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Life in the way of healthy living?

Be Well is here to help you find a way to live and feel well whatever twists and turns life brings. We can even help you get on top of work, family and money worries. When you come to Be Well, you’ll be assessed by one of our trained coaches. They’ll talk to you about the help you need and the goals you want to achieve, and set you up with the most appropriate person in the team to get you to where you want to be.


Just call us on 0161 470 7120

Opening times:

Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm

Access this service

FREE Slimming World vouchers


Zion Centre
339 Stretford Road
M15 4ZY

Phone Number:

0161 470 7120

Be Well is for anyone who lives in Manchester, or whose GP surgery is based there.

When a medical approach isn’t enough to help you find a way to live and feel well – you can be invited to come to us by a wide range of groups and organisations in your community as well as by local health, housing and advice workers.



When you come to Be Well, you’ll be assessed by one of our trained coaches. They’ll talk to you about the help you need and the goals you want to achieve, and set you up with the most appropriate person in the team to get you to where you want to be.

You’ll then have regular one-to-one sessions – either face-to-face or over the phone. Together with your worker, you will talk through any changes you would like to make in your life; and ways to keep you motivated along your journey.

By coming to Be Well, you’ll feel motivated to make changes that stick and you’ll have learned some new ways of staying on the right track.

It might be that you have one particular issue that’s central to you or a number bound together. Whatever you face, we can offer range of support to find a new way forward.

Here are just some of the things we can help you with. But there are lots of other ways we can help you live and feel well too. Just give us a call to find out.

Physical Health

Accessing weight management groups, increasing exercise or movement, understanding current eating habits and healthy swaps, physical activity, referral to PARS

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Confidence building, improving motivation, talking therapies and self-help referrals, managing worries and negative thinking

Staying in Work

In work access to physio, HR advice and mental health and wellbeing coaching

Finding Paid Work, Training or Volunteering

Support to help you find your next opportunity, including advice with job search, CV’s, application forms and interviews techniques

Being More Connected

Accessing local support groups, services and events, digital inclusion


Linking you with services, such as Citizens Advice for help with debts, benefits and budgeting


Linking you in with services to support with Manchester Move applications, or registering as homeless, or helping you understand your rights as a tenant

Our team are based all over Manchester in different places, so you can meet them at the doctors, in a community centre, or even a fire station.

Be Well is a partnership is made up of The Big Life group, Pathways, Citizens’ Advice Manchester, One Manchester, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Southways and Northwards Housing.

In addition, nine organisations host our team, to make sure that they’re available in convenient community locations. These are: Barlow Moor Community Association; Benchill Community Centre; BHA For Equality; Ethnic Health Forum; the Gaddum Centre; Healthy Me Healthy Communities; Mind; Old Moat Learning Hub; and the Tree of Life Centre, Mustard Tree, Wai Yin Society, LGBT Foundation, Football Club United of Manchester.

Be You Groups have been created to help you to become the healthiest and happiest version of you.

Through topical discussions and workshops, this 8-week peer-led group will work with your strengths to:

  • – Inspire you to try something new
  • – Connect you to others in a safe space
  • – Empower you to find your own way to a healthy lifestyle

Our groups provide a relaxed, supportive, non-judgemental place where, together, we explore what might be making weight management difficult. Working in a strength-based way we help you to find an approach that works for you and fits in with your current lifestyle. Groups are run by skilled and experienced Wellbeing Coaches and Peer Group Facilitators who create a welcoming and relaxed space to help you move towards achieving your weight management goals.

We’re right for you if...

  • – You’re tired of diets and calorie counting, and you’re ready to try something new
  • – You’re feeling lost and unmotivated, and looking for inspiration and accountability
  • – You want to stop feeling guilty about food, and start enjoying mealtimes
  • – You’re curious about what a healthy lifestyle really looks like
  • – You’re willing to commit to 8 weeks with a group of like-minded people

If you’re looking for more structured guidance around food, you may want to try our free 12-week Slimming World voucher.

Alternatively, if you would prefer more focused support around weight management, or you have other personal issues you’d like help with, our one-to-one coaching would be a better fit for you, please see here for more information.

What can I expect from sessions 1-4

Week One – Easing In

The first session will focus on getting to know each other and finding out more about the topics we will be covering. We will also be looking at how setting SMART goals can help us achieve our long-term goals.

“Be You has helped me to finally accept support, when I decided to join Be You, I instantly felt welcomed, encouraged, and ready to give it a proper go!” Z.B

Week Two – Exploring Our Choices

On week 2 we will start to look at some of the obstacles to weight loss including unhelpful thinking and why we make the choices we do.

“I am finding these sessions so helpful; they are changing the way I think. In the past I would eat something I used to think of as bad and think I’ve ruined it, I’ll give up, and try again later. Now I just accept it and move on and keep going.” J.L

Week Three – Cooking Workshop

This week Geraldine will be with us, and we will be cooking a healthy meal together! Please note this session may be subject to change.

“I’ve been married forty years and my wife has always done all the cooking, she was amazed I’d been chopping and cooking and she really enjoyed what I’d made.” Alan

Week Four – Becoming Active

This week is a chance to share ideas as we will be discussing the importance of getting more active and incorporating more movement into our everyday lives.

“At week one I couldn’t have imagined being on that court exercising, I feel great” Z.B

What can I expect from sessions 5-8

Week Five – Walk and Talk

A chance to get some exercise, some fresh air and have a good natter!

“I was really nervous about walking after my heart attack but I’m so glad I came, and I can’t wait to show my grandchildren I’ve walked a thousand steps today” John

Week Six – Stress and Sleep

In this session we will be looking at how the effects of stress and poor sleep can affect how we eat. We look at ways to manage stress and how to get a better night’s sleep.

“I’ve stopped feeling guilty about making time to rest during the day, I’m listening to what I need.” P

Week Seven – Self-Esteem

In this session we will be getting creative as we look at ways to improve our self – esteem.

“I have learnt to be more confident and prouder of any little achievement or progress I make. I feel more positive, happy and motivated.” Charity

Week Eight – Onwards and Upwards

In the final session will be talking about ways that can help us to stay motivated and keep us moving towards achieving our goal.

“The group gave me so much joy. This has been a game changer. I have found myself cooking, walking more, and having more confidence when I saw the weight slowly creeping away. The sessions quickly became the highlight of the week. I would urge you to give it a try and see for yourself!” Z.B

Where do they run?

Denmark Road on Wednesday afternoon

Manchester Museum in Central Manchester on Wednesday evenings

Westcroft Community Centre in Burnage on Tuesday afternoons

How do I sign up?

If you’re interested and excited to join one of the groups, speak to  your health care professional, call us on 0161 470 7120 or email:

When you contact us, we’ll gather some information such as your name, address, and contact details so we can register you on our system. Then we’ll arrange for you to have a chat with one of our team where they’ll complete a wellbeing assessment with you and answer any questions you have.

We accept GP referrals for the groups too.

Funded by Manchester City Council, Slimming World vouchers give you 12-weeks free membership of Slimming World’s weight loss groups.

Just hit the vouchers button at the top of this page for details of how to claim this offer. Once you claim the offer you’ll get a special contact number and offer code for Slimming World. Then when you call Slimming World, they will check you meet all the conditions of the offer, answer any questions you have and help you find a group that suits you.