Have Your Say: Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision

Consultation on the Government green paper will close at noon on Friday 2 March 2018.

The consultation on this green paper on children and young people’s mental health sets out this Government’s ambition to ensure that those who need it are able to access the right help for their mental health, in the right place and at the right time.

The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention particularly in or linked to schools and colleges.

A green paper is a document where the Government states what it wants to do, so that people can tell the Government what they think.

There is a quick read version of the children and young people’s mental health green paper to explain what changes the Government want to make. The changes will affect:

  • pupils, students and staff at schools and colleges
  • specialist mental health services
  • families and communities

More in-depth information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/transforming-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-provision-a-green-paper but the actual consultation process is through another website.

Emotional Health & Wellbeing – Survey for Parents, Carers and Family Members

Calderdale Council are consulting with parents, carers and family members to inform the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan. If you are a parent/carer or family member then please complete the anonymous survey using the link below. On average the survey takes less than 5 minutes, which I hope encourages you to fill it out.  If you wish to make any general comments about the survey or want to know more about the Local Transformation Plan, please contact Joanna.marshall@calderdale.gov.uk  

Survey Link:   https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CMBC-EHWB

Disability Support Calderdale – Looking for Volunteers

Disability Support Calderdale is running seated fitness sessions for older people at Elland and Ovenden and is looking for volunteers who have an interest in fitness and exercise.

Volunteers must want to help other people and give them the best experience.

There is a qualified fitness instructor who is running the sessions.

This is a good learning opportunity for those who want to be involved in the fitness field.

For more information, please contact David Naylor on 01422 353613 or email: dsmain@hotmail.co.uk

Ducklings Swimming Lessons at Sowerby Bridge Pool

Ducklings are the Swimming Lessons for 3+ year olds and classes start on 8 January at Sowerby Bridge Pool and run by Sports Calderdale.

  • Monday 4pm
  • Thursday 3:30pm
  • Friday 4pm
  • Saturday 11:30am and 1pm.

The lessons start with Ducklings for children aged 3 up to 5 who are accompanied in the water with a responsible adult. Your little superstar will be guided by a fully qualified swimming teacher and learn the basic skills of swimming through a range of games to help build water confidence.

From Ducklings to going it alone!! Your child will then move to mainstream lessons (age 5+). These lessons take place with other children of the same ability in the water on their own. Calderdale uses the Amateur Swimming Association’s National Teaching Plan alongside their own awards where the emphasis is on learning through fun and games.

If your child hasn’t attended Ducklings but can swim without armbands please contact the pool of your choice. We can then assess your child in the water to make sure they join the appropriate class/level for their ability.

Learning to swim is a lifelong skill which no child should be without and can also lead onto other aquatic activities such as diving, synchronised swimming or water polo.

For more information email sport@calderdale.gov.uk.

CREW Exercise Classes 2018

Just a reminder that CREW Heart Support Group have a number of exercise classes as follows;

If you need to get in touch with CREW for more information you can use the Contact Form.


LGBTQ History Month: Healthy Identities Training

On Tuesday February 13 as part of LGBTQ history month, Barnardo’s Healthy Identities is hosting training around LGBTQ awareness for health and voluntary professionals across Calderdale.

This half day training course will introduce participants to key themes around sexual and gender identity, and will explore:

– Ideas and assumptions around gender and sexuality

– Key terms and concepts

– The Equality Act and discrimination

– Experiences of young LGBTQ people, particularly relating to health

– Ways to support and care for young LGBTQ people

This will also be an opportunity to learn more about the work of Healthy Identities with a possibility of exploring partnership opportunities.

The event is free but you are asked to register at Eventbrite. The course is being held at The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane on Tuesday February 13, 1pm-4pm.

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Local Activities for the over 50s in Illingworth and Bradshaw

The LA Group was set up in 2011 by a group of residents primarily in the 50+ age group. The group offers a range of activities and classes to help promote their health and well-being of people over 50 in the Illingworth, Bradshaw and surrounding areas.

Try Art, Craft, Keep Fit, Kurling or Line Dancing – the first session is FREE.

Membership for the year commencing 1st April 2017 is £5.

Find out more – www.illingworthandbradshaw.btck.co.uk

WEEKLY PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES updated 17th December 2017

During the Bowling Season (1st April to 30th September) our members who wish do Crown Green Bowling at Holmfield Bowling Club, Beechwood Park, Holmfield (membership of bowling club required) Playing for fun but learning at the same time


Tuesdays, 10 – 11 am £3
Not too hard, but not too easy!
This is a fun aerobic exercise class to get you fit and keep you healthy
Suitable for a range of abilities

Tuesdays, 11.15 am – 12.15 pm £2.00
Suitable for all abilities.

Tuesdays, 2 pm – 3 pm £3.00
(not on the first Tuesday in the month)

Wednesdays, 10.15 am – 12.15 pm £2.00
Join our friendly group for knitting, card making and other crafts (some materials provided) plus hand massage or just a brew and a natter


Intermediate Class – Thursdays, 9.45 am to 10.45 am £3

Beginners Class – Thursdays, 11 am to 12 noon £3

Strengthening your core and keeping you fit and healthy


Thursdays, 10 am – 12 noon £4
Professional Tutor. Suitable for all levels – beginners are welcome.
Some materials provided.

****** New people very welcome at all the above activities ******