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

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 between 1:30pm and 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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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: 26th August, 9th September, 23rd September, 7th October, 21st October, 4th 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

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: 19th August, 2nd September, 16th September, 30th September, 14th October, 28th October)

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 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

Learning Disability Friends

 

Reverend James Pate, Ruth Pate
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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

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

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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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

Description
You 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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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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