Healthy Happy Huddersfield

Health Information Week is 2 to 8 July and Kirklees Libraries are getting together with partners to show people the things they can access in Kirklees to help improve their health and well being.

On Thursday 5 July 10-2pm we’re opening our doors and running a programme of free sessions at Huddersfield Library.

What’s going on?

There will be interactive sessions throughout the building, with goodie bags containing health information. Sessions on offer include everything from healthy eating and family nutrition to tips on being active at all ages; there will also be sessions on managing stress and relaxation, and information on online health tools.

The sessions are free to attend and each lasts for around half an hour, anyone can join in and there is no need to book.

How can I find out more?

Further information is available healthy happy Huddersfield brochure, by dropping into the library on Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield or calling 01484 414868.


More work needed on hospital proposals before a decision can be made

Scrutiny councillors have welcomed a letter from the Health Secretary asking for more work to be done on proposals to change care provision at Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals.

Health Secretary recommends reconsideration

Jeremy Hunt says that the current proposals are not in the best interests of local people, and has asked that the CCGs now work with NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee for Kirklees and Calderdale.

Cllr Liz Smaje, joint chair of the JHSC, said:

“I welcome this letter from the Secretary of State which indicates that the proposals are not in the best interests of local people and asks that NHS reconsider.

It is not saying that the plans have to go completely back to the drawing board, but it does share several concerns highlighted by the scrutiny committee and members of the public.

In particular, there are serious concerns about the difference between the final proposals and the plans which were put forward for consultation, and the overall deliverability of the plan including the out of hospital care.

The committee will now continue its work with all involved.”

Cllr Adam Wilkinson, the joint chair of the committee, added:

“The Secretary of State has indicated that he is sceptical of whether proposals of this scale and complexity are actually deliverable.

Councillors asked questions regarding the capital finance arrangements for the proposals and I am pleased that this point has been picked up by the Health Secretary.

I am also pleased that he shares the committee’s view that much more work needs to be done to ensure adequate community services are in place.”

Mr Hunt has asked that several other key issues including the reduction of hospital bed numbers, the availability of capital, and the deliverability of the proposals are reconsidered.

The letter adds:

“In short, the proposals are not in the best interests of the people of Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield and I would ask the NHS locally and nationally to reconsider.”

New courses for carers…

New courses for unpaid carers are set to take place this year, arranged by our Health Trainer Service.

In addition to our current courses covering; caring for someone with memory deterioration, building resilience, and safeguarding, we will also be offering courses on healthy eating, and juggling time as a carer.

A new ‘healthy eating and nutrition’ session will give carers an understanding of the impact of food and nutrition on their body and mind. It will particularly benefit those caring for people with a long term health condition.

The ‘juggling your time as a carer’ session explores strategies and tools that can be used to help manage the daily challenges of balancing a caring role with other responsibilities and commitments.

Courses, which take place in Dewsbury and Huddersfield, last 2 ½ hours and are delivered in a confidential, supportive group environment.

Cllr Viv Kendrick, Kirklees Council, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said “These free courses offer much needed support to carers. Carers can be anyone looking after a family member, partner,

Friend or neighbour who is in need of help.  The person they care for may need help because they are ill, frail, have a disability or substance misuse problem.

“The courses provide practical help and support on how to manage their day to day caring role. They also offer an opportunity to talk with other carers in a similar position to themselves.”

More information

Course dates and further information can be found at, or by calling 01484 414774 (select option 3), emailing or using our online enquiry form at

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CLiK survey sent to randomly selected households

One in five randomly selected households will receive a CLiK survey this Summer.

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Together with the two Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups we have developed a survey to help us understand your health and well-being needs.

This will be the the fifth time we have carried out a similar survey in the region.

What we learnt from the 2012 survey

  1. The number of people saying that they are suffering from depression, anxiety or other nervous illness are going up.  One in five people reported a mental health problem
  2.  Although one in five residents still smoke, smoking rates are going down (particularly among 45-64 year olds)
  3. Whilst lots of people are likely to drink more alcohol than they should;  only around one out of five people is concerned about the amount of alcohol they consume
  4. Nine out of ten people do at least some moderate exercise each week, although physical activity levels are going down among 18-44 year olds
  5. Less people reported suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure

What is the impact of the CLiK survey

Information from the last CLiK survey helped us to create the new Smokefree Service and our Expert Patients Programme. The information was also used to develop Auntie Pam’s (which provides pregnancy and parenting support in Dewsbury and Huddersfield).

What people tell us through the CLiK survey helps us to understand the health and well-being of the people living across Kirklees. Over time we can monitor the changes in what people tell us to see whether what we are doing is making a difference.  We can also find out which groups are most in need of help and support.

When will the surveys go out

The 2016 surveys will go out from the end of June.

