AFG appeal to health and wellbeing businesses to back community cafe

The people we support at AFG Rochdale are appealing to local health and wellbeing businesses to help back a Health and Wellbeing Day at a weekly café run by people with learning disabilities.

A 'full house' at the recent Bingo Afternoon

A ‘full house’ at the recent Bingo Afternoon

The event, hosted at Thrum Hall Methodist Church, Thrum Hall Lane, Rochdale, on Tuesday 25th February 2014, will be the third community event hosted by AFG Rochdale the Community Café launched in December 2013.

To mark our 21st anniversary last year, AFG unveiled a celebratory programme of local community events including the opening of a weekly café held at Thrum Hall Methodist Church.

Joanne Ward, Team Leader and lead on the project said: “Since its launch we have hosted two very successful events; a Coffee Morning and a Bingo afternoon, both supported by local businesses such as Greenhalgh’s Bakery and Mecca Bingo. The Rochdale Observer and Rochdale Online both featured the launch of our café.

“We are appealing to the local health and wellbeing business community; hair salons, beauty salons, gymnasiums, health professionals and wellness centres to support the day by offering their services between 11.00am – 3.00pm on Tuesday 25th February to the local community. Any funds raised from the day will be split between the church and running costs.

Carol Toner, Community Services Director added: “It is an initiative that the people we support in Rochdale are very excited about. Not only will it provide work experience and access into the local community for the people we support, it will encourage community engagement by coming together and breaking down stigmas. A good cuppa and a natter can promote wellbeing and that is why we really want this to work.”

If you are able to help please do not hesitate to contact Joanne Ward, Team Leader on mobile 07825 621 062, telephone 01706 362 284 or at

Thank you in advance and best wishes from everyone at AFG Rochdale.