Avant Garden are creative wellbeing specialists, for all ages. We seed, plant and grow innovative ideas for authentic living. With a range of highly engaging activities, therapeutic interventions and leisure pursuits available, our programmes are tailored to suit each client’s sense of adventure. Whether one to one, community groups, private parties or corporate team building, we take a holistic approach in nurturing personal confidence, self-expression, heightened sensory and social perception through our original repertoire. As our name suggests, we embrace subversion, advocate ‘the edge’ and create real opportunity for growth.
Community Groups are welcome to come and use our facilities. Some facilities are free to local groups and we also have rooms of different sizes which may be rented out to other groups and organistaions
These can be on an hourly, half-day or full day basis, subject to availability.
If you are interested in this aspect of the Centre, please contact reception. Alternatively, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A copy of the Bluesci Terms and Conditions for Lettings must be read before a room booking can be accepted.
You can download the room booking forms here
Trafford Advocacy Services, TAS is a partnership of organisations that provide advocacy support for residents of Trafford. The partners, led by Trafford Centre for Independent Living (TCIL), include Rethink Mental Illness (Rethink), and Trafford Mental Health Advocacy Service (TMHAS), they all have a wide range of experience and have been providing advocacy support in Trafford for a number of years. The partners have been joined by African Caribbean Care Group (ACCG) who bring additional experience of engaging with black and minority ethnic communities and organisations.
Advocacy providers will each continue to provide the high quality support, but will now work closer as a partnership with a new advocacy hub at TCIL as a focus for referrals.
- TAS will continue to offer people advocacy support to make informed choices, ensure their voices are heard, and where required, represent their views.
- TAS will accept referrals for adults (18+) who are receiving, or may require health and/or social care support
- TAS will, where possible, empower people to take more control of their lives, building on their skills to make their own decisions, providing support where required.
- TAS partners all provide an independent, free service for people who are eligible.
- TAS partners employ qualified advocates with a wide range of skills and experience.
- TAS will offer community outreach sessions, including work with diverse communities to raise awareness and increase people’s skills.
- TAS will work closely alongside other support services in Trafford, particularly those providing information and advice, and preventative services, empowering people to have more control in their lives, to increase their independence and promote their wellbeing.
TAS provides the following advocacy service
- Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) – A statutory requirement, to support people, assessed as not having capacity to make decisions. This applies to particular decisions in people’s lives regarding; serious medical treatment, a change of accommodation, safeguarding adults from abuse, deprivation of liberty, and care reviews.
- Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) – A statutory requirement, to support people who are detained under particular sections of the Mental Health Act, in order to help them understand, exercise their rights and ensure their involvement in treatment and care planning
- •Independent Care Act Advocacy – A statutory requirement, to support people experiencing significant difficulties understanding and being involved in their; assessment, care plan, review or safeguarding enquiries.
- General Advocacy – Support for disabled people or carers to make informed choices, and have their voices heard. Includes support for people with impairments or health conditions, learning disabilities, age related conditions, or mental health conditions. Areas of choice may include health, housing, employment, benefits and care provision.
- Support brokerage – Personalised support for people with personal budgets to plan how they would like to meet their care and support needs, their way.
Referrals to TAS
TAS will accept referrals from anyone, including; health and social care practitioners, service providers, community organisations, housing associations, families, friends and people themselves
Advocacy referrals should be made on the initial form and sent to the Advocacy Hub at Trafford CIL, details below.
Referrals can be made by phone, email, post or online
Support is available to help people make referrals in person or over the phone.
IMHA, IMCA and Care Act referrals can still be made via existing channels by practitioners
Following a referral an advocate will be in touch to acknowledge its receipt and to get more information about the reasons behind it.
TAS Hub will be open Monday to Friday 10:00 – 4:00 (+ answerphone out of hours)
Advocacy support can be provided flexibly beyond these hours depending on the needs of those involved.
For referrals, or information about advocacy, contact
TAS at Trafford CIL;
Trafford CIL, Marshall House,
2, Park Avenue,
Sale M33 6HE.
0161 850 0645
We issue vouchers on behalf of Trafford South Food Bank and signpost people to sources of additional support.
For more information go to http://traffordsouth.foodbank.org.uk/
Scilight Arts is a volunteer-led community group run by people who have experienced or been affected by emotional distress.
We are running regular weekly art and craft sessions at Coppice Library and Wellbeing Centre. All our activities are FREE to anyone who wants to take part and no experience is required. We are happy for you to dip in and out of the group if you cannot commit to coming regularly. You will find us at the big tables set up in the main library, every Wednesday 1.00pm-3.00pm.
If you would like to take part please pop in to the Centre or contact reception on 061 912 3560 for more information.
Come and Join us, no experience needed!! Card making, glass painting, acrylics and much more! Bring out your creative side!
Creative writing classes
Wednesday – 10.00am – 12.00 noon
Free and open to all
Sophie has set up Small Words to share her love of creative writing. She believes that anyone and everyone can be a writer and runs weekly workshops to promote these skills.
At these meetings the group will do warm-up activities leading to learning or developing their writing skills.
People can have as much or as little support as they want or need.
Contact Sophie for more information
About Avant Garden
To find out more about Avant Garden and what they do, click here
Kids in Space Workshops & Events inspire and engage children and young people through the medium of Outer-Space and related technologies.
Engaged youth are encouraged to become ‘Space Cadets’, so they can get involved in and benefit from our project activities. Visit our website to find out more about us or find us at facebook.com/kidsinspacemanchester. You can also follow us on twitter @kidsinspacemcr
Come and meet Sol and other women like yourself, from all walks of life, in our weekly informal get-togethers!
Most Wednesdays, 10.00am-12.00pm
Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/multiculturalcoppice
Learn and Enjoy Amongst Friends
LEAF is a community group set up by some of our Library & Wellbeing Volunteers. LEAF hosts regular activities at the library, including a weekly social gathering on Thursday mornings, where speakers of many different languages enjoy learning about each other’s culture and accessing online ESOL learning.
If you would like to join in or support these activities, please pop in to the Centre or call us on 0161 912 3560
iSyllabus is a religious study course aimed at secondary-school aged children- to help teach the religion of Islam in a simple and unambiguous way.
You can find out more about it here
Brush up on your Urdu in our weekly classes, aimed primarily towards older children. Every Wednesday.
Psychological wellbeing interventions
Education and information resources to assist an individual to manage their mental health and wellbeing.
There are a number of really good self help guides freely available, just click the link http://www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp/
Mindfulness is a skill that we can learn to help us to worry and regret less. With practise we can enjoy the world more and understand ourselves better by changing the way we think, feel and act.
It involves developing an ability to become aware of what is happening in the present, moment by-moment, rather than being on ‘automatic pilot’.
This free course is for anyone who wants to learn about mindfulness to improve their own mental wellbeing.
We hold regular Mindfulness courses throughout the year. Check here for details about our next one.
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