Neighbourhood Update January 2023: Withington & Old Moat

Neighbourhood Update January 2023: Withington & Old Moat

Below you’ll find our latest bi-monthly Neighbourhood newsletter for the Withington and Old Moat area. This includes local activities, community events, health and wellbeing support and local funding opportunities.

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

Thank you to everyone who attended the relaunch of our face-face neighbourhood partnership on Tuesday 29th November. It was great to see so many of you come along to St Christophers Church to reconnect and take part in the discussions. At the meeting we focussed on the neighbourhood priorities and shared updates on progress of this year’s priorities, as well as gathering feedback from those in attendance about priorities for this year. We shared details of an online poll, asking you to choose the top 3 priorities that you would like the partnership to focus on. This closed on 5th January and the priorities with the most votes are: reducing social isolation, information sharing & communication and winter resilience.

Following feedback received on the day of the last neighbourhood partnership, we will look to rotate future meetings in different venues in Withington, Old Moat and Ladybarn to ensure ease of access for those using public transport to get to the meetings.

The next neighbourhood partnership meeting will take place on Tuesday 7th February 2023 from 10:00 – 12:00 at Ladybarn Community Hub, Royle St, Manchester, M14 6RN. Please click here for full details on the next meeting.

What’s on at Withington Baths

Withington Baths offers a wide range of classes including yoga and pilates, swimming and gym sessions, as well as regular community events.

All these sessions are free for people with a Withington Baths Membership. If you’re not a member you can attend for £2.50, just pay at the reception. All sessions to be booked through Withington Baths directly or on The Gymcatch app.


Age-Friendly Activities at Withington Baths                                

Silver Circuits: Tuesday 3pm & Thursday 1pm

Over 50’s Thai Chi: Monday at 2:15pm

Table Tennis: Tuesday 10:45am & Wednesday 10:00am & Thursday 10:00am

Weekday Swim: 6:30-9:15am & 12-1pm & 6:30-9:30pm


In addition to physical activity Withington Baths now offer:

Over 50’s massage

Thursday 2:15 – 3 pm, starting 26th of January

The workshops are designed for older adults. They are helpful for age-related conditions like arthritis, high blood pressure. In some of the classes, the participants will form pairs with each other.

Cost £5 or free with membership.

Visit / 0161 478 1181 to book classes or for more information.

Address: Withington Baths, 30 Burton Road, M20 3EB

What’s on at Ladybarn Community Hub


Manchester Carers Forum Support Group: 2nd Monday of the month 11am – 12:30pm

Stay and Play for 0-5 year olds: term time 1pm-2:30pm

Youth Club 7-11 year olds: term time 5:45pm-7:15pm contact


Beginners Scottish Dancing: 7:30pm-9:30pm September-May contact


Over 50s cold buffet with arts and wellbeing activities 12:30-2:30pm £2.50.

Gardening club: Seasonal sessions 6pm-8pm Free


Over 50s 2 course hot meal and bingo: 12:30-2:30pm £5


SoundUp at Ladybarn! Over 50s music and singing group

1pm-3pm. Free

Konnect Youthclub run by 4CT: Term Time 6pm-8pm contact 0161 230 1420

Ladybarn Community Hub, Royle St, Ladybarn. M14 6RN

Contact: 0161 224 3733


Ladybarn Hub Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer for Ladybarn Hubs Older Peoples Groups on a Wednesday and/or Thursday?

If so please contact Ladybarn Hub on 0161 224 3733 or visit for more information.

ladybarn hub volunteer poster


Ladybarn Park Health: Walking & Talking Group

Group walking can be good for your health and your social life! Come along to de-stress and meet like minded people for a walk and chat. Suitable for anyone including those 65+.

Every Wednesday at 10:30am until 11:30am – meeting point Parrswood Road near Briarfield Road.

For more details contact Ladybarn Hub on 0161 224 3733

No need to book, just turn up.

Manchester Carers Forum

Upcoming events for Carers in South Manchester:

Carers and the person they care for in South Manchester are invited to join String of Hearts and Carers Manchester South for a free music session! It will be a special occasion to explore the benefits of music for wellbeing and relationships.

When? On Tuesday 31st January, between 2 – 3.30 pm

Where? Benchill Community Centre, Benchill Road, M22 8EJ

To book your free space please contact Steve on 07494 097 568 or

Our next Cultural Awareness Training will be on Friday 10th February, 10am – 1pm.

The training takes place online via Zoom.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact to reserve a place.


Withington Assist Neighbourhood Care

Assist Neighbourhood Care provide a range of support services and activities for older people designed to help them continue to live independent, active and fulfilling lives. These take place at Withington Methodist Church, M20 4AN.

