Staying Well

Pre and Postnatal exercise programmes and more online resources

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From Couch to Fitness and gentle exercise routines for pregnant women or women who have just given birth, here are some useful links for new and expecting mothers as well as anyone who may wish to move more and increase their levels of physical activity.

Staying Well is hiring! 2x Full Time Fixed Term vacancies

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From the first Sure Start Children’s Centre to the first Men in Sheds group in Calderdale and lots in between. North Halifax is an area with a history of successful volunteer and community led programmes. And you could be part of it!

The Staying Well, the team based within North Halifax Partnership, one of the three Community Anchor organisations in Calderdale, we are excited to announce that we are expanding and looking to hire two new Full Time, Fixed Term workers to join our team!

Full Job Description and Application details can be found here


The role involves:

  • Working with individuals to help find their own outcomes and solutions
  • Working with communities to develop local, sustainable social opportunities
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders

It is essential that you have:

  • Experience of working 1:1 with vulnerable people.
  • Skills in working with voluntary and community groups – developing activities and building capacity
  • Excellent time management of own timetable, including experience of managing a caseload

We are especially looking for someone who is passionate about working with communities to address wider health and wellbeing issues. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the issues effecting vulnerable people as well as experience of successful community development.


If you are interested and want to know more, we encourage you to get in touch and ask us about the role, all enquiries welcome. Contact Nicola Webster on 07951 941 091 or


Wider information on Staying Well can be found at

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 31st October

What we’ve learned from the Community Get Together at Hove Edge Bowling Club

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On Tuesday 13th of September, Staying Well and Focus4Hope, arranged an event at Hove Edge bowling club.  The aim of the event was to provide information to local residents of Hipperholme and Hove Edge on services are locally available to help them lead a healthier and happier life.

On the day the following groups and services attended; Hipperhome Christ Church, Memory Lane Cafe, Active Calderdale, Better Living Service, Invictus Wellbeing, Calderdale Dementia Hub, Vita Minds, Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group and our very own NHP Neighbourhood team and Sure Start Children’s centres.

All these organisations offer fantastic opportunities to meet others, gain support around dementia, move more indoors and out, access emotional wellbeing services, achieve a healthier weight, access excursions and other local events. Many of those we endeavour to publish in our online blogs to which you can sign up to.

We enjoyed refreshments and cakes.  Focus4Hope delighted us with their culinary skills providing delicious hot food of Vegetarian Chili and Sausage casserole, Crust and Crumb offered delicious woodfired pizzas made on the day.

As well as valuable networking, we had a unique opportunity to listen to a talk from West Yorkshire Police about personal safety at home, out & about and current scams.  The event concluded with a meditation session from Tai Chi Tigers, concentrating on breathing and gentle stretching exercises.


The Hipperholme and Hove Edge residents who came, gave our Staying Well workers very positive feedback, saying they enjoyed the day, as well as encouraging requests for more such events in the future. People signed up for various services and there was active interest in taking up Tai Chi, while West Yorkshire Police received numerous requests for home safety visits following their talk on crime prevention.

Thank you to all for your contribution into making this event a success and thank you to all who visited.

For more information on the services available, please find links to the participating organisations below.


Hipperholme Christ Church 21
Brighouse Rd, Hipperholme, Halifax HX3 8EA

 Memory Lane Cafe

Active Calderdale

Better Living Team Service

Invictus Wellbeing

Calderdale Dementia Hub

  Vita Health Group – Calderdale

  Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group

North Halifax Partnership (NHP)

Sure Start Children’s centres

Crust and Crumb 77

Tai Chi Tigers

West Yorkshire Police


Reminder of the Event – look out for future events!

Join our Community Get Together at Hove Edge Bowling Club September 13th

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Staying Well and Focus 4 Hope would like to invite you to their Community Get Together on

Tuesday 13th September
10 am – 2pm

at Hove Edge Bowling Club in Brighouse


There will be information on local services promoting mental health help and wellbeing, talks from West Yorkshire Police around personal safety, a Tai Chi interactive demonstration, pizza and various art and craft activities to enjoy.


Come along and find out what is available in your local area to support you achieving mindfulness, improve your mental health and enjoy a better quality of life


For further details contact Richard 07824 838114 or Louise 07542 941636.

From NHP Volunteers Week Event Wednesday June 8th

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To mark the end of Volunteers’ Week, on Wednesday June 8th NHP held a celebration event to say THANK YOU!

After an ice breaker quiz, some speeches, presentation with volunteers’ feedback, and Staying Well awards, there was food and touching stories shared as we reflected on the difference our Volunteers make to our community.

North Halifax partnership wouldn’t be the same without you.


Become a Staying Well Telephone Befriender!

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If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity that can make a huge positive impact to someone, you may want to become a Staying Well Telephone Befriender.

We are looking for people from all walks of life, of any age, having a friendly, chatty approach, willing to reach out to someone who needs a chat.

You only need to commit 30 minutes a week but those 30 minutes can mean the world to someone.

