Kate’s Story

We are grateful to Kate (name changed) for writing and sharing her story about her relationship with alcohol and the journey into recovery.  We hope you find her story inspiring and it gives you the confidence to get in touch with us to see how we may be able to help you.  As we always say, we can’t make that call for you, but we can help you every step of the way after that.  If Kate can do this, so too can you!

“I’d been drinking in the afternoon at work and shortly after I arrived home from picking my son up from school, the police came to my house. I was breathalysed, significantly over the limit and they arrested me. Spending a night in a police cell was something I never thought I’d experience.” …

 

Danny’s Story

We are grateful to Danny for writing and sharing his addiction recovery story with us.  We hope you find his story inspiring and it gives you the confidence to get in touch with us to see how we may be able to help you.  As we always say, we can’t make that call for you, but we can help you every step of the way after that.  If Danny can do it, you can do it!

“I’d lost all control over any substances that came my way. I’d take anything and everything. I lived in chaos wherever I went and all aspects of my life were impacted by my using and drinking. Ketamine was a big issue too and very quickly affected my physical health in addition to my already deteriorating mental wellbeing.” …

 

Health and Wellbeing Resources for Families – Covid-19

We know this is a worrying time for everyone.

Helping children and young people cope with the information and changes related to the Coronavirus can be a huge challenge. From school closures and social distancing to increased awareness of infection and hygiene, there is a lot for children and families to process.

This guide brings together trustworthy information and resources to support you and your family during these difficult times.  This information was provided by Healthy Futures Calderdale.

A PDF version can be downloaded here – COVID-19 HEALTH AND WELLBEING RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES PDF

Local health and wellbeing support

Calderdale Community MidwiferySupport from the Calderdale community midwifery teamFor non-urgent queries: 01422 261364

https://www.cht.nhs.uk/services/
clinical-services/maternity-services

Calderdale Public Health Early Years’ Service (PHEYS)Support from the Health Visiting Team, breastfeeding support, maternal mental health, and support in pregnancy and for children from birth to 5 years.To speak to a health visitor: 030 0304 5076

“Calderdale Health Visiting” on Facebook

Healthy Early Years CalderdaleAn online health and wellbeing guide for parents of children aged birth to five yearshttp://www.healthyearlyyears.co.uk/
Healthy Futures CalderdaleHealth and wellbeing advice, support, signposting and referral service from public health nurses for school-aged children and their families.

NEW Chat Health confidential secure text messaging service, launches 27th April 2020

To speak to a nurse: 030 3330 9974

“Healthy Futures Calderdale” on social media

Young people’s service: text 07480 635297 Parents and carers service: text 07507 332157

Safeguarding CalderdaleAdvice and support if you are worried about any adult or child.Multi-Agency Screening Team: 01422 393336

Out of hours Emergency Duty Team: 01422 288000.

https://safeguarding.calderdale.gov.uk/

Open Minds Partnership (the new name for Calderdale CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)If parent/carers, young people or professionals have concerns about the emotional health of a young person, please contact the First Point of Contact01422 300 001

firstpointofcontact@calderdalecamhs.org.uk

https://calderdalecamhs.org.uk/

Calderdale Council coronavirus advice and updatesProvides links to information including financial support, food banks, mental health, domestic abuse and support for migrantshttps://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/
coronavirus/advice-and-updates
C & K CareersCareers advice and guidance for Calderdale

and Kirklees residents aged 13+

https://ckcareersonline.org.uk/

01484 213856 chat@ckcareers.org.uk

Staying well at home and what to do if your child is unwell

NHS 111 onlineOnline COVID-19 symptom checkerhttps://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
NHS and Government adviceNHS coronavirus advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/
coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Lullaby TrustProvides safe sleep advice and advice on coronavirus for if you are pregnant or have a young childhttps://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-
advice/coronavirus-and-caring-for-your- baby/
RCOGCoronavirus infection and pregnancy information for pregnant women and their familieshttps://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-
research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-
pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-
pregnancy/
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Healthier TogetherAdvice for parents during coronavirus on how to manage common childhood illnesses and when/where to seek medical adviceDownload PDF
UnicefAdvice on infant feeding and breastfeeding during the coronavirus outbreakWebsite Link
Institute for Health VisitingTop Tips for Parents: advice on looking after your new baby from when they are born to when they go to schoolhttps://ihv.org.uk/families/top-tips/
Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)Preventing accidents in the homehttps://www.capt.org.uk/News/preventing-
accidents-in-the-home

