Category Archives: Health & Wellbeing

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


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.

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).

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

WALK: Heritage Walks

Calderdale Heritage Walks Winter Programme 2018-2019 is full of exciting and fascinating walks. The next Heritage Walk will be Saturday 3 November – ‘Murder Site to Gibbet’. A look at the rich and varied heritage of west central Halifax, including People’s Park, the Workhouse, the Hanson Lane Bomb site, West Hill Park Model Village, and many Crossley connections. Meet David Glover at Lister Lane Cemetery Gates at 1:30pm. The complete Winter Walks Programme is now available.

HEALTH: Fitness Offer

Looking to squeeze in a few extra exercise sessions during the run up to Christmas?

Join Calderdale’s Fitness Membership offer in October and you can get 12 months membership for the price of 11. That’s 12 months of gyms, pools, courts and classes across Calderdale and with our huge range of activities there’s always something new to try or a new challenge around the corner.

Their fantastic gym instructors are here to help and can provide some top advice about getting fit. Or why not try one of their new classes and exercise with your mates, you can book classes up to 8 days in advance online.

Don’t forget it’s not the amount you exercise and eat between Christmas and New Year that is the problem – it’s what you do between New Year and Christmas that makes the real difference. So sign up for their membership offer today!

OURDOORS: Heritage Winter Walks

Calderdale Heritage Walks Winter Programme 2018-2019

The winter programme has fortnightly walks plus an extra one at Christmas. The majority are on Sundays, with 2 Saturdays and 2 on Bank Holidays. All start at 1:30pm.
No pre-booking required, just turn up and pay the Guide – its £3 (all ages)

Almost all starting points are served by public transport. Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed on walks unless indicated by the No Dogs symbol.


Saturday 3 November 2018 Murder Site to Gibbet

A look at the rich and varied heritage of west central Halifax, including People’s Park, the Workhouse, the Hanson Lane Bomb site, West Hill Park Model Village, and many Crossley connections. Hear about the tragic deaths of Mary Hackett and Emily Pye, view the location of a fatal boiler explosion, and see one of Mackintosh’s early warehouses. Finally – the story of The Gibbet. Duration: just over two hours.
Meet David Glover at Lister Lane Cemetery Gates, Lister Lane HX1 5JL at 1:30pm

The complete Winter Walks Programme can be downloaded here.