Learn to crochet over a cup of coffee

crochet & CoffeeGo along to Illingworth Moor Methodist Church from 11.30am to 1.30pm for a fortnightly session where you can relax with a cup of coffee whilst learning the art of crochet.

Crochet is FREE and refreshments are available by donations.

For further information please call into Illingworth Moor Methodist Church.

Dig It programme for Calderdale gardeners

A series of free outdoor gardening activities are being offered to people living in Calderdale.

The Dig It programme is run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and aims to help people get more active through gardening.

Based at the Trust’s own plot at the Pellon Allotments the sessions give local people the opportunity to get active outdoors, improve their diet and meet new people.

The sessions on offer include:

  • Gardening for wellbeing – Mondays (morning or afternoon sessions available)
    One off session on allotment growing and provides a free start up home gardening kit
  • Growing healthy – Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm (every week starting 17 March)
    Topics include growing fruit, vegetables and herbs and you can even take home your own share of the produce
  • Get growing – 4 week course with dates throughout April, May, June and July
    Aimed at beginners and teaches the basics of growing your own fruit and vegetables

To find out how you can get involved in the Dig It project call the Calderdale health improvement service on 01422 255542 or email Calderdalehis@swyt.nhs.uk.

You can find out more about the project by liking the team’s Facebook page or by visiting the team’s service directory entry.


Free Walk Leader Training

Calderdale Health Improvement Service will be running a FREE Walk Leader Training course on Tuesday 24 March 2015.

From 9.30am – 4pm at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER

This course is designed to give participants the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead health walks in their local communities.

For more information please ring 07880 600184

Big cook, little cook course in Lee Mount

Big Cook little cookA fun 4 week healthy eating cooking course for you and your child from Calderdale Health Improvement Service and Sure Start Children’s Centres North and East Halifax.

This course is for parents/carers with children aged 2 ½ – 4 years.

Starting on Tuesday 24 February 2015

At Lee Mount Baptist Church, HX3 5BQ

Time: 9.30am – 11.30am

Booking is essential as places are limited. A crèche will be available but must be booked in advance.

To book your place or to find out more about this and other Sure Start family learning please contact 01422 251090.

Become a volunteer practice champion

caldhealthimpservBecoming a volunteer practice champion gives you the opportunity to share your ideas, interests and hobbies to involve and engage others.

Help staff in your practice improve the health and well-being of patients and the wider community to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence whilst building friendships and partnerships.

Join us for a two day induction on Wednesday 14 and Wednesday 21 January 2015 at the Mereside Centre, Shibden Park.

For more information or for an application form please contact Ann.Waterhouse@swyt.nhs.ukPetra.Gordon@swyt.nhs.uk or call 01422 397373

Gardening for Health 2015

caldhealthimpservWould you like to learn to grow your own fruit and vegetables and improve your health and wellbeing? Or would you like to find out more about our activities for 2015?

Come along to a planning meeting and indoor planting activity on Tuesday 20 January from 10am to 12noon or Thursday 29 January from 1pm to 3pm.

Both meetings will be at The Outback Centre, Jubilee Children’s Centre, Lightowler Road, Halifax HX1 5NB

If you would like to book a place or require further information please call 01422 397370.

Cooking up a healthy New Year’s resolution

The New Year is a time for resolutions and new starts and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is offering families in Halifax free healthy cooking classes to make 2015 a healthier year.

The Trust’s Calderdale health improvement service is continuing their successful Big Cook, Little Cook programme which offers parents and young children tips on how to cook healthy meals, cooking on a budget and basic kitchen skills.

Courses run for four weeks with each session lasting two hours and are delivered in partnership with Calderdale Council at children’s centres across the area and courses are scheduled to start on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 14 January 2015 at The Outback, Jubilee Children’s Centre – 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Thursday 22 January 2015 at Illingworth Moor Methodist Church – 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Tuesday 24 February 2015 at Lee Mount Baptist Church – 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Wednesday 25 February 2015 at Mixenden Holy Nativity Church – 9.45am to 11.45am

If you are interested in attending the session at The Outback at Jubilee Children’s Centre please contact the team on 01422 397370. If you would like to book on to courses at any other venue please contact 01422 251090.

Places are limited on each course so booking is essential. For more information on Big Cook, Little Cook, and the courses on offer visit www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk.