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The Voluntary Services Directory provides information about services available in the Greater Manchester Area. These services are generally provided by the voluntary sector or local authorities and augment, complement or follow on from care provided by the NHS. Availability of services may vary in different areas and some services may be applicable to certain conditions or be relevant for all.

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The Healthy Minds service is for people over the age of 16 years, who are registered with a GP in the Oldham. We offer support and treatment for those who are experiencing symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, low mood / depression, stress, worry or anxiety, feelings of hopelessness panic attacks. It can also help those dealing with the effects of a long-term health problem or chronic pain.

Organisation Address

111 Union Street
Oldham
O11 1RU

Telephone No

0161 716 2777

Web Address

https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/

Email

Via Website

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Referral Type

Other, Self

The Healthy Minds service is for people over the age of 16 years, who are registered with a GP in the Rochdale. We offer support and treatment for those who are experiencing symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, low mood / depression, stress, worry or anxiety, feelings of hopelessness or panic attacks. It can also help those dealing with the effects of a long-term health problem or chronic pain.

Organisation Address

Nye Bevan House
Maclure Road
Rochdale
OL11 1DN

Telephone No

01706 261940

Web Address

https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/

Email

Via website

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Referral Type

GP, Other

The Healthy Minds service is for people over the age of 16 years, who are registered with a GP in Bury. We offer support and treatment for those who are experiencing symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, low mood / depression, stress, worry or anxiety, feelings of hopelessness or panic attacks. It can also help those dealing with the effects of a long-term health problem or chronic pain.

Organisation Address

Humphrey House
Angouleme Way
Bury
BL9 0EQ

Telephone No

0161 253 5258

Web Address

https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/

Email

Via Webiste

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Referral Type

Self

Represent the views of people who use services, carers and the public on the Health and Wellbeing boards set up by local authorities - provide a signposting service to support people who make a complaint about services - report concerns about the quality of health care to Healthwatch England, which can then recommend that the Care Quality Commission take action.

Organisation Address

The Wiend
WN1 1NH

Telephone No

01942 489737

Web Address

http://www.healthwatchwigan.org/

Email

info@healthwatchwigan.org

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Referral Type

Self

Represent the views of people who use services, carers and the public on the Health and Wellbeing boards set up by local authorities - provide a signposting service to support people who make a complaint about services - report concerns about the quality of health care to Healthwatch England, which can then recommend that the Care Quality Commission take action.

Organisation Address

Floor 5 Sale Point
126-150 Washway Road

M33 6AG.

Telephone No

0300 999 0303

Web Address

http://www.healthwatch.co.uk/

Email

info@healthwatchtrafford.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Referral Type

Self

Represent the views of people who use services, carers and the public on the Health and Wellbeing boards set up by local authorities - provide a signposting service to support people who make a complaint about services - report concerns about the quality of health care to Healthwatch England, which can then recommend that the Care Quality Commission take action.

Organisation Address

95-97 Penny Meadow
Ashton-Under-Lyne
Tameside
OL6 6EP

Telephone No

0161 667 2526

Web Address

http://www.healthwatchtameside.co.uk/

Email

feedback@healthwatchsalford.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Referral Type

Self

Represent the views of people who use services, carers and the public on the Health and Wellbeing boards set up by local authorities - provide a signposting service to support people who make a complaint about services - report concerns about the quality of health care to Healthwatch England, which can then recommend that the Care Quality Commission take action.

Organisation Address

1 Levens Road
Hazel Grove
Stockport
SK7 5DL

Telephone No

0161 974 0753

Web Address

http://www.healthwatchstockport.co.uk/

Email

info@healthwatchstockport.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Referral Type

Self

Healthwatch Salford’s mission is to encourage local people, especially those who are most vulnerable and marginalised, to have more control in their lives and to influence the organisations that affect them.
Healthwatch Salford is your independent consumer champion in health and social care. We want local people to get the best out of health and social care services, whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow.

Organisation Address

Unlimited Potential, Innovation Forum
51 Frederick Road,
Salford
M6 6FP

Telephone No

0330 355 0300

Web Address

http://www.healthwatchsalford.co.uk/

Email

feedback@healthwatchsalford.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Referral Type

Self

Healthwatch Rochdale is a public voice on health and social care in the county with the role to listen and the power to significantly influence change within the health and social care system.

