New volunteer befriending opportunity!

Staying Well are looking to recruit new Volunteer Telephone Befrienders! If you are friendly, chatty and would like to give some time to make a regular call and brighten someone’s day then this is the perfect opportunity for you. The commitment can be as little as half an hour a week and the difference you can make to someone’s life is immeasurable. If you would like to know more get in touch on 01422 392708 or drop us an email at stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk.  

We will invite you along to an online Info Session to say a friendly hello and take you through the ins and outs of coming on board.

Isolation has never been such a concern and risk as it currently is but a chat with a volunteer befriender can make all the difference to someone who is lonely. Volunteering can give a great sense of purpose and reward. It’s one of your 5 Ways to Wellbeing and can also help you keep to your own routine, feel fulfilled and be more connected with your community.  

Staying Well is now on Instagram!

The Staying Well Hub has its own dedicated presence on Instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/staying_well_team/

We hope to become more interactive this way, sharing images and updates.

 

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are still here if you need us to lend a listening ear. You can refer yourself to us or request a referral from a GP, your support worker or even family and friends if you need some help.

Referral process information

No one needs to be alone.

How the Staying Well team can help you – Telephone Befriending Service

The Staying Well Hub Team are here to listen to your concerns and help you make sense of what is happening. Whatever you are dealing with, we would like to hear from you because help is always at hand.

We can offer assistance in a variety of different languages, please enquire to see how we can assist.

Referrals can be made over the telephone or you can visit the Staying Well website to fill out the referral form.

Individuals can refer themselves. In order to refer someone you will need their consent.

Contact us on 01422 392767 if you, or someone you know is isolated or vulnerable,
or if you are a community group and would like some advice.
Email: stayingwellproject @calderdale.gov.uk
Find us on Facebook: @StayingWellCalderdale

For more information visit the Staying Well Telephone Befriending service page

Staying Well is here for you

January is a hard time for many of us and as we face our 3rd National Lockdown people may be struggling more than ever. As dark nights and shivery mornings become the norm Staying Well want to reiterate that no one needs to feel alone at this time.

 

Just like Michael
Michael is in his late 80s and approached Staying Well earlier this year as the groups he attends had closed and he was feeling quite isolated. He spent most of his career in the Army or similar endeavours and regularly enjoys talking about his experiences. Michael has family but because of COVID has spent most of his time on his own this year. Michael has been getting regular calls from our workers this year and appreciates this contact. Particularly talking to someone who has spent time with the military, as there’s a commonality. Michael misses his normal groups and looks forward to them reopening but for now Staying Well is a needed and friendly ear.

How the Staying Well team can help you too – Telephone Befriending Service

The Staying Well Hub Team are here to listen to your concerns and help you make sense of what is happening. Whatever you are dealing with, we would like to hear from you because help is always at hand.

We can offer assistance in a variety of different languages, please enquire to see how we can assist.

Referrals can be made over the telephone or you can visit the Staying Well website to fill out the referral form.

Individuals can refer themselves. In order to refer someone you will need their consent.

Contact us on 01422 392767 if you, or someone you know is isolated or vulnerable,
or if you are a community group and would like some advice.
Email: stayingwellproject @calderdale.gov.uk
Find us on Facebook: @StayingWellCalderdale

For more information visit the Staying Well Telephone Befriending service page

The Story of Beauty the Rocking Horse

From Grandma’s redundant upright piano, ‘Beauty’ the rocking horse, was made by a lady called Pearl Howarth around 28 years ago, but was never finished.

The horse never rocked, but was fitted to a wooden frame and many children enjoyed just sitting on her back.

And then something rather magic happened!

At a Staying Well ‘Bring Your Neighbour’ event last November, Pearl was introduced to Chris Freeman from The Phoenix Shed, Halifax. “Can you make a rocking horse rock?” Pearl asked, and Chris said that he would love to take on the challenge.

So on 12 December ‘Beauty’ arrived at The Shed and work started. Well, not so much as start, but first the research as to where to source all of the necessary kit.

Then Chris struck gold and found that Yorkshire Rocking Horses were based in Hebden Bridge, with a workshop in Sowerby Bridge. The proprietor, Steve Bulcock, was more than willing to give valuable advice and supply the necessary ‘Restoration Kit’, which would be needed to complete the project.

Pear came along to The Shed to finish off the paintwork one Saturday in January and Chris then set about the restoration of some of the 28 years of wear and tear, before starting to ‘dress’ the horse.

Slowly, over the next few months, Chris was able to get The stand built up, varnished and then mount ‘Beauty’ on the stand using the special hangers and brackets, supplied by Steve.

Then finally on Monday 28th May the day had finally come to deliver ‘Beauty’. Thanks to Paul from Green Homes for the help with the move, using his van.

As you can see from the photo, ‘Beauty’ is now complete with what every good rocking horse should have, a bucket and shovel. However, due to the rarity of ‘rocking-horse-droppings, the bucket is empty!

Challenge complete!

‘Bring Your Neighbour’ to the Community Event at Moorside School

Staying Well North Halifax is hosting a FREE buffet lunch on Wednesday 29 May, 10:00am-2:00pm at Moorside Community Primary School with an illustrated talk by local historian David Glover. There will be advice from the SAFER team, Citizens Advice, Victim Support, Fuel Poverty and Macmillan.

To book a place call Hayley on 01422 393956 or email her on Hayley.Conlon@calderdale.gov.uk.

Wellbeing and Support Meetings at Moorside School

Moorside School parents group are holding a number of Wellbeing and Support sessions supported by Staying Well and Healthy Minds.

The sessions will be;

  • Friday 15 March, 9:30am-11:00am – Launch
  • Friday 5 April 9:00am-11:00am – Scams & Frauds
  • Friday 17 May 9:00am-11:00am – Consumer Savvy
  • Friday 7 June 9:00am-11:00am – Savvy Savings
  • Friday 28 June 9:00am-11:00am – Staying Well
  • Friday 19 July 9:00am-11:00am – Staying Well

For more information contact Karen Scanlon on 0300 555 0266 or email Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk

 

Next Meeting of the Rugby League Heritage Lunch Club

As part of the work of the Halifax RLFC Foundation, a Rugby League Heritage Lunch Club has been formed.

The aim is to meet on the first Thursday in every month at the Old Post Office pub in Winding Road, Halifax, HX1 1SJ. The time will be from 11:00am-1:30pm so the next meeting is Thursday 7 March 2019. The premier guests will be Paul Dixon and Ben Beevers.

The highlights of an old game will be shown on screen.

The target audience is the over 50s, but people of all ages are welcome. However, as we will be on licensed premises, under 18s MUST be chaperoned.

A two-course meal will be available at the fantastic price of £3.99 but places are limited, so book your place(s) now with Chris Mitchell 07947 827627 email chrismitchell@halifaxrlfc.co.uk  leaving your name and contact details on or before Monday 4 March 2019 to guarantee a lunch.

Payment can be delayed until the day.

The numbers are limited to 50, so those booking their meal ticket will be given priority and those not buying a meal will be charged £1. If you do not pre-book, food may not be available.

The first meeting was on the Thursday 2 August 2018, 11:00am-1:30pm, with the one-and-only Jim Mills being the first guest and their is a short video of this at https://vimeo.com/285133407.