Creating Active Communities with Neighbourhood Schemes

Every Tuesday until 27 September (excluding 12 April, 24 May, 12 July, 2 August and 20 September) you can get involved and join Neighbourhood Schemes for the following programme at Shelf Library, Shelf Village Hall:

  • 2pm to 3pm – Relaxation Therapy/Meditation and Kurling,
  • 3pm to 3.30pm – break for tea/coffee, biscuits and a chat
  • 3.30pm to 4.30pm – Tai Chi

Share new activities, make new friends and wear appropriate loose fitting clothes and comfortable footwear – Prior to any form of new physical activity it is advised that you consult with your doctor.

For more information please contact: Hayley Conlon, Neighbourhood Schemes Team on 01422 393956 or email

Tai Chi with Neighbourhood Schemes

Go along to make new friends and take part in FREE Tai Chi sessions now on with Neighbourhood Schemes.

Every Tuesday – from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
At Shelf Village Hall, Halifax, HX3 7NE

For further information contact Hayley Conlon of the Neighbourhood Schemes Team on 01422 393956 or email

Free taster sessions with Neighbourhood Schemes

Come along and share new activities and make new friends with absolutely nothing to lose.

Every Tuesday from 25 August to 6 October 2015
at Shelf Village Hall, Halifax, HX3 7NE

  • 3.30pm to 4.30pm – Tai Chi and Decorative Art
  • 4.30pm to 5pm – Break for refreshments and a chat
  • 5pm to 6pm – Kurling, Relaxation and Reiki

For more information please contact Hayley Conlon of the Neighbourhood Schemes Team on 01422 393956 or email

Prior to any form of new physical activity it is advised that you consult with your doctor and wear appropriate loose fitting clothes and comfortable footwear.

Staying Well update – what is social prescribing in North Halifax?

There is a growing understanding that people who lead happy and active social lives enjoy better health than those who do not. Make sense really doesn’t it?

Imagine if instead of a course of tablets your GP prescribed a Mindfulness course running at the local church, or an art class at the fire station…

In North Halifax there are loads of local groups offering all kinds of social activities and things to get involved in. And there are organisations that can help you get involved, even if you’re nervous about taking that first step out of the door.

The Staying Well project understands that doctors can’t be expected to know all of the varied activities and services available locally, and even if they did they probably wouldn’t have time to talk to patients in depth about what’s the right activity for them but they could prescribe a chat with someone from the North Halifax Hub.

SW logo with swooshThe Staying Well worker is based in the North Halifax Hub and is well equipped to know what’s available in the community because the Hub includes the Neighbourhood Team, Neighbourhood Schemes, libraries, community groups, voluntary organisations and other local services, residents and businesses.

Sometimes the solutions are simple and already exist locally. Sometimes it will take more than one conversation, and we might need to find some extra support like befriending or personal care to help someone get to an activity. Sometimes what a person wants to do won’t exist yet and the Hub will need to work with individuals to develop new things.

Everyone can be a social prescriber 

Tell your uncle about the new men’s group at the rugby club! Tell your neighbour about lunch clubs, history groups, community allotments, tenants and residents groups, walking football, tai chi, community choirs…

 If you or someone you know is a bit fed up and wants something to do, contact the North Halifax Hub!

Neighbourhood Schemes in Calderdale

Calderdale Council CMBCA Neighbourhood Scheme is a group of people aged 50+ in your area who participate in healthy activities. Volunteers help to organise these activities as part of a steering group or committee, with support from a dedicated team at Calderdale Council.

There are Neighbourhood Schemes running in Todmorden, Halifax, Pellon, Sowerby Bridge, Illingworth and Southowram, as well as an Asian women’s group currently based in the Queens Road area of Halifax. These groups run a wide variety of activities in different venues, including Tai Chi and exercise classes, art and craft groups, computing, singing and much more. These groups run independently, with committees organising their own local activities.

For a wide variety of classes and activities aimed at people over 50 click here

A High Five from Warley and Pellon

High Five - Over 50s GroupHigh Five is two years old and alive and kicking in the Warley / Pellon area .

They now offer seven activity sessions for over 50s and anyone else who feels they might benefit from what they do.

On course to open a second Tai Chi class for beginners after Easter on Tuesday mornings, for more information email

There’s also Singing for fun, Gentle exercise classes, a kurling group and an art class. Their new Scottish Dancing class is popular and full of fun as well as a little dancing. Classes are £3 per class and the first session is FREE.