Project_Twelve:31 Off-road Motorcycling and Maintenance at Bumpy

Project_Twelve:31 spent a week with Bumpy (Birstall Urban Motorcycle Project for Youth) for a week of off road motorbiking, and learning mechanic skills.

Birstall Urban Motorcycle Project for Youth was established in 1989 as a training, testing and skills centre aimed at young motorcyclists causing a nuisance on wasteland.
The registered charity, nicknamed BUMPY, was the brain child of Police Woman Julia Morris, nee Rookledge, and followed a far from smooth course having taken four years to draw up.

The Idea stemmed from a period when Julia, as local Birstall Community Constable, had to deal with complaints from local residents, about youngsters riding motorcycles illegally on open areas of land. Julia, saw a need for the young people of the area to have a safe and legal place to ride.

In February 1984, representatives from the Police, probation service and motorcycle clubs came together in an attempt to provide a solution to the problem which was making the life unbearable for many residents living near these areas.

The result was a scheme turning the site off Nab Lane into a purpose built track for bikers to practice their skills legally and without causing nuisance.

As well as enjoying the off-road riding, the girls had experience of stripping down and servicing the motorcycles and will be receiving a certificate in ABC Motorcycle Maintenance.

Project_Twelve:31 would like to say a massive thank you to Caroline, Chris, Tom and Owen at Bumpy Ltd Leeds West Yorkshire.

Blood in Pee Campaign Launched by Public Health England

Public Health England (PHE) has recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of ‘blood in pee’ as a symptom of bladder and kidney cancers.

The main message is: If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the once’, tell your doctor. The advert will also highlight that finding cancer early makes it more treatable.

The primary target audience for the campaign is men and women over the age of 50.

Be Clear on Cancer aims to achieve earlier diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms. The campaigns encourage people with relevant symptoms to see their GP without delay.

The ‘Blood in Pee’ campaign started off as regional pilots in early 2012 and since then the national campaign has run a number of times with the last campaign in 2016.

Resources that you can display in the workplace or other public areas can be downloaded from the PHE website.

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 27 July – OUT NOW!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

Just a bit early this week!

Featuring

  • Vote for the Piece Hall in National Lottery awards 2018
  • Advice on Coping with the Hot Weather
  • Have Your Say on the New Leisure Centre
  • Yorkshire Day at the Piece Hall, Borough Market and Eureka!
  • Halifax Agricultural Show Coming Soon
  • Summer Activities at Forest Cottage
  • Free Summer Activities at Orange Box Young People’s Centre

The Friday Flyer is our weekly e-newsletter which includes upcoming events, activities, information, local services and themes. We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think.

Have a great weekend!

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Heat-health Watch Alert: Level 3 – Heatwave Action

 

Issued at 8:27am on Wednesday, 25 July 2018.

There is a 90% probability of heatwave conditions between 9:00am on Monday and 9:00am on Saturday in parts of England.

NHS Choices have published a guide to how to cope in hot weather.

Hot weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients.

More details about the weather alert is available on the MET Office website.

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn’t harm you or anyone you know.

Why is a heatwave a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • dehydration (not having enough water)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke

Who is most at risk?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports

Level 1 alert: be prepared

The Meteorological Office has a warning system that issues alerts if a heatwave is likely. Level 1 is the minimum alert and is in place from June 1 until September 15 (which is the period that heatwave alerts are likely to be raised).

Although you don’t have to do anything during a level 1 alert, it is advisable to be aware of what to do if the alert level is raised. Knowing how to keep cool during long periods of hot weather can help save lives.

Public Health England (PHE) has advice on how to stay safe during a heatwave (PDF).

Level 2 alert: heatwave is forecast

The Met Office raises an alert if there is a high chance that an average temperature of 30C by day and 15C overnight will occur over the next 2 to 3 days. These temperatures can have a significant effect on people’s health if they last for at least 2 days and the night in between.

Although you don’t need to take any immediate action, follow these steps in preparation:

  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio, TV or social media, or the Met Office.
  • If you’re planning to travel, check the forecast at your destination.
  • Learn how to keep cool at home with the beat the heat checklist (PDF).

