Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Families Matter

Minds Matter in Tameside and Glossop has been set-up for people who want to improve their wellbeing. It can help people with low level concerns about their mental wellbeing that are related to everyday life events.

They do this by looking at the wider issues that impact on a person’s wellbeing, such as money worries, relationship issues and social isolation, and by offering groups, courses and one-to-one support to address these issues, improve a person’s situation before they develop any more serious mental health issues.

Minds Matter consists of a team of Mental Wellbeing Practitioners, Peer Support Workers and Counsellors who can help manage and overcome personal difficulties. They are friendly and approachable, and will make sure that you’ll see the right person who can help you:

  • Address current problems
  • Gain a new understanding of your difficulties and develop new ways of coping
  • Make positive changes in your life
  • Talk about your difficulties in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.

Minds Matter believe that their support should be available at a place that suits their service users, and therefore they work out of locations such as libraries, community centres and children’s centres to make sure that this is the case.

They believe that it should be as easy as possible for people who need Minds Matter to access the service.

Service users can be referred via their GP, or they can self-refer by calling 0161 343 5748 or by attending one of our many drop-in group sessions.

Once you have been referred or got in touch, you will be contacted within one week, when a trained professional will have a conversation with you to work out the best service for you.

If they think you could benefit from help with social issues, they will work with you to identify the problematic areas in your life and help you to overcome any challenges you face.

Sometimes people might need a greater level of support. Minds Matter works in partnership with NHS services who can support individuals with psychological therapy if needed.

Minds Matter is commissioned by NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group, and work together in partnership with The Big Life group, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind.



Situated at the heart of Hyde, XYLE More Than Coffee is not only a great place to enjoy great coffee, traditional and speciality teas, breakfasts, with specialist snacks, delicious afternoon teas and a tempting array of homemade sandwiches, cakes and scones – all available throughout the day, but it also provides the community with a range of events geared to make XYLE their first choice for social and community meetings.

Although today’s fast moving technological world has inflicted a dramatic change on modern society, Cafes are still a place that people use to meet and connect and build upon each other’s ideas. That’s why XYLE have embarked on a series of community events that encourage people; both young and old to come together, have fun and be inspired in a myriad of ways.

This month you are invited to XYLE’s Tea Room to join ‘Smashing Craft Workshops’ and ‘Made with Love by Jenny’ for afternoons and nights of Craft Making and Zippy Zappy who are also hosting their fun-filled afternoon events.

Friday 01.02.19 New Venue Launch Night – upcycling fabulous wine bottles to light 7-9pm

Thursday 07.02.19 Mandala Style Slate Placemats 7-9pm

Wednesday 20.02.19 Family Fun with Decoupage 1-3pm

Friday 01.03.19 Crafty Prosecco Night – make your own charm bracelet 6.30-8.30pm

Friday 08.03.19 Hand Sewn Felt Decorations 12.30-2.30pm

Friday 15.03.19 Delightful Dreamcatchers 10.30-12.30

Thursday 21.03.19 Nifty Needle felting for Mother’s day 10.30-12.30

Friday 29.03.19 Crafty Prosecco Night Delightful Dreamcatchers 6.30-8.30pm

Friday 05.04.19 Sensational Silk Painted Suncatchers 10.30-12.30

Friday 26.04.19 Crafty Prosecco Night – fantasy moon jewellery 6.30-8.30pm


Zippy Zappy are doing the following Valentine pot painting events

Friday 08.02.19 Tiny Tots 1pm

Saturday 09.02.19 Tiny Tots 10.30am/Juniors 11.30pm and 1.45pm

Sunday 10.02.19 Tiny Tots 12.15/Juniors 2pm


Made With Love by Jenny are doing the following adult and children’s workshops

Thursday 28.03.19 Mother’s Day Gift Making (adult)

Saturday 30.03.10 Mother’s Day Card Making (children)

Saturday 30.04.19 Easter Craft & Egg Hunt (children)

Friday 19.04.9 Easter Craft & Egg Hunt (children)

Join in the fun at XYLE and discover a great way to spend time with a group of friends and create new ideas.


