Today some of our members enjoyed a fantastic afternoon sailing along the bridgewater canal from Stretford Marina to Eccles via Barton Aquaduct.

Everyone enjoyed sitting on deck in the glorious sunhsine spotting familiar landmarks and wildlife. The children liked exploring the boat and naming the geese (mostly after Avengers characters).  The whole experience was soooo relaxing.

Thank you so much to All Aboard’s skipper Bill who gave the children an opportunity to stear ‘Prince Henry’ and for the info about how canals and their boats have chnaged over the years.


So today 44 of us visited the cbbc & bbc tour at Media City to see where some of our favourite programmes were filmed.

The children (and one of the mums) were able to have a go at presenting the Breakfast Show and the weather. They had fun learning about the effects of green fabric when using green screen for filming. Had a go at creating sound effects for radio and learned about dead sound. They visited several studios of different sizes, including Blue Peter and the one The Philharmonic use. They visited a ‘green room’ to find it wasn’t actually green! And sat in the make-up chairs.

This was a great experience for children and parents alike to learn what goes on behind the scenes. The tour guides were very informative and encouraged child/parent participation.

A good day had by all


Last Sunday at our final Fuse meet-up of the year we were joined by Sara and Alex, rangers from Dunham Massey, who did some fire making, toasting marshmallows and sawing wood for the fire with the children.  We had children from age 4 through to 15 and everyone had a fab time despite the cold.


Tonight, our last HFT karate session of 2018, was a grading session and all who attended did brilliantly when performing their Katas. Our newbies have gone from white to red belts (the youngest being just 4 years old), red belts achieved yellows and current yellows have progressed to orange belts.  A massive well done to all and a very big thankyou to Sensai Ian and Hayley for their understanding and patience.


Well done to all who attended our pizza making activity today, you all created some amazing pizzas. This was a great ‘sensory’ activity with the children getting stuck in with stretching the dough, which according to one of our members “feels lovely, better than playdoh!”. They also had the opportunity to smell and taste various ingredients and then the best part was the eating of what they’d created.

It’s always great to see the children getting along so well and enjoying themselves. I was particularly proud of one little boy who was very unsure at the beginning but got stuck in and left with a smile on his face.

Also a big thanks again to the staff at Pizza Express who are always great with the children and make the experince fun.


    🎉🎈👍 4 YEARS 👍🎈🎉


Wow, In September 2013 HFT hosted our first monthly meet-up and what a lot we have done in that four years. Aside from the regular activities at our current venue our children have had some great social, learning and fun experiences and pleased to say our parents have too 😁:

  • we have had 44 regular monthly meet-ups
  • ran an 8 session social skills course
  • visited all local trampoline parks (some more than once)
  • Ran a ten week ‘film makers’ course and invited parents and friends to the movie premier for ‘Time Flies’ – the fantastic short film our group created
  • played 10-pin bowling
  • practiced baking skills
  • made pizzas
  • became chocolatiers for a day
  • Visited by a researcher of primary-secondary education transition to hear feedback and gain info/tips
  • enjoyed team-building activities at Challenge4Change
  • held  and learnt about a variety of animals courtesy of Animal Ash
  • had several theatre trips
  • had a road safety session hosted by GMP
  • ran a speech and language course
  • ran a 6 weeks art / craft course
  • had visits from Occupational Therapists
  • Ran a ten week Mindfulness course for parents
  • visted the CBBC tour with lots of interactive opportunities
  • ran a course of ‘fit-tastic’ activies to help with co-ordination
  • had many coffee mornings and mums meals out
  • we have also been running weekly karate sessions for over a year and a half with children achieving red belts and soon to try for yellow.

Hmmmm, haven’t we been busy?!

A massive thank you to George who has managed to secure funding to enable us to do all of the above.

If anyone has suggestions for activites next year please email Michelle at

Our committee: Jayne, George, Michelle & Fiona would like to say how proud we all are of what we have achieved so far and a big thank you to all involved – funders, venues, third party providers, volunteers but especially our children & parent members. It’s been great to get to know so mnay people, some of which have been attending from day one, and to see the children and parents alike form new friendships.



Well it was lovley to see everyone having fun at Total Ninja today.  24 of our children and one mum faced the ninja challenge and mostly won.

It’s always lovely to get our children together for fun, social events like this and great for our parents to be able to socialise with each other also.

Another successful grading night at our regular karate sessions.

Since starting the HFT karate sessions in February 2016 our group has grown nicely. Five of the children who started lessons in January this year have tonight successfully ocmpleted their red belt grading, and all did a brilliant job.

well done to our fantastic karate kids and their excellent teachers.

well what fun we all had on our recent visit to Challenge 4 Change

The group of children and some parents had a go at many challenging activities like climbing across a huge pile of car tyres, which was a great test of co-ordination. They worked brilliantly as a team to build a structure with a set number of tyres.

they all had a go at the assault course and helped their team mates out along the way.

they also bravely ventured up to the high obstacle course, again a great test of co-ordination skills and bravery. Some were nervous, some excited, but a good day was had by all.

HFT would like to say a massive thank you to the Challenge 4 Change staff for being so inclusive, especially Denis & Nick who supported the group on the day.


This week we had a chocolate making session, run by Oliver’s Chocolate Parties. The children had a great time making and decorating skulls, shoes, mobile phone and lollipops, and some even gave themselves chocolate beards and moustaches.

They all got a Choc Star certificate for taking part and creating great some fantastic (and tasty) personalised chocolate creations.

The Hft chocolatiers


On Easter Sunday we had a special visit from Animal Ash and a selection of animals: a skink, a giant snail, a tortoise, a tarantula, beetles, a frog, a tegu and a snake.

Animal Ash was brilliant with the children. He gave them lots of interesting facts about each animal and was very patient when asked lots of questions about each of them. He was excellent at getting the children to step outside of their comfort zones and encouraged some of the reluctant ones to touch the animals and then hold them.

All the children had a great time and really enjoyed the session. They all showed great bravery – though some of the parents were seen running for cover when the tarantula was brought out 🙈🕷😱