The Wellbeing Service (GMIRS)

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Big Life is the coordinating service for a successful local partnership of third sector organisations working across Greater Manchester to deliver The Wellbeing Service. 

This service works in local communities across Greater Manchester with people on probation. People access the service via a referral from a probation worker. Anyone currently engaging with the probation system can access our service for free, at locations that suit them.

When someone accesses the service, they receive tailored support that’s designed to match with their aspirations and help them meet their goals. This includes supporting service users with emotional regulation and decision making; wellbeing support and healthy choices; behaviour change; family support and mediation; and finance, debt and benefit advice.

Our goal is to give people more opportunities, tools and positive relationships, meaning that the likelihood of re-engaging with probation services again the future is reduced. The service focuses on providing trauma-informed support that prioritises people’s strengths and aspirations, as we believe this gives people the greatest opportunity to move forward positively.

Although we can provide a wide range of practical support, where we can’t do something ourselves, we’ll work with a person to find the best local organisation to help them.

The service is a partnership comprising local organisations, meaning that when people work with us, they’ll benefit from our in-depth local knowledge and convenient locations. Our mission is to make sure that people have all the tools, information and support they need to succeed while on probation.

If you are a Greater Manchester organisation who works with people on probation, and you want to find out more about how you can work alongside the service please contact Lucy Rodgers.

Our dedicated Family Support service, provided by POPS, helps individuals on probation address family and relationship issues impacting their order or license compliance.

How to refer

Referrals can be made with or separately from a Wellbeing Hub referral, and can be submitted through the referral portal at: https://gmirswelfareportal.powerappsportals.com/

For more information about The Family Support Service, please contact Stephen Sinnott (POPS’ Operations Manager) at: stephens@partnersofprisoners.co.uk.

 

Our Family Support service can:

  • – Provide information to educate families about probation order/license conditions.
  • – Offer basic mediation to address familial and relationship issues.
  • – Facilitate referrals to mediation services for complex family situations.
  • – Assist with resettlement to help people return to or stay in their family homes.
  • – Offer advice and support to reduce the risk of homelessness.
  • – Advise family and relationship networks on debt or substance misuse.
  • – Provide assistance with housing applications or benefit forms.
  • – Offer guidance to people on probation wishing to maintain contact with their children.
  • – Facilitate communication with statutory services (such as Children Services).

Things we don’t offer

  • – Relationship counselling or specialist mental health support.
  • – Chaperoning or advocacy (criminal, family, housing, or court).
  • – Writing services for legal documents (i.e., Family Court applications).
  • – Legal advice or decisions on eligibility for access to children.
  • – Housing or accommodation
  • – Assistance with locating lost family members of individuals on probation.

Please note that family members or nominated network individuals cannot contact the service. We will assist people on probation to ensure that their family or relationship network have access to information for potential future support tailored to their needs.

Weekly drop-in sessions are available to all PoPs referred to our service by probation officers. For further enquiries please email: steve@boltoncommunityadvice.org.

Mondays

10.30 -12.30pm

Debt Counselling 
Professional debt advice delivered by The Bridge, Bolton

Tuesdays

10-2pm

Employability, Education & Volunteering 
Help with finding opportunities, CV development, 1 to 1 assistance in applying for work, education courses and volunteering 

Wednesdays

10.30-12.30pm

Digital Skills Help 
Access to free sim cards and data. Using devices, getting online, developing digital skills. 
Delivered by Bolton Digital, Employment & Skills Team.

Thursdays

9.30am-2.30pm

Food poverty drop-in  
Access to food parcels for eligible referred candidates, on assessment.

Fridays

10am-2pm

Benefits advice drop-in 
Benefits help, signposting and guidance 
Delivered with assistance from the DWP. 

