Neighbourhood Update - 26th September 2023: Didsbury, Burnage & Chorlton Park

Neighbourhood Update – 26th September 2023: Didsbury, Burnage & Chorlton Park

Below you’ll find our latest Neighbourhood update for Burnage, Didsbury and Chorlton Park. This includes training and job opportunities as well as health and wellbeing support.


Thanks to all who braved the scorching weather to be part of our September meeting on Thursday 7th in Chorlton Park! We had a great time discussing priorities projects and spending money.

If you’d like to see the information discussed about existing/new projects and their impacts, please feel free to download a copy below.

September Partnership Proposals [Word doc approx 948KB]

The proportion of funding was allocated to projects presented, providing really helpful guidance and feedback. The development of the detail of the projects is still to be determined, so there may be some unallocated as a result of this, which can mean some flexibility through the rest of the year.

We also heard from Dan at Manchester Active about the service development within PARS and the vision for partnership working around physical activity and linking in. Information is available below, as a Powerpoint presentation.

MCR Active New PARS Model Presentation [Powerpoint (pptx) approx 880KB]

Thanks again for all your support, insights and enthusiasm for the partnership and look forward to seeing you all again on 1 November 10am  to 12pm (Venue TBC)

If you would like to share or discuss anything in the meantime, please get in touch —

— Message from Fiona Vincer, Health Development Coordinator for Burnage, Didsbury & Chorlton Park

BMCA Training – Certificated Courses

BMCA are offering two courses over the next few weeks. One covers preparation to work in schools, while the other focuses on customer service for health and social care settings. There is flexibility around these courses, so if you’re interested please get in touch with Janette at Barlow Moor Community Association —


Phone: 0161 446 4805

The courses are held at BMCA on Mersey Bank in Chorlton Park. If you need help with transport please email

Law Centre Training — for volunteers social prescribers, receptionists, carers groups, admin, social care and anyone working in health & social care

Date: Wednesday 11th October

Time: 2pm

Venue: Westcroft Community Centre, 26 Westcroft Rd, Manchester, M20 6EF

This free training will focus on maximising household income and will include an overview of the benefits system. There will also be signposting advice and links to legal projects in the area.

Please get in touch with if you’d like to attend.

Mental Health Task Team – Online Training Opportunity

Our Mental Health Task Team has funded 20 places for anyone in our neighbourhood to take an online introductory course that covers being more inclusive to people in the community living with dementia.

The online course takes around an hour to complete with a focus on dementia and Alzheimer’s, how it affects people and what can done to be supportive.

If you’re interested, please get in touch with — who will provide a link (must be completed in 30 days).

Sow the City

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture training on Saturday 4th November, 10am to 4pm at Quarry Bank.

Sow the City’s course will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to become a therapeutic facilitator. You’ll learn how to create a safe and supportive environment, lead engaging and effective group discussions, and help participants develop valuable coping skills and insights.

For more information and to book the course, please follow this link.

Flu Notices for Parents and Carers

Please click the link below to view an easy-read letter detailing the flu vaccination.

Flu Vaccine Easy Read Document [PDF approx 1.4MB]

For more information on the flu vaccine, please visit

MCRactive Update – Physical Activity and Movement

Some of you may know the PARS team joined MCRactive from Buzz at the start of the year. Since joining, the physical activity and movement team has been working with the PARS team to address some challenges and enhance the offer. I won’t go into too much detail as the attached document gives an overview. The main changes are the introduction of two new pathways and an additional five conditions/ disorders added to the referral criteria. I’m unsure if you make referrals to PARS, but I’m sure care navigators will. One more thing to be aware of regarding the referrals is that we are working to get our form embedded in Gateway, as this was an ask from primary care.

This is all driven by our ambition to create a single point of entry for physical activity referrals via our digital activity matchmaker:

Whilst the changes to PARS are exciting, our new approach to neighbourhoods will help us support and help residents become more physically active and improve their health. Rather than multiple teams delivering different physical activity interventions across the city, we have moved from programme focus to neighbourhood focus. This means a North, Central, and South team will deliver multiple programmes for their area. The hope is that we can be better connected to the needs of each neighbourhood and use data and health priorities to shape our service.

Each area will have a manager, a neighbourhood officer, two referral officers, and a PARS tutor. These teams will deliver PARS, support neighbourhood health priorities, and tackle health inequalities through physical activity and movement.

In addition to the above, we have a physical activity and movement coordinator who works on citywide health projects and pilots. We currently have two projects running: Deconditioning/ Frailty and Breath Better.

North Manchester 

MANAGER: Craig Jones –


REFERRAL OFFICER 1: Richard Forshaw

REFERRAL OFFICER 2: Lee Connaughton

PARS TUTOR: Tessa Sumner


Central Manchester

MANAGER: Richard Harcourt –


REFERRAL OFFICER 1: Stacey Howarth


PARS TUTOR: Ruby Usher


South Manchester 

MANAGER: Obinna Wray –




PARS TUTOR: Eric Delmont





David Medical Centre – Health Care Assistant Vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Healthcare Assistant to join a small friendly GP surgery in South Manchester.

Main duties of the job: Working under the direct supervision of the Lead Nurse in accordance with specific practice guidelines and protocols, the Healthcare Assistant will assist the practice clinical team in the provision and delivery of prescribed programmes of patient care.

Please click here to download the full job description [Word doc approx. 16KB]

Barlow Moore Community Association – Community Development Worker Roles

Barlow Moor Community Association are recruiting for two Community Development Workers

Location: Chorlton, Manchester
Hours: 30 hours per week Monday to Friday
Salary: £19,838 – £20,566 pro-rata — Fixed-term contracts (initial six-month contract)

Closing date: Friday 6th October 2023

For further information and to request a job pack please contact or 0161 446 4805

Carers Manchester – Help for Unwaged Carers

Photo of woman looking forward. Text reads: "we care so you can feel supported". The Carers logo is also present.

Are you an unwaged carer in Manchester? Not sure what benefits you are entitled to? Michael is the Carers Welfare and Benefits Officer, and can talk to you about claiming the right benefits, so you can get ready for Winter.

Carers are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.Get in touch to arrange an appointment — Phone: 0161 543 8000 / Email: