New volunteer training session at CGN

On Wednesday 1st November 7 new volunteers came for  a session with CGN trainer Debra McCallion covering topics such as

  • What is working well with the volunteering
  • What are the challenges , in particular around 1-1 home visiting
  • Revision of volunteer boundaries
  • Confidentiality and safeguarding

CGN is still receiving inquiries from young people in full time work but willing to support an older person at weekends or early evening, either with home visits or taking them to the shops or out to a café


Building the Garden Shelter

Building the Garden Shelter

Michael and Ian, with the assistance of Paul & myself (Bernard) constructed a shelter for the Good Neighbours garden yesterday (18-08-17). The weather didn’t make it easy, but by dodging the showers we nearly got it done. Finally it got just too wet to finish, but we will be back on Sunday to complete the job. Then we will be able to be out in the garden in all weathers!

Before we got started on the shelter, I thought it would be a good idea to give the table a coat of timbercare paint

About to get started. We were interrupted several times by rain

Marking out the size of the shelter

Paul lending support

Michael (who is the Good Neighbours treasurer) in action


Michael worked out a nifty way of making sure the shelter was fixed by drilling a amll hole and putting a screw in the base of each post which fitted the hole

Here comes the rain….


This is how we left it at the end of day one

List of Community Groups and Social Support Contacts in Chorlton and Whalley Range

List of Community and Social Support Contacts  for older people in Chorlton & Whalley Range

This list has been drawn from a list of such groups in South Manchester circulated bythe Chorlton Dementia Support Group, As with all such lists it soon becomes out of date as some groups and services close and others emerge. Let me know if you have any updated information or details of other groups that should be included


Age UK Manchester Day Centre – Crossacres: £30 to attend privately and Social Services can ‘spot purchase’ a place from us for £37.74. If the family wish to involve social services they can make a referral via the contact centre, or Michelle can do it on their behalf. That will then mean that they are assessed by a social worker and if they meet the criteria they will receive a funded place(s). Transport available throughout South Manchester including Chorlton. One restriction would be behavioural problems that impact upon others e.g. aggressive. Clients must be able to transfer from a wheelchair to the toilet with 2:1 support. The centre provides excellent respite for full time carers. T. 0161 437 0717 or 0161 498 8266

Barlow Moor Community Association: Over 60’s group at 23 Merseybank Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7NT. Contact Elaine Metz T: 0161 446 4805 on Tues, Wed & Thurs at 9.30am

  • Tuesday 10am-4pm – 10am breakfast and craft, 12pm lunch, 1-4pm social activities (personal choice).
  • Wednesday 10am-4pm – 10am mature movers chair based exercise classes, 11am tea/coffee cake and catch up (information), 12pm lunch, 1pm card making, 1.30pm bingo, 2.30pm social activities.
  • Thursday 10am-4pm – 10am breakfast, 11am craft, 12pm lunch, 1pm social activities.
    Lunches are delivered to those who live in the immediate area and are unable to get to the community centre. There are at least 5 trips planned throughout the year at a small cost, and one annual holiday.

Chorlton Good Neighbours:
We are a Neighbourhood Care Group looking after and engaging older people in our community which consists of Chorlton, Chorlton Park and Whalley Range. We offer practical services and social and personal support from both fellow members, volunteers of all ages and our 3 workers.
Befriending visits are provided for older people who have restricted mobility. Telephone referrals only,  Main contact Helen Hibberd 0161 881 2925. Best to call Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri between 9.30 – 12.30.

CGN Meetings and activities take place at Wilbraham St Ninian’s United Reformed Church, Egerton Road South Chorlton Manchester M21 0XJ. Members are mostly 65+.

  • Exercise class Mon pm, Wed pm and Fri at 1.30 – 2.30pm.
  • Tues 1pm-3pm Snooker, darts, bowls and cards afternoon at a local cricket club in Chorlton for older men
  • Crafts group Wed pm.
  • Thurs 10am-11.30am Coffee and Craft Session (Transport available if you have limited mobility)
  • Thurs 11.30am –12.45pm Melodics Singing Group at Wilbraham, St Ninians Church
  • Thurs 1.30pm-3pm History Talks £1.50 plus coffee and tea. For Older Men (1st Thurs of the month at St NiniansChurch Hall, Egerton Road South).
  • Fri 10am – 1pm Gardening Club at the plot of land at the back of CGN
  • General care and support includes prescription collection and one off shopping, wheelchair pushing, dog walking. Transport to and from hospitals and GP’s etc. Handyman service / help with small practical tasks and DIY.

