Looking to take up a new hobby this year? Learn a new skill or gain a qualification? Or would you just like to meet new or likeminded people?

There are loads of things happening on your doorstep at community spaces across south Manchester. Take the plunge and try something new – you never regret it!

Westcroft Community Centre, Burnage – winner of Community Space of the Year!

9.30am – 1.00pm Eat Meet and Greet
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ESOL English classes for beginners
Are you struggling with Basic English? This course may be for you!
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Computers for Beginners. We want to help you get, and stay, online!
10.00AM - 1.00PM Age Friendly Drop in Session. Advice for over 50s.
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Drop in Internet Café.
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Sew What Sewing Group
10.00AM – 1.00PM Advice and Guidance Session. Just drop in.
10.30 – 3.00pm Quids In Food Club To join, come along to the club and complete a membership form, bringing along some evidence of claiming Housing Benefit/Universal Credit with you. Please note there may be a waiting list.
12:30pm - 2:30pm Job Club Are you looking for work, voluntary work or training? Drop in for help with your job search.
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Drop in Internet Café.
10am, 12pm, 5pm and 7pm Slimming World meetings.
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Patch What sewing group
Appointment required: Self Help Services. The service is free to access. There is a referral form on www.selfhelpservices.org.uk or you can call the office on 0161 226 3871 and request for a referral pack to be sent out to you.
8am and 10am Slimming World meetings.

Want to run your own session? Community rooms available for hire. Contact Westcroft for more information.


Ladybarn Community Centre – recently reopened!

6:30-7:30pm Hatha Yoga for all levels £5.
12:30-2:30 Ladybarn Over 50’s
For £2.50 enjoy some hot soup and cake and take part in different activities like arts and crafts, quizzes, board games, singing, trips and much more….
12:30-2:30 Ladybarn Over 50’s - for £4.50 enjoy a hot meal and lively game of bingo with prizes to be won!
1:00 – 4:00 get help finding work at the Job Club, including finding volunteering and training opportunities, improve your CV, and practice interview skills.
1:00 - 3:00 Free Stay and Play for families with children 0-4 years old with Sure Start Outreach Workers
10.30am Christ Church Manchester meets

Mondays and Tuesdays
8:30 – 11:00 Affordable Community Playgroup (2-5 year olds)
11:30-12:00 Lunch club
12:00 – 3:00 Afternoon sessions
Mondays and Wednesdays
4-6pm Junior Youth Club Ages 8-12
7-9pm Senior Youth Club Ages 13-19
Konnect Club- 6-8pm Youth Club for young adults with disabilities. Ages 18-25
10-12 Fizz Club - Youth Club for young people with disabilities. Ages 13-25

Community rooms for hire - large hall, medium sized meeting room, small office space - community and business rates available.

Old Moat Learning Hub

10:00 – 12:00 UK Online all ages
12:30 – 2:30 UK Online for Over 50s
Learn to use computers for free with the help of volunteers.
Learn English for Speakers of Other Languages
Wednesday 9:30 – 12:30
Conversation Club and Thursday 9:30 – 12:30 Pre-entry 1.
10:30 – 3:30 get help finding work at the Work Club, search online for free, improve your CV, find training and volunteering opportunities, and be the first to hear about free certified training courses like Health and Safety and Emergency First Aid coming up at the centre.
12:30 – 2:30 Quids In food club runs supplies members with up to £15 of food for £2 per week.

Courses run regularly. Childcare Levels 2 and 3 including help finding a placement, and Health & Social Care Level 2. There is also support to get a Level 2 in Warehousing and Storage with our partner at FareShare.

Withington Assist

2:00-3:00 Learn to use computers at the Digital Drop in for older people
10:30 and 11:30 Get active with chair-based exercise classes for £3 a session
1.30 Join in for a friendly game of billiards for £1.

Day trips and events come up regularly. To find out more or book a place, pop into the Assist Office, or call 0161 434 9216.

Withington Methodist Church

25th March, 22nd April and 27th May
1:30 – 3:30 New Book Club which uses audio books and tactile images. Great for visually impaired and sighted people alike to explore art, history, and nature in a friendly social environment.

Anyone with accessibility needs wishing to attend can contact Diane Roege on 0161 448 4200 to discuss arrangements.

St Christopher’s Church, Withington

Every other Thursday
10:30 – 12:00 Enjoy a coffee morning for over 50s and enjoy some great conversation over a brew.

Friends of Ladybarn Park

Meet Tuesdays 10:00 – 12:00 and the last Saturday of the month 10:00 – 12:00.
An Action Group of volunteers who dedicate time to keep the park beautiful and safe for residents to use Refreshments available free of charge, hand tools provided, and all levels of skill and commitment are most welcome. Regular events, fundraisers, activities and meetings are run for people with a wide range of interests.

Friends of Old Moat Park

Meet the first Sunday of every month for a litter pick of the park in partnership with Grace Church Manchester. They also meet quarterly to raise issues with the park and plan/implement improvements. Over the years, the Friends have put in new paths and fencing, new equipment and planted 1000s of bulbs. New volunteers always welcome.