Many of our telephone befrienders have shared that those sessions have improved their own wellbeing.

If you would like to know more, get in touch with Sharon Gibson, Telephone Befriending Co-ordinator on:
m:  07825 089288
t:    01422 392767
e: /

Induction and training will be provided and you will be supported every step of the way.

For more information visit Staying Well Telephone Befriending


From Upper Valley Volunteers’ week event June 6th

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On Monday 6th June 22 we held a volunteers ‘Thankyou’ event at Hebden Bridge Town Hall Café. The purpose of the event was to say thank you to our telephone befriending volunteers and to give them a chance to meet up with each other.

All volunteers were supplied with tea and cake and a good time was had by all. The conversation turned to befriending and some useful ideas and suggestions were shared amongst volunteers and staff.

All telephone befriending volunteers were sent a Volunteers’ Week certificate and are very much appreciated for the time they and commitment they put into the service.


Thank You to all our amazing volunteers! Much of what we do would be impossible without you!


Does being a telephone befriender for Staying Well sound like something you would like to do? Find out more about what that involves and if you would like to join our team of Telephone Befrienders!

Staying Well Telephone Befriending Scheme

Full training and support will be provided and you will be making impactful difference to someone’s wellbeing. Many of our volunteer telephone befrienders have commented how this scheme has improved their own wellbeing!


Staying Well Awards ceremony

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Way back in January 2020, Staying Well set out to hold an awards ceremony to celebrate the fantastic work their volunteers and groups are involved in.

Without all the wonderful things going on in our communities to reduce loneliness and isolation and keep people healthier and happier, Staying Well could not do what they do.

Staying Well want to take this opportunity to say thank you. The people of Calderdale nominated over 100 groups, organisations and individuals across the borough who are all working and volunteering to make our communities a better place.

A panel of judges selected winners in 10 categories:

1. Staying Well Lower Valley Award

Christ Church, Hipperholme

2. Staying Well North & East Halifax Award

Men United

3. Bringing People Together Award

Sheila Jackson, Shakeela Zaman

4. Staying Well Upper Valley Award

Tuesday 2 O’clock Club

5. Staying Well Central Halifax Award

Raziea Yousaf

6. Calderdale Cares Award

Bankfield Surgery Practice Health Champions

7. Contribution to Community Resilience Award

Calderdale Friends of Dorothy

8. Dedication to Communities Award

Shabir Hussain

9. Outstanding Individual Award

Kevin Sheils

10. Active Calderdale Award

George Watson

The COVID pandemic may have prevented Staying Well from holding the party they had in mind, so instead they have made a film to celebrate and highlight all those who were nominated and won awards, showcasing the brilliant groups and activities they are involved in.

Congratulations to everyone! You can watch the video here to see just how awesome the people of Calderdale are.

If you would like more information on Staying Well, please visit

Staying Well are looking for volunteer telephone befrienders

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At Staying Well we believe that talking to someone who will take the time to listen can be very beneficial to your health and wellbeing!

If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity that can make a huge positive impact to someone, you may want to become a Staying Well Telephone Befriender.

We are looking for people from all walks of life, of any age, having a friendly, chatty approach, willing to reach out to someone who needs somebody to talk to.

You only need to commit 30 minutes a week but those 30 minutes can mean the world to someone.

Many of our telephone befrienders have shared that those sessions have improved their own wellbeing.

If you would like to know more, get in touch with Sharon Gibson, our Befriending Coordinator on:
t: 07825 089 288

Induction and training will be provided.

For more information visit Staying Well Telephone Befriending section

Case Study

To get an idea of the work Staying Well does and which a Telephone Befriender may eventually be able to do, please read this case Study: (name has been changed)

Client G

After an initial conversation with Client G’s daughter, it became apparent that Client G was feeling quite lost with himself and very isolated socially. Client G lost his wife 2 years ago and has been feeling quite lonely and isolated, he suffers with dementia and this can cause some confusion. He had been attending [Venue A] and is thoroughly enjoying this but was very uncertain about trying any other community groups alone.

After various conversations with Client G’s daughter,  [Venue B] community group in Elland seemed to be appealing. Initially I took Client G to [Venue B] and introduced him to everyone, helping him fill in the paperwork, which he seemed quite overwhelmed with. He sat on a table with a few other male members of [Venue B] and seemed to settle In well and enjoy himself. I spoke with Client G later that day and he said ;

‘I really enjoyed the group and everyone has made me feel so welcome. I definitely want to go again.’

He has continued to attend twice a month and seems to be really benefiting from attending this group especially from a social perspective. However he is also enjoying the various speakers and presentations [Venue B] have to offer.

Client G’s Daughter feels that the initial support from Staying Well gave Client G the confidence to eventually attend the group independently. She also feels attending [Venue B] and looking forward to this has improved his mood and mental health. I am now in discussions with Client G’s daughter looking at  other groups that her dad may be interested in trying in the coming weeks.