Volunteer Opportunities at Happy Days Cycles and Cafe

Happy Days Cycles and Cafe in Sowerby Bridge welcome volunteers who can help with the bicycle shop, cafe and workshop in a variety of roles including:

  • Shop floor assistants
  • Barristas
  • Bike Mechanics
  • General Assistants

If you think that you could help in any of these areas then please contact the store or get in touch with the project manager Angela by emailing admin@happydaysuk.org

Happy Days is a social enterprise that really makes a difference. Recycling donated bikes and selling them with funds going to assist the homeless.

SWYP NHS Foundation – How to Improve Mental Health Services

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been highlighted as an example of how to improve mental health services in a new publication by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It makes sure that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourages care services to improve.

The Trust is one of seven mental health providers featuring in the CQC’s ‘Driving improvement’ report which has been published on Thursday, 14 March 2018. It follows a programme of rapid improvement at the Trust between March 2016 when the CQC rated it as ‘requires improvement’ to April 2017 when the Trust was re-rated as ‘good’. The CQC chose to visit the Trust to learn lessons which could be shared with other organisations requiring improvement to become good or outstanding.

This comes as the Trust’s chief executive has been named as one of the Health Service Journal (HSJ)’s top ten chief executives. Rob Webster, who joined the Trust in May 2016, was placed at number 6 in the HSJ’s ranking of all 249 provider Trust chief executives. He received praise for his “unbending commitment to system working and the personal example he sets in his leadership style.” It has been under Rob’s leadership that the Trust was re-rated by the CQC.

In producing the case study, the CQC interviewed a wide range of people, including the chief executive, medical director, nursing directors, other clinical and managerial staff as well as front line staff. They also spoke to others who knew or worked with the Trust, such as service users and partners. The case study documents how improvements at the Trust have come about through a change in management culture, partnership work, staff engagement and empowerment, governance and working closely with the CQC itself.

Tim Breedon, director of nursing and quality, said: “We’re delighted that the CQC chose us to feature as a case study. The rapid improvements at the Trust are a testament to the hard work and determination of our staff. I hope that the insights we have been able to share will help other organisations on their improvement journeys.”

SWYP NHS Trust run a number of services in our area including Creative Minds and others.

Adult Stand Up Paddle Board Come And Have A Go Session at Mixenden Activity Centre

On Thursday 5 April, 1:00pm-3:30pm at Mixenden Activity Centre there will be an adult come and have a go session!!!! Stand up paddle boarding…. come and try stand up paddle boarding… all equipment provided…. as well as instructor support…. £25pp limited to 8 places… book now to avoid disappointment… mac.activities@calderdale.gov.uk or 01422 245006.

5-a-Side Football Tournament in Aid of Overgate Hospice

Overgate Hospice invites teams from local companies and businesses to enter the 5-a-Side Football Tournament on Thursday 29 March, 5:30pm (kick-off 6pm) taking place at 3GI Soccer, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax. The tournament usually lasts around 3 hours.

This event is a great networking opportunity as well as a team building activity that raises money for Overgate from the entry fee of £100 per team.

Is your team up for the challenge? 

For further information, e-mail sam.bromwich@overgatehospice.nhs.uk or alternatively call 01422 387122.

False Telephone Preference Service (TPS) Calls

We have been alerted by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau of false claims by fraudsters with regard to a Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Protect yourself:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK ‘do-not-call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Halifax Pretty Muddy 5k Race for Life 2018 Date Announced

The Halifax Pretty Muddy 5k Race for Life is this year on  Saturday 21 July. Again it will be at Savile Park, Savile Park Road, Halifax.

The entry fees are:

  • Girls: £10.00
  • Women: £19.99
  • Young Women: £19.99
  • Under 13 entry: due to the nature of this event, you must be 13 or over to take part

To register go to https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/find-an-event/savile-park-pretty-muddy-5k-2018-07-21-0000 in plenty of time then download your 6 Week Training Plan

Check on Crime Statistics in Your Area

Following a comment made at recent Neighbourhood Watch meeting, we can now share the link required to check crime figures in your area. The data is updated as regularly as possible but may be a couple of months behind.

Opening the link here will bring up the screen where you can enter your postcode to see the figures in your area.


It’s also good to know that non-emergency crimes can now be reported online at https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/report-it