New Defibrillators in Halifax

Whilst the website that shows the locations of AEDs ( isn’t quite up-to-date, Halifax BID have recently installed defibrillators in the Woolshops by Marks and Spencers and outside Harveys.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.

SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person’s life.


Threeways Luncheon Club

Threeways are working in partnership with the Mixenden Parents Resource Centre to offer a reasonably priced 2 course meal and a drink for just £3.00.

The luncheon club is held every Monday at 12:30pm at Threeways, Nursery Lane, Ovenden.

For further information and to confirm your attendance, please call Steph on 01422 728050 (option 5).

Line Dancing and More with SOFA!

Have you got an inner John Wayne or Calamity Jane? SOFA runs Line Dancing sessions in St. Anne’s church hall on Thursdays, 2:30pm-3:30pm. You don’t need a partner and the first 2 sessions are FREE.

SOFA‘s  aim is to offer people primarily in the 50 plus age group within the community of Southowram and surrounding areas, a range of fun activities to help promote their health and well-being.

Sessions cost £3 which is payable on the day – so you only need pay for the sessions you attend.

If you’re not sure whether an activity is for you, come along and give it a try, or just sit and watch.  The first two weeks ‘taster’ sessions are free!  (Please note that this concession does not apply to those sessions which are planned to run for a limited number of weeks.)

Worried about coming on your own?  Call 01422 346204 to arrange to meet someone when you arrive, or just to find out more.

Membership is currently £5 a year.

We’re all about keeping active, having fun and making friends!

Find out more…

Stress Awareness Month: Take Care Of Your Mental Health

Stress. It’s a common part of life but can often leave us feeling upset, burnt out and overloaded. In a fast-paced modern world with many responsibilities it can be easy to forget to look after ourselves properly and fall prone to the effects of stress.

Stress can affect you both physically and mentally from health complaints like chronic headaches to putting a strain on your relationships with others. Whilst stress can impact your life significantly if left unchecked, there are a range of long and short-term steps you can put in place to help look after your mental health.

How much is too much? Take the quiz on the Anxiety UK website to see if you are exhibiting any of the common symptoms of stress.

If you are feeling stressed or anxious, there are also ways on the website to Get Help.

Stress Awareness Month takes place every April and has since it first launched in 1992. Throughout this period of time, teams of experts aim to increase public awareness about stress. This includes highlighting the causes of stress, the negative effects stress can have on the mind and body, and how to relieve stress.

Pellon High Five Spring Newsletter and Timetable of Activities

Pellon High Five has published the Spring 2018 newsletter, which can be downloaded here. The next Staying Well coffee morning will be on Monday 16 April, 10:30am in St. Columba’s church hall.

The current timetable of activities is as before but as of January 2018, the kurling, Scottish dancing and tai chi classes are full:

Using our Chi ballsAlso, Cindy would like to announce a new Line Dancing class starting on Monday 14 May, 1:30pm-2:30pm (but please arrive at 1:15pm for registration).

Run by Pellon High Five 50+ Community Group, every shape and size is right for these classes, it doesn’t matter how much, or how little, you can do. High Five caters for different levels of fitness and laugh with each other sometimes at our inability to master some moves! Most people will admit to being nervous about going to a “Keep Fit” class, so if you’re worried about coming to your first class on your own, call to arrange for someone to meet you as you arrive. All our new members say what a friendly bunch of folk they are and how welcome they were made. So what are you waiting for? Your first class is free & subsequent classes £3.

Exercise does so many brilliant things for your body & brain. If doctors could put it in pill form & bottle it we would all be rushing to get a prescription. How about a new year’s resolution to spend less time on the settee & more moving.

High Five Pilates
Pilates can be gentle for those who have injuries but strenuous for those who need a challenge. Our clinical Pilates classes cost £3 for an hour session. Again your first class is free. You will strengthen the muscles that support your body. These muscles could also help to reduce wear & tear on joints & keep them functioning. Good posture is important in helping to reduce back pain.

The classes do not run every week so please email before going.

More information can be found by calling 07960 736938 or for pilates, gentle exercise and Scottish dancing from the tutor Sue Watson on 07964 713927 or email or visit the website at www.pellonhighfivehub.wordpress.

Better Living Service – Spring Newsletter

The Better Living Service of Calderdale Council have produced a Spring Newsletter with describing the Better Lifestyle Sessions and more.

Do you want to make a change to improve your health?
Maybe to lose weight, be more active, stop smoking or reduce your alcohol intake……..
Why not book a FREE Better Lifestyle Session with a qualified and experienced Better Living Trainer.  They will be able to  offer you the support and advice you need to take the next step to make a change.

Better Lifestyle Sessions are available at venues across Calderdale on various days and times through the week.

To book a Better Lifestyle Session ring 01422 230230 or email BLT at

There is also a chance to start the next pre-natal mum’s class on Wednesday 18 April by calling 01422 230230 or emailing Lauren Dawtrey on

Other things in the newsletter include the #Active Schools competition, Healthy Weight groups and the national SugarSmart campaign to raise awareness of the hidden sugar in our food and drinks.


World Parkinson’s Day – Wednesday 11 April

Millions of people around the world are living with Parkinson’s. But does the rest of the world know what Parkinson’s is?

Join the global Parkinson’s community on World Parkinson’s Day, Wednesday 11 April 2018, to show people what Parkinson’s truly is.

On World Parkinson’s Day, Halifax Town Hall is hosting a coffee morning 10:30am-2:00pm. Why not call in for a coffee and sample some of our delicious cakes?

The coffee morning will be opened by the Mayor of Calderdale , Ferman Ali.

There will also be a ‘singathon’, with a number of choirs singing.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time.

There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s and we don’t yet know why people get the condition.


But there are lots of different treatments, therapies and support available to help you manage the condition.

Support for you
If you have Parkinson’s – or you know someone who has – Parkinson’s UK have the right support and information for you. Find out about all the services on offer by visiting the Parkinson’s UK website.