Staying Well

Staying Well – Tea, Cake and Funding Opportunities at Brighouse Methodist Church

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Find out what Staying Well can offer you – now working with individuals or groups 18+.

On Wednesday 2 May, 2:00pm-3:30pm at Brighouse Methodist Church, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake and see how new funding is available to help groups and activities in the Brighouse and Rastrick area.

There will be details of the funding and how to apply.

For more information contact Rachel on 01422 392708 or email Rachel.swaby@calderdale.gov.uk

Healthy Minds ‘Well Aware’ Course at Brighouse Library

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Healthy Minds is a small local mental health charity. We understand the problems people face on day to day basis and offer a place where you can get support to manage life’s ups and downs. The course is facilitated by workers and volunteers who have had their own lived experience of mental distress.

During this 6 week ‘Well Aware’ course you will explore personal mental health and ways in which we can develop a deeper sense of awareness about ourselves, our experiences and our wellbeing. You will cover themes such as strength based approach, identifying values and beliefs, managing emotions and much more.

‘Well Aware’ will be running at Brighouse Library on Mondays 5, 12 & 26 February and 5, 12 & 19 March between 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

Refreshments will be provided. To find out more information about this course or any other support that Healthy Minds Calderdale provide you can speak to Nicola on 01422 345154, visit the website at healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
A full list of courses on offer from Healthy Minds from January to March can be downloaded here.

Healthy Minds ‘Visual Story Telling’ Workshop at Southgate Methodist Church

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Healthy Minds is a small local mental health charity. We understand the problems people face on day to day basis and offer a place where you can get support to manage life’s ups and downs.

Visual Story Telling is a creative workshop where you will explore what makes us unique; our experiences, strengths, abilities and what matters to us through using art and imagery.

The workshops will run for 2 hours per week at Southgate Methodist Church, Elland on Thursdays 8 and 15 February between 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

To find out more information about this course or any other support that Healthy Minds Calderdale provide you can speak to Nicola on 01422 345154, visit the website at healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
A full list of courses on offer from Healthy Minds from January to March can be downloaded here.

Healthy Minds ‘Head Space’ course at Brighouse Library

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Do you want to improve how you’re feeling in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere?

– Then the NEW course –

Head Space

might be just what you’re looking for!

Healthy Minds is a small local mental health charity. We understand the problems people face on day to day basis and offer a place where you can get support to manage life’s ups and downs. The course is facilitated by workers and volunteers who have had their own lived experience of mental distress.

The 3 week course will run for 2 hours per week and will cover topics such as

  • Dealing with stress
  • Improving confidence and self esteem
  • Moving forward – goals and aims
  • Getting what you need and taking control

Head Space will be running at Brighouse Library on Mondays 9, 16 and 23 January between 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

Refreshments will be provided. To find out more information about this course or any other support that Healthy Minds Calderdale provide you can speak to Nicola on 01422 345154, visit the website at healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
A full list of courses on offer from Healthy Minds from January to March can be downloaded here.

Free Winter Home Energy Checks

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Age UK is working to support older people to keep safe and warm this winter by carrying out free home energy checks. The aim of the check is to deliver energy efficiency information and advice to older people, including small practical measures which could potentially reduce their energy bills. Some restrictions apply.
The home energy check will include :
– An assessment of the client’s circumstances, usage of energy, hot water system and insulation
– Basic advice on how to keep warm and save energy
– Supply and install simple energy efficiency measures (draught excluders ,letter box brushes, radiator foils, sockets timers, remote control sockets and cold alarms)
– Where applicable refer onto other Age UK and external services for further support
Call 01422 252040 to book your free home energy check.

Healthy Minds ‘Head Space’ course

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Do you want to improve how you’re feeling in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere?

– Then the NEW course –

Head Space

might be just what you’re looking for!

Healthy Minds is a small local mental health charity. We understand the problems people face on day to day basis and offer a place where you can get support to manage life’s ups and downs. The course is facilitated by workers and volunteers who have had their own lived experience of mental distress.

The 3 week course will run for 2 hours per week and will cover topics such as

  • Dealing with stress
  • Improving confidence and self esteem
  • Moving forward – goals and aims
  • Getting what you need and taking control

Head Space will be running at Southgate Methodist Church, Elland on Mondays 18, 25 September and 2 October 2017 between 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

Refreshments will be provided. To find out more information about this course or any other support that Healthy Minds Calderdale provide you can speak to Nicola on 01422 345154 or visit the website at healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

Our Place Celebrating Their Move – Saturday 29 July

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Our Place are having an Open Day to launch their new venue, name change,
Saturday 29 July 2017 from 10am to 3pm at Heath Club, Manor Drive, Halifax
Tombola, raffle, pre-loved stall, refreshments, other organisations and more….
Please feel free to go along and meet them and spread the word!

Our Place is a local charity which provides day care at weekends for Calderdale residents aged 50 or over, including transport provision, a two-course meal, refreshments throughout the day, day trips/events and entertainment.They take referrals from individuals, GPs, Health Professionals, Social Services and Families or Carers, and also provide respite for carers, who can bring their cared-for to our centre and then have a day to themselves.

