Do you sit at a desk all day? Simple ways to add some exercise to your routine!

With many of us having to work from home at present and the lack of going out options, despite this uncharacteristically lovely weather, there are still ways to incorporate some exercise in our daily routine.

Do you sit at a desk all day? Does your 9 to 5 leave no time for structured exercise..?

Read this document for ideas to add movement to your day

At these times especially it is crucial to keep active. This will help both with our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, in order to best cope with having to remain indoors.

Changes to Sexual Health Service provision

Important notice from the Integrated Sexual Health Service; Queue and wait clinics are suspended until further notice.  If you require our service you must ring clinic on 01422 261370 or 261365 to be triaged over the phone and an appointment will be offered where appropriate.

We apologise for the inconvenience but must take all reasonable precautions in line with medical advice and government guidance.

We also have an “Ask the expert” section on the website which can be used to make non-urgent queries and a member of our clinical staff will reply as soon as possible.  Further information on service provision or changes will be posted here or through Facebook and twitter.

….and finally don’t forget our condoms by post service

Emotional health and wellbeing support for children and young people during coronavirus

Feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the news around coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandable, especially for those children and young people who are struggling with their mental health or you have a physical illness. They may be feeling worried about their own health, or someone in their family, or what impact the virus will have on life as a whole.

Open Minds have created a section on Calderdale’s emotional health and wellbeing website where children, young people, parents, carers, family members, school staff and colleagues can find tips, support,  advice and information about looking after your self in these uncertain times.

Please share this link far and wide with children, young people, their families and colleagues you work with

Halifax Long March 2020 Cancelled

The 2020  Halifax Long March has been cancelled. The following message appears at the official website:

Halifax Long March:

It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Halifax Long March.

Given the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic it was felt that it would not be in the best interest of our walkers, helpers or committee members to proceed with the event at this time.

We will be contacting all parties involved over the next few days to fully explain our decision and to arrange refunds of walker registration fees.

The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all our walkers, helpers and charity associates for your interest and support and we hope to see you all again in 2021. ”

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Active Calderdale How to Keep Active during Covid19

Self-isolation, working from home, change of routine, entertaining children? It’s more important now than ever to be active. Physical activities help us de-stress, boost our mood and maintain muscle strength, flexibility and balance too.

Current Government advice is to go outside for a walk, run or cycle provided we’re well and meet the latest guidance on social distancing. The sun is shining, sky is blue, what better excuse do you need!  It’s easy to stay active in your home too.

Active Calderdale have pulled together links, tips and tools to help you and your loved ones move more, whatever your circumstances. It could be dancing with your kids, home based gentle exercise, or using your saved communte/school run time to do a brisk 10 minute walk or start your 30 minute Couch to 5K journey.

Share what you’re doing to be active on Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtags #ActiveCdale and #Stayinworkout

Flood Aid 2 at the Victoria Theatre Postponed

From the Victoria Theatre website:

Flood Aid 2 POSTPONED (Sunday 29 March 2020)

Unfortunately the Flood Aid event scheduled for 29 March has been postponed by the organisers.

As soon as the event is rescheduled we will let you know. Tickets will be valid at the rescheduled date or they can be returned to the Box Office for a full refund.


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Volunteers needed for study on women’s community engagement

A student researcher is hoping to have conversations with women who have a role (formal or informal, paid or unpaid) in their community: this could be volunteering for a local charity, working with public health or the council, member of a book group, or allotment. Anything!

All conversations will now be over the phone, if you can spare an hour over the coming weeks and would like to take part, please contact Liadan on with your name and best contact telephone number and she will be in touch to arrange a suitable time.