As we enter the month of August, we have responded to concerns about the "cost of living crisis" and problems accessing healthcare by making some changes to our website. We are putting finance & money issues at the top of our agenda (see more below) and have also set up a new page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) including guidance on what to do if you cannot access your GP! We will be adding to the page each month and if you have an unanswered question or unresolved issue about life for an over-50 person in Calderdale, please use our feedback form to tell us more.
Our next committee meeting is on Tuesday 23rd August at 10.30am at Copley Mill House, Copley HX3 0UY and is open to all. We would like to see more Calderdale residents at our meetings where we discuss the work of the Forum, the issues affecting the over 50s in Calderdale and how we might respond to these through the information and advice on our website and our role on the Council's Ageing Well Alliance Board. If you're interested in helping to improve Calderdale for older people, why not come along and have your say!
Trustees sought for local charities and community groups Volunteering as a trustee can be a great way to use your life and work skills by benefiting a cause which is close to your heart. And if you are recently retired and looking to get more involved in your local community, it can provide a platform for building new relationships and starting new projects. You can find out more about what's involved on our Trustee Volunteering page.
Volunteer drivers needed for Community Transport Calderdale The dedicated people at Community Transport Calderdale urgently need more volunteer drivers to help provide transport for people in Calderdale and Kirklees who have trouble accessing bus or taxi services or cannot get to a GP appointment or do their shopping. If you have your own car, a little spare time each week and enjoy driving and meeting new people then they would love to hear from you. Contact 01422 888080, or email email@example.com
Elland’s next chapter More than £30m is on its way to make sure that Elland, West Vale and the surrounding area are places where people feel safe, happy, and welcome, where they want to spend time, and where businesses can flourish. An impressive portfolio of projects is being designed to make life in Elland better so that everyone can live a larger life. There will be new ways to travel around, transformed spaces, and natural features.
Calderdale’s 2021 census data released The first results from the Census 2021 were published in June. This information includes population and household estimates at local authority level rounded to the nearest 100, statistical bulletins, a report on the quality and methods used, and a couple of interactive tools. This gives us some insight to how our local population has changed in the last decade.
Changes to Calderdale and Huddersfield’s hospital services Calderdale and Huddersfield’s hospital services have been reconfigured to improve patient safety, access to A&E and to make improvements based on learning from the COVID pandemic. Both hospital sites will provide 24/7 A&E services and day-case, outpatient and diagnostic services but blue-light ambulances will be received only at Calderdale Royal Hospital as well as acute in-patient admissions. In addition new investment in facilities and services is due to come on stream from 2023 onwards.
July entries on our "In Touch" listings pages In July we added more activities and groups for older people, reflecting the increasing number of opportunities for getting out and about and meeting new people. From coffee mornings in Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall to over-50s fitness in Elland and a Young at Heart Music group there is surely something for everyone. If you are looking for fresh ideas, take a look at our In Touch pages.
Brighouse Third Age Group release Autumn and Winter timetable Brighouse Third Age Group run a wide variety of classes and activities and have just released their Autum & Winter timetable including table tennis, dressmaking, French conversation, whist, indoor kurling, a walking group and luncheon club. They also organise outings and speakers to regular meetings. Find out more at their "signing on day" for the 2022/23 year on Monday 5 September.
Summer events at the OSCA Foundation The OSCA Foundation at Forest Cottage, Ovenden has started Car Boot sales and Saturday night music throughout the summer. They are a sport and community hub that provide social and activity groups for retired and older people as well as activities for the local community.
Southowram Over Fifties Activities Southowram Over Fifties Activities (SOFA) is a friendly and active community group for people in the Southowram and Brighouse areas offering a wide range of activities including an art group, singing and table tennis. Sessions cost just £3 and annual membership is £5.
Join the 6-week summer walking challenge A Step into Fitness 6-week summer walking challenge started on 22nd July but there is still time to join in with one, two or all of the last 3 Friday walks before the end of the school summer holidays.
Happy Days: Volunteer Recruitment Open Day Happydays UK are holding an informal event on Wednesday 17th August from 1 to 2pm at The Gathering Place, 1 St.James’ Place, Halifax HX1 1YS, for anyone who would like to learn more about the work that they do in the community and the variety of volunteering opportunities available.
New Dementia Support Page More than 850,000 people in the UK now have dementia and the figure is expected to keep on growing as more people live longer. Support for people with dementia in Calderdale is being stepped up and we have created a new Dementia Support Page on our website to provide a starting point for families looking for information, help and advice or for people who simply want to know more about the disease.
New bowel cancer guide published Cancer UK has produced a new bowel cancer guide for NHS professionals in response to the efforts of the late Dame Deborah James to raise public awareness of the disease. Five year survival rates from bowel cancer are more than 9 out of 10 cases if the cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage and a screening programme is running for everyone aged 60 to 74 years old.
COVID-19 Autumn booster and flu vaccine programme expansion NHS England has set out plans to offer a COVID-19 booster vaccine to all over 50s, vulnerable people and carers this Autumn and Winter along with the flu vaccine. 50 to 64 year olds that are not in a clinically at-risk group, are likely to be offered vaccination later in the year once people that are more vulnerable to COVID-19 and flu, including those in clinically at-risk groups have been offered their vaccine.
Centre for Ageing Better Newsletter The latest Centre for Ageing Better newsletter was published on 14th July and you can read the highlights on our website including how the world of work is failing older workers ahead of retirement.
Cost of Living Advice In response to the "cost of living crisis" we have created a Cost of Living page, where you will find all the latest money and finance advice to help you through Autumn and Winter and we will be adding the latest news each month. Also included are some key links to advice and support from the council and the Government. You may want to bookmark the page for future reference.
Cost of Living Payments – How Does It Work? Millions of people on means-tested benefits should have received the first of two Cost of Living Payments totalling £650 in July as part of a £37billion government package to help families with cost of living pressures. For those eligible, the second payment will follow in September.
Impacts of increasing state pension age A new report commissioned by The Centre for Ageing Better reveals nearly 100,000 more people have been pushed into poverty by having to wait another year to collect their state pension. Carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the research shows that the number of 65-year-olds in absolute poverty rose from one in ten before the state pension age increase to almost one in four just two years later.
About Calderdale Forum 50 Plus We are a voluntary group that supports and represents people aged 50 and over in Calderdale and highlights information and issues which are useful and important to this age group. We collate guidance on key later life issues such as housing, benefits and finance, care of all kinds and physical and mental health and are represented on the Council's Ageing Well Alliance Board which aims to develop more age-friendly policies across Calderdale. If you like what we do, then please share our newsletter or social media posts so more over 50s in Calderdale can find us; or join our 50-Plus Insight Panel and tell us your views on life in Calderdale as an older person.
The Community Foundation for Calderdale supports charities and voluntary groups across Calderdale, working alongside these groups to address inequalities and create opportunities for those who need them the most.