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Listen to your body during periods of hot weather. If you or a loved one have the following symptoms:
⚠️ A feeling of intense thirst
⚠️ Painful muscle spasms
Move immediately to a cool place and drink plenty of cool drinks 🧃
🚨 If symptoms persist, seek medical attention as soon as possible 👉www.nhs.uk/heatwave
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It is important that we know how to stay safe near open water, as there are often lots of hidden dangers.
“We want to make the Wakefield District an even better place to live, work and grow. We’re doing that by having a Big Conversation, so we can listen to everyone and work together.
The Big Conversation is about all of us being a part of shaping the future of Wakefield.
Our trained Conversationalists will have positive conversations with people across the district to find out what matters to them. We will look at the information given to us and identify the things that really matter to you and your neighbours. This will shape our work in the future. “
For more information and to have your say, visit www.bigconversationwakefield.co.uk
“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in the UK – a day when hundreds of LGBTQ+ people and their allies arrived in London to protest a society where we were not safe to be ourselves.
These brave protesters marched to Trafalgar Square despite fearing for their own safety. But they knew it was important that their voices were heard – and their actions that day paved the way for half a century of progressive societal change for LGBTQ+ people.
We have come so far since then.
50 years on, we can take pride in a United Kingdom where the majority of the public are supportive of their LGBTQ+ neighbours, work colleagues, family and friends.”
– Stonewall website
For more information visit: Take Pride – Stand up for LGBTQ+ rights | Stonewall
The stress of exams can be overwhelming and can affect our mental and emotional wellbeing.
We’ve put together some links with top tips and advice on navigating exam stress.
Our Youth Workers are available to chat Tuesday and Thursday 7-9pm on our online Drop In and Chat Service:
Do you or someone you know have a learning disability?
Help us showcase what living with this is like through ART.
We’ll then showcase it in an online exhibition during #LearningDisabilityWeek .
Find out more and submit at 👉 www.wakefield.gov.uk/LDWeek2022
World Environment Day on 5 June is the biggest international day for the environment. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and held annually since 1973, the event has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental outreach, with millions of people from across the world engaging to protect the planet. This year, #WorldEnvironmentDay 2022 is hosted by Sweden. “Only One Earth” is the campaign slogan, with the focus on “Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature”.
For more information visit: World Environment Day
We’d like to know what you can do to help the environment? What small changes can you make to help planet Earth? #OnlyOneEarth
Upload your creations and ideas to the gallery using the submission form on the Challenge of the Day pages:
This year’s theme is loneliness. We’d like you to fill in and decorate the Five Ways to Well-being Hand to show steps we can take to address the impact of loneliness on our well-being.
Head over to the Challenge of the Day pages to have a go and submit your creation!
Calling all space cadets (aged 7+) – are you interested in a VR mission to the moon?
Join #ZeroGravityLunarLibrary as part of #WordFest #MakeWordsCount coming to a Wakefield Library near you. Numbers are limited so please call the relevant library to secure your place on a mission.
For more details: https://zerogravitylunarlibrary.co.uk/
Wakefield College, Margaret Street, WF1 2DH
Join an event celebrating young people’s voices and help to influence change and enhance the experience of growing up in the Wakefield district. There’ll be updates on the progress made, opportunities to share new ideas and feedback to professionals who can help make a difference – as well as activities, workshops, and performances to enjoy!
Take part and tell Young Healthwatch what you think in the survey here www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/YoungHealthwatch22
Wednesday 16th March is Young Carers Action Day!
This year’s campaign focuses on taking action on the isolation experienced by young carers and young adult carers. The West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership campaign and resources have been coproduced with Wakefield Young Carers Youth Forum. West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership is committed to supporting young carers and use Young Carers Action Day 2022 to raise awareness of young carers and the people, services, systems across West Yorkshire and let young carers know “We’re here for you”
To celebrate Young Carers Action Day, take part in the Weekly Challenge ‘Helping Hands’:
📢📢 YOUNG PEOPLE OF WAKEFIELD 📢📢
(Not 14-26? Why not ask someone who is & vote for them!)
