Healthy Minds Calderdale Seeks a New Trustee

Healthy Minds Calderdale is seeking a new trustee to join its Board, who will take on the role of Chair of the Board as the current Chair is stepping down after a number of years.

Applicants will need to have a commitment to furthering the aims of the organisation, experience of committee work, a knowledge of mental health and some awareness of the voluntary sector in Calderdale. You will receive training and induction, and the support of the outgoing Chair, the Board of Trustees, and the Chief Officer.

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work with a successful and respected charity and to help them move forward into the next decade. The time commitment is flexibly 8 hours a month, mainly in 2 hour blocks, and meetings take place evenings and daytimes. They are based at King St in central Halifax.

Closing date for applications is Monday 18 February. Please email Jen Fagan for an application pack and more information: faganjenny@aol.com or ring for an informal discussion on 07795035567 / office 01422 345154.

FREE I.T. Drop in Sessions in Halifax

Are you confused or frustrated by computers, the internet or social media?

Do you want to improve your computer technology skills in a relaxed environment?

Meet Healthy Minds volunteers on Thursday 17 January, 1:00pm-3:00pm at 1 King Street, Halifax HX1 1SR to find out what support might be available to you.

For more information call 01422 345154 or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk.

Take Part in a Survey on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Children Young People


Calderdale Youth Council and the Tough Times Reference Group have devised a survey on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing to gather information about the experience of mental health and emotional wellbeing for children and young people aged 5 – 19 (up to 25 for those with learning difficulties or disability) in Calderdale.

The information we gather will be shared with Commissioners and Service Providers so we can influence services to make positive changes that will help children and young people in Calderdale.

We need as many children and young people in Calderdale to complete this survey as possible and therefore are asking for your help. Please can you share this link or QR code with children and young people and help them to complete this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CalderdaleCYPMentalHealthSurvey

The survey will close at 5:00pm on Friday 15 February.

Young and Want to Make a DIFFERENCE? Time Out is Looking for Volunteers.

Time Out is a project for young people, created by young people to give a space to allow you to develop in whatever way suits you best. Fortunately, mental health is no longer a taboo subject and Time Out are recruiting volunteers to spread awareness of the help available for those with issues of self-harm, body image or self-esteem.

There are creative opportunities in graphic design, web development or or other media such as film and photography. On a more physical level there are opportunities in  sports, performing arts, music and gaming.

Perhaps even more importantly, is the experience of being part of a team that will help your CV as well as your life-skills.

Time Out is currently looking for volunteers who can not only develop their own skills but help others to do the same.

If you think that, with help and assistance, you could help others, or even would like to discuss without any commitment, then call Annie on 01422 345154 or email annie@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk.

 

Volunteer Opportunities at Healthy Minds in Halifax

Healthy Minds Calderdale are on the lookout for volunteers to help their work in a number of areas.

Sports Volunteers

Time Out is a sports club for 11-16 year olds (16+ groups from 3 October) on Wednesday afternoons at North Bridge Leisure Centre.

Volunteer roles can include

  • signing people in and out
  • registering new young people
  • advertising
  • photography
  • facilitating
  • coaching
  • helping people feel included
  • joining in

For more information either message from the Time Out Facebook page or drop Annie an email for more information at annie@healthymindscalderdale or call 01422 345154.

Safespace

Safespace is a new out-of-hours appointment service in Calderdale, offering support for people in distress during weekend evenings.

The office at 1 King Street, Halifax HX1 1SR is open from 6:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the latest available appointments at 11:00pm.

The Safespace team needs volunteers to help with the service, to assist the staff team and offer supportive company for people who use the service. This can be an emotionally-demanding role and there is a rigorous selection process, with training and ongoing support provided for the right volunteers.

Contact the Safespace team on 01422 345154 or email safespace@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk for further information.

Safespace Out of Hours Support for People in Mental Distress

Safespace is a new out-of-hours appointment service in Calderdale, offering support for people in distress during weekend evenings.

The office at 1 King Street, Halifax HX1 1SR is open from 6:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the latest available appointments at 11:00pm.

The office is opposite Woolshops car park towards Halifax Minster.

You can contact Safespace

  • by telephone on 01422 345154
  • by text on 07388 990227
  • via Facebook (search “SafeSpace Healthy Minds Calderdale”)

The team will take some basic details from you and offer one or more options:

  • Face-to-face appointment – you’ll be given a time to arrive and a worker will be ready to see you
  • Group support in a friendly, safe & supportive environment
  • Telephone support – if you can’t come to the service, a worker will call you back
  • Online support via Facebook private messaging

​You can have up to an hour with a worker – whichever way you’ve contacted us – to talk through what’s happening for you and agree next steps. If you need further help and support, the team will agree onward referrals and keep in touch with you. After one-to-one support, if you have come in person to Safespace, you can stay for a while until you feel ready to go home.

To download more information see the Safespace Leaflet. For general enquiries email safespace@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

Healthy Minds Calderdale Summer Gathering

Healthy Minds Calderdale is inviting you to their allotment on Thursday 13 September, 1:00pm-3:00pm in Sowerby Bridge.

There will be home grown food, fun and wellbeing activities. The event is FREE but places are limited so please book a place by calling 01422 345154 or by emailing Nicola@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk.