Old Trafford: What’s On?

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What’s On at Old Trafford Wellbeing Centre

We have a range of activities at the centre, hopefully there is something you are interested in joining. Some of our activities require you to book in advance due to room size, others you can just turn up to. 

If you would like to see the measures we are taking at the centre with regards to Covid-19, click here.

Please call us on 0161 877 3719 or email reception@bluescisupport.org.uk if you want more information about the activities or are anxious about attending. We’ll help you to feel safe and comfortable about joining in.

Activities going on in the centre (no need to book – Just turn up)

DayTimeActivity
Monday11:00am - 12:00pmBrew and Chat - Join us for a tea or a coffee and a chat in our cafe. You’re always welcome whether you’re having a good day or a rough one. Open to all, this group is run by our amazing volunteers who can chat to you about how you are doing and connect you with people and services in your community.
Monday1:00pm - 4:00pmGetting to Know You carers group - A supportive group for carers of those with mental health needs run by Trafford Carers Centre. Drop in for support, guidance and a chat. Ring Monica on 0161 848 2400 for more details.
Monday1.00pm - 3:00pmDrama workshop – Basic Theatre - These workshops focus on building confidence and self-esteem through theatre. Join us at these fun sessions. to connect with people who share an interest in performing arts and. You don’t need to book, but for more information please email infototscic@gmail.com
Tuesday10:00am - 12:00pmArt Groups - Whether you are a beginner, or well practiced, everyone is welcome to join our diverse and friendly groups who meet in our art studios. Two groups run at the same time - one based around painting and drawing and developing confidence, and the second focused on painting & drawing and acrylic painting on canvas. You are welcome to bring your own materials, or they can be provided for you. Please note: due to the current pandemic and because our studios are not well ventilated, we would ask that group members wear a mask whilst in these activities.
Tuesday1:00pm - 2:30pmMeditation with Theatre of the Senses - Make a journey of self discovery through a quiet session of meditation. Join with your community and develop mindful awareness and compassion by reflecting to help clear the mind. The group is open to new meditators or people who have practiced for some time.
1st Tuesday of each month10.30am - 12.30pmESOL English Conversation Club - Are you learning English, and want the opportunity to practice with other people in a friendly environment? Join us for the on the first Tuesday morning of each month for the conversation cafe! Hosted by ESOL in our cafe, you can learn English, find out about English courses, enjoy a coffee and make friends. No need to book, you can drop-in and leave when you wish. See you there!
Wednesday1:00pm – 3.00pmDrama workshop - Basic Theatre – These workshops focus on building confidence and self-esteem through theatre. Join us at these fun sessions. to connect with people who share an interest in performing arts and. You don’t need to book, but for more information please email infototscic@gmail.com
Wednesday1:00pm - 3:00pmKnit and Natter - Join our friendly knitting group in a relaxed environment where you can have a drink, talk with others and knit. Open to everyone regardless of ability, you can learn to knit, get guidance with your current project or help others. If you have your own knitting things please bring them, but we can provide them too if needed.
Thursday10:00am - 12:00pmBME Peer Support Group - Join The Trafford BME Mental Health Service for a weekly support group at the centre. Hosted by Pakistani Resource Centre, once a month there will be a guest speaker, and the opportunity every week to connect. Refreshments are provided.
Thursday1:00pm – 3.00pmDrama workshop – Basic Theatre - These workshops focus on building confidence and self-esteem through theatre. Join us at these fun sessions. to connect with people who share an interest in performing arts and. You don’t need to book, but for more information please email infototscic@gmail.com
Thursday12:00pm - 3:00pmBike Repair Group- Come along and get your bike fixed up. The group meet in the car park of Old Trafford Wellbeing Centre, you can't miss them! You can also talk to the group about purchasing a low-cost bike.
Thursday1:00pm - 3:00pmSew Mindful (Embroidery workshops)- Learn the easy and mindful art of embroidery over a relaxing 2 hours with Chris from Hoop Doggy Dog. Embroider a simple design using an embroidery hoop – we’ll supply the designs, fabric and all the equipment you’ll need so you don’t need to worry about bringing anything along. On the day, you’ll learn the hand embroidery basics and Chris will be on hand to support and answer any questions. You will also receive a worksheet to take home which will include the basic instructions and some simple stitch guides so that you can stitch your cares away in your own time. Your embroidery design can stay in the hoop and you can hang it on the wall for show! Once you’ve mastered the skill, you could also try embroidering napkins, pillowcases, tote bags, even clothing etc.

