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Bradford Libraries are celebrating World Book Day with events for children and families throughout the district.

This year World Book Day is Thursday, 3 March and Bradford Libraries will have a host of events and activities. There will also be copies of the World Book Day books to give away.

Clayton Library are having a morning of Kipper stories and crafts for the under 5’s from 10am until 10.30am. They also have after-school activities from 3.30pm to 4.30pm with a Hidden Book Trail, making bookmarks, colouring competition and World Book Day quiz.

Wibsey Library will be making treasure books from 3.45pm.

Haworth Road Library will be making Star Wars Lightsabers from 3pm to 4pm and Keighley Library are offering the chance to make a Star Wars storybook from 3.30pm to 4.15pm.

Baildon Library has a storytime at 2.30pm and Bingley has one at 3.45pm. Holme Wood Library will be making bookmarks from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Eccleshill Library will be doing crafts from 3pm to 4pm.

Some libraries will be holding events throughout the week.

Ilkley Library have a World Book Day story time for under 5’s on Wednesday 2 March from 10.15am and Burley Library on Monday, 29 February from 2.30pm to 3.30pm with Menston Library having World Book Day fun after school on Tuesday, 1 March at 2.45pm.

Thornbury Library will be making sugar mice on Friday, 4 March at 2.30pm, related to Roald Dahl’s The Great Mouse Plot, copies of which they will have for the children to keep. Thornton Library children will be looking for Hidden Books after school from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Friday, 4 March. They will also be making bookmarks, doing colouring competitions and a World Book Day quiz.

Silsden Library will be having fun with Wibbly Pig and balloon painting on Saturday, 5 March from 11am to 11.30am. Haworth Road Library are also making their Star Wars Lightsabers again on Saturday, 5 March at 10.15am to 11.15am, using the World Book Day £1 book Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space as inspiration.

Laisterdyke Library will be making Supertato potato models on Saturday, 5 March at 2pm.

Some libraries have invited schools to join them in celebrating World Book Day, with Shirley Manor Primary visiting Wyke Library and Bowling Park Primary visiting Bolling Hall Library. There are also some special author events at City Library and Manningham Library for invited schools. Caryl Hart, an award winning children’s author will be reading and talking about her book ‘How to Catch a Dragon’ at Manningham Library. Margaret Mulligan, author of ‘Katy Parker and the House That Cried’ will be visiting City Library.

For further information about the activities please contact your local library contact details can be found at www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries or 01274 433915.

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by Janette Ward
by Janette Ward

This month our subject is self-harm. My experience with self-harm has been to facilitate groups that enable participants to share their experiences, receive support, not be judged, feel accepted, understand themselves better and look at alternative ways to express distress and create a plan to look after themselves.

Self-harm is a broad term which can take many forms. People may injure or poison themselves by scratching, cutting or burning their skin, by hitting themselves against objects, taking a drug overdose, or swallowing and putting other things inside themselves. It may also take less obvious forms, including taking unnecessary risks, staying in an abusive relationship, developing an eating problem, being addicted to drugs or alcohol – someone simply not looking after their own emotional or physical needs.

SNA1722A-682_1006713aThese responses may help someone to cope with feelings that threaten to overwhelm them. Painful emotions such as rage, sadness, emptiness, grief, self-hatred, fear, loneliness and guilt are all factors. These feelings can be released through the body where they can be seen and dealt with. Self-harm may serve a number of purposes. It can be about trying to stay alive – a coping mechanism for survival. It may be a way of getting the pain out, of being distracted from it, of communicating feelings that can’t be put into words or even into thoughts and has been described as an inner scream! It can also be a means of self-punishment or an attempt to gain some control over life. A person may feel ashamed, afraid or worried about other people’s reactions. People who self-harm often conceal what they are doing rather than draw attention to it.

A person who self-harms is likely to have gone through very difficult, painful experiences as a child or young adult. They might have been abused, neglected, separated from someone they loved, been bullied, assaulted or isolated. Experiences like these most certainly erode self-esteem.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, the UK has one of the highest rates of self-harm in Europe at 400 people per 100,000 of the population.