Helping children and young people to understand COVID 19

The Children’s CommissionerChildren’s guide to coronavirus: aims to answer children’s questions, tell them how to stay safe and protect other people, and how to make the best of their time at homehttps://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk
/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cco-childrens
-guide-to-coronavirus.pdf
– PDF Download
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation TrustCoronavirus fact sheet for childrenhttps://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resou
rces/campaigns/101/resources/5093
BBC NewsCoronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts – how parents should tell kidshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51734855
BBC NewsroundCoronavirus: What is being done to tackle the virus?https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
Coronavirus: a book for childrenFree digital book to help primary-aged children to understand coronavirus, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the Illustrator of The Gruffalohttps://nosycrow.com/wp- content/uploads/
2020/04/Coronavirus-A- Book-for-Children.pdf
– PDF Download
My Hero is You: how kids can fight COVID-19Free digital book to help primary-aged children to understand coronavirushttps://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2020/4/
5e8ecdba4/childrens-storybook-released- help
-children-young-people-cope-covid- 19.html

Responding to children and young people’s anxiety about COVID 19

ChildlineTelephone and online support for children and young peoplehttps://www.childline.org.uk/ 0800 11 11
Open Minds CalderdaleEmotional health and wellbeing information, support, advice and signposting for children, young people and families in Calderdale, including support around coronavirus.http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/
Public Health EnglandGovernment guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreakhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/
covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-
and-young-peoples-mental-health-and- wellbeing
/guidance-for-parents-and-carers- on-supporting
-children-and-young-peoples- mental-health-and
-wellbeing-during-the- coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
World Health Organisation (WHO)Helping Children Cope with Stress during the COVID 19 outbreakhttps://www.who.int/docs/default- source/coronaviruse
/helping-children-cope- with-stress-print.pdf
– PDF Download

Bereavement support for children and young people during COVID 19

Child Bereavement UKSupports children facing bereavementhttps://www.childbereavementuk.org/ 0800 028 8840
Grief EncounterInformation and advice on supporting bereaved children, young people and families during the Coronavirus pandemichttps://www.griefencounter.org.uk/
young-people/
0808 802 0111
Winston’s WishSupport for children and their families after the death of a parent or siblinghttp://www.winstonswish.org/ 0808 802 0021
Open Minds CalderdaleOpen Minds Calderdale Bereavement supporthttp://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/
bereavement-support

Looking after parent and carer wellbeing during COVID 19

NHS Every Mind MattersTips and advice to support your mental wellbeing while staying at homehttps://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips
Citizens adviceCoronavirus: what it means for you, including information on what to do if you are worried about having less money because of coronavirushttps://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/
coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you
RelateAdvice and tips for helping your relationships stay healthy during COVID-19https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/
covid-19-advice-and-information
The Lucy Faithfull FoundationConfidential helpline for anyone concerned about their or someone else’s behaviour0808 1000 900
Active CalderdaleIncludes ideas and resources to help you keep active during coronavirushttps://active.calderdale.gov.uk/

Staying safe online during COVID 19

ThinkuknowAdvice for children from age 4 upwards, and parents/carers about how to stay safe onlinehttps://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Net AwareA guide to keeping children safe on social networks, apps and gameshttps://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Internet mattersPractical tips to help children benefit from the internet safely and smartlyhttps://www.internetmatters.org
Parent infoSupport for parents and carers to keep their children safe onlinehttps://parentinfo.org/
NSPCCOnline safety advice for parentshttps://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety

Support for children and young people with additional needs

Calderdale Local Offer for children with special needs or disabilitiesInformation on services and support in Calderdale for children and young people aged 0 – 25, with special educational needs and disabilitieshttps://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents

/education-and-learning/local-offer/send

ContactCoronavirus information for parents of disabled childrenhttps://www.contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-
information-for-families-with-disabled-children/
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental HealthCoronavirus, and helping children with autismhttps://www.acamh.org/
National Autistic SocietyCoronavirus resources for autistic people and familieshttps://www.autism.org.uk/services
/helplines/coronavirus/resources
National Children’s BureauOpen letter from the Children’s Minister to children with SEND and their familiesNCB Open Letter Link Here
National Deaf Children’s SocietyCOVID-19 (coronavirus): support for deaf childrenhttps://www.ndcs.org.uk/covid-19-

coronavirus-support-for-deaf-children/

Things to do while staying at home during COVID 19

Government Department for EducationDetails of online education resources for home educationhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/
coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resource
BBC BitesizeGovernment recommended daily lessons and resources for primary, secondary and post 16 pupils, including celebrity sessions!https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Oak National AcademyGovernment recommended video lessons, across a broad range of subjects for every year group in primary and secondary schoolhttps://www.thenational.academy/
Calderdale Council50 things to do in Calderdale before you’re 5! A Free app with low cost and no cost activities for children from birth – 5 years oldhttps://calderdale.50thingstodo.org/app/os
Public Health EnglandActive Imaginations – ideas for exercise in the home for children aged 2 – 4 yearshttps://www.activeimaginations.co.uk/
Joe Wicks, The Body CoachDaily PE lessons for all ages 9.00-9.30amhttps://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv
Book Trust – Getting children readingFree online books and videos, games, win prizes, quizzes, and learn how to draw favourite charactershttps://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading
/have-some-fun
World Book DayStay at home ideas including audio books and craft ideashttps://www.worldbookday.com/
David Walliams – authorDavid Walliams reads a free story every dayhttps://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com
British Red CrossPower of kindness calendar: how children and young people can practise kindness every day during the coronavirus emergencyhttps://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/
teaching-resources/kindness-calendar
BBC CbeebiesThings to do indoors with your childrenhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/
things-to-do-indoors-with-your-children
?collection=have-fun-at-home
Hungry Little MindsSimple fun activities for 0-5 year oldshttps://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
BBC Tiny Happy PeopleActivities and advice to help develop your child’s communication and language skillshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people
British Cycling: Ready Set RideHelping children to learn to ride a bike, including activity calendar and online videoshttps://www.britishcycling.org.uk/getinvolved
/article/20200325-getinvolved-Getting-the-most
-out-of-HSBC-UK-Ready-Set-Rid-0
Calderdale Library ServiceBooks are available for FREE by joining Calderdale library service. You can open an account for your child as soon as they are born, giving access to 3,000 eAudiobooks, 4,500 eBooks, and over 1,500 eComicsYou can join the library at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk
/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/join-library
.
BMW EducationSafe on the Streets animated road safety education for 7-11 year oldshttps://bmweducation.co.uk/safe-on-the- streets/
Google Arts and CultureTake virtual tours and discover new places across the world from your homehttps://artsandculture.google.com/

 

 

TBRP Covid-19 Response – Zoom Support

Updated: 4th August 2020

We know COVID-19 has affected our recovery communities in a big way.  Keeping you and the rest of the community safe has been and continues to be, our priority.  All our hubs now meet the COVID-19 secure guidance and we are gradually reintroducing face to face and group meetings.  These are restricted and are only available through your keyworker at Recovery Steps (Calderdale) or CHART (Kirklees) We hope this is a positive step back to some form of normality and we thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience as we make these adjustments.

Please do not turn up to a recovery hub without a prior appointment. We will most likely have to turn you away if you do.

Due to the frequent changes in timetables and everyone’s efforts to bring back face to face meetings, the latest timetables will be published in the respective Facebook Groups. Links below.

You can keep up to date with the latest news, support services, online meetings etc. and offer and receive support by joining our community recovery support Facebook Groups, CalderdaleinRecovery and KirkleesinRecovery.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or our partners at Recovery Steps or CHART.

We are continuing to run Zoom support meetings. If you need help installing Zoom, here is a useful article: Getting Started with Zoom at TBRP.

In addition to joining the community groups, don’t forget to LIKE the FB pages too:

The Basement Recovery Project Facebook page.

