Are you going through a difficult time mentally or emotionally? Do you have ongoing mental health problems such as anxiety, depression or OCD? Perhaps you are facing a life crisis such as bereavement or divorce? Or maybe you’re having a growing feeling of isolation and loneliness?.
The Fed runs two regular groups for adults – The Drop-In and The Purple Cafe. These offer a safe, welcoming space to meet other people and take part in social activities.
Walk & Talk Groups
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our regular groups and services operating from Heathlands Village were put on hiatus. To ensure that our clients can still enjoy the vital socialising that we provide – which benefits their physical and mental health – we have begun a series of socially-distanced Walk & Talk groups. Taking place twice a week, and facilitated by members of our CAST department, the walks are held each Wednesday at 10.30am and 1.30pm.
The walks are open to everyone, but booking is essential, via firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be guaranteed a very friendly welcome from the staff, volunteers and existing members at The Fed’s Drop-In. The group meets in The Purple Room at Eventhall House in Heathlands Village on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and once a month on a Sunday afternoon.
You can enjoy a warm meal with other members and then join in that evening’s activity. We hold karaoke, bingo, film, drumming, quiz and sports nights, amongst other things. If you prefer you can just sit and have a quiet chat or play games with other members.
Throughout the year The Drop-In holds a number of parties, theatre trips, meals out and other special events.
If you’d like to come to the Drop-In, please get in touch with us first. Once you have become a member you can simply turn up whenever you like; there is no need to book.
The Purple Cafe
The Purple Cafe offers a weekly opportunity to meet new people and relax in the afternoon. This friendly community cafe is held in The Purple Room at Heathlands Village in Prestwich every Wednesday.
You’ll find it a warm, welcoming place to make new friends or bump into old acquaintances. Come and have a chat over tea, coffee and biscuits. You can play a round of Rummikub or Scrabble; get creative making cards; read the newspaper; check your emails; do quizzes and puzzles, or play table-tennis or pool. We also have occasional talks from guest speakers. There’s no need to pre-book – just turn up!
Staff from The Fed are on hand if you could do with an attentive ear. If you need more personalised advice, appointments can be pre-booked with a member of CAST during the cafe hours.
If you’re thinking of coming for the first time and feel a little shy or would like further information please get in touch.
Ladies’ Pilates Class
Do you enjoy pilates or want to join an enjoyable fitness class? The Fed runs a ladies only pilates class every Monday evening in our Purple Room Community Centre at Heathlands Village in Prestwich.
Carers’ Support Groups
Are your responsible for the care of a loved one who cannot manage without your help? You may well be classed as a ‘carer’. The Fed’s Carers’ Project offers support to carers aged 18 and over, who are looking after another adult on an unpaid basis.
Apart from one to one support from our Carers’ Advice Worker, our groups offer you opportunities to be put in touch with and receive support from (and offer support to) other carers. We have three regular groups:
- A fortnightly Carers’ Coffee and Cake Group
- A monthly Male Carers’ Group
- A monthly Carers’ Forum
‘Coffee-stops’ are run by The Fed’s Volunteer Department. These are a wonderful way of meeting other people if you are feeling in need of company.
These are regular social get-togethers, held at different places in and around the community. We meet at the Manchester Maccabi Centre, Sha’are Hayim Synagogue, schools and shopping and garden centres.
Our volunteers can help with transporting you to and from the Coffee-stops and with breaking the ice by joining in with the socialising too.
From time to time, we also offer short-term or one-off well-being, exercise, art or training courses.
There is usually a small charge for our group sessions, courses or activities.