Postnatal Group at Holywell Green Children’s Centre

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postnatal groupEvery Monday

10.30am – 12pm

At Holywell Green  Children’s Centre

Topics include:

  • Looking after yourself
  • Immunisations
  • Accident prevention
  • Introduction to baby massage
  • Weaning

Please contact the Health VIsitors on 01484 728940 for more information.

No need to book – just come along!

Big Latch On aims to break record

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New mums in Calderdale are being asked to get together for a world record attempt to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.

In a bid to get as many babies breastfeeding as possible, all at the same time in the same place, Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network and Elland Children’s Centre are hosting a ‘Big Latch On’ event on Friday 31 July at the centre from 10am to 11am.

The event is part of The Big Latch On 2015 – an international event organised as part of World Breastfeeding Week (1 – 7 August) by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.

The aim is to encourage new mums to gather and nurse their newborns in public, all around the world, to raise awareness of the breastfeeding support available and to help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.

During the global latch-on, mums will need to breastfeed their babies for one minute from 10.30am on either Friday 31 July or Saturday 1 August, and the number of women doing this will be officially counted at each venue. The current record was set in 2013, when 14,536 children were breastfed simultaneously.

During the event at Elland Children’s Centre, people will be on hand to answer questions about breastfeeding and how to sign up to become part of a team offering support to other mums.

Calderdale Council set up and continues to fund Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network to promote breastfeeding in the borough. It is made up of local women who have breastfed their own children and work as volunteers to support other mothers. They are specially trained and supported in their role by a team of coordinators who work with health professionals. There are currently 35 peer supporters.

Mums can get advice from peer supporters over the phone and at locations across Calderdale, including antenatal and health visitor clinics, Calderdale Royal Hospital and support groups and drop-ins at children’s centres.

Cllr Megan Swift, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said:

“The Big Latch On is a great way to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. I urge local mums to get involved and help send out a strong message that breastfeeding is a normal part of day-to-day life and support is available.

“Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. We created the Peer Support Network to boost the number of mums starting and continuing to breastfeed. In Calderdale about 80% of women breastfeed their newborns in the first 48 hours after birth, but this drops off to about 40% by the time the baby is six to eight weeks old. The longer you do it, the greater the benefits – including healthy growth and less chance of diarrhoea, vomiting, ear infections and obesity for children, plus reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer for mums.”

Bridget Hall, Calderdale Council’s Breastfeeding Peer Support Network Lead Coordinator, added:

“We encourage more people to come forward to join our Peer Support Network. It’s really rewarding. Mums who receive support from our volunteers tell us it helps them to overcome breastfeeding difficulties because they have someone to listen to their worries and answer questions; offer practical solutions; give local knowledge about where to go for more specialised help; and offer reassurance.”

If you would like support from the network, please contactpeersupporters@calderdale.gov.uk or 07920 466660. If you are interested in volunteering to be a peer supporter, please contact bridget.hall@calderdale.gov.uk or 01422 393480.

For more information visit the Calderdale Breastfeeding Support Network Facebook page or follow @breastfeedpeers on Twitter.

FREE climbing sessions at ROKT

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West Yorkshire Positive Futures is offering FREE climibing sessions at ROKT, Brighouse for young people aged 10-19 years.

Every Thursday, 6pm – 7:30pm.

Please book before session.

West Yorkshire Positive Futures is run by young people for young people and provides FREE activities
all over Calderdale!… Click here to see what else the programme offers…

Circus Starr rolls into Bradford

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Forget your troubles and escape to the magic world of Circus Starr!

 “My daughter normally struggles with noise and crowds, but the sight of her dancing ringside so relaxed and carefree will stay with me always”

Mum to 7 year old Maisie, who has autism.

circus starrCircus Starr is a world class, touring circus featuring acrobats, dancers and entertainers from across the globe. It is also an independent, charitable organisation that supports disabled, underprivileged and vulnerable children across the UK through a 75 venue tour held three times a year.

Circus Starr launched as a Social Enterprise and became a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2010. Through its unique network of partner charities and local businesses, it provides over £1.3 million worth of free tickets to children, their families and community groups throughout the UK every year.

Potential supporters of Circus Starr are invited to contact us on 01260 288690 for…

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Singspiration need a new choir deliverer!

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They are a fun and friendly choir that have been together 3 years and meet every Monday in Ogden, Halifax.

They sing for fun and wellbeing and they really hope to keep singing together.

Singspiration are looking for someone who is a musically trained singer who can teach them some lovely songs in harmony. Please contact Linda Haggas 07739 397892

More information available here…

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Lower Valley Friday Flyer 17 July – OUT NOW!!

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Lower Valley LogoClick here to view this week’s 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 calderdalelowervalley@gmail.com

Have a great weekend!

Chit Chat Success!

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The Chit Chat group from Elland was recognised for its hard work on Thursday 9 July at the Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 ceremony where they picked the Supporting Older People in Calderdale award (sponsored by The Leo Group)

Chit Chat provides fun activities and friendly social interaction over a cuppa!

The night, hosted by Clare Frisby and held in partnership with the Community Foundation for Calderdale, was a well-deserved showcase for the people who make Calderdale the caring, creative and conscientious place we all know and love… read more about the awards…

Chit Chat runs every second and fourth Wednesday in the month from 1.30pm until 3.30pm at All Saints Church, Charles Street, Elland, HX5 0JF

Who’d like a FREE goody bag?

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EllandgoodybagBag yourself a 100% cotton shopping bag containing a car/window sticker, postcard and keyring!

NEW LOGOSAs well as a really useful tote these promotional goodies aim to raise awareness of the Staying Well project and to promote Elland as place that cares about the health and well-being of its communities.

If you run a local group or organisation in Elland or nearby and would like a few of these bags to give out to your members, please give us a call on 01422 392708.