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Fundraising at Barclays

A massive thank you to all the staff at Barclays Bank, Radbroke Hall, Knutsford who bought cakes and other Easter goodies on Monday 21st March. The event raised £402 which Barclays doubled to £804.  Our thanks also go to everyone who donated their time and talents to make cakes and Easter hampers to the sale including Maureen Mclelllan, Lisa Heaney and Grant Lopo of Granted Cakes.   Sajida Jibran from Unique Stoved Cales also donated her time to bake cakes for us.

If you would like to hold a similar fundraising event at our place of work, school or church please speak to any member of our staff and volunteer team.  All funds raised are used to provide services and equipment for our Community.

Barclays Knutsford

Come and join in our Health & Well-being Day 9th March

We will be hosting one of our very popular Health & Well-being events again on Wednesday 2016 with a series of FREE activities throughout the day so you can “pop in for a quick pamper” or stay and enjoy the whole event.

10.00a.m. – 11.30a.m. Exercise & tai chi taster IMG-20150211-00087
11.30a.m. -12.00p.m. Refreshments
12.00p.m. – 1.00p.m. Lunch
1.00p.m. – 2.00p.m. Massages

2.00p.m. -3.00p.m. A chance to exercise the brain cells with Board Games (Chess, Draughts or Scrabble), play dominoes and cards.

We will also be offering manicures between 10.00a.m. and 11.30a.m. in the morning and 12.30 – 3.00p.m. in the afternoon, but you will need to ring up and book a slot on 0161 446 4805.

World Book Day

Children from Barlow Hall Primary School having fun in the Library on World Book Day.
Children from Barlow Hall Primary School having fun in the Library on World Book Day.

We’ve been celebrating world book day today; Cat, Fay and Khin-thant were delighted to welcome Anne-Marie Mendieta, Reading Recovery Teacher, Barlow Hall Primary School and 38 children, accompanied by Staff and Parents to the Library. Each Child was given a free book to celebrate World Book Day and we had a lot of fun with stories and arts and crafts, and the opportunity to join the Library.

If you would like to find out more about world book day CIMG0850

Time to Talk Day 4th February

The aim of Time to Talk Day is to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health. By joining together on one day, we can break the silence that often surrounds mental health, and show that talking about this once-taboo issue doesn’t need to be difficult. With tens of thousands of individuals and hundreds of organisations speaking out together at the same time, we can make a huge impact and show that it really is time to talk.

Mental health problems affect people of any age, race, religion or income. The most commonly diagnosed mental health problems are anxiety, bipolar disorder,
depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, OCD, personality disorders and phobias. 9 in 10 people who have a mental health problem say they have
experienced stigma and discrimination as a result. Similar to other types of discrimination, people who experience mental health stigma describe feeling
isolated, ashamed, misunderstood and demeaned. Talking about mental health can be really helpful. You don’t need to be an expert. The more we talk about
mental health, the more we can break down the taboos surrounding it – enabling young people to look after their own health, reducing the stigma around asking
for help, and allowing them to support peers.

If you, or someone you know, needs help and support then you can find details of Mental Health Support Services by following the link.

Busy B’s seeking new members

It seems unbelievable, but the People’s Health Trust’s ” Active Communities Project” at BMCA is now entering its final 3 months!   At this stage, we are starting to evaluate the impact the project has had, we use this information to, amongst other things, help us when planning future events and programmes.

So many of the events had been so well received by the Community, the summer parades, sports days, Uniform Swap Shop and Quids In Food Club in particular and we are keen to keep these  going.   A group of local people have come together and formed a Community Action Group – The Busy Bs to continue with, and expand upon the project and are actively seeking funding and new members to continue.

We would appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete a survey about the events that we have helped organise by visiting

If you would like to find out more about the group, and how you can get involved, please visit the Busy B’s facebook page or email .



Help to organise activities for the Kids
A chance to learn new skills and meet new people
A chance to help you community by Volunteering your time
A chance to help you community by Volunteering your time
Volunteering at the Centre
Get involved in raising funds to put on community events
Busy Bs Community Action Goup
Busy Bs Community Action Goup

Quids in Club goes from Strength to Strength


9th October 2015 saw the launch of the Barlowmoor Quid’s in Food Club, a joint initiative between BMCA Limited and Southway Housing Trust and a group of local Volunteers, the Busy Bs.

With support from Elaine Wilkinson from Southway Housing Trust, providing the original funds to purchase the Licence from Fair Share, a National Charity fighting hunger and tackling food waste, together with storage equipment, and Margaret Sutherland our Community Development Worker arranging premises and providing training and support in establishing the Club, the Busy B’s have gone from strength to strength running and developing the Club.

Members pay £2 a week and in return they receive approximately £12 – £15 of food.  The Busy Bs, led by Bernie Ryan, has increased membership from 30 to 50 families on the estate within weeks of opening.  Volunteering in excess of 50 hours a week they collect, sort, package and distribute the food from the Pop up Shop on Merseybank.

Davina. a member of the Quids In Food Club pictured with Bernie, Jo, Pat, Margaret and Norman.
Davina. a member of the Quids In Food Club pictured with Bernie, Jo, Pat, Margaret and Norman.


Davina, a member of the Club, pictured here with some of the Busy Bs said “Coming to the shop has helped me and my husband to eat better – we have put on weight! I look forward to coming to the shop as everyone is so friendly and I don’t feel judged”.

Southway Housing Trust plan to extend the initiative by opening another food club at the Westcroft Community Centre, and the Barlow Moor Busy Bs will share their knowledge and support with the Westcroft Volunteers.

In you want to find out more, or join the Busy Bs; the Quid’s in Food Club is based at the Merseybank Pop up Shop and is open on Friday from Noon till 5p.m.

Health & Well being week 25th January

From Monday 25th to Friday 28th January we will be holding a series of events to promote Health & Well-being. ‘The purpose of our week-long community event is to shine a light on the aspects of well-being that may at times be ignored, overlooked or misunderstood due to lack of awareness.

Our aim is provide opportunities to sensitively discuss a variety of well-being aspects together as a community and to sign-post residents to services we are able to offer within the centre, before things get to crisis point.

We have also invited in a number of external partners and will be promoting their taster sessions and there will be useful leaflets and other freebies available with details of how to get in touch.

We are also keen to find out what you really enjoy during the week so that we can plan future project funding around what is most popular.

So please come along to learn something new about how to help yourself improve your physical or mental well-being.

Health & Wellbeing

BMCA Limited has a new Chair of Trustees

Many of you will have had the opportunity to meet Clover, our new Chair, at the Christmas Fair, but we wanted to officially welcome her to the BMCA family and find out a bit more about here.

This is what Clover told us about herself and her reasons for getting involved with BMCA and how she sees her role.

Clover Hudson - Chair of Trustees
Clover Hudson – Chair of Trustees

I have been living in South Manchester for the past four years and motivated to give back to the local community as a member of the board.  I currently work as a Human Resources Business Partner for a large bank and have held positions in other companies and the public sector.

I see my role as the Chairs primary focus for governing the Organisation by working together with other board members to promote BMCAs best interests.  I will do this by encouraging the staff to engage with and listen to the community and by building relationships with key stakeholders from the wider Manchester area.  Good Governance of BMCA will ensure that the centre can continue to provide the essential services to enrich the lives of the multi-generational community of the Mersey Bank Estate.”

We at BMCA are looking forward to working with Clover to ensure that the centre continues to provide those essential services.