Research shows that rates of self-harm are higher amongst young people in the UK and that 1 in 15 young people have self-harmed, the average age of onset being 12.

Young people are under such scrutiny with exams, peer pressure, bullying, binge drinking, Social Media etc. It isn’t surprising that many of them are finding it hard to cope with some complex and often bewildering issues in their life.

Healthcare professionals, friends and family, sometimes mistakenly regard people who self-harm with mistrust and fear and see their behaviour as attention seeking and manipulative.

It is important that we treat people who self-harm with compassion and acceptance, and do not harshly judge them.

If you are self-harming, it is important to remember that you have choices and stopping self-harming is always possible now. There are things you can do to help you stop. Knowledge is power. Write about how you are feeling and what is going on for you (especially when you want to self-harm). Sometimes patterns can emerge; you can then become aware of your triggers and create action plans. Talk to someone you can trust. Join a self-harm support group. Work on building your self-esteem – remember you are not to blame for how you feel and self-harm is an expression of powerful negative feelings. Write down your strengths, achievements and things you are good at. If you can’t think of any ask someone who cares about you. Try to find ways to make your life less stressful by doing things you enjoy such as eating healthy food, getting plenty of sleep, doing some physical activity and spending time with people who care about you.

Find ways to safely express your anger. If I need to, I scream into my pillows or kick and thump them or scream when I am on my own in my car. I also save my chipped crockery and smash it outside against a wall. Creativity is a powerful tool to help combat despair – things like painting, drawing, writing, decorating, pottery etc.

If you need to harm yourself, perhaps consider a less hurtful alternative, for example squeezing ice-cubes, eating a hot chilli, having a cold shower or drawing red lines on your skin, etc.

There are organisations that offer information, forums, support groups and telephone help lines:   www.selfharm.co.uk; www.rcpsych.ac.uk; www.youngminds.org.uk; www.thesite.org/selfharm and the National Self Harm Network www.nshn.co.uk and the Samaritans free phone 116 123

We work with schools, colleges, universities and organisations delivering Wellness Recovery Action Plan Groups and Self-Harm Support Groups. For further details contact janette@circleswork.co.uk or www.circleswork.co.uk

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by Naureen Hafiz
by Naureen Hafiz

I wish I could tell you that it is going to be an easy ride. Something that won’t test you in any way, something that you won’t grow frustrated with at times.

But that’s just not the case.

Writing is like… hmm… what is writing like?

I came across a quote by the great George Orwell late last year. He said, “Good writing is like a window pane.”

A window pane? I felt like reaching through time, knocking on his door and screaming, “WHAT DOES THAT MEAN GEORGE?” (Actually I would have called him Mr. Orwell, but we digress!)

rexfeatures_292491a_orwell_0It got me thinking. What does a window pane do and why is writing like a window pane?

Window panes are fragments, pieces of glass through which you see the outside world. Sometimes they can blur your vision, change the way you see things and alter your vision.

And that’s just it.

Good writing will change the way you see the world around you. It will be the lens through which you view your surroundings. We read to learn. How many of us can really say that we haven’t felt ourselves grow, or change, or even find a part of ourselves that we didn’t know before, by reading.

We are intellectual creatures, are we not?

Orwell was on point. His writing is real, and hard, and it hits hard too because he understood the written word. He understood reality. He said that writing should be transparent and clear.

I feel like I’m rambling, but maybe I’m making a good point!

Make your writing real and make it inspiring. Make it something that people will use as a lens. Change things for the better, because you have the potential. Everyone has a story. Everyone has something to say that the world needs to hear. We are smart and inspiring and special.

We are. Use it.

 

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“Your new career is only a swipe away”

TARAToday BahGum have launched an all new, visually rich social careers app set to deliver the best careers search experience ever released on a mobile device.

