Staying Well

Grand Opening of New Caremark Office

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After spending many years looking after his grandparents who both suffered a stroke, Arshad Farid has launched in-home care company, Caremark Calderdale, The Clock Tower, Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET. The compassionate businessman has aspirations to tackle the growing need of quality care and social isolation that is prevalent in the region. He is looking forward to bringing employment and great quality care to people living in Calderdale.

“The thing that sets us apart from other providers in the area is that we are challenging the current model for delivering care. We’re putting a brand-new system in place to meet the varying needs of our clients. Our aim is to be the carer of choice for the people of Calderdale, inspiring elderly and vulnerable members of the community to live independently, for as long as they possibly can.”

On 17th June, Arshad – known as Ash – invited the Mayor to his office for the business’ official grand opening. The buzz of the day generated much attention with members of the public and Caremark’s team enjoyed meeting some of the people they would be caring for in the coming weeks and months.

The 34-year-old has spent most of his career working in financial services until, in recent years, he opened an indoor football centre to promote sports and exercise to the local community. It was during this time that Ash became a carer for his grandparents after they both, unfortunately, suffered a stroke, deciding to sell his football centre and launch an alternative community-minded enterprise instead.

“Taking care of my grandparents was the only right thing to do, I didn’t think anything of it. It was when my friends mentioned that I was a ‘carer’ that it prompted me to start thinking about bringing a new service to the community. I wanted to make a real difference and Caremark’s proven quality of care can do just that. The people of Calderdale were so welcoming of my previous business, that I believe they will do the same for this one.”

At the end of May, Ash and his newly appointed Care Manager, Vicky Burrows, received registration from the Care Quality Commission. Caremark Calderdale, based at the Clock Tower on Shaw Lane, has already enlisted the help of local care workers, to satisfy the demand for their growing list of clients. Alongside, Vicky – who comes with 13 years or experience in the care industry – Ash is looking to bring employment to a team of office staff and care workers over the coming months.

As well as overseeing operations, Ash is keen to start fundraising in the area. As part of the official opening celebrations, the team raised over £100 for The Alzheimer’s Society annual Cupcake Day to raise awareness and help make a difference to more lives.

 

Freephone Helpline from Cruse Bereavement Care Charity

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The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline on 0808 808 1677 is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement. Alternatively you can email helpline@cruse.org.uk.

The volunteers help you to talk things through. They can also help you find your local Cruse service, or signpost you to other services and useful sources of information.

The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when it’s open until 8pm.

Cruse Bereavement Care has been helping bereaved people for 60 years being registered as a charity (No. 208078) in 1959.

The world was a difficult place for widows in 1959. A ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude to grief had developed across two world wars, replacing Victorian public mourning rituals and strong working class traditions. Widows also faced brutal economic hardship, and a society which didn’t prepare women to take on the roles of breadwinner or head of the family. The support which the new Cruse Clubs provided was desperately needed.

Margaret Torrie

Margaret Torrie became concerned with the plight of widows during her work as a social worker and while working with the Citizen’s Advice Service. She saw that the loss of a husband was often a major emotional, social and economic crisis, for the woman and for any children, and she decided to act. Margaret Torrie’s husband, Dr Alfred Torrie, was a psychiatrist and Quaker and served as chairman of Cruse.

In March 2017 Prince William and Prince Harry spoke out about the impact of bereavement on their lives, as they approached the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Rio Ferdinand also shared his story of bereavement in a TV documentary, and the two events lead to an increase in men calling the helpline to speak about their experiences of bereavement.

Cruse’s Life President Colin Murray Parkes has called grief the price we pay for love. We can’t hope for a world without grief, but the chatrity continues to strive to meet the vision that everyone who needs support after someone dies will be able to find the help they need.

In a changing and uncertain world Cruse will be there to help people understand their feelings, develop coping strategies, and return to everyday life, while remembering and celebrating the lives of those they have lost.

For more information about 60 years of Cruse visit https://www.cruse.org.uk/about-cruse/60-years-of-cruse

More locally the Calderdale Help In Bereavement Service (CHIBS) can be reached on 0845 0099 220 or 0845 0099 221.

