Learning Disability Friends

Our Learning Disability Friends

We want Oldham to be an inclusive town where people with learning disabilities and/autism feel welcome and able to play an active part in their community.

Our Learning Disability Friends project aims to help community groups in Oldham to feel confident welcoming people with a learning disability and/autism.

OPAL provides Learning Disability Friends with:

  • awareness session and information as well as ongoing support from OPAL.
  • a pin and poster so people will know that you are part of the project
  • promotion of your project/service through our website and social media feed
  • introduction of prospective members for you group

If you have a learning disability and/autism and would like to visit one of the groups below, we recommend that you contact the learning disability friend before your first visit so that he or she is ready to welcome you to their group. Alternatively, you can contact OPAL and we can let them know you will be coming.

Interested in becoming a Learning Disability Friend?

If you would like to become a Learning Disability Friend, please contact Neil on 0161 633 5544. For information about groups with LD friends who welcome people with learning disabilities – see below

Action Together Volunteer Centre

DescriptionThe Volunteer Centre team, within Action Together, work to promote and celebrate volunteering across Oldham. Our team offer support, information and guidance to residents on a wide range of volunteering opportunities.

We work closely with hundreds of community, voluntary, faith and social enterprises and hold details of volunteer roles to offer a one stop shop for all things volunteering.

We can help you make an informed choice before you embark on your volunteer journey, offering lots of local and up to date information. Feel free to phone to make a confidential, informal appointment with Alishia or Uzma!

Days/times

 

Monday – Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm
Price

 

Free
Address

 

Action Together

Unit 12 Manchester Chambers

West Street

OL1 1LF

Public transport

 

Short walk from Oldham Central bus station, Oldham Central tram stop and King Street tram stop
Telephone number

 

0161 339 2345
Other info

 

Website: www.actiontogether.org.uk/volunteer/search-for-opportunities
Learning Disability Friends

 

Alishia Ross, Uzma Khaliq
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Chadderton Park Steppers

DescriptionJoin us for a walk in the local area followed by a friendly chat and a brew!
Days/times

 

Every Sunday at 10am
Price

 

Free
Address

 

Chadderton Park sports club house

Bottom of Kiln Lane

OL1 2RR

Public transport

 

Closest bus stop: Chadderton Hall Park on Chadderton Hall Road

Services: 412 and 795

Telephone number

 

Helen: 0786 122 6373
Other info

 

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ChaddertonParkSteppers

Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/856548221176044

Learning Disability Friend

 

Helen Grochowina
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Holy Trinity Place of Welcome

DescriptionYou’re invited to join us for a chat, a snack and a hot drink. Everyone is welcome, it’s all completely free and you can come as often as you like
Days/times

 

Every Wednesday: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Price

 

Free
Address

 

Holy Trinity Church

46 Godson Street (on the corner of Crompton Street)

OL1 2DB

Public transport

 

The 412 bus stops directly outside on Godson Street

Closest tram stop: Westwood 0.6 miles away

 

Telephone number

 

Holy Trinity Vicarage: 0161 759 3936
Other info

 

Holy Trinity Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/holytrinitycoldhurst

Find out more about the Places of Welcome network: https://www.placesofwelcome.org.uk/

Learning Disability Friend

 

Reverend David Austin
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Holy Trinity Sunday Service

DescriptionHoly Trinity is the Parish Church of Coldhurst. It is a fun and family friendly church that welcomes all. We offer Communion and kids activities weekly.

All those who receive Communion at their Churches are welcome to receive Holy Communion – or come to the front holding a book for a Blessing.

The second Sunday of every month is the Family Service, and is adapted to be easier to understand.

Days/times

 

Every Sunday from 11am

Family service is the second Sunday of every month from 11am

Price

 

Free. Donations welcome
Address

 

Holy Trinity Church

46 Godson Street (on the corner of Crompton Street)

OL1 2DB

Public transport

 

The 412 bus stops directly outside on Godson Street

Closest tram stop: Westwood 0.6 miles away

 

Telephone number

 

Holy Trinity Vicarage: 0161 759 3936
Other info

 

Hymn Requests – if you would like to dedicate a special hymn to be included in the Service on a Sunday please see Father Nick. A donation of at least £5.00 is required.