The app has been designed with simplicity in mind without compromising all the great features the website currently has to offer. Users will take full advantage of instant job notifications, one­to­one

company updates, as well as a bunch of really handy tools allowing users to save, edit and return to applications at a later date.

What’s more, BahGum’s intelligent search ranking system does ‘all the hard work for you’, providing job suggestions in an all­in­one, convenient app.

”We’ve seen incredible success with the BahGum website. The app provides a more engaging, fun and personal experience for our users,” Chris Smith, CEO of BahGum.

Swipe. Apply. Get Hired.

BahGum have plans to bridge the gap between employers and jobseekers through an innovative direct messaging system allowing employers to communicate with talent more efficiently. The app is available to download on all iOS devices and will be released for Android very soon.

About BahGum

BahGum is the UK’s most innovative social networking application for careers, founded in 2014, with headquarters in York, UK. BahGum started as an online careers service which has since experienced phenomenal growth with thousands of clients across the globe.

For further information, contact Aaron Sherwood, Head of Marketing Telephone: 01904 435109   Email: info@bahgum.com   Website: www.BahGum.com

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by Sarah Taylor
by Sarah Taylor

So here we are at the beginning of 2016, and as usual at this time of year talk turns to New Year’s Resolutions, and we are bombarded with ‘New Year, New You’ messages at every turn. Now, I’m all for personal development and self improvement, and the New Year certainly offers a perfect opportunity to make a fresh start, change a habit or take on a new challenge, which is all healthy and positive – and is arguably something to be encouraged.

However, sometimes we can be a little too hard on ourselves, particularly where appearance is concerned, perhaps comparing ourselves to others, or to the images of (so-called) perfection that we are exposed to every day, and judging ourselves somewhat unfavourably. Which is why for 2016 the biggest change I’d like to see is a change of attitude, a kind of ‘resolution revolution’ that sees us being kinder to ourselves, and to each other, with less comparison, which is said to be the thief of joy, and a great deal more compassion.

be-real-body-confidence-campaign-2015Talking of being kinder to each other, it seemed to me that in 2015 incidents of body shaming increased dramatically, and were hitting the headlines all too frequently – and it would seem that no-one is untouchable, as even Hollywood favourite Vin Diesel couldn’t enjoy a relaxing (off-duty) break in Miami without having his body held up for scrutiny and ridicule, pictured alongside headlines like ‘The Fat and The Furious’ after shots showing him shirtless, with a less muscular physique than usual (termed a ‘Dad-bod’), surfaced and went viral. Another high profile subject of repeated body shaming is Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who after the most recent incident, which saw her being branded as ‘worryingly thin’, has spoken out, effectively calling for it to be made illegal.

Both Vin Diesel and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini publicly hit back at their body shamers, and have stated that they are happy with themselves, however, they both seem (understandably) unhappy that the practice exists, and Cheryl has openly expressed concern about the harmful effect that it potentially could have on others who are not used to the level of media scrutiny she has experienced, and may be more vulnerable to it’s negative effects.

f1One such incident that particularly troubled me recently took place in London at the end of November 2015, where some women travelling on the tube were handed cards with the word ‘fat’ on one side, and a hateful message on the other – purportedly the work of a group calling themselves the Overweight Haters Ltd. An act that was not only malicious, but one that could also have serious consequences, as a 2015 study (funded by Cancer Research UK) found that of the 5,056 UK adults who participated found that those who felt discriminated against on the basis of their weight had a 70% increase in symptoms of depression.

Fortunately, on the flipside, there are many fantastic people out there working hard to fight this kind of discrimination, promoting body positivity, diversity and generally restoring faith in humanity!

