Social and special interest groups

Connect and start to change your lifestyle

What

Our mental health encompasses our psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. This means it impacts how we feel, think and behave each day. Our mental health also contributes to our decision-making processes, how we cope with stress and how we relate to others in our lives. It impacts on our thoughts, behaviours and emotions. Being healthy emotionally can promote how effectively we can do important activities like work, school or caregiving. It plays an important part in the health of your relationships and allows you to adapt to changes in your life and cope with adversity.

Why

Connecting with other people in your community is a great way to improve your mental health as it helps to give you a sense of belonging and to share experiences and emotional support. Likewise, learning new skills or getting new hobbies can help boost your confidence and give you a sense of purpose. We provide a whole range of free activities in your community that can help you to do this. There’s something for everyone!

Who

Our social and special interest groups are for anyone who lives or works in Salford. You must be aged 18+ to book onto a session. Children can be brought to sessions where stated.

Where

Our social and special interest groups take place across Salford, in every Neighbourhood, at a location or venue near you.

Take a look below – we’re confident there is a group or activity just waiting for you to get started with!

How to book

We’ve broken our social and special interest groups down into topic areas below. To book on to any session, you can do any of the below 2 options:

  1. Call 0800 952 1000 and select option 2
  2. Email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for

If you would like to discuss anything before booking, or for further information on any of our social and special interest groups, call us free on 0800 952 1000 (option 2), Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm.

You can also follow our Facebook page or Twitter for lots of handy hints and tips.

Keeping well

This course will include improving confidence and increasing motivation, managing stress, developing assertiveness, and finding out what is happening in the area.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Monday 12.30pm to 2pm

Eccles

Eccles Gateway, Barton Lane, Eccles M30 0TU

Monday from 9 January 2023 to 6 February 2023

Each week we will cover a different topic designed to support you to manage your health and wellbeing.

The course will include improving confidence, increasing motivation, managing stress, developing assertiveness, meeting new people and finding out what’s happening in the area.

Tuesday 10.45am to 12.15pm

Swinton

Salvation Army, Station Road, Swinton

Every Tuesday from 24 January 2023 to 28 February 2023

Each week we will cover a different topic designed to support you to manage your health and wellbeing.

The course will include improving confidence, increasing motivation, managing stress, developing assertiveness, meeting new people and finding out what’s happening in the area.

Wednesday 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Irlam

Irlam and Cadishead Academy, Station Road, Irlam, M44 5BX

Every Wednesday - ongoing

Each week we will cover a different topic designed to support you to manage your health and wellbeing.

The course will include improving confidence, increasing motivation, managing stress, developing assertiveness, meeting new people and finding out what’s happening in the area.

Get cooking

For all types of cooking related activities. This includes quick and easy cooking, cooking on a budget, healthy cooking and so on.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Wednesday 1.30pm to 2.30pm

East

Broughton Community Centre, Great Clowes Street, M7 1ZQ

Starts 18 January to 15 February

Cooking on a budget including tips on how to make your money go further

Wednesday 1pm to 3pm

Worsley

Boothstown Community Centre, Standfield Drive, Boothstown, M28 1NB

Begins 22 February to 22 March

Indian cooking

Learn how to make authentic Indian meals from scratch! No jars required only raw ingredients!

Thursday 1.30pm to 3pm

East

St James Church, Great Cheetham Street East, M7 4UH

Starts 10 January to 16 February

Cooking on a budget including tips on how to make your money go further

Brew and a chat

Come along and share a hot drink and socialise. Aimed at reducing social isolation.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Monday 2.30pm to 4pm

Claremont

Ranulph Court, King Street, Salford, M6 7GX

Monday – ongoing The team can discuss how you can manage your health and wellbeing. Find out what’s happening in your area. Come along and meet some of the residents, join in for fun and social activities.
Tuesday 10.30am to 12 noon

Claremont

John Atkinson Court, Off Tootal Drive, Weaste M5 5FY

Every week, rolling programme, no booking required The team can discuss how you can manage your health and wellbeing. Find out what’s happening in your area. Come along and meet some of the residents, join in for fun and social activities.
Thursday 9.30am to 11am

Claremont

The Vine Community Hub, Cholmondeley Road, M6 8EJ

Every Thursday – ongoing

Drop in for a brew and chat. No booking required. Find out about other free activities and groups available in your area which may interest you.