Chorlton Library

Grand day out – Informal IT drop in and social group. Over 55s.  People can take their own tablets, laptops etc. People can learn computer skills e.g. using social media and organising photos. Also arrange trips out too. Contact Dale: T: 0161 227 3700 or 07717788559 Fridays – 14:00 – 16:00. No need to book just turn up.
Chorlton Library:Regular Events:

  • Benefits surgery (Help and advice about Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit) on Thursday 10am – 4.30pm (Please phone the Revenues and Benefits Unit on 0161 234 3695 for an appointment)
  • Coffee Morning on last Friday of the month 10am – 12pm
  • Silver Surfers 55+ ICT group every Friday at 2pm – 4pm

Other services: Books in a wide variety of languages, newspapers and magazines, talking books, cds, dvds and videos for loan, health information point. Open Monday and Friday: 9am to 5pm: Tuesday and Thursday: 9am to 8pm: Saturday: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. At Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9PN. Phone 0161 227 3700 Email

Chorlton Park Adult Learning Centre:
Mauldeth Road West, Chorlton, M21 7HH. Computer and internet courses. course run at least 3 times a year in main centres. You can join after a course has started if there is space. Phone 0161 254 7421 for more information.

Chorlton Nutty Knitters:
They meet on Fridays 1pm – 3pm at Arden Court off Cundiff Rd, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8EW. Entry is £1 including a hot drink and biscuits and there’s an optional 50p raffle. All welcome from beginner to expert! For more info contact Brenda on 0161 860 0061 or

For the 50+ The drop-in sessions run every Wednesday between 12-4pm, it’s completely FREE! Takes place at Stitched Up, 527B Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UF, opposite the North Star Deli on Wilbraham Road. Go down the short lane by the side of Maple Kitchens & Bathrooms. It’s right opposite a bus stop and 50 yards from the tram. Phone 0161 881 7141 for more info or email

Chorlton Alternative Art Class:
Includes still life drawing, theatrical drawing, performance drawing, photography and more! Wednesday evenings 7.30 – 9.30pm at the Edge Theatre and Arts Centre, Manchester Road, M21 9JG. This is a peer-led drawing group with occasional guest tutors, specialising in life drawing, theatrical drawing, performance drawing and more. The group was founded in 2010. They aim to provide a drop-in art class for South Manchester and all levels of ability. Costs £6 per class. Contact Chris Bartram for more information on 07900 436 466 or email

Pottery Corner:
Paint your own pottery studio. They will then professionally glaze and fire your items within a week. You pay a £5.00 fee plus the price of the ceramic items you wish to paint, which start from £3.00 per item. Open Tues – Sat: 10am – 6pm (Late night opening Thurs till 8pm) Sun: 11am – 5pm. Venue: Beech Road, Chorlton,
M21 9EL. For more info phone 0161 882 0010.

St. Barnabas Church,
Hurstville Road, Chorlton, M21 8DH: Coffee Morning – Takes place every Friday from 10.30am. Contact Phil Gay on 0161 881 1871.

Counselling – Face to Face:
An independent organisation run by volunteers. One-to-one personal counselling for adults (i.e. over 18) and a weekly 2 hour therapy group. The adult service is exclusively for people on low income who cannot afford to pay private rates. Open 7 days a week 9am – 8pm. Venue: St Clements Church, St Clements Road, Chorlton, M21 9AE. For more info phone 0161 881 1535 or email

Chorlton Anxiety Group – Support Group:
For sufferers of all anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, OCD, social phobia etc. Meets every Tuesday 7-9pm. Contact: Andrea Phone: 0161 226 3871 The service is free and works on a drop in basis. Email: Website: Address: Chorlton Methodist Church, Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9JG.

Chorlton Allotment Project / The Lost Plot: Gardening group
based at Southern allotments off Nell Lane, Wintermans Rd, Chorlton, Manchester, M21. Takes place every Sunday from 1pm onwards. Free attendance. Each member may take home some produce for themselves. Phone or email before attending to check its going ahead. Contact Clare Walker on 07595 873 221 or Sarah 07930 898 935.