Campaigns such as The Be Real Campaign (www.berealcampaign.co.uk), which was formed in response to the Reflections on Body Image, report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Body Image. Chaired by MP Caroline Nokes and coordinated by YMCA the campaign is working with a number of individuals and organisations across three main areas (Real education, Real health and Real diversity) to effect real change and build a body confident nation.

vin-diesel-dad-bod-pcn-ftrAmazing work is also being done by Models of Diversity (www.modelsofdiversity.org.uk) founded by former model Angel Sinclair their mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling by campaigning for greater diversity in the models we see every day. Their work challenges the beauty, fashion and marketing industries to recognize the beauty in people of all races, shapes, sizes and abilities, reflecting the diversity seen in society, and not excluding anyone from the modeling industry on arbitrary grounds.

It is my hope that as we move forward into 2016 and beyond, the narrow range of what is currently promoted as beautiful will broaden, and the fashion and beauty industries will become ever more inclusive and celebrate our differences, after all it is that which makes us unique that truly makes us beautiful.

What changes would you like to see in the beauty and fashion industries? Tweet me at @SarahUrbanEcho

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A former bank on Toller lane has been converted into a safe haven for valuables as residents look at ways to protect their prized possessions from criminals. Zurich Safe, who originally opened their first branch on Leeds Road in September last year, have now opened their second branch after the overwhelming response they received by Bradford residents.

image2 (2)Their newest branch has created 3 more full time jobs and the former Yorkshire Bank has been given a £150,000 makeover housing 1,000 security boxes along with state of the art alarms and 24-hour monitoring systems.

West Yorkshire Police are also strongly advising members of the Asian community to consider where they keep their jewellery. In recent years, many Asian families have become victims of robberies where expensive gold jewellery has been stolen from their homes.

Inspector Tom Horner, who heads Bradford West NPT, says: “While burglary is a crime that can affect everyone, we are aware that criminals can target homes where they think large amounts of valuable Asian gold jewellery is being kept.

image2 - Copy“We would advise people not to keep large amounts of jewellery at home but to store it in a safety deposit box at a bank.”

Zurich Safe Deposits operate the first independent private safe deposit vault located in Bradford. Having taken over existing banks, they provide the highest level of security and one can virtually store anything that will fit into the safety deposit box.

Small, medium and large security boxes can be hired for as little as £160 and £250 a year where customers can also receive £10,000 of free insurance cover as part of their subscription.

As Zurich Safe’s first branch became over-subscribed in the space of a year, the owners decided to open their second branch as they feel there is a need and demand for their safety deposit boxes now that the banks have stopped the service.

image1 - Copy (2)A company representative states, “Several high street banks stopped providing safety deposit boxes last year and many customers who relied on those boxes are now left with very few options to make sure their treasured items are protected. They have been phased out by banks due to cost cutting.

“We provide the highest level of security, with state of the art alarms and 24 hour monitoring systems. We have bio-metric technology and high definition digital CCTV systems to provide our clients with complete peace of mind.

“Opening our second branch in a former bank is ideal as it already had a vault but we have invested further to provide a tailor-made highly secure facility.”

So, if you are looking at taking your jewellery or any other expensive items out of your homes and into a safety deposit box, you can speak to an adviser at Zurich Safe Deposits or visit their branches at 1236 – 1238 Leeds Road, Bradford BD3 8LG, Tel: 01274 665999, or 161 Toller Lane, Bradford, BD8 9HL, Tel: 01274 492330.

 

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by Sarah Taylor
by Sarah Taylor

Well here we are in December, fast approaching the end of another year, and as we get ready to say farewell to 2015 I find myself in rather a reflective mood. So, for my final feature of the year I’m trawling back through the top hair and beauty trends of the last twelve months; reminiscing over the highs and lows of this years looks, pondering which ones may well stick around into 2016, and which ones may be better left behind.