Wakefield Recovery & Wellbeing College on Twitter: “📢📢 YOUNG PEOPLE OF WAKEFIELD 📢📢 We’re launching a young people’s recovery college & need to know which name our 14-26 year old local people prefer. Let us know by voting on our poll here or on our Facebook page. (Not 14-26? Why not ask someone who is & vote for them!)” / Twitter
Tuesday 8th March is International Women’s Day! A day to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
Check out internationalwomensday.com for more information.
Take part in some activities from internationalwomensday.com on our Challenge of the Day pages- remember to submit anything you create!
Thursday 3rd March is World Book Day!
You can find out more at worldbookday.com
To celebrate, we’d like you to have a go at our book-themed Challenges this week!
Take part in our challenges, write us a book review, short story or draw your favourite character from a book.
Send your submissions to us using the submission form to be showcased on the online gallery!
Community interviewers/ Peer researchers wanted!
Could you be a Community Peer Researcher?
Are you involved in your local community or part of a community group?
Do you like talking to people?
Do you want to help us, a local independent grant making organisation, find out what is needed?
Do you want to make sure local voices are heard?
Then become a Community Peer Researcher….
In various areas around Wakefield district we want people to have conversations with local people about:
- what would make a difference and improve their health and wellbeing
- how charities and community groups can help meet these needs
This is a chance to speak up
We will provide training and support to help you do this work
- Training will be 3 hours face to face wherever possible and paid
- Each researcher will do 10 interviews of about 20-30 minutes
- In total this will be about 15 hours of your time
How will I be paid?
£10 per hour plus expenses tor travel and phone use, this can be paid in vouchers if you prefer.
What is a local independent grant making organisation?
It is a charity that is based in Wakefield and has worked in the Wakefield district for many years using our funds to help local people and groups. We are called Wakefield District Health and Community Support or WDHCS for short. We think it’s time to do things a bit differently but we need help so we running this project.
Complete the Children’s Plan survey to express your thoughts on the suggested priorities of the 2022-2025 Children’s Plan:
The deadline for the survey is Friday 4 February 2022
Newground Together are hosting a brand new FREE online event with motivational speakers from ‘Aim A Little Higher’.
Do you know anybody aged 16+ that needs a ‘January Blues’ Boost? Invite them along to kickstart 2022 with a positive outlook and a whole lot of motivation. The motivational speakers will discuss topics such as mental health, positive mindset and setting personal goals to be the best you can this year and beyond.
The event will be taking place on the Monday 31st January 17:00-18:30 via Microsoft Teams and be hosted by our very own Employment and Skills Team. Showcasing their free upcoming opportunities for young people in your local area, our team will be sharing their training courses and qualifications that could help break down the barriers to employment for you or somebody you know!
If you are interested in signing up yourself or any of your contacts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Full Name and Email Address of the people you would like to enrol.
We look forward to welcoming you to our ‘Aim A Little Higher Event’ soon!
ODD SOCKS DAY!
- Wear odd socks to your school, work place (even at home!) on Monday 15th November.
- Share your photos, videos, messages and artworks with us using the hashtags: #OddSocksDay, #AntiBullyingWeek and tag ABA on Twitter (@ABAonline and @AndyOddSocks) or Instagram (@antibullyingalliance and @andyandtheoddsocks).’
LET’S INSPIRE OTHERS WITH OUR #ONEKINDWORD STORIES!
Now more than ever, we want to spread kindness online by creating a positive ripple across social media with our kind words and actions. On Tuesday 16th November of Anti-Bullying Week, we’d love to spread a little more positivity online by sharing your real-life kindness stories. Tell us examples of kind acts or words you’ve experienced, or ask your audiences to share their kindness moments with you.
Let’s flood social media with examples of how using just #OneKindWord can change someone’s day for the better.
Example conversation starters:
• What’s the kindest thing someone has said to you? ___________
• What’s the kindest thing someone has done for you? ___________
• What’s the kindest thing you’ve said or done for someone else? ___________
• What am I going to do today to spread a little kindness? ___________
We’d like you to create something to show the power of #OneKindWord. This could be a poster, a poem, a piece of art etc. Send your ideas to support@wf-i–can.co.uk
A CHANCE TO SAY THANK-YOU!
On Thursday 19th November we’d love to say THANK YOU to the people in our lives who’ve shown us kindness. It could be thanks to a friend who’s always been there for you, thanks to a special teacher in your life, thanks to an organisation that’s helped you, thanks to a bus driver for getting you safely to school or work – or something else entirely! Who are you thankful to?