Responses to the survey are anonymous and will not be used to identify individuals.

For more information visit the survey webpage

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Wild Drugs

What’s this about wild drugs..?

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If you have an interest in health, alternative therapies or plants – you do you could be in for a treat this May.

Join Medicinal Herbalist Sue Salmon and learn about the healing power of hedgerow plants, find out how to  identify commonly used plants, and try out some herbal teas.

Sue is leading a walk and talk session on wild drugs at three locations in Kirklees.

Where are the wild drugs sessions?

Bagshaw Museum, Batley –  Tuesday 10 May 2016, between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

The Greenwood Centre at Ravensthorpe  – Wednesday 11 May 2016, between 10am and 12.30pm.

Meltham Library, Meltham – Tuesday 24 May 2016, between 1pm and 3pm.

How to book

The sessions each cost £1 and are available from the venue or by calling Kirklees Box Office on 01484 223200.


dry january

Dry January – how’s the booze break going?


Not started yet? It’s not too late

Many of us have considered going ‘dry’ this January, some of you may still be well on your way to a week without a tipple – well done.

For others (maybe me) that half bottle of Sauvignon Blanc left over from Christmas was too tempting this weekend.

Or , you may have even ended your first day back at work with a swift one down the local.

But remember,  not starting on 1st January is no reason not to start at all.

Why should I stop drinking now?

Dry January is not about never drinking again. It just gives you the opportunity to give your body a break from alcohol and see the benefits.

If you didn’t start on the 1st,  you’ll not be the only one whose plan to go dry is starting a bit late,  so don’t give up on it completely and start your journey today.

You could still lose weight, feel better, save money and make a difference?

  • A month (or a few weeks) off alcohol can boost your energy levels and improve your sleep, give you a sense of achievement and can save you money too.
  • Six months after taking part in Dry January, evidence from Alcohol Concern shows that two-thirds of participants are still drinking less and feeling better as a result.
  • Reducing your drinking is one simple way of helping to protect your health – and it can also help you to manage conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Did you know?

  • Men who drink alcohol are more likely to suffer from related liver conditions
  • Women, increase their risk of developing breast cancer with every drink they have

More information about Dry January

For more information and advice about alcohol, visit, or speak to your GP in confidence.

If you are worried about your drinking, contact On TRAK on 01484 437907 (Huddersfield) or 01924 486170 (Dewsbury) for confidential and non-judgmental support and advice.




Protect yourself against the flu

For most healthy people, flu is unpleasant but usually goes within a week. However, some people are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.

Flu can be a very serious condition, leading to more serious complications like middle ear infections in children and pneumonia and bronchitis for some people which in turn need hospital treatment. if you’re in an at risk group you are on average 11 times more likely to die from flu.

Protecting yourself

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu vaccine before it starts circulating in your community.

Free vaccines are available from your doctor for:

  • people over 65, or those under 65 with certain health conditions
  • children aged 2 to 4 years old
  • children in year 1 or 2 of primary school (available through school)
  • pregnant women
  • health and social care workers

If you are at risk, and have put off having your flu jab, or don’t think it is important – it’s not too late. Get the vaccine: protect yourself and those you love; contact your GP surgery and make an appointment today.

More information about flu

Ask your doctor for more information or visit the NHS website

Health Event

Look after you and life will love you too! – Young Men’s Health Event

Health Event

Aged 13-24?  Why not come down to our exciting health event on Friday 19 June 2015, from 6pm to 9pm at Leeds Road Sports Complex, to celebrate Men’s Health Awareness Week 2015.

Both sexes are welcome and there will be lots of free activities to try including a five–a- side football tournament, canoeing, skateboarding, music and access to the outside gym.

The event at the Leeds Road Sports Complex is being organised by young people from Kirklees integrated Youth Support Service. They want to help other young people to reduce the risk of developing health problems and preventable diseases by leading a healthy lifestyle.

There will also be information on health issues including smoking, emotional health and well-being, stressbusting, positive relationships and sexual health, alcohol, substance misuse, and cancer awareness.

The Samaritans, Kirklees Locala, The Base, Brunswick Centre, and Smokefree Yorkshire will all be on hand to offer advice aimed at helping young people become healthier.

Cllr Erin Hill Cabinet Member for Family Support and Child Protection said:

“This event provides young people with the opportunity to find out about making healthier lifestyle choices while having a good time. By making good decisions now, young people are more likely to be happy, healthy and more active in the future. Young people face many challenges in today’s world, and we need to make sure they are well-equipped and well informed to deal with them.

“I would also like to thank the young people involved in setting up this event for their hard work. It’s great to see people being so proactive to help others.”

This is sure to be a fun and informative evening, what’s more who doesn’t like freebies and give a-ways!