Staying Well Newsletter!

Golly – it hardly feels like 5 minutes since we had the last Staying Well newsletter but a lot has happened since then! We also need to keep you up to date with what is happening over the Christmas period and give you a chance to look at the full newsletter here.

There will be the Brew and a Chat Christmas party at St. Columba’s Church Hall, Pellon on Monday 10 December, 10:30am-12:30pm.

Tesco, Sowerby Bridge are sponsoring a Christmas party at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ on Tuesday 11 December, 2:00pm. 

Following that we have the Memory Lane Christmas Party at the Maurice Jagger Centre on Monday 17 December, 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Not everyone has the best time at Christmas and Todmorden Central Methodist Church will be holding a short, reflective service / contemplation on Saturday 22 December, 2:30pm for those who struggle over the festive period.

Domestic Abuse – in Whatever Language at Whatever Time

Have you or a family member been affected by Domestic Abuse?
Do you need some support or someone to talk to about the abuse?
Are you struggling to cope with the effects of family violence?

Christmas, for some families is a time of celebration, but unfortunately for some the expectations of being there to provide and support can make Christmas a challenging time. Don’t forget the Samaritans are always there to help you and can be contacted though our link.

Calderdale Staying Safe has published a series of guides to in different languages to support those who may not know what services are available in UrduCzech and Polish.

Calderdale Staying Safe, the Domestic Abuse Support Service has released a flyer that can be downloaded here and printed to give the latest information on how to contact them, 01422 323339 Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. The leaflet also includes the out of hours number.

There are also leaflets in different languages

In an emergency, call 999 or to report an incident to the Police, please call 101.

Staying Safe has a skilled, experienced and diverse staff team who speak other languages or will make every effort to find language support through interpreters.

This is a free and confidential service to anyone aged 16 and above, who has been affected by domestic abuse and who lives in Calderdale.
Support is available to people regardless of their sexuality, gender, disability, religion or ethnic origin.
Support is also available for children 5 years and above, who have been affected by domestic abuse.
There are dedicated male and female support workers.

The latest outreach sessions are;

Todmorden Community College, Burnley Rd, Todmorden OL14 7BX

(1st & 3rd Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)

06/12/18, 20/12/18


Innovations Children’s Centre, Cousin Lane, Ovenden, HX2 8DQ

(2nd & 4th Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)

13/12/18 (No drop in 27/12/18)


Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Rd, HX1 4NE

                Monthly drop-in on 1st Tues of the month 9:30am–11:30am (No drop in 01/01/2019)

Download the Calderdale Staying Safe Flyer.

Young and Want to Make a DIFFERENCE? Time Out is Looking for Volunteers.

Time Out is a project for young people, created by young people to give a space to allow you to develop in whatever way suits you best. Fortunately, mental health is no longer a taboo subject and Time Out are recruiting volunteers to spread awareness of the help available for those with issues of self-harm, body image or self-esteem.

There are creative opportunities in graphic design, web development or or other media such as film and photography. On a more physical level there are opportunities in  sports, performing arts, music and gaming.

Perhaps even more importantly, is the experience of being part of a team that will help your CV as well as your life-skills.

Time Out is currently looking for volunteers who can not only develop their own skills but help others to do the same.

If you think that, with help and assistance, you could help others, or even would like to discuss without any commitment, then call Annie on 01422 345154 or email


New Defibrillator at St. Columba’s Church Hall

On Wednesday 14 November,  St. Columba’s Church and Community Hall Group launched the use of their recently installed Defibrillator in conjunction with a visit from Neil Marsay from the Ambulance Service. Neil held a Defibrillator Awareness Session.

Trish Coyle, Chairman of the Community Hall Group, started the fundraising to purchase the Defibrillator by doing a sponsored slim. Warley Trust and The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund both gave a grant and Clif by Works (Mohammad) kindly gave a donation. James Haley (A and H Electrical) did the electrical work at a reduced price. James played rugby with the late Danny Jones – Lizzie’s late husband. Lizzie’s family attend St. Columba’s Church.

The defibrillator has been positioned outside St Columba’s Church and is registered with the Ambulance Service and available for use for anyone in the area.

Roy Stout has been appointed the Guardian of the Defibrillator and is the contact for the Ambulance Service.

More details about St Columba’s can be found on

Christmas at St. Columba’s, Pellon

Christmas Fayres, Parties and Carols at St. Columba’s Church Hall, Highroad Well Lane, Pellon HX2 0QF!

On Sunday 2 December, there will be the Christmas Fayre! Admission is just £1 (kids free) and Father Christmas is coming. Bottle tombola – chocolate tombola – cakes – Christmas crafts – Christmas cards – raffle – children’s activities – tea/coffee/snacks (inc turkey sandwiches and hotdogs) – soft drinks sweets/crisps.
Don’t miss it!

On Sunday 9 December, 12:00pm-3:00pm, Angels Corner Cafe will be having their Christmas Party for just a £2 entrance fee. Everyone is welcome.

On Monday 10 December, 10:30am-1:30pm it’s time for the Brew and a Chat Christmas Party organised in conjunction with Calderdale Staying Well for just a £2 entry fee. All are welcome.

St. Columba’s Church Carol Service this year is on Sunday 16 December, 2:30pm when the congregation will be joined by the High Five Singers who will sing a number of ‘choir carols’. You are also welcome to stay afterwards for refreshments in the Church Hall.

For further information call Marina on 07768 875708.

Better Lives at Number 42 Outreach Sessions

Better Lives at No 42 are holding a number of outreach sessions for those who find it difficult to get to the service at 42, Market Street, Halifax.


The new sessions are at;

Customer First, Horton Street, Halifax HX1 1QE
Every Wednesday, 10:00am–1:00pm.

Beechwood Medical Centre, Ovenden HX2 8AL
Alternate Monday afternoons, 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Christ Church, Brighouse Road, Hipperholme HX3 8AA
Alternate Wednesday mornings, 10:00am-12:00pm.

Health Centre, Lower George Street, Todmorden OL14 5RN
First and third Tuesday mornings of the month, 9:30am–11:30am.

Better Lives at number 42 Market Street, Halifax is a service for adults providing the support needed to stay healthy, independent and in control of your life for as long as possible.

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

Open in the Halifax base on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm, Wednesday 1:00pm-4:00pm & Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm.

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

World Aids Day – Wear Your Red Ribbon

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

Over 101,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Advances in medicine mean that people on effective HIV treatment cannot pass the virus on, but late diagnoses remain high and worryingly, only 45% of people can identify all the ways in which HIV is transmitted.

Stigma and discrimination can be a daily issue for people living with HIV. A recent stigma survey showed that 13 per cent report avoiding visiting the GP because they feared being treated differently and 21 per cent of gay men living with HIV report they have been discriminated against in work.

Troublingly 18 per cent of those surveyed report they’d had suicidal thoughts in the past year.

We’ve come a long way – but there’s still much work to do! Join us to raise vital funds so we can continue to fight discrimination, raise awareness and improve the lives of people living with HIV.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 5,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day. You can order a red ribbon through our online shop, or pick one up in a MAC Cosmetics shop and selected branches of Morrisons.

You can also order a free pack of 100 ribbons to fundraise for the National AIDS Trust. World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to raise money for NAT, which will help to champion the rights of people living with HIV in the UK.