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Welcome to our February newsletter!

This month we report on the worrying news announced by the Government on 3 February, that the energy regulator’s new price cap – the maximum amount suppliers can charge customers for each unit of energy will add hundreds of pounds onto the annual bill for 22 million homes.  Age UK has been campaigning for more support for older households to cope with rising costs and a package of support was also announced by the Chancellor.
Read more below.

We now have a date for our postponed AGM, which will be held on Tuesday 5 April at 2pm at the Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax. All who have an interest in our over 50 community in Calderdale are welcome to attend.  Please reply to so we can plan numbers.
Together We Can – Which NHS Service do I need?

Winter sees all our health services under a lot of pressure. To help the NHS, we all need to know which service is best suited to our medical needs. From when to get out our first aid box to when to visit A&E, their quick and easy guide will help you and your families make the right choice...and help ease the strain on the NHS.

 See the quick and easy guide.
Calderdale Council newsletter: budget proposal open to view
Calderdale Council's latest newsletter has been published announcing support for COVID- hit businesses as well as a public consultation on their "robust and balanced" budget proposal for the financial year 2022/23.  The consultation is open until 13 February.

Read the newsletter and see the budget proposal

Beekeeping – Looking for volunteering that will give you a buzz!
Bees are essential for our survival. They pollinate much of what we eat and play a critical role in sustaining ecosystems around the world. But the last decade has been devastating for insect populations, and bees have been hit hard – with populations shrinking by a third in the UK.

Find out how to help bees in Calderdale 

How Yorkshire Water can help you with their Priority Services Register
We've been working in partnership with Yorkshire Water to tell you about their Priority Services Register throughout the last year. They have now released a really helpful (and short) video explaining the benefits.  If you haven't signed up already we recommend you take a look.  Anyone aged over 65 or who is in vulnerable circumstances can sign up.

Watch the video

Working in Wood Exhibition comes to Calderdale Industrial Museum
A new exhibition featuring the amazing wood carvings of Ripponden-based Anthony Griffiths, opened at the Calderdale Industrial Museum on Saturday 29th January and runs until April 23rd.

Find out more
See winter wildlife at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve
Loved Winter Watch on the BBC? Then why not take some time out to visit Cromwell Bottom, your local nature reserve and enjoy Calderdale’s wildlife up close. The reserve is just outside Brighouse on the A6025 and is run by an enthusiastic band of volunteers!

Plan your visit
News from Riverside Cafe Ripponden
Riverside Cafe is a group set up to benefit the community in Ripponden and the surrounding area by providing a place where people who are alone, feel isolated, as well as those with dementia and other long term illnesses and their carers can meet together.  They meet fortnightly with a programme of activities and speakers.

Find out more 
Calderdale Heritage Walks - Calderdale's historic murders!
Calderdale Heritage Walks is dedicated to offering a year-round programme of walks throughout Calderdale linked to the history and heritage of this rather special area. The majority of walks are centred on the towns and villages, but some have a more rural feel and explore the old lanes, paths and settlements of our extensive countryside. Their next walk follows in the footsteps of 3 notorious Calderdale murderers and promises to be a fascinating event.

Join the next walk
Build a winning mindset: new “Offload” workshop for men comes to Calderdale
A new workshop called Offload, lead by past and current rugby league players will equip you with tips and tools to reduce depression and anxiety and build mental fitness. Run by Calderdale’s OSCA Foundation, the workshops start this Monday 7th February and run to Monday 14th March. A background in rugby is not required.

Find out more and sign up 
Award winning physio practice offers pilates classes for all
Keep doing the things you love with support from Plus Health Pilates! This friendly and professional team of chartered physiotherapists, based in central Halifax deliver a range of Plus Pilates classes for people of all ages, which are also physiotherapist-led so you can be sure to be in the best hands.

Find out how pilates can help
New dementia friendly housing in Brighouse
Do you know of someone who perhaps isn’t coping in their current home setting and would benefit from care and support in a community environment? The Council’s Housing Strategy and Growth Team have been working in partnership with Home Group, to develop a 65 apartment dementia friendly extra care scheme on the outskirts of Brighouse town centre which will be welcoming residents in Spring.

Read more
Bounce Back: Men’s Mental Health Project
Calder Community Squash is running a new ‘Bounce Back’ project, designed for men who are accessing mental health services.  It will run from the beginning of February every Thursday afternoon (12pm – 1.30pm) in Halifax for twelve months.

Find out more and book a place 
Council Sports Service: New membership campaign
Calderdale Council’s sports service has launched its new membership campaign for 2022, with flexible joining options to suit everybody. As well as annual one-off payment options, membership options launched for the new year include a ‘no tie-in’ monthly membership. This rolling Direct Debit option can be cancelled at any time with 30 days’ notice.

Find out more 
Households face big increases in energy costs from April
The Government announced Thursday 3 February that the energy regulator’s new price cap – the maximum amount suppliers can charge customers for each unit of energy will add an average £693 onto the annual bill for 22 million homes. Age UK has been campaigning for help with the cost of living for older people for some time now and a package of financial support has also been announced for those most affected.

Read more 
Older workers are the future!
New research from the Centre For Ageing Better finds that the latest increase in the state pension age (SPA) from 65 to 66 – which took place gradually between late 2018 and late 2020 – has significantly boosted the employment of both men and women, leading to 55,000 more 65-year-olds in paid work. Their short video explains more.

Watch the video 
Cut prescription costs with ‘Season ticket’
Do you use over 12 prescriptions a year? Consider a ‘season ticket’ to cut costs. Pay for a prescription in England and it costs £9.35 a time. Yet 100,000s could save with an NHS prepay ‘season ticket’, where you can pay £10.81/mth over 10 months for ALL annual prescriptions.

Check how you can save 
Financial support for attic bedroom insulation
Do you know anyone who is on a low household income or benefits and has a cold attic bedroom in their home? Eclipse Energy, in conjunction with Calderdale Council, have secured Green Homes Grant funding to install ‘room in roof’ insulation for qualifying low income households which will make their homes warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat AND provide a newly decorated attic room!

Find out if you are eligible 

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