Lower Valley

Boost for Lower Valley Support Team

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Calderdale Council’s Support and Independence Team in the Lower Valley is celebrating after being rated as ‘good’ in a recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection… read more… 

The team helps people who need support to regain independence following an accident, illness or after leaving hospital. The service is based in Brighouse, but supports people in their homes in Brighouse, Elland, Halifax and Rastrick.

The service was previously inspected by the CQC in December 2015 where it was rated as ‘requiring improvement’.

What to expect when your new baby arrives – 2017 Antenatal workshop

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Being pregnant (especially for the first time) can be extremely exciting and a very happy time as you prepare for your new arrival. However, it can also feel daunting at times and a little overwhelming as you realise the idea of bringing your child home for the first time.

Surestart and the Lower Valley Health Visitors team want to help you feel confident and reassured about those first few days and weeks after your baby has arrived.

So if you are 30 weeks+ then come along to our antenatal workshop and meet your new health visitor on the following dates!

  • Thursday 19 January 2017 – 6pm to 7.30pm at Elland Children’s Centre
  • Thursday 23 February 2017 – 6pm to 7.30pm at Field Lane Children’s Centre
  • Tuesday 7 March 2017 – 6pm to 7.30pm at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre

To book a place on any of the sessions call Sure Start on 01484 714768

Look how far we’ve come! Celebrating Staying Well in Elland

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20160720_192855On Wednesday 20 July the Elland Staying Well Hub held an event to celebrate the achievements of the project in Elland, Stainland and Greetland so far.

Local community groups and organisations were invited along to Elland Cricket Athletic & Bowling Club to showcase their work in these areas. Those attending included Elland & District Partnership, Chit Chat Group, Bethesda Church, Cartwheel, Yorkshire Community Connections, Let’s Just Do It, CREW and Bluebird Care.

The Adult Brass class who received funding from the project, kicked off proceedings by playing three pieces for the attendees conducted by Sam Harrison.

20160720_193728Elland Staying Well Worker, Rachel Swaby then highlighted the work in the community over the last 18 months and how, through anecdotal evidence and statistical analysis, the Staying Well project has achieved the goals set out at its inception, which were to reduce loneliness and isolation in older people and create more connected communities.

Comments overheard during the night were unanimous in agreeing that “it’s been good for Elland…It’s just what Elland needed.”

Win Theaker of the Chit Chat Group said

The funding we got means we can stop panicking about money and plan ahead properly…expand the work we do, get bigger and better next year!”

whilst another community group member added

“I know most of us knew each other’s groups before, but it’s like we are more together now and we’ve also made new contacts and come out of our shells.”

A film titled ‘Real Stories’ was shown and gave a particularly touching recount of how the Staying Well project has helped 3 local residents when they needed it most, and was followed by an impromptu ‘Thank you’ speech to Rachel from a 96 year old member of the audience, who is also a member of several of the community groups that were present.

Sure Start summer activities in Brighouse

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Enjoy a family gathering or penalty shoot out in Lower Valley with Sure Start summer activities for all the family next month.

Family Gathering on Friday 12 August – 10am to 12pm
All things fun One off event for children up to age 8 years at Whinney Hill Community Centre, Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse, HD6 2NQ – Book by contacting the Training Team on 01422 266197

Penalty Shoot Out on Thursday 25 August – 10am to 11.30am
Fun for the entire family at this one off event suitable for children aged 2 to 6 at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre, Bradford Road, Brighouse, HD6 4AF – Book by calling 01484 714768

For other events and news from Sure Start Children’s Centres visit surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk

Get involved and shop local for Small Business Saturday

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Saturday 5 December is this year’s ‘Small Business Saturday’ so please show your support for local businesses on the day and get involved by shopping local!

Small Business Saturday 2014 was a runaway success

  • 16.5 million People shopped in a small independent business on the day, representing a 20% increase in footfall on 2013 or 2.7 million more shoppers
  • 64% of UK consumers were aware of the day, a 33% increase on 2013
  • Over 3.5 million Facebook views and #SmallBizSatUK trended at number one all day on 6 December 2014

Calderdale’s local independent small businesses appreciate your support all year round so join the ‘Get Involved’ campaign on Saturday 5 December and make it a fantastic and successful day!

Treat your canine friends to see Santa Paws this Sunday

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santa pawsOn Sunday 29 November, Kershaw’s Garden Shopping Centre will be welcoming mans best friends to meet Santa Paws.

With Christmas just around the corner Santa Paws will be at the Garden Centre waiting to meet and greet your four legged friends with a gift and all breeds, ages and sizes are welcome between 1pm – 4pm.

As this is the season for giving, Kershaws are teaming up with the local RSPCA Branch, RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District to see if customers will help animals less fortunate than their own and make a donation to give them a better life in 2016.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch are also holding a Christmas Open Day at their Animal Centre on Sunday 6 December for families to go and get in the festive spirit!

With stalls, games, meet the animals and of course, mulled wine and mince pies! 12pm to 4pm at RSPCA Animal Centre, Wade Street, Halifax HX1 1SN

Brighouse school powered by the sun

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Carr-Green-school-e1447667909833Carr Green Primary School in Brighouse is now saving money and providing cleaner energy after solar panels were installed at the school.

Solar panels, installed by Hub Energy, now cover the roof of the school, converting the sun’s free and clean energy into power. The panels will generate 10% of the school’s energy, saving 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year… read more…

Calderdale Community Energy is looking for more schools to develop energy saving projects. There are many ways to save, for example, some lighting improvements can bring the same savings as solar panels.

For more information about Calderdale Community Energy, visit calderdalecommunityenergy.org.uk or to speak to someone about the range of energy savings options available, contact Calderdale Council’s Environmental Projects team on 01422 392250.

Operation Santa at Bradley Wood

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There’s been a disaster at the North Pole and all operations have had to be moved elsewhere with Bradley Wood selected as the perfect location so get involved with festive fun for all the family.

Saturday 28 November – 2pm to 6pm
Bradley Wood Campsite & Activity Centre, Shepherds Thorn Lane, Brighouse, HD6 3TU

The cost is £10 for Children and adults go FREE and with lots of activities and games to try and even some reindeer’s to ride it would be a shame to miss out.

VIP passes are available to help the elven guests and of course Santa Claus. For further information contact admin@bradleywood.org.uk or call 01484 715858

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Are you prepared? Get Flood Aware!

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Flood MapFlooding in Calderdale is becoming increasingly common and although it is rarely on a scale that creates national headlines, we have seen a number of damaging floods in the last 30 years, including those during the summer of 2012.

While flooding from main rivers can be predicted, one-off floods can occur unexpectedly and have a significant impact.  These floods typically arise from surface water, canals, smaller watercourses, blocked culverts and road drainage and affect almost anywhere.

If you would like up to date information about flooding, weather and traffic disruptions across the Borough with lots of useful information on how to prepare, and check your risk of floods visit www.eyeoncalderdale.com

Shaping the future of Cromwell Bottom

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Local people have been having their say about future plans for the Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve and neighbouring site at North Loop, near Brighouse.

A public consultation ran from June to September, with a number of drop-in sessions held around Brighouse and Elland. Over 1800 survey questionnaires were returned and the results have now been collated… read more…

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Skills and the Environment, Cllr Jenny Lynn, said:

It’s great that so many people responded to the survey on Cromwell Bottom. It’s clearly a well loved site, and it’s really helpful that we have a good picture of what currently works and what could be improved, so we can prepare a plan for the site which meets the requirements of visitors and local people.

You can read the full report of the survey results at: www.calderdale.gov.uk/council/consultations/cromwell-bottom/index.html