Level 3 alert: when a heatwave is happening

This alert is triggered when the Met Office confirms there will be heatwave temperatures in one or more regions.

Follow the instructions for a level 2 alert. The following tips apply to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable, and reducing health risks.

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

If you have concerns about an uncomfortably hot house that is affecting your health or someone else’s, get medical advice.

You can also get help from the environmental health office at your local authority. They can inspect a home for hazards to health, including excess heat. Visit GOV.UK to find your local authority.

Level 4 alert: severe heatwave

This is the highest heatwave alert in Britain. It is raised when a heatwave is severe and/or prolonged, and is an emergency situation.

At level 4, the health risks from a heatwave can affect fit and healthy people, and not just those in high-risk groups. These groups include the elderly, the very young and people with chronic medical conditions.

Follow the information given above for a level 3 alert. Check that anyone around you who is in a high-risk group is coping with the heat.

How do I know if someone needs help?

Seek help from a GP or contact NHS 111 if someone is feeling unwell and shows symptoms of:

  • breathlessness
  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • intense thirst
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • cramps which get worse or don’t go away

Get the person somewhere cool to rest. Give them plenty of fluids to drink.

National Citizen Service Working with the Phoenix Shed and Threeways

National Citizen Service (NCS) worked with The Phoenix Shed and Threeways Centre between 16th and 20th July 2018.

The Phoenix shed have worked hard to make their garden at the front of The Shed, but there were many other areas, close by, that were still in need of clearing and planting up. Following a lead The Shed contacted National Citizen Service (NCS) at  https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/ and arranged, together with Threeways Centre, for a group of 14 teenagers plus two supervisors to help with this great project.

In scorching hot weather between 16-20 July, the 16 volunteers, plus helpers from Threeways and The Phoenix Shed, set to, to clear the weeds and undergrowth.

 

 

 

 

 

The weed clearance group faced dry stony ground and found the going hot and dusty.

Whilst the shrub clearance group had some welcome shade, the ground was full of stones and roots. Pick axes, hand axes bow saws were all employed by the teenagers, once they had been trained to use these potentially dangerous tools.

However, there was time for a bit of fun at the end of a long hot day

The volunteers worked Monday and Tuesday, but went off to Todmorden on a fundraising expedition on Wednesday. Money raised was split between Overgate Hospice and plants for the project at Threeways.

By Friday morning the group had reassembled with all of the plants that they had managed to buy, with each small group choosing their own plants. Eddie Moss set about the planting scheme so that the teenagers appreciated the way that tall plants go at the back and lower growing at the front, with maybe signature tall plants as little islands.

This was a fantastic project and heartfelt thanks goes to all of the volunteers and NCS for their input.

A nice bit of rain on Friday evening after the planting really helped get the plants away to a fine start, but the chaps from The Phoenix Shed are taking no chances in this hot weather and continue to hand water the young plants.

We heartily recommend this charity (https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/) to anyone who has a project that could benefit these hard working teenagers. What is there to lose, it’s a win – win for everyone.

As the garden progresses we’ll keep you updated on its progress.

Illingworth Children’s Centre Sports Day and More…

Illingworth Community Children’s Centre will be holding their Sports Day on Tuesday 31 July, 9:30am-11:00am.

There will be lots of sports activities, fun and games to be had for just £1.60 per family.

Keep an eye out also for other events in August such as the Summer Crafts Day on Wednesday 10 August, 9:30am-11:00am and

the Family Fun Day on Saturday 18 August, 12:00pm-2:30pm with the Fun Bus, Jumping Clay, face-painting, rock decorating and much more.

Kids’ Book Club on Mondays at Happy Days Cafe

On Mondays, 10:30am-12:30pm from 30 July there will a kids’ book club at Happy Days Cycles and Cafe on Town Hall Street in Sowerby Bridge.

If you’re looking for something fun and creative to do with the little ones now the Summer holidays have arrived then drop in and say hello.

Share a morning of crafts, reading and a love of stories. Bring your own favourite books and join in the fun.