Staying Well would like to thank all of our volunteers

Some people took up a new hobby during the COVID lockdowns…..some started running and many people developed a green finger or two but at Staying Well our new thing of 2020/21 was volunteers!!

Staying Well have always worked alongside the volunteers in all communities in Calderdale – linking in with the great groups and awesome activities they make happen – yet recruiting and managing our own volunteers was something new to us.

Working with CMBC, Staying Well have harnessed the overwhelming response of people to want to respond to COVID and help those people who became even more vulnerable in the last year. Turning the power of good deeds, selflessness and kindness into something to help improve peoples lives couldn’t have been done without those people across Calderdale who want to give up their time and energy to help other. This volunteers week we want to say a massive THANK YOU to all the Staying Well volunteers working alongside us and our clients. We couldn’t make a difference without you!

Staying Well recruit volunteers to be Telephone Befrienders – giving up an hour or so of their time each week to make a friendly call to someone, have a chat and brighten their day. This year has seen loneliness become more of an issue than ever and although one phone call a week may seem like a drop in the ocean it really can make all the difference.

Our clients and volunteers comment on how the relationships we help them build make such a difference to their lives. We have seen relationships blossom into true friendships. Just having someone on the end of a phone who is there to listen, give you their time, and care makes people feel happier and healthier.

If you are interested in volunteering with Staying Well all you need is a smile, a telephone and the love of good conversation! Get in touch on 01422 392767 or drop us an email at stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk. We will invite you along to an online Info Session to say a friendly hello and take you through the ins and outs of coming on board.

Volunteering options in your community

A number of studies has shown the benefits of volunteering, especially with promoting community cohesion.

Communities with volunteering options tend to be stronger and function better.

When people volunteer, they invest in their community and as such feel closer to it. They are more likely to develop a strong sense of belonging in their area, take more active roles and enhance general wellbeing.

Volunteering can often lead directly to employment. From expanding your skillset with practical knowledge to putting you in positions that are closer to paid roles, it can be a valuable stepping stone. It looks great on your CV too!

So how about giving some of your time?

There are several ways in which you can volunteer. Offering assistance in a charity shop is only one.

Places like Citizens Advice are heavily reliant on volunteers. There are other helplines that can offer training to potential volunteers, such as the Samaritans or Victim Support.

Your local council may offer volunteering options as well.

Keep an eye out for National Volunteering campaigns, such as the Great British Spring Clean!

There are frequent litter picks running locally at any given time. Or you may want to organise one yourself!

Volunteering with NHP

North Halifax Partnership has several volunteering opportunities for members of our community. You do not need an NHP membership to volunteer with us.

Our comprehensive volunteering programme offers opportunities to volunteer across many of our own services as well as being a single point of access for volunteering opportunities across Halifax.

 

We receive volunteering opportunities from places like Citizens Advice and  Neighbourhood watch. We organise litter picks and community clean-ups, such as Pimp my Pellon.

We are especially keen to recruit volunteers for the Staying Well Hub.

During the lockdowns, Staying Well has provided a telephone befriending service that has been a link for many isolated and vulnerable members of our community. We have run food hubs, delivered doorstep shopping, helped with various practical issues or just offered a listening ear. Much of this could only be possible thanks to our volunteers.

At present the SureStart Children’s Centres options are limited but keep checking. We anticipate we will soon be needing help there too.

If you want to volunteer with us or see how we can help you, visit our dedicated volunteering hub:

https://northhalifaxpartnership.org/volunteer-north-halifax/

 

However you decide to do it or for however long, volunteering is a unique experience that will fulfil and transform you, benefiting your community in more ways than you could imagine!

 

Further read:

Belong – Community Connection Cohesion

 

 

Research support for Youth Loneliness with INC360

This is a Pilot Project from INC360 to tackle youth loneliness and promote positive mental health. They are looking for any young people who might like to get involved for free.

The pilot will be taking place throughout Spring, depending on COVID restrictions and will be run by INC360’s social enterprise.

There will be workshops for children and young people which combine discussions around mental health, a drama based activity and a 360-degree video experience. The video will be watched on a VR headset and is aimed at promoting community.

The project runs in 2 phases and you can get in both or just the one of them.

Phase 1

  • Virtual interviews with parents, teachers, youth workers and child health care workers
  • Virtual focus groups with young people aged 8-13 years who use any youth related support service

Phase 2

  • Workshops for children and young people aged 8-13 years who use any youth related service

 

INC360 would like to gain feedback on their service idea and understand where the company fits in with current opportunities available to children facing situations of loneliness, whether that be due to ill health, foster care or social anxieties, to name just a few.

Read more about INC360 and the project

INC360 provide workshops for children and young people which combine discussions around mental health, a drama based activity and a 360-degree video experience. The video will be watched on a VR headset and is aimed at promoting community.

 

 

Please find attached a proposal which explains the workshops in more detail.

Staying Well is now on Instagram!

