Lower Valley Friday Flyer 9 February – OUT NOW!!

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Featuring

  • Tonight – Chinese New Year Extravaganza at Victoria Theatre
  • Get Sugar Smart in Calderdale
  • Changes to Repeat Prescriptions
  • Last 2 Days of Children’s Mental Health Week
  • Sign up for The Great Get Together 2018 – More in Common

Have a great weekend!

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Sugar Smart Calderdale

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SUGAR SMART CALDERDALE is an exciting campaign launched in Calderdale this February. It is part of a national campaign, SUGAR SMART, led by Jamie Oliver and Sustain. In Calderdale, the campaign is inviting participants from a number of sectors to make small changes that enable the people of Calderdale to reduce the amount of sugar they’re consuming. We know that, in the UK, people consume up to five times the recommended maximum daily intake of sugar, and that this is having a huge impact on our health – and waistlines – as a nation.

Up and down the country, people are committing to small actions as a part of SUGAR SMART, and we’d like to ask you to do the same. In Calderdale, Halifax Rugby League FC is leading the way, with players committing to SUGAR SMART challenges for three weeks. They will also be promoting SUGAR SMART messages as an organisation, to show that physical activity and a sugar smart diet go hand-in-hand.

Organisations across Calderdale are joining the campaign to do their part to improve the food environment and promote positive messages. Calderdale’s Health & Wellbeing Board will no longer be serving biscuits at their meetings; Northowram Primary School are running a SUGAR SMART assembly for their 450 pupils; Calderdale Royal Hospital will be helping staff to make healthier choices. What could you or your organisation pledge to do?

From promoting drinking water, to taking a SUGAR SMART challenge as an individual or organisation, to removing sugary items from prominent display, there is an action to fit every shape and size of organisation. The SUGAR SMART CALDERDALE steering group (Food for Life; Locala PHEYS; Better Living Service; and Calderdale Council’s Public Health team) can help you with your pledge, and there is lots of inspirational material at http://www.sugarsmartuk.org.

If you’d like to be one of the organisations in Calderdale taking positive action to encourage people to reduce the amount of sugar they’re consuming, email sugarsmart@calderdale.gov.uk or call Chloe Smee on 07500 602742.

Perspectives on Patterns at Bankfield Museum

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Opening at Bankfield Museum on Saturday 10 February will be an exhibition ‘Interpretations of Calderdale Museums Pattern Book Collection’ by the Textile Art Group. Discover intricate details, long forgotten patterns and learn more about the history of the textile industry. The exhibition will include art works created by the Textile Art Group inspired by this fascinating collection.

Members of the Textile Art Group will be in the Link Gallery demonstrating a number of different crafts and talking about their work. Free, drop in activity for all ages.

Other activities around this exhibition which continues until 2 June include;

Through my Sketchbooks with Vivienne Brown

Saturday 17 March, 1.30pm to 4pm

Bookmaking with Helen Smith & Joan Burnip

Saturday 24 March, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm

Needlepunch Felt & Fibre Painting with Jackie Ford and Denise Teed

Saturday 14 April, 11am to 2pm

Protect Your Children Online – Be Share Aware with NSPCC

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It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games. Or know how to keep them safe.

NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help parents untangle the web. And teach their children to be Share Aware.

Because, just like in real life, kids need your help to stay safe online.

Talk about their online world

We talk to children about crossing the road, bullying and speaking to strangers. But what about staying safe in the digital world?

Having regular conversations about what your child is doing online – just like you would their day at school – is the best way to keep them safe.

You’ll be able to spot any problems, encourage them to come to you if they’re worried and make sure they know what’s ok to share online – and what’s not.

You can find out more about the social networks, apps and games your child uses with the NSPCC’s Net Aware tool.

3 tips to help start the conversation

  1. Explore sites and apps together and talk about any concerns.
  2. Ask your child if they know how to stay safe online.
  3. Talk about personal information and what to share online.

Flat Stanley at Elland and Rastrick Libraries

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Stanley Lambchop is just a normal healthy boy, but ever since a large notice board fell on him, he’s been only half an inch thick. But amazing things can happen to you when you are flat! Enjoy the magical and brilliantly funny adventures of Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. You will make your own Flat Stanley and Airmail envelope.

