Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

TLC work with people who live with mental health needs. We provide an open-door drop-in facility for anyone over the age of 18 which can be accessed without referral. We offer a safe space where clients can come for a cup of tea and to take part in activities with the aim of decreasing social isolation and improving mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

Through a range of activities embracing the arts, healthy living, advocacy, advice counselling and holistic therapies we aim to help our clients improve self-esteem and confidence to enable them to function and enjoy their lives in the community more fully.

We open our doors 3 days a week; Mondays are for women only; we run an art project, an exercise class and a range of ‘pick-and-mix’ sessions through the year including craft and cookery. At present, we are working in partnership with a local not for profit company providing English language lessons for women from diverse cultures who live in the local community delivered through making ‘dumplings’ from recipes from the women’s country of origin.

On Tuesdays, we offer a drop-in session for men and women where clients can purchase a hot meal for a small charge of £2. We offer a series of tea time talks ranging from science talks in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University to healthy eating in collaboration with local agencies. We also offer a variety of one-off or seasonal sessions including mindfulness, art, poetry, benefit advice and inter-generational activities.

On Thursdays we offer literacy lessons, IT lessons and financial inclusion sessions. We offer popular ‘food and mood’ and ‘healthy eating on a budget’ cookery sessions.

Our charity is well established, having been operational in the same building, in one form or another, for over 25 years. The charity began as outreach work conducted by our host Church, but we are now a separate charity in our own right, and as such are, strictly speaking, a secular organisation, although we do work in close partnership with the Church. Many of our clients have been attending our sessions for a significant portion of that 25-year period; our sessions make up a sizeable portion of their regular social calendar and are a safe and welcoming place where they feel at home. Many of our members now have long standing social ties with each other and with members of staff, and the warmth and affection that is characteristic of our group is obvious to those who attend. This factor is also a major reason for our success at attracting and maintaining volunteers- there are many local people who are deeply committed to the work of our project.

TLC St Luke's

Location: Manchester

The project is run largely by volunteers, who, for the last quarter century, have given thousands of hours of their time to provide friendship, help, and advice to people in the local area who, due to their various mental health issues, are socially isolated and at risk in numerous ways.
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