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Dukinfield’s Kids Planet Day Nursery is over the moon after raising more than £1,000 for charity.

Glossop-based Mummy’s Star has now received donations of £1036.55 raised as part of the Christmas festivities held at the nursery in December.

The money raised at the nursery’s Christmas fair, which included a Santa café, tombola, slime making and caricature artist, was added to funds previously donated at the nursery’s Christmas nativity at Dukinfield Baptist Church.

The charity, the only one of its kind in the UK and Ireland, is dedicated to supporting women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy or within 12 months after giving birth.

Lucy Butterworth, Acting Nursery Manager at the Dukinfield nursery on Jeffrey’s Drive, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to have raised this amount of money for such a wonderful charity.

“A massive thank you goes to all of our families and friends who have given so generously.”

On receiving the cheque, Mummy’s Star Information and Support Worker Tracey Derbyshire said: “We are so touched by the fundraising that has been done by the team at Kids Planet Dukinfield.

“As a small charity, we are able to stretch this kind of money so far so that many families can be supported through the traumatic time they experience when diagnosed with cancer.

“Thank you to both the staff team and all the parents who contributed.”

For more information about Mummy’s Star you can visit www.mummysstar.org.


HYDE UNITED FC will be hosting MATLOCK TOWN FC on Saturday 9th February 2019 and for the third week running are inviting all young primary school children to watch the game FREE of charge.

Hyde United FC is a long established football club built on uniquely strong local community bonds, which has, since it became community owned, introduced many excellent family friendly and local school sports initiatives as well as delivering educational opportunities via their academy system.

Kicking off at 3.00pm this Saturday, the Tigers will play Matlock Town FC in what promises to be a really close game of football, and once again, in an effort to introduce the game and show the clubs development to a local audience, the Directors of the club are pleased to announce that Admission for kids will once again be free, when accompanied by an adult!


Please come along and enjoy a day of live football at Ewen Fields.


PARENTS attending with KIDS : £5.00

Come along to the concessions turnstile; give your name and the school your child attends.

Willow Wood’s 20/20 Challenge had its official launch on Friday 1 February, and with 22 teams already signed up, there’s certainly going to be some friendly rivalry as they all aim to raise the most in funds for the Hospice and win the coveted trophy.

The teams, made up of local businesses, schools, clubs and groups were handed their £40 starter fund by Elaine McConnell, organiser of the Challenge and are already sharing some amazing fundraising ideas.

Paul Carney, of Stalybridge Archery Club, revealed that they are planning a 24 hour sponsored arch-a-thon – a very different fundraiser!  Lisa Bradley from the Ashton under Lyne branch of Nationwide and her team are already organising a cake bake and hamper raffle, and the very first fundraising event for the 20/20 Challenge will be taking place on Saturday 16 February when Body Shop consultants Gemma and Joanne will be holding a pamper afternoon and afternoon tea at the Oasis Centre in Haughton Green.  St Damiens School are organising a Dragons’ Den Challenge

Full details of this, and all the other 20/20 Challenges as they are finalised, can be found by going to www.willowwood.info.

Elaine said: “I’m absolutely thrilled by the response.  And, of course, we’re hoping that more teams will take up the Challenge over the next three months – it’s going to be great fun!  If you’ve got some ideas already please sign up on the 20/20 page on our website, but please contact me if you want to talk anything through or need further information.  Just ring fundraising on 0161 330 7788, I’d really love to hear from you.”


Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the Family Division, warned in his first ‘View from the President’s Chambers’, that he was concerned for the welfare of all those working in the family courts who are under “remorseless and relentless” pressure and who are “conscientiously continuing to deliver a professional service in a timely manner despite the increase in workload”.

From social workers and guardians to solicitors and judges, all those working in the family courts are painfully aware of the “adverse impact of the high volume of cases”. Sir Andrew outlined that there was little he could do to relieve the current pressures, but he specified that it would be unsustainable for professionals to endeavour to undertake “business as usual”.