Holy Trinity Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/holytrinitycoldhurst

Learning Disability Friend

 

Reverend David Austin
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IF Oldham

DescriptionIf you live around the Chadderton area, and have an idea for an activity that you would like to take part in, you can get in touch with IF Oldham and they will help you set up a group.
Days/times

 

Times will be arranged to suit you
Price

 

Free
Address

 

Location of group to be organised with you
Public transport

 

N/A
Telephone number

 

If you would like OPAL to talk to IF Oldham for you, please contact us on 0161 633 5544, or call Daisy direct on 0752 356 6020
Other info

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ifoldham/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ifOldham

Learning Disability Friend

 

Daisy Cowley, Clair Hilton, Tracey Kall
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Mills Hill Activity Group

DescriptionJoin in with activities, such as knitting, quizzes and wordsearches, or just come for a chat and a brew! Most people who come are over 60, but younger adults are also welcome
Days/times

 

Fortnightly on a Monday 2pm – 3:30 pm

(next few dates:  9th September, 23rd September, 7th October, 21st October, 4th November, 18th November, 2nd December, 16th December)

Price

 

£2 donation
Address

 

Mills Hill Community Hall

Mills Hill Road

Middleton

M24 2FD

Public transport

 

The 419 and 788 buses stop outside on Mills Hill Road

 

Telephone number

 

Church office: 0161 637 1511
Other info

 

Church website:  www.millshillbaptistchurch.org

Church email: millshillbaptist@gmail.com

Learning Disability Friend

 

Ruth Pate
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Mills Hill Leisure Group

DescriptionCome and join us for visiting speakers and social events! Most people who come are over 60 but we welcome younger adults as well.
Days/times

 

Fortnightly on a Monday 2pm – 3:30 pm

(next few dates:  2nd September, 16th September, 30th September, 14th October, 28th October, 11th November, 25th November)

Price

 

£2 donation
Address

 

Mills Hill Community Hall

Mills Hill Road

Middleton

M24 2FD

Public transport

 

The 419 and 788 buses stop outside on Mills Hill Road

 

Telephone number

 

Church office: 0161 637 1511
Other info

 

Church website:  www.millshillbaptistchurch.org

Church email: millshillbaptist@gmail.com

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Mills Hill Sunday Service
DescriptionWe meet together every Sunday at 10.45 am. We pray, listen to the Bible, hear a talk, sing some great songs – and enjoy coffee and a chat afterwards Everyone is together for the first part of the service then the children and young people go to their different activities.
Days/times

 

Every Sunday; 10:45am – 12:15pm
Price

 

Free
Address

 

Mills Hill Baptist Church

Mills Hill Road

Middleton

M24 2FD

Public transport

 

The 419 and 788 buses stop outside on Mills Hill Road

 

Telephone number

 

0161 637 1511
Other info

 

Church website:  www.millshillbaptistchurch.org

Church email: millshillbaptist@gmail.com

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Minecraft Club

DescriptionJoin in the fun at our weekly Minecraft session every Wednesday during term time from 5pm until 6pm. Each week we have a different challenge for people to take part in ranging from quick builds to problem solving.We also have our own survival server, which is open to guests during the session, and available to members at all times. Here you can explore the environment, go on adventures or just settle down and build a house.
Days/times Every Wednesday during term; 5pm – 6pm
Price £2 donation
Address Hack Oldham

38 – 44 Yorkshire Street

OL1 1SE

Public transport Closest bus stop: St Mary’s Way: services 58, 59, 180, 184, 7750.2 miles from Oldham Central tram stop
Telephone number 0161 627 2539
Other info Website: www.hackoldham.com

Membership of Hack Oldham costs £5 per month and gains you free access to all their groups

