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Womens Safety Circle – Personnel and Home Safety

You are invited to the next Women’s safety circle, focusing on personnel and home safety. This meeting is open to all women living in the central Halifax area, please let your colleague, friend, neighbourhood and family member know.

Tuesday 18 December 2012

12.30pm to 2.30pm at

Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queen’s Road, Halifax, HX1 4NE

Organised by Halifax Central Initiative

Mr Wrong and Mr Right

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

Being able to tell Mr Wrong and Mr Right apart can help you avoid an abusive relationship.

The Freedom Programme is a weekly support group that covers a 12 week rolling programme for women who want to learn more about the reality of domestic abuse.

The next programme starts in January 2013.

  • Daytime group – Mondays at 10am from 7 January – 25 March
  • Evening group – Tuesday at 6pm from 8 January – 26 March.

Childcare places are limited, please do check availability with the Domestic Violence Team coordinator on 01422 323339 or email

Mr Wrong – the abusive man
  • Shouts
  • Sulks
  • Smashes things
  • Glares
  • Calls you names
  • Makes you feel ugly and useless
  • Cuts you off from your friends
  • Stops you working
  • Never admits he is wrong
  • Turns the children against you
  • Uses the children to control you
  • Never does his share of the housework
  • Never looks…

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Support for younger carers

  • Are you aged between 18 and 25?
  • Are you caring for someone?
  • Do you need some support?

Calderdale Carers Project is here to help you as a carer!

We offer a range of services especially for young adult carers such as:

  • Case Working (Including a home visiting service to identify your needs)
  • Activity Sessions/ Support Group
  • Access to £250 small grant to take a break
  • Emergency Back-Up Plans
  • And much much more!

For More Information Please Ring Lydia on

01422 369101 or 07858714068

Also please search for our Facebook Page: Calderdale Carers Project.

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And you are also invited to the launch of this project:

The launch event will take place on Tuesday 16th October from 6.30-8.30 pm in the Bancroft Suite at Calderdale Carers Project, Rimani House, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5BD.

The event will include:

  • Get to know each other activities
  • Brainstorming activity to gather further ideas for the new service
  • A handover presentation from the young carers service
  • And a pizza buffet!

If you would like to attend or would like more information please contact Lydia on 01422 369101 or email

Eid Mubarak to all our readers, especially those from GupShup

Don’t forget to come to Gupshup on Thursday 23rd August
10.00am Sue Edgely Gentle Exercise to Music
11.30am Healthy Eating, using produce from our allotment

GupShup goes Gardening!

Online weight loss clinic – open til 8th June

If you’re worried about your weight or trying to lose weight, the online clinic on weight loss, run by NHS Choices, is your chance to get expert advice and information specifically about your concerns.

Specialist consultants, dieticians and fitness experts are available to answer your questions on diet and dieting, obesity, nutrition, exercise, fat and health issues related to being over or under weight.

The clinic is in ‘forum’ format, and there is information on the front page helping you to understand how to use it. First of all you will need to register with TalkHealth – you can do this by clicking here. Once you are registered and logged in, you’ll have access to all of the information on the forums.

The online clinic on weight loss, hosted by talkhealth with support from the charity Weight Concern, is open until Friday June 8 2012.

Upcoming online clinics in 2012:

GupShup goes Creative – new programme of events for March – May

The Stroke Association Launch Lunch

The Stroke Association has initiated a project aiming to raise awareness of stroke and more importantly, highlight the risk factors of stroke to the local community within Calderdale especially those of South Asian origin.  The idea is to educate local people on what stroke actually is and how it can be minimised or prevented by understanding the causes and responding to them.

Launch Lunch event has been arranged on Thursday 15 March to promote the services on offer. At Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre, Halifax, 1pm – 3pm. The Mayor of Calderdale will be in attendance along with a number of partner organisations supporting the project.

Any organisations or groups wishing to participate in this free event by holding an information stall  should email or call 07940 481932.