This activity is suitable for children aged 5-8.

Tuesday 20 February, 10:30-11:30 at Elland Library.

Tuesday 20 February, 2pm-3pm at Rastrick Library.

Tickets are £3 per child and are available through Ticketsource.

All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For further information email Elland library at elland.library@calderdale.gov.uk or call on 01422 374472.

For the Rastrick session email Rastrick library rastrick.library@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01484 714858.

Active 10 – Walk 10 Brisk Minutes a Day for Better Health

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Public Health England are promoting brisk walking for just 10 minutes a day.

A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”.

A Press Release from PHE reports that 4 out of 10 (41%) adults aged 40 to 60 in England walk less than 10 minutes continuously each month at a brisk pace.

Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.

It’s the easy way to improve your health and wellbeing. No gym memberships, no Lycra. Just 10 minutes and you!
The free Active 10 app for smartphones and tablet computers (including iPads) takes away the guesswork. It shows how much brisk walking you’re doing and how you can do more. It’s easy to use and helps you set your goals for the day.
A regular 10 minute brisk walk can make you feel better in so many ways. It can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood.It can help people with lower back pain and those at risk of high blood pressure.It’s also seriously good for your long-term health – it can reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Taking at least 1 brisk 10 minute walk a day has been shown to reduce the risk of early death by 15%. A 10 minute walk can contribute to meeting the CMO’s physical activity guidance of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week. This can lead to health benefits including a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes (by 40%), cardiovascular disease (by 35%), dementia (by 30%) and some cancers (by 20%).

The severity of the current physical inactivity epidemic amongst adults contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and is costing the NHS over £0.9 billion per year.

Read more at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home#qha3yo9cF9P6rGLX.99

Halifax Arts Society: Chatsworth and the Story of the Devonshire Family Collections

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Halifax Arts Society will be holding the next lecture on Tuesday 13 February, 12:45pm to 3pm at The Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax HX1 1QG.

Simon Seligman will discuss ‘Passions, Personalities and Patronage: Chatsworth and the Story of the Devonshire Family Collections, 1549 – present’

The outstanding and diverse Devonshire collection is considered one of the finest surviving European family collections; it features Old Master drawings, fine books, silver and rare jewels, portraits, sculpture, furniture and ancient treasures. Its story is told chronologically through the interests, characters and tastes of its collectors over 16 generations

Simon fell in love with a photograph of Chatsworth when he was 10 and visited for the first time as a teenager. He then worked there for 19 years, from 1991 to 2010, starting with a summer job (car parking and lavatory cleaning!), and ending up as their first Head of Communications. Through his lectures he aims to pass on his life-long passion for this beautiful place.

Tickets are £7.50 to non-members and should be purchased on the day from the ticket office.

For more information visit The Arts Society Halifax

Community Transport Calderdale Volunteer Recruitment Day

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Community Transport Calderdale (CTC) are hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Day on Thursday 15 February, 10am-3pm  at B8/B10 Tenterfields Business Park, Luddenden Foot, HX2 6EQ

Visit them for an informal chat to find out about CTC and the volunteering opportunities they have to offer: driving (car and minibus), passenger assistance, administrative/reception, valeting and general assistance.

Contact CTC on 01422 888080 or email info@ctcalderdale.co.uk if you can attend to let them know what time you will be arriving, or to organise an appointment for another day.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2018

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Just a reminder that 5-11 February 2018 is Children’s Mental Health Week.

This year the week was launched by the Royal Patron the Duchess of Cambridge who spoke to pupils, parents and teachers about ‘Being Ourselves’

 

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Now in its fourth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 – #BeingOurselves

Some children and young people can find it difficult to think positively about themselves. Low self-esteem affects more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have Place2Be one-to-one support.

That’s why this Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 February 2018) Place2Be is highlighting the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. Place2Be is inviting everyone – children, young people and adults – to come together and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others.

When we have a positive view of ourselves, it can help us to cope with life’s challenges and make better connections with others.

At the same time, celebrating the unique strengths of the people around us can enable us to come together in our schools, workplaces and communities.

Whether you’re a parent, someone who works with children, or even just someone who is passionate about supporting children and young people’s mental health – you can support the campaign by getting involved and spreading the word.

Let’s celebrate ‘Being Ourselves’ together.