Open Minds is becoming Time Out

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Open Minds has been delivering mental health education and anti-stigma sessions in Calderdale’s schools and community groups for the past five years.  With a welcome and growing focus on children and young people’s emotional wellbeing, our work on Open Minds has been joining up with lots of other organisations’ work for young people – all of which has brought Calderdale to this point.
The name “Open Minds” has been adopted for the overall programme that includes all the various projects that support emotional wellbeing in children and young people, so we are changing our name to avoid confusion and what we’ve been doing under the Open Minds name is becoming part of Time Out.

We’ll be running introductory workshops for organisations who may be interested in being part of Time Out:

  • Monday 19 June 11am – 1pm
  • Tuesday 20 June 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 21 June 10:30am – 12:30pm

At VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax HX1 5AY. You only need to come to one of the workshops.

Find out what Time Out is all about and how your organisation can get involved.  This is open to any organisation that offers activities that support young people’s wellbeing, to whatever extent.  If you work with young people, we’d like to talk with you about Time Out.

All are welcome but please book a place on 01422 345154 or by email to


Time Out will bring together a range of activities and provision for young people and add more to the mix – from climbing to crafts, emotional resilience to eco-mentoring. The focus will be on improving emotional health and wellbeing and giving young people opportunities to try out things that they enjoy and help them feel good.
It’s very much a partnership project and we’ll be working closely with both young people and like-minded organisations to come up with a dynamic model that young people can access easily and use flexibly. We’ve secured Local Transformation Plan funding for a year, but the plan is to create something that is sustainable long term.
So as well as a notification, this is a shout-out to all young people and organisations who are interested in becoming involved in Time Out. We’ll be holding some introductory workshops to start the ball rolling; if you’re interested in attending one of these or want to learn more about the project, please email or