Debdale Indoor Bowling Club

Debdale Indoor Bowling Club

Support to increase Indoor Bowling Club activities

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 Active Outdoor Centre

Project team

Debdale Indoor Bowling Club

MCR Active

GLL Better Leisure


The Indoor Bowling club came about through a group that were involved in the weekly Manchester Active sessions at the Debdale outdoor activity centre.

Originally bowing sessions happened monthly as a part of a wider program of activities. The bowling sessions gained a lot of interest from local residents who wanted the sessions to happen more regularly and to be able to include more participants. Buzz worked with lead members of the group to help them achieve this goal.


“Debdale Outdoor Centre activities for people over fifty-fives was introduced by the neighbourhood sports officers and overseen by Manchester Council who was responsible for driving sports and physical activity across Manchester to inspiring and encouraging everyone to lead a more active and healthier lifestyle for a period of two years and was extremely successful, attracting as many as 30 people every Friday. It was free for the local community to attend and very soon it became very popular offering many activities including water sports.

During the period I notice how people had become interested in indoor short mat bowling. with the help, guidance, and funding from buzz Manchester we introduce a second activity day. We purchased indoor bowling equipment and introduced a bowling league of 36 competitors. As a group of retired residents we have benefited immensely from the support from Noah Mellor and his team from buzz Manchester which has assisted us in establishing and maintaining a connection with others in our community.

Next season we are adding a new section to encourage new bowler, our members have offered to run a drop-in period for new bowlers, to come and have fun and learn how to bowl, which will help us to maintain numbers and nurture the program and serve the community.” Debdale Indoor Bowling Club Treasurer


Local Neighbourhood Health Worker Noah Mellor supported the group by connecting the group with the capacity building team at Manchester community central. The club were supported to establish a constitution and open a bank account for the group.

Noah also worked with the group to help them apply for and receive funding to pay for a regular venue and extra equipment so that more people can take part. This has helped to ensure ongoing running costs are covered as participants contribute a small fee to take part.

Although sessions are currently on hold due to Covid-19 they have plans ready to get players back as soon as it is safe to start again.

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

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