Before we sign off for the holidays we’d like to say a Merry Christmas to everyone especially the community groups and organisations who have supported Staying Well over the last year – we couldn’t do what we do without you kindness and generosity!
Please keep an eye on our website and social media as we will be bringing in the new year with details of our Staying Well Awards. And maybe while you’re enjoying your turkey or vegan nut roast, start thinking about the people and groups in your community who deserve some recognition for all they do.
Staying Well staff will be back in the office from Monday 6th January 2020 but you can also find information about events and services in Calderdale in our latest newsletter.
Have a peaceful and relaxing holiday!
Kick start the new year with a Healthy Minds Wellbeing Walk on Thursday 9 January 2020.
There is no mistaking….the nights have drawn in, the seasons turned and its ‘big coat’ time once more. So let Staying Well warm your cockles with our winter newsletter—full of the usual good news, advice and information about what’s going on in Calderdale.
- Xmas events to get involved in
- Activities that use physical activity to improve wellbeing
- News on what the team and some local groups have been up to
- The ‘Staying Well Awards’
Do you run a group for vulnerable clients? Do you want Citizens Advice to provide your group with support on energy advice?
Citizens Advice is heading out across Calderdale on an Energy Roadshow starting 20 January 2020.
There is considerable evidence that the most vulnerable are often among those most disengaged from the energy market and lack the confidence necessary to save money by taking action on tariffs, switching and improving energy efficiency. We’re here to help clients have the confidence to switch and save.
If you’d like training and advice for your group contact Sarah or Susan on 01422 652250.
Citizens Advice Calderdale
37 Harrison Road
Halifax HX1 2AF
General Enquiries: 01422 842848
We give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem. For everyone, for 80 years.
A new service to support people bereaved or affected by suicide goes live on Monday (2 December) across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. The service is a response to the fact that people bereaved by suicide are more likely to suffer from severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, or even adopt suicidal behaviours themselves.
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Suicide Bereavement Service will provide support through one to one peer support, peer support groups and advocacy.
The new service, an extension of the Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service, is central to West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s plan to improve bereavement support, while it works to reduce the numbers of suicides too.
Support on offer, which will enhance suicide bereavement support services across the region, will include practical advice and signposting to other much needed services, for example counselling or financial advice.
A number of workshops are running throughout December and are open to all, irrespective of a coroner’s conclusion. People will be able to self-refer to the service or be referred by other people such as funeral directors, police, coroners, or NHS staff across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
Additional support will also be available to staff affected by suicide in the course of their duties; for example health, social care or emergency service staff. Help will also be available to people who have been bereaved historically yet feel they may benefit from peer led support.
Yorkshire and Humber has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership is driving a collaborative approach to reduce suicide and improve services. It is working towards reducing suicide by 10% across the region and by 75% in targeted areas.
Referrals can be made by visiting www.wyhsbs.org.uk or by calling 0113 305 5800. Practitioners will be based in Bradford, Harrogate, Huddersfield and Leeds but meeting locations will be flexible.
Support groups will begin in December at the following locations:
- Kirklees group: Thursday, 5 December, 6pm-7.30pm at Support to Recovery – S2R CREATE SPACE, Brook Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1EB
- Bradford group: Friday, 6 December, 6pm-8pm at Mind in Bradford – KenBurgh House, 28 Manor Row, Bradford BD1 4QU
- Calderdale group: Wednesday, 18 December, 6-8pm at Halifax Fire Station, Skircoat Moor Road, King Cross, Halifax, HX1 3JF
- Craven group: Wednesday, 18 December, 6-8pm at Settle Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9DZ
- Harrogate group: Monday, 9 December, 6pm-8pm at Mind in Harrogate – Acorn Centre, 101A Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1HB
- Wakefield group: Wednesday, 11 December, 6-8pm at Lightwaves Leisure Centre, Lower York St, Wakefield WF1 3LJ
People bereaved by Suicide in Leeds are able to access the linked Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service, funded by Leeds City Council. Referrals can be made by visiting www.LeedsSBS.org.uk or by calling 0113 305 5803. Leeds drop in group is first Tuesday of every month, Civic Hall in Leeds City Centre, 6-8pm.