Head first
Now, it turns out that the top beauty trend of 2015 isn’t actually a beauty trend at all! Instead, this year, that honour goes to a hairstyle. Yes, the top spot for 2015 trends goes to a topknot – or to be precise the ‘man bun’. According to thinkwithgoogle.com the ‘man bun’ (love it or loathe it!) was one of the most popular searches of the year (US search results) and this year, for the first time, there has been more online interest in men’s hair than women’s, by about 6%. In fact, hair related searches ranked highest in the most searched beauty terms of the year, above both make-up and skincare. In addition to the afore mentioned ‘man bun’ other popular hair related searches included ‘purple hair’ which increased in favour from February onwards (largely attributed to Katy Perry’s appearance at The Grammys) and in the same period searches for ‘Rainbow hair’ increased by 148%! But it’s not just colourful hair that proved popular this year, grey hair retained it’s position as one of the most sought after shades, and this is likely to continue into next year, with early reports of Spring 2016 hair trends suggesting a general movement towards lighter and softer hair colours in the coming year.

Eye-Makeup-Shades-For-Brides-5Shady business
Moving away from hair towards make-up trends, contouring maintained it’s popularity during 2015 (and for a brief period of time ‘hair contouring’ actually became a thing!) however, throughout the year the focus has moved away from the original dramatic look to become an altogether more subtle affair, with the advent of ‘strobing’; a look which focuses exclusively on highlighting areas of the face that naturally catch the light (mainly the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and the cupids bow) to sculpt the face and achieve a healthy looking glow. Being both universally flattering, and a much easier technique to master, this is one trend that I would personally and professionally like to see stick around into 2016.

Cosmetics comeback
This year also saw us give a nod to the make-up fashions of the 90s, with more than one trend being influenced by the decade – although on the whole the looks were less severe than the originals. Matte lipsticks in berry, red brick and plum shades enjoyed a popular resurgence, and the warm brown lip that defined the 90s also experienced a modern revival, a look sported extensively this Autumn by numerous celebrities including Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, Chrissy Teigen and Kylie Jenner.

kylie-jennerLip Disservice
Now Kylie Jenner get’s another mention for a trend that I would argue should certainly be left in the past, namely ‘The Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge’ that swept the internet back in April. The challenge saw many of her followers attempt to emulate her famous voluptuous pout by placing their lips in a shot glass and then sucking the air out, thus creating a vacuum, which causes the lips to swell. A dangerous trend which produced an array of disastrous results among the many people who publicly gave this a go. In this case I really disagree with the old adage that ‘beauty is pain’.

Masking it
Later in the year face-masks had a moment. First came the craze for sheet type face-masks, with users ‘sheet mask selfies’ sweeping Instagram. This then made way for the more recent trend of ‘multi-masking’ where several face-masks offering different skincare benefits are applied to different areas of the face simultaneously to create a bespoke DIY facial treatment. I can certainly see the positives in this, particularly if you have combination skin, or the type of complexion that behaves very differently throughout the year, when it would make sense to invest in more than one type of mask. However, if not then it isn’t the most budget friendly trend, and it certainly isn’t a time saving treatment!

So there we have it, a look back at some of the hottest hair and beauty crazes of 2015. Do you have a favourite? What beauty trends do you hope to see in 2016? Tweet me at @SarahUrbanEcho

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by Amara Patel

I was once asked what the laziest habit is amongst Bradfordians. Judging by the number of takeaways in the city, my instinct was to say ‘not cooking at home’. I didn’t expect to be told the problem was litter. It’s surprising how a conversation like that can affect you, because all of a sudden I started to notice litter everywhere! I’d noticed litter on my street; I’d notice half eaten meals and fast food packaging on my way to the bus stop. I’d started to notice chewing gum stuck on the pavements.

The other big observation I’ve made through visiting family and friends outside Bradford is the litter problem in Bradford is worse than it is in other places. Littering is fast becoming an epidemic in Bradford and it is vital to find an antidote to cure our society of this disease. I’ll leave it for people far smarter than me to offer up explanations for this litter epidemic, but in my opinion littering is more than an act of laziness. It’s much worse than that because littering shows a lack of respect towards other people. A town centre or a street scattered with litter looks uncared for. It looks like the people who work and live in that city are not bothered about it.

