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Sharon’s Inspiring Story!

I would like to introduce you to Sharon Bull, an inspirational woman I recently met, who shared her story about her spending addiction and her recovery. Her story goes like this: In September 2013 she became self-employed as an Inspirational Speaker/Writer/Poet working under the name ‘A Compassionate Voice.’ The purpose was to creatively help others through her own experiences with mental health issues, recovery and well-being. She experienced depression for thirty years and never fully understood the reasons behind it, until she was able to tackle it head on. Since…

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Pokémon GO players encouraged to use council’s digital service

Bradford Council is using the latest mobile phone technology and a new mobile gaming craze to encourage people to explore the district and access its digital services. The Council’s mobile app allows people to find free Wi-Fi points and locations where they can play the mobile phone game Pokémon GO. This new update to the Bradford Council app features a map showing hundreds of Pokémon GO locations in the district. Residents can also use the map in the Bradford Council mobile app to find 50 free Wi-Fi points provided by…

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“My Family Totally Disowned Me”

Shama Zulqurnain was born on 11 August 1977 at Boundary Park Hospital Oldham. Raised in a traditional cultural Muslim family, faith was an important factor whilst growing up as her ancestors were from the Dina District of Jhelum, Pakistan. Her father was from Dina and her mother was from Jhelum when they arrived in England as teenagers and eventually married in Oldham. Shama has a unique story. A story of love, hate, betrayal, cultural differences and religious interpretations. This is Shama’s story… (Part 4). Gradually my marriage improved but deep…

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An Alternative Way to Deal with Anger and Conflict

This month we will look at anger and I will share with you about AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) – a creative and effective way of dealing with anger and conflict. Feeling angry is part of being human. It is a natural response to being attacked, insulted, deceived or frustrated. Anger can be useful and it can also be frightening. When something makes you angry, adrenalin causes your body to prepare for ‘fight or flight’, giving you energy and making you feel tense. Releasing this energy and tension is good,…

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Focus on Rosacea: Global Rosacea Awareness Month

April is global Rosacea Awareness Month, so in support of this important campaign this month’s column is dedicated to helping increase awareness of rosacea, and offer a basic insight into this widespread, but often misunderstood, skin condition. So, what is rosacea? Who does it affect? What causes it and how can it be treated? Rosacea (pronounced ro-zay-sha) is a long-term, inflammatory skin condition which usually only affects the face. It is considered to be a common condition which (according to the NHS; source: www.nhs.uk) is estimated to affect up to…

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Exhibition celebrates 300 years of Temple Newsam’s beautiful landscapes

Visitors to Temple Newsam House can take a seat this week for a journey through 300 years of the estate’s beautiful landscapes. To mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of renowned designer Lancelot Capability Brown, the house will be launching a new exhibition entitled Visioning the Landscape- Temple Newsam 1622-1922. As part of the exhibition, which runs from March 25 until October 30, benches will be placed at strategic points throughout the house’s 43 rooms, giving visitors a chance to enjoy stunning views while surrounded by the museum’s outstanding…

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MISSING: Can you help find Darton schoolgirl?

A 15-year-old Barnsley girl is missing from home – and police are asking for your help to find her. Courtney Bailey, from Darton, was last seen at around 12pm yesterday (Wednesday 2 March) leaving Darton College, in Ballfield Lane, and has not been seen or heard from since. Courtney is white, of petite build, with long, dark brown hair. She was wearing her school uniform when she was last seen; a black blazer, black jeans, a black and purple striped tie and black slip-on shoes. Officers are growing increasingly concerned…

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Choose your book as Bradford Libraries celebrate World Book Day

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…

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Understanding Self-Harm

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…

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Good writing is like…

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…

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