Healthy Minds Support Groups in Lower Valley

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healthy mindsHealthy Minds Support Groups are for anyone who experiences mental distress, offering a place where people are FREE to talk about their own mental health if they wish.

The following group runs Monthly in Elland

  • Lower Valley Anxiety & Depression Support Group –  2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
    St Mary’s Church, The Cross, Elland from 12.30pm to 2.30pm

For further information and details of support groups outside Lower Valley, visit or email

Sure Start Summer Activities in Elland

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ellandlogoAt Elland Children’s Centre

– Tiny Treasures – Wednesdays, 1pm – 2.30pm

– Parent Link Drop In – Fridays, 9.30am – 11.30am

– Story Time – Thursday 6 August, 9.30am – 11.30am

– Seaside themed Fun Day – Friday 14 August 2015, 10.30am – 1pm

Please note there will be no activities running week commencing 31/8/15

Sure Start Summer Activities in HolyWell Green

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At Holywell Green Children’s Centreholywell, situated in the grounds of Holywell Green Primary School:

– Tiny Treasures – Tuesdays, 1pm – 2.30pm

– Messy Monkeys – Thursdays, 1pm – 2.30pm

– Story Time – Friday 7 August, 1pm – 3pm


Come and join the Party Bus on Thursday 23 July 2015 at Fall Spring Gardens, 1pm – 2pm then at West View, 2pm – 3pm

Please note there will be no activities running week commencing 31/8/15

Money for your Group?

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The Staying Well Development Fund in Elland is now open – offering grants to organisations and community groups who want to start or develop new projects in or around Elland.

Your project or activity should support the aims and objectives of the Staying Well project in Elland.

For example we’re looking for activities or projects to:

  • Create or increase social opportunities for lonely or isolated older people in Elland
  • Address barriers to participation for older people, especially around personal care, transport
  • Provide a health or wellbeing service for lonely or isolated older people (for example befriending)
  • Increase volunteering capacity in Elland

The local Staying Well Steering Group is responsible for ensuring all activities and projects funded are based in need, are sustainable and that any unnecessary duplication is avoided.

Rachel Swaby, the Staying Well worker, and Matthew Scott Thompson are available to work alongside groups to develop their idea and promote partnership working where appropriate.

The team can also support groups with publicity and marketing, and monitoring of projects.

Apply online here… or email

Don’t be put off by the application form! If you’ve got a good idea for a project, ring us on 01422 392708 and we can help you.


Calling New Volunteers in Elland!!

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Do you have a few hours to spare? Are you looking for ways to get involved in the local community?

The Monday lunch club at the Cartwheel Club are looking for anyone who could spare a small amount of time to help out.

You don’t need experience and you’ll learn new skills.

If you are interested or would like to know about other local volunteering opportunities, please contact Rachel Swaby, Staying Well team on 01422 392708.




Lower Valley Friday Flyer 10 July – OUT NOW!!

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Lower Valley LogoClick here to view the first ever Lower Valley Friday Flyer… 

The Friday Flyer is a weekly round-up of news and what’s on in the Lower Valley.

Information about ward forum meetings and other ways to have your say will also be advertised here.

We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing

Fun Swims at Brighouse Pool

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A wild and wacky time at Brighouse Pool for children 14 years and under, with giant floats available.

No adults unless accompanying children 14 years of age and under.

Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday – Friday 1.45-3pm,  Saturday and Sunday 1-2.15pm (throughout the holidays except Bank Holiday Monday

Booking not required.

Teaching Pool: Weeks 1-6 Monday to Friday 1.30-2.45pm (excluding Bank Holiday Monday) Sunday 12noon-2.45pm.  Weeks 1-4 Saturday 10am-1.15pm and 1.30-2.45pm


  • £4.35 or £3.35 for passport leisure cardholders per session – adult
  • £3.00 or £2.75 for PTL cardholders per session – child
  • Under 3s free

Booking not required.

There’s a Bikeability level to match every ability

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Cycle training for ages 9 – 15

Bikeability logo

Whether you’re just starting out or already have some good skills and just want to use your bike more safely and more often.

The right level of Bikeability training will help you to develop the best habits that will keep you safe whenever you cycle.

Holiday Bikeability courses are held at Halifax, Illingworth and Todmorden fire stations, where bikes and helmets are available.

Courses run over two days; Level 1 and Level 2 for children aged 9 to 14 and Level 3 for more experienced riders aged 11 to 14.

Courses are FREE of charge and children who successfully complete the course are rewarded with a badge and certificate
For details of these courses see Do Something! If you just want to book please register at Book activities and classes or telephone 01422 341527.

For further details on Bikeability cycle training email or telephone 01422 392800.