As somebody who was born in Bradford and feels passionate about the city, it saddens me that so many people behave in this way and quite frankly, I am sick that the city is being dragged down, as it just provides further ammunition for the ‘Bradford Bashers’.

Bradford has a proud heritage, but after years in the doldrums, things finally seem to be looking up, and it would be a crying shame if we allow an issue such as litter to cloud peoples impression of our beautiful city.

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A former bank on Toller lane has been converted into a safe haven for valuables as residents look at ways to protect their prized possessions from criminals. Zurich Safe, who originally opened their first branch on Leeds Road in September last year, have now opened their second branch after the overwhelming response they received by Bradford residents.

image2 (2)Their newest branch has created 3 more full time jobs and the former Yorkshire Bank has been given a £150,000 makeover housing 1,000 security boxes along with state of the art alarms and 24-hour monitoring systems.

West Yorkshire Police are also strongly advising members of the Asian community to consider where they keep their jewellery. In recent years, many Asian families have become victims of robberies where expensive gold jewellery has been stolen from their homes.

Inspector Tom Horner, who heads Bradford West NPT, says: “While burglary is a crime that can affect everyone, we are aware that criminals can target homes where they think large amounts of valuable Asian gold jewellery is being kept.

image1 - Copy (2)“We would advise people not to keep large amounts of jewellery at home but to store it in a safety deposit box at a bank.”

Zurich Safe Deposits operate the first independent private safe deposit vault located in Bradford. Having taken over existing banks, they provide the highest level of security and one can virtually store anything that will fit into the safety deposit box.

Small, medium and large security boxes can be hired for as little as £160 and £250 a year where customers can also receive £10,000 of free insurance cover as part of their subscription.

As Zurich Safe’s first branch became over-subscribed in the space of a year, the owners decided to open their second branch as they feel there is a need and demand for their safety deposit boxes now that the banks have stopped the service.

ZurichA company representative states, “Several high street banks stopped providing safety deposit boxes last year and many customers who relied on those boxes are now left with very few options to make sure their treasured items are protected. They have been phased out by banks due to cost cutting.

“We provide the highest level of security, with state of the art alarms and 24 hour monitoring systems. We have bio-metric technology and high definition digital CCTV systems to provide our clients with complete peace of mind.

“Opening our second branch in a former bank is ideal as it already had a vault but we have invested further to provide a tailor-made highly secure facility.”

So, if you are looking at taking your jewellery or any other expensive items out of your homes and into a safety deposit box, you can speak to an adviser at Zurich Safe Deposits or visit their branches at 1236 – 1238 Leeds Road, Bradford BD3 8LG, Tel: 01274 665999, or 161 Toller Lane, Bradford, BD8 9HL, Tel: 01274 492330.

 

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by Naureen Hafiz
by Naureen Hafiz

James Baldwin once said that “you write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimetre, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.”

It reminded me of all the works I had ever read, whether that was a piece of work written by a friend, or an essay, or a full blown literary epic, that had changed the way that I viewed the world. And if you think far back enough, it may have even started from childhood, with your love of literature stemming from the outdoor adventures of Biff, Chip and Kipper (and never forgetting their wonderful dog Floppy of course!).

It also reminded me of a quote by Orwell which I talked about briefly in a previous article where he said that good writing was like a window pane.

jamesBaldwinIt seems that many writers have the same idea of what good writing should do, that it should change the world and the way that you see the world.

I want to continue this point with something the Lewis Carroll said, arguably most famous for his children’s book ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”

“Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.”

His advice is rather simple. Write about what you are passionate about.  And, dear readers, it is so easy to forget to write about what you love. Getting caught up in work and assignments and more work, it’s easy to forget to write about what interests us. Myself included.

I’m not saying don’t do work or assignments! But what I am saying is, make time to write about the things you love to write about.

Actually… I suppose this doesn’t pertain to just writing.

Make time to do the things you love doing. Painting, gardening, sporting, reading, make time for it. Make time for yourself because it’s easy to forget yourself when life gets busy.

Don’t forget yourself, dear readers.

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