RADIO: Phoenix Newsletter

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EVENT: Great Get Together

Just a reminder of the The Great Get Together at Crow Wood Park HX2 7JZ on Sunday 7 July, 11:00am-4:00pm.

This is the third event aimed at bringing families together to share conversations, meet local people, play games and have fun.

This year the fun day will include The Burner at Crow Wood Park 2019 – 10km Run, 2.5km Run and Summer Fayre Runs are being organised for all abilities. If you would like to take part please click on the link above.

Lots going on with:

  • Bouncy castle
  • Traditional games
  • Face painting
  • Stalls

Bring food and share in a picnic (remember to bring a picnic blanket).

Bring your friends and neighbours.

For up to date information call June on 01422 706373 or Shabir on 07866 369916.

HORTICULTURE: Gardens Competition

Together Housing are one of the largest housing associations in the North of England, managing over 36,000 homes across Yorkshire and Lancashire.

And now their annual Together Housing Garden Competition is back!
This year there are new categories to enter.

  • Community Corner – have you gardened as a team to create and maintain a community garden or area of communal grounds? Then this is the category for you.
  • Mini Gardens – small is beautiful, if your floral arrangements are in containers, hanging baskets or in a patio or similar area, enter here.
  • Floral Garden/Borders – this is the category for you if you have a floral garden or blossoming borders.
  • Children age 5-16 – budding young gardeners should enter this category.
  • Gardener of the Year – all competition entrants will be automatically in with a chance of winning this prestigious award.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday 31 July 2019 and the winners will be announced by the end of August.

How to Enter:

Please email three photos of your garden along with the category you would like to enter and your contact details to:

Or, post your photos with the category you would like to enter and your contact details to: Christine Fenton, Resident Engagement Assistant, Prospect House, Wharf Street, Blackburn, BB1 1JD.

REPORT: Older Men at the Margins Project

In collaboration with Age UK, the Older Men at the Margins project identified ways of alleviating loneliness and reducing isolation for older men (65+ years of age) across hard-to-reach and seldom-heard groups. This included older men who  are single or living alone in urban and  rural areas; older gay men who are  single or living alone; older men with hearing loss; and older men who are  carers for significant others (family members, partners).

Between 2017 and 2018, 111 men (6595 years of age) from the above groups across the south west and west of England took part in interviews and shared their experiences of combatting loneliness and social isolation in later life. The overall aim was to better understand the ways in which marginalised or seldom-heard groups of older men seek to maintain social engagement and social participation in later life.

This included participation in groups targeted at reducing loneliness and social isolation. The research identified ways in which social care and community-based services could take better account of the social wellbeing of older men. This guidance sets out the learning from the research and highlights important factors to be considered to meet the diverse needs of older men through group programmes and interventions. It will be of use to professionals and services who wish to set up groups, or who are already running groups for older people.

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REPORT: Active Ageing

Here’s an Anchor Hanover report in  association with Demos that looks at inactivity in later life and its wider implications.

Below is the Executive Summary of the report, with a link to the full report here and at the foot of the text:

There has been considerable research undertaken, particularly over the past decade, exploring the impacts of our ageing population – the health and social care costs this demographic shift will generate, the so called “loneliness epidemic” and the need for more age appropriate housing, to name a few. However, physical inactivity – one of the key drivers of the physical and mental health challenges associated with later life, not to mention social isolation – remains underexplored and not consistently addressed.

Levels of physical inactivity among older people are striking and have remained stubbornly high for many years – 25.1% of adults in England are classed as “inactive” (i.e. engaging in less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per week), but this rises to 28% of  55- 74 year olds, 47% of 75 – 84 year olds, and a staggering 70% of the over 85s.1  

Drawing on over 80 studies concerning physical activity, as well as the findings of a new survey of experiences and attitudes to physical activity among more than 1,000 people aged 55 and over commissioned by Anchor Hanover, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, this report explains:

• How inactivity is linked to a range of health problems and includes an estimate of some of the costs to individuals and wider society associated with this;
• The benefits of increased activity rates among older people;
• Lessons in overcoming the barriers to older people’s improved activity rates as we look to tackle the inactivity crisis through new approaches. The report also follows best practice methodology to estimate the cost of physical inactivity to the National Health Service (NHS), finding:
• Physical inactivity will directly cost the NHS £723m in the 2019/2020  financial year
• Later life physical inactivity costs the NHS around £92m a year based on 2013/2014 data
• Later life physical inactivity will cost the NHS £103m this year rising to £120m by 2030 based on population projections
• If left unaddressed the NHS will spend over £1.3bn on later life physical  inactivity in real terms between now and 2030
• Physical inactivity was responsible for 23,881 avoidable deaths in 2017.

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Deaf/Hard of Hearing – Contact Emergency Service by SMS

You can now contact Police in an emergency via emergency SMS – here’s the police’s own guide to using the system:


If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. Emergency SMS is part of the standard 999 service which  has been designed specifically for people with hearing loss  or difficulty with speech. Since September 2009, the emergencySMS service has successfully handled hundreds of real emergency calls.  Thanks to this service criminals have been arrested, lives  have been saved and babies have been born safely.

Register You will only be able to use this service  if you have registered with emergencySMS first. Register now: don’t wait for an emergency. To register, text ‘register’ to 999. You will get a reply –  then follow the instructions you are sent.

In an emergency  > Text 999
We need to know:

Who? Police, Ambulance,  Fire and Rescue  or Coastguard.

What? Briefly, what is  the problem.

Where? Exactly where the problem is happening –  give the name of the road, house number, postcode or nearby landmark,  if possible.

What happens next? The emergency service will either ask for more information or will tell you that help is on the way. Don’t assume that your message has been received until the emergency service sends  a message back. It will usually take about two minutes before you get a reply. If you don’t get a reply within three minutes, please try again or find other ways of getting help.

What is an emergency?
Please do not send test or non-emergency texts –  only use emergencySMS for real emergencies. For example, if: • someone’s life is at risk • a crime is happening now • someone is injured or threatened • there is a fire or people are trapped • you need an ambulance urgently •  someone is in trouble on the cliffs, on the shoreline  or is missing at sea. This service works throughout the UK on all mobile networks,  it cannot be used from abroad.

The emergencySMS service has been developed by RNID, BT, Cable & Wireless, the Department of Communities and Local Government, OFCOM, the UK emergency services and all mobile network operators. For more information, visit:

Not Emergency

(examples, My car gone, Drugs on the street, Crime happened, I am being bullied).
Get Police Help – Use mobile text phone 07786 200 200 or Typetalk 18001 101

POLICE: Community Alerts

West Yorkshire Community Alert System

WY Community Alert is a messaging system brought to you by West Yorkshire Police.

By registering with WY Community Alert, you can choose to receive news and appeals, local crime information and/or prevention advice direct to you by email, text or voice message.

Registering for alerts is completely free and once you have signed-up, you can choose how you want to receive the messages and what you want to receive messages about.

Register for Alerts here

For the main West Yorkshire Police website, please click here