Staying Well

Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge Presents ‘The Last Memory’

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Following on from the successful launch of the Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge group with the Rock’n’Roll night on Saturday 15 September, the group is presenting a short play about a father with dementia and his daughter “The Last Memory”.

The play by Alan Stockdill will be on Friday 5 October, 7:30pm at Sowerby Bridge Working Men’s Club, Bolton Brow HX6 2AL and will be followed by a short Question and Answer session. The Working Men’s Club is always open to non-members and all are welcome to this FREE event (although a donation of £5 would be welcome).

For tickets contact Shabir on 07866 369916 or June on 07920 549131.

Chit Chat Group at Canon Winter Centre, Elland

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The Chit Chat group at the Canon Winter Centre, at All Saint’s Church, Elland HX5 0JF was started in March 2012, with 2 members at the first afternoon meeting. A dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers greatly outnumbered members on this occasion.​​

Numbers at meetings grew and because of the popularity of the group a morning session was introduced in January 2014.

The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 10:00am to 12:00pm then 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Meetings always start with Tea, Coffee, cakes and biscuits, along with a chat, both with new found friends, and friendships renewed.

Activities at meetings range from board games to Beethoven. Other sessions include Quiz’s, Crafts, Entertainers (including a Christmas Panto), and speakers on a variety of topics. Local schools have been in to entertain and interact with our members, bridging the generations.

A small charge is made on the day to cover running costs, and once a month a raffle is held with proceeds going to group funds.

What is provided

The aim is to provide:
– Meaningful Activities – Improved Wellbeing
– A connection to the community – Help to maximise the day
– A more fulfilling and enjoyable life

In all cases the aim is to encourage a healthier lifestyle for older people.

Community Transport

Should members require transport to attend meetings, this can be arranged through the Community Transport Calderdale car service. A small charge is made for this service.

For further information call 01422 256570 or email theaker@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Brews and Grooves – New Informal Dance Class for Over 55s

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Brews and Grooves is a new informal dance class that helps to develop balance, mobility and posture. The 8 week course starts on Tuesday 2 October, 10:00am-11:30am at Wainwright Hall, 27 Jepson Lane, Elland HX5 0PY.

There is time for 45 minutes of dancing followed by some time to enjoy a hot drink and a biscuit – and a good chat.

The first two weeks are free being funded by the Elland Staying Well group and £15 for the 6 remaining classes ending on Tuesday 20 November (or £3 if you just want to drop in).

To book a place call Samantha on 07740 366365 or email sam@curelwellbeing.org.uk.

Monday Kitchen Lunch Club at St. Andrew’s Church

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The Lunch Club meets on Mondays, 11:00am-1:30pm (except public holidays) at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church on Huddersfield Road, Halifax HX3 0AT.

Coffee and tea are served until mid-day when there is a short ‘God-spot’. After this there is a lunch of soup, sandwiches and cakes, nearly all home-made.

Running through the whole session is plenty of chat and laughter. Some of those who come are from St. Andrew’s, some from other churches and some with no church links at all. Everyone is welcome.

You don’t need to book, you don’t need to come every week, you can arrive and leave when you feel like it. Why not try it, and perhaps bring a friend?

There is a charge of £2.

You may also be interested in a one-off event on Saturday 15 September, 6:30pm when the Hoe Down will be held including a pie and peas supper. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and can be purchased by calling Leslie on 01422 250502.

Next Shoppers Lunch at Southgate Methodist Church

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The next Shopper’s Lunch at Southgate Christian Centre will be on Friday 5 October, 12:00pm.

Where else can you be served a freshly cooked 2 course meal and drink for £4.50 – bargain!

Enjoy a meal and a good chat. Meal served at 12 noon at Southgate Christian Centre, Langdale Street Elland HX5 0JL. All areas are accessible for people with disabilities.

For tickets and more information call Wilma on 07772 123058.

‘What Remains’ – Film Screening as Part of World Suicide Prevention Day

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Screened as part of World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday 10 September, 4:30pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre there will be a FREE film screening of ‘What Remains’.

After the death of her husband by suicide Gillian Brooks tried to make sense of the events and preserve memories for her children. So she wrote it down as a story. Now her words have inspired a film made by Gillian and her family with the help of filmmaker Geoff Brokate.

What is World Suicide Prevention day?
World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It’s an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The 2017 theme was about connecting with others and letting people know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK.

Why is it important?
More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world. In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year – an average of 18 a day.

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that ‘it’s ok to talk’ can make a huge difference.

What you can do
Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling. When a person reaches a point where they are focused on taking their life, they’ve often lost sight of trying to find a way through their problems. This period usually only lasts a short while and often it doesn’t take a huge amount to bring someone back from that decision – something as simple as saying, ‘it’s ok to talk’ can be enough to move someone out of suicidal crisis.

How can people reach out?
It can be daunting to approach someone who is struggling to cope; you may not know what to say, how to start a difficult conversation or worry that you’ll make things worse. However, you don’t need to be an expert. Often, just asking if someone’s OK and letting them know you’re listening can give people the confidence to open up about how they’re feeling.

Tickets are FREE but places are limited so please book in advance on the Square Chapel Arts Centre website.

With thanks to Calderdale Council and Verd De Gris.

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 6 September. The theme this time of “turning the corner” is set in the late 70s. Already confirmed as guests are Mick Scott, Mick Blacker, Paul O’Hara, and Dave Busfield.

The first meeting was on the Thursday 2 August, 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.

The format will be theme-based around a guest speaker, artefacts, CDs of old matches, the Thrum Hall XIII, and a Q&A session.

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. Whilst not essential, you are advised to pre-book if you wish to guarantee a meal by contacting Malcolm Kielty or Chris Mitchell (malcolm.kielty@outlook.com or chrismitchell@halifaxrlfc.co.uk ), leaving your name and contact details. 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.