Here’s whats on:

  • Tuesdays: Lunch Club 12-1.30pm Freshly cooked, two course meal. £5 donation with volunteer lifts available when possible. Veggie and halal options available.
  • Wednesdays: Coffee Group 1- 2.30pm “Barbara’s cafe!” in downstairs room at WMC, coffee, chat and hanging out & quizzes. All welcome. £1 donation. Once a month shared reading group takes place during this group.
  • Wednesdays: Digital Drop In 2-3pm Come sit with our worker Aiden and student volunteers in WMC foyer to work through your phone/tablet/laptop woes. Always call first to check it is on. (£1 donation)
  • Fridays: Exercises 10.30am-12.30pm 10.30-11.30 chair assisted 11.30-12.30 seated. Strength, balance and mobility with music and motivation from instructor Ruby. (£3)
  • Fridays: Snooker Group 1-3pm Older men’s snooker group 1-3 at WMC. All abilities welcome, full-size table with refreshments, come break a few frames with friends (£1)

Get in touch: 0161 434 9216 or email

Withington Methodist Church, 439 Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester, M20 4AN

St Paul’s Withington Welcomes

A social group for the community — tea, coffee and conversations!

Everyone is welcome! (Donations gladly accepted)

Hot refreshments are free.

Farsi speaking community welcome, Farsi speakers supporting facilitation.

Withington Welcomes runs every Tuesday 10am-12pm at: St Paul’s, 491 Wilmslow Rd, Withington, M20 4AW

Withington Library Age-Friendly Coffee Morning

Feel free to pop along to this weekly free coffee morning where you can get a hot drink and chat to other local people.

The session is intended for older adults but all are welcome

Mondays 10am-11pm at Withington Library – 410 Wilmslow Road, Withington, M20 3BNT

Contact: 0161 227 3720

Withington Library Age-Friendly Group

Everyone over 50 is welcome to attend this age-friendly group where you can grab a free hot drink, chat with others and even have a game of scrabble if you’re fancy!

The event runs every Friday from 2 pm till 4 pm at Withington Library – 410 Wilmslow Road, Withington, M20 3BN

Contact Cindy Ba 0161 227 3720

Breakthrough UK – Health Connecting

Breakthrough supports disabled adults in Manchester to reconnect with their communities and access helpful local services through one-to-one sessions over 12 weeks.

For more information contact: or call 0161 234 3950

Over 50’s SVP Tea Dance

Every week, St Cuthbert’s hosts a little get-together where you can dance, chat and enjoy some free refreshments. Get active with some uplifting music, or just drop-in for a chat!

Mondays 2pm-4pm (£2 entry with refreshments provided) at St Cuthbert Church, 3 Palatine Rd, Withington, M20 3LH.

Stroke Association

Weekly zoom meeting (every Thursday at 12pm noon)

A session for fellow stroke survivors to meet, chat and offer support:

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 986 5185 3252

Passcode: keG4WT

Monthly Carers’ Meeting (2nd Tuesday of the month at 10am)

A chance for carers of stroke survivors to meet up, offer support and share experiences:

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 970 9782 0546

Passcode: ydVAw9

STAR Stroke Club

Do you care for someone who has had a stroke?

The Star Stoke Club is a support group for both the carer and the person cared for, every Friday.

  • WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Anyone who lives in South Manchester who has had a stroke, and anyone who is a carer to someone who has had a stroke
  • WHO RUNS THE GROUP? This is a partnership between University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust, South Manchester Primary Care Trust and Manchester Carers Forum. This group is affiliated to the Stroke Association.
  • WHEN? Every Friday 9.30am to 12.00 noon (There is no group over Christmas and New Year)
  • WHERE? Church Hall, St Paul’s Church, Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester, M20 4AW

Contact: Michelle Latham (Active Therapy Team) on 0161 217 4920

WhatsApp Group

There’s also a friendly and active WhatsApp group for stroke survivors, carers and volunteers. This is a welcoming place to share stories, support each other and just have a good old chat.

If you are interested, please send Helen a WhatsApp message on 07983 343003.

NHS Healthy Start Scheme

The Healthy Start Scheme offers help to buy milk and healthy food.

If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in some UK shops. Help can be added onto this card every 4 weeks.

You can use the card to buy:

  • plain liquid cow’s milk
  • fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables
  • fresh, dried, and tinned pulses
  • infant formula milk based on cow’s milk
  • Healthy Start vitamins – these support you during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Vitamin drops for babies and young children – these are suitable from birth to 4 years old


Under 18’s: Anyone who is under 18 and pregnant can apply.

Over 18’s, you must be: • At least 10 weeks pregnant or • Have at least one child under 4

See eligibility criteria and how to apply visit or you can call their helpline on 0300 330 7010.