From 3 October – 9 November

The Hub 131 Rochdale Road, Bury, BL9 7BA 

*To participate in any of the activity sessions please speak to your Support Worker* 

Linzi – 07543 311624 / linzi.mcewing@stepping-stone.org.uk 

Sophie – 07543 311626 / sophie.jones@stepping-stone.org.uk 

Mondays

9.30am – 4.3opm

1-2-1 pre-booked Support Worker appointments

From 9am

Co-location: Ingeus

Tuesdays

9.30am – 4.3opm

Drop in to speak to your Support Worker, have a cuppa etc.

Wednesdays

11am – 3pm

Nature walks or indoor exercise (depending on the weather)

From 9am

Co-location: Ingeus

From 10am

Co-location: The Bond Board

Thursdays

9.30am – 4.3opm

1-2-1 pre-booked Support Worker appointments

Fridays

10am – 3pm

Arts and Crafts and films

Our Manchester hub is located at Back on Track, 4th Floor Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JW.

The following classes being on Tuesday, 31 October and run until Friday, 15 December.

Tuesdays

AM

Learn the Ukulele

Learn how to play the Ukulele in 7 weeks. Learn some popular songs and try writing your own with others in the group. No musical experience is required and instruments will be provided.

AM

Festive Makers

Create a range of high-quality festive items and price them to sell on a stall at our end of term event in December. All profits will help to support Back on Track’s future activities!

1.15pm – 4.15pm

Urban Photography

Capture the spirit and beauty of Manchester through your camera lens. Bring your own camera if you have one, or use one of ours.

1.15pm – 4.15pm

Plan Your Next Steps

Ready to plan your next steps? Get started with these workshops including CVs, applications forms, where to search for opportunities and more. Have time to use the computers for your own planning and meet local providers with different opportunities.

PM

Welcome sessions

Wednesdays

AM

Homemade & Wholesome

Find your way around a kitchen with confidence. This course provides the core skills needed to get cooking. Master weekday meals, simple soups, and delicious desserts on a budget.

9.45 – 12.45pm

Culture Wednesdays

Soak up the culture of the city by visiting a different arts & heritage venue each week, from museums and art galleries to music venues and historical buildings.

1.15pm – 4.15pm

Digital Skills Sessions

Weekly sessions for those wanting to improve and refresh their digital skills. Complete a selection of online units and learn at your own pace. Get help using your own smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

1.15pm – 4.15pm

Back on Track’s Book Club

Our weekly reading group, led by volunteers.

1.15pm – 4.15pm

Campaign for Change

Find out how to take action on the issues you feel strongly about. Get involved in local campaigns to voice your opinions and make a difference.

Thursdays

9.45am – 12.45pm

Step Into Maths

Make a start on improving your numeracy skills.  Suitable for those working at Entry 1 or 2.

1.15pm – 4.15pm

Ready, Steady, Go!

Are you ready for a change? Identify your goals for the year ahead in this personal development course. Topics include self-esteem, resilience, and overcoming challenges.

1.15pm – 4.15pm

Maths Functional Skills Qualification

Take your numeracy skills to the next level and work towards a nationally recognised qualification in Maths at Entry Level 3, awarded by Open Awards.

1.15pm – 4.15pm

English & Maths Assessments

Find out your current level in Maths and English before joining any of our classes. You only need to come along for this once.

PM

Tree-planting with City of Trees

Work as a team to improve and restore a local greenspace. Plant new trees to create habitats and support wildlife for a greener Manchester. Find out about volunteering with City of Trees.

Fridays

9.45am – 12.45pm

Step Into English

Make a start on improving your literacy skills. Suitable for those working at Entry 1 or 2.

9.45am – 12.45pm

Cakes & Bakes for All Occasions

Advance your culinary skills this autumn.  Learn how to make sweet and savoury bakes from scratch leading up to the festive season. Find out about our kitchen placement and training programme after the course finishes.

AM

Bursting With Colour

Develop a deeper understanding of colour and how it is used in art. You will learn new techniques and have time to research ideas for your final piece. Build a portfolio of art work in this longer course.

