If you are worried about your home being cold or damp in winter, and rising energy costs, Age UK have a new FREE service that is available to any older person.
They can help with:
- Checking your home’s energy efficiency
- Tips on staying warm and well in winter
- Installing practical equipment, such as draught excluders and radiator foils
- Companionship visits
- Days at Centres in Halifax and Huddersfield
To find out more, call us on 01422 262011 or visit the website.
Want to get to grips with new technology and the internet but don’t want the outlay of a new computer straight away? Age UK may be able to offer:
- Loan of digital equipment for 6 months
- One-to-one support from an experienced IT volunteer
- Access to the internet
If you would like more information or to see if you or someone you know is eligible, please call Anne Cuthbert at Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees 01422 252 040 or visit the website
Northern Powergrid has launched an improved online registration process for its Priority Services Register (PSR) for those customers who feel they are particularly vulnerable and would benefit from additional support during a power cut. New features now allow carers or relatives to register on behalf of a vulnerable person and also let those registering set the length of time they wish to be on the register. Reminders will be sent automatically to extend or end their registration. The PSR pages include tips on energy efficiency and contacts for organisations offering support and advice on heating and fuel bills.
http://www.northernpowergrid.com/page/powercuts/priority.cfm for more details…
Plans are underway for an exciting community performance project for Calder Valley residents to be delivered in early 2014.
If you are close to 60 or above and have lots of stories to tell, this is for you. Set in a dance hall this quirky, romantic performance will include acting, singing, dancing, visual arts and live music. Local stories will be woven into the piece with volunteer performers, musicians and artists coming together to make this happen.
The Performance Ensemble is the brain child of Alan Lyddiard, an accomplished theatre director with a passion for creating community theatre with older people. Alan will be attending on September 14th to talk a little about the project, to answer any questions you might have and to listen to your ideas for the event too.
This informal get-together will take place upstairs at the church and there is a lift if you need one. Downstairs the infamous Mytholmroyd Marmaladies will be holding their ‘Marvellous Market’ so there’s plenty to do. There’s a café too.
Joe Standerline is the community Liaison Contact for the Performance Ensemble. Joe is a playwright and creative coach who’s helping to spread the word and ensure as many local residents know about the project as possible. If you’d like to know more, please give Joe a call on 0794 1234 313 or email joe’@’mycoachjoe.co.uk.
Mytholmroyd Methodist Church
Scout Rd. Mytholmroyd. HX7 5QD
Saturday 14 September 2013
11am to 12.30 pm.
If you can’t attend this time but would like to get involved in the project please let Joe know so he can keep you informed. Please feel free to forward this to friends and family.
See you there for the start of something wonderful.
Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees Health and Community Services team are working with ‘Good Neighbour Scheme’. They aim to alleviate a lot of the problems associated with later life.
A project which the people of Heptonstall are likely to hear a lot more about is ‘LOCAL LINK’.
Local Link is managed by Andrew Fearnley, who has a network of Community Volunteers, mainly in rural areas of Calderdale, who act as ‘eyes and ears’ of their local communities, to support isolated older people. Mary Cockcroft and Jean Leach are our volunteers in the Heptonstall area.
Andrew also runs a scheme called ‘SAFE & WARM’, offering Home Energy Information and Advice, with support in applying for grants and reducing fuel poverty amongst vulnerable older people.
The ‘ACTIVE BEFRIENDING PROJECT’, co-ordinated by Christine Henry offers ‘one to one’ support for isolated people throughout Calderdale. Trained volunteers are linked with lonely older people who feel depressed and socially isolated. The scheme is focused on engaging people in activities with their befriender, in order to restore confidence and gain more out of life.
People are referred to the scheme through various channels; usually by Health Professionals, but often by family or neighbours and sometimes by the person who actually needs the support.
Andrew and Christine can be contacted at Age UKCK Choices Centre, Woolshops, Halifax. For further information Tel 01422 399830.
The Good Neighbour Scheme (+ Voluntary Driver) Group have been successful in recruiting a number of local community volunteers – as drivers for the Community Car Service. If you have mobility problems and/or experience problems in using public transport then this service may be of help to you. You might be able to use it, for example, to get to:-
- GP or Hospital Appointments
- Food or other shopping
- Social events and activities
If you think that you – or someone you know – might be interested and/or you would like to find out more, then please contact Phil Kelly on 01422 847328.
3rd Monday of each Month
Pick up 12 o’clock;
- At telephone box on Hepton Drive
- Bus stop at the bottom of Longfield
There are a few vacancies.
If anyone is interested please contact
Margaret Coupe – Tel: 842550 or e-mail: margaret.coupe12*mypostoffice.co.uk (change * to @).
First Thursday of each month 12.00 to 12.30 start – (None in January & August)
Membership – No need to book or to attend on a regular basis.
2 Courses – Choice of menu – main course and dessert. Tea or Coffee. Cost £4.00.
For further information or to arrange to attend contact:
Mary Livesey: 845405 or Phil Kelly 847328.
At Good Shepherd Centre (by railway viaduct on New Road).
Every Wednesday 12.45 (not in school holidays). For catering purposes regular attendance is preferred, but it is recognised that members won’t always be able to make it and that is not a problem.
Sample menu: Cauliflower-cheese soup, pork cooked with cider, mushrooms and onions, and spiced apple and raisin crumble. Tea of coffee. Cost £3.50. Bar drinks are available should Luncheon Club diners wish to purchase them.
For further information or to arrange to attend contact: Mary Livesey: 845405 or Phil Kelly 847328.