This is a unique, free, befriending service that provides emotional support to bereaved adults living in the Calderdale area. Adult support is offered on a one-to-one basis in your own home or at a mutually agreed venue if preferred. All Befrienders are volunteers who have undergone professional training which is updated regularly. Most have suffered bereavement themselves and can empathise with the many thoughts and feelings that grief can bring. They have also undertaken an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS).

They are not a counselling service but if you have suffered the loss of a loved one and would like someone to listen and help you in your loss, then please contact them. You can contact the service yourself or ask another person to do so on your behalf.

Tennis Taster Course for Adults

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We are Park Tennis Club in Brighouse, a friendly club with two well maintained clay courts and a recently revamped clubhouse.

We are supporting the Lawn Tennis Association‘s initiative to advance the interests of the game of tennis for senior players of all standards. Our aim is to encourage sociable, enjoyable, challenging and good value activities with benefits of good health and wellbeing.

We are offering the following programme of fun tennis sessions for adults, suitable for people of any level of fitness. Emphasis for the programme is on enjoyment and the social side, with an opportunity to play more formal singles or doubles games after the sessions.

Tennis is an amazing sport. Anyone can play, whatever their motivation or ability, from all communities and backgrounds. At any age and for a whole lifetime, tennis provides physical, social and mental rewards both on and off court.

Joining a tennis session can provide easy access to partners, coaches, rules of the game, and it’s also a fun way of challenging yourself.

The adult sessions will take place on Wednesday 2nd, 9th and 16th July from 2:00pm until 3:30pm at a cost of £2 per person per session. Follow on opportunities will be available for those who enjoy this taster course and wish to continue playing.

Rackets, tennis balls, tea, coffee and soft refreshments will be provided free of charge, although you are welcome to bring your own racket if you have one.

All of these sessions will be led by organisers with technical/tactical guidance if required.

No booking is necessary, just turn up on the day, but to register your interest, or if you have any queries at all about this course, please contact infoparktennisclub@gmail.com.

The club is now open for play, and anyone who is interested in membership is invited to get in touch; eMail infoparktennisclub@gmail.com or visit the Park Tennis Club website for further information.

The Story of Beauty the Rocking Horse

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From Grandma’s redundant upright piano, ‘Beauty’ the rocking horse, was made by a lady called Pearl Howarth around 28 years ago, but was never finished.

The horse never rocked, but was fitted to a wooden frame and many children enjoyed just sitting on her back.

And then something rather magic happened!

At a Staying Well ‘Bring Your Neighbour’ event last November, Pearl was introduced to Chris Freeman from The Phoenix Shed, Halifax. “Can you make a rocking horse rock?” Pearl asked, and Chris said that he would love to take on the challenge.

So on 12 December ‘Beauty’ arrived at The Shed and work started. Well, not so much as start, but first the research as to where to source all of the necessary kit.

Then Chris struck gold and found that Yorkshire Rocking Horses were based in Hebden Bridge, with a workshop in Sowerby Bridge. The proprietor, Steve Bulcock, was more than willing to give valuable advice and supply the necessary ‘Restoration Kit’, which would be needed to complete the project.

Pear came along to The Shed to finish off the paintwork one Saturday in January and Chris then set about the restoration of some of the 28 years of wear and tear, before starting to ‘dress’ the horse.

Slowly, over the next few months, Chris was able to get The stand built up, varnished and then mount ‘Beauty’ on the stand using the special hangers and brackets, supplied by Steve.

Then finally on Monday 28th May the day had finally come to deliver ‘Beauty’. Thanks to Paul from Green Homes for the help with the move, using his van.

As you can see from the photo, ‘Beauty’ is now complete with what every good rocking horse should have, a bucket and shovel. However, due to the rarity of ‘rocking-horse-droppings, the bucket is empty!

Challenge complete!

 

Official Opening Day of Caremark’s New Office

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The Mayor, Councillor Dot Foster will officially opening the new Caremark office at The Clock Tower, Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET on Monday 17 June, 10:00am-1:00pm.

Meet the Caremark team, pop in for tea /coffee, nibbles, cake and a have a chat whether you are looking for support for yourself, for a loved one or if you would like a role supporting people in the community.

To celebrate they will be raising funds for The Alzheimer’s Society through Cupcake Day so enjoy some cake with your drink.

