at healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
A full list of courses on offer from Healthy Minds from January to March can be downloaded here.