Calderdale in Recovery Facebook page.

Kirklees in Recovery Facebook page.

Marie’s Story

We are grateful to Marie for writing and sharing her addiction recovery story with us.  We hope you find her story inspiring and it gives you the confidence to get in touch with us to see how we may be able to help you.  As we always say, we can’t make that call for you, but we can help you every step of the way after that.

“I first got drunk when I was about 13. A friend had got hold of a couple of litres of vodka and we were at another friend’s house sharing it around. I hated the taste but I loved the feeling it gave me. I drank enough to make me really poorly but it didn’t put me off. These one-off binges would happen every so often through my teenage years but it was when I started university in 2008 that my drinking really took off.” …

 

Welcome to The Kindness Hub – Todmorden

The Basement Recovery Project is pleased to announce the opening of our new hub in Todmorden – The Kindness Hub

The hub will officially open its doors for public viewing on March 6th 2020 between 1pm and 3pm. You are welcome to come along.

 

The Wellness Hub Todmorden Invitation

 

Todmorden Kindness Hub

Kindness: Believe there is good in the world

In the wet hills of Yorkshire, the community of Todmorden is at the forefront of a movement that is picking up momentum across a UK disillusioned with corporate business, government and cuts. It is neither hippy nor New Age but is made up of ordinary people, old and young, from both affluent homes and social housing. Call it a sharing revolution. Talk about community empowerment, social enterprise, co-operatives (it has various titles) but this asset-based approach leads to local members taking over the infrastructure of their community.

Having supported the development of the recovery community in Todmorden over the last few years we believe the next strategic step is to sustain a ‘grassroots’ hub offering vital and meaningful services anchored in the heart of the community. Our Kindness hub is a revolutionary venue that’s so much more than your usual community space. We hope to provide a truly welcoming, creative and intelligent space where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can potentially dine, hang out, socialise and relax.

Primarily we have a venue for our community cafe right in the heart of the Town centre that allows local people who are energetic, driven, optimistic, and aspirationally based to have a focal point for their activities. Our aim is to make a contribution to the local community based on the principles of caring and communitarianism. We will encourage participation in community life and ‘giving something back’ by making a commitment to community involvement and engagement.

Our space will be a welcoming, creative hub where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can meet, socialise and relax. The hub has a wider potential to offer a range of opportunities for people to support each other and develop, personally and socially. As well as hosting our therapeutic programmes we hope to build on our existing partnerships with local businesses, incredible edible, community arts providers and work closely with local artists, musicians, poets and performers to offer a wide range of entertaining, educational and inspirational social events. There will be an opportunity to develop social enterprise activity, giving people in the locality the opportunity to gain skills and experience, as well as access training and qualifications.

The project will create the opportunity for both the statutory partners and the recovery community to share space and offer a greater level of visibility with more flexible opening hours. Significantly, we will provide more dignity and discretion for those we support, allowing them to reconnect and in doing so hope to provide a sense of ownership in the building for the community we support.

Running for your life – a couch to 5k review

You will have seen The Basement Recovery Project message, “Freedom from Drink, Freedom From Drugs, Freedom from Addiction… Freedom from FEAR”  Our whole recovery programme is about this – Freedom.  Joshua J Marine said, “Challenges are what makes life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful“.  For many, giving up substances is filled with fear, even for those who are not physically, mentally and emotionally addicted, there is often a fear of giving something up.  Quitting after many years of substance use is a huge accomplishment, but it’s not the end goal.  The end goal is to turn your life around, find purposeful meaning.   We offer many routes for people to find purpose again.  Bernadette is a great example and we are proud of her achievements.  Here are a few words from her about the Couch to 5K programme with Kev.

The first time I went to the track to participate in the 0 to 5k programme I felt apprehensive. I had previously tried several times to complete the programme on the treadmill at the gym. And I had only got to week 3/4 before quitting. The track looked huge and intimidating. I nearly turned back to go home and I questioned my sanity, I wasn’t a runner. Runners don’t look like me, nearly 50 and overweight. But everyone was very welcoming, and I decided to stay.

