Staying Well are looking to capture people’s views on what can happen in local areas to help health and wellbeing.
This is part of the Thriving Communities agenda and will shape how things are developed in the future.
Some people took up a new hobby during the COVID lockdowns…..some started running and many people developed a green finger or two but at Staying Well our new thing of 2020/21 was volunteers!!
Staying Well have always worked alongside the volunteers in all communities in Calderdale – linking in with the great groups and awesome activities they make happen – yet recruiting and managing our own volunteers was something new to us.
Working with CMBC, Staying Well have harnessed the overwhelming response of people to want to respond to COVID and help those people who became even more vulnerable in the last year. Turning the power of good deeds, selflessness and kindness into something to help improve peoples lives couldn’t have been done without those people across Calderdale who want to give up their time and energy to help other. This volunteers week we want to say a massive THANK YOU to all the Staying Well volunteers working alongside us and our clients. We couldn’t make a difference without you!
Staying Well recruit volunteers to be Telephone Befrienders – giving up an hour or so of their time each week to make a friendly call to someone, have a chat and brighten their day. This year has seen loneliness become more of an issue than ever and although one phone call a week may seem like a drop in the ocean it really can make all the difference.
Our clients and volunteers comment on how the relationships we help them build make such a difference to their lives. We have seen relationships blossom into true friendships. Just having someone on the end of a phone who is there to listen, give you their time, and care makes people feel happier and healthier.
If you are interested in volunteering with Staying Well all you need is a smile, a telephone and the love of good conversation! Get in touch on 01422 392767 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will invite you along to an online Info Session to say a friendly hello and take you through the ins and outs of coming on board.
A number of studies has shown the benefits of volunteering, especially with promoting community cohesion.
Communities with volunteering options tend to be stronger and function better.
When people volunteer, they invest in their community and as such feel closer to it. They are more likely to develop a strong sense of belonging in their area, take more active roles and enhance general wellbeing.
Volunteering can often lead directly to employment. From expanding your skillset with practical knowledge to putting you in positions that are closer to paid roles, it can be a valuable stepping stone. It looks great on your CV too!
So how about giving some of your time?
There are several ways in which you can volunteer. Offering assistance in a charity shop is only one.
Places like Citizens Advice are heavily reliant on volunteers. There are other helplines that can offer training to potential volunteers, such as the Samaritans or Victim Support.
Your local council may offer volunteering options as well.
Keep an eye out for National Volunteering campaigns, such as the Great British Spring Clean!
There are frequent litter picks running locally at any given time. Or you may want to organise one yourself!
Volunteering with NHP
North Halifax Partnership has several volunteering opportunities for members of our community. You do not need an NHP membership to volunteer with us.
Our comprehensive volunteering programme offers opportunities to volunteer across many of our own services as well as being a single point of access for volunteering opportunities across Halifax.
We receive volunteering opportunities from places like Citizens Advice and Neighbourhood watch. We organise litter picks and community clean-ups, such as Pimp my Pellon.
We are especially keen to recruit volunteers for the Staying Well Hub.
During the lockdowns, Staying Well has provided a telephone befriending service that has been a link for many isolated and vulnerable members of our community. We have run food hubs, delivered doorstep shopping, helped with various practical issues or just offered a listening ear. Much of this could only be possible thanks to our volunteers.
At present the SureStart Children’s Centres options are limited but keep checking. We anticipate we will soon be needing help there too.
If you want to volunteer with us or see how we can help you, visit our dedicated volunteering hub:
However you decide to do it or for however long, volunteering is a unique experience that will fulfil and transform you, benefiting your community in more ways than you could imagine!
We hope to become more interactive this way, sharing images and updates.
We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are still here if you need us to lend a listening ear. You can refer yourself to us or request a referral from a GP, your support worker or even family and friends if you need some help.
No one needs to be alone.
The Staying Well Hub Team are here to listen to your concerns and help you make sense of what is happening. Whatever you are dealing with, we would like to hear from you because help is always at hand.
We can offer assistance in a variety of different languages, please enquire to see how we can assist.
Referrals can be made over the telephone or you can visit the Staying Well website to fill out the referral form.
Individuals can refer themselves. In order to refer someone you will need their consent.
Contact us on 01422 392767 if you, or someone you know is isolated or vulnerable,
or if you are a community group and would like some advice.
Email: stayingwellproject @calderdale.gov.uk
Find us on Facebook: @StayingWellCalderdale
For more information visit the Staying Well Telephone Befriending service page
The Monday Luncheon Club at the Cartwheel is back and running, offering a set three course meal for £4.00 per person.
The sessions begin at 12.00pm.
For queries and booking please contact Rachel Swaby, Staying Well team on 01422 392708.
Cartwheel Luncheon Club
Cartwheel Youth Club
Staying Well and North Halifax Partnership’s Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative are holding a number of Wellbeing and Support sessions at Moorside Community Primary School, Keighley Road, Halifax HX2 8AP.
The sessions will be;
- Friday 15 March, 9:30am-11:00am – Launch
- Friday 5 April 9:00am-11:00am – Scams & Frauds
- Friday 17 May 9:00am-11:00am – Consumer Savvy
- Friday 7 June 9:00am-11:00am – Savvy Savings
- Friday 28 June 9:00am-11:00am – Staying Well
- Friday 19 July 9:00am-11:00am – Staying Well
For more information contact Karen Scanlon on 0300 555 0266 or email Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk
Golly – it hardly feels like 5 minutes since we had the last Staying Well newsletter but a lot has happened since then! We also need to keep you up to date with what is happening over the Christmas period and give you a chance to look at the full newsletter here.
There will be the Brew and a Chat Christmas party at St. Columba’s Church Hall, Pellon on Monday 10 December, 10:30am-12:30pm.
Tesco, Sowerby Bridge are sponsoring a Christmas party at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ on Tuesday 11 December, 2:00pm.
Following that we have the Memory Lane Christmas Party at the Maurice Jagger Centre on Monday 17 December, 12:00pm-4:00pm.
Not everyone has the best time at Christmas and Todmorden Central Methodist Church will be holding a short, reflective service / contemplation on Saturday 22 December, 2:30pm for those who struggle over the festive period.
Be as snug as Bertie Bug with his top tips to keep your warm healthier and warmer for less. Financial assistance – small grants and loans – are available for boiler replacements or repairs, loft/ attic room insulation and cavity wall insulation for eligible households.
If you’ve not switched your energy supplier for 2-3 years you may be able to get a better deal and save money.
Take a look at Bertie’s top tips and please pass them on to your friends and family too.
Contact the Council’s Affordable Warmth Team for more information on 01422 392199 or email us at email@example.com.