Debdale Bowling and Social Club

Debdale Bowling and Social Club

Supporting the ongoing success of the club following threat of closure.

Benefit of social activities

Connecting with others is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, five evidence-based actions which can improve personal wellbeing. Social connectedness has a strong positive impact on both physical and mental health. Increased social connectedness is linked to reduced mortality risk, healthier lifestyles and higher cognitive functioning. Socially well-connected people are more resilient, feel more able to take charge of their lives and less stressed. Older adults that are socially connected experience increased life satisfaction.


Debdale Bowling Green

Project team

Debdale Bowling Green



Debdale Bowing and Social Club has been active in the area since 1914 and is a warm welcome group made up of local residents. In recent years the group has overcome immense challenges to ensure the ongoing success of the club.

In 2018 Buzz began working with Debdale Bowling and Social Club after a link was made by Manchester City Council to support the Club through challenges faced due to budget cuts.

The local Neighbourhood Health Worker, Noah, supported the development of their capacity and sustainability initially through connecting the club with organisations who were able to offer support. Noah also supported key members of the club to develop the skills needed to further develop activities and access funding to ensure the ongoing prosperity of the group.

" Manchester has work with us throughout our venture and we wouldn’t have had the success we have achieved without them. I hope in the future they continue with this support because we have so much energy and fresh ideas to offer the community.“

Olwyn Taylor - Debdale Bowling and Social Club Social Secretary


Noah initially made links with Manchester Community Central and MCR Active who have offered support to support the Centre. In addition to this, further links with Southway Housing Trust have been established, who has provided extensive support for the club.

Noah later supported Olwyn and Ann to make a presentation about the club to the Gorton and Levenshulme Age Friendly Network which has helped to develop ties with organizations in the network. In particular this has formed a link with the One Manchester Housing Associations and Levenshulme Inspire Community Centre who have both been very supportive of the group.

Buzz have worked directly with the club to help them access funding, initially to set up a café in the clubhouse so anyone joining activities can enjoy good company with a brew and a something to eat.

More recently Noah has been working closely with the club to set up Digital inclusion workshops for the clubs’ members so they can feel confident to use the internet to connect with loved ones using video conferencing and email computers in a friendly environment.

With support from buzz, Olwyn has developed her knowledge and skills with applying for funding and has enrolled on a funding Masterclass run be Healthy Me Healthy Communities. Noah has also provided support for Olwyn to develop her confidence with writing funding applications and this has led to the Centre being awarded three funding grants. Olwyn now sits on the Central funding panel for the Manchester Wellbeing Fund helping to make decisions on the outcome of applications made to the fund. The hope is that these skills will help her to carry on creating and sustaining activities to make Gorton even greater for everyone who lives in the area.

Strategic links to local/national policies



Social inclusion

Manchester Population Health Plan

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Enabling resilient communities

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Research/evidence base

Global Council on Brain Health (2017) - The Brain and Social Connectedness

Ministry of Social Development (2018) - The measurement of social connectedness and its relationship to wellbeing

New Economics Foundation (2008) – Five ways to wellbeing

Oliver Huxhold, Martina Miche, Benjamin Schüz. (2014) Benefits of Having Friends in Older Ages: Differential Effects of Informal Social Activities on Well-Being in Middle-Aged and Older Adults, The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 69, Issue 3, Pages 366–375.

Umberson, D. & Montez, J. K. (2010) Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpoint for Health Policy. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 51(S) S54–S66.


Noah Mellor - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Tel:07484 546 326

Tel:0161 271 0501

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