Zion Centre

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The Zion Centre in Hulme, Manchester is one of the community centres where Big Life begin. Today it continues to create opportunities for you to change your life by offering a place for a range of self-help groups, activities, community services and charities to help you live and feel well.

We also have a wide variety of volunteering opportunities at the centre, from leading groups to helping out around the building!


Call the centre or drop in for information on groups, activities and services


All ages


Many services are free. But if there are any charges, we will explain these in advance.

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Zion Centre
339 Stretford Road
M15 4ZY

Service delivered by:

Phone Number:

0161 226 5412

Take a look at what’s going on

We offer a range of advice, support and activities to help you live and feel well.

Check-in here to get more details and use ‘This Week’ to get the times and booking details.

Anxiety and Depression Group

This drop-in group offered by Self Help is a sympathetic and non-judgmental space where you can meet others who also struggle with anxiety or depression. Our groups care about your experiences and really understand. They offer help, information and a place for people to share ideas on how to cope with depression.

More details at Zion Anxiety and Depression Group

Meets every Wednesday

Art Group

Let your true colours shine through. It’s expressive, relaxing, creative, confidence-building and most of all fun. Whatever you’re starting from our hugely experienced group leader will take you further.

Meets every Friday

Art Therapy

Come and try some art for your heart.

Art therapy is professionally recognised as a valuable way to:

  • Explore thoughts and feelings that you find difficult to put into words
  • Find new ways to look at problems or challenges in your life
  • Create a route to improved self-esteem and confidence built on your strengths.

Just come as you are – you don’t need to have done any art before.

The drop-ins are free and run by a skilled facilitator currently studying for the highly commended Art Therapy Practice MA at Sheffield Hallam University and supported by a professionally registered Art Therapist.

Every Monday and Tuesday from 2.30-4.30pm.


Eczema Support Group

This free support group is for anyone in Manchester who suffers with eczema .

Come and get advice and support from those who understand what you’re going through, from the daily struggles to the dreaded flares.

  • Advice, tips and support
  • Drinks, free from snacks and refreshments
  • Offload onto those who understand
  • Vast array of discussions including triggers, skincare, diet, hydration and how these affect our skin.

The group is run by people who both suffer from eczema themsleves so they really do understand where you’re coming from and get what you’re going through.

This friendly group will always offer you a warm welcome but feel free to get in touch beforehand if you wish, even if it’s just to say hello.

Parents and carers of children who suffer with eczema are also welcome to the group.

Meets every Tuesday

Energy Healing

Energy Healing promotes healing by enhancing energy flow and correcting disturbances in the “human energy field” or “aura” which permeates and surrounds the body. It’s thought that improving the flow of energy in the energy field can support the self-healing capacity of the body.

FREE 30-minute sessions designed to help you de-stress, feel more energised and help with aches and pains. Donations welcome – all go to the Zion.

Every Thursday: 10.30am – 2.30pm. Call the Zion Centre or ask at reception to book your place.

Friday Massage

Massage can play a big part in improving your health and well-being. As well as being relaxing, the benefits can include reduced stress, pain, and muscle soreness; lower heart rate and blood pressure; and improved immune function.

Our female massage therapist at the Zion Centre offers a choice of Swedish, Indian Head, Reiki and Aromatherapy massage.

The regular cost of a massage is £15 for a 30-minute massage and £20 for a 1-hour full body massage.

We’ve got special low-cost introductory sessions too at £12.50 for a 30-minute massage. The appointments for these are between 9.30am – 11.30am.

Friday appointment times 9.30am – 4.30pm

Homeopathy Clinic

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a form of holistic medicine. It is used in many countries around the world, and in some cases, is the first point of call for all health issues.  Homeopathy treats the person as a whole, rather than specific conditions in isolation. We consider all your health needs, be they physical or mental and emotional.

Who can be helped?

Because homeopathy is a gentle system of healing, it is suitable for everyone, including babies. Remedies are safe, stimulating the body’s own immune system.

What happens during a consultation?

You will be given time to explore all aspects of your health. Your initial consultation may take an hour or more, your homeopath will then research a suitable remedy for your individual needs. Follow-up consultations are usually shorter and an appointment will be made for you.

Who are our homeopaths?

The clinic is staffed by fully qualified clinicians who are registered with the Society of Homeopaths. They volunteer their time and expertise. There may be student homeopaths present, undergoing training at the North West College of Homeopathy (www.nwch.co.uk).

How much does it cost?

We ask for a donation of £10 for each consultation. This is to help the Zion Centre cover the cost of providing and delivering any remedy you are given and the cost of the facilities the clinic uses at the centre.