Thursday 3pm to 4pm

Little Hulton/Walkden

Parr Fold Park, M28 7DU

 

Every Thursday – ongoing

Come for a brew and a chat after our Wellness Walk

Friday 10am to 11.30am

Claremont

Elmwood Church Eccles Old Road, Salford, M6 8AG

Begins 17 February 2023 - ongoing

The team can discuss how you can manage your health and wellbeing. Find out what’s happening in your area. Come along and meet some of the residents, join in for fun and social activities.

Social activities

This includes several activities including board and card games, quiz sessions, book clubs, film clubs and Chatterbox – our online group designed to tackle social isolation.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Monday 9.15am to 10.15am

Eccles

Meet at the entrance to Eccles Recreation Ground, Oxford Street, Eccles, M30 0FG

Every Monday - ongoing

Ladies only walk and talk

Leisurely social walk around local greenspace

Tuesday 10am to 11am

Online

Skype

Every Tuesday - ongoing

Chatterbox

An online group designed to tackle social isolation.

Sessions vary. As well as chatting we host fun online quizzes, gentle chair yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation sessions.

If you would like to join but do not have a device we have some to offer (criteria applies).

We also offer support to teach you how to use the device, and can attend your home to help you get tech savvy.

Tuesday 1pm to 3pm

Worsley

Beesley Green Community Centre Greenleach Lane Worsley M28 2QW

Every Tuesday - ongoing

Board games and friendship social group

Join us for board games, chat, companionship and new friends. Tea and coffee provided.

 

Tuesday 2pm to 3pm

Ordsall

Holm Court, M6 5FN

Every Tuesday 10 January 2023 to 7 February 2023

Assortment of different board games

Tuesday 3pm to 5pm

Irlam

Lady James Hall, Princes Park, Irlam, M44 6BR

Every Tuesday - ongoing

Rainbow Social for LGBTQ+

Older, Transitioning, Lonely. A safe social space.

Wednesday 4pm to 5pm

Ordsall

Pendleton Gateway, M6 5FX

Wednesday 1 February 2023 to 22 February 2023

Thrifty Plates

Thrifty Plates is a four-week slow cooker course where we talk about how to cook cost effective, energy efficient delicious slow cooker meals.

Wednesday 4pm to 5.30pm

Swinton

Swinton Gateway 100 Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 6BP

First course: 4, 11, 18, 25 January 2023

Second course: 1, 8, 15, 22 February 2023

Third course: 1, 8, 15, 22 March 2023

Thrifty Plates

Thrifty plates is a four-week slow cooker course where we talk about how to cook cost effective, energy efficient delicious slow cooker meals.

Wednesday 12 noon to 2pm

Little Hulton/Walkden

Guild Hall, M28 3AS

Every Wednesday - ongoing

GOLD Luncheon Club with dominos, aimed at reducing social isolation.

Booking is essential. £5 per two course meal.

Thursday 10.30am to 11.30am

Ordsall

Hawkshaw Court, M5 4SD

Every Thursday
12 January 2023 to 16 February 2023 and 
2 March 2023 to 30 March 2023

Assortment of different board games

Thursday 2pm to 3pm

Ordsall

Salford Women's Centre M6 7AB

Thursday 12 January 2023 to 2 February 2023

Thrifty Plates
Thrifty Plates is a four-week slow cooker course where we talk about how to cook cost effective, energy efficient delicious slow cooker meals.

Thursday 4pm to 6pm

East

Broughton Hub, Rigby Street, M7 4BQ

 

Starts 2 February 2023 to 23 February 2023

Thrifty Plates
Thrifty Plates is a four-week slow cooker course where we talk about how to cook cost effective, energy efficient delicious slow cooker meals.

Friday 10am to 11.30am

Claremont

Height Library, Kings Street,
M6 7GY

Ongoing

Come and have a chat with other residents and try your hand at some puzzles and board games.

Friday 1pm to 3pm

Eccles
Westwood Community Centre, Grassmere Crescent, Winton, Eccles, M30 8DN

Every Friday - ongoing

Young at heart

Social support group. Have a cup of tea and a chat and make new friends.

Positive you

This course enables participants to develop strategies to act in a more confident manner, learn skills to improve their self-esteem, learn effective ways to deal with stress, methods to relax, improve mental health, and develop skills to think in a more positive manner.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm

Little Hulton/Walkden

The Big Local, Little Hulton District Centre, Longshaw Drive, M28 0BA

Every Friday - dates to be confirmed A course designed to build confidence and self-esteem. Look at life in a more positive manner.

