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Our North and East Halifax Blog covers the wards of Illingworth and Mixenden, Northowram and Shelf, Ovenden and Warley. We link to lots of groups and services in your area and try to bring information about events and activities together in one place.

Did you know there are blogs covering the Central Halifax, Lower Valley and Upper Valley areas too?  And regular email newsletter updates!  

C3 Healthy Communities at Beechwood Big Picnic Saturday 1 July

C3 Healthy Communities is coming to the Staying Well tent at the Beechwood Big Picnic on Saturday 1 July looking at diet and physical activity.  Anyone can talk to Lisa about what issues they have re: healthier eating or where to go for indoor/outdoor physical activity within the area.

They will be having fun with a human fruit machine where people fill in a questionnaire and then have an opportunity to press a buzzer and if they match 3 fruit or veg, then that is what they will win.  There will also be a glitter tattooist – she is working for free but will have a donations tin for Illingworth Rugby club and Ovenden Park to help them both out.

C3’s name comes from their belief that preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors before people fall sick or need care requires Collaboration between all of society to focus on the 3 risk factors that impact NCDs:

  1. Unhealthy eating and drinking
  2. Lack of physical activity
  3. Tobacco use

This includes addressing both the individual and environmental barriers to leading a healthier life.


Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol

Did you know there’s evidence that children are more likely to be drinking underage if their parents drink to excess? What they see at home helps children think about how they might drink as an adult. So, just as children learn to walk and talk like their parents, they learn how to drink like them too.
Evidence shows that meaningful conversations between parents and their kids helps children develop a sensible relationship with alcohol. You can follow these simple tips to start the alcohol chat with your child:

• If you choose to drink alcohol, don’t feel hypocritical for doing so when you have told your children they can’t. Instead, explain that alcohol is only for adults because their bodies have finished growing, and even adults have rules about how much they can drink.
• Talk to your kids about how drinks come in different strengths and sizes and let them know what an alcohol unit is and how it’s measured.
• Children notice if their parents have different drinking patterns at special occasions or on holiday. To avoid confusing them, explain that usually you stick to the low risk unit guidelines.
• If you have guests at home, offer a choice of non-alcoholic and alcoholic
• Try to avoid talking about alcohol as a cure for stress e.g. “I’ve had a hard day, I really need a drink”.
• If you do decide to have a drink, try sticking to a small glass of something with your meal rather than as soon as you get through the door. Talk openly to your children about how alcohol makes you feel. Explain the after effects of alcohol the next day and let them know these effects would be worse for them as they’re smaller and their bodies are still developing. Try to avoid any conversations that glamorise your own or a friend’s drinking.

More information can be found in the leaflet Talking to your kids about alcohol  or by going to the Drinkaware website.

Don’t Buy Alcohol for Under 18’s this Summer!

It is illegal to buy alcohol on behalf of someone who is under 18 and being caught doing so could get you a £90 on-the-spot fine or you may even end up in court with a criminal record and an unlimited fine.

Local partners and the community are working together to tackle underage drinking in the area.

If you have any information relating to the supply of alcohol to young people or drinking on the street, please contact the police on 101.

For more information on the harm underage drinking can lead to visit



North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 16 June – OUT NOW!!

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  • Get ready for the Beechwood Big Picnic 1 July
  • Ovenden CAP week
  • Armed Forces Day
  • Routes Festival
  • Weekly message from the NHP Energy Levels Project!

The Friday Flyer is our weekly e-newsletter which includes upcoming events, activities, information, local services and themes. We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think.

Have a great weekend!

Fire Safety Advice from Together Housing

In light of the fire at a high rise block in London, Together Housing would like to reassure all tenants and nearby residents of any high rise blocks that they are confident everything possible is  done to ensure they are protected and kept safe.

However, as a precaution, Together Housing are double checking all procedures over the coming weeks and will be re-issuing fire safety advice to tenants.

Together Housing has cladding on a number of its properties and, following speculation in the media, understand tenant’s concern about whether it is fire resistant.

In construction, Together Housing have taken every step possible to ensure the materials they use are fire resistant and the design safe. The details from the Grenfell Tower Fire are not yet known but Together Housing are reviewing this on a daily basis as details become available and will be keeping tenants informed through digital channels.

Read the full press release from Together Housing here…

NHP Energy Levels! The weather is warm… Get Growing!

We look set to have some glorious weather this weekend so why not make the most of it and get out in the garden to start growing your own vegetables.

Here are just some of the things you can start growing in June… more here…

  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Peas

Why not get ready for Halloween early and save some money by having a go at growing your own pumpkins. Although these are usually started off earlier in the year in pots, they can be planted straight into the ground in June. Just prepare the soil by adding lots of well-rotted compost.

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