The Staying Well Hub has its own dedicated presence on Instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/staying_well_team/

We hope to become more interactive this way, sharing images and updates.

 

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are still here if you need us to lend a listening ear. You can refer yourself to us or request a referral from a GP, your support worker or even family and friends if you need some help.

Referral process information

No one needs to be alone.

How the Staying Well team can help you – Telephone Befriending Service

The Staying Well Hub Team are here to listen to your concerns and help you make sense of what is happening. Whatever you are dealing with, we would like to hear from you because help is always at hand.

We can offer assistance in a variety of different languages, please enquire to see how we can assist.

Referrals can be made over the telephone or you can visit the Staying Well website to fill out the referral form.

Individuals can refer themselves. In order to refer someone you will need their consent.

Contact us on 01422 392767 if you, or someone you know is isolated or vulnerable,
or if you are a community group and would like some advice.
Email: stayingwellproject @calderdale.gov.uk
Find us on Facebook: @StayingWellCalderdale

For more information visit the Staying Well Telephone Befriending service page

Staying Well is here for you

January is a hard time for many of us and as we face our 3rd National Lockdown people may be struggling more than ever. As dark nights and shivery mornings become the norm Staying Well want to reiterate that no one needs to feel alone at this time.

 

Just like Michael
Michael is in his late 80s and approached Staying Well earlier this year as the groups he attends had closed and he was feeling quite isolated. He spent most of his career in the Army or similar endeavours and regularly enjoys talking about his experiences. Michael has family but because of COVID has spent most of his time on his own this year. Michael has been getting regular calls from our workers this year and appreciates this contact. Particularly talking to someone who has spent time with the military, as there’s a commonality. Michael misses his normal groups and looks forward to them reopening but for now Staying Well is a needed and friendly ear.

How the Staying Well team can help you too – Telephone Befriending Service

The Staying Well Hub Team are here to listen to your concerns and help you make sense of what is happening. Whatever you are dealing with, we would like to hear from you because help is always at hand.

We can offer assistance in a variety of different languages, please enquire to see how we can assist.

Referrals can be made over the telephone or you can visit the Staying Well website to fill out the referral form.

Individuals can refer themselves. In order to refer someone you will need their consent.

Contact us on 01422 392767 if you, or someone you know is isolated or vulnerable,
or if you are a community group and would like some advice.
Email: stayingwellproject @calderdale.gov.uk
Find us on Facebook: @StayingWellCalderdale

For more information visit the Staying Well Telephone Befriending service page

Staying Well is just a phonecall away

With the nights drawing in and lockdown still in place with the potential that it may be extended, more people may come to experience loneliness.

According to the BBC, Lockdown loneliness has reached record levels. The numbers of adults who state they are frequently or always lonely has increased since the first lockdown earlier in March 2020.

There are several organisations who work towards reaching out to individuals coping with being alone throughout Calderdale. The Staying Well Hub team is one of them.

How the Staying Well team can help you

The Staying Well Hub Team are here to listen to your concerns and help you make sense of what is happening. Whatever you are dealing with, we would like to hear from you because help is always at hand.

The telephone befriending service is how the Staying Well Team can be contacted during the COVID-19 period.

 

Staying Well Telephone Befriending Service

Isolation has never been such a concern and risk as it currently is but a chat with a Volunteer Befriender can make all the difference to someone who is lonely. So get in touch to find out how we can help you.

We can offer assistance in a variety of different languages, please enquire to see how we can assit.

This service aims to match clients with volunteers who have similar interests and common ground, aiming to offer a listening ear to those who feel isolated.

How you can request assistance

You can call the Staying Well team on 01422 392767.

Referrals can be made over the telephone or you can visit the Staying Well website to fill out the referral form.

Individuals can refer themselves. In order to refer someone you will need their consent.

 

For more information visit the Staying Well Telephone Befriending service page

Related article: BBC: Lockdown loneliness reaches record levels

Walk this way… into Walking Rugby

Halifax RUFC are delighted to announce that Walking Rugby has arrived in Halifax.

In partnership with Premiership Rugby Club, Sale Sharks, Halifax RUFC will be running weekly Walking Rugby sessions at Ovenden Park. 

Walking Rugby is a slower-paced game of touch rugby that is ideal for those who are aged 50 years and older or those who cannot play contact rugby anymore. This is a less physical, slower-paced version of touch rugby with adapted laws to suit participant needs. 

The sessions are aimed to give rugby playing opportunities for those who may have never played rugby before and those who played previously played and cannot play anymore and want to re-engage with rugby at a slower pace. Sessions are a great way to increase your social activity and make friends with like-minded people. 

The sessions at Ovenden Park, Keighley Road (HX2 8AR) are open to ALL – both men and women and there are no age limits. Best of all, this activity is absolutely FREE! 

Sessions will begin at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays from the 16th September and the Clubhouse will be open afterwards for refreshments. All activities will be COVID Secure.

For more information email halifaxwalkingrugby@gmail.com