Grow For It: Gardening group and drop in at Scott Avenue Community Plot weekly sessions at Sat at 11am (2 hrs), Sun at 2pm (2 hrs), Wed at 6pm (1.5 hrs) (British Summer Time only for this last slot). Phone Lucas 07973 139 068 or 07521 500 223.

Debdale Eco Centre
Chorlton: (Whalley Range and Cheetham areas too). Gardening club based at Arden Court, 1 Oakhouse Drive, Chorlton, M21 8EW meeting every Monday at 2-4pm in the communal lounge, FREE to attend. Contact: Helen Dodd T: 0161 220 9199 / 07954 362 896 Email:

Hough End Leisure Centre: 480 Princess Rd Manchester M20 1HD tel: 0161 641 6300

  • Swimming for Manchester residents aged 60 and over, this is a free activity all year round during public swimming sessions.
  • Zumba classes for the over 60’s every Friday at 11.30am costs £1.50

Egerton Court Lunch Club:
Open to anyone 55+ and resident in Manchester. It’s a good way to get out of the house and spend time with other people having a chat and something good to eat. Venue: 35a Edge Lane, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9HF. Lunch is served at 12pm prompt every Friday and is followed by a game of bingo. Costs £3 for a meal, including dessert and a drink. Contact Frances Farley for more information on 0161 881 0894 or Email

Holland Court Sheltered Scheme:
383 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, M21 8BF. Contact Jabeen Qurashi on 0161 881 4046 or email Free exercise class every Monday at 10.30am onwards. Yoga 10.30am every Wed. Coffee Morning every Wed 11.30am onwards. Hairdressing every Thurs 12pm onwards. Services are open to anyone aged 55+ you don’t have to be a resident.

Pakistani Resource Centre:
Drop in available at Ashville Medical Surgery, Chorlton on Fridays 9 – 12pm. Aims to empower South Asian Communities to confront some of the problems they may experience, includes Trafford South Asian Mental Health Project, Help the Aged Project, South Asian Offenders and families Project, Welfare Rights Project, Counselling and translation services. All workers speak Urdu and Punjabi. Based at 1 Great Marlborough Street Manchester M1 5NJ Tel: 0161 434 7800 Email: Other drop in’s available in Cheetham Hill and Longsight.

The Edge Theatre, Arts Centre and café:
At Chorlton, Manchester Road, M21 9JG. 70 seat theatre. For more information or to get a programme phone 0161 282 9776.

Ashiana – Middle Eastern, East African, Asian and Sub-continent meals service: Available 7 days. Meat, Vegetarian, Fish, Halal, Diabetic and low salt diets catered for. Meals delivered 9.00am to 3.00pm Groceries-To-Go – purchase of additional groceries, collecting prescriptions, checking up on clients recently home from hospital, small handiwork, hot and frozen meals. Covers Burnage, Didsbury, Withington, Chorlton. 262 Upper Chorlton Road Old Trafford Manchester M16 0BNTel: 0161 861 9829 or 07958 284 498 07944 405 332 E-mail:

Chorlton and Didsbury Food Bank:
Opening Times – Monday 11am to 1pm at Buckthorn House, Nell Lane, Chorlton, M21 7UG. Wednesday 11am to 1pm at Christ Church Hall, Darley Avenue, West Didsbury, M20 2ZD. Friday 11am to 1pm at St. Barnabas, Hardy Lane, Chorlton. M21 8DH. For enquiries please contact us on
07938 191 038 or email

Stroke Café
Barlow Moor Community Centre (2016): 23 Merseybank Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7NT from 10am to 1pm on Tuesdays  5 January, 2 February, 1 March, 5 April,  3 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August, 6 September,  4 October, 1 November, 6 December. A two course lunch is available for a small charge. Tea and coffee are free. Phone Helen Gilbertson for more information: 0161 742 7482 or 07983343003. N.B if we’re signposting people to this then they should be referred to Helen Gilbertson from the Stroke Association so she is aware of the person’s background, needs etc.

