Lead the Way to a New You – Support service in Ovenden

Lead the WayLead the Way is a community based advice and support service for adults with learning disabilities living in Calderdale and also helps people to stay healthy and independent in their own community.

Lead the Way offers advice and information in ways that are easy to understand and in a way that is best for you, this can be on the telephone, by letter or e-mail or even a face to face meeting if you prefer.

The service can help with lots of different things from finding support for you into employment to providing a place where you can go to meet new friends and take part in activities.

Lead the Way is based at Centre at Threeways, Nursery Lane, Ovenden, Halifax, HX3 5SX

For further information about Lead the Way and the service provided please visit www.leadthewaycalderdale.org

Parent carer reps needed – could you help?

As you may know, part of the work of Family Voice Calderdale is to provide parent carer representatives to attend various meetings organised by Calderdale Council on the theme of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

These reps are there to represent Calderdale parent carers, to inform decision makers about the experiences of parents and to ensure that parents’ views are fed into decisions about services at a strategic level.

Calderdale Council are working on setting up some new focus groups, and would like to have parent reps attend them.  These new groups are:-

  • Early Identification. Looking at how the area identifies children and young people with SEND in a timely fashion?
  • Health Services for Children and Young People with SEND
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • Parent Carer Participation – working on ways to get parents and carers more involved in planning and delivery of services

If you are interested in becoming a rep on any of these groups, or if you just want to find out a bit more, please phone Lucy on 01422 343090 or email family.voice@uniqueways.org.uk

Budding hairdressers train to ‘know the risks’

Alcohol awareness trainingBudding hairdressers and beauticians have been taking part in training to help them give friendly advice to future customers, promoting healthy lifestyles.

As part of work done around Alcohol Awareness Week, Calderdale Council held briefings with students at Calderdale College to help them increase their knowledge of the effects of alcohol use and the impact it has on health… read more…

There are a number of services in Calderdale that can help if people want support or know someone who needs help, visit www.calderdaleinrecovery.com for information

To complete a self-assessment around alcohol consumption, visit www.drinkaware.co.uk

Calderdale armed forces veteran network is up and running

“Veterans helping veterans”- providing comradeship and support in a safe environment.

That’s the motto of the new Calderdale Armed Forces Veterans Network which meets weekly in the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is part of this initiative to create a weekly support group for serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Three people from the Trust set the group up when they noticed a gap in the support provided in Calderdale and the North for armed forces personnel and veterans.

The network will provide a place where serving army personnel and veterans of all ages, including their families, can meet in a non-clinical setting. Information, signposting, support and advice on a wide range of mental health and social issues unique to armed forces personnel will be offered at a one-stop-shop, alongside opportunities to socialise. The network is run by healthcare professionals who have served in the forces, who understand military mentality and who share many of their experiences.

The network is being funded by two Trust programmes designed to back initiatives which traditionally might not receive NHS funding: Creative Mind and the Trust Charitable Funds, both of which provide resources for services not normally paid for by the NHS.

Rob Webster, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“This new network will provide welcome support to our armed forces personnel and veterans.”

“We are bringing organisations together to make sure that our armed forces personnel are supported in dealing with any problems or issues they may face, and helping them to meet like-minded people who can share experiences and support.”

“This network is led by veterans so they understand what it is like to leave the forces and adjust back to civilian life. I am pleased that we are able to give something back and help our armed forces veterans in this way.”

The network meets every Wednesday at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax between 1pm and 3pm – Refreshments are provided and the whole family is invited.

Those interested in the group can call 07464 496490 for more information.

Let’s be clear on Domestic Abuse!

lets-be-clearToday is White Ribbon Day and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

On average, those experiencing domestic abuse live with it for 2 to 3 years without seeking help

The Domestic Abuse Strategic Board launched the Let’s Be Clear campaign this week to coincide with both and  the message is that domestic abuse is more than just physical violence, it includes emotional and psychological abuse. It can happen to anyone, from any background and support is available, for both victims and perpetrators who want to change.

If you are worried about being in an abusive relationship call Calderdale Staying Safe on 01422 323339 or visit calderdale.gov.uk/domesticabuse for free, confidential support.

Healthy Minds Courses, Workshops, Activities and Groups

healthy mindsHealthy Minds will be running a variety of recovery and support courses and workshops throughout Autumn – Winter 2016-2017.

Click here to see upcoming activities

The aim is to provide participants with an opportunity to gain insight, self-understanding and skills to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

For more information or to book on to courses and workshops contact Healthy Minds on 01422 345154 or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

Orange Box Needs Your Vote to Secure Vital Funding

Orange Box is calling for the support of the local community to help win funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2016.

The centre is relying on votes to increase the chances of winning funding of up to £25,000 which will hopefully provide a dedicated evening of activities for young people with special educational needs (SEN), entitled Power Box.

Only projects with the most votes will become finalists, so additional support is vital.

To vote for Power Box and help make a difference in the local community, visit click here and submit your vote before Friday 18 November 2016.

The Orange Box would also like to thank you for your support.