Rob Webster, CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and CEO for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘As someone personally affected by suicide, I understand the impact it can have on individuals, families and other people too. This service will provide essential help to those facing one of the hardest issues to face. This is something that I hope becomes less needed as we reduce suicides through our other work to help more people’.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership focuses on the health and care needs of local people across Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The partnership is made up of a number of organisations who work together to help 2.7 million people in the area including the NHS, councils, Healthwatch, voluntary and community organisations. You can find out more at www.wyhpartnership.co.uk
You can read our Suicide Prevention Strategy and the Annual Report here.
Potential4skills is getting Digital this December
We’re offering a free Get Digital course to people in receipt of benefits
Candidates will learn:
- ICT skills to manage your universal credit claim
- How to find work digitally with online job search
- Complete job applications form online
- Create/edit and upload CV’s
- Become more confident and motivated to progress into the job market
On completion of the course we will order the candidate either a Laptop or a Tablet which they can then keep so they can put into practice what they have learnt on the course
We’re taking bookings for the course now so don’t miss out. Please give us a call on 01757 322017 (option 1)
As the dark nights draw in the isolation for those living alone can increase.
Do you know someone that would benefit from a day out in a stimulating, warm and friendly environment?
At Bridge House Day Centre we are able to offer all that and more
We have a range of activities including but not limited to knitting, baking, bingo, puzzles, quizzes and movement classes.
Sound interesting? Pop in for a visit or call to discuss a free trial session.
Transport options are available
For more details contact
Aisha Daji, Day Centre Manager on 01484 905111 or email@example.com
West Yorkshire Police, Calderdale council and partners are working together to reduce crime and make people safe. Here are some useful tips to prevent and reduce criminal activity during the festive season.
1. Light up, lock up, be secure
Use a timer switch so lights come on when you’re not in. Lights on help deter burglars.
2. Keep your valuables out of sight
Burglars often look through windows. Keep expensive gadgets, chargers, car keys wallets and purses out of sight.
3. Do not leave packaging by the bins
Dispose fully expensive Christmas presents boxes in your bin, not against it. Don’t advertise it!
4. Be on your guard against bogus callers
Don’t let anyone you do not expect in your house. Always check ID, call the company if unsure, refuse entry. Genuine callers won’t mind.
5. Keep your car safe
Park in well lit spaces, lock the car, don’t leave valuables or Christmas presents in the car.
6. Keep yourself safe
Plan your return home, inform a friend or family member, only use licensed taxis.
7. Don’t drink and drive
If you will drive, stick to soft drinks.
8. Alcohol related behaviour
Officers will be on duty to make sure anti-social behaviour doesn’t ruin the night for others.
9. Internet safety
If shopping online use a secure payment service and never give out personal or financial information unless you know the contact. For advice www.thinkuknow.co.uk.
10. Domestic abuse. How much more can you take?
Domestic abuse often increases at Christmas. 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247.
Happy Days is a local charity that houses the homeless in Calderdale and Kirklees.
We are running low on donations now that winter has started and we would appreciate any help with the following:
- Double duvets
- Towels (hand and bath towel size)
- Double duvet sets (covers and pillow cases)
- Sheets and covers
Specifically at the moment we are also looking for:
- Curtain rails (window is 60″ wide)
- Curtains x 2 pairs – 60″ wide x 72″ long (light blocking if possible)
Toiletry packs – Introductory pack (on move in) – we always need donations for men of the following:
- Shower gel
- Shaving Gel
- Disposable razors
For further information and to make a donation, please contact
Alex Abel – Operations Manager
Happy Days UK Charity – bringing Hope to the homeless through Community & Social Enterprise
Reg Charity No: 1157527
Office: Warehouse 2, The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2AG t: 01422 303458
Cycles & Cafe: 18a Town Hall Street, Sowerby bridge, HX6 2EA t: 01422 836860
Get active and take part in gentle chair fitness exercise in Rastrick. Suitable for all abilities
Every Tuesday – 1pm to 2pm
At The Space at Field Lane, Burnsall Road, Rastrick, HD6 3JT
Just £3.50 per session – Places limited and booking is essential
Call in at The Space at Field Lane or call 01484 556924 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org