Together Dementia Support:
Carers drop in group on 3 out of 4 Tuesdays 7-9pm at Chorlton Central Church Barlow Moor Road M21 8BF. If you cannot leave the person with dementia at home our volunteers will chat with him or her and engage them in simple activities whilst you participate in the group. It’s best to phone head. Contact Sally Ferris on 07854 335 890 or

Buckthorne House Centre: 2-4 Buckthorne Close Chorlton, M21 7UG. Contact Diane Roege Community Centre closing March 2017

Intergen (Chorlton Cluster):
Volunteering which brings older people and children together in primary and secondary schools for their mutual benefit. Activities variable. Contact Estelle Longmore on 0161 264 0089 or 07798 707 795. The process involves: you or the potential volunteer contacting Estelle by phone or email. She would arrange to meet the volunteer either in their own home or in a coffee shop.  They would complete an application form; Estelle would interview them about what they hoped to get from volunteering as well as what Intergen might expect.  She would follow up 2 references and do a DBS (no cost involved). They would discuss which school they might like to help in and what they might do. When all that is done satisfactorily Estelle would introduce them to the school of their choice. The volunteer would meet the school co-ordinator and things would begin! (not sure this is still operating in Chorlton-BL)

St John’s Centre: St John’s Road, Old Trafford, M16 7GX. T: 0161 872 7795. Email:

  • Trafford African Carribean over 50s club. Every Wednesday in the main hall from 12-4pm. For over 50’s with an African Caribbean heritage. There is an exercise group and dominoes before the serving of lunch.  This is followed by a popular game of bingo with cash prizes.
  • Lots of other permanent activities eg women-only Step Aerobics class; courses: Discover Manchester (ESOL) Computing (various levels) Chemistry (FREE) Photography, Gardening

Southway Housing Trust:
Manages and improves homes in Chorlton. Website has information on how to report repairs, paying your rent online, buying and renting a home. Phone 0161 448 4200 Fax: 0161 448 4334 Email It has its own Age Friendly Team. It also has its a Time Banking scheme (sharing skills service) run by Ian Peppard,

Adastral House: (“Johnnie” Johnson Housing Trust Limited) A lively and friendly retirement scheme for those aged 60+. Each self contained property has its own kitchen, bathroom and front door. For more information phone 0845 604 1095.

Adactus Housing: Neighbourhood Development Officer on the Neighbourhood Team Natasha Lows 0161 203 2640.

South Manchester Men’s Shed  Whalley Range and Chorlton.38 Merseybank Parade, Chorlton Park, M21 7NN r Contact: Hywel T: 0161 861 8456 Email:  FB:


Whalley Range

Angolan Community Centre:
(Deriving from the Republic of Angola in Southern Africa). Services include occasionally women’s discussion groups, basic advice and free interpretation services. 136 Withington Road Whalley Range M16 8FB 07940 076853

African and Caribbean Mental Health Services:
Includes casework, advocacy, drop-ins, counselling, self-help group, education and training and a carers group. Windrush Millennium Centre, 70 Alexandra Road, Manchester, M16 7WD. Tel: 0161 226 9562.

  • There’s also a Men only group every Thurs from 10am – 12pm, the group is introducing a voluntary £2 subs to contribute towards trips out etc.
  • There’s also a Women’s group every Tuesday from 1.30-3.30pm.
  • There’s also a music drop-in every Tuesday from 12.30pm – 5pm. Encourages people to express themselves through music and learn how to play an instrument. Contact Paul Roberts 0161 226-9562 for more information.

Community on Solid Ground:
Older men’s group (55+). Every Friday 2 – 4pm at Manley Park Play Centre, York Avenue, M16 0AS. Pool, board games, other activities and refreshments. It’s mainly Asian men attending however men from other ethnic backgrounds are also welcome to join the club. Contact: Mr Munir Afzal T: 07811348059 or Mr Hafiz Chohan T: 07758884146. Main office: 0161 881 4631.

Indian Senior Citizens Centre: Day centre for those aged 55+ offering advice and information, English language classes, advocacy service (the cost depends on the amount of work undertaken), library, respite care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropody and screening clinic. Social and recreational activities, including arts, handicrafts, sewing, exercise classes. Daily lunch club and hot meals costing £2.50. There are also occasional outings and coach trips. Transport is provided to and from the centre for £1.50. They cover Manchester, Stockport, Trafford, Salford and Bury. Based at 16-18 Whalley Road, Whalley Range, M16 8AB. Tel: 0161 232 7994 or 0161 232 0999. Email: Open Mon – Thu 9:30 – 16:30. Yearly membership £15:00.

Age Friendly Whalley Range – Chris Ricard, email: web: phone 0161 881 3744

  • Time to Change: Whalley Range self-help and wellbeing group. Every Friday from 13/11/15 at 6 – 8pm. Free and volunteer led offering pool, table tennis, Tai Chi, food and good company. Takes place at JNR8 Community Centre, Cromwell Avenue, 82 Cromwell Ave, Manchester M16 0BG. 0161 881 3744 or
  • Cromwell Community Cuppa: Chat and a cup of tea. Every Wed between 14:00 – 15:00 at JNR8 Community Centre, Cromwell Avenue, 82 Cromwell Ave, Manchester M16 0BG. Contact Chris T: 0161 881 3744.
  • Whalley Range Taste Buds / Eat Well Stay Well this winter.
  • Tai Chi class at JNR8 during term time on Mondays at 1.30 – 2.30pm

Link Good Neighbours:
Fallowfield, Rusholme, Whalley Range, Hulme & Moss Side: 1-1 Befriending visits T. Referral by email including clients personal and contact details, social and basic health information or call through on 0161 225 1064 (Mon– Fri 9–5). Suzanne Cooper (LINK) Simon Bradley (LINK TWO) Brian Owen (LINK TWO) Lydia Anthony (Trinity House CRC). Services – home visits, gardening for people who can’t manage it, taking wheelchair users out to the local park, reading letters and newspapers to people who are sight impaired, helping to do the shopping for people with mobility problems, helping people with mobility problems to get to medical or other appointments.

Whalley Range, Rusholme, Fallowfield, Hulme & Moss Side: Group activities which take place at Trinity House, Grove Close, Fallowfield, M14 5AA T. 0161 225 1064

  • Monthly coach trips out across the northwest phone for more info.
  • Coffee and computing, Arts & Crafts, quizzes and movies every Mon 2pm – 4pm at Tangmere Court, Dudley Road, Whalley Range, M16 8DF.
  • Arts & Crafts, quizzes and movies (no computing) every Wed 2pm – 4pm at Hibiscus Court, 16 Sedgeborough Rd, Manchester M16 7HU.
  • Arts & Crafts Group, every Wednesday at 1.30pm at Trinity House or, on the last Wed of each month, at the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Platt Fields Park (just across Platt Lane from Trinity House). Costs 50p no need to book.
  • Coffee mornings every Friday from 10:30am including quizzes or art projects, and leading right through to lunch at midday. Lunch costs £3 per person and includes a main course and dessert.
  • Health walks, take a gentle stroll around Platt Fields Park, followed by refreshments. Phone for more info.
  • Easy Rhythms Circuit Class, Every Thurs at 12-1pm. A low impact circuits based exercise class suitable for older people or people new to exercise. Exercises can be adapted for chair based exercise and everybody is welcome. Sessions are £1 each.
  • Every Thursday at Will Griffiths Court, 3 Elwick Close, Whalley Range, M16 7LAfrom 10am to 1pm, join the local men’s group for tea/coffee, food, activities and use of the computers. £2 per session. Phone for more info.
  • Coffee and Computing sessions run to help local people get online and understand how to use the internet. Sessions are open to people of all abilities, whether you’ve used a computer before or not. If you know someone who’s like to get online for the first time, why not pass the message on. We have volunteers ready and willing to talk you through simple activities in basic computer use, email and social networking. All sessions are free of charge and there is no need to book, although the number of computers available is limited. Our Coffee and Computing Sessions run as follows:
  • Every Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm – Zion Community Resource Centre, 339 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 4ZY
  • Every Friday 2:00-4:00pm – Trinity House Community Resource Centre, Grove Close, Rusholme, M14 5AA

Debdale Eco Centre – Whalley Range: (Chorlton and Cheetham areas too). Gardening club based at Trafalgar Court, 199 Withington Road, Whalley Range, M16 8JW, meeting every Monday 10.30 – 12.30pm. Contact: Helen Dodd T: 0161 220 9199 / 07954 362 896 Email:

RSVP Freewalkers:
RSVP Freewalkers, usually on a Wed pm, organises easy-paced “health and discovery” walks exploring interesting routes in the local countryside, starting and ending at points serviced by public transport. The main aim is to help over-60 bus pass holders to enjoy active recreation at no money cost; other walkers over 50 are welcome to take part but, of course, have to fund their own fares. Address: 44 Brantingham Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8PP. Main contact Will Peters 0161 226 2454

