HEALTH: WY & Harrogate Health & Care

West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health and Care Partnership is working hard to further improve the health and care provided to everyone living across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. You can see examples of the positive difference they are making on their website, including local plans and updates for the Calderdale area.

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EVENT: Shibden’s Winter Craft Fair

Shibden Hall in the snow

Shibden Hall’s annual winter craft fair returns for 2018 on 17th and 18th November.

The Hall will re-open especially for the weekend and host a selection of local crafts and produce on sale in time for Christmas shopping. The perfect place for present buying or to treat yourself.

SUPPORT: Mobility & Disability Aids

Sometimes finding the products you need to make you life easier can be difficult, particularly if you are elderly or disabled.

NRS Healthcare is a website that carries and amazing range of products, providing thousands of people with mobility equipment and disability aids.

Established in 1947, with 70 years of experience, they’re the official suppliers to the NHS, providing the very best mobility equipment.

They have over 3,500 mobility and disability products to choose from.

All of their products are carefully selected and come with free support and advice from friendly in-house occupational therapy team.

They also offer regular advice newsletters:

SUPPORT: Mental crisis service

Safespace is an out-of-hours weekend support service for adults in Calderdale. It will provide a place of safety for people experiencing mental distress or who are approaching crisis.

Safespace is a 12-month pilot project funded by NHS England, part of Healthy Minds, a local charity supporting people in Calderdale to have better mental health. They will provide individual support with a view to reducing factors that may otherwise escalate risks to health and wellbeing.

Open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights from 6pm till midnight, access to the premises is by appointment only. Contact Safespace by telephone on 01422 345154 or by text on 07388 990227. Lines open at 6pm and the last appointment time is 11pm.

The team will take some basic details from you and offer one or more options:

  1. Face-to-face appointment – you’ll be given a time to arrive and a worker will be ready to see you
  2. Group support in a friendly, safe & supportive environment
  3. Telephone support – if you can’t come to the service, a worker will call you back

Safespace is based at 1 King Street, Halifax, HX1 1SR (opposite Woolshops car park towards Halifax Minster).

AGE: What makes a good life?

Independent Age, the older people’s charity believe all older people should be able to live the lives they aspire to. And now they want to really understand what’s stopping this from being a reality for everyone and they need your help to do so.

they  want to hear from you about what matters most and they’re particularly interested in your experiences and views of:

  • Getting the health and care services you need
  • Having enough money to live on
  • Feeling part of a community

With these three areas in mind, they want to hear what you want. There are no right or wrong answers but you may want to think about the following questions:

  • What do you want more or less of?
  • Is there anything you would like to be done differently?
  • What would make the biggest impact on your life?
  • Are there any obstacles you want to get rid of?

No matter how big or how small, your opinion matters to us. They’d love to hear from you! You can email with your views at policy@independentage.org or get in touch to arrange a time for them to call you.

And if you don’t consider yourself to be an older person, but you know someone who does, please pass this on to them and encourage them to respond.

HEALTH: Hearing & sight loss links

New research indicates that addressing hearing and sight problems can slow down cognitive decline.

Opting for hearing aids and cataract surgery can make a big difference when it comes to slowing down cognitive decline. Existing studies have pointed out that there is a link between the quality of a person’s hearing and their eye health and their exposure to cognitive decline.

For instance, one such study suggested that poor hearing may correlate with a poor memory. Another one proposed that we could detect Alzheimer’s disease by looking for tell-tale abnormalities in a person’s eyes.

Now, two new papers — each based on studies conducted by the same scientists from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom — look at the evidence indicating that treating hearing loss and eyesight problems can slow down the development of cognitive decline.

Read the full story on the Medical News Today website

REMEMBRANCE 2018: Events in Halifax

On Sunday 11 November, people across the country will commemorate Remembrance Sunday, and events are taking place across Calderdale to mark this important occasion.

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, and as such, events as part of Remembrance Week this year will have particular significance.

The main focus for commemorations in Halifax will be the Remembrance Sunday parade from Halifax Town Hall to the Cenotaph in Duffy’s Park at Halifax Minster. The parade will leave the Town Hall at 10.20am and the Service of Remembrance and wreath laying will be held at the Cenotaph at 10.45am prior to the service inside the Minster at approximately 11.30am.

As part of special commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, Calderdale Council is also taking part in the nationwide event, ‘Battle’s Over – WW1 Beacons of Light’.

The Last Post will be played outside Halifax Minster at 6.55pm followed by the lighting of the beacon at Beacon Hill at 7pm as part of a chain of over 1000 beacons around the country, symbolising the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war. The Town Crier will give the ‘Cry For Peace Around The World’ at 7.05 pm and the Minster bells will then ‘ring for peace’.

In addition, there will be a poppy exhibition in Halifax Town Hall throughout Remembrance Week.

The poppy exhibits have been made by individuals, schools and community groups  from across Calderdale and will be on display at Halifax Town Hall from 9.30am-4.30pm from Monday 5 to Friday 9 November, from 10am-1pm on Saturday 10 November and from 9.30am-4.30pm on Monday 12 November.

There will be Great War Poetry Readings at Halifax Town Hall on Wednesday 7 November at 7pm and a performance by the Hanover Girls’ Choir at the Minster on Saturday 10 November at 7pm.

To find out more about Remembrance Week and the Poppy Appeal, visit https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/