Organisation Address

Unique Enterprise Centre
Belfield Rd
Rochdale
OL16 2UP

Telephone No

01706 249575

Web Address

http://www.healthwatchrochdale.org.uk/

Email

info@healthwatchrochdale.org.uk

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Referral Type

Self

Represent the views of people who use services, carers and the public on the Health and Wellbeing boards set up by local authorities - provide a signposting service to support people who make a complaint about services - report concerns about the quality of health care to Healthwatch England, which can then recommend that the Care Quality Commission take action.

Organisation Address

12 Manchester Chambers
West Street
Oldham
OL1 1LF

Telephone No

0161 622 5700

Web Address

http://www.healthwatcholdham.co.uk/

Email

admin@healthwatcholdham.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Referral Type

Self

Healthwatch is the new independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch will play a role at both national and local level and will make sure that the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account.

Organisation Address

St Johns House
1st Floor
155 - 163 The Rock
Bury
BL9 0ND

Telephone No

0161 253 6300

Web Address

http://www.healthwatchbury.co.uk/

Email

info@healthwatchbury.co.uk

Opening Hours

Office Opening Hours 9.30am to 4.00pm (with answerphone 24 hours)

Referral Type

Self

Advice support and information. Service User involvement in local services. Healthwatch Bolton are there to make sure your views on local health and social care services are heard. They do this by listening to what you tell them about how it feels to experience health and social care services in Bolton, then sharing that, anonymised, information with the people who are responsible for buying and providing services locally. They are your Independent consumer champion for health and social care particularly in the Bolton Area.

Organisation Address

Healthwatch Bolton C/O Bolton CAB
26 – 28 Mawdsley Street
Bolton
BL1 1LF

Telephone No

01204 394603

Web Address

http://healthwatchbolton.co.uk/

Email

info@healthwatchbolton.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm

Referral Type

Self

Unlimited Potential provides a range of high-quality, personal services which aim to help people and communities to make a real difference to their lives and neighbourhoods. Through creative and innovative solutions, we tackle personal and social issues which enable individuals and communities to use their strengths and assets in new ways which can fulfil their full potential. We focus on the needs of our customers and respond with appropriate and relevant services which deliver real outcomes – the difference made by people to their own lives.

Organisation Address

Innovation Forum
51 Frederick Road
Salford

M6 6FP

Telephone No

0161 743 0088

Web Address

http://www.unlimitedpotential.org.uk/

Email

info@unlimitedpotential.org.uk

Opening Hours

Ring for an appointment

Referral Type

Self

Promoting health and well being through dietary. Covers full range of health service needs.

Organisation Address

Bridgewater Community Health Care
Smithybrook Road
Wigan
WN3 6PR

Telephone No

01942 482630 or 01942 481712

Web Address

http://www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/

Email

alw.hwb.service@bridgewater.nhs.uk

Opening Hours

Various - access by internet

Referral Type

Self

Weight Management, smoking cessation, sensible drinking, cooking etc.

Organisation Address

Acre House 51 A Manchester Road
Denton
Manchester
M34 2EF

Telephone No

0161 716 2000

Web Address

https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/

Email

healthimprovment.peninecare@NHS.ne

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm

Referral Type

Self

Aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Salford by, in part, providing or supporting other agencies to offer a range of projects and activities in community venues across the area. These include healthy cooking groups, weight support groups, fun exercise classes, alcohol awareness sessions, speakeasy courses, oral health advice, allotment schemes and social support groups.

Organisation Address

Civic Centre
Chorley Road
Swinton
M27 5BY

Telephone No

0800 952 1000

Web Address

http://www.salford.gov.uk/health-improvement-service

Email

health.improvement@salford.gov.uk

Opening Hours

Ring for opening hours

Referral Type

Self

Our aim is to help improve your health and wellbeing of people and communities in Manchester, to help individuals and families live fuller, healthier, happier and longer lives.
Our Health and Wellbeing Advisors will work with you on a one-to-one basis. They will help you identify your own health goals including eating healthier food, exercising, feeling happier, drinking less alcohol and quitting smoking.
If you have long term physical health condition and struggle to exercise then our Physical Activity Referral Service (PARS) might be able to help you increase your levels of activity in a safe and structured environment.
Our Neighbourhood Health Workers are based in your local communities. They are offering training courses and workshops, supporting community groups and organising health events. This will help improve the health and wellbeing community.
If you are working in Manchester, our Knowledge Service can help. We are a library and resource centre for people working in health and social care.
If you work in school, community health or social care setting, and want to improve oral health then our Oral Health Improvement Team can help.

