Elland Staying Well

Sing Out Loud at Hamerton Close

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Starting on Friday 18 May, 2:00pm–3:30pm at Hamerton Close, Westgate, Elland will be Sing Out Loud fun singing session.

This is a singalong session for seniors, with Steve Brown – a professional musician who has a wide range of experience working with community groups.

Just £1 per session (and 50p for refreshments) this group will meet every fortnight

 

Holiday at Home – Bethesda Methodist Church 11 and 12 July

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Holiday at Home at Bethesda Methodist Church, Elland on 11 and 12 July 10:00 – 15:30 each day.

For £3 each day have Fun, Fellowship and Food with

  • Morning coffee
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea and cakes
  • Sing along
  • Games
  • Quizzes
  • Crafts

To book a place call Christine on 01422 256244

This event also involves members of Southgate Methodist and is supported by Elland Staying Well.

 

Christmas day event spreads joy in Elland

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Staff and VolunteersSadly, thousands of older people in the UK spend the festive season on their own, and in Calderdale over 200 older people won’t have received Christmas presents this year.

Local group ‘Let’s just do it Elland’, sponsored by Elland & District Partnership and supported by a team of volunteers held a festive feast with exciting entertainment at Elland Cricket Club on Christmas Day, to bring festive cheer to isolated people aged over 65 in the local community which saw over 30 elderly people come together and receive gifts Dancingwhen they would usually celebrate Christmas alone.

Guests gathered for a three course lunch and enjoyed a traditional brass band, a singer performing 1940s and 1950s classics and many local businesses donated goods which added to the overall success of the day with 100% positive feedback and early requests to repeat the event next year already received.

Door to door transport was also provided in mini buses loaned from the Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax, driven by volunteers and a number of meals were delivered to the homes of those unable to attend.

GuestsElland & District Partnership is one of four community ‘hubs’ in the borough, established as part of ‘Staying Well’ – a project by Calderdale Council and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to help tackle loneliness and isolation in older people, improve wellbeing and create more connected communities whilst reducing GP and hospital visits as well as early entry into residential care.

The project helped to fund the event on Christmas Day, as well as many other activities this year to bring lonely people together – from lunch clubs and coach trips to IT training, befriending, exercise classes and many more.

Rachel Swaby the Staying Well support worker in Elland said:

“The ‘Let’s Just Do It’ Christmas lunch provided a great opportunity to bring together people on Christmas Day who would otherwise have spent the day alone. Staying Well supports and encourages events such as these within the local community – helping individuals become more connected and less isolated. We understand that people thrive when they have company and things to do.”

Cllr Simon Young, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Engagement, said:

“Loneliness affects thousands of people all year round, but at times like Christmas it can be especially hard, and having company and support becomes even more important. It’s heart-warming that as well as connecting people throughout the year, the Staying Well project has helped to spread some festive cheer this Christmas. I’d like to thank all the hubs and community groups who continue to help us tackle loneliness and isolation in Calderdale.”

For further information about the Staying Well Hub in Elland contact Rachel Swaby on 01422 392708

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Do you know someone who’s on their own this Christmas?

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If you know someone over 65 in the Elland area who is likely to be spending Christmas alone, why not let them know about the Christmas Day lunch at Elland Cricket Club, organised by the Elland Staying Well team?

The event will run from 11.30am to 3.30pm and lunch, entertainment and support will be provided by volunteers.

There is no cost, but a voluntary contribution of £5 can be paid on the day.

Limited places available, contact Kirsty or Julie on 01484 313655 or 07738 626698.