Category Archives: Facilities and Support

SOCIAL: Monday Afternoon Events

Every Monday afternoon the Arch-Way Project is running a social event called Past Times aimed at the elderly at risk from or living with dementia and those who are isolated and/or lonely.  The venue is the Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, HX1 3AG.

Ebonnie Greene the Operations Manager for the Arch-Way Project said “Our ‘night out on a Monday afternoon’ provides the opportunity for people to have a great time every week.  We recreate a 1950’s night club, play bingo and hold a quiz. Free tea and coffee will be brought to your table along with a biscuit but if you want something a little stronger our bar is open. We have different singers and musicians performing live music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, singing all of your favourites and you can dance, sing along and clap to the beat.

The doors are open from 1:30pm until 3:30pm, our visitors start to arrive at 1:30pm, have a brew, chat and relax. A member of our staff will greet you at the door and we will sit you down with a brew.

The quiz starts at 2pm, we have live music following the quiz, a couple of games of bingo and then finish the afternoon with more music!”

More info:
01422 251613 (Ask for Ebonnie)
Arch-Way Project within Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, HX1 3AG

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.

LIBRARIES: Update on services

Calderdale Council is looking at how it can continue to deliver good quality library services for local people whilst also managing reducing budgets. They have issued the following update on the process.

The way that people use libraries is changing. A full review of the current library service provision began in November 2017 and has included a full public consultation as well as discussions with library staff and trade unions.

The review focused on the smaller, community libraries and almost 600 local people provided feedback.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet will now look at a number of options for the future of the library service, taking into account consultation feedback as well as the need to meet challenging saving requirements for the service of £160,000 by 2020.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Susan Press, said:

“Our consultation showed how important our libraries are to local people and we want to ensure that we can continue to provide a good quality, relevant library service which is fit for purpose.

“We also have to make sure that the service is financially viable and we’ll consider a number of options for our community libraries, some of which are in a very poor state of repair.”

As part of the review, three community libraries have been identified which have significant repair needs and would be difficult and costly to repair. These buildings are in Bailiff Bridge, Walsden and on Beechwood Road in north Halifax.

The recommended option for Cabinet is that the Council would continue to explore opportunities to relocate services at these sites or to move into alternative shared facilities if possible.

Members will consider this and three other options for future delivery and determine which, if any, should be implemented.

The future of the service will be discussed at the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday 5 November from 6pm at Halifax Town Hall.

ADVICE: Pensioners in Brighouse

There will be a pensioner ‘Advice and Information Fair’ on Friday 2 November, 10:00am-2:00pm at Brighouse Civic Hall, Bradford Road HD6 1RW.

Hosted by Craig Whittaker MP there will 40 different organisations attending including Calderdale Council, Together Housing, Citizens Advice and many more. It will give you a chance to find out what help, support and activities are available if you are retired or approaching retirement.

REPORT: Wheelchair Services

Calderdale CCG has published an independent report on wheelchair (posture and mobility) services in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Produced by PCAN, a Kirklees-based charity supporting parents and carers of children with additional needs, and commissioned by Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees CCGs, the report gathers the views of over 450 wheelchair users and their families, schools, community groups and care professionals.

The information gathered in the report will be used to make improvements to the current NHS Posture and Mobility service across these areas, and in developing plans for a new service to be implemented from 1 October 2019.

Read the full report on the Calderdale CCG website

SAFESPACE: Weekend Support/Help

Safespace is a new out-of-hours appointment service in Calderdale, offering support for people in distress during weekend evenings.

The office at 1 King Street, Halifax HX1 1SR is open from 6:00pmon Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the latest available appointments at 11:00pm.

The office is opposite Woolshops car park towards Halifax Minster.

You can contact Safespace

  • by telephone on 01422 345154
  • by text on 07388 990227
  • via Facebook (search “SafeSpace Healthy Minds Calderdale”)

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

  • Face-to-face appointment – you’ll be given a time to arrive and a worker will be ready to see you
  • Group support in a friendly, safe & supportive environment
  • Telephone support – if you can’t come to the service, a worker will call you back
  • Online support via Facebook private messaging

​You can have up to an hour with a worker – whichever way you’ve contacted us – to talk through what’s happening for you and agree next steps. If you need further help and support, the team will agree onward referrals and keep in touch with you. After one-to-one support, if you have come in person to Safespace, you can stay for a while until you feel ready to go home.

SUPPORT: Universal Credit Help

Help With Universal Credit from Calderdale Council

Calderdale Council are reminding people that they can find  support with applying for Universal Credit by visiting a Customer First office.

Important note: Complete an online self-referral form, if you have already claimed Universal Credit and you need help using the account or with budgeting.
An advisor will contact you to arrange an appointment.

The Council can offer support with;

Digital Skills

  • How to use your Universal Credit account, which will help your claim to run successfully
  • to set up an email address
  • by showing you the council’s website and other helpful sites
  • by referring you for further help through organised IT courses

Budgeting Skills

    • how to open a bank account
    • how to reduce your energy costs
    • advice on Council Tax, Council Tax Reduction, Housing and any rent arrears that you may have