Sugar Group celebrates the golden years

The Sugar Group was one of the first groups born at the Kath Locke Centre when it opened and Big Life began. Decades on it’s still going strong, celebrating its 25th anniversary in style.

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Volunteers show the way forward at Volunteer Celebration 2024

At the Big Life Volunteers Celebration 2024 on 4 June we applauded the remarkable achievements of the many volunteers who support our services, our staff and community projects. 

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Investing in Volunteers takes pride of place

The Investing in Volunteers Award has taken its place as the latest addition to the Big Life trophy cabinet. The bid to get the award renewed for the third time on the trot, began in 2019 and marks over fifteen years of award success in supporting volunteers.

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Building connections: Paul’s Be Well journey

Struggling with debt and unable to find work, Paul built stronger local connections through Be Well to help ride out the storm.

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Need some space to step forward?

At Big Life, we’ve got great office spaces at affordable rents for charities, not for profit organisations, private businesses, community and other social impact groups.

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Reigniting the fire with Be Well

When B first came to see Richard at Be Well he'd been out of work for 5 months, had no food in the house and was racking up rent arrears. With Richard's help, B kicked these obstacles into touch and rebooted his ambitions.

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Big Life welcome Wesley

Wesley Community Furniture who provide low-cost furniture and household items has become the newest member of The Big Life group’s family of services.

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Living Well’s agility helps stem covid tide

When Rochdale hit the headlines for some of the highest levels of covid in the country, Michelle Duffy Living Well’s Service Manager cleared her diary so Living Well could play its part in helping tackle a new wave of covid transmission.

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Life giving question: Fatima’s Big Life journey

I’ve never experienced a workplace like this for giving so much support to staff.

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Taking control one step at a time: Shannon’s Be Well journey

“Now I’m just trying to take one step at a time with each day. Without Be Well, in all honestly, I would most probably have ended up se...

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Building bridges to a new life: Jon’s Big Life journey

Four years ago I stepped off a stool with a rope around my neck. Before he called Living Well in Rochdale, Jon He...

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Turning stigma into strength: Rachel’s Big Life journey

“I wanted to share my lived experience on a one to one basis and I thought volunteering with Peer Support would give me a good foundati...

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Running towards dreams: Tony’s Big Life Journey

“It’s been good for my mental health. It’s made me into a different sort of person and given me confidence. I know I’m no Mo Farah but ...

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From street life to community champion: Andy’s Big Life journey

"I’m enjoying myself and getting my own life back because of Big Life and Living Well. It’s given me a purpose to keep going."...

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Finding the strength to move forward – Carly’s Be Well journey

My mental health and confidence was on the floor when we first met – you really helped me to pick myself up after a year of grief a...

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