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A Visit to Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve with Active Calderdale

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For those who don’t know where Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve is or want to know exactly what to expect before visiting, Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group, working with Active Calderdale and Accessible Calderdale Access Forum have created two self-guided walking booklets and a video.

Accessible to all

Maintained by a group of committed volunteers, the 74-acre site is home to flower meadows, dry and wet woodland, a lagoon, ponds and numerous bird viewing areas. It’s also one of the most accessible nature reserves in the area and almost the whole site can be accessed by wheelchair.

Which route will you take? Plan your visit now!

Dedicated to Conservation

Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group is dedicated to the conservation and development of this important site. They are keen to work with local organisations, such as Active Calderdale, to collaborate and access funding that can unlock the reserve’s true potential for the benefit of the whole community.

What’s on Offer

The reserve is an ideal place to relax and take in the beauty of nature. There is free onsite parking, visitor’s centre (opening times Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays 9:30am-4pm), toilet and baby changing facilities, including an accessible toilet (only open when the visitors’ centre is open), among other things.

 

You can find all of this here:

A Visit to Cromwell Bottom | Active Calderdale

 

Access the new self-guided walk booklets and the video here:

Self-guided Walk Booklet Accessible Routes_FINAL.pdf (calderdale.gov.uk)

Self-guided Walk Booklet WEB.pdf (calderdale.gov.uk)

 

                         

What we’ve learned from the Community Get Together at Hove Edge Bowling Club

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On Tuesday 13th of September, Staying Well and Focus4Hope, arranged an event at Hove Edge bowling club.  The aim of the event was to provide information to local residents of Hipperholme and Hove Edge on services are locally available to help them lead a healthier and happier life.

On the day the following groups and services attended; Hipperhome Christ Church, Memory Lane Cafe, Active Calderdale, Better Living Service, Invictus Wellbeing, Calderdale Dementia Hub, Vita Minds, Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group and our very own NHP Neighbourhood team and Sure Start Children’s centres.

All these organisations offer fantastic opportunities to meet others, gain support around dementia, move more indoors and out, access emotional wellbeing services, achieve a healthier weight, access excursions and other local events. Many of those we endeavour to publish in our online blogs to which you can sign up to.

We enjoyed refreshments and cakes.  Focus4Hope delighted us with their culinary skills providing delicious hot food of Vegetarian Chili and Sausage casserole, Crust and Crumb offered delicious woodfired pizzas made on the day.

As well as valuable networking, we had a unique opportunity to listen to a talk from West Yorkshire Police about personal safety at home, out & about and current scams.  The event concluded with a meditation session from Tai Chi Tigers, concentrating on breathing and gentle stretching exercises.

 

The Hipperholme and Hove Edge residents who came, gave our Staying Well workers very positive feedback, saying they enjoyed the day, as well as encouraging requests for more such events in the future. People signed up for various services and there was active interest in taking up Tai Chi, while West Yorkshire Police received numerous requests for home safety visits following their talk on crime prevention.

Thank you to all for your contribution into making this event a success and thank you to all who visited.

For more information on the services available, please find links to the participating organisations below.

 

Hipperholme Christ Church 21
Brighouse Rd, Hipperholme, Halifax HX3 8EA

 Memory Lane Cafe

Active Calderdale

Better Living Team Service

Invictus Wellbeing

Calderdale Dementia Hub

  Vita Health Group – Calderdale

  Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group

North Halifax Partnership (NHP)

Sure Start Children’s centres

Crust and Crumb 77

Tai Chi Tigers

West Yorkshire Police

 

Reminder of the Event – look out for future events!

Active Calderdale VCSE Charter – When we move, we’re stronger

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Are you interested in being 1 of the 8 organisations to pilot this approach and receive a grant of £250 to implement your ideas?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Active Calderdale VCSE Charter – Why?Because when we move, we’re stronger

Active Calderdale works with communities to make physical activity and moving more a part of day-to-day life for everyone in Calderdale. Currently, 1 in 5 people in Calderdale are inactive: taking part in less than 30 minutes of activity per week. We believe every organisation can play their part in supporting and encouraging those who visit their organisation to move more.  Here are some examples to inspire you! Get involved – Voluntary and Community | Active Calderdale

Benefits for your organisation & everyone connected to it

Being an Active Calderdale organisation can have a huge impact on the health of everyone connected to your organisation.  Benefits to your organisation

  • Contribute towards delivering a holistic approach
  • Provide a more attractive, diverse offer as a service
  • Help to meet targets
  • Good leadership
  • Good evidence and case studies

Benefits to the people you supportEven small changes in activity levels can make a big difference

How do you become an Active Calderdale VCSE Charter Organisation?