Sewing together

Activities incorporating sewing/dress making.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Monday 10am to 12pm

Claremont

Salford Womens Centre, Halton Bank, Salford M6 7AB

Every Monday - ongoing

Suitable for beginners and all abilities. The session will not only include sewing and craft but also improving confidence, increasing motivation, managing stress, developing assertiveness, meeting new people and finding out what other social groups are running in the local area.

Tuesday 10am to 12pm

Worsley

Boothstown Community Centre, Standfield Drive, M28 1NB

Every Tuesday - ongoing

Basic sewing

Come and join us, learn to use sewing machines, make friends and find out about other opportunities in the area.

Thursday 9.30am to 12pm

Eccles

Eccles Town Hall, Church Street, Eccles, M30 0LH

Every Thursday from 12 January 2023

Beginners sewing

Basic machine sewing for all levels.

Get crafty

All craft-based activities including card making, creating artwork, upcycling and so on.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Tuesday 4pm to 6pm

East

Broughton Hub, Rigby Street, M7 4BQ

Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month starting 7 February 2023 to 21 March 2023 Beginner’s Art group covering various disciplines
Thursday 1pm to 3pm

Eccles

Eccles Town Hall, Church Street, M30 0LH

Every Thursday - ongoing Arts and Crafts group including Drawing, Painting, Knitting and Crocheting. All abilities welcome.

Green fingers

All types of indoor or outdoor based activities which include planting, gardening, growing fruit and vegetables and so on.

We're currently working on our green fingers timetable, please check back soon.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

Relaxation

This includes sound relaxation, being creative using paint, women only relaxation activities and so on.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Tuesday 12pm to 1pm

Claremont

Langworthy Cornerstone, 451 Liverpool Street, Salford, M6 5QQ

Every Tuesday - ongoing (booking essential)

Sound relaxation

Relax and rejuvinate with a restorative sound relaxation session. Five weekly sessions on a rolling programme. Booking required.

Tuesday 2pm to 3pm

Eccles

Eccles Gateway, 28 Barton Lane, M30 0TU

Every Tuesday - ongoing Relaxation session to help you manage the stress and anxiety of daily life.

What’s on in my local area?

A regular sign posting and information sharing session led by the Community Development team. To promote groups, encourage participation and let people know where they can go to for help and support. This can be a drop-in session.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Monday 9am to 4.30pm

East

Various locations across the East of Salford

Last Monday at every month

Out with the Van in East Salford

The team will be out with the Health Improvement Van promoting Health Improvement Activities and consulting with residents

Monday 10am to 12pm

Claremont

Salford Womens Centre, Halton Bank, Salford M6 7AB

Every Monday - ongoing

Come and have a brew and chat and find out what’s on in your area.

We Recover (Long COVID support)

We Recover - Long COVID support group for people who still have ongoing symptoms of COVID and want to share their experiences. Come and have a chat in a warm and friendly environment. Get hints and tips on your road to recovery. We can offer support and guidance around finance, debt, health and wellbeing, Long COVID health checks, stop smoking, weight management, three month gym/swim pass (pending certain criteria).

You can book on to either our virtual sessions via Microsoft Teams or join our face-to-face group.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Tuesday 6pm to 7.30pm

Online

Microsoft Teams Online

Every Tuesday - ongoing Long COVID  support Group - virtual
Thursday 1pm to 2.30pm

Swinton

Humphrey Booth Resource Centre, 16 Worsley Road, Swinton, M27 5WW

Every Thursday - ongoing Long COVID  support Group - face-to-face

Drug and alcohol addiction support

Groups such as ‘Plan B’ and other similar activities organised to support people to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

We're currently working on our timetable, please check back soon.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
To be confirmed To be confirmed

To be confirmed

To be confirmed To be confirmed

Spectrum group

A parent-peer support group for parents/carers whose children have been diagnosed with or going through an assessment process for ASD.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Friday 10am to 12pm

East

Energise Centre 3 Douglas Street, Salford, M6 6ES

The first Friday of every month - ongoing A parent peer support group for parents/carers whose children have been diagnosed with or are going through an assessment process for ASD.

Menopause support group

A friendly menopause support group for all. Why not come along and have a chat.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Thursday 7pm to 8pm

Irlam

Hamilton Davies House, Liverpool Road, Cadishead, M44 5BG

The first Thursday of the month Support and information about menopause. Everyone welcome.

This page was last updated on 31 January 2023

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