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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.


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

Quids in Food Club goes from Strength to Strength thanks to the Busy Bs

Busy Bs Community Action Goup
Busy Bs Community Action Goup



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

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.


Members pay £2 a week and in return they receive approximately £12 of food.  The Busy Bs volunteers,  led by Bernie Ryan, have 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 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”.

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.

Over 60’s Christmas Activities

This Year the Over 60’s Christmas Activities will include

10th December – 1950’s Style Christmas Lunch in Chester http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-christmas-wreath-frame-1-image16762642

To finish off the Year with a Bang –

Wednesday 16th Buffet Lunch – 3 courses 12 till 3 at the Centre.

The St. Ambrose Choir will entertain us with a collection of Christmas Carols after Lunch.

The Club will then close at 1p.m. on the 22nd December and re-open on Tuesday 5th at 10.00a.m.


It really is a hive of activity down here at BMCA for sharing and learning new skills.

This is how you do it! Sheila getting one to one guidance on how to make her new Summer Blouse.
Friday morning cooking on a budget group enjoying the fruits of their labour – of course I was on hand to help with the food tasting – it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!

With the support of Ladybarn Time bank and Southway Housing Trust we are now holdng weekly sewing classes and cooking on a budget classes.  Due to start in the next couple of weeks is a crochet class.If you would like to get involved either in learning new skills or sharing your skills, then please get in touch with Elaine Metz or Margaret Sutherland at the centre on 0161 446 4805, Elaine Wilkinson at Southway to find out about the cooking classes E.Wilkinson@southwayhousing.co.uk and Dave Goslyn to find out about  registering with Timebank at D.Goslyn@southwayhousing.co.uk.

Time to change – Time to Talk 5th February 2015

We’ll be supporting the “Time to Talk Day” on 5th February. With your help, we can end the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems. Led by Mind and Rethink, England’s biggest programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination. Check out http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/ if you would like to find out more or become a Time to Change Champion.

Call into the Centre on 5th February and have a chat and a coffee – find out about all the great stuff we’ve got going on, Volunteeing Opportunities and  other ways you get involved.

Will you give 5 minutes?

Healthy Cooking Course

Our next Healthy Cooking Course is due to start on Thursday 15th January 2015, 11.30a.m. to 1.30p.m.

The course is run by the Emma Farrell, Community Food Co-ordinator, Healthy Living Network and is an opportunity to learn about health & nutrition whilst preparing, cooking and eating delicious recipes.

If you are interested in joining, come along on a Thursday morning and register.