We serve the community by running regular activities, for people of all ages, to which everyone is welcome.
Next starts: 28th September 2021 for 3 weeks
Our Free 3 week courses are the official CAP money management courses. Since 1996, CAP has grown from one man helping people on the estates of Bradford out of debt, to a charity that is tackling the main causes of UK poverty - debt, unemployment, life affecting habits or a lack of vital life skills through 645 projects. CAP is endorsed by Martin Lewis Money saving expert.
Our courses are very friendly and involve watching a short video, then chatting about money and how to look after it. No one will ask you, your personal figures, it's about technique. People in severe debt can also be advised on where and how to find extra help. There's always a brew and cake on the go as well, to make everyone feel at home.
You can find more information about the organisation at capuk.org
At Branches we have done many community events, from Fun Days to Treasure Hunts.
We often have all the traditional ingredients of bouncy castles, face painters and side stalls. We've celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday with a royal themed day, done a mini olympics and held a street market. We also have entertainment from Kids Klub, bands and speakers
Whatever we've got going on, we try to make sure there are plenty of fun, free activities for all the family to enjoy.
Saturdays 10:30am to 12 noon
Our foodbank is run in conjunction with Rochdale Foodbank. They are only able to operate Monday to Friday, so we open our doors on Saturday mornings to extend the time people can get help.
We have friendly teams who open up and provide a cuppa, biscuit and chat while you wait for your food. We're also open as a Place of Welcome during Food Bank, so you can just pop in for a brew and get to know some friendly faces without accessing food bank.
If you do need help from the Food Bank remember you'll need to get a voucher from a referral agency. These include health centres, children's centres, Citizen's Advice and in our area, Kentmere School. Once you have your voucher, pop along and we'll help you through the process.
Term time Tuesdays 3:45pm to 5:00pm
Kids Klub is a fun activity for Primary School children. It's Free and we have lots of fun playing games, making crafts, singing songs and listening to stories or watching dramas and videos.
Each term we have a fun theme such as Toy Story, Lego or Super Heroes and a Bible theme such as parables or Christmas. The children can earn spots by answering questions, joining in, bringing back colouring sheets and sitting up straight when a leader shouts 'Spot time!'. Spots make prizes and the more spots they get the better the prize. At the ned of each term we have a prize giving ceremony, which family are invited to and everyone who attends gets at least a goody bag to take home.
Places of Welcome
Places of Welcome
Tuesdays 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturdays 10:30am to 12:00 noon
Places of Welcome is a national initiative run by local community groups who want everyone in their neighbourhood to have a place to go for a friendly face, cup of tea and a conversation when they need it. With over 200 across the UK, each is unique but all provide a place for people to connect with one another and offer gifts and skills. You can read more about the organisation at placesofwelcome.org.uk
Branches' Place of Welcome is open twice a week, with free brews, biscuits and cake for anyone who wants to drop in. On Tuesdays Our Rochdale offer help and advice on Council Services and wellbeing. ourrochdale.org.uk
We'd love to welcome you, we're a friendly bunch, of mixed ages. Sometimes we have crafts or cooking, some ladies bring knitting, sometimes it's just a brew and natter. Come along and tell us what you can do.
Term Time Wednesdays 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Saplings is our friendly, relaxed, baby and toddler group.
We have a great range of toys, for every age; a baby area, a ball pool, tunnels and tents, a slide and the old favourites, kitchen and dressing up. There are different crafts or construction toys each week, for variety.
We have healthy snacks, juice and brews for grown ups and little ones to help themselves. Sometimes we have unhealthy snacks too!
We're a small group with plenty of room to play, ride and run. Our grownups are friendly and welcoming and we want you to feel at home, but with more space and no tidying up!
Stay and Play
Stay and Play
Adhoc Sundays 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Stay and Play is our free drop in, where parents and children can bond over play.
There are no screens, just fun things to do together as a family. We put our bouncy castle and table tennis table, plus lots of other fun and games.
Included in the activities are scalextric car track, brio train track and plenty of trees, trains and bridges to make it interesting. Or how about playing a traditional board game, such as marble run or chess.
We also put out some snacks, meat, cheese and bread dor you to help yourself to, so you can have a family picnic as well!
Every member of the family is welcome to Stay and Play, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Term Tuesdays 2:30 to 4:30, Term Wednesdays 1:30 to 3:30, Saturdays 10:30am to 12 noon
Alongside our Kids Klub, Saplings and Foodbank we run SUPA. We collect good quality, pre loved uniform from local schools, charity shops and Mums. Then we wash, iron and sort it ready to go on our SUPA rail. The uniform is free to anyone who needs to take it. Our motto is 'GIVE WHEN YOU CAN, TAKE WHEN YOU NEED'.
We currently work in partnership with Kentmere Acadamy, and are looking to develop more links with our local schools. Even if your child doesn't go to Kentmere, we have plenty of grey trousers and skirts, white and pale blue t-shirts and p.e. pumps. So you may still find something useful. Currently our uniform is mainly primary age. Occasionally we'll have non-uniform and coats available too.
Second Thursday of Month 6:30pm
Once a month we have a free youth night, where High School people can enjoy chatting and doing activities in safe environment.
We have a different theme each month, including Sumo and Sushi, Movie and hotdogs, Summer BBQ and Nerf gun battles.
Sometimes we cook - on pancake day we made pancakes and before valentines day we made gingerbread couples. We've even had a visit from Ranger Rob, the animal man and are on the look out for more special guests.
For an hour, young people can be in an environment, where they are safe, no name calling or nastiness is allowed and of course drugs and alcohol are banned. All our leaders are DBS checked.