World TB Day – 24 March

Saturday 24 March is International World TB Day.

TB is curable, but 37,000 people die every year from this airborne disease in our region – that’s almost five deaths every hour. Despite the shocking statistics and the heart-wrenching stories, international financial support for TB programmes in the European region is declining. This will have a devastating impact across Europe.

Despite many people believing TB has been eradicated in the UK it never went away. In fact, the UK experienced a two-decade-long rise in cases from the mid-1980s. It is only in the last few years that the UK has begun to match the global trend for falling rates of TB, with affected individuals dropping from a peak of 8,919 cases in 2011 to around 6,000 cases annually today.

In England in 2016:

  • There were 5,664 TB cases
  • 39% of cases were in London
  • 74% of cases were among non-UK born people
  • 3.8% of people with TB were also living with HIV
  • 11.1% of people with TB had at least one social risk factor for TB (a history of alcohol or drug misuse, homelessness or imprisonment)
  • 31% of people with pulmonary TB waited over four months from onset of symptoms to beginning treatment

TB Targets in the UK

In 2015, the government launched the Collaborative TB Strategy for England which set out the steps required to achieving the ambition of a year-on-year decrease in TB incidence, a reduction in health inequalities and, ultimately, the elimination of TB as a public health problem in England.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 23 March – OUT NOW!!

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  • Nominate your Stars for the 2018 Neighbourhood Awards!
  • Ward Forum Grants – Still Time to Apply!
  • Bollywood Comes to Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre
  • Calderland is Back at Victoria Theatre
  • Warning on Scam Calls About Telephone Preference Service
  • Angels Corner Dementia Friendly Cafe Soon to Open at St. Columba’s
  • A Celebration of Square Chapel

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!

Have Your Say! Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum – 28 March 2018

Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum on Wednesday 28 March 2018 at

Northowram Community Sport and Activity Club, Westercroft Lane, Halifax. HX3 7EN.

5.30pm refreshments and signing in. 6pm meeting starts.

Up for discussion:

  • Councillor update
  • Policing priorities and update
  • Open forum.
  • Ward Forum Grants

Click here for the full agenda…

Minutes of meeting 4 December 2017…


FREE Family Event at Illingworth Community Children’s Centre

FREE Family Easter Event at Illingworth Children’s Centre on Tuesday 27th March, 1.00pm-2.30pm.

If you would like to attend, please call  01422 243633 and ask at reception to book on.

Alternatively to book on Facebook send a message leaving your name, child’s name & number.

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 or alternatively call 01422 387122.

Sure Start Children’s Centres Summer Newsletter

Sure Start Children’s Centres, North Halifax Partnership have published the summer newsletter which includes information about the family learning courses that are taking place April – June 2018, along with the accredited courses on offer. It also includes their What’s On Guides, which shows the weekly groups on offer across the Children’s Centres and services provided by partner agencies. The newsletter can be downloaded here.

This has also been uploaded to the website, along with a booking form. To book onto the courses you can either complete the booking form electronically on the website or contact the Family Learning Team on 01422 266197.

Please note when you visit the website, there is still the Spring 2018 newsletter and booking form available, as there is a course running into April. To access the newsletters and booking forms you can click directly on this link.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to either contact the Family Learning Team directly on 01422 266197 or alternatively Core Services on 01422 251090.

Create a Life You Love! Enhance Your Life with this 5 Week Course

Starting on Thursday 22 March, 12:30pm at Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden, Sure Start Children’s Centres are hosting a course – ‘Create a Life You Love!’

This FREE 5 week course helps improve self-awareness to improve relationships and wellbeing. Enhancing a positive mind set, with a focus on goals and positive attributes. It encourages development of the ability to be aware of emotional reactions and behaviour and focus on strengths and the importance of emotional wellbeing and balancing needs, experiences, and aspirations.

Book a place by clicking here.

We asked parents who attended the last course at Elland Children’s Centre last term what they felt was good about the course, this is what they thought:-

* Everything! Particularly assertiveness, personal power, self-awareness and personality.

* Affirmation and personal power.

* It was thought provoking, made you try to understand yourself and how to improve your mind-set

* Wheel of life, learning about myself and how to build my confidence.

When asked what they felt wasn’t so useful about the course this is what they said:-

* Nothing! I wish it was longer and more hours.