Squash bounce back men’s mental wellbeing project

Calling all males whose mental health is suffering – It’s time to bounce back!

Calder Community Squash is delighted to announce a new project – ‘Bounce Back’, designed for men accessing mental health services that will run from the beginning of February every Thursday afternoon (12pm – 1.30pm) in Halifax for twelve months.

The project has been generously funded by Community Foundation for Calderdale who work tirelessly with local charities and organisations to address inequalities and promote opportunities for those who need it most in the valley.

Bounce Back sessions will be held at Old Crossleyans Squash Club, home of Calder Community Squash. Each session will involve a 60 minute squash coaching session followed by an opportunity to socialise over refreshments. Sessions will be for all abilities, allowing participants to gain the benefits of exercise whilst being in a supportive and friendly environment.

For more information or to book your place please contact Aron@caldercommunitysquash.com

Calder Community Squash was set up last year by Aron Harper-Robinson in an effort to make positive changes within the community and society at large. Since becoming a community interest company CCS has gone from strength to strength working with people from all walks of life. This year CCS has secured funding to continue working with the young people from the Madni Mosque community in Park Ward through its ‘Squash from the Mosque’ project as well as a project delivering sessions to those who have worked tirelessly as carers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, CCS will be working with local youth clubs as part of an early crime intervention programme, as well as continuing its work with people with disabilities and local schools.

   

Become a Healthy Minds Trustee!

We are recruiting new volunteers for our board of Trustees at Healthy Minds.
Being a Trustee is a rewarding role, in which you can offer your own skills and expertise, as well as learn new things and give back to your community.
We believe that by becoming a trustee of Healthy Minds, you have the opportunity to help us continue to support the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Calderdale, and your experience, insights and expertise will help us to improve that support even more. We will work with you to provide induction, training and support, as you take up this exciting role.
We welcome applications from all backgrounds, regardless of quantity of experience at board level, to support the board’s drive for quality, inclusive decision making, problem solving and creativity.
Find out more about the role and how to apply in the application pack on our website.
Deadline to apply: 7th February 2022
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Interviews are scheduled for 22nd and 23rd February 2022 (online or face-to-face, to be confirmed and subject to Government guidelines).

Healthy Minds January – March 22 Recovery & Support ​Offer! 

Our Recovery & Support team at Healthy Minds is excited to bring the people of Calderdale a new-and-improved offer of peer-support groups, drop-ins, activities, workshops and ‘Walks for Wellbeing’ in our January – March 2022 programme!

There is a big range of support on offer across Calderdale to help you stay well, whether you are looking for emotional support, relaxing activities, information, advice, or a way to stay active, we will help you find the right fit for your needs.
To book or enquire about any of our services, please contact your local Recovery & Support Worker:
Halifax/Lower Valley area: nicola@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
Upper Calder Valley area: deborah@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
For Walks for Wellbeing contact: liz@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
Or call us on 01422 345154

Find out more about whether our services might be for you at our website: https://www.healthymindscalderdale.co.uk/recoverysupport.html

Often called the ‘spine’ of Healthy Minds, the service that provides a range of opportunities for people in Calderdale to explore different ways of looking after their wellbeing, from attending peer-support groups to doing gentle activities such as art, meditation, allotment, craft, walking, yoga and more.
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Cabinet Office latest advisory on Coronavirus

This week’s key messages are:

 

Download the full advisory here

Also of interest:

Prime Minister reissues call for public to get boosted and announces new critical workforce testing measures (Gov.uk)

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Healthy Minds Wednesday Drop-in is back – by appointment

These sessions are an opportunity to get help, support, or to chat to us and find out more about our services.
To stay as safe as possible, the drop-in will be by appointment only. Please book by texting or calling:
Hayley: 07845014927
Main office: 01422 345154

 

Find us every Wednesday 1pm -3pm at: 1 King Street, Halifax, HX1 1SR

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tree of Life 2 day Creative Writing Workshop

Healthy Minds Calderdale would like to invite you to their Creative Writing Workshop, titled Tree of Life.