Save the Instagram Story post below and have a go at filling it in for yourself!
Today it’s also a good opportunity to share what you’ll be doing in the year ahead to raise the issue of bullying. Remember – anti-bullying work is year-round, not just for Anti-Bullying Week!
Visit our bullying pages for more top tips and activities for Anti-Bullying week from the Anti-Bullying Alliance:
Although for many people the return to a more normal life following the pandemic was welcome, others remain cautious about getting out and about again and may experience anxiety. TAKE5 is a simple idea to provide a calm and quiet place where people can just take some time if they need to. The purpose is not to provide professional support, just a welcoming environment and a listening ear.
At present, all council run libraries, museums, leisure centres and cafes are all TAKE5 champions but are hoping to expand the scheme if people find it beneficial. People can identify TAKE5 venues by the special window stickers and staff badges. Many community Police Officers are also signed up to the initiative too and the public can identify them by their TAKE5 lanyard.
You can find a full list of locations who are part of the initiative here: www.wakefield.gov.uk/TAKE5
We’re sorry but today’s Drop In session in the Ridings Shopping Centre is cancelled due to staff sickness. We will be running the next session Wednesday 27th October (1-4PM).
In the meantime, you can email email@example.com or visit our online Drop In on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9PM.
We’re here to chat Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org any time.
Tuesday 7th September is Youth Mental Health Day!
It is a chance for you to reflect on the last year, and come up with a goal to help you #StrideForward towards positive mental health💜
Get Involved: http://ymhd.co.uk
#YMHD 7th September☀️
Calling all young artists! 📣
Wakefield Council would love for you to share photos of either drawings or paintings that show what your favourite summer activity is. 🎨
There are some fantastic prizes to be had! 😁 Please send your entry to email@example.com.
Don’t forget to include your name and age too!
Remember, be careful, be kind and be safe this summer. 💜
Learn more 👉 https://buff.ly/3zC102B
Please note this competition closes on Friday 3 September.
Results Day can be a stressful day, we’ve put together some useful links and resources to help you navigate the day and what to expect.
Our local youth and support workers are available to talk on our online Drop-In and Chat service on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9 pm.
Outside these hours, please leave us a message.
We want to find out what young people want and need when it comes to support with mental wellbeing and would like to hear from children, young people, parents, carers and adults about how they want this support to be provided.
Please let us know your view by completing a short anonymous survey, which will help the local NHS create the right services.
Young Healthwatch Wakefield, Young People’s Forum is hosting another session with Anna Hartley – Director of Public Health for Wakefield District on 30th June .
If you are a young person and you have 1 question to ask Anna about what’s happening locally in respect of Covid-19, e.g., Vaccination programme, infection rates, etc, can you please email Kate/Safeen, Young Healthwatch Coordinators from Young Healthwatch Wakefield & Young Lives Consortium.
Deadline for questions is Friday June 25th 2021.
Then Wakefield Council want to know your views and experiences of the school nursing service.
Because you should have a say over children’s public health services which affect you.
All responses are anonymous and will be used to find out what’s currently good about the school nursing service, and anything it could be doing better to meet what you tell us you need.
The survey should only take 10 minutes by visiting: https://bit.ly/2Q3JvHd
The closing date for responses is 14th June.
Across the region Young people have been calling for action on the Climate. Greta Thunberg has spoken for the next generations, that we need to do our homework, listen to the science and take action to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions.
In this workshop we will hear from a range of young people from right across the region, who need us to listen , their future is in our hands.
REGISTER HERE: https://neu-org-uk.zoom.us/…/tJMvcOitpjMpEtbmMR8eNpLqP6…
Are you passionate about improving health and care services in Wakefield for young people?
Would you like the opportunity to get involved in projects from your own home?
Young Healthwatch are currently recruiting more volunteers. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit:
A message from Young Carers Wakefield District:
Both the apple and android version of the Young Carers Support App is now live.
The free Young Carers Support App launched 16 March on Young Carers Action Day 2021. This first version is a collaboration between young carers, the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Partnership and Dr Knut Shroeder.
We are keen to gather feedback and hear the view of young carers. The feedback will inform and enable us to co-produce the final versions to be launched in May.
