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 10am to 11.30am

Worsley

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Ellenbrook Road, M28 1FR

Every Monday, 16 May to 13 June

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

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

Monday 1pm to 2.30pm

Eccles

Eccles Library Lounge, 142 Church Street, Eccles, M30 0LS

Every Monday, 9 May to 6 June Each week we will cover a different topic designed to support you to manage your health and wellbeing.
This course will include improving confidence, increasing motivation, managing stress and developing assertiveness, and finding out what’s on in the area.
Tuesday 10.45am to 12.15pm

Swinton

Salvation Army, Station Road, Swinton, M27 6BT

Every Tuesday, starting 2 August for six weeks

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

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

Wednesday 11am to 12.30pm

Ordsall

Ordsall Neighbourhood Centre, 2 Robert Hall Street, M5 3LT

Every Wednesday, 25 May to 29 June

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

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

Wednesday 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Irlam

Irlam and Cadishead Academy, Station Road, M44 5ZR

Ongoing

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

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

Thursday 10am to 11.30am

East

Humphrey Booth Centre, Weaste, M27 5WW

Ongoing

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

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

Sunday 10.30am to 12pm

Claremont

Online

Every Sunday - ongoing

Each week we will cover a different topic designed to support you to manage your health and wellbeing. This course will include improving confidence, increasing motivation, managing stress and developing assertiveness. Finding out what’s on 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
Monday 1pm to 3pm

Little Hulton

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

Every Monday 30 May to 27 June Cookery session aimed at families who can learn to cook a meal for a family of four for approx. £5
Friday 1pm to 3pm

Worsley

Boothstown Community Centre, Standfield Drive, M28 1NB

Every Friday, 13 May to 24 June Learn how to cook authentic Indian food from raw ingredients
Friday 3pm to 4pm

Ordsall

Langworthy Cornerstones, 451 Liverpool Street, Salford M6 5QQ

Every Friday 15 July to 19 August Learn cultural recipes, new ideas and techniques. Book your place on Get Cooking!
Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm

Irlam

Brookhouse Community centre,
Buckthorn lane
Brookhouse Estate,
M30 7QH

Every Friday - ongoing Learn to cook new and healthy recipes whilst meeting new friends

Brew and a chat

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Tuesday 10.30am to 11.30am

Ordsall

Queen Alexandra Court, Salford, M5 3RE

Every Tuesday, 12 April to 17 May A brew and a chat and catch up with friends and neighbours
Wednesday 1pm to 2pm

Swinton

Angel Centre, M3 6FA

Ongoing

LGBTQ+ Health and Wellbeing group

A safe welcoming space to have a brew and a chat
about your mental well-being with fellow
members of the LGBTQ+ community in Salford.
Lots of topics covered each week including LGBTQ+
History.

Thursday 3pm to 4pm

Little Hulton / Walkden

The Pavilion, Parr Fold Park, Walkden Rd, M28 7HE

Every Thursday – ongoing

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

Social activities

This includes several activities including board and card games, quiz sessions, book clubs, film clubs and so on.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Monday 1pm to 2pm

Online

Skype

Every Monday - 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.

Thursday 10am to 11am

Online

Skype

Every Thursday - 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.

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
Monday 1pm to 3pm

Little Hulton/Walkden

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

Every Monday, 9 May to 20 June These sessions enable 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.

Sewing together

Activities incorporating sewing/dress making.

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

Claremont

Salford Women’s Centre, Halton Bank, M6 7AB

Every Monday - ongoing Women only. No booking required. Learn how to sew in a safe and friendly
environment. Crafts and knitting provided if preferred. Find out about other
free activities that might interest you in your local area.
Tuesday 10am to 12pm

Worsley

Boothstown Community Centre, Standfield Drive, M28 1NB

Every Tuesday, 10 May to 14 June Basic sewing skills and embroidery for beginners. Meet new people and pick up new sewing
tips.
Thursday 9.30am to 12pm

Eccles

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

Every Thursday - ongoing Basic sewing skills

Get crafty

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

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

Irlam

Irlam and Cadishead Academy, Station Road, M44 5ZR

Every Wednesday - ongoing Fun sessions with paint. For absolute beginners or seasoned artists, all welcome. All resources supplied.
Thursday 10am to 11am

Claremont

The Vine, 87-89 Cholmondeley Road, M6 8PU

Ongoing Arts and crafts group, all abilities welcome.
Thursday 1pm to 3pm

Eccles

Eccles Town Hall, Church Street, M30 0LH

Every Thursday - 30 June Arts and crafts group, all abilities welcome.

Green fingers

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

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Tuesday 12pm to 2pm

Irlam

Tindall Street Allotments, Peel Green, M30 7DF

Ongoing Whether you have always fancied growing vegetable/flowers or you are a seasoned Gardner looking to meet new people.
Our welcoming allotment group would love to see you.
Just come along, no need to book.

Relaxation

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

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Tuesday 2pm to 3pm

Eccles

Eccles Gateway, 28 Barton Lane, M30 0TU

Every Tuesday - ongoing Relaxation sessions followed by tea and coffee.
Tuesday 12pm to 1pm

Claremont

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

Every Tuesday - ongoing Relax and rejuvenate with a restorative sound relaxation session. 5 weekly sessions on a rolling programme. Booking required.

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
Thursday 11.30am to 1pm

Claremont

Chandos Sports and Social Club, Weaste, M5 5LJ

Every Thursday - ongoing

Meet new people, have a brew and a chat.

Find out about what groups are running locally in your neighbourhood.

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.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Tuesday 4.45pm to 6.15pm

Little Hulton

Sure Start Children’s Centre, Little Hulton, M28 0BD

Every Tuesday - ongoing ‘Plan B’ - Social support group for carers, friends and family of people
dependant on drugs or alcohol.

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.

 

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