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The best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from sunburn is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen. Use a sunscreen with at least factor 15 and a high star rating. Use it generously and reapply regularly.

Welcome to the June - July edition of The Calderdale Voice magazine. This Summer, the Healthwatch Calderdale team will be attending a number of local events to chat with residents about their Health & Social Care experiences. Have a look on page 3 for more information about where you can find our stall to have a chat with a member of the team! With an English Summer, there is always the hope that we will get some lovely sunshine and on page 16 we have some sun safety tips for you to avoid any sunburnt noses if we do! Thanks,

Emma Worsley, The Calderdale Voice Editor

Sunlight acts on the skin to produce vitamin D, which is essential for good health, in particular to maintain healthy bones.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please call 01422 431099 or email

Healthwatch Calderdale will be out and about this Summer gathering local people’s feedback about Health & Social Care services in the area. Our stall will be at: Healthwatch Calderdale is a membership organisation. We make sure that all our members are kept up to date with everything related to Health and Social Care at both a local and national level.

Neighbour’s Day

Becoming a member is free of charge and is open to anyone who lives in Calderdale and/or receives substantial health and social care services from any provider within Calderdale. It is also open to voluntary and community groups who supports users of health and social care services.

Brighouse Charity Gala

To become a member, please email

Challengers Fun Day

People’s Park, Halifax - 15.6.14

Party in the Park Shroggs Park, Lee Mount - 21.6.14

Wellholme Park - 28.6.14

Mytholmroyd Gala Burnley Road - 5.7.14

Shelf Gala Shelf Hall Park - 5.7.14

Natty Lane, Illingworth - 23.8.14

Your body produces a substance called melanin as a natural defence against sunburn in reaction to ultraviolet light in sunlight.

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Send us your feedback using the ‘Talk to Us’ page Sign up to be a member of Healthwatch Calderdale Find out about our volunteering opportunities Search for local Health & Social Care services Keep up to date with news from Healthwatch Find out where your nearest Healthwatch drop in session is Watch videos from Healthwatch England See our Healthwatch Calderdale Twitter feed Read the Healthwatch Calderdale Pledge Find out about Healthwatch Calderdale local meetings Twitter Facebook

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Sunlight contains three types of ultraviolet rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC

The Maze Project works with adults at risk of social exclusion where domestic violence is a key feature of the relationship.

The Alzheimer's Society run a number of local dementia cafes in Calderdale. The Daffodil cafe is a friendly, informal settings for people with dementia, their families and carers to meet and socialise. The cafe is held on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 2pm to 4pm at the Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax. The Alzheimer's Society also run the Cornerstone cafe at the Civic Hall in Brighouse and the Happy cafe at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. To find out more about The Alzheimer's Society please ring 01422 352789 or visit

The Maze Project supports people to make positive change. It works with women who are affected by Domestic Violence, their partners and their children, who are not accessing services that could make a difference to their lives. The service has a male worker so that the service can work with couples who are choosing to remain together; the male worker works with the male partner alongside a female colleague working with the female partner. For more information please call 01422 386 506 or email

High Five is a community group based in Pellon, Halifax. They have been going for three years and run a programme of fun and healthy activities throughout the week. All are welcome to come and join in. You’ll make new friends, try new things, get fitter and most importantly of all, have fun! Activities include Gentle Exercise Classes, Tai Chi, Indoor Kurling and many more! To find out more, please visit the website

Rainbows international offers a structured programme to support children between the ages of 4 - 11 who have experienced loss. The children talk through their thoughts and feelings in small groups with others who are experiencing similar situations(bereavement, separation, divorce or any other painful loss in their family). Rainbows helps by providing a safe setting with adult facilitators, journals, story books, games and activities to help lead children gently through the grieving process. Group sessions are on Tuesdays or Thursday 3.15 - 4.30pm in term time at Noah’s Ark Centre, Ovenden. Every programme runs for 12 sessions ending with a final "Celebrate Me" Day. Each small group has at least two adult facilitators who are CRB checked. To find out more about the Rainbows Programme, please contact on 01422 300457 or

Living Well is for women from Calderdale and all surrounding areas with, or who have had cancer. If you want to bring a close friend, partner or carer with you then they too will be able to take part in activities and talk with others in a similar situation. Living Well offers you the opportunity to take time out, come and talk to others, find useful information and approaches to help you in your recovery. The group, which meets on the last Saturday in the month at Todmorden Methodist Church, is an opportunity to learn new skills and approaches to aid your long term recovery; eg. visualization, meditation, and Tai Chi. For more information, please visit

Verd De Gris is a not-for-profit creative arts company based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Over 15 years, they have developed a range of culturally-sensitive creative work with older people through: inter-generational projects; health and well-being work; as well as bringing different communities together through cross-cultural projects. Current live participatory projects include ‘Joy in the Moment!’ a creative project for people with dementia, and ‘Dance4Fun’ a dance and movement project for people affected by Parkinson’s Disease. As well as getting people to express themselves and immerse themselves in the joy of the activity, their aim is to get people to connect: connecting with a poem or a song, but also connecting with each other, sharing feelings, stories or memories. For more information, please call 07598387772 or email

