Join Active Calderdale on our Family and Friends February Challenge!

“Two-fifths of people say they are being less active in this lockdown than during the first one in spring 2020”

Have you seen this in the news recently? Are you feeling the tougher effects of this lockdown on your physical activity levels? Moving more is one of the best tools we have to boost our physical and mental health – and we’re more likely to do it if we have encouragement from people that we know and trust.

That’s why need your help to spread the word about our latest social media challenge: #FamAndFriendsFeb.

The challenge to everyone in Calderdale is simple; can you encourage as many of your family and friends as possible to be physically active in February?

We all want to find new ways to support our family and friends during this lockdown. Reminding them to keep active is a brilliant way to help the people that we love to stay physically and mentally healthy, to stay connected with them, and have some fun!

Active Calderdale have put together some handy tips and ideas for different ways to keep active with your family and friends whilst sticking to the lockdown restrictions, which will be posted daily on our social media channels using #FamAndFriendsFeb.

We’d love it if your organisation could help us to spread the word on social media, and if you could take part yourself!

Visit our website for more information on the challenge, and download our social media pack for some suggested posts for your organisation. If you need any help with this drop us a line at  ActiveCalderdale@calderdale.gov.uk

 

First Steps – Walking Workshop in Calderdale February 1st

Getting out for a stroll is one of the few ways we can all move more at the moment. We’d like your help to understand what groups, routes and resources are out there so together we can make it easier for everyone to find a way to walk. For further details and to register on to the event, please visit

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/835878963623591/

Actual Eventbrite link to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-in-calderdale-first-steps-workshop-tickets-135679682583

Active Calderdale walking workshop full

Active Calderdale advice on improving your sleep

Getting enough sleep is so important to ensure that we feel replenished and ready for the day.

There are many reasons why we may be struggling to sleep, including working from home, stress, illness, alcohol consumption and the inability to relax.

If you need advice, have a look at these sleep guides. It is amazing how much better we all feel after a good night’s sleep!

Basic Introduction to Sleep
Introduction to the neuroscience of sleep and effects of sleep deprivation

Top 13 tips
13 tips on how to improve the quality of your sleep

Food for Thought
List of foods that help you get better sleep – and those that don’t!

It’s not too late to join in with Active Calderdale’s December challenge!

Let’s not let the dark winter evenings stop us from getting active! Active Calderdale is challenging EVERYONE to get outside for at least 10 minutes every lunchtime during the month of December to improve our physical and mental health.

Take a look at this calendar which supports this challenge; it has interesting tasks to do each day based around the Five Ways to Wellbeing – go on, challenge yourself to complete it.

Further information on the challenge can be found here.

The Take Ten #StepOutChallenge aims to challenge everyone to get outside for at least 10 minutes every day for a walk during December. To support with this we have created a calendar which includes additional challenges based around the five ways to wellbeing to further encourage and support people to take at least 10 minutes out of their day to get outside and walk.

 How can you help?

We’d love it if you could support the challenge by doing the following:

  1. Take part in the challenge yourself, and join us on Twitter using #StepOutChallenge
  2. Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to take part in the challenge
  3. Spread the word to your service users or customers and any other residents that you have contact with. We have included a pack with social media posts and some graphics to go with them. You can also download an accessible version of the calendar on our website.

Take Ten December #StepOutChallenge Full Calendar

 

Bikeability – My Free Bike Riding Training Session by Joanne Dye

I love watching cyclists and for a long time wanted to learn how to ride a bike safely on the road. With everything COVID related, I wanted to get out more and try cycling but still this fear of being on the road was putting me off. I had mentioned to Suzy, our Active Calderdale engagement co-ordinator for North Halifax about wishing there were something linked to cycling that was easy to access in my local area. I was put in touch with a new free project run by Bikeability which provides adult one to one or family training in riding a bike.

The Bikeability instructor called beforehand to discuss what I needed and where best to meet; she was great to speak with on the phone (a real getting to know you phone call). This put me at great ease. We met up at the moor at Manor Health one week later and learned how to safely ride a cycle on the road. Her calm and clear persona made me feel comfortable and confident enough to go out on the main roads. I will be having an additional session, just to make sure I would be confident enough to take my children out on the roads.

I would highly recommend this service to anyone who is looking to get out more, build their confidence or to learn a new skill. Even if it is just to refresh your memory. It is a fun, free, 2 hour service, delivered in line with current Covid-19 Government Guidance. What have you go to lose?

To have a chat about your needs or to register for a Free session when restrictions allow, see Cycle Confidence Building – Bikeability – Active Calderdale.

 

 

Step Out and Get Your 10 Minute Stroll!

We need your help to celebrate one thing that we CAN do this winter – go for a little walk at lunchtime!

It’s more important than ever to get active for our physical and mental health, but the dark winter months and COVID restrictions have made it more challenging for many people across the borough.

That’s why we’ve created the Take Ten #StepOutChallenge. We’re challenging everyone to walk outside for at least 10 minutes every lunchtime in December – to enjoy the daylight (if not sunlight), go to the shops, walk, round the block or even better local park. It will make you feel brighter and give you a sense of achievement, it’s worth that initial effort of getting your shoes and coat on!

Each day there will be extra optional challenges to try whilst walking, all linked to the 5 ways to wellbeing, to give everyone an extra boost! Find more details on our website.

The Take Ten #StepOutChallenge aims to challenge everyone to get outside for at least 10 minutes every day for a walk during December. To support with this we have created a calendar (see attached) which includes additional challenges based around the five ways to wellbeing to further encourage and support people to take at least 10 minutes out of their day to get outside and walk.

 How can you help?

We’d love it if you could support the challenge by doing the following:

  1. Take part in the challenge yourself, and join us on Twitter using #StepOutChallenge
  2. Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to take part in the challenge
  3. Spread the word to your service users or customers and any other residents that you have contact with. We have included a pack with social media posts and some graphics to go with them. You can also download an accessible version of the calendar on our website.

Attached is the full challenge calendar, and you can find your supporters pack here: https://we.tl/t-BUNLiaa6Ey  (if this link is no longer working please contact activecalderdale@calderdale.gov.uk.

Take Ten December #StepOutChallenge Full Calendar

 

Do you live or work in Illingworth, Ovenden or Lee Mount?

Would you like to make it easier for people to improve how they feel inside and out, to have fun and feel more confident?

Conversations and messages we see and hear, and the area where we live can have a big impact on how we behave and what becomes normal. Local voluntary and community groups, charities, faith associations, libraries, children’s centres, housing associations, pubs, hairdressers, post offices and more, have the ability to influence what we think and do.

Active North Halifax are looking for people who feel passionately about making it easier for those who live and work in Illingworth, Ovenden or Lee Mount to get physically active.

This could be; identifying what currently works and what doesn’t, where existing groups, services or individuals could work together, such as sharing skills and resources, highlighting where new activities are needed, or simply promoting activity through social media, posters in shops or having a chat with neighbours or customers.

It’s not about losing pounds and gaining big muscles, it’s about improving health and wellbeing, reducing loneliness, strengthening local ownership and pride, being creative about how people can become active, in a way that works for them. We want to explore opportunities for people to be active in the community spaces and places where people usually attend, places they know and trust, and where they feel safe, particularly in these changing times.

If  you’d like to find out more or join this conversation please contact North Halifax Active Engagement Co-ordinator Suzanne.straughan@nhppltd.org.uk