1.15pm – 4.15pm

English Next Steps

Take your writing and reading skills to the next level. Suitable for those working at Entry 3 and above.

PM

Guitar Group

Master the basics, play songs together as a group, and even take part in an end of course performance. Suitable for mixed ability levels. Bring along your guitar or use one of ours.

All groups are at Positive Steps, Medtia Place, 80 Union Street unless stated otherwise

Coming soon in Jan 2024!

  • CSCS Card training – support to get your card and get ready for work
  • Cashwise Club – Money Management tips, budgeting, managing debts, increasing income.
  • Connect to Your Community – find out whats going on in Oldham to help you and your family – visits and talks from local community groups who are here to help you
  • DIY Club – learn basic painting, decorating and maintaining your home
  • Cooking on a Budget – cook a healthy meal and take it away with you!
  • Gym Club – free gym membership with support to start a programme of fitness

 

Mondays

10AM – 12PM

1:1 personalised support / confidence building

One-on-one sessions with a dedicated Wellbeing Worker offering personalised support and guidance.

3PM – 5PM

Cycle Maintenance

Tuesdays

10AM – 12PM

1:1 personalised support / confidence building

One-on-one sessions with a dedicated Wellbeing Worker offering personalised support and guidance.

3PM – 5PM

Living Life to the Full

Group support with tips to feel good, stay well and make the most of your life!

Wednesdays

10AM – 12PM

1:1 personalised support / confidence building

One-on-one sessions with a dedicated Wellbeing Worker offering personalised support and guidance.

1.30PM – 3.30PM

Achieve Job club

Support from Achieve around employment.

Thursdays

10AM – 12PM

Dads’ Club

Group support with tips on building a positive relationship with your kids, managing behaviour, teenagers and what to expect for new dads!

1PM – 3PM

1:1 personalised support / confidence building

One-on-one sessions with a dedicated Wellbeing Worker offering personalised support and guidance.

Fridays

10AM – 12PM

IT Club

Using email, writing letters, improving your confidence and basic computer skills.

Mondays

10am-12pm

Community Café (Pay what you can afford)

1pm-3pm

Mental health support group @RochdaleProbation 

Tuesdays

10am-2pm

Wellbeing Hub

4pm-6pm

Men’s group – dinner and a chat

Wednesdays

9.30am-2pm

Community Café (Pay what you can afford)

9.30am-12pm

Wellbeing Worker

1:30pm-3:30pm

Community Outreach at various venues

Thursdays

10am – 2pm

Littleborough canal regeneration or Wellbeing worker 1-2-1’s @ Hub

10am – 2pm

“Here and Now” sessions / 1 – 1check-ins / small group sessions.

2pm-3pm

“Steps to Change” group

Fridays

9.30am-12pm

Caring Dad’s Group

9.30am-1.30pm

Wellbeing Worker

12.30pm-3pm

Cooking on a budget

9.30pm-2pm

Community Cafe

Saturdays

7:30pm – 9pm

Narcotics Anonymous

Sundays

10am – 12pm

Community Café

The following activities are available at Salford Foundation – The Shed. 

Mondays

10am – 2pm

Self employment support with Entrepreneurs Unlocked

1pm – 3pm

Bike Maintenance Activities

Tuesdays

9am – 10.30am

Breakfast Club

12pm – 3pm

Achieve GM Job Club

1pm – 3pm

Dart and Dominoes League

Wednesdays

9am – 3pm

1:1 Probation Colocation / appointments

10am – 3pm

Woodworking / Gardening activities

Thursdays

10am – 3pm

Art Club

9am – 3pm

1:1 Probation Colocation / appointments

9am – 12pm

Ingeus Housing Clinic

 

Fridays

9am – 3pm

1:1 Probation Colocation / appointments

Health Clinic (enquire for details)

