Comfort and Joy : An evening of Carols at Halifax Minster supporting Healthy Minds

We invite you to joins us for a fabulous Christmas ‘Comfort & Joy’ concert at the Halifax Minster on Saturday 10th December.All proceeds will go to Healthy Minds! We’re so lucky to be involved in this wonderful event.Everyone is welcome. This promises to be a glorious and uplifting evening of festive music and carols.

Enjoy the sounds of Christmas performed by talented local performers of all ages. The inspirational Elland Silver Youth Band will be there along with the award-winning Bradshaw School Choir.Young choristers from the Minster choir will also be making an appearance, filling the Minster with their good cheer. Supporting these young performers will be the joyful and amazing performances from other musical locals.

This heartwarming ‘Comfort & Joy’ concert is organised by Rotary Club of Halifax and they have chosen to support Healthy Minds.

Come along with the family, this is a concert for all ages.Saturday 10th December 7pm – 9.30pmTickets are £5, entry FREE for under 16 years.Tickets are available on the door or online.See accessibility information for the Minster here.


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September / October News from Healthy Minds! 🍁

” As we begin October, we leave behind an important service that has been at the heart of Healthy Minds for a long time. We know Recovery & Support has meant a great deal to many of you, and so we want to pay tribute to this amazing service and team.But although we say goodbye to Recovery & Support, we know there is still so much in our future at Healthy Minds, and we will continue to work towards our mission to improve the wellbeing for everyone in Calderdale. ”

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August News from Healthy Minds!

” We hope you are keeping well and have had a nice summer!  We have so much to share with you about all the wonderful things happening at Healthy Minds.

Join us for Suicide Prevention Day this Saturday at Morrisons Elland, for our celebration of Recovery & Support in the Upper Valley on Saturday 25 Sept, or for our Marathon finish line party at Woolshops on Sunday 2 October. ”

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Healthy Minds are hiring this September

Ever wanted to work for a mental health charity?
Applications are now open for all our current job vacancies at Healthy Minds!To find out more about the posts and how to apply, please visit Health & Wellbeing Service ManagerFull-time (37.5 hours), fixed-term to 31st March 2024Rate of Pay: (2021-22): £28,574 per annum + 5% pension​Deadline to apply: 9.00am Wednesday 14th September 2022We anticipate that interviews will be held on 21st September.Membership & Engagement CoordinatorFull-time (37.5 hours per week), fixed-term for 12 monthsRate of Pay: (2021-22): £26,245 per annum + 5% pension​Deadline to apply: 9.00am Monday 19th September 2022We anticipate that interviews will be held week beginning 26th September.Link Project Worker22.5 hours per week, fixed-term to 30th June 2024More details coming soon…Safespace Relief Project WorkersRate of pay: £13.46 per hour/£80.76 per 6-hour shift​Deadline to apply: Relief worker applications are taken on a rolling basis.  You can submit your application any time.  We will review all applications received every three months so please be aware that you might not get an immediate response.To find out more about the posts and how to apply, please visit

Children’s Meditation Course at The Outback Community Garden August 14th

Children’s Meditation Course at The Outback Community Garden on Sunday 14th August

A one-day course in Anapana Meditation for 8 – 15 year olds is coming up at The Outback Community Garden during the summer holidays.

Meditation can help improve focus and concentration, help with making good decisions, manage stress and emotions and provide a tool for life to help live more happily and peacefully. As well as learning to meditate, there will be fun and creative nature-based activities and games in the lovely environment of the Outback garden and education space.

The Outback Community Kitchen and Garden is situated behind the Jubilee Children’s Centre at Lightowler Rd, Halifax HX1 5NB.

The course will run from 9.30am – 4pm.  

Booking is essential and to register a child for the course, you can apply on the UK course schedule under ‘Children and Teenagers’ courses: Vipassana Meditation Course (

There is no fee for the sessions but donations are welcome.

For any enquiries, please contact:


July News from Healthy Minds! ☀️

” This month’s newsletter contains important news that many will find upsetting, but we at Healthy Minds remain resolved to supporting our communities as we have been for the past 13 years, and you will see from other news that lots of good things are still happening.

We are so grateful to have passionate, talented and kind people involved in our organisation keeping us hopeful and committed to the future.

We want to thank all of you for your support and kindness in these difficult times. ”

Read on for all the latest…

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Find out about what is happening with the Recovery & Support service, details of the family picnic on August 10th, Arts and Crafts sessions, open mic night on September 25th, Summer resources, Women & ADHD workshop and much more!