Together Dementia Support:
Walk and Talk Group – Wednesdays 11 – 12.30pm Alexandra Park Whalley Range. They are a mix of people living with dementia, relatives and volunteers who will enjoy chatting with you. After the walk (taken at your pace) there are refreshments and nature-based activities in the café. It’s best to phone head. Contact Sally Ferris on 07854 335 890 or

Relationship, family and sex therapy. Cornbrook 0300 003 2331 (appointments) 0161 872 1100 (admin). Sliding scale fees (minimum £20/session). Offers 10 free sessions of counselling for people with a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Manchester South Central Food Bank:
Opening times – Wesley Centre, Royce Road, Manchester, M15 5BP on Sat 11am – 1pm or St Edmund’s, Alexandra Road South, Whalley Range, Greater Manchester, M16 8EZ on Wed 1pm – 3pm. Queries relating to agencies and issuing vouchers to or for general to 0161 226 3413

St John’s Centre:
St John’s Road, Old Trafford, M16 7GX. T: 0161 872 7795. Email:

  • Trafford African Carribean over 50s club. Every Wednesday in the main hall from 12-4pm. For over 50’s with an African Caribbean heritage. There is an exercise group and dominoes before the serving of lunch.  This is followed by a popular game of bingo with cash prizes.
  • Exploring art and architecture in Manchester. A 6 week course including 3 guided trips. From November 5th 2015 Thursdays 2-4pm. Course fee £21 (free if on means tested benefits).
  • Lots of other permanent activities available see flyer for full details.

Adactus Housing: Neighbourhood Development Officer on the Neighbourhood Team Natasha Lows 0161 203 2640.

Good Neighbours and Men in Sheds

A Men’s Shed in Chorlton?

Chorlton Good Neighbours is involved with Southways Housing and a group of older men in trying to establish a ‘Men’s Shed’ in Chorlton

What is a Men’s Shed?
• provides hands-on, practical activities for  men aged 50+ (but women and younger people will be welcome too)
• a space (bigger than just a shed!) equipped with a range of workshop tools where we can meet learn and share skills, have a good time and make and repair things
• idea will be to choose what you want to do – your own work or community projects  such as making, mending and renovating wooden items
• it will evolve to reflect what we want. Tool renovation? Upholstery? Metalworking? Bike  repair? Gardening? Aim to include lots of reclamation, reuse and restoration
• The UK now has over 100 Men’s Sheds – its a movement!

The good news is that Southways Housing have agreed to let us have a shop unit on the Merseybank Parade in Chorlton Park’s Merseybank estate. We aim to get started on this properly in September

In the meantime, here are some photos of Devon (from Southways Housing) and myself (Bernard) clearing a load of brambles from the back yard of the shop unit today (18-07-16) and then having a coffee at the wonderful cafe next doormerseybank brambles (1) merseybank brambles (8) merseybank brambles (12) merseybank brambles (14) merseybank brambles (16)

Good Neighbours AGM 2015

 Good Neighbours AGM. Thurs 17th September 2015

This year’s AGM was attended by over 90 people. Helen talked about the many achievements of the care group over the previous year and some of the challenges ahead. She was presented with a bouquet by the chair, Sarah Mitchell, both on behalf of all the work she has put in over the year but also to celebrate the award of an MBE. She will be presented with this at Buckingham Palace at an event over the coming weeks.


Helen with her bouquet of flowers


CGN’s chair, Sarah Mitchell and our treasurer Sue Cockerill sharing a joke


Sarah presents the Annual Report

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The front cover of the annual report


Wayne – with his bouquet!


Amelia, a new volunteer, talks about her experience of visiting Margaret and the pleasure they both get from these visits



Community Health Clinic Award

Community Health Clinic Award 

The community health clinic project set up by Chorlton Good Neighbours and active case managers based at Chorlton Health Centre won a NW Health and Social Care award in the Learning Together category

Gaye Jackson, Programme Manager for Health NW presented the certificate to the team at the coffee morning on 25-06-15, and was joined by Kathy Hearne, Head of Integrated Teams and Sue Ware, Lead Nurse for Community Services

Helen Hibberd who is the CGN coordinator (and was recently awarded a much deserved MBE) outlined the project and several volunteers and users shared their experience of using the Health clinic which runs at Thursday coffee mornings. All agreed that the project has been a great success and hope that it can continue indefinitely in the future

Melodics Christmas Singalong

In the lead up to Christmas 2014, the Melodics singing group led a singalong of carols and Christmas songs at a Good Neighbours coffee morning.