Learning Disability Friend Lisa Marie Gee
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NEON Citizens Advice Drop-in

DescriptionCitizens Advice Oldham provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on issues such as benefits, work, debt and money, family, housing and health.
Days/times Drop-in every Wednesday 9am–12pm and 1pm-3pm
Price Free
Address NEON Hub
Holt Street
Greenacres
OL4 2DQ
Public transport These buses stop a short walk away on Huddersfield Road: 350, 410, 411, 558 803, 836, 839, 865
Telephone number Landline: 0161 770 4589
Mobile: 0730 557 0202
Other info Hot drinks are available for 50p
NEON website: www.neonoldham.co.uk
Email: neonhub@virginmedia.com
Local Citizens Advice website: www.casort.org
Learning Disability Friend There are lots of Learning Disability Friends at NEON. If you contact NEON or OPAL (0161 633 5544) before your visit we can tell you who will be there to greet you.
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NEON Double Exposure Camera Club

DescriptionEach week we try a new activity to try and improve our photography skills. In the past we have learnt how to take portraits, got wet with water photography and even tried light bending. Currently we are trying to master the art of photoshop.

Our members range from some really good photographers to complete beginners, all with one aim – to improve at their hobby in an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere. Whatever your level of expertise, type of equipment, or particular photographic interests, you will be very welcome at our meetings. You don’t even have to own a camera to become a member; just have an interest in photography!

Days/times Thursdays 7pm – 10pm
Price Free
Address NEON Hub
Holt Street
Greenacres
OL4 2DQ
Public transport These buses stop a short walk away on Huddersfield Road: 350, 410, 411, 558 803, 836, 839, 865
Telephone number Landline: 0161 770 4589
Mobile: 07305 570 202
Other info Hot drinks are available for 50p
NEON website: www.neonoldham.co.uk
Email: neonhub@virginmedia.com
Local Citizens Advice website: www.casort.org
Learning Disability Friend There are lots of Learning Disability Friends at NEON. If you contact NEON or OPAL (0161 633 5544) before your visit we can tell you who will be there to greet you.
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NEON Early Help Drop-in

DescriptionFree help for you and your family.

Do you or a family member need practical help to support you to take control of your life? Do you and your family have difficulties such as housing, money, parenting, confidence, job seeking, or want to improve an area of your life?

We can provide you with an allocated Engagement Worker to help you develop the skills to help yourself. There are different levels of support available depending on your needs.

Days/times Wednesdays 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Price Free
Address NEON Hub
Holt Street
Greenacres
OL4 2DQ
Public transport These buses stop a short walk away on Huddersfield Road: 350, 410, 411, 558 803, 836, 839, 865
Telephone number Landline: 0161 770 4589
Mobile: 0730 557 0202
Other info Hot drinks are available for 50p
NEON website: www.neonoldham.co.uk
NEON email: neonhub@virginmedia.com
Learning Disability Friend There are lots of Learning Disability Friends at NEON. If you contact NEON or OPAL (0161 633 5544) before your visit we can tell you who will be there to greet you.
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The Fabulous Brunch

DescriptionJoin us for a tasty, free sociable brunch every Friday. No need to book. Just come down!
Days/times Fridays 10:30am – 12:30pm
Price Free
Address NEON Hub
Holt Street
Greenacres
OL4 2DQ
Public transport These buses stop a short walk away on Huddersfield Road: 350, 410, 411, 558 803, 836, 839, 865
Telephone number Landline: 0161 770 4589

Mobile: 07305 570 202

Other info Your first brew is free! Extra brews are 50p each
NEON website: www.neonoldham.co.uk
NEON email: neonhub@virginmedia.com
Learning Disability Friend There are lots of Learning Disability Friends at NEON. If you contact NEON or OPAL (0161 633 5544) before your visit we can tell you who will be there to greet you.
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NEON Knit and Chat

DescriptionWe are a lively group who like to knit, chat and have a brew. Refreshments are available and materials are supplied.

