An Autumnal Note from the blog’s editor

[ Please note: The thoughts expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect North Halifax Partnership ]

Welcome back, well most of us are back anyway, some of you may still be getting a last minute holiday or seeking some autumn sun abroad – or a last minute staycation break! I’m back from holidays and have said my fond farewells to summer. I can’t share my sweeties online but I brought a little something that I can. Read on.

Autumn is upon us and I for one love it! For a start the temperatures are no longer sweltering, there is fresh dewy smell about, leaves turn golden, paving the ground, swirling in the wind… All right, pavements may become slippery and spiders will look to shelter indoors. So, sturdy footwear – for the pavements! – and a cup with a piece of paper underneath works wonders for the spiders.

There is a calm contentment about Autumn. And let’s not forget the build up to Christmas, too early though it may be for mince pies, though supermarkets are already stocked up! We have a celebrations galore, starting with Diwali, Halloween, Bonfire to look forward to, the solemnity of Remembrance Sunday… and there it is, Christmas frenzy! Admit it, you’re looking forward to it too!

Autumn is traditionally the period of harvesting, preparing for winter and reaping the rewards of our efforts. So let’s take our time and enjoy this colourful season.

Best of wishes to the toddlers starting nursery, our Sure Start Children’s Centres are delighted to welcome back our pupils and honoured to walk beside them on their first steps in society. We wish our leavers the best as they go into school, as well as to all school children, starting a new class, a new school, we have been through it and know how exciting and often intimidating a new start is.

We hope that each child, each of us has someone they trust nearby to share and talk through their issues. Troubles shared are troubles halved and often a listening ear is all that is needed. Someone who can validate your feelings can do wonders to relieve your pain.

This is what I brought up, a message of solidarity. Let’s make a fresh start this Autumn. Speak up and share your heart. Let your voice out and let us all open our ears to hear those who speak, whether with words, nods or actions.

Let’s make this our best Autumn yet.

Healthy Minds Courses, Workshops, Activities and Groups

healthy mindsHealthy Minds will be running a variety of recovery and support courses and workshops throughout Autumn – Winter 2016-2017.

Click here to see upcoming activities

The aim is to provide participants with an opportunity to gain insight, self-understanding and skills to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

For more information or to book on to courses and workshops contact Healthy Minds on 01422 345154 or email

Christ Church Autumn Fare – This weekend!

FREE admission to enjoy festive fun packed with stalls, tombola’s, raffle, crafts, games, food, refreshments and Santa’s Grotto.

Saturday 21 November – 10am to 3pm
At Christ Church, Church Lane, Mount Pellon, HX2 0EF

Tables to hold a stall cost £10 each or FREE if you are donating your proceeds to the church. To book a table contact Kath on 07990 532053.

Beat It! – FREE Musical Extravaganza

beat it music workshopFrom Monday 27 to Friday 31 October 2014 there will be a FREE daily music workshop held from 9am to 3pm for young people aged 11 to 16 at Unit 1, princess court, Halifax.

We have a number of things for you to come along and enjoy, such as:

  • Guitar, Bass, Drums, Singing
  • Write your own song
  • Your future in the music industry
  • Perform like the best
  • How to promote your own music or event
  • Understand different styles of music
  • Being in a band
  • Lyric writing

If you would like to come to our Autumn half term musical extravaganza

Dont hesitate! To book yourself a place now call us on 01422 363817 or drop us an email at