Clinic every Monday

Narcotics Anonymous Group

Addiction is a disease that can happen to anyone and the reasons for addiction are many. Whatever the circumstances, it really doesn’t matter. Addiction is a progressive disease similar to other chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

NA (Narcotics Anonymous) is a non-profit fellowship for all people whose lives have become unmanageable through the use of drugs. It believes one of the cornerstones of living drug free is the therapeutic value of addicts working with each other to achieve recovery. In meetings members regularly share their personal experiences with each other, not as professionals but as ordinary people who have discovered that sharing brings about solutions to their problems.

Anonymity is a vital part of this fellowship enabling everyone to attend without fear of social repercussions.

More information at Narcotics Anonymous

Meetings every Thursday

PARS Women's Exercise Group

This women’s exercise group offers a bespoke and structured exercise and fitness programme for clinical rehabilitation to women referred to the Physical Activity Referral Service (PARS) by a doctor or healthcare professional.

Every Tuesday

The Bread and Butter Thing

On a tight budget? Struggling to put food on the table?

The Bread and Butter Thing provides weekly groceries at a fraction of high street prices through their membership scheme – they will try and always give you some fruit and veg and something for your cupboards and fridge. Saving you over £20 a week – that’s a game-changer when you’re trying to make ends meet.

To take the first step to sign up – TEXT The Bread and Butter Thing on 07860 063 256 with your full name, your postcode and say ‘Zion Centre’. Then they will get in touch.

Try it out. No commitment. First order FREE.

Delivery every Thursday

Walk a Weigh

Want to lose weight well?

Try something new by working on small steps that fit into your daily life, sharing ideas and supporting each other as a group.

It’ll give you new ways to eat well, get more active and stay motivated. No charge – just donate what you want.

Meets Fridays

Whisper Sister - Menopause Support Group

Explore your questions about the change, diet, sex and relationships, mental health and mood, remedies and much more.

Together we’ll take control, end the whispering and celebrate our unique journeys.

Meets Saturdays

Found something you’d like to do?

Find the time it’s happening here.

For booking details and costs, if there are any, just ask at the Zion reception or give us a call.


9:00am – 5:00pm


2:30pm – 4:30pm

Art Therapy


12:30pm – 1:30pm

Women’s exercise group PARS

2:30pm – 4:30pm

Art Therapy

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Eczema Support Group


2:00pm – 5:00pm

Anxiety and Depression Group


10:30am – 2:30pm

Energy Healing

11:30am – 2:00pm

The Bread and Butter Thing food shopping pick up.

Text 07860 063 256 to join.

1:00pm – 2:45pm

Narcotics Anonymous Group


9:30am – 11:30am

Walk A Weigh

9:30am – 4:30pm

Friday Massage – low-cost introductory appointments 9.30am – 11.30am.

1:30pm – 3:30pm

Art Group


11:00am – 1:00pm

Whisper Sister Menopause Support Group

Volunteer with Us

Can you spare some time to help keep our community strong?

We need you to help us to

  • Make a difference in your community
  • Support local families and people

We can offer you the chance to

  • Develop new skills
  • Work as part of a team
  • Improve your CV
  • Get extra training and references
  • Meet new people and give something back

When you volunteer with us you also become part of Big Life. That means you’ll have a volunteer coordinator, who’ll work with you to make sure you get the most possible out of your experience, whatever your reasons for volunteering.

Want to know more?

Just let us know you are interested in volunteering with us and we’ll get in touch to chat about the opportunities we currently have, that suit your needs.

What our volunteers say…

While volunteering I have met some amazingly motivating people. I have attended lots of training, my CV looks great now, my confidence is up. I don’t feel so isolated and at the same time I feel I have made a huge contribution to my community and the individuals who have accessed our service.

Office Space to Rent

The Zion Community Health and Resource Centre has been a cornerstone of change in the Hulme community for the last 30 years. With Manchester’s renowned Universities and the buzzing City Centre on the doorstep, it’s a melting pot of ideas and innovation. The centre hosts an array of leading social change organisations including Mind, Be Well, That Bread and Butter Thing and Music in Hospitals and Care. There’s also a constantly evolving line-up of daily health and wellbeing activities open to all.

Links to the key routes around Greater Manchester and beyond are excellent but like most locations close to the city centre parking is restricted. Though parking permits are available from the City Council.

For a breath of fresh air, the Centre has it’s own garden and Hulme Park is across the road.

We currently have three competitively priced office spaces available for charities, not for profit organisations, private businesses, community and other social impact groups.

  • Two 1 person offices of 73.94 square feet
  • One 2 person office of 95.06 square feet.

These come with:

  • Free reception
    • Monday, Wednesday Friday: 8.30am – 6.00pm
    • Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am -8.00pm
  • Disabled access throughout
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free access to other rooms for meetings or 1 to 1’s
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Regular cleaning
  • Bike racks

Enquiries to:
Centre Manager, Val Sells Mobile: 0796 403 6298 or 0161 226 5412