Category Archives: Calderdale Forum 50 + News

HEALTH: Top three cardiovascular “interventions”

An study in the journal “circulation” claims that preventable noncommunicable diseases, mostly cardiovascular diseases, are responsible for 38 million deaths annually.

However, a few well-documented interventions have the potential to prevent many of these deaths, but a large proportion of the population in need does not have access to these interventions.

The study looked at the global mortality impact of 3 high-impact and feasible interventions: scaling up treatment of high blood pressure to 70%, reducing sodium intake by 30%, and eliminating the intake of artificial trans fatty acids.

Read the full study


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

MONEY: Free Energy Advice

LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership) can help you to save money and keep your home warm and cosy.

If you’re eligible, you will get a FREE home visit from a friendly, qualified Home Energy Advisor.

LEAP can:

  • Help check if you are on the cheapest energy tariffs
  • Install FREE, simple energy saving measures
  • Give you day-to-day energy efficiency hints and tips
  • Ensure your heating system is set up to keep you warm and save money.
  • Arrange a FREE telephone advice service to help with benefits, debt and other money problems.
  • Refer you for further energy efficiency improvements, such as loft insulation or a new boiler.

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible for the LEAP service if one of the below apply. If you:
• have a low income
• receive tax credits
• receive Housing Benefit
• receive an income or disability related benefit
• have a long term illness or disability.

Download the LEAP flyer for full details

SOCIAL: Luncheon Club, Copley

Disability Partnership Calderdale is partnering up with Calderdale Council and Stonewater housing to run a new series of Luncheon Clubs in Copley.

  • Dates: 5 July, 2 August, 6 September, 4 October (First Friday of the month)
  • Time: 11am – 1.30pm
  • Venue: Copley Mill House, Copley Village, Halifax HX3 0UY
  • Booking: places are limited, so please pre-book a place by calling Robyn Allen at Copley Mill House on 07471 907 189

Everyone is welcome to these new Luncheon Club dates. Each will include a 2-course lunch for just £3.99, plus a range of optional entertainments, including a quiz, music and light exercise.

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