At the same event, we said farewell to Margaret Banks, our Art tutor and in addition, Justine Entezari one of our volunteers who works for NJL consulting, a Manchester based design company, presented a cheque for £1000 which the company donated to CGN

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 Justine Entezari one of our volunteers who works for NJL consulting, a design company, presents a cheque for £1000 to Arthur Brandreth which the company donated to CGN, watched by HelenHibberd, CGN coordinator

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lHelen says farewell to Margaret Banks who for many years has been the art group tutor at Thursday morning coffee mornings

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Safe Handling and Dealing with Falls

Session on Safe Handling and Dealing with Falls

Bernie O’Dowd (Physiotherapist) and Alix Smith (Occupational Therapist) from the Local NHS Falls Team, based at the Alexandra Park Health Centre, gave an information session for Chorlton Good Neighbours volunteers and staff.

video of some of the training session on handling

The session looked at the safe handling and transfer of people who need assistance because of frailty or mobility issues. They dealt with dealing with falls, handling by the arms (“arms shouldn’t be used as handles”), assisting people to sit down or get out of a chair. As well as telling us what we should do to assist people, we were also told what we should not do, foir example, not trying to catch people when they fall

falls 03Alix and Bernie giving the talk

We also went outside to have demonstrations of how to assist people in and out of cars. Altogether a really helpful session which gave us all food for thought on how to improve our handling skills and awareness

falls 02Bernie demonstrating that linking arms is not  an approved way of providing support whilst walking

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CGN Greenhouse – repairs after the gale

Repairs after the gale

This Friday (19-02-14) we had John’s assistance in beginning to repair the greenhouse after the damage caused by the recent gale. Altogether 9 windows were blown out and 3 of them smashed. So the reinforced glass stood up pretty well and the pieces of glass weren’t dangerous shards but like the starred bits from a shattered windscreen

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One of the angled pieces of glass that survived being put back into placecgn 19-02-14 (04)

Bill carrying a watering can ready to water the seedlingscgn 19-02-14 (05)

Tony looking ascsheerful as evercgn 19-02-14 (06)

Newcomer Tom and CGN worker Diane inspecting the greenhousecgn 19-02-14 (07)Bill collecting some of the finished compost ready to put on the raised beds

Garden Club surveys the storm damage

Storm Damage

The great storm of 13th Feb 2014 will certainly be remembered in Manchester. With winds of over 70 mph buildings were damaged and trees were blown down all over the place. When we came for the Good Neighbours gardening group meeting on Friday 4th Feb we found that the greenhouse has been damaged with 9 or 10 panes of glass blown out of the greenhouse

cgn garden 14-02-14 (03)Bill looking through one of the broken panes in the greenhouse after the storm. Fortunately because the glass was toughened it appeared that only one had been smashed. Even though the other panes had been blow out and were scattered around they appeared to undamaged

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Contemplating the storm damagecgn garden 14-02-14 (02)Two top panes of glass are missing as you can see at the right of this photocgn garden 14-02-14 (05)

Tony looks for missing clips and pieces of rubber that might come in useful when we try and repair the damagecgn garden 14-02-14 (07)Tony shows all the intact panes of glass that were blown out by the wind, but managed to come through the storm unscathed

The day wasn’t all bad news though. We now have a new part-time gardening club coordinator, Geraldine Wall who joined us today.

cgn garden 14-02-14 (09)Here is Geraldine the new CGN Garden coordinator on the left with Bill and another new CGN suoort worker, Diane Dixon on the right. Diane came along to see the garden group in operation in her first week in post

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Diane Dixoncgn garden 14-02-14 (10)Today Geraldine gave us her views on compost. We braved the elements to inspect the existing wooden compost bins before we scurried indoors to escape the rain