Activities for Young People at Withington Baths

Withington Junior Boxing Club

  • Free to attend
  • Every Monday 4-5pm
  • Expert coaching: fitness, strength, confidence, resilience.
  • Visit / 0161 478 1181 to book classes or for more information.
  • Address: Withington Baths, 30 Burton Road, M20 3EB

Young Peoples Saturday Groups at Ladybarn Hub

Fizz Club

  • Youth Club for young people with disabilities run by 4CT
  • Saturdays (Term Time) 10am-12pm
  • contact 0161 230 1420

Youth Club

  • Saturdays (Term Time) 1pm-4pm
  • contact 0161 230 1420

Address: Ladybarn Community Hub, Royle St, Ladybarn. M14 6RN

Citizen Advice Manchester

Helping you and your family with energy concerns.

  • Financial support and advice
  • How to manage energy debts
  • Advice for saving money on energy bills
  • Ensuring your energy supply is safe
  • Advice on efficient and safe energy options available to you

Contact: Energy Advice Advisers on 0808 164 4406 (Available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

Diabetes: Diet & Lifestyle Session

Tuesday 31st January 10am-12pm at Old Moat Sure Start Centre, Old Moat Lane, M20 1DE.

Please click here for full event details.

Diabetes session flyer. Blue text on white background.

Be Smoke Free

Ready to stop smoking? Be Smoke Free are here for you.

  • Free products, advice and support to help you stop stopping for good!
  • Expert one-on-one support from a nurse to find the best way to stop smoking for you
  • Free stop smoking aids like nicotine patches, gum or Champix
  • Encouragement and support throughout your journey to smoke-free

Be Smoke Free operate from Monday to Friday, 09.00-17.00. They also run several evening clinics until 20.00 if this is more convenient.

Please visit the website for more information:

Expert Patient Programme: Diabetes Self-Management

A free non-clinical course with face-to-face and virtual options for people who are aged 18 or over who live in Manchester and have Diabetes TYPE I OR 2, Pre-Diabetes and/or their carers.

  • Course runs for two and a half hours once a week for six weeks
  • Help to manage your condition and feel more in control
  • Complements treatments and care by supporting you to adopt a healthier lifestyle

Book your place on 0161 371 2105 or email

Office address: Expert Patient Programme, Higher Openshaw Primary Care Centre, Ashton Old Road, M11 1 JG

Community Care Navigators

Our Community Care Navigators operate across the City of Manchester.

It can be difficult to find your way around the range of services that are available. Community Care Navigators will work with you to explore what services you already have in place, as well as helping you get the most out of these services and link you with other options in your neighbourhood.

Community Care Navigators work in tandem with NHS services, mental health services, GP’s, social services (council), housing associations, charities, voluntary groups, social enterprise organisations and other community resources. Requirements can be discussed over the phone or email, or in some cases a home or local community visit can be arranged.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Referrals can be made outside of these hours but will not be actioned until the next working day

If you would like to talk to a Care Navigator or make a referral, please contact the Single Point of Access (SPA) team by phone or email.

Tel: 0300 303 9650


Be Well

Be Well is a social prescribing service for people living in Manchester.

So come to us if you are looking for help with:

  • Getting more support locally
  • Reaching your life goals
  • Motivation, low mood and feeling positive about life
  • Feeling less isolated
  • Reaching a healthier weight or lifestyle

But tell us about the things holding you back too. Things like:

  • Problems in work or finding a job
  • Debt, paying your rent or mortgage, getting the right benefits
  • Managing a long-term condition
  • Where to start and what support is out there

To make living and feeling well part of everyday life, call Be Well on 0161 470 7120 from Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm or email

VSC Grants for Youth and Play Work

Manchester’s Youth Play and Participation Service (YPPS) is looking to award funding to local Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations to support the delivery of YPPS in the city. The Grant focuses on securing the sufficient provision of educational and recreational leisure-time activities for children and young people, and making sure they have a say in the local offer. The YPPS VCS Grant aims to:

  • Connect children and young people with their communities
  • Offer children and young people opportunities in safe environments to take part in a wide range of activities
  • Support the personal, social, political and economic development of children and young people
  • Improve young people’s physical and mental health, and emotional wellbeing, and support them with making key decisions about where they work, live and play

There is a total of £1.2 million available from 1 July 2023 to 31 up to 31 March 2024, then a total of £1.6 million to 31 March 2025 to VCS organisations delivering youth and play services. Successful organisations will need to meet a number of requirements linked to local Manchester strategies and work to meet tangible outcomes that are measurable and reportable.

Apply here:

Small Grants Programme

The Small Grants Programme is returning with rewards up to £15,000. The fund will run until the end of June this year and will prioritise funding projects that can make the biggest difference to people that need it most.

The programme will prioritise projects that focus on environmental sustainability, can demonstrate how they connect with their communities, provide the biggest possible impact to those who need it most and are working with people living in areas of disadvantage.

Applications can be made for awards of between £300 and £15,000, with multiple applications permitted but organisations can only have awards totalling £15,000 or less in any 12-month period.

Only not-for-profit organisations are eligible for the programme and applications should explain the need for the project as well as how end users have been involved in its development.

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