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SUPPORT: Bereavement Service

One of the inevitable parts of growing old is that you will face bereavement of one kind or another, whether it be friends or family.

Calderdale Help in Bereavement Service (CHIBS) was established in 1984 by a group of people who felt there was a need for bereavement support in the area.  Since then it has gone from strength to strength, obtaining charity status in 2003.  CHIBS is now working with a pool of 50 Befrienders, all whom have undergone a criminal record check (DBS), are professionally trained and receive regular supervision.

On average, the charity sees  around 150 clients per year but this is on the increase.  The range of support can range from a single phone call to a number of visits over a period of months.

Contact Calderdale Help in Bereavement Service by calling 0845 0099221

They are also looking for new volunteers to join the service either as befrienders or to help with the running of the charity e.g. admin, support etc. Appropriate training and ongoing support will be provided for all roles, commencing in April 2019. Request your application pack by calling Janet on 07921 879863 or email:
DBS checks will be carried out on all applicants.


MONEY: Avoid Bank Scams

Banking telephone Scams are on the increase. It’s always wise to know as much about potential Scams as possible, so here’s some advice on avoiding banking Scams.

Don’t throw out anything with your name, address or financial details without shredding it first. – This will protect you from ID Fraud.

If you receive an unsolicited email or phone call from what appears to be your bank or building society asking for your security details, never reveal your full password, login details or account numbers. Most banks will not approach their customers in this manner.

If you are concerned about the source of a banking call, hang up. Make sure if you call your bank to check it was them, before you make the call check for a dialling tone BEFORE dialling their number. The number will be on printed on your bank statements.

Check your statements carefully and report anything suspicious to the bank or credit company concerned.

Your bank will never come to your home address to collect you or to collect you bank cards. Some scammers will tell you that you have been a subjected to bank fraud and ask for your pin number. NEVER EVER give this number to anyone. Your bank will never ask customer for these details.

If you’re expecting a bank or credit card statement and it doesn’t arrive, tell your bank or Credit Card Company.

Don’t leave things like bills lying around for others to look at.

If you move house, always get Royal Mail to redirect your post.

Get regular copies of your credit report from a credit reference agency.

For further information please contact your Calderdale Crime Prevention Officers on 101.

DEMENTIA: Daisy’s Café

Daisy’s café is a dementia-friendly café that runs monthly in Todmorden. This year’s dates are below.

Tony Austin will provide the music at Daisy’s Café at Todmorden Health Centre on Saturday, April 6th . The café is on from 11am until 1.30pm and is run by Dementia Friendly Todmorden. Everyone is welcome and the group will be offering their usual support, advice and information for people affected by dementia along with their families and carers.

As well musical entertainment, the café will be serving soup, sandwiches, biscuits and drinks.
For more information please contact Lisa Candlin at Todmorden Fire Station on 01706 813541 or email

HEALTH: More Reasons To Exercise

It’s a theme we return to very regularly – getting out and getting fit – but it’s always worth remembering how little exercise it takes to make a significant difference to your health.

In a new series of studies, researchers found that, unlike people who were very physically inactive, individuals who engaged in 10–59 minutes of moderate, leisurely physical activity per week had an 18 percent lower risk of death by all causes. And people who engaged in moderate physical activity for a little longer — between 150 and 299 minutes per week — saw an even steeper drop in death risk, of 31 percent.

To read more of this research, visit the Medical News Today website.

REPORT: The State of Ageing

A new report from the Centre for Ageing Better gives a great insight into the lives of older people in the UK.

For many of us there is much to look forward to in later life. People in their early to mid-70s are more satisfied with life than any other age group. And most people in later life report feeling connected to their communities, families and friends. But huge inequalities exist. As we get older, the steady accumulation of a lifetime of advantages or disadvantages, together with differences such as in our ethnicity, in where we live, and in our income, results in vastly unequal levels of health, wealth, happiness and security in later life. And there are worrying trends for the future. For example, earlier progress made in reducing pensioner poverty is beginning to reverse.

This report brings together public data across four areas: work and finances; housing; health; and communities. It reveals vast differences in how people experience ageing depending on factors such as where they live, how much money they have or their sex or ethnicity. Today’s least well-off over 50s face far greater challenges than their wealthier peers and are more likely to die younger, become sicker earlier and fall out of work due to ill health.

Read the report

SURVEY: Mental Health

Healthwatch Kirklees are engaging with people who have contacted the Single Point of Access (SPA) for adult mental health services in Kirklees and Calderdale.  They’d love to hear from people who have called SPA themselves, or on behalf of a friend, relative or someone they care for and would also welcome feedback from staff who may call SPA on behalf of people they work with.

Here are the links to the surveys:  This is the survey for people who may have called SPA for themselves or for a friend, relative or someone they care for.  Please share this with people who access your service/group.  This is the survey for staff who call SPA on behalf of people they work with.

This initiative will run until the end of April 2019.

Health: Better Living Service

Did you know you can get free support from the Calderdale Better Living Service?

Do you want to make a change to improve your health? The Better Living Service of Calderdale Council provides help and support in improving lifestyles. This is a free service across Calderdale providing support around weight loss, accessibility to exercise, smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, stroke recovery, pre and post-natal health and much more. More Info