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Rochdale Services

What we do

Birth – 4 years service

We assist disabled children from birth to 4 years to have experiences and opportunities to ensure they have a positive start in life e.g. using local Children’s Centres, accessing local play opportunities, positive family time, establishing home routines, developing support networks, using local transport; emotional support and providing a parenting support group called 'SHINE'.

Short Break Services

This is offered to children and young people aged 8  -  19 years

Act Too - Drama Group

Are you a wannabe actor or a star in the making?  Come along to the Drama Group, make new friends, learn all about acting and have the chance to get your 'Arts Award'.

The Drama Group takes place at the M6 Theatre, Albert Royds St, Rochdale OL16 2SU, every Friday 5.30 - 7.30 pm.

Costs : £1 per session

To request a place please contact us on 01706 769634 or email rochdale.services@barnardos.org.uk

Nature Ninjas - Outdoor Activity Group

Do you love being outside whatever the weather, exploring and doing new things like den building, making bat boxes, improving a local area, learning about the great outdoors?  The the outdoor club is just right for you.

The Nature Ninjas  oudoor activity group is intially being based at the Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Rakewood Rd, Littleborough, Rochdale, OL15 0AQ, every Saturday 9.30 - 12.00 pm.  

Cost : £1 per session

To request a place please contact us on 01706 769634 or email rochdale.services@barnardos.org.uk.

Art Attack Arts Group

Do you enjoy all things arty, want to show off your creativity and learn new arty skills?  Come to the Arts Group, develop your talent and get to know others who enjoy art too.

The Art Attack arts group takes place at Springvale Youth Centre, Oldham Rd, Middleton M24 2LA, every Thursday 5.30 - 7.30 pm.  Cost : £1.00 per session

To request a place please contact us on 01706 769634 or email rochdale.services@barnardos.org.uk.

Youth Zone

Youth Zone is a fun place for 10—19 year olds with individual needs and their siblings to make new friends and chill out. Your group will have it’s own budget and you will plan how to use this for activities and outings. You will have the chance to learn new skills that will help as you become a young adult. Not only that, there are opportunities for some qualifications such as First Aid!

The Youth Zone group takes place at Matthew Moss Youth Centre, Matthew Moss Lane, Rochdale OL11 3LU, every Saturday 1.30 - 4.00 pm

To request a place please contact us on 01706 769634 or email rochdale.services@barnardos.org.uk.

Cost: £1 per session


Resilient Families

Into Adulthood

This is a six week workshop for young people with individual needs are aged 10 – 19 years. We look at what happens during puberty and how to look after yourself during this period and explore how to keep yourself safe online and in real life friendships and intimate relationships.

Girls Group

This is for girls aged 10-19 who have social and communication needs to come along and make friendships, develop confidence, build social skills and increase their self-esteem. We do lots of fun activities on a weekly basis.

Shine Plus

This is a 10 week parenting group for parents/carers of primary school aged children whose children have social and communication needs. We share lots of information on a range of topics e.g communication, play, sleep, celebrating your child’s gifts and talents and who else can support. We have therapist input from Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy. You have the chance to learn from other parents and increase your social network.