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Lloyds Enable: Settled Futures Project   

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The Lloyds Bank Foundation has awarded DART (Disability Advice Resource Team) a grant to run a small pilot project. From June 2017 they will provide a holistic support service for people over the age of 65 who are facing upheaval in their lives due to deteriorating health and/or changes of circumstances which threaten their independence. The Project will reach out to those who are isolated and have health problems. DART will work with health and social care providers to identify those recently hospitalised or those with a self-identified crisis and concerns about their future.

They will Work with clients face to face over several sessions to develop trust and confidence so that their concerns and issues can be successfully identified and addressed. The clients can then be supported to access appropriate services e.g. housing aids adaptations, access to social activities in order to help them maintain independence and dignity.

For further information about the service contact Ruth Booth on 01422 346040 or email calderdaledart@hotmail.co.uk

Pop in to No. 42 for a better life

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Better Lives at No 42 new

A new way of providing adult social care is launching in Calderdale to boost the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Calderdale Council is piloting the new service, known as ‘Better Lives at No. 42’, at 42 Market Street, Halifax.

The shop, which will be run by social workers and will be a place where people can go for information and advice on the services available in Calderdale and will also be an opportunity to meet other people.

The new service aims to provide support in the community at an earlier stage, to prevent or delay health issues in the future. This means people can stay independent for longer and avoid stays in hospital or care homes.

Cllr Bob Metcalfe, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Social Care said:

We want local people to get the right care at the right time and I’m really excited by this new approach to social care in Calderdale.

Better Lives at No. 42 will provide a more informal, warm and welcoming place for us to support people, rather than the more traditional ways that our services have been delivered in the past. It’s about helping people to stay healthy and in control of their lives for as long as possible.

After researching a similar scheme in Shropshire, the Council piloted a smaller version of the proposed new practice in Calderdale last year.

In the first six months the team accepted over 1,300 referrals and 96% of these were resolved without needing long-term involvement from social services. Many people were reconnected to support from family and friends and the local community instead.

The Council is being supported in this initiative by the National Development Team for Inclusion, a not-for-profit social change organisation which works with local authorities and community organisations around the country to facilitate the development of community-led social work.

NEW! Diabetes Support Group in Elland? Starts 26th April

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Go along and join the Diabetes Support Group and exercise class started by CREW Heart Support in Elland where you can discuss different topics around your diabetes and try a different style of exercise each week ranging from gentle circuit to walking – Just £3 per session

Every Wednesday – 1pm to 2.30pm (Starting 26th April)
At Elland Golf Club, Hammerstones Road, Elland, HX5 0TA

For info visit www.crewheartsupport.co.uk, call Julie on 07584 901236 or email crewpartners.hsg@gmail.com

 

Parent carer reps needed – could you help?

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As you may know, part of the work of Family Voice Calderdale is to provide parent carer representatives to attend various meetings organised by Calderdale Council on the theme of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

These reps are there to represent Calderdale parent carers, to inform decision makers about the experiences of parents and to ensure that parents’ views are fed into decisions about services at a strategic level.

Calderdale Council are working on setting up some new focus groups, and would like to have parent reps attend them.  These new groups are:-

  • Early Identification. Looking at how the area identifies children and young people with SEND in a timely fashion?
  • Health Services for Children and Young People with SEND
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • Parent Carer Participation – working on ways to get parents and carers more involved in planning and delivery of services

If you are interested in becoming a rep on any of these groups, or if you just want to find out a bit more, please phone Lucy on 01422 343090 or email family.voice@uniqueways.org.uk

Calderdale armed forces veteran network up and running

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“Veterans helping veterans”- providing comradeship and support in a safe environment.

That’s the motto of the new Calderdale Armed Forces Veterans Network which meets weekly in the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is part of this initiative to create a weekly support group for serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Three people from the Trust set the group up when they noticed a gap in the support provided in Calderdale and the North for armed forces personnel and veterans.

The network will provide a place where serving army personnel and veterans of all ages, including their families, can meet in a non-clinical setting. Information, signposting, support and advice on a wide range of mental health and social issues unique to armed forces personnel will be offered at a one-stop-shop, alongside opportunities to socialise. The network is run by healthcare professionals who have served in the forces, who understand military mentality and who share many of their experiences.

The network is being funded by two Trust programmes designed to back initiatives which traditionally might not receive NHS funding: Creative Mind and the Trust Charitable Funds, both of which provide resources for services not normally paid for by the NHS.

Rob Webster, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“This new network will provide welcome support to our armed forces personnel and veterans.”

“We are bringing organisations together to make sure that our armed forces personnel are supported in dealing with any problems or issues they may face, and helping them to meet like-minded people who can share experiences and support.”

“This network is led by veterans so they understand what it is like to leave the forces and adjust back to civilian life. I am pleased that we are able to give something back and help our armed forces veterans in this way.”

The network meets every Wednesday at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax between 1pm and 3pm – Refreshments are provided and the whole family is invited.

Those interested in the group can call 07464 496490 for more information.

Let’s be clear on Domestic Abuse!

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lets-be-clearToday is White Ribbon Day and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

On average, those experiencing domestic abuse live with it for 2 to 3 years without seeking help

The Domestic Abuse Strategic Board launched the Let’s Be Clear campaign this week to coincide with both and  the message is that domestic abuse is more than just physical violence, it includes emotional and psychological abuse. It can happen to anyone, from any background and support is available, for both victims and perpetrators who want to change.

If you are worried about being in an abusive relationship call Calderdale Staying Safe on 01422 323339 or visit calderdale.gov.uk/domesticabuse for free, confidential support.

Healthy Minds Courses, Workshops, Activities and Groups

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Healthy Minds will be running a variety of recovery and support courses and workshops throughout Autumn – Winter 2016-2017.

Click here to see upcoming activities

The aim is to provide participants with an opportunity to gain insight, self-understanding and skills to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

For more information or to book on to courses and workshops contact Healthy Minds on 01422 345154 or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

NEW! Diabetes Support Group in Elland? Starts 1st February

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CREW Heart Support is starting a Diabetes Support Group and exercise class in Elland next year where you can discuss different topics around your diabetes and try a different style of exercise each week ranging from gentle circuit to walking – Just £3 per session

Every Wednesday – 1pm to 2.30pm (Starting 1st February)
At Elland Golf Club, Hammerstones Road, Elland, HX5 0TA

For info visit www.crewheartsupport.co.uk, call or text Sophie on 07982 728548 or email crewpartners.hsg@gmail.com

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FREE one-to-one advice with Sector Support Calderdale

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Sector Support Calderdale is offering a FREE one-to-one Support & Advice session for community, voluntary and not for profit groups in Calderdale on Tuesday 25 October – 10am to 2pm at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre, Victoria Road, Brighouse, HD6 4DX

Book an appointment to discuss your group’s needs whether it be:

  • Setting up as a new group
  • Funding
  • Business & Project Planning
  • Legal Structures
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Social Enterprise development
  • Governance

For further information and/or to book a place contact Gill or Olivia on 01422 345174 or by email to gill@nbforum.org.uk or olivia@nbforum.org.uk.