After the warm-up. Kev and I started to run around the track. I struggled to even do one lap. I couldn’t ever imagine running around it without stopping, and I certainly thought that running around it 12 times to complete 5k was impossible. With encouragement from Kev, after 8 weeks of the programme I eventually completed 12 laps of the track, and it was a fantastic feeling. I later completed a Huddersfield park run and that was a perfect day. I had had my park run barcode for about 4 years but didn’t have the motivation to go. I was so happy to run 5k. I felt like a hero.

Best of all, my daughter said she was proud of me, which felt amazing because she hasn’t ever had an opportunity to feel proud of me before. Running has given me self respect, confidence, well-being and laughter. The highs I get from running beat any received from using a substance.

The friends I’ve made through running are genuine and supportive. My life has changed because of this programme. It has influenced many areas of my life. My nutrition has improved, I now eat more fruit and vegetables and drink more water because I want my body to be well enough to continue running for many years to come.

Kev is an amazing coach. He really looks after us all. His passion for running is infectious and his knowledge of all things running is vast. I couldn’t have achieved any of this without his mentoring.

I am very grateful.
Bernadette

Read more about Kev and the Couch to 5K in his own story: Running for Recovery.

TBRP partners with The Hirsche Foundation

The Basement Recovery Project is excited to announce a strategic partnership with The Hirsche Foundation.

The Hirsche Foundation is a local charity established to help the homeless in the West Yorkshire region. The definition of ‘homeless’ is not just ‘rough sleeper’ but also includes those in temporary accommodation, hidden homelessness (staying with friends, sofa surfing, etc.), those at risk of violence or abuse in the home, etc.

The Hirsche objective being:

“The relief of poverty of the homeless in West Yorkshire by providing items, services and facilities to homeless people in need and/or charities, or other organisations, working to relieve the poverty of the homeless”.

Though not everyone who has problems with drugs or alcohol will become homeless and not every homeless person has an issue with drug or alcohol abuse, the levels of drug and alcohol abuse are higher amongst the homeless population.

The Basement Recovery Project and The Hirsche Foundation have formed a partnership that will help those struggling with addiction and who find themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Please visit the Hirsche Foundation website and show your support.

Thank you, from all at TBRP.

TBRP calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s community fund

The Basement Recovery Project is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags for Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

TBRP is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Fiona Whitehead, who made the nomination for The Basement Recovery Project said:

“I’m are delighted to learn that the nomination to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and TBRP will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during May and June 2019.  The project gives so much to the local community and this is a great way for people to help TBRP do that.  Every little helps, as they say.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores below from 1st May 2019 – 30 June 2019 and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

HALIFAX AACHEN WAY, HX1 3TU
HALIFAX METRO, HX1 1PG
HIPPERHOLME, HX3 8HQ
GREETLAND STAINLAND ROAD, HX4 8AD
SOWERBY BRIDGE, HX6 1LL
OVENDEN HALIFAX, HX2 8BQ
HALIFAX SCHL LANE, HX3 0AA

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already provided over £71 million to more than 23,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

poster asking for votes for bags of help from tesco

Running for Recovery – Couch to 5k

Running for Recovery – Kev’s Story – Couch to 5k

The Couch to 5k was set up for people in recovery to help them get well physically.

I know how much running and exercise has helped me with this but also towards my own mental wellbeing and I just wanted to pass this on in the hope that people can feel the way I do after just a 15-20 minute run, or even just a get together doing something a bit different with people that understand me.

For me running was never on the cards. I never thought that it could be so beneficial to my everyday life and that of my family.

As an addict, my family were dragged through addiction with me, but I now get the chance to try again, this time, by them being involved in my recovery. The benefits of this shine through as we are a very happy and healthy family.

Just 30 minutes of exercise a week can add years to your life and who wouldn’t want that now you’re substance-free or in the process of being so.

We now are trying to get the community to join us in the hope we can rebuild bridges and reduce stigma by showing we are people too and no different to non-addicts.

If anyone would like to join us the dates and times are on the posters for Halifax and Huddersfield. They are posted on our Facebook Pages Calderdale in Recovery and Kirklees in Recovery and you can contact me via the Basement Recovery Project.

All welcome whether you’re in recovery or not.

Kev.