He encouraged professionals and local judiciary to establish a dialogue to develop the guidelines and parameters of sensible and acceptable working practices. He suggested agreements could be made in relation to:

  • The earliest and latest court sitting times;
  • The earliest and latest it is acceptable to send an email to another lawyer or the court;
  • Reducing components expected in a ‘position statement’ to only one side of A4 using bullet points.

He acknowledged that, whilst professionals will always go the “extra mile” for the sake of the child, he hopes that they will find new ways to work together to cope with the continued increase of care cases issued at court.

Should you need any advice in relation to divorce or relationship breakdown, or any matters arising from those,  please do not hesitate to contact our expert Care Team on  0161 330 6821 or email:


Olivia Bell – obell@bromleys.co.uk

Lauren Mayer – lmayer@bromleys.co.uk

Kate Allsop – kallsop@bromleys.co.uk

Anthony Theakston – atheakston@bromleys.co.uk

Daniela Maggioni – dmaggioni@bromleys.co.uk

Keith Platts – kplatts@bromleys.co.uk


Civic, Political, Faith and Community Leaders from across Greater Manchester have gathered in Manchester Cathedral to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, at the first city-region wide event of its kind.

The first Greater Manchester Holocaust Memorial Day event, hosted by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Canon Dr David Holgate, Sub-Dean of Manchester Cathedral, took place on the morning of the 24th January.  The event comes just days before the official Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January.

Holocaust survivor Ruth Lachs, who lives in Bury, spoke about her experiences to those present at the event.  Attendees also heard musical performances from Royal Northern College of Music musicians and Spirit & Soul Choir.

TUC Regional Secretary Lynn Collins read the moving poem ‘First They Came’ by Pastor Martin Niemoller and the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith, delivered the Prayer for the Genocide in Rwanda

The event was supported by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the Association of Jewish Refugees and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “It is right that Greater Manchester is holding its first city-region wide Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration event.

“By coming together in this way, we can send the loudest of messages, that this is a place which rejects hate in all its forms and has an enduring belief in the innate equality of all people.

“As fewer and fewer survivors of the Holocaust remain with us, it is more vital than ever that we ensure the next generation learn the lessons of that terrible atrocity and the other tragic genocides that have taken place around the world. Events like these remind us of our collective duty to challenge hatred wherever we see it, or face the consequences of our collective silence.

“I’m grateful to all those who spoke, The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Association of Jewish Refugees for their support and to the Cathedral for agreeing to host this event.”

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust said: “As people come together across the UK to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019, we are pleased to see the Mayor and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority making a strong commitment to remembering all those murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed, including in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

“The event at Manchester Cathedral will be one of more than 11,000 taking place across the country – in schools, workplaces, local authorities, libraries and many more varied settings.

“At the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust we are pleased to see people learning lessons from genocide, for a better future – particularly at a time when rising anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hate and other forms of prejudice are causing real damage across society.”

David Holgate, Sub-Dean of Manchester Cathedral said “Our Cathedral is actively committed to challenging all forms of hate crime, and so we are very glad to be hosting this important Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.  We hope the event will help us all with the process of our own inner change.  As Etty Hillesum wrote before she was killed in Auschwitz in 1943, “I no longer believe we can change anything in the world until we first change ourselves.”

The Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester has welcomed today’s announcement to strengthen tools and powers to help break the cycle of domestic abuse and better protect victims and survivors.

Speaking as the Government published the draft Domestic Abuse Bill, which includes stronger powers to tackle coercive control and economic abuse, the introduction of new Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders, and a ban on the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in family court, Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes said:

“Today’s announcement is a positive step forward in better protection and support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, who all too often feel let down by the criminal justice system. The powers and tools outlined in the draft Domestic Abuse Bill will help us strengthen our response to domestic abuse in Greater Manchester, and give more people the confidence to speak out and seek help.