Everybody is welcome and the group contains men and women of all ages
For those who wish to learn to knit, help is available. There is no need to book, just show up on the day and join in the group!

Days/times Every Monday (excluding bank holidays) 10:30am – 12:30pm
Price Free
Address NEON Hub
Holt Street
Greenacres
OL4 2DQ
Public transport These buses stop a short walk away on Huddersfield Road: 350, 410, 411, 558 803, 836, 839, 865
Telephone number Landline: 0161 770 4589
Mobile: 07305 570 202
Other info Hot drinks are available for 50p
NEON website: www.neonoldham.co.uk
NEON email: neonhub@virginmedia.com
Learning Disability Friend There are lots of Learning Disability Friends at NEON. If you contact NEON or OPAL (0161 633 5544) before your visit we can tell you who will be there to greet you.
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NEON Men’s Group

DescriptionThe Men’s Group was set up to address the needs of socially isolated or lonely men.
Unlike many women, men have difficulty expressing their feelings, worries and issues.
The group aims to address these in an open and free environment without judgment. We try to provide a way in which men can support each other and develop greater self-esteem, become less isolated, more active and physical and mentally healthy.Activities have included trips to Chester, Manchester and Ashton; healthy cooking and eating classes; Tai Chi classes; art as therapy class; pitch and putt golf; talks from MIND and a drugs counsellor.
Days/times Every Tuesday 12pm – 2pm
Price Free
Address NEON Hub
Holt Street
Greenacres
OL4 2DQ
Public transport These buses stop a short walk away on Huddersfield Road: 350, 410, 411, 558 803, 836, 839, 865
Telephone number Steve: 0786 805 4700
Other info Hot drinks are available for 50p
NEON phone numbers: 0161 770 4589; 07305 570 202
NEON website: www.neonoldham.co.uk
NEON email: neonhub@virginmedia.com
Learning Disability Friend There are lots of Learning Disability Friends at NEON. If you contact NEON or OPAL (0161 633 5544) before your visit we can tell you who will be there to greet you.
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Oldham Photoholics
DescriptionWe’re a friendly group of photographers from complete beginners to professionals. We welcome new members who are interested in learning, practicing and sharing all types of photography – and having fun, of course. Contact robert@studiog-oldham.co.uk for details of each meeting. And check out our Facebook group Oldham Photoholics.
Days/times

 

First Wednesday of every month; 7pm – 9pm
Price

 

£2 donation
Address

 

Hack Oldham

38 – 44 Yorkshire Street

Oldham

OL1 1SE

Public transport

 

Closest bus stop: St Mary’s Way: services 58, 59, 180, 184, 775

0.2 miles from Oldham Central tram stop

 

Telephone number

 

0161 627 2539
Other info

 

Website: www.hackoldham.com

Social media: facebook.com/HackOldham; twitter.com/HackOldham

Membership of Hack Oldham costs £5 per month and gains you free access to all their groups

Learning Disability Friends

 

Lisa Marie Gee, Robert Cragg
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St Stephen and All Martyrs Sunday Service
DescriptionParish church offering friendship and support within a family-friendly and traditional Church service. We are non-judgemental and take people as we find them …God does the rest. Try out our Sunday 9.30am service to see if we are your cuppa tea /coffee.
Days/times

 

Every Sunday 9:30am – 10:30am
Price

 

Free. Donations welcome
Address

 

St Stephens and All Martyrs Church

Thames Street

Lower Moor

OL1 3QU

Public transport

 

The 411 bus stops nearby on Thames Street

The 58, 59 and 879 stop nearby on Shaw Road

Telephone number

 

0161 759 3936
Other info

 

Please dress for comfort – especially in the colder weather as our heating is overhead only

Church Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SSAMOldham

Learning Disability Friends

 

Reverend David Austin
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Saturday Social

DescriptionYou are invited to join us to chat, to socialise and to have fun!
Days/times

 

Last Saturday of every month 6-9pm
Price

 

