Fancy becoming a Gig Buddy?

Gig Buddies Calderdale is an exciting new initiative which will seek to match people who have a learning disability with volunteers who have similar interests.
The aim of the project is to promote friendship and increase opportunities for people who have a learning disability to become involved in their local community.
The idea of a ‘gig’ is up to you and you and your buddy will meet monthly to choose and plan an event you would like to go to.
It could be music, festival, theatre, cinema, a walk in the park – it is entirely led by our Gig Buddies and Gig Goers.
Gig Buddies was pioneered in 2013 by Brighton based charity ‘Stay Up Late’ and is now running in Scotland and Sydney, Australia.
Gig Buddies Calderdale is based at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax which is at the heart of cultural events – watch this space!
The project works with people with a learning disability aged 16 and upwards and for Gig Buddy volunteer roles, you must be 18 plus.

Wood Carving at Phoenix Shed

The Phoenix Shed Presents

for men over 55  wanting a new challenge an Introduction to the art of Wood Carving by Sticky G of Ogden Fame starting Friday 29 September  10am – 12.00pm
The Phoenix Shed
Threeways Centre
Nursery Lane
£2 Shed members £5 others

To reserve your place
Please Phone
Chris 07930 207537
Eddie 07481 543881

Step inside the Shed where tea, coffee, biscuits and friends provided

1000s of Senior Passes Expiring in 2017!

300,000 passes will come up for renewal between now and March 2018, which could mean long queues at Bus Station Travel Centres if all pass holders choose to renew there.  Senior Passes can be renewed online up to 3 months in advance, and a family member or friend can renew on someone’s behalf if needed.  It’s quick, free and easy and saves travelling into the city or town centre.  Simply visit  to renew online.


Those people who have no way of renewing online can apply for or renew their Senior Pass only one month before expiry at Bus Station Travel Centres.

Better Lives at Number 42

Image may contain: indoorBetter Lives at number 42 Market Street, Halifax is a new service for adults providing the support you need to stay healthy, independent and in control of your life for as long as possible.

Open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm there is a team of social workers providing accessible, face to face information and support to adults in Calderdale.

Helping with health & well-being, promoting independence, support for carers, information about technology such as pendant alarms, signposting to other support organisations such as Staying Well and Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees.


Active 10 – Walk 10 Brisk Minutes a Day for Better Health

Public Health England are promoting brisk walking for just 10 minutes a day.

A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”.

Press Release from PHE reports that 4 out of 10 (41%) adults aged 40 to 60 in England walk less than 10 minutes continuously each month at a brisk pace.

Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.

It’s the easy way to improve your health and wellbeing. No gym memberships, no Lycra. Just 10 minutes and you!
The free Active 10 app for smartphones and tablet computers (including iPads) takes away the guesswork. It shows how much brisk walking you’re doing and how you can do more. It’s easy to use and helps you set your goals for the day.
A regular 10 minute brisk walk can make you feel better in so many ways. It can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood.It can help people with lower back pain and those at risk of high blood pressure.It’s also seriously good for your long-term health – it can reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Taking at least 1 brisk 10 minute walk a day has been shown to reduce the risk of early death by 15%. A 10 minute walk can contribute to meeting the CMO’s physical activity guidance of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week. This can lead to health benefits including a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes (by 40%), cardiovascular disease (by 35%), dementia (by 30%) and some cancers (by 20%).

The severity of the current physical inactivity epidemic amongst adults contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and is costing the NHS over £0.9 billion per year.


High Five Gentle Exercise at Highgate Methodist Church

Tuesdays 11:00 – 12:00 at Highgate Methodist Church, Stretchgate Lane, Pellon, Halifax.

Using our Chi ballsRun 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. We cater 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 us to arrange for someone to meet you as you arrive. All our new members say what a friendly bunch of folk we are and how welcome they were made. So what are you waiting for?

More information can be found from the tutor Sue Watson on 07964 713926 or email

Staying Well at St. Columba’s Refurbished Church Hall

The newly refurbished St Columba’s Church Hall hosted our Staying Well event on the 19 July, with safety and security being the main theme of the day. There were talks providing preventative measures regarding home safety, scams and keeping safe and secure, from PSCO Lyndsay Whitwam, The SAFER Team Calderdale Council and the District Fire Prevention Officer; Victim Support and Newground were also present to raise awareness and offering valued advice, which was well received by over 50 local residents who had attended the event. After a tasty lunch, the group were treated to Local historian David Glover who gave an informative and amusing illustrated talk ‘Buried Alive’. Following on from the ‘Look over your Shoulder’ event, Staying Well is continuing to move throughout the Warley district with the view to working alongside existing community groups/churches and planning another community ‘Brought to your Knees’ event in the late summer, with the theme of staying healthy and well. Staying Well is about helping you to stay healthy and improve wellbeing. Referrals are for anyone 18+ and can include a chat with a Staying Well worker, a home visit and information and support to attend activities in your area. If you know someone who could benefit from our service in the Warley Ward, please contact the Hayley Conlon Staying Well Worker on 01422 393956 or email