“Crucially, the draft Bill sets out a definition of domestic abuse which recognises the impact of coercive, controlling and economic abuse, which is just as devastating as physical abuse. However, this definition alone is not enough. For example, it must be backed up with sustainable funding and a robust framework and guidance for local areas to help commission support services, deliver minimum standards of training and support organisations in recognising the signs of economic and controlling behaviour.

“The issue of abusers being allowed to cross-examine their victims in family court has been a cause for concern for some time. It’s unacceptable that this practice, which effectively enables abuse to continue, has been allowed to go on so I’m pleased that the Government has finally taken action to protect victims and survivors from unnecessary distress.”

The draft Bill also strengthens Clare’s Law, making it a duty for the police to disclose information on an individual when requested, where there is a concern that the individual may be abusive towards their partner.

Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes added: “Greater Manchester has led the way in implementing Clare’s Law, an empowering tool that has saved hundreds of residents from a potential lifeline of abuse. That this power is being bolstered sends a strong message to anyone who is worried about their own or a loved one’s relationship that there is somewhere to turn to. Work is ongoing across Greater Manchester to raise awareness of this scheme and the help and support which is available to people who need it.”

HYDE UNITED FC will be hosting MARINE FC on Saturday 26th January 2019 and for the second week running are inviting all young primary school children to watch the game FREE of charge.

Hyde United FC is a long established football club built on uniquely strong local community bonds, which has, since it became community owned, introduced many excellent family friendly and local school sports initiatives as well as delivering educational opportunities via their academy system.

Kicking off at 3.00pm this Saturday, the Tigers will play Marine FC in what promises to be a really close game of football, and once again, in an effort to introduce the game and show the clubs development to a local audience, the Directors of the club are pleased to announce that Admission for kids will once again be free, when accompanied by an adult!

Schools can download the poster by clicking on: SATURDAY 26th INVITE

Please come along and enjoy a day of live football at Ewen Fields.


PARENTS attending with KIDS : £5.00

Come along to the concessions turnstile; give your name and the school your child attends.


Two friends from Ashton are running marathons, navigating freezing canals in a canoe and even climbing Mount Everest (albeit virtually) in a bid to raise £10,000 for disadvantaged children across Greater Manchester.

Ian French, 42, and Steve Reid, 39, have been balancing their busy lives by training tirelessly at the weekend, currently clocking 40 miles by canoe through Ashton canal in preparation for their challenge.

From the 27th of January they will be paddling day and night to cover the 167-mile route from Leeds to Manchester, hoping to cut through Liverpool starting on the 27th January.

Armed with an arctic tent and support vehicle, Ian and Steve have given themselves plenty of options to get to their destination on the 2nd of February – just in case the canals freeze over.

Ian, who last year also ran the Stockport and Manchester Half Marathons with his mate, said the charity is incredibly close to their hearts, being fathers themselves.

He said: “I have a little girl and Steve has sons, we’re both family men and luckily our children have all the support and finances to help them.

“Unfortunately some of these children in Manchester have no families or come from struggling backgrounds, so we wanted to do our little bit to help local kids.

The money stays in this area and will be to donated to children in our community who are dealing with issues such as poverty, abuse, neglect and short life expectancy, aiming to give them great experiences in life.”

The duo are also set to take on an 11 hour virtual climb of Mount Everest in March which will be followed by two full marathons in Manchester and Milton Keynes in April and May.

They already have had some support from businesses, such as Senior Aerospace in Poynton, who’ve paid the entry fee for all marathons, and from branded gear from Totally T Shirts in Stockport – but are appealing for further sponsorship to help them achieve their goal.

Ian added: “Whether you’re a big business who would like to sponsor us or simply a Joe Bloggs on the street who could spare £5, every little bit helps our cause.”

So far the pair have raised £2,081, but are still seeking donations.

If you’d like to help, you can give directly at: https://tinyurl.com/y6umeo3u or give Ian a call on: 07872418548