Helen, Enid and Karen on Radio 5 Live

Helen, Enid and Karen were on Radio 5 Live this morning talking about Chorlton Good Neighbours and how we go about befriending older people. The clip begins with Enid & Karen talking to presenter Rachel Burden about how their friendship has developed and then Helen gave the background to how Good Neighbours years of experience has helped develop a safe and personal service

The reason for this discussion was that NHS England’s “Winter Friends” initiative, has been launched in Nov 2013 which encouraged people to check on elderly friends and neighbours over the winter months. However, The aim was to get 100,000 signed up as volunteers, but only 2,000 have applied so far. see



Helen discussed this issue later the same morning on BBC radio Hereford & Worcester with presenter Elliott Webb (even though he calls it “Charlton” rather than “Chorlton”)



Stars & Stripes day out





Day out at the RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre

On 14th of September 2013, a group went along from Chorlton Good Neighbours  to RAF Burtonwood in Warrington, where allied forces were based from 1940 right up till 1996, when the site was closed.

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It was a fantastic day, and despite the terrible weather forecast, we were lucky to get a sunny spell.


There were lots of uniformed officers and ladies in their wonderful 40’s and 50’s garb. Great 40’s music was provided by the Sunnyside Swing band, which Lily particularly enjoyed, insisting on a personal introduction from the DJ!

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Lily and Dorothy with 1940’s style American Army ‘officers’


Vintage stalls sold lots of 40’s and 50’s clothing, memorabilia and military effects, which was very interesting to see.After a good walk round, looking at the vintage and retro American vehicles, we had a cuppa and good old American doughnuts!

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Dorothy eyes up the cakes


It was a fun and interesting day and will make sure we organise a CGN visit there next year. Indeed Dorothy and Lily thought it was so good that they thought Good Neighbours should consider having a 40’s themed event sometime in the future

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Dorothy & Natasha get in the spirit stars&stripes 05

Dorothy and Lily get friendly with the troops

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Lily meets a US officer

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Dorothy admires a vintage Chevrolet pick up truck

stars&stripes 01Dorothy and Lily at the entrance to the Burtonwood Heritage Centre

Natasha – the new service support worker

Natasha -Good Neighbour’s new service support worker

Hello, My name is Natasha and I live in WhalleyRange. Although originally from Glasgow, I have lived in Manchester for over 20 years.

Chorlton Good Neighbours have made me feel very welcome as I replace Janet Jones as the new Service Support Worker. I will be visiting Janet’s existing ladies and gentlemen, as well as supporting Helen in the office. I will be helping to organize the small and larger monthly trips, Sunday teas and helping Bernard with the history talks.

My background is in Learning Disabilities, and I have worked as a Community Nurse across Manchester for over 20 years. I also work voluntarily for the Epilepsy Society and have been a voluntary worker at the Busy Bee toyshop, not far from here!

natashaNatasha Denvir

I have been aware of Chorlton Good Neighbours for some time and was so pleased to be appointed to the post.

I have met so many people already, but look forward to meeting you all in the near future.

Natasha Denvir

Progress on the Good Neighbours garden

As part of a project to get more older men involved in Chorlton Good Neighbours we formed a Gardening Club at St Ninian’s Church where we are based. Our aim was to transform a piece of wasteland at the Church into a garden and vegetable plot that all our members could enjoy

Well, after just over a year, our group, led by part time worker, Carolyn O’Hanlon have transformed this:


Into this: poster04The patio area with the raised beds in the background

poster03The newly assembled greenhouse

In order to celebrate our achievement when during the bitter winter we managed to erect a wonderful greenhouse, we are having an official opening of the greenhouse by Councillor Sheila Newman as it was a Council grant that enabled us to purchase the greenhouse

Already last year we were able to sell some of our produce to members who attend the Good neighbours coffee mornings and we will have much more fresh produce to offer later this summer, including a greenhouse full of tomatoes!

In order to celebrate our achievement when during the bitter winter we managed to erect a wonderful greenhouse, we are having an official opening of the greenhouse by Councillor Sheila Newman on Thursday June 20th 10.30am at St Ninians Church, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton. Come and see a video about our group, and take a look at the garden, with tea, coffee & snacks. All welcome


Some of the group who have worked on the Good neighbours Garden & greenhouse together with project worker, Carolyn O’Hanlon

For more information contact

Carolyn O’Hanlon
Chorlton Good Neighbours Men’s project worker