In this creative writing workshop you will be exploring your own personal stories and your unique journeys, using the metaphor of a tree’s growth as a guide.

The workshop will run on two days over two weeks at the Orange Box in Halifax (details below).

Dates: Tuesday 11th January: 12:30 – 2:30pm
Tuesday 18th January: 1.15pm – 3.15pm

Refreshments will be provided.

 

To book please contact Hayley:
t: 07845014927
e: Hayley@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

 

Venue: The Orange Box, 1 Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1AF

Partnership invests £1million to help keep thousands of people warm

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) is investing £1millon to help keep people warm this winter, so they can live a long, healthy life.

The funding will support affordable warmth by increasing low-income households’ energy efficiency rating, giving advice on reducing their energy bills, and helping people access additional support they are entitled to.

The  Partnership of NHS, local councils, housing associations and the voluntary community social enterprise sector is working across Bradford district and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield. The funding aims to benefit people, through a boost to existing projects such as home insulation, boiler repairs, financial savings and benefits advice and heating grants, with the aim of reducing health risks associated with poor housing and cold homes.

Across West Yorkshire 169,000 households, 18% of the 2.4 million people (Source Gov.UK Sub-regional fuel poverty data 2021), are having a difficult choice to make on whether to spend money on fuel or food – all influenced by a household’s income, energy efficiency and costs.

The impact of cold homes is estimated to cost the NHS £2billion every year in England and Wales, with people needing extra care from their GP and hospitals for illnesses such as heart attacks and stroke, respiratory illness, falls, hypothermia and influenza during – for example, hospital admissions for COPD are four times more likely in winter months.

Whilst the greatest impact of winter deaths is in the elderly, it happens across all ages, with people living in poorer communities more likely to be affected. It impacts on their mental health and wellbeing, as well as their children’s health, for example asthma and bronchitis.

Rob Webster, CEO-Designate for WY HCP said: ‘Once again our partnership is investing in prevention, this time to support people who will experience fuel poverty, and struggle to keep warm. We have made a pledge that no one living across West Yorkshire should suffer due to fuel poverty. This funding will help our efforts, and benefit thousands of people who are eligible for support, as well as those at increased risk of hospitalisation during winter because of their fuel circumstances’.

Robin Tuddenham, CEO for Calderdale Council, Chief Officer for Calderdale Commissioning Group and Co-Chair of WY HCP Improving Population Health said: ‘We are seeing increasing challenges for people in being able to afford fuel costs at this time when lack of warmth has a hugely negative impact on health and wellbeing. This is even before the large increases in fuel prices expected next year. We are working with those most affected to enable keep their homes warm, and to manage the impact of these costs with practical support and access to financial assistance through our voluntary and community sector. I welcome this funding from the Health and Care Partnership as we play our part in mitigating the devastating impacts of fuel poverty on health’.

Dr James Thomas, WY HCP Chair of the Clinical Forum, Clinical Lead for Bradford District Clinical Commissioning Group and Co-Chair of WY HCP Improving Population Health said:’ This is all about identifying people who are most at risk so that we can support and avoid the need for urgent care services. Social prescribers working with GP practice are an important part of the work, as they work alongside people to look at their wider health and wellbeing needs.’

Dr Sohail Abbas, a Bradford GP and WY HCP Chair of the Health Inequalities Network said:

‘Many people in West Yorkshire are spending a disproportionate amount of their income on energy bills. The impact of winter and cold homes on people health is well known and the pandemic has seen many families who could previously afford fuel now struggling, with many not knowing about the different benefits and grants available to help. We need to go upstream and tackle the causes of ill health and do all we can together to support our population’.

The next steps are to distribute funding to the West Yorkshire local places to increase resource allocations for targeted winter warmth initiatives.