You can access the App here:
Alternatively you can search in the App store by typing Young Carers Support App (produced by Expert Self Care Ltd).
We would love to hear what young carers think and the team behind the app are happy to make changes to the content where needed.
The app development team would like to thank you for all your help and support in helping them to review the app. I hope that young carers will find this a useful resource!
Please send your comments and feedback to email@example.com before April 16th.
Head over to the Weekly Challenge pages to check out some of our ideas!
For Young Carers Action Day ( 16th March), Young Carers Wakefield are doing a take over on WF-I-Can!
Head over to the Daily Challenge page to take part in their daily challenges. There will be a new challenge every day this week.
Get involved and share anything you create with the hashtag #WeAreWakefieldYoungCarers
(Remember not to share any personal details or information)
Head over to the ‘Things to do’ section to join in!
It’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health week!
On 03/02/21, we’d like you to join in with #InsideOutDay.
Let’s get some conversations started! How we look on the outside doesn’t always reflect how we feel on the inside.
Visit Every Mind Matters
Mental Health and Self-Care for young people.
Visit Self-care tips for young people | One You (www.nhs.uk)
Join in with our Challenge of the Day on Wednesday!
This years theme for Children’s Mental Health Week is “express yourself”, we’d like you to get creative and join in with our Challenge of the Day.
You can send in your ideas/ creations to firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a member of staff from either Wakefield or Kirklees Young Carers present at every session.
Any interested Young Carers, email email@example.com
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Grief and Loss Support Service is for anyone suffering any form of grief and loss, or those worried about losing someone, whether this relates to a family member, friend or member of the community.
Download more versions of the poster here:
- Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Bengali)
- Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Arabic)
- Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Polish)
- Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Punjabi)
- Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Slovak)
- Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Urdu)
- Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Gujarati)
- Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Hungarian)
Young Healthwatch would like to hear your feedback on your experience of using Orthodontics services in Wakefield.
Click here to take part: Young Healthwatch Survey (smartsurvey.co.uk)
From 00:01 Tuesday 5 January, the entire Wakefield District will be under national lockdown restrictions.
This lockdown means that schools are closed and people must stay at home, with a limited set of exemptions:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare – for those eligibleClinically extremely vulnerable people are also being told to shield again. Click here for Wakefield Council’s Coronavirus information.
Click here to visit our local Covid information page, for more information, advice and useful links and contacts.
Thursday 24/12/2020 (Christmas Eve)
Friday 25/12/2020 (Christmas Day)
Tuesday 29th December
4pm – 7pm
Wednesday 30th December
4pm – 7pm
Thursday 31st December (New Years Eve)
Friday 1st January (New Years Day)
Monday 4th January
RESUME NORMAL TIMES: 1-5pm and 7-9pm
Young Healthwatch is your local champion when using health and care services.
- gives you a voice
- involves you
- provides free confidential advice and information
- listens to your experiences
- tells people who plan and run services what you think
“We want to hear about your experiences.
Everything you tell us is confidential and we won’t ask for any personal details. It is up to you if you would like to take part. If you do, your feedback will help the people who make decisions improve health and care services for children and young people in Wakefield District.”
If you would like to talk to someone please contact Safeen or Kate at Young Lives on telephone number 01924 364198 or Healthwatch Wakefield on 01924 787379. You can also text Safeen on 07885913395.
Click here if you would prefer to download, print and freepost the survey.
Visit the Healthwatch website here.
You can talk to our youth workers about anything, good things as well as things that are worrying you.
* Please note this is not a counselling service.
Our Confidentiality Statement means… We are here to listen to you. We aim to keep everything you tell us confidential so that you can talk to us about anything that is bothering you. There are times however when we cannot promise to do this. If we think that you or someone else is at risk of harm or in any danger, we must pass this information on to other professionals. We have a duty of care to keep you safe.
If you are 8-12 and want to chat, click here
If you are 13-19 and want to chat, click here
One to One Development Trust are looking to recruit 12 young people from across Wakefield District who would like to come on a creative journey making a new multiplatform game.
You might be a gamer, or an artist/creative, or a person who cares passionately about the environment and our planet – if so #OurEarthYourChoice needs you. For more information and to apply please visit
This opportunity has been made possible with funding from Wakefield Council Creative Challenge (Wakefield Council, Creative Wakefield).