Project Colt is a charity based in Elland that offers help for a range of addictions including, alcohol, drug, Gambling even Co-Dependency. Their aim is to provide support for individuals to live healthy addiction free lifestyles. They also work with the Probation Service to supervise Community Service placements; helping to rehabilitate offenders. Training, Therapeutic Intervention and Work Experience is provided for those in various stages of their recovery programme. For more information please call 01422 377176 or visit

Turning Point has been established for over ten years and they provide counselling to anyone in need of help. Located in Brighouse, Turning point do not receive any funding and rely on donations so although they do not charge for the service, they ask the client to make a donation of what they can afford each week. They put their donation in a brown envelope which is posted into the donation box each time they come for a counselling session. Turning Point have four trainee counsellors and five qualified experienced counsellors working voluntary for the organisation. They can provide counselling during the day or some evenings, and Saturday mornings, depending on availability of rooms and also allocation of counsellors. For more information about Turning Point please call 07718 218 700 or visit

Choice is a Supported Volunteering Project which aims to help people who would like to volunteer but may need extra support to do so. Anyone with additional support needs who feels unable to volunteer independently can use the service. “I can’t switch off and get to sleep” “I’m so unhappy” There are times when everyone can feel like this. Generally, these feelings pass quickly but sometimes it gets harder and harder to cope. In fact, one in every four people feels this way. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies or IAPT gives you quick and easy access to support like Stress control courses, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling etc.

To contact IAPT in Calderdale, call 01422 222888

Choice is currently recruiting new mentors. Mentors support and befriend people and will receive full training, ongoing support and supervision. They need mentors who are patient, flexible and caring. Mentors do different tasks like: * fill in application forms * accompany volunteers to interviews * organise travel arrangements * regular volunteering placement It is a chance to share your skills, help someone build their confidence, and have fun. Mentors need to complete a four day training course. For more information, please call 01422 438727 or email

Child Safety Week (23 - 29 June 2014) is an annual campaign by the Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.

Cervical Screening Awareness Week is a UK-wide initiative led by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. The week (8th 14th June) aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening and how attending a screening invitation can help to prevent cervical cancer. In the UK, 22% of women still do not attend their cervical screening, so raising public awareness of cervical cancer prevention is a priority. Public knowledge and understanding of issues such as cervical screening, the causes of cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer and treatment is generally low. To find out more, please visit the website

This year, Child Safety Week will be focusing on the accidents that are more likely to happen during the morning rush by introducing the mischievous villain, Morning Mayhem. The campaign will also be bringing back the Safety Heroes of Child Safety Week 2013 to show how the simple actions that parents and families take every day keep children safe. Big or small, there are lots of things you can do to take part in Child Safety Week and help us reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in preventable accidents. For more information about Child Safety Week, please visit the website

Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity is a national charity, which raises funds to improve the quality of life for children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.

The countdown to Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week 2014 has begun. This is the second awareness week campaign run by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and they want to change the public perception of this condition. The week will take place from 16th-22nd June 2014 and this year’s theme is focusing on the ‘Invisible Disease’. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, progressive and disabling auto-immune disease, affecting 580,000 people in England. To find out more, please visit the NRAS website

On Friday 27th June, Wallace & Gromit are urging the nation to join in with the celebrations and take part in the Football World Cup themed Wrong Trousers Day. Everyone can join in and wear their weirdest, wackiest party trousers and donate just £1 for the right to look wrong! You choose what to wear, your football kit, sports shorts, tutu, hot pants, and chef’s trousers. It’s fun, simple and a great way of raising funds for those who are really in need. Wallace & Gromit’s Wrong Trousers Day raises funds for 92 children’s hospitals and hospices throughout the UK. Funds raised support projects and causes in local communities such as: art, music, play and sensory therapy; family services; state of the art equipment and child friendly environments. To find out more, please visit the website

Whilst many of us like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely and remember certain groups of people are more vulnerable than others to the effects of heat or ultraviolet radiation. Extreme heat can force the body into overdrive as it tries to stay cool through perspiration and evaporation. Cancer Research UK have come up with three top tips to help people enjoy the sun safely: 1. Spend time in the shade if your shadow is shorter than you. If your shadow is shorter than you are, then the sun is strong. During the UK summer, the sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm 2. Wear a hat, t-shirt and sunglasses when the sun's strong. Wide brimmed hats or foreign legion style caps are best. A wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved top or maxi dress will not only help protect your skin but are also the height of summer style! 3. Cancer Research UK recommends you use at least factor 15 sunscreen with a high star rating. Sunscreen rubs off easily if you sweat, swim or change clothes. So whether you're in the UK or abroad, when the sun is strong remember to apply generously and reapply regularly Met Office

Waterproof sunscreens lose some of their effectiveness after 40 minutes in the water. All sunscreens should be reapplied every two hours.

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The Calderdale Voice Issue 5 Jun - Jul 2014  

Healthwatch Calderdale Health & Social Care

The Calderdale Voice Issue 5 Jun - Jul 2014  

Healthwatch Calderdale Health & Social Care