Activities going on in the centre (book in advance)

DayTimeActivity
Monday1:00pm - 3:00pmWoodwork with Tree Things – Join this group in our workshop to get creative and learn new skills. This is a small group of up to 6 people so please contact Patrick on 0161 881 5360 to find out more and book your place.
Tuesday12:00pm - 1:00pmWomen’s Yoga Workshop. - Yoga is at the heart of Health and Wellbeing. Suitable for absolute beginners and those who have enjoyed yoga before. Connect the body with the mind. Please book ahead – contact Rukia on 07920 427 001.
Wednesday1:00pm - 3:00pmPlayers (Music Group) - Would you like a space to meet with other musicians to play music? This is an open group for anyone who plays guitar, drums or bass; join Seed Studios in our studio space for a jam session. Due to space, please contact adam@seedstudios.org to book your place.
Thursday10:30am - 12:00pmHearing Voices Group - This group is free open to anyone who hears voices, see visions or have other unusual sensory experiences. It’s friendly and everyone who attends goes out of their way to help people feel at ease. The group welcomes people whether or not they have a diagnosis, and members may also have other issues that they are struggling with (including unusual beliefs, self-harm and bipolar). They are able to offer one to one support before or after the group if members prefer, so they can feel more at ease when they choose to attend the group. Please contact Claire to book your place: 0161 357 1779.
Thursday2:00pm - 4:00pmCreative Writing Workshops - Join Theatre of the Senses for workshops on writing monologues, poetry and short stories. Develop your writing and creative skills whilst meeting new people. Please book ahead – contact infototscic@gmail.com or call reception on 0161 877 3719.
Thursday7:15pm - 9:00pmDirections for Men Support Group - A group to help improve the wellbeing of men who are struggling. The group meet weekly to talk about things that affect them, provide support and teach techniques that may allow individuals to learn better ways to deal with issues that they may be facing Contact Chris on 07894 971 434 to book your place.
Friday10:00am - 11:00amNEW - Mixed Gender Yoga Class: Yoga with Jojo - A diversifying sequence inspired from Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, delivered at a slower pace for accessibility and modifications to suit a range of abilities. A well rounded practice for mind, body and being. Text Jojo on 07887 920915 to book in as space is limited. A donation is required to attend - donations accepted as per affordability allows.
Friday11:00am - 12:30pmGuitar Group/Ukulele Group - Seed studios presents a Guitar Group/Ukulele group in a social distanced way. Email communityconnector@seedstudios.org to book a place.
Friday11:30am - 3:00pmDrama – Issues Based Theatre - Anyone can join this group, which aims to build confidence through theatre, and create performances focusing on relevant social issues. Please book on to these workshops by emailing infototscic@gmail.com
Alternate Fridays (17/06, 01/07, 15/07, 29/07, 12/08, 26/08, 09/09, 23/09)
VariousWorking Wardrobe appointments - Trafford Working Wardrobe support unemployed individuals in Trafford with free interview clothing and interview coaching in order to boost confidence, identify skills and improve chances of securing the job! If you have an upcoming interview for a paid job, placement or apprenticeship, you can attend a session, receive styling advice and keep the clothing all free of charge. You will also receive 1-2-1 intensive interview preparation with an employment specialist which will involve mock interviews, effective responses and body language. To attend an appointment, you need to be referred to Walking Wardrobe by a member of the BlueSCI team. If you are a known to a Wellbeing Practitioner, talk to them about a referral. If not, please email to request a referral.
Monday-FridayVariousComplementary Therapies (Indian Head Massage and Reflexology) - Take time for you and book a session of Indian Head Massage or Reflexology now. Proven to relieve headaches, tension in the body, stress, hormone related conditions and poor sleep. Claire offers appointments across a range of days and times, and concessions based on your financial circumstances. Treatments take place in our comfortable treatment room at the centre. For more information and to book your appointment, contact Claire on 07855741804.
Saturday & Sunday5:00pm - 7:00pm Weekend Wellbeing Activities- If you are feeling low or want some company at the weekend, why not join us for weekend early evening activities at the centre? Run by BlueSCI at Night, our out-of-hours service, you can get involved in crafts, relaxation, table tennis or board games in a relaxed and calm space. For more information, or to attend, text or call 07933882743 (lines operate Mon-Fri 7pm - 12.30am & Sat and Sun 5pm - 12.30am).

Computers and IT support

We have two computers for public use in our reception. We can also print documents for you (at a cost of 10p per page). If you would like to book a computer for a specific day and time, or would like 121 support on using the computer/internet/Microsoft, please contact us at reception@bluesci.org.uk and a member of the team will pick up your request.

Foodbank Vouchers

The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 420 foodbanks, which work out of more than 1,200 centres across the UK and provide emergency food to people during crisis situations such as redundancy, benefit delays or receiving an unexpected bill. We can issue foodbank e-vouchers for parcels containing a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced food. We issue foodbank vouchers with appropriate discretion, and can discuss further support available at the centre. Call in during our opening hours to enquire about a voucher being issued if you need one.

Prayer space

If you require a quiet space in which to pray whilst you are at the centre, please let us know by contacting reception so we can accommodate your needs where possible. We also have a prayer rug and copies of some religious books available on request.

Free Period Products

Period Products are available in our toilets and are free for visitors to take thanks to Go With The Flow. Please help yourself (we ask that you complete a questionnaire to help identify where there is need, however you do not have to do this).