Back Onside for Men

The Back Onside project is a Sport England funded project offering a range of activities designed for men who haven’t exercised for a while to get back into exercise in a gentle and fun way.

Monday nights, 6.30 – 7.30pm at 3GI Soccer, Shaw Lodge Mill, Halifax, HX3 9ET

Aimed at men aged 35 – 64 years this 10 week programme with Halifax RLFC Foundation is FREE to attend and includes walking, running, touch rugby, netball type games, circuits and dodge ball.

To join the team, call 07947 827627 or email chrismitchell@halifaxrlfc.co.uk

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Universal Credit Help to Claim Service

Citizens Advice Calderdale has launched a new service called ‘Help to Claim’ for those who need to apply for Universal Credit in Calderdale.

They are working in collaboration with the Citizens Advice Network and more locally with Calderdale Council and Job Centre Plus (Calderdale) to support people in submitting their Universal credit application to get their first full payment.

Help will be tailored to the individual and be available; face to face, over the phone (0800 144 8444) and online through webchat and advice content (www.citizensadvice.org.uk). This may include assistance with the online application form or help with providing evidence like childcare costs.

The main drop-in has now moved to Customer First so that they can work with the existing Council team to help people start a claim and get ready for their work coach appointment. They will be there Monday to Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm for clients needing help with making a claim and generalist advice needs.

Just as a reminder, they continue to offer bespoke debt advice via their team of specialist debt caseworkers, who help people manage problem debt and the Improving Lives team who help clients make appeals in relation to ESA, PIP and DLA.

If any partners would like further information about the Help to Claim service or any other services available at Citizens Advice Calderdale, please contact Caroline Jones on 01422 340303 or caroline.jones@calderdalecab.org.uk

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees Newsletter April 2019

Volunteering makes a world of difference

Nia started volunteering as a befriender in 2018. “I started to volunteer as I work shifts and had some spare time and being there for someone who may be lonely and in need of someone to talk to seemed like a good option. I work with infants and children so volunteering with the elderly was a good contrast”. 

Hopefully I’m there to provide some additional support when they feel alone.  Older people may have little family around, or  suffering with illness or may have lost a beloved lifelong partner which must be very challenging and difficult, so being able to help at all seemed just the right thing to do.” said Nia.

She was introduced to Ann and they hit it off from their first meeting, sharing interests and values including volunteering!

Ann is in her 80’s and is now housebound, not strong enough to go out without support.
She was – and still is – a free, caring and creative spirit who cares about other people and the environment. She has volunteered in UK and abroad and has been vegan all her adult life.

She lives in a lovely cottage which she shared with her husband who has sadly passed away. But his death, after 59 years of marriage, was devastating and she still misses him deeply.

She was visited by Age UK C&K to see if we could help her situation and after refusing a befriender at first, changed her mind “And I’m so glad I did” she said. She and Nia have lots in common – they both love gardening and animals – dogs in particular – and obviously volunteering! “She has changed my life” says Ann “I really look forward to her visits and we are so well matched it really does make a world of difference”.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender, call 01422 252 040 or 01484 535994.

You can download the full newsletter here.

Next Brew and a Chat and More at St. Columba’s on Monday 15 April

Look over your shoulder (comp 9)Find out more about what’s happening at the newly refurbished St. Columba’s Church Hall by visiting the new website at https://stcolumbaschurchcommunityhall.com

Join in and have a Brew & A Chat on Monday 15 April, 10:30am-12:30pm organised in conjunction with Calderdale Staying Well.

This month, Emma Worsley from VAC (Voluntary Action Calderdale) will be visiting.

Emma will be filming two gentlemen in their eighties who rekindled their school day friendship at the Brew and Chat sessions. Emma has a one hour slot on Phoenix Radio every Friday morning discussing what is happening in our local area. Hope you can join in to showcase just how successful the monthly Brew and Chat actually is!

Every Thursday, 10:30am there is a ‘Walk Away the Pounds’ session in the Community Hall. A DVD is shown detailing the walking moves and with the music. This is open to all ages, men and women and is just £3 per session. Comfortable clothes and non-slip shoes will be needed.

St Columba’s Church Hall have received funding from the Warley Staying Well Steering Group and Community Foundation for Calderdale, as well as from Calderdale Council’s Ward Forum Grants. 

Bird Boxes, Toilet Roll Holders and Garden Benches from Phoenix Shed

The guys at the Phoenix Shed have been busy making bird boxes for this Spring and now have a small stock, just waiting for some bird friendly customers. The ‘Standard’ bird box is of a typical RSPB design, but is easier to clean. Our newest offering is a ‘Swift’ nest box. All of these are on offer at £15 each, or £24 for two. Their quality means that they will give many, many years of service, without needing to be painted, or treated.

 

 

 

 

 

A Posh Toilet Roll Holder

 

The brief was’ “I would like a sort of rustic toilet roll holder that will hang from the towel rail under the hand basin”. So here’s what was made for the lady.

 

 

Garden Benches

They now have garden benches all ready to grace your garden this summer. Made of pressure/heat treated timber and triple coated with Ronseal 5 year paint, they should give many, many years of faithful service. They are also very sturdy and competitively priced at just £125.

And next week a story about Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge and how The Phoenix Shed has worked with the local community to clean up the are in time for summer.

Push the boat out! Try Sailing in May

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On Sunday 19th May HALIFAX SAILING CLUB invite you to visit the highest sailing club in England for their annual open day Push the Boat Out. 

Try out sailing or windsurfing for FREE on 90 acres of water at 1350ft above sea level here in Calderdale!

Whether you’re completely new to the sport, looking to get back on the water or sail regularly, you are welcome to come along and have some fun.

Starting at midday visitors can get out on the water and try out sailing or windsurfing. All you’ll need is suitable footwear but a change of clothes would always be a good idea – just in case.

Club Commodore Graham Norton said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out. We are inviting the local community to come down to the club, have a go at sailing and windsurfing, see what the club has to offer and get involved. Who knows, if you visit you might just get hooked!”

Halifax Sailing Club is based at Warley Moor Reservoir (also known as Fly Flatts) in Calderdale. Find out more, and contact details, visit www.halifaxsailingclub.org.uk

What would you do to improve health and social care?

The #NHS has released it’s Long Term Plan. Make sure you have your say on how it is used to shape #Calderdale

Please fill in the survey! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NHSwhatwouldyoudo

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