Grand Opening of New Caremark Office

After spending many years looking after his grandparents who both suffered a stroke, Arshad Farid has launched in-home care company, Caremark Calderdale, The Clock Tower, Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET. The compassionate businessman has aspirations to tackle the growing need of quality care and social isolation that is prevalent in the region. He is looking forward to bringing employment and great quality care to people living in Calderdale.

“The thing that sets us apart from other providers in the area is that we are challenging the current model for delivering care. We’re putting a brand-new system in place to meet the varying needs of our clients. Our aim is to be the carer of choice for the people of Calderdale, inspiring elderly and vulnerable members of the community to live independently, for as long as they possibly can.”

On 17th June, Arshad – known as Ash – invited the Mayor to his office for the business’ official grand opening. The buzz of the day generated much attention with members of the public and Caremark’s team enjoyed meeting some of the people they would be caring for in the coming weeks and months.

The 34-year-old has spent most of his career working in financial services until, in recent years, he opened an indoor football centre to promote sports and exercise to the local community. It was during this time that Ash became a carer for his grandparents after they both, unfortunately, suffered a stroke, deciding to sell his football centre and launch an alternative community-minded enterprise instead.

“Taking care of my grandparents was the only right thing to do, I didn’t think anything of it. It was when my friends mentioned that I was a ‘carer’ that it prompted me to start thinking about bringing a new service to the community. I wanted to make a real difference and Caremark’s proven quality of care can do just that. The people of Calderdale were so welcoming of my previous business, that I believe they will do the same for this one.”

At the end of May, Ash and his newly appointed Care Manager, Vicky Burrows, received registration from the Care Quality Commission. Caremark Calderdale, based at the Clock Tower on Shaw Lane, has already enlisted the help of local care workers, to satisfy the demand for their growing list of clients. Alongside, Vicky – who comes with 13 years or experience in the care industry – Ash is looking to bring employment to a team of office staff and care workers over the coming months.

As well as overseeing operations, Ash is keen to start fundraising in the area. As part of the official opening celebrations, the team raised over £100 for The Alzheimer’s Society annual Cupcake Day to raise awareness and help make a difference to more lives.

Support WomenCentre by Becoming a Member

One of the many ways you can support WomenCentre is by becoming a member

Membership is open to all women (subject to approval by the board of directors) and entitles you to the following:

  • WomenCentre newsletter by post or email
  • Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting
  • The option of becoming a board member

Membership costs £10 per year, or £2.50 for women on low incomes. If you’re already a member, why not  let a sister, mother, daughter or friend know you care by giving them the gift of WomenCentre Membership?

How to become a member of Womencentre

If you would like to apply to become a member of Womencentre you can do so by setting up an annual direct debit.

To set up a direct debit securely using CAF click here.

They will be in touch once your membership application has been considered by the Board.

The Big Yorkshire COTE Fundraiser

Children on the Edge (COTE) working with The Body Shop exists to help marginalised and forgotten children who are living on the edge of their societies.

These are children without parental care, neglected or persecuted by their governments, ignored by international media and missed by large overseas agencies. They are children on the edge of society.

Forgotten – but not by us. Everyone deserves a childhood.

This fundraising event will be on Saturday 13 July, 6:00pm onwards at The Arches, Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX. There will be entertainment including a magician, live music and a DJ. Dress code is Evening Wear.

Tickets are £32 by contacting Maria Bouckley on 07827 339746 or email mariabouckley@hotmail.com

Friends for Life Session at Warley Town School

As part of National Safeguarding Week Project _Twelve:31  visited  Warley Town Primary School with partners from PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation )and West Yorkshire Police to deliver a session around child sexual exploitation (CSE) and online safety.

Headteacher Anne Stead said she was looking for something a bit different and the ‘Friend for Life’ session seemed like a fun and interactive way to bring together parents, children and teachers to talk about this challenging subject.

A Friend for Life is someone you trust like a parent or teacher and discussions took place between the children and adults around who is a safe or unsafe person and the dangers of revealing too much information on social media.

CSE perpetrators can come from all backgrounds and ages or genders, even older young people, and children can be sexually exploited by an individual or by a group of people connected through formal networks or more informal friendship groups and families.

Children may find it hard to judge strangers they meet in person, and it’s even harder when children use social media as people may not be who they say they are.  Parents should try to keep up-to-date with the apps their kids are using and what it is that these apps do and they should monitor Internet usage to ensure their interactions are only with real-life friends.

Bullying doesn’t just happen in the playground. Cyberbullying involves digital technology like mobile phones and computers and it can be more difficult to stop than physical bullying because it’s hidden. Social media can be a hub for cyberbullying and questionable activities. Without meaning to, kids can share more online than they should and families talked together about the dangers of cyberbullying and how to stay safe online by not sharing locations, and being careful about what they do post online as usually it can’t be taken back once it’s posted.

Maggie said “ I found that the  interactive approach was great for the children to understand and the content was pitched correctly for the young audience which quickly got the children on board with the very good informative session “

Shaun said “ The subject matter was difficult to deliver to such a young audience, however it was done well and I would encourage others to attend similar sessions with their children“

For more information about the session, please contact karen@ovenden-initiative.org.uk

For support around CSE or online safety, please visit https://paceuk.info/for-parents/

Positive Partnership Work Between Groups

On the morning of Tuesday 18 June 2019 the Warley Road Junior School Wardens teamed up with the Friends of West View Park and the CMBC Community Wardens to carry out a litter pick of West View Park and surrounding streets.

Thanks to some decent weather 8 large bags of rubbish was collected so a big well done to all involved.

Community wardens have regular sessions with the Junior Wardens from Warley Road Junior school. From such sessions the children will get an understanding of the importance of keeping our parks clean and tidy for everyone in the community to enjoy. It is hoped that the children will then pass this message onto their friends and family.

The community wardens are planning further fun and educational projects with the children.

 

Tea Dance at St. Hilda’s Church

Showing Our Communities Award 2018 – Community Involvement Award

St. Hilda’s Church, Gibraltar Road is holding a Tea Dance on Saturday 6 July 2019, 2:00pm-4:30pm.

There’s live music by John and Brian who will be playing for dancing or just listening to and refreshments in the interval.

Tickets are £5 per person and can be bought at the door or by ringing 01422 617222 to have them reserved.

Everyone is very welcome. Please go along and support them.

Apprenticeships Jobs Fair at Calderdale College

Don’t miss out!

The Apprenticeships Job Fair at Calderdale College is on Wednesday 26 June 2019, 1:00pm-7:00pm!

Are you looking to begin your career with an apprenticeship? The Apprenticeship Job Fair is the perfect opportunity to get in front of employers that are looking for someone just like you to join their team!

There will be real live apprenticeship vacancies that you can apply for on the day. Plus, you can discuss future career opportunities and plan your studies with Calderdale College.

Go along and get an insight into life as an apprentice, receive help on things like your CV and interview techniques and ask any questions on apprenticeships that you might have.