If you feel this service may be of use to yourself or others please get in touch with Melanie Rumble, Weekend Care Coordinator email: melanie.rumble@cvac.org.uk or phone 07548 249813

All happening in Hipperholme!

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Something certainly got people talking last week when 41 local residents attended an older people’s information and activity event hosted by Christ Church and Staying Well.

The day was all about showcasing the services and activities available for local people in Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, and how the Staying Well Team is available in your area to help you take that first step out of the door.  Mostly though it was about fun, meeting people and having a go at something new and the 41 residents attending enjoyed a programme of activities including a gentle exercise class, Tai Chi, new age kurling and an art class demonstration.

The Staying Well project helps people to access social and health and well-being related activities in the community. The service is open to any adult over 18 in Calderdale but is particularly focused at people who are already, or are at risk of becoming lonely or isolated people.

Joining us on the day were the District Matrons, Hipperholme library and the Home Library Service, the Falls Prevention team and Rowlands Pharmacy offering free blood pressure checks.

Over the course of the day people gave their views on what they thought were the main barriers for older people accessing activities in Hipperholme and what gaps in provision there are. Now a group of 6 residents, Cllr Raistrick, Rowlands Pharmacy and members of the Church have decided to get together with the Staying Well team to look at this in more detail over coming months.
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Local resident Esme Dyson said,

“People hope for a nice long life and when you’re young you don’t always consider that a long life often comes hand in hand with failing eyes or extra trouble getting around. For older people the availability of local services and activity groups can make such a difference to quality of life.

“That’s why I’m so pleased to be involved in today and I would encourage everyone to take an active part in improving their own health and well-being.” 

The Staying Well team is also available to support local groups and organisations who want to develop new activities in their area. The team can help with applying for funding and also promoting and publicising your group or organisation.

If you would like to get involved, or would like more information, call the Staying Well team on 01422 392767 or email stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk.

Some more feedback from the day:

“First class! Great morning out”, ” Well run, loved the taster sessions”,

“What a great turnout! – just shows what a great place Hipperholme is”

“Thank you for all the energy you have put into today’s activities and the lovely lunch”

“Brilliant well organised”

“Very interesting looking forward to taking part”

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Keeping Safe in Hot Weather

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It may seem strange to talk about hot weather in Britain but some of the forecasts indicate that we might well have a hot summer and we must be aware how to keep safe and stay well.
Calderdale Forum 50+ have kindly put together a fact sheet about just this issue which is reproduced below.

Bright, hot summer days are what many of us look forward to for the rest of the year – especially in cold, wet England! However, while we’re enjoying the balmy days of summer, we should not forget that the  temperature can get too high, that it can become uncomfortably hot, and for some, it can  become dangerously hot.

The evidence about the risks to health from heatwaves is extensive and consistent from  around the world. Excessive exposure to high temperatures can kill. During the summer  heatwave in Northern France in August 2003, unprecedentedly high day- and night-time  temperatures for a period of three weeks resulted in 15,000 excess deaths. The vast majority of these were among older people.

In England that year, there were over 2,000 excess deaths over the 10 day heatwave period  which lasted from 4 to 13 August 2003, compared to the previous five years over the same period.

How to Stay Cool

Stay out of the heat:

  • keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
    and light scarf
  • avoid extreme physical exertion
  • wear light, loose‑fitting cotton clothes

Cool yourself down:

  • have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
  • take a cool shower, bath or body wash
  • sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck

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Beechwood Big Picnic – 1st July

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Join North Halifax Partnership and the Friends of Beechwood Park on Saturday 1 July for a great big fun day for all the family.

At Beechwood Park, Holmfield, 12pm – 4pm

Lots of free activities for children, young people and grown-ups!

In the Main Arena:

  • Beach and seaside games
  • Join the Vegetable Nannies in their Allotment for a bit of gardening and childcare.
  • Peppa Pig, Facepainting tent, Sure Start Children’s Centre tents, Sports Day Races
  • Entertainment, Dog Show, Family Fun Run

Picnic Meadow:

  • Bring your own or,
  • Burgers and ice cream for sale.

In the Sports Zone:

  • Archery, Football, Rounders, Boxing,
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Treasure Hunt

On the Community field:

  • Community stalls
  • Project_Twelve:31 tent: Dream-catching, Music Jam, Henna Hands, fortune cards
  • Staying Well tent: Art class taster, Tai Chi taster, Health Awareness, Golf Putting.
  • Local History display
  • Men in Sheds
  • Walking Football
  • Bowling demo

Nature Meadow:

  • Learn more about meadows, the plants that are in our meadow and the minibeasts that live there.
  • Butterfly Hunt

FREE entry. Most activities are free except for food and ice cream.

Limited parking available at Trinity Academy Halifax, HX2 9TZ.

Dogs welcome but please keep on a lead.

Event contact: 01422 255402