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.

CREW Shorter Walks Spring 2018

CREW (Cardiac Rehabilitation through Exercise and Walking) have announced the led, shorter walks for Spring 2018. Suitable for all levels, all are welcome and there is no need to book.

For further information call Sophie on 07982 728548 or email

One You – Couch to 5K Re-launch

Public Health England Partnerships are re-launching their famous One You – Couch to 5K app in partnership with BBC Get Inspired.

The One You – Couch to 5k app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just nine weeks. There is now a choice of five trainers to support and motivate you every step of the way, telling you when to walk and when to run.

With spring on the way, now is a great opportunity for you to achieve the couch to 5k.

Angels Corner Dementia Friendly Cafe to Open at St. Columba’s Church

The Angels Corner Cafe (Dementia Friendly) will be opening on Sunday 15 April, 1:00pm – 3:30pm at St Columba’s Church Hall, Highroad Well Lane, HX2 OQF. It will then open on the third Sunday of every month.

Refreshments will be available also: £2.00.

This Cafe will cater for vulnerable, isolated people and people with dementia with their carers, friends and/or families and anybody else wishing to attend. People are invited to attend by simply ‘popping in’ to relax, enjoy, have fun with different activities, listen to Music, ‘sing a long’ or chat and make new friends in a welcoming and friendly environment.

Activities would include some or all of the following:
Arts, Crafts, Games, Quizzes, Word searches, Bingo. Through the various activities and informal and social environment in which new skills may be learnt, will also be catered for. The Cafe will also provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment.

For further information please contact: Pauline on 07939 100495 or via email:

SWYP NHS Foundation – How to Improve Mental Health Services

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been highlighted as an example of how to improve mental health services in a new publication by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It makes sure that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourages care services to improve.

The Trust is one of seven mental health providers featuring in the CQC’s ‘Driving improvement’ report which has been published on Thursday, 14 March 2018. It follows a programme of rapid improvement at the Trust between March 2016 when the CQC rated it as ‘requires improvement’ to April 2017 when the Trust was re-rated as ‘good’. The CQC chose to visit the Trust to learn lessons which could be shared with other organisations requiring improvement to become good or outstanding.

This comes as the Trust’s chief executive has been named as one of the Health Service Journal (HSJ)’s top ten chief executives. Rob Webster, who joined the Trust in May 2016, was placed at number 6 in the HSJ’s ranking of all 249 provider Trust chief executives. He received praise for his “unbending commitment to system working and the personal example he sets in his leadership style.” It has been under Rob’s leadership that the Trust was re-rated by the CQC.

In producing the case study, the CQC interviewed a wide range of people, including the chief executive, medical director, nursing directors, other clinical and managerial staff as well as front line staff. They also spoke to others who knew or worked with the Trust, such as service users and partners. The case study documents how improvements at the Trust have come about through a change in management culture, partnership work, staff engagement and empowerment, governance and working closely with the CQC itself.

Tim Breedon, director of nursing and quality, said: “We’re delighted that the CQC chose us to feature as a case study. The rapid improvements at the Trust are a testament to the hard work and determination of our staff. I hope that the insights we have been able to share will help other organisations on their improvement journeys.”

SWYP NHS Trust run a number of services in our area including Creative Minds and others.