Our ask of you is that you review your organisation against 6 criteria including how you make Moving More desirable, how you lead the way and provide people with the skills and knowledge and see how you can:

  • Support your staff and volunteers to ‘Move more’
  • Support your members / services user to ‘Move more’
  • Understand and monitor the changes being implemented and the impact the changes are having
  • Celebrate successes

Through partnering with Active Calderdale – We will provide support (knowledge, resources, funding, connections) to enable you to implement changes to help you meet the criteria.   When you’ve signed up, we’ll also send you an Active Calderdale VCSE Charter certificate you can display proudly in your offices, highlighting the positive changes you aim to make.

Sign up today!

We have made the process easy with our online form to submit applications. As this is a limited capacity pilot project, we will be accepting applications until 12pm Wednesday 31st August.  We will review the level of interest and be in touch with those selected to take part.

Sign up to the Active Calderdale VCSE Charter

Rastrick Around the World Community Walk Sunday 21st August

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Active Calderdale invite you to a guided walk, suitable for everyone through Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve. We will walk for about 1km but you are welcome to walk further. Likely to be a few slight gradients.

Meet at the cabin at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve on

Sunday 21st August 1.00pm

There will be some snacks available afterwards (limited) and the chance to win several Love2shop vouchers.

Rastrick Around the World Community Walk Poster

Active Calderdale Your Views Matter survey

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Active Calderdale are gathering information on physical activity habits and opinions on how the local area can influence people to be more active.

No matter how active you currently are, this is your opportunity to express how you feel about being active in your local area so that the right changes can be made to support you, your friends and your family.

The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and can be found here: http://activecalderdale.org/YourViewsMatter2022

Complete the Your Views Matter survey before 6th June 2022 to be in with a chance of winning FIVE £50 Love2Shop vouchers! (terms and conditions apply).

Your views matter Active Calderdale Survey extended

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Active Calderdale want your help to gain true insight across the borough. This is your opportunity to express how you feel about being active in your local area so that Active Calderdale can gain further understanding of how to help improve the perceptions and reduce the inequalities.

 

That’s why we’ve launched the Your Views Matter Survey, which is aimed at adults living in Calderdale and will be sent out annually from 7th May to 7th June. This year’s survey is now live and can be completed via https://bit.ly/3xgxUoX.

This survey will provide us with the insights we need to shape the direction of Active Calderdale and create impactful change.

Complete the survey before 7 June 2021 to have your say and make real difference.

Accessibility

Translated forms are available in the online version of the survey https://bit.ly/3xgxUoX

If you prefer a paper copy, you can pick up one from an open local library. Paper copies are available in English only.

Further information on the Your Views Matter Survey can be found at https://active.calderdale.gov.uk/blog/your-views-matter-local-survey-2021

If you have any other questions or feedback regarding the Your Views Matter Survey or the Your Views Matter Partner Pack, please contact activecalderdale@calderdale.gov.uk

Your answers will help to tackle inequalities and get more people moving in the borough, evaluate the perceptions of residents on their physical and mental wellbeing, and how they feel about being active in their local areas.

 

Join Active Calderdale on our Family and Friends February Challenge!

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“Two-fifths of people say they are being less active in this lockdown than during the first one in spring 2020”

Have you seen this in the news recently? Are you feeling the tougher effects of this lockdown on your physical activity levels? Moving more is one of the best tools we have to boost our physical and mental health – and we’re more likely to do it if we have encouragement from people that we know and trust.

That’s why need your help to spread the word about our latest social media challenge: #FamAndFriendsFeb.

The challenge to everyone in Calderdale is simple; can you encourage as many of your family and friends as possible to be physically active in February?

We all want to find new ways to support our family and friends during this lockdown. Reminding them to keep active is a brilliant way to help the people that we love to stay physically and mentally healthy, to stay connected with them, and have some fun!

Active Calderdale have put together some handy tips and ideas for different ways to keep active with your family and friends whilst sticking to the lockdown restrictions, which will be posted daily on our social media channels using #FamAndFriendsFeb.

We’d love it if your organisation could help us to spread the word on social media, and if you could take part yourself!

Visit our website for more information on the challenge, and download our social media pack for some suggested posts for your organisation. If you need any help with this drop us a line at  ActiveCalderdale@calderdale.gov.uk

 

Active Calderdale advice on improving your sleep

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Getting enough sleep is so important to ensure that we feel replenished and ready for the day.

There are many reasons why we may be struggling to sleep, including working from home, stress, illness, alcohol consumption and the inability to relax.

If you need advice, have a look at these sleep guides. It is amazing how much better we all feel after a good night’s sleep!

Basic Introduction to Sleep
Introduction to the neuroscience of sleep and effects of sleep deprivation

Top 13 tips
13 tips on how to improve the quality of your sleep

Food for Thought
List of foods that help you get better sleep – and those that don’t!