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

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

Below you’ll find our latest Neighbourhood newsletter for Burnage, Didsbury and Chorlton Park. This includes training opportunities, events, health and wellbeing support and funding opportunities.

“Hi all! I hope you’re getting through August and managing whatever challenges the month brings.

For support about exam results there are loads of great tips and info to help you through at BBC Bitesize, here’s the link:  BBC Bitesize exam toolkits

Remember for your diaries — our next neighbourhood partnership meeting is on the 7th September, 12:30-3pm. This is a great forum for info sharing and Manchester Active will be present discussing their offers. If you would like to share your work please let me know and I can add you to the agenda.

For any advice or queries within the area, please get in touch with me at

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

Together Dementia Training

Dementia training- Funded through our Mental Health Task team and Neighbourhood age-friendly funding (MCC).

Together Dementia training course on Tuesday 26 September. There are only a few places remaining, so please let me know ( as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a place. Please take a look at the flyer here for further information.

Through September we will also have 15 places for online 1-2 hour dementia training that can be done in your own time so please let me know if you would like access to this it will be available to complete for 30 days.

Training from Change Grow Live — Providing alcohol and drugs support and advice

We have a new free training session “Introduction to CGL”  Where we will discuss the CGL offer what we do and how to refer into CGL.  Please share with any new staff or staff who may not be aware on what we do.

Please click the link below to see training dates and to reserve your place.

For more details contact Ladybarn Hub on 0161 224 3733

Talk Cancer Training


The Talk Cancer training comes highly recommended and is great for anyone that want to learn more about cancer and its impact on patients.

The Train the Presenter is for people who do presentations to community groups to share awareness of cancer and when to contact healthcare professionals or seek further information

This is a great offer from the cancer alliance who have funded this training for us – let’s get lots of Manchester reps attending!!

Please click here for the flyer with full information.

Time is Now Training – support to get into or back into employment

Southway Housing Trust’s employability course The Time is Now returns on 30th August. Sessions will again be held both in person at Old Moat Sure Start Centre (Old Moat Lane, Withington, M20 1DE) and online via Microsoft Teams, and there will be some guest presenters to cover specific topics. Everyone is welcome on the course, there are no criteria.

The sessions will break down as follows;

  • 30th August (12.00-2.00pm) – Confidence Building
  • 6th September (12.00-2.00pm) – CV Writing
  • 13th September (12.00-2.00pm) – Job searching and applications
  • 20th September (12.00-2.00pm) – Interview technique
  • 27th September (12.00-2.00pm) – Next steps

Please click here for the flyer, with full information.

If you are working with someone who would benefit from the course, then please share their name and contact details to or people can get in touch directly.

Training from Shelter

Rights Awareness Training – From 19th October 
The housing courses aim to assist front-line workers to advocate effectively for their clients and to recognise when to seek specialist legal advice. It is best to attend all three courses as they help give a breadth of housing knowledge. The courses are free and tend to be online. Shelter also runs face-to-face courses when there is a demand, so please get in touch if you would like to arrange training specifically for your workplace. Each course is limited to a maximum of 15.

Please contact for more information.

School Holiday Summer Immunisation Clinics

Is your child up to date with their secondary school immunisations? Over the summer, we’re running clinics for children in year 8 and above who live or go to school in Manchester. Clinics are at Brownlea Green Health Centre, Manchester Communication Academy in Harpurhey and Etihad Stadium and booking is required. Read the full timetable and all the details here:

The number to book or where families can find out if children are up to date or not is 07973 698 166

Manchester Healthy Weight Strategy Newsletter Piece

Health Development Coordinator Fiona Vincer shares news of diabetes and nutrition training being carried out in the Burnage, Didsbury and Chorlton Park neighbourhoods.

Our neighbourhood has the highest proportion of people living with type 1 diabetes of any other Manchester Neighbourhood. Within our communities with type 2 diabetes, we know our Asian and black African and black Caribbean are most effected and experience the highest inequalities.

We started work with our Primary care network of local GPs to support people with their annual review. Patients with the highest proportion of non-attendance over 2 years were targeted and partnering with our PCN social prescribers and District nurses, patients from the practice with the highest inequalities were contacted, resulting in around 60% patients booked in for the review. Conversations revealed a variety of challenges around patients managing and feeling confident in their own conditions. We held focus groups in our communities and found out that many people didn’t understand the value of having a review, for others, it wasn’t always clear or possible to remember and interpret the volume of information they received, many experience digital exclusion and could not access or understand the array of supportive materials that were available, many have multi-generational issues within the family, and found it challenging to navigate the information they received.

To address some of the issues raised and provide effective management of diabetes, we are starting peer support groups. We are seeking to deliver accessible education sessions looking at nutrition, healthy weight, physical exercises, and well-being, whilst focussing on different cultural needs and how this can impact on managing diabetes. The groups also aim to be an ongoing resource close to home where our PCN GPs and nurses can refer patients to learn about and get support around diabetes

Level 2 award in Nutrition for Health has also been successfully delivered with 14 Asian women in Burnage, as part of ongoing work to reduce health inequalities for this community and build stronger relationships and trust. The outcomes sought for the women were to increase knowledge and information around food choices, health and cooking; create in a mutually supportive environment; explore challenges and solutions together, especially where English is not the first language.

Following completion of the course, women reported the changes they would make included, to fry less, grill and bake more, use less salt and oil, look at traffic lights on labels and guide to recommended intake, apply learning to their job with children and pass information to family and friends.

We continue to build work and relationships with this group of women, many of whom are also involved in an Asian’s women community health group.

To read the whole of the Manchester Health Weight Strategy newsletter, please click here. 

Funding for Digital Inclusion

Funding opportunity offered by Cellnex. They are trying to support grassroots community organisations, by providing up to £5,000 in funding for any digital inclusion projects.

Applications close Friday 18th of August. Read more here if you are interested!

Additionally, there is also a smaller fund which can support groups of local residents and constituted community groups (with an income of under £2,500) to start new project activities by awarding up to £500 for local digital inclusion initiatives. More about this here!

Please get in touch with the Cellnex team if you have any questions at: or phone 0161 214 0940.

In addition to this, submissions should consider how the project adds value to services currently available in their community, and show how the organisation will collaborate with other groups to maximise the project’s impact. Apply here

For more information on the above funds contact – Dan Roberts (Neighbourhood Physical Activity Officer) / 07736 918675

£76m Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund launched – Locality

Please see below information on the recent launch of the £76 million Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund (CCLF). It’s aimed at small to medium-sized VCSE organisations or CICs with an annual turnover of between £10,000 and over 1 million. The deadline for applications is 16 October 2023 at 12 noon

This funding is for organisations that support people and communities in England under severe pressure because of the increased cost of living.
By community, we mean people living in the same local area. The main priority is to fund organisations supporting low-income households and individuals.
You can apply for between £10,000 and £75,000. If you need £10,000 or less you could try our National Lottery Awards for All fund.

To apply your organisation must already run critical services around at least one of the following:

  • food and emergency supplies – like food and baby banks or the provision of hot meals, clothes or toiletries
  • emergency shelter – like night shelters or other accommodation for people experiencing homelessness
  • safe spaces – like domestic abuse services and youth services
  • warmth – like warm rooms and spaces
  • financial and housing advice – like giving people advice because of the increased cost of living

Interested? Please click here to learn more!