Free
Address

 

Wrexham Close

Hollinwood

OL8 4SQ

Public transport

 

Buses stopping 0.2 miles away at Manchester Road (Stop B): 83, 149, 159, 833, 893

Buses stopping 0.2 miles away at ‘Tenby Road’ stop on Hollins Road: 180, 184, 396, 849

Telephone number

 

Please contact OPAL on 0161 633 5544 if you are thinking of going
Other info

 

You may want to bring money to buy drinks and snacks
Learning Disability Friends

 

Elizabeth Knott, Janice Bunting
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Sholver and Moorside Armchair Exercises
DescriptionKeep fit from the comfort of a chair! Everybody welcome. Sitting exercises are particularly useful for people with limited mobility.
Days/times

 

Fortnightly on a Tuesday; 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Next few dates: 3rd September, 17th September, 1st October, 15th October, 29th October, 5th Novermber

Price

 

Free
Address

 

Sholver and Moorside Community Centre

Sholver Lane

OL1 4NT

Public transport

 

The 83 bus stops a short walk away on Longfellow Crescent
Telephone number

 

Please contact OPAL on 0161 633 5544 if you want us to tell the centre you are going
Other info

 

Website: www.sholvercommunitycentre.co.uk/

There are lots of other activities going on at Sholver on a Tuesday. Come along for a coffee and a chat. Food is available for a small price at lunchtime.

Learning Disability Friends

 

Rose Johnstone
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Sholver and Moorside Basic Computer Class
DescriptionThis is a great chance for beginners to learn computer skills with someone who can talk to you and help you with anything you are having trouble with
Days/times

 

Every Tuesday 1pm – 3pm
Price

 

Free
Address

 

Sholver and Moorside Community Centre

Sholver Lane

OL1 4NT

Public transport

 

The 83 bus stops a short walk away on Longfellow Crescent
Telephone number

 

Please contact OPAL on 0161 633 5544 if you want us to tell the centre you are going
Other info

 

Website: www.sholvercommunitycentre.co.uk/

There are lots of other activities going on at Sholver on a Tuesday. Come along for a coffee and a chat. Food is available for a small price at lunchtime.

Learning Disability Friends

 

Rose Johnstone
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Sholver and Moorside Early Help Drop-in with Debbie
DescriptionFree help for you and your family.

Do you or a family member need practical help to support you to take control of your life?

Do you and your family have difficulties such as housing, money, parenting, confidence, looking for work or want to improve an area of your life?

Early Help can provide you with an allocated Engagement Worker to help you develop the skills to help yourself. There are different levels of support available depending on your needs.

Days/times

 

Every Tuesday: Drop-in between 10am – 1pm
Price

 

Free
Address

 

Sholver and Moorside Community Centre

Sholver Lane

OL1 4NT

Public transport

 

The 83 bus stops a short walk away on Longfellow Crescent
Telephone number

 

Please contact OPAL on 0161 633 5544 if you want us to tell the centre you are going
Other info

 

Website: www.sholvercommunitycentre.co.uk/

There are lots of other activities going on at Sholver on a Tuesday. Come along for a coffee and a chat. Food is available for a small price at lunchtime.

Learning Disability Friends

 

Rose Johnstone
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Sholver and Moorside First Choice Homes Drop-in
DescriptionThis is a chance to speak to someone about any financial problems or issues with benefits you might be having. Please note: this is not a drop-in to discuss repairs or housing. This is about YOU!
Days/times

 

Every Tuesday: Drop-in between 10am – 12 noon
Price

 

Free
Address

 

Sholver and Moorside Community Centre

Sholver Lane

OL1 4NT

Public transport

 

The 83 bus stops a short walk away on Longfellow Crescent
Telephone number

 

Please contact OPAL on 0161 633 5544 if you want us to tell the centre you are going
Other info

 

Website: www.sholvercommunitycentre.co.uk/

There are lots of other activities going on at Sholver on a Tuesday. Come along for a coffee and a chat. Food is available for a small price at lunchtime.

Learning Disability Friends

 

Rose Johnstone
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Sholver and Moorside Gardening Group

DescriptionLearn to garden, make friends and help us to keep the land around our centre looking beautiful… All at the same time!
Days/times

 

Every Tuesday; 12pm – 2pm
Price

 

Free
Address

 

Sholver and Moorside Community Centre

Sholver Lane

OL1 4NT

Public transport

 

The 83 bus stops a short walk away on Longfellow Crescent
Telephone number

 

Please contact OPAL on 0161 633 5544 if you want us to tell the centre you are going
Other info

 

Website: www.sholvercommunitycentre.co.uk/

There are lots of other activities going on at Sholver on a Tuesday. Come along for a coffee and a chat. Food is available for a small price at lunchtime.

Learning Disability Friends

 

Rose Johnstone
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Sholver and Moorside: Oldham Foodbank
DescriptionWe don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Days/times

 

Every Tuesday: Drop-in between 10am – 1pm
Price

 

To receive food, you will need a foodbank voucher. These are issued by voucher-holding agencies like OPAL (0161 633 5544). Vouchers are only issued in crisis situations. OPAL can help support you to address the reasons behind the crisis.
Address

 

Sholver and Moorside Community Centre

Sholver Lane

OL1 4NT

Public transport

 

The 83 bus stops a short walk away on Longfellow Crescent
Telephone number

 

Please contact OPAL on 0161 633 5544 if you want us to tell the centre you are going
Other info

 

Website: www.sholvercommunitycentre.co.uk/

There are lots of other activities going on at Sholver on a Tuesday. Come along for a coffee and a chat. Food is available for a small price at lunchtime.

Learning Disability Friends

 

Rose Johnstone
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Stitch and Share

Description
‘Stitch and Share’  meet on Wednesdays during term-time. The Textiles group is in the morning, 10 to 12 with a focus on machine and hand embroidery, felting, dyeing and printing fabrics. The Sewing group is in the afternoon 1 to 3 with a focus on garment making and learning to following a pattern with the support of a tutor. People come as beginners, returners or to share their expertise by practice in sewing skills.

Times are purposely arranged to fit in with parents of school age children . An informal parent led crèche is also provided for parents with pre-school age children. We also very much welcome and do have participation from other people from the immediate community of Hathershaw, for example from the over 50 years age group.  Currently ages between 23 to 91 years attend.

The sewing group has been running since September 2014 and approximately 18 people attend each session. However in total approximately 50 people have accessed the group. The textiles group started in September 2016 and 12 people on average attend each session.

The sewing groups provide a safe and welcoming space. Those who are isolated or lonely for whatever reason are particularly welcomed. New friendships are made and differences are embraced. Being involved in creative activities increases the confidence and self-esteem aswell as having a positive impact on mental and physical well-being.

This project aims to meet the criteria of The Five Ways to Well Being (www.neweconomics.org). The evaluation of the success of the project is under the five headings of individuals and groups being able to be more active, to connect more with those around them, to give more to one another, learning together new skills and be more aware and notice what’s going on around them.

Auriel and Gina are volunteers who support to make this creative environment,  a welcoming and safe space to meet. There is always a cuppa on offer.

Days/times

 

Every Wednesday during term time 10 am – 3pm: (break for lunch 12-1)
Price

 

Please make a donation
Address

 

St Paul’s Church

Broadway Street (Just off Ashton Road)

OL8 1LD

Public transport

 

Closest bus stop: ‘Broadway Street’ on Ashton Road: services 409, 425, 775 and 824
Telephone number

 

Please contact OPAL on 0161 633 5544 if you are thinking of going
Other info

 

PLEASE NOTE: STITCH AND SHARE DOES NOT TAKE PLACE DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. THE NEXT MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON 18TH SEPTEMBER

You may want to bring some lunch to eat during the break

Learning Disability Friend Gina Andrewes
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