Organisation Address

1st Floor, Fallowfield Library,
Platt Lane,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester
M14 7FB

Telephone No

0161 271 0505

Web Address

https://buzzmanchester.co.uk/

Opening Hours

Contact for details of various schemes & information

Referral Type

Self

To promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and provide information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers.

Organisation Address

The Heaton Centre
Thornfield Road
Stockport
SK4 3LD

Telephone No

07733 320 049

Web Address

https://www.headway.org.uk/supporting-you/in-your-area/groups-and-branches/north-west/headway-south-manchester-stockport/

Email

rachel.s.rees.1@gmail.com

Opening Hours

1 and 3pm on Wednesdays in the Basement at The Heatons Centre,(Stockport Signpost for Carers), Thornfield Road, off Balmoral Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 3LD

Referral Type

Self

After consultation with our members we have two locations for our Drop In sessions, one in Rochdale and one in Bury. These have replaced our meetings at The Yard in Darn Hill Heywood.
We hold monthly Drop In meetings in two locations, one in Rochdale and one in Bury where members of Headway Rochdale & Bury will be available to have a chat and support people with brain injury or their friends and family as well as give information about local services.
We think that meeting in a community venue like the Bean cafe in Rochdale and Delicious at the Fusiliers in Bury makes our Drop In's more accessible and inclusive.
Both are located in the town centre with car parks, Metrolink stops and bus stations within a short walk.

Organisation Address

N/A
N/A

Telephone No

01706 390560

Web Address

http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/sites/headway-rochdale-and-bury

Opening Hours

We hold monthly Drop In meetings in two locations, see website for more details

Referral Type

Self

Our aim is to provide a regular drop in session that provides support for survivors of brain injury and also family members and carers.
Our sessions are normally planned to include an eductaional speaker and lots of time to get to know other members. We also have volunteers who can provide bespoke advice on benefits and finance, legal issues, therapy questions and much more.

Organisation Address

Sunshine House Community Centre,
Vauxhall Road,
Wigan
Greater Manchester
WN1 3LU

Telephone No

07741853250

Web Address

https://www.headway.org.uk/supporting-you/in-your-area/groups-and-branches/north-west/headway-wigan-leigh/

Email

suebrown@taniabrown.com

Opening Hours

Drop-in sessions on the last Thursday of every month 1-3pm

Referral Type

Self

Headway South Manchester and Stockport promotes the understanding of all aspects of brain injury, and provides support and information for the head injured, their families and carers.
We hold regular monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7.30pm. As well as information and advice we have guest speakers on a range of topics chosen by the group members, and social events throughout the year.
We also have a weekly meetings at our drop in centre between 1.00pm and 3.00pm on a Wednesday afternoon with an agenda of therapeutic activities determined by those attending the centre.

Organisation Address

The Heatons Centre
Thornfield Road,
Heaton Moor
Stockport
SK4 3LD

Telephone No

07733 320049

Web Address

http://www.headwaystockport.org.uk/

Email

rachel.s.rees.1@gmail.com

Opening Hours

Every Wednesday 1-3pm

Referral Type

Self

Help and advice given at the end of the phone to help people with personal situations.

Organisation Address

Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 3AG

Telephone No

01629 533190

Web Address

http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/

Email

contact.centre@derbyshire.gov.uk

Opening Hours

Varies on times

Referral Type

Self

Leisure facilities

Organisation Address

Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, 1st Floor
Chadderton Wellbeing Centre
Burnley Street
Chadderton

OL9 0JW

Telephone No

0161 207 7000

Web Address

http://oclactive.co.uk/leisure_centres/

Email

failsworthsc@ocll.co.uk

Opening Hours

See website for various activities & opening times

Referral Type

Self

Embrace Wigan and Leigh is a user-led charity dedicated to helping people with any type of disability and their families who live, work or use services primarily within the borough of Wigan, gain the support they need to live a fulfilling life. Embrace offers information, advice, support, training and advocacy to help ensure people with disabilities live a life as inclusive and meaningful as possible. Embrace believes everyone has a right to live the life they choose and not to become isolated.

