Better Living Team at Valley Medical Centre, Hebden Bridge

Chris Wooler of the Better Living Team will be starting a weekly session at Valley Medical Centre, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge starting on the afternoon of Thursday 9 May and weekly thereafter.

They  can support you to:

  • Lose weight
  • Increase your activity level
  • Reduce your alcohol consumption

They work on a one-to-one basis, ensuring they understand your health needs, supporting you to access and use local services to improve your health and wellbeing.

To find out more or book and appointment call 01422 230 230.

If you have any questions call into Valley Medical Centre on a Thursday afternoon where you are welcome to chat to him.

Better Lifestyles Sessions are available throughout Calderdale so to check on a venue close to you call 01422 230230 or email

Memory Lane Cafe Spring Newsletter

The Spring newsletter from Memory Lane Cafe is now available to download here

Memory Lane Cafe is a local community group established to provide support for people affected by dementia, other memory problems, and isolation. There are regular cafes in Sowerby Bridge (St. Paul’s Church) and in Halifax (Maurice Jagger Centre). They offer a varied programme of games, crafts, information, support, cakes and conversation.

The cafe is run by volunteers and the cafe team run craft sessions, play games, serve refreshments, provide information, support & chat.

Forthcoming cafe dates are;

Sowerby Bridge (1.30-4pm)

  • May 11th and 25th
  • June 8th and 22nd
  • July 13th and 27th

Halifax (2-4 pm)

  • May 1st and 15th
  • June 5th and 10th
  • July 3rd and 17th

For more information please call the Cafe Coordinator (June) on 01422 706373 or 07920 549131 or email

The newsletter has articles about Dementia Action  Day, the Looking Out for Neighbours Campaign, Artists at Memory Lane, visiting a concert at Victoria Theatre, a narrowboat trip, musical bingo and much more. To see the full newsletter download it here.

Mental Health Awareness Week 13-19 May

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week – and what better time to show your support for better mental health.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, and Mind is always on hand to provide information and support for anyone that needs it. But this week is a great time to have a chat with a friend, family member or colleague and have think about your own wellbeing too. You could even join one of Mind’s campaigns to help make sure no one experiences a mental health.

What are mental health problems?
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.

Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

‘I now know that if I felt there was something wrong, it’s because there was, but I didn’t understand mental health fully’.

It’s a spectrum and you should feel able to decide where and when you are on that spectrum.

Living Well Roadshow

The Living Well Project will be holding a number of roadshows which will be looking at how people with a learning disability or autism can live well, and also sharing information about annual health checks and screening. One of the roadshows will be on Wednesday 26 June, 10:30am-2:30pm at Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Halifax, HX3 5SX. This will give local people a chance to talk about what is working well in their area, and what isn’t working so well.

They would love to hear from:

  • People with lived experience
  • Families and carers
  • Support providers
  • Commissioners
  • Social Workers
  • Community Learning Disability teams
  • Advocacy providers
  • Screening professionals from the NHS

To come along to the roadshow you will need to book your place.

Book online here:

Pushing Up Daisies – Todmorden 11-18 May 2019

Things Left Unsaid

Many of us have Things Left Unsaid to loved (and sometimes not so loved) departed ones.

​Here are two ways Pushing Up Daisies can help you unburden your heart: –


The Last Post: A unique postal service

​Free yourself from all those things that keep you awake at night. Write a letter to the departed and either pop it in to the library or send it to our wonderful Todmorden Postmistress. She will keep it safe and unread and on Thursday 16th May (2019) they will be burnt at the Fiery Farewell concert at Todmorden’s Unitarian Church (7-9.30pm).

The Last Post
Todmorden Post office,
7 Brook Street
Todmorden, OL14 5AJ

Across the Divide Archive: The world’s first collection of letters to the dead.

Leave your thoughts and feelings to posterity as part of an ever-growing archive of final communications. You can email them here or leave them in the Pushing Up Daisies Postbox at Tod library.

‘Bring Your Neighbour’ to the Community Event at Moorside School

Staying Well North Halifax is hosting a FREE buffet lunch on Wednesday 29 May, 10:00am-2:00pm at Moorside Community Primary School with an illustrated talk by local historian David Glover. There will be advice from the SAFER team, Citizens Advice, Victim Support, Fuel Poverty and Macmillan.

To book a place call Hayley on 01422 393956 or email her on

The Last Memory – Additional FREE performance at St. Hilda’s

picture.pngIn addition to the FREE performances on Tuesday 21 May 2019, 7pm at

Moorside Community Primary School, Ovenden, HX2 8AP 

Friday 24 May 2019, 7pm
Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden, HX2 8RX

St. Hilda’s Church, on Gibraltar Road HX1 4HE on Wednesday 22 May, 7:00pm will be offering another chance to view this wonderful production. Two actors from the Halifax Playhouse will presenting this work on the subject of dementia.

FREE. Donations to Daisy Chain Café on the night are welcome.

“How can I go to heaven if I don’t know who I am?” says Ernest to his daughter Lynne when he’s diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. But he also has a plan: to leave an imprint of who he is. Lynne is to be the guardian of his memory, the keeper of their past. Join them on their journey; share their hopes, fears, smiles and tears – and arrive with them as they seize the last memory.

This poignant and uplifting play will ring true for many carers and Alzheimer’s sufferers in the UK today. Its sensitive, warm humour will make the audience laugh, cry and really think.

“Tender and powerful. It made me think about dementia in a different way.”

“The actors dealt with the difficult subject of dementia tenderly and compassionately, picking out the humour, the positives, the memories and the ‘carpe diem’ moments in a beautiful, truly touching way…”

“Brilliant.  There was not a dry eye in the house…”

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