Safespace is an out of hours emotional support service for adults in Calderdale. It is a place of safety for people experiencing emotional distress. We can offer you the time and space to talk through what’s happening and explore different ways to help you.
Safespace is available every evening from 6.30pm – 10.30pm. It can only be accessed by appointment.
To access Safespace,
Call 01422 345154
Text 07388 990227
We can call you back. Please be aware that the call may come from a withheld number.
Facebook: safespace calderdale
For general enquiries or support, email email@example.com
If lines are busy, please leave a message and a member of the team will call you back.
If you need urgent crisis support call 01924 316830 (24 hours NHS)
You can also contact Samaritans on 116 123
Younger People’s Services:
Saneline 0300 304 7000 (aged 16+), open 4.30-10.30pm daily
Papyrus HOPELINE 0800 068 4141 open til 10pm daily
We are delighted to be able to advertise a number of vacancies within our Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation:
- Caretaker – 30 hours per week
- Early Years Practitioner Plus – 2 x 37 hours per week
- Early Years Practitioner Plus – 2 x 19 hours per week
Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 27th January 2021
For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at:
Their workshops happen over zoom and give the opportunity for all participants to get together and work through issues, finding ways of dealing with difficult situations and improving wellbeing.
There are social groups and art workshops too. You’re bound to find something of interest!
Social Anxiety – Tuesday 19th Jan, 11-12.30pm
In this workshop we will discuss what social anxiety is and identify what triggers
anxiety. We will then explore realistic ways of managing social anxiety with the
opportunity to make a personalised plan.
Paper-based postal versions of all workshops are also available.
Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing – 1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month, 6-7.30pm
A light hearted space for people to make some creative connections. Each session is
themed and past activities have included mask making, Zentangling and origami.
Outdoors-in 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 2-3.30pm
Each session is based on an outdoor topic, including all things allotments and
nature. The group bring a contribution to the session in a ‘show and tell’ format, have
fun and learn new things.
Anxiety and Depression Peer-Support groups, twice monthly
A peer-support telephone group for those who would like to access peer support but
prefer not to use Zoom video link. The groups are a safe and non-judgmental space
and offer structure, guidance and support for those experiencing anxiety and
Social Zoom Group every Monday morning
Join us for a catch-up, cuppa and chat every Monday morning via Zoom. The group
is light and loosely structured – based on the ideas and interests of group member
and is a chance to find out about upcoming events in Healthy Minds and local area.
So get in touch and join us… do bring your own brew though!
New Group for 2021!
Recovery group (CHIME) once every month (5 sessions in total)
The group will explore key themes about recovery in mental health: Connectedness,
Hope and Optimism, Identity, Meaning in Life and Empowerment; exploring how
these themes relate to our personal recovery journey.
Please note: this is a closed group for people who have attended workshops, groups
and courses with Healthy Minds.
To book or to access further details about any of workshops or groups please email:
Or call: 01422 345154
For more information about our services and updates please visit our website:
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team
The VSI Alliance are seeking your feedback on our weekly update to find out if we are including the right information for you and your organisation’s needs. Your feedback will form part of a review of the layout and content of our update to make sure it is fit for purpose and as useful as possible.
The survey is anonymous and will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.
Please click on the link below to access the survey – Thank you!
About VSI Alliance: All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is this for?
For anyone with a question about money. Check out this fun money personality quiz and see if you need our help.
How long is the session?
We’re here for an hour but you can drop in any time, ask your question and then leave.
We can’t promise to have all the answers but we might be the first step to getting the answer you need.
What sorts of questions can you answer?
We can chat about any aspects of managing your money and we’ll also have our energy advisor on hand to help will any queries about your domestic bills, switching tariff, or making a complaint.
What can’t we discuss?
We’re not financial advisers so we can’t help with a choice of account or bank, but we can make sure you’re asking the right questions, and looking for information in the best places.
Choose your date and join us on Zoom on
Tuesday 19th January from 1-2pm
Wednesday 20th January from 1-2pm
And Thursday 21th January from 12-1pm
If you have any questions about the sessions then email email@example.com
Join us for a special event on how we can find possibility and positivity in 2021!
Beyond Frazzled – with Ruby Wax
Weds 13 Jan – Online via Zoom
7pm UK time (see your time zone here)
Tickets: Open to all with optional donation
2020 was a truly challenging year. How can we start the new year with a sense of positivity and hope?
At this event, Ruby Wax OBE will share “green shoots” of hope emerging in our society. Drawing on insights from her inspiring new book “And Now for the Good News…”, Ruby will explore reasons we have to be optimistic about what the future holds – and how we can find hope, even during these uncertain times.
Ruby will also share her thoughts on the importance of mindfulness, mental health and her ground-breaking network of Frazzled cafes, which are providing much-needed support for people in local communities and now via online meetings too.
“We’re all in need of as much good news as we can get! Ruby can always be guaranteed to lift your spirits” ~ Annie Lennox
This week’s CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin features a self guided 5.5 miles walk through Starfish & Syke Hill. The walk is marked as Grade 2+ and estimated to take 2.5 hours to complete.
We start our walk from Cottonstones, above Mill Bank and Ripponden. There is parking near to the church or if you require refreshments afterwards, you can always park at The Alma Inn, just inform them you are doing a CREW walk and will call in later.
From ‘The Alma’ carpark, turn right and then left up Clay Pitts Lane, further up the lane, on your right are some stone steps into a field, cross the field onto Wicking Lane. Turn right and then left, following the way marker up through the buildings and onto a walked track, this will bring you onto Ash Hall Lane.
Turn right and walk along the lane to the wide track on your left, just before the tarmac road. Follow the track up and around to a T junction of paths, turn left and walk past the farmhouse on your left. You will come to a gate, once through take the right-hand path, to your left you will see the Flints, this will lead you towards a red-bricked building.
It is very difficult to imagine now but this area was a 2nd WW ‘Starfish’ site. A great area of the moorland and farm fields to your right, were made to resemble an airfield. Wooden planes etc were placed around the site so the German bombers would think it was a significant airfield. It was to deflect their attention away from the industrial areas of Halifax and the munition factories in the Greetland areas. At night, if bombers were in the area, great fires were lit, the German bombers would see this and fly towards it. There were 1500 such sites around the country.
Looking at the red-bricked bunker, turn left and continue down the wide track, passing the disused quarries and trees to a style taking you onto Greave Road. Keep right and walk along the narrow road – Coal Gate Road. The road will take a right turning and you will see a way marker to your left. The wide track is called Flight House Road, at the junction, cross the road and onto the wide track in front of you.
At the next junction turn left and then right on to another track – this is Cote Road and the area is Syke Hill. When the wide track stops, continue straight forward on a narrow path. When you reach a tarmac road, cross over on the narrow road in front of you, then cross over the tarmac road on to a track, turn left and walk down this track.
When you are approaching the houses, the path narrows to go past the back of the properties; there are several gates and sometimes the dogs are in the back yards, so make sure the owners come out to secure them!
You will come out on to Lane Heads Road, turn right and then left to descend Foxen Lane. At the bottom of Foxen Lane, in the very bottom of Mill Bank, you will see the stream and a path to your left which goes up at the back of the houses. This soon becomes a track through the woodland (this part of the walk is a little strenuous and graded 2+). At the tarmac road, turn right and follow the wide track up to the road.
You will come out at Lighthazles, turn right along Lighthazles Road, this will then join Clay Pitts Lane to retrace your steps back to The Alma Inn.
We would love you to try this walk and send us your photos so we can pop it in the newsletter.
It doesn’t have to be this walk, we would love to feature your scenic photos in the newsletters.