Organisation Address

Platt Bridge Community Zone
81 Ribble Road
Wigan
WN2 5EG

Telephone No

01942 233323

Web Address

http://www.embracewiganandleigh.org.uk/

Email

info@embracewiganandleigh.org.uk

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Referral Type

Self

We provide a transport service for residents of Stockport Metropolitan Borough who find it difficult or impossible to use public transport because of their vulnerability (for example frailty or disability) and the location of their starting point or destination

Organisation Address

Oak House
Newby Road Industrial Estate
Hazel Grove
Stockport
SK7 5DA

Telephone No

0161 419 3580

Web Address

http://easygoct.org/

Email

info@easygoct.org.uk

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Referral Type

Self

Disability Stockport is a voluntary organisation which assists and supports people with physical disabilities and/or sensory loss or impairments.
We also offer a wide range of help via our Independent Living & Wellbeing services. These include peer support, life coaching, supported banking, personal budget support, benefit advice and many other activities not restricted to a disability. This including 30 wellbeing groups.

Organisation Address

23 High Street
Stockport
SK1 1EG

Telephone No

0161 480 7248

Web Address

http://disabilitystockport.co.uk/

Email

email@disabilitystockport.org.uk

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm

Referral Type

Self

A variety of clubs open to all Manchester disabled children. We operate a multi-sport approach and activities are adapted to meet individual needs. Classes in term time and holiday activities.
Cycling, Cricket, Netball, Swimming, Athletics, Football, Wheelchair Basketball.
Various days, times, and age ranges. Contact Nicky on email for further information.

Organisation Address

Sports Development Team
Wenlock Way Offices
Manchester
M12 5DH

Telephone No

0161 219 2541

Web Address

https://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/service.page?id=sJxZ4aDEqfc

Email

disabilitysport@manchester.gov.uk.

Opening Hours

Contact for details of various schemes & information

Referral Type

Self

A Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre can help you find a job or gain new skills and tell you about disability friendly employers in your area. They can also refer you to a specialist work psychologist, if appropriate, or carry out an ‘employment assessment’, asking you about: your skills and experience & what kind of roles you’re interested in. May include taking part in a programme such as Access to Work or Work Choice.

Organisation Address

N/A

N/A

Telephone No

0345 608 8545

Web Address

http://www.jobcentreguide.co.uk/jobcentre-plus-guide/34/disability-employment-advisors

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Referral Type

Self

Advice and Support for younger stroke survivors.

Organisation Address

Central Services
9 Canon Harnett Court
Wolverton Mill
Milton Keynes
MK12 5NF

Telephone No

01908 317618 or 0345 130 7172

Web Address

http://www.differentstrokes.co.uk/

Email

info@differentstrokes.co.uk

Opening Hours

See website for details of various schemes

Referral Type

Self

Provide wheel chairs on short term loan. Provide info and help with DLA or attendance allowance application.

Organisation Address

Ground Floor Warwick Mill
Oldham Road
Middleton
Manchester
M24 1AZ

Telephone No

0161 653 2729

Web Address

http://middletondial.inspirem24.org.uk/

Email

middleton.dial@gmail.com

Opening Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11am -1.30pm

Referral Type

Self

Established in 1988, Derbyshire Carers Association supports carers who look after a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, mental health problems or an addiction cannot cope without their help and support.

Organisation Address

3 Park Road,
Ripley,
Derbyshire,
DE5 3EF

Telephone No

01773 833833

Web Address

http://www.derbyshirecarers.co.uk/

Email

info@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri: 09:00 – 16:30

Referral Type

Self

The Sensory Team supports people with a hearing impairment (deafness, deafened, hard of hearing).

Organisation Address

Physical and Sensory Disability Team
Unit 10, Whitney Court
Southlink
Hamilton Street
Oldham
OL4 1DB

Telephone No

(07711313509 text) Minicom 0161 770 4803, TEL; 0161 770 4799

Web Address

http://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200370/sight_and_hearing_loss/554/deaf_and_hard_of_hearing

Email

psd@oldham.gov.uk

Opening Hours

Contact Link Centre for details - 0161 770 4786

Referral Type

Self