For more information contact;

Caremark (Calderdale)
The Clock Tower, Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET
Tel: 01422 339944
E-Mail: Calderdale@Caremark.co.uk

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Shared Lives Week 17-23 June 2019

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Shared Lives of Calderdale provides personalised day services, short breaks and long-term living arrangements for young people and adults with learning disabilities, mental health needs and older people.

The service is provided by over thirty Shared Lives Carers who have been carefully selected and approved to provide support in their own homes, out in the community or in the homes of people who need extra help and support at home.

If you would like to learn more about Shared Lives please pick up a leaflet or get in touch by visiting www.calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 393887.

 

Caring Together Event – Friday 14 June

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For Carers Week 10-16 June, there will be a Caring Together event on Friday 14 June, 10:30am-2:00pm at Age UK C & K, Ground Floor, Rimani House, 14-16 Hall Street, Halifax HX1 5BD.

This event is FREE to all adult carers and their loved ones.

There will be;

  • entertainment
  • therapies
  • information
  • refreshments and lunch
  • free prize draw

Free transport and respite care is available by calling Calderdale Carers on 01422 369101 (please give at least one week notice to organise)

Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day at Better Lives

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Join the Better Lives Team at No 42 Market Street, Halifax (opposite Tescos) on Thursday 13 June, 10:00am – when the cakes run out! for the dementia ‘Cupcake Day’ – and remember to bring your appetite!

Together we’ll eat lots of cake, have lots of fun and raise pots of money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Better Lives Team would be very grateful for any donations of cupcakes, buns, cakes or biscuits – either home baked or shop bought.

Also they would love to see you on the day for a cuppa and cake if you get chance to pop in and see us?

The Alzheimer’s Society will be on hand to answer any questions or queries any of you may have.

New Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

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Packed with over 180 reviews of accessible and inspiring days out, there’s something for everyone in the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. The Guide aims to inspire and support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractions – whatever their disability.

The perfect tool for Motability Scheme customers wanting to explore the UK, the revamped Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is free to download or view online.

Now in its 10th year, the Guide is an ideal planning tool for anyone with access needs and now also includes information for visitors with more hidden conditions such as autism or mental illness. Every venue in the Guide is reviewed by Rough Guides’ team of writers, who either have a disability themselves or visited the venue with disabled friend or family member.

The Guide provides clear and helpful advice to highlight the very best inclusive and accessible days out for people of all abilities, from museums and art galleries, to wildlife parks and gardens.

The guide can be viewed online here or downloaded from the Motability website.

 

Loneliness Awareness Week 17–21 June 2019

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The Marmalade Trust started Loneliness Awareness Week (LAW) just three years ago. It was really apparent that raising awareness is an important part of changing the way we think and acknowledge loneliness. We need to talk about it.

LAW 2018 was incredible! The Trust supported over 250 events that ran across the UK. Japanese HNK television even came over from Japan to film the awareness week. The reach was over 4 million people.

Britain is in the midst of a loneliness epidemic. A survey by the Jo Cox Commission in 2017 revealed that nine million of us in the UK are affected by it.

So, no wonder that last year the Government even appointed the world’s first loneliness minister, Tracey Crouch. And no wonder that the Marmalade Trust aims to raise awareness of isolation in the UK.

Loneliness hurts you physically as well as mentally. It has even been said that it can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It can raise blood pressure, and cause diabetes and obesity.

Technology is a big factor: we send emails rather than talk, we have virtual team workspaces rather than speaking in person. We use LinkedIn and Facebook to keep in touch. One health expert said, “We’re getting out of the habit of actual conversations.”

People who work from home and who also live alone can go days without speaking to anyone. No wonder that the millennial generation, for whom technology accounts for an increasing percentage of their interaction, are reporting high levels of anxiety.

Experts advise that you simply try and make as many social connections as you can, however brief. Make tea for someone at work, or chat to your neighbour.

Marmalade Trust’s vision is to create a society where loneliness is recognised openly as something likely to affect us all.

One of the first steps to achieving this is to reduce the stigma around loneliness – our theme for LAW 2019.

Marmalade Trust has over 300 organisations across the UK partnering to raise awareness, support people to find friendship by hosting events and raise money to help them to do more.

For ideas on how to get involved go to https://marmaladetrust.org/law/.

It could be anything such as;

  • invite neighbours around for tea
  • arrange a street party
  • instigate a group lunch at work
  • organise a picnic with new mums
  • plan a games night
  • arrange a group cycle