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EVENT: Mytholmroyd Xmas Get Together

Here’s a great initiative to help people in the Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Luddenden Foot areas enjoy Christmas!

DEMENTIA: Awakening Arts Project, Hebden

Be Here Now is a weekly expressive and visual arts session for people with dementia or other age related cognitive impairment issues.

The sessions offer a blend of movement, song, poetry and painting which gently brings everyone into the present moment to share, enjoy and keep the pathways of the body and mind open and active.

2-3.30pm on Tuesdays
Upstairs at Hebden Bridge Town
Hall St George’s St, Hebden
Bridge HX7 7BY

Creative Minds – developing creative approaches in our health services

Who is this project for?

Older people with dementia or other age related impairments

To access this project please contact: Kaye on 07591157841

ADVICE: Managing Money & Mental Health

A Little Help From My Friends is a new report from the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute.

Many people with mental health problems rely on friends or family for help with managing their finances. However, this report shows that people are often struggling to get this support because the tools for sharing financial decision-making – such as Power of Attorney – are not working well for them.  As a result, many people are resorting to risky activity, such as sharing bank cards and account details, which can leave both them and their carers vulnerable to fraud or legal difficulties.

The report includes a number of recommendations to ensure that people with mental health problems and their carers can share financial decision-making in a safe and effective way.

Read the Report

SAFETY: Report A Road/Pavement Issue

Road and pavement defects, such as potholes and displaced flagstones can be very dangerous. Especially at this time of year, when many people are out and about after dark.

Calderdale Council has a reporting system so you can make them aware of dangerous defects in adopted highways. They aim to put them right within 24 hours, and other serious defects within 14 days.

Online requests will be dealt with in normal office hours. During evenings, weekends and bank holidays please report any dangerous issues by telephoning 01422 288000.

You can assist the Council in this process by providing as much of the following information as possible:

  • Accurate location. Is there a near by landmark, lamp column or house number? Is the defect in the road or pavement?
  • Description of the defect, for example, large pot-hole in the road.
  • Your details including a daytime contact number where possible.

Report a road or pavement defect

QUICK GUIDE: Ward Forums

  • Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?
  • Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?
  • Get feedback on what difference your input has made?

Why not attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Not sure which forum covers your ward?

Halifax Central Forum – Park, Skircoat, Sowerby Bridge and Town Wards

Halifax North and East Forum – llingworth & Mixenden, Northowram & Shelf, Ovenden, Warley

Lower Valley Forum – Brighouse, Elland, Greetland & Stainland, Hipperholme & Lightcliffe, Rastrick

Upper Valley Forum – Calder, Luddendenfoot, Ryburn, Todmorden

To find your polling station, see: Where Do I Vote?
  • What? Ward Forums are for people in Calderdale to get involved in what happens in your local area and discuss what is important to you. By working together we can talk about local issues and plan for the future.
  • Why? We want to improve what we do for local people so it’s important to understand what you want by getting your views directly – through open meetings.
  • Who? Ward Forums are open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale. It is your chance to tell us what you think and make a difference to your neighbourhood.
  • When? Meetings take place four times a year in all 17 Calderdale Wards. Meetings start at 6.30pm until approximately 8.30pm, unless otherwise stated.
  • How? The meetings are a great place to meet your local councillors, Calderdale Council staff, police and other services we work with. The evenings start with refreshments and a chance to network and chat informally.

During the structured part of the meeting there will be an agenda which will include:

  • contributions from the Council, Neighbourhood Policing Team and other services
  • specific items of concern/interest in your area that have been raised by people at previous meetings
  • open forum where anyone can have their say – we want to hear from you
  • the meeting will end by setting out the priorities, responsibilities and actions

If we cannot answer you in full on the evening then we commit to providing you with an answer after the meeting.

Can’t get to a Ward forum?

If you have a concern or issue you would like Calderdale Council to take to the meeting on your behalf, the Ward Forum team will be happy to help.

FLOODS: Be Properly Prepared

Calderdale people are being reminded to stay prepared for future flooding, to ensure they can protect themselves and their property.

Here are some steps you can take to prepare for flooding:

  • Check your flood risk and sign up for free flood warnings at to provide a prompt for action in the event of possible flooding from the river.
  • Flash flooding is more difficult to predict, but you can sign up to the Met Office’s weather warning service and check with your local flood group to get a better understanding of your local risk.
  • Keep an up-to-date flood plan and practise it regularly. This can help reduce the damage caused by flooding in the short-term. The plan should include a trigger for action, steps to take and a list of essential items to have to hand when it floods. Templates are available showing some of the information you could include:
  • Keep up to date with the latest situation by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by following @EnvAgencyYNE, @Calderdale, @metofficeYorks and @metoffice on twitter.
  • Be aware that the Council does not provide sandbags to individuals during a flood. They are rarely the best solution for keeping floodwater out of properties. There are other products that are more effective, easier to use, reusable, and will not rot in storage.
  • A combination of flood resistance measures (including barriers, drain sealers and anti-flood air bricks) and resilience measures (such as sump pumps, raised electrics and water-resistant building materials) are the best way to protect your property and minimise recovery costs. Specialist surveyors and the National Flood Forum can advise on options.
  • Flood Re may be able to help homeowners in flood risk areas to find affordable insurance. Those who do not fit into this category are advised to contact an insurance broker for help.

If it is safe to do so, you can help to keep drains clear by removing leaves and debris. Calderdale Council regularly checks drains but they can quickly become overwhelmed again during heavy rain.

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) can reduce the risk of surface water flooding by preventing drains from getting overwhelmed and can be as simple as having more plants and fewer water-resistant surfaces in your garden. For more information visit

If you have a watercourse on your property, keep it clear of blockages to prevent flooding and other environmental issues. You can find out more about your responsibilities here:

When flooding strikes, stay away from floodwater as it may be contaminated. Avoid driving through floodwater and slow down when driving through puddles to avoid flooding nearby properties.

More information on preparing for, dealing with and recovering from flooding can be found at


SUPPORT: Staying Well Team

Bored or lonely? Or, just fancy a brew and something to do… Looking for something to do but need some help? Staying Well Workers will help you take the first step out of the door. They are the social prescribing service for Calderdale. Talk to the Staying Well Team today on 01422 392767

The Staying Well team can work with any adult in Calderdale from 18 years and over to access social activities and health and well-being related services in the community.