Community Connections Project

This two-year project funded through the Big Lottery, Reaching Communities Programme provides a vital outreach service giving individual advice and support in relations to ‘getting active’ within the community for people with learning disabilities, in Trafford.

The main focus of the project is to develop and deliver a range of social activities to help develop confidence, gain skills and enjoy taking part in community activities/events. The project aims to give people facing disability the knowledge and experience to realise their full potential and live as independently as possible.

The project is currently working in partnership with a number of organizations to deliver a programme of workshops and community activities. Please see our events page for details of how you can Get Involved & Get Active

In short our current programme consists of;

  • Music with Seed Studios, who deliver music sessions enabling everyone to contribute to making their own song for inclusion on a CD.
  • Art with Venture Arts, who are currently supporting the group with some interesting work deconstructing old items and recycling them into works of art and using stop start animation to document the process.
  • Gardening with Green Fingers, the gardening session is one of our most popular workshops where the group ‘grow their own’ and help maintain the gardens at the Rowans as well as working on an allotment.
  • Expressive Arts with Purple Patch Arts, this ever popular session will return and the programme this time will focus on healthy minds healthy bodies.
  • Film Making with Lets Go Global, covering all aspects of film making such as using cameras & computers alongside writing scripts & acting, leading up to editing and finally producing short films.
  • Alternative Therapy with Andy & Vicky, our Friday mornings are spent focusing on our bodies by engaging with Yoga practises and movement.
  • Pool, The group have been making use of Rileys pool & snooker hall in Chorlton on Thursdays.
  • Football with Sport Trafford, We meet at Stretford Leisure Centre on Thursday afternoons to learn and practice football skills and play 7 aside games.
  • Netball with Sport Trafford, We meet at Stretford Leisure Centre on Thursday afternoons to learn and practice Netball skills and play a game.
  • Dance with Touchdown Dance, A weekly session of Dance at The Rowans on Tuesday late afternoons where the group come together to try out different dance styles.
  • Health Walk with Trafford Stride, As part of the Stride initiative we run a weekly walk starting at the Rowans on Fridays and walking for up to an hour in the local area.

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Phone: 0161 928 5678
Post: The Rowans, 100 Navigation Road, Altrincham, Cheshire. WA14 1LL
Registered Charity Number 226413