Mondays

10.30am – 2.30pm

Computer drop-in session

2pm – 4pm

Counselling session (appointments only)

Tuesdays

9.30am – 11.30am

Coffee and catch up morning for all

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Wellness Group Session Course

3pm – 4pm

Boxing session

4pm – 5pm

Yoga session

Wednesdays

10am – 12pm

Football Fitness session

2pm – 3pm

Art Workshop

Thursdays

10am – 12pm

Computer drop-in session

2pm – 4pm

Games/Quiz afternoon

Fridays

9.30am – 11.30am

Coffee and Chat morning

10am – 12pm

Football Fitness session

Clarence Arcade, Stamford St, Ashton-Under-Lyne OL6 7PT

Mondays

IT Suite

Coaching Sessions

Tuesdays

Week 1 and Week 3

Coaching sessions

Week 2 and Week 4

Co-location

Week 3

Men’s support Group (delivered by Mentell)

Wednesdays

 Week 1 and 3

Professionals Hub

CGL Triage

Week 2 and Week 4

Jobs Club 

Thursdays

Coaching Sessions

Fridays

Mental Health Awareness Session

Coaching Session

Mondays

Women Matta

Tuesdays

GM Wellbeing 1-1s

Wednesdays

10am – 11.30am

Mental wellbeing workshops

Sessions looking at mental wellbeing with hints and tips on keeping well.

Thursdays

Week 1 and 3
12pm – 1.30pm

Professionals Hub

Week 2 and 4
12pm – 1.30pm

GM Wellbeing

Fridays

Mondays

Every week

One-to-ones

Roots to Wellbeing

This is a 10 week programme that is ran twice a week.  A programme ran by our partner Groundworks.  Roots to Wellbeing is a free 10 week programme in Wigan and Leigh. It helps you to improve your health, your wellbeing and your chances of finding work.

Princes Trust

This is a 12-week programme which is ran everyday.  A programme ran by our partner Groundworks that supports people aged 16-25 to get their life back on track by trying new experiences, gaining work experience and meeting new people.

Tuesdays

Every week

Roots to Wellbeing

This is a 10 week programme that is ran twice a week.  A programme ran by our partner Groundworks.  Roots to Wellbeing is a free 10 week programme in Wigan and Leigh. It helps you to improve your health, your wellbeing and your chances of finding work.

Princes Trust

This is a 12-week programme which is ran everyday.  A programme ran by our partner Groundworks that supports people aged 16-25 to get their life back on track by trying new experiences, gaining work experience and meeting new people.

Week 1 and 3: 12.30-2.30pm

Wellbeing Hub

The first and Third Tuesday various services will be in attendance at the Wellbeing Hub.  Clients can attend the hub once they have been referred to the GM Welfare Hub.  If a referral for the hub isn’t needed you can bring/meet clients here. (please check dates)

For a list of services attending please contact kirsty.greenwood@thebiglifegroup.com

Week 2 and 4

One-to-ones

Wednesdays

Every week: AM

One-to-ones

Princes Trust

This is a 12-week programme which is ran everyday.  A programme ran by our partner Groundworks that supports people aged 16-25 to get their life back on track by trying new experiences, gaining work experience and meeting new people.

Every week: PM

Group TBC

Thursdays

Every week: AM and PM

One-to-ones

Princes Trust

This is a 12-week programme which is ran everyday.  A programme ran by our partner Groundworks that supports people aged 16-25 to get their life back on track by trying new experiences, gaining work experience and meeting new people.

 

Fridays

Every week: AM

One-to-ones

Princes Trust

This is a 12-week programme which is ran everyday.  A programme ran by our partner Groundworks that supports people aged 16-25 to get their life back on track by trying new experiences, gaining work experience and meeting new people.

Every week: PM

Group TBC

Access:

The service is delivered in community hubs in each local authority in Greater Manchester. Please contact lucy.rodgers@thebiglifegroup.com to find out more.