Young Onset Dementia and Alzheimer’s Group

Dementia affects people of all ages and if you or a family member are living with early onset dementia you may feel lost and alone.

Join Staying Well at Halifax Opportunities Trust on Hanson Lane HX1 5PG for a cuppa and a chat starting 6 October at 2pm-4pm.

For more information call Julie on 07590 831791.

Memory Lane Cafe Coming Soon to Maurice Jagger Centre

Make sure you put Wednesday 2 August 2017 in your diary.  That’s the launch date for the Memory Lane Cafe at  the Maurice Jagger Centre, Lister Street, Winding Road Halifax.

The cafe will be open on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 2pm to 4pm and for £2 there are refreshments as well as crafts and activities, music and games and just general conversation. Sometimes you just want a brew and something to do.

For further information contact June on 01422 706373 or 07920 549131 or you can email

A copy of the poster to display in your premises can be downloaded from Memory Lane Cafe Halifax 2017.

This dementia-friendly Memory Lane Cafe will be held this year on:

August 2 and 16

September 6 and 20

October 4 and 18

November 1 and 15 and December 6


C3 Healthy Communities at Beechwood Big Picnic Saturday 1 July

C3 Healthy Communities is coming to the Staying Well tent at the Beechwood Big Picnic on Saturday 1 July looking at diet and physical activity.  Anyone can talk to Lisa about what issues they have re: healthier eating or where to go for indoor/outdoor physical activity within the area.

They will be having fun with a human fruit machine where people fill in a questionnaire and then have an opportunity to press a buzzer and if they match 3 fruit or veg, then that is what they will win.  There will also be a glitter tattooist – she is working for free but will have a donations tin for Illingworth Rugby club and Ovenden Park to help them both out.

C3’s name comes from their belief that preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors before people fall sick or need care requires Collaboration between all of society to focus on the 3 risk factors that impact NCDs:

  1. Unhealthy eating and drinking
  2. Lack of physical activity
  3. Tobacco use

This includes addressing both the individual and environmental barriers to leading a healthier life.


Keeping Safe in Hot Weather

It may seem strange to talk about hot weather in Britain but some of the forecasts indicate that we might well have a hot summer and we must be aware how to keep safe and stay well.
Calderdale Forum 50+ have kindly put together a fact sheet about just this issue which is reproduced below.

Bright, hot summer days are what many of us look forward to for the rest of the year – especially in cold, wet England! However, while we’re enjoying the balmy days of summer, we should not forget that the  temperature can get too high, that it can become uncomfortably hot, and for some, it can  become dangerously hot.

The evidence about the risks to health from heatwaves is extensive and consistent from  around the world. Excessive exposure to high temperatures can kill. During the summer  heatwave in Northern France in August 2003, unprecedentedly high day- and night-time  temperatures for a period of three weeks resulted in 15,000 excess deaths. The vast majority of these were among older people.

In England that year, there were over 2,000 excess deaths over the 10 day heatwave period  which lasted from 4 to 13 August 2003, compared to the previous five years over the same period.

How to Stay Cool

Stay out of the heat:

  • keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
    and light scarf
  • avoid extreme physical exertion
  • wear light, loose‑fitting cotton clothes

Cool yourself down:

  • have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
  • take a cool shower, bath or body wash
  • sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck

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Keep up to date! New Staying Well website and newsletter

Staying Well Logo blueOur new Staying Well project website can be found online here:

On it you’ll find information about the service, links to what’s going on locally and news about how the project is developing across Calderdale. Read testimonials from recent clients involved in the service and make a referral yourself.

Click here to read the first  Staying Well newsletter and make sure you join the mailing list to receive further editions!

TWITTERAnd we’re twittering on Twitter too!  @stayingwellcal

Memory Lane Cafe in Sowerby Bridge

Memory Lane Café was established in early 2016 and aims to support people living with memory loss including their family, carers and friends by providing information, emotional support, as well as the opportunity to share experiences with others, and ultimately help to reduce isolation.  The café also provides an informal and social environment in which to learn new skills, enjoy activities, listen to guest speakers and make new friends.

The Memory Lane Café is a not for profit organisation and is run by volunteers.  Local funding enabled the café to launch in February 2016 and runs from 1:30 pm on the second and fourth Saturday of each month (see dates below).  Entry to the café costs £2 per person.  This includes all refreshments (tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits, cakes), materials and equipment (craft materials, games, memory puzzles, reminiscence aids), and helps to provide for guest speakers / entertainers.

The cafe is open to anyone living with dementia, other memory loss, or isolation. This includes carers, family and friends and is held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ. For further information contact June Harvey on 01422 706373 or email 

Remaining dates for 2017 are:

May 13 and 27, June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22, August 12 and 26, September 9 and 23, October 14 and 28, November 11 and 25 and December 9.


WAC and Calderdale Forum 50+ Diabetes Management Programme

In partnership with the Women’s’ Activity Centre (WAC). Calderdale Forum 50 Plus is running a diabetes self-management programme to members of the Urdu/Punjabi speaking BME community who are suffering from Diabetes. The programme is aimed specifically at Diabetic patients and their carers and will be delivered at WAC by Diabetic Educators.

The programme is unique, providing person-centred educational support to older Asian community members who are suffering from Diabetes. Prevalence rates of Type 2 diabetes are much higher in the South Asian population but it is difficult for this group to access appropriate services.

Research has shown that this group is particularly at risk of not receiving on-going support to manage Diabetes, as one-to-one support at local Diabetic clinics can be difficult to access due to language barriers. The local NHS DESMOND programme is delivered in English and does not meet the different cultural needs and traditional diet South Asian population.

However, the joint Calderdale Forum 50 Plus & WAC programme is aimed at the local South Asian community and will be delivered solely to Urdu/Punjabi speaking South Asian population.

The Women’s’ Activity Centre has a great deal of experience in exploring and meeting the different needs of the local BME community: last year WAC delivered a Diabetes Educational Programme.

Our new project has been amended and improved to closely fit the needs of the BME community. We will provide a new Diabetes self-management programme, which will incorporate activities that reinforce the messages of Education: namely healthy eating, weight management and coping with stress.

The programme will include a support programme with structured activities, such as one-to-one support, monthly male and female support group, weekly exercise and cooking class. A Diabetes Educator will be employed on part-time basis to deliver the programme and monitor progress over a 12-month period.

The programme aims to improve overall health outcomes of clients through the following: reduced blood glucose levels, fewer visits to GP, weight loss, reduced waist size, reduction in diabetes medication, adopting a healthy diet whilst still enjoying your food, reduction in stress/depression and improved quality of life.