Stroke is a serious illness and is very high especially within the  local Asian community, therefore it is essential that local people access crucial information, advice and guidance, which is what this project is trying to achieve.

Please note that places are limited so get in touch soon to avoid disappointment.

More exciting new activities for GupShup

Health Walks in Calderdale January‐March 2012

Health walks are a great way to be more active, improve your health and make new friends. They’re not about rambling, hiking or ‘power walking’ ‐ they’re just short led walks in your local area at your own pace.

All our walks are led by qualified, friendly walk leaders who will welcome you to the group and support you on your walk. Click here to download the programme as a PFD.

For any enquiries about Walk It Together please call 01422 281529 or email

Women’s information meeting at Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre

Thinking about stopping smoking?

If you’re a smoker, did you know you are 4 times more likely to quit if you use a stop smoking service?

You can call the stop smoking service on 01422 281505 or email Or join your local NHS Stop Smoking Group – no appointments necessary and a friendly welcome guaranteed!

  • Illingworth every Tuesday morning at Illingworth Methodist Church, off Keighley Road. Come along at 11.15.
  • Ovenden every Wednesday to Beechwood Health Centre at 11.15.
  • Sowerby Bridge on Wednesdays, 1.00 at New Road Children’s Centre, or on Fridays at St Paul’s Methodist Church at 2.00
  • Pellon every Monday at Sunshine Children’s Centre, 1.00
  • King Cross every Monday, 4pm at the library
  • Rastrick every Monday, 9 – 12 at Field Lane Children’s Centre
  • Mixenden every Thursday, 10.30 at Mixenden Outdoors Centre
  •  on Thursdays at 4.45 and Fridays at 2pm – appointments only.

Eid Mubarak!

We held our pre-Eid celebration at the Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre yesterday which was attended by women and children from the local Muslim community. Attendees from our popular GupShup group and their families enjoyed food and drink, fruit and homemade sweets, as well as Eid card-making, crafts, indoor Kurling and even a fashion parade!

Best wishes to our Muslim community on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, which will be celebrated this weekend.

Click here for more information on Eid ul Adha – the ‘festival of sacrifice’.

GupShup joins Beech Hill J&I school for a pre-Eid celebration

New GupShup activity programme


GupShup is back!

Following our fantastic Eid celebration, activities are resuming at GupShup. Fopr more information contact the Neighbourhood Schemes Team on 01422 393794 or e-mail

GupShup takes a holiday!

Our new scheme for South Asian Ladies (SALs) is taking a break for Ramadam. After a hectic schedule of ‘gentle’ exercise, crochet, Wii Fit and needlework, our ladies have more important things to concentrate on during August. But, we will back (where have I heard that before) in early September, with a late celebration for Eid and the activities starting a week later. Watch this space for further details.

Make a Quran case

Women only – a simple sewing workshop, taking place during our popular GupShup coffee morning next Thursday, 28th July. Come along any time from 10 til 12.30, join us for a cuppa and have a go at making a simple Quran case which you can then embroider if you wish. Materials provided (or bring your own if you prefer).

Don’t want to sew? Join us anyway for coffee and gossip!


‘Coffee and gossip’ morning for Asian women

FREE. Every Thursday in July – 10.00 – 12.30

Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Road, Halifax

(Click here for a map)

Also – gentle exercise class 10.15 – 11.15 (women only)

GupShup will be closed throughout August, and will re-start in September with continuing exercise classes and new activities. Contact the team for more information on 01422 393794 or email

GupShup coffee morning


‘Coffee and gossip’ morning for Asian women

FREE. Every Thursday in July – 10.00 – 12.30

Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Road, Halifax

(Click here for a map)

Free activities also included:

  • 7th and 14th July – Gentle exercise (seated if preferred)
  • 21st and 28th July – Create a Qur’an case— using only hand sewing, learn basic techniques to create a cover for  the Qur’an. All materials will be provided.