Sometimes just a brew and a chat would just do and the Staying Well Hub team have found a way to bring this simple yet vital service back.
Although face to face may not be an option at the present, the new telephone befriending service offers a more personal contact to people struggling with isolation.
Isolation has never been such a concern and risk as it currently is but a chat with a Volunteer Befriender can make all the difference to someone who is lonely.
Right now we are working with volunteers to provide a Staying Well Telephone Befriending Service for adults in Calderdale who want someone to talk to regularly or just want to to hear a friendly voice.
This service aims to match clients with volunteers who have similar interests and common ground, aiming to offer a listening ear to those who feel isolated.
If this sounds like what you’re after, ring 01422 392767 to make a referral or visit the Staying Well website to fill out the referral form.
Individuals can refer themselves. In order to refer someone you will need their consent.
All volunteers must go through the safeguarding process run by Calderdale council and the entire process is closely monitored to ensure everyone’s safety.
For more information visit the Staying Well Telephone Befriending service page
Locked down or self isolating? —You are not alone.
If you or someone you know is struggling with isolation, financial hardship or cannot get out for essential provisions during this difficult time there are people working across Calderdale who can help.
Click here to request support online.
If you need urgent help and don’t have internet access call 01422 392890.
As the situation regarding Coronavirus continues to develop we understand that for lots of people this is a worrying time especially if you are or know someone who is elderly, or has a health condition.
From this week Staying Well won’t be offering home visits or accompanying clients to activities. Instead we are focusing on contacting all our clients to offer help and support to plan for the next few months.
We’ll also be checking in with community groups around their immediate plans and offering support where we can.
If you know someone who is isolated or vulnerable, or if you are a community group and would like some advice, call Staying Well on 01422 392767, or email email@example.com or message us on Facebook @StayingWellCalderdale
For further information on the Council’s 10 point plan for Calderdale in response to COVID-19, click here to read a statement from Councillor Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council.
An update on the Staying Well Awards…….
A big thank you to all of those who to the time to nominate for the Awards – we have received some wonderful stories from all over Calderdale that highlight the brilliant things going on in our communities.
Due to the ongoing concerns and developments with COVID-19 we have decided to postpone the planned awards ceremony in spring and aim to hold an event later in the year. Please watch this space and know that we will be in touch with all the valued nominees at a later stage.
The Monday Luncheon Club at the Cartwheel is back and running, offering a set three course meal for £4.00 per person.
The sessions begin at 12.00pm.
For queries and booking please contact Rachel Swaby, Staying Well team on 01422 392708.
Cartwheel Luncheon Club
Cartwheel Youth Club
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.