From RE:Mixy Party in the Park June 2022

When you hear the words ‘climate change’, what comes to mind? As more and more of us are waking up to the urgency of climate breakdown and ecological collapse, we perhaps find ourselves feeling powerless and unsure of where we, as communities, fit into the solutions. For others it may not yet be on their radar, but what is for sure is that we need to be able to have these conversations and more importantly, work together towards the solutions in our local area.

North Halifax Partnership have been working with the new Climate College in Todmorden and All 1 Collective and Lab to think about ways we can involve local people and communities in climate conversations and action.

Following the success of Waste Not, Want Not event in Lee Mount for Halloween 2021, we were keen to host a similar event in Mixenden. Working in collaboration with local partners in Mixenden, together we held the Re:Mixy event on the site of Mixenden Urban Park on Saturday 18th June 2022.

Local public green spaces are key to our communities meeting the challenges of climate change – whether that’s through connecting with nature or having space to grow food – we were keen to hold the event in Mixenden Urban Park to promote it as a place where activity can happen and get people thinking about how this space could be used better to suit people’s needs. Mixenden Urban Park, a large green space tucked away in the Mixenden Valley, may be remembered by local people as a multiuse sports site, with its own bowling pavilion and green, tennis courts and basketball court, but latterly has been a little neglected. Although the bowling pavilion has long since gone, the site can still be enjoyed for its beautiful walks, natural environment and nature and the Hebble Brook flowing through. Although in need of some repair, the tennis and basketball courts are still in useable condition, and being fairly unusual facilities in North Halifax, are crying out to be used once again.

With huge thanks to the team and volunteers at Newground’s Greener Together Programme, who carried out a clean-up and groundworks to the park in preparation for the event, this is now possible. We were also incredibly grateful to Jodie from Community Support Services for helping plan the event but also in allowing use of the Addy kitchen and facilities.

The event was a great success with around 250 people attending throughout the day. It was also lovely to see people travelling to Mixenden for the event and hints at the possibilities of making MUP a destination to visit in Calderdale.

People were able to enjoy a free meal made from food that was otherwise destined for landfill, give their views on what they’d like to see happening at the park, take part in arts and crafts activities, meet local organisation, go on a bug hunt or a story telling adventure, try their hands at different sports and have their faces painted before leaving with a sunflower growing kit and a choice of plastic free products such as wooden toothbrushes, cellulose sponges or solid shampoo to see if this was a change they could make in their households. The feedback showed that everyone enjoyed the day and would like to see more events like this happening in Mixenden, with some ideas for how we could make it better next time. It was fantastic to hear people’s ideas – a community growing and cooking project coming out strongly – but also local organisations committing to make better use of this brilliant space for sports and recreation.

Here’s what our partners had to say about the event, their activity and the future of MUP:

All 1 Collective and Lab talked to the local community about what they would like to see in MUP and what would help them to use the space more often. Families were very keen to see more activities for kids held there ranging from football, arts and crafts, outdoor gym sessions and nature walks. Many would also like to see a play area for smaller kids and for the existing zip line to be fixed. There was also an agreement from many that the paths into the space aren’t currently accessible for wheelchairs and buggies and that building paths for wheels would enable lots more people to enjoy the park. Some local residents would like to see MUP as a focus of community action and think that this would really help with local people feeling more ownership of the park. Ideas for community action ranged from litter picks, wildflower planting, building paths and picnic benches. It was brilliant to hear so many ideas and enthusiasm for returning MUP to a space which people from Mixenden can make use of and enjoy.

Laura, a previous student from the Climate Challenge Course at Tod College and Paula, teaching assistant and outreach talked to people about the exciting free, yearlong course at the College which is focused on developing practical skills for the green economy. The course has 4 modules: sustainable building, food and land, understanding the climate challenge and Energy. If you would like to find out about this course starting in September 2022, please contact: or call 01706 318 133.

“It was great to see so many people enjoying the outdoors and using the Mixenden Urban Park. This is a special spot in the heart of a fantastic community and it would be great to see this used more often. We will definitely consider how we can use the space for the young people who attend our Mixenden Youth Club” – Sam Harrison – Youth Work Coordinator, Newground

If you would like to get involved to influence the future of MUP, have an idea that you’d like to share or an activity you’d like to start, please get in touch with Natalie at or call 07881952542 for advice, support and funding.