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Introducing Scope

Scope is a national disability equality charity. Here’s their introduction to what they stand for:

We won’t stop until we achieve a society where all disabled people enjoy equality and fairness. At home. At school. At work. In our communities.

We’re a strong community, of disabled people and non-disabled people, with a shared vision of equality.

We provide practical advice and emotional support whenever people need it most. We do this through our Scope helpline, our online community, a range of employment services, community engagement programmes, and more. All of our services are developed to achieve our strategy, Everyday Equality. 

We use our collective power to change attitudes and end injustice. And we campaign relentlessly to create a fairer society.

Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

Packed with over 180 reviews of accessible and inspiring days out, there’s something for everyone in the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. The Guide aims to inspire and support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractions – whatever their disability.

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Now in its 10th year, the Guide is an ideal planning tool for anyone with access needs and now also includes information for visitors with more hidden conditions such as autism or mental illness. Every venue in the Guide is reviewed by Rough Guides’ team of writers, who either have a disability themselves or visited the venue with disabled friend or family member.

The Guide provides clear and helpful advice to highlight the very best inclusive and accessible days out for people of all abilities, from museums and art galleries, to wildlife parks and gardens.

View the guide online

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Get Your Flu Jab Now

GPs in Calderdale are urging those most vulnerable to flu to get their free vaccination ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common.

Flu is easy to catch and pass to others, and can lead to serious complications in people with long-term health conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease or in those that have suffered a stroke.

Those who are most vulnerable are eligible for a free flu vaccine, including:

  • Adults over 65
  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged 2 and 3, as well as pupils in reception class and school years 1 to 4
  • People with long-term health conditions, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), chronic asthma and cardiovascular issues

Another way of protecting vulnerable adults is to vaccinate children, who can spread the virus easily around their families and friends. For healthy children aged 2 and 3 the flu vaccine is in the form of a nasal spray, administered by a health professional.

Dr Caroline Taylor, a GP at Beechwood Medical Centre in Ovenden, said:

“Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly for older and more vulnerable people, so it’s important that people with long-term conditions have a flu jab every year.

“If you’re over 65 years old, pregnant, or have a long term condition, speak to a GP, pharmacist or midwife about a free flu vaccination. These people really do need a flu jab: that’s why it’s free for them.”

Dr Majid Azeb, a GP at Southowram Surgery and Assistant Clinical Chair at NHS Calderdale CCG, said:

“One way we can help older and vulnerable people from getting the flu is by being vaccinated ourselves. By protecting yourself you can reduce the risk of passing flu on to people you care for.

“If you’re the main carer for an older person speak to your GP or pharmacist about having a flu jab at the same time as them.

“Aside from that flu is really unpleasant for anyone who catches it, and it’s a good idea for everyone who’s eligible to get vaccinated against the virus every year and to encourage others to do the same. And remember: the flu-jab can’t give you flu!”

Speak to your GP, pharmacist or midwife for information on the flu vaccine. You can also go to www.nhs.uk/staywell for more details on the flu vaccine and how to stay well over the winter months.

Community Toilet Scheme

A new community scheme in Mytholmroyd will see local businesses making their toilet facilities available for visitors to the town.

The public toilet block in Mytholmroyd has been demolished as part of flood alleviation works with the Environment Agency. While options for alternative toilet provision elsewhere in the town are being investigated, Calderdale Council has been working with local businesses to encourage them to take part in a community toilets scheme.

In return for businesses making their toilet facilities available free of charge to visitors, the Council will pay a grant to cover the costs of additional toiletries and utilities.

A number of businesses have already signed up to the scheme and the Council is distributing stickers to participating businesses which will be placed in their window to let visitors know they’re part of the toilet scheme.

Similar schemes are in place in a number of towns across the country, typically in tourist areas. The schemes have proved successful in these areas with many participating businesses reporting an increase in trade through additional footfall. If successful, this may become a pilot for introduction in other areas of Calderdale without public toilet provision.

The Mytholmroyd organisations which have signed up to the scheme so far are:

  • The Blue Teapot
  • The Kitchen Coffee House
  • Russell Dean
  • The Dusty Miller
  • Mytholmroyd Community Centre

The Council is in discussion with other organisations to add more to the list.

For more information or any more businesses wanting to take part in the scheme please contact Anne Holdsworth anne.holdsworth@calderdale.gov.uk

Safespace – help for those in mental distress

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).

Assistive TV Technology

Living with hearing loss can make some of life’s simple pleasures difficult to obtain.

Watching the TV is a good example – but there is a range of assistive technology available that is simple to use and which can make watching TV more accessible.

Hearing Link is a website that carries a range of products aimed at making the lives of people with hearing loss easier: View TV Assistive Products

Mobility & Disability Aids Website

Sometimes finding the products you need to make you life easier can be difficult, particularly if you are elderly or disabled.

NRS Healthcare is a website that carries and amazing range of products, providing thousands of people with mobility equipment and disability aids.

Established in 1947, with 70 years of experience, they’re the official suppliers to the NHS, providing the very best mobility equipment.

They have over 3,500 mobility and disability products to choose from.

All of their products are carefully selected and come with free support and advice from friendly in-house occupational therapy team.

They also offer regular advice newsletters:

Remembrance Events in Calderdale

On Sunday 11 November, people across the country will commemorate Remembrance Sunday, and events are taking place across Calderdale to mark this important occasion.

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, and as such, events as part of Remembrance Week this year will have particular significance.

The main focus for commemorations in Halifax will be the Remembrance Sunday parade from Halifax Town Hall to the Cenotaph in Duffy’s Park at Halifax Minster. The parade will leave the Town Hall at 10.20am and the Service of Remembrance and wreath laying will be held at the Cenotaph at 10.45am prior to the service inside the Minster at approximately 11.30am.

As part of special commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, Calderdale Council is also taking part in the nationwide event, ‘Battle’s Over – WW1 Beacons of Light’.

The Last Post will be played outside Halifax Minster at 6.55pm followed by the lighting of the beacon at Beacon Hill at 7pm as part of a chain of over 1000 beacons around the country, symbolising the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war. The Town Crier will give the ‘Cry For Peace Around The World’ at 7.05 pm and the Minster bells will then ‘ring for peace’.

In addition, there will be a poppy exhibition in Halifax Town Hall throughout Remembrance Week.

The poppy exhibits have been made by individuals, schools and community groups  from across Calderdale and will be on display at Halifax Town Hall from 9.30am-4.30pm from Monday 5 to Friday 9 November, from 10am-1pm on Saturday 10 November and from 9.30am-4.30pm on Monday 12 November.

There will be Great War Poetry Readings at Halifax Town Hall on Wednesday 7 November at 7pm and a performance by the Hanover Girls’ Choir at the Minster on Saturday 10 November at 7pm.

To find out more about Remembrance Week and the Poppy Appeal, visit https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/