SURVEY: Diabetics

Diabetes Consultation

Here are details of a local consultation that asks for input from people with Diabetes.

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DEMENTIA: Action Day/Week

The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week runs from 20-26 May

They say

“From Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May, it’s Dementia Action Week – a week that unites individuals, workplaces and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia. Every three minutes, someone in the UK develops dementia. Having dementia shouldn’t mean an isolated life!”

Visit their website to find out more about what’s happening and for suggestions on how to get involved and even host an event of your own.

Locally, Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge is hosting a Dementia Action Day in May (the weekend before the start of national Dementia Action Week).

They are inviting a wide range of voluntary and professional organisations to come along to provide information about their services together with support and advice on all aspects of dementia.

The event will run all day on Saturday 18th May at St Paul’s Church Sowerby Bridge.

There will be a marketplace area in which you can display your publicity materials. There are also a limited number of stalls available for organisations to use for larger displays.

Throughout the day, there will be short presentations on various topics.

Date: May 18


St Paul’s Church Sowerby Bridge, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ

HALIFAX ON TV: Gentleman Jack

The first episode of BBC’s Anne Lister inspired drama Gentleman Jack is due air on Sunday 19th May!

This Sally Wainwright-penned drama tells the story of Anne Lister, a well-off Yorkshire landowner famous for her four-million-word diary that documented her lesbian relationships, travels and efforts to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Halifax’s Shibden Hall.

The series explores Anne Lister’s relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants and her industrial rivals, who will use any dirty tricks they can to bring her down.

If you want to visit the home of Gentleman Jack before the show airs, you can plan your visit to Shibden Hall here.

EXHIBITION: Fashion & Textiles

A new exhibition, entitled “The Fashion Gallery”, opens on 10 May at the Bankfield Museum Boothtown Road, Halifax HX3 6HG.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

About the Exhibition

Calderdale Museums has one of the best but little known textile collections in the country. There are 17,000 objects, collected from all over the world. The collection began when the museum first opened in 1887. It represents the influence of world textiles on local production as well as how local textiles have been exported around and influenced the world. The collection includes significant objects from Ancient Egypt, The Balkans, China, Japan and the Indian Subcontinent. A range of English embroidery, samplers, costume, court dress, military uniforms, pattern books from West Yorkshire manufacturers and the design archive of Crossley’s Carpets.

It represents not just textiles but textile production from spindles to spinning wheels, cards, combs and looms. The new fashion gallery will tell both the story of the production and manufacture of textiles in the local area and how those textiles were then used.

Volunteering Opportunity

Do you have a passion for fashion? Do you care for flair? Bankfield Museum is offering a brand new voluntary role: Fashion Gallery Steward. If you would love to share cultural history with our visitors, and help bring our exquisite costume and textile collection to life, then please express your interest now!


CYCLING: New Racks In Town

Bike rack

New, eye-catching bike racks are appearing around Halifax town centre, as part of cycle-friendly measures across the borough.

Calderdale Council and the Halifax Business Improvement District (BID) have worked together to commission four new cycle storage facilities in the town. The colourful storage racks each have space for up to eight bikes and were in place in time to celebrate the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire starting from The Piece Hall on Sunday 5 May.

The new facilities are located at The Piece Hall, Old Market, Southgate and George Square. These locations have been chosen as some of the most convenient places for cyclists..

The installation of the new, improved bike racks will complement works across the borough to make Calderdale a cycle friendly destination.

Other improvements to cycling infrastructure include works to resurface and widen the canal towpath across the Calder Valley, creating a flat, traffic-free route through the borough.

There are also further improvements planned to make Halifax town centre more pedestrian and cycle friendly, including plans to extend the Hebble Trail all the way into the town centre.

To find out more about investment projects that are helping to transform and regenerate Calderdale, visit link) . Follow #CdaleNextChapter and #ActiveCdale on social media for all the latest updates.

SUPPORT: Couples’ Counselling

Are you aware of difficulties in your relationship and wanting to work towards a solution in a safe environment? Perhaps couples counselling would really help?

Relationship specialists, Insight, see couples of all ages, mixed or same sex, living together or apart. They offer up to six hourly sessions, held either weekly or fortnightly.

Also referred to as relationship counselling, couples counselling is where both partners talk in private with a specially trained counsellor. Insight have both male and female couples counsellors.

The aims include helping a couple to see their relationship more objectively, its strengths not just its weaknesses. Shifting the focus away from criticisms and complaints (the all too familiar ‘blame game’) a couple learn how to communicate in a more constructive way, learn why their arguments escalate the way they do.

You can self-refer, or go through your GP. Once you get in touch Insight take some brief details and look to arrange assessment appointments, for each of you (these are usually done over the phone, but can be face to face if you prefer, and last about 45 minutes). If you feel this is something Insight could help with, why not get in touch:

T. 0300 555 0191 F. 0300 555 0151

17 Carlton Street, Halifax, HX1 2AL

INFO: Volunteering

Sure Start

Bored? Need a new challenge? Meet new people – Gain work experience – Increase your confidence. At Elland Children’s Centre, on Tuesday 11 June, 10:00am-12:00pm there will be a session to provide you with all the information you need to become a volunteer with North Halifax Partnership Sure Start Children’s Centres. Book now…

Age UK

Are you looking for a way to share your time and give something back to the community? Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are currently recruiting volunteer befrienders. Join them in helping older people love later life through personalised activities, friendship and getting out and about. Contact Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees on 01422 252040 or email: for an application pack.