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HENRY – A healthy start for a brighter future have been commissioned in Leeds for 10 years, initially focussing on the HENRY (Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young) parent group programme for parents of under 5’s. We are delighted to bring the HENRY 5-12 programme to schools, communities, and families across Leeds. This webpage will tell you all you need to know about how you can get involved and how HENRY could make a difference.


The HENRY approach

The HENRY approach focuses on how we can create a supportive environment for families; building relationships trust and respect, working in partnership – so not urging people to make changes when they’re not sure they want to, and really helping parents to do that thinking about changes they want to make for themselves. HENRY takes a solution-focused approach to help parents decide on own goals. 

HENRY family support works – 97% of families who join a HENRY family programme are leading a healthier lifestyle by the programme's end. Independent academic evaluation has shown that families make long term lifestyle changes, and parents themselves often describe our support as ‘life-changing’. One mum said “We have become closer. We listen and interact more and sit together at mealtimes."

Visit to find out more about the national HENRY programme and evidence base.

How to register for a parent course or express interest

If you would like to register for a programme or find out more, please complete the form below and return to 

Expression of interest form

If there aren't any programmes suitable to you listed below, pleases still get in touch and we can add you to the waiting list and let you know as soon as new dates and locations are released!

Any family can attend a programme, even if your child doesn't attend the school or organisation where the prorgramme will be held. 

Outline of the 5-12 parent programme

The HENRY 5-12 programme is an 8 week course delivered by local HENRY facilitators for up to 12 parents. Programmes focus on building your confidence and strengths as a parent, and explores key themes such as; emotional well-being, whole family lifestyle habits, mealtimes, TV, sleep, food, parenting and physical activity. Programmes may be delivered in schools, settings, community venues or online.

Who is HENRY for?

Any family who is looking to make changes together to be healthier and happier can request a free place. HENRY is ideal for families who are looking to eat better, become a healthier weight, be more physically active or those who are looking for support with family life.

There is, however, no referral criteria for the programme and all requests from parents to take part will be considered, subject to availability. Download a course booking form here and return to 

Upcoming courses

Hunslet Moor Primary School:starting 10 May, Tuesdays, 09:15-11:15am.

Hovingham Primary School: starting 04 May, Wednesdays, 09:15-11:15am

Park Spring Primary School: starting 28 April, Thursdays 09:15-11:15am

ONLINE course: starting 04 May, Wednesdays 18:00-19:30pm

Middleton Primary School: starting 26 April, Tuesdays 09:15-11:15am

Manor Wood Primary: starting 05 May, Thursdays 09:30-11:30am

Blenheim Primary School: starting 25 May, Wednesdays 13:00-15:00pm

Wellspring Academy (Ebor Gardens): starting 26 September, Mondays 13:00-15:00pm

Bankside Primary School: starting 16 January 2023, Mondays 13:00-15:00pm

Woodlands Primary School: TBC - Contact us to be added to the wating list for this school

Christ Church Upper Armley Primary School:TBC - Contact us to be added to the wating list for this school

Is there a cost?

There is no cost for parents to attend a programme either face to face or virtually.

HENRY under 5’s Healthy Families programme

This 8 week parent group programme is for parents with children aged five years old and under. For further information please contact:

  • Leeds community healthcare SPA number 0113 8435683 – for any professional or parent
  • Or contact your local children’s centre


Contact details for further information

Contact to find out more about any of the content on this webpage

For information and fun activities for eating well and being active as a please visit