Time to Talk Day – Thursday 1 February 2018

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Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.

Too often, people who experience a mental health problem are also expected to take the lead on talking about mental health in the wider sense. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

Since Time to Talk Day first launched in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online.

The Time to Change organisation aims are to:

  • Improve public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems.
  • Reduce the amount of discrimination that people with mental health problems report in their personal relationships, their social lives and at work.
  • Make sure even more people with mental health problems can take action to challenge stigma and discrimination in their communities, in workplaces, in schools and online.
  • Create a sustainable campaign that will continue long into the future.

Their voice is stronger and louder thanks to funding by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. The campaign is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and thousands more organisations have joined to make change happen.

Since Time to Change began in 2007, around 4.1 million adults in England have improved attitudes towards mental health problems – that’s an improvement of 9.6% between 2008 and 2016. And more people than ever are able to be open about their mental health problems.

Disability Partnership Calderdale: Open Meeting

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The next Disability Partnership Calderdale Open Main Meeting will be held on
Tuesday 30 January, 5.30 pm-7.45 pm at the Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax.

Buffet refreshments will be available from 5 pm.

The DPC new mobile number; 07716 122897
Malcolm Kielty ( sec ) 07946 510900

The agenda is as follows;

5:30pm. Chair opens meeting. Welcome and Housekeeping, and reminder of best practice in question and answering.

5:35pm Kirsty McLeod ; Taxi Licencing authority.

6:05pm Trevor Lylles- Together Housing

6:35pm Comfort break. Attendee/member FREE raffle draw. Shopping voucher.

6:50pm re convene

6:55pm Hanif Mohamed ; Affordable heating

7:05pm Sail Suleman and Jo Richmond attending to consult on the Council’s budget for 2019/20, 20/21 and 21/22. The aim is to provide an overview of the savings the Council is proposing to achieve and which areas might be affected by the savings and services proposed with a growth. The plan is to consult on the budget proposal, we would then feedback in to the final consultation that will be tabled at full Council meeting.

7:35pm –  Thanks from Chair

Chair closes meeting at 7:45pm

Support after suicide

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Suicide can have a massive, wide reaching impact on those who are bereaved and affected.

To make sure that people who are affected by suicide are offered appropriate support, when they need it, Suicide Bereavement UK have launched a national survey. Its aim is to collect evidence of the impact of suicide in the UK, where support is good, and where there needs to be more.

Please share this post and encourage anyone who has been touched by suicide to complete the survey at

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 22-28 January 2018

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Just a reminder that this week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 22-28 January 2018.

The theme for the Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2018 is “Reduce your risk”.

Cervical cancer can be prevented. With your help we can ensure every woman knows how they can reduce their risk of the disease and the steps they can take to look after their health.

This means:

  • Attending cervical screening when invited
  • Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
  • Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
  • Talking to friends and family to ensure they know how they can reduce their risk
  • Knowing where to find support and further information

We want to see the day when cervical cancer is a disease of the past. Join us this Cervical Cancer Prevention Week to get closer to that day.

There are lots of ways you can get involved including:

  • Hold an awareness day in your office, business, university, GP surgery or community centre: You can order free materials to display and hand out.
  • Check out some tips on raising awareness locally
  • Share your story: If you have been personally affected by cervical cancer or abnormalities and would like to talk about your experience to raise awareness then please get in touch
  • Use social media: Share the below images on social media to help us spread the word about cervical cancer prevention
  • Write a blog or create a news story, contact your local newspaper to let them know about the campaign
  • Contact your MP to raise awareness of the issues surrounding cervical cancer and prevention in your local area
  • Get your workplace to sign up to Time to Test, a campaign which raises awareness of cervical cancer in the workplace and ensures female employees can have the time to attend cervical screening if they are unable to get an appointment outside of working hours
  • Join the #SmearForSmear campaign to help us spread the word about the importance of smear tests in preventing cervical cancer.

For any extra information about the campaign, please email or phone the helpline on 0808 802 8000

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.


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  Arrangements will be made for someone to meet with you and complete a DBS check and a volunteer application form.



Childminder Support Meeting – Updates on 30 Hour Funding

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Facilitated by Kathy Norris and Emma Wood, the meeting will be at the Heath Campus on Tuesday 6 February, 6:30pm-9:45pm. 

Nikki Wood will discuss updates on 30 hours funding followed by a question and answer session. There will also be a discussion around recommendations made by Ofsted.

All childminders are welcome.

To book a place email or call 01422 394109.

Have Your Say: Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision

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Consultation on the Government green paper will close at noon on Friday 2 March 2018.

The consultation on this green paper on children and young people’s mental health sets out this Government’s ambition to ensure that those who need it are able to access the right help for their mental health, in the right place and at the right time.

The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention particularly in or linked to schools and colleges.

A green paper is a document where the Government states what it wants to do, so that people can tell the Government what they think.

There is a quick read version of the children and young people’s mental health green paper to explain what changes the Government want to make. The changes will affect:

  • pupils, students and staff at schools and colleges
  • specialist mental health services
  • families and communities

More in-depth information can be found at but the actual consultation process is through another website.

Emotional Health & Wellbeing – Survey for Parents, Carers and Family Members

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Calderdale Council are consulting with parents, carers and family members to inform the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan. If you are a parent/carer or family member then please complete the anonymous survey using the link below. On average the survey takes less than 5 minutes, which I hope encourages you to fill it out.  If you wish to make any general comments about the survey or want to know more about the Local Transformation Plan, please contact  

Survey Link:

Calderdale Open Minds Website for Children and Young People

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Calderdale’s multi-agency emotional health and wellbeing taskforce are delighted to announce that a new website for children and young people is now available. The website at is intended to provide advice, information, support and signposting to young people about emotional health and wellbeing and has been developed after extensive input and consultation with young people, as well as a range of professionals.

Lots of students get support from their school when they’re going through a tough time. Young people can speak to anyone working in school about anything that’s bothering them, whether its school related or something different. In Calderdale, schools have a range of services including peer support, family support and counselling that can help.

Feeling distressed or unhappy from time to time is  normal, however if these feelings are persistent or are causing a lot of worry for a person your are concerned about then you may need to seek professional help. In Calderdale the Child and Adolescent Mental Health service will be able to help you.

For more information please contact

Disability Support Calderdale – Looking for Volunteers

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Disability Support Calderdale is running seated fitness sessions for older people at Elland and Ovenden and is looking for volunteers who have an interest in fitness and exercise.

Volunteers must want to help other people and give them the best experience.

There is a qualified fitness instructor who is running the sessions.

This is a good learning opportunity for those who want to be involved in the fitness field.

For more information, please contact David Naylor on 01422 353613 or email: