Category Archives: Health & Wellbeing

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 lisa.candlin@westyorksfire.gov.uk

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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:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VCSBP5K  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.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VC6ZB2P  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

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).