Didsbury Good Neighbours

Didsbury Good Neighbours

Holt Pavilion
Didsbury Park
Gillbrook Road

Didsbury Good Neighbours is a local neighbourhood care group, based in South Manchester. A registered charity, run by local people, they are funded by Manchester City Council and their own fundraising efforts. They promote valuing older people and offer opportunities for isolated people to meet others, rekindle interests, try new activities and be a part of society.

They are a volunteer-led charity, providing a variety of volunteering opportunities for people in Didsbury which they firmly believe benefit the volunteers as much as the older people they work to support.

With financial assistance from the Edward Holt Trust they have recently refurbished the Holt Pavilion in Didsbury Park as a splendid base for activities and events focused on the interests of older people in the area.

Didsbury Good Neighbours


The core of their work is befriending isolated older people. They do this by recruiting and training volunteer befrienders; they are then matched with an older person who they visit regularly at home. Didsbury Good Neighbours are also developing a new telephone befriending service – a weekly friendship call (lasting normally around 20 minutes) from a trained and supported volunteer.

Other befriending services include emergency food shopping, transport to hospital appointments, wheelchair pushing and accompanied day trips. No fee is charged for befriending services.


Weekly Coffee Mornings – held on Tuesdays 10.00am-11.45am in the Sure Start Centre, Didsbury Park (from July coffee sessions will move next door to the Holt Pavilion). An opportunity to chat and find out more about Didsbury Good Neighbours.

Art Group – weekly sessions held in Didsbury Library on Wednesdays 1.00pm-2.30pm. Facilitated by a professional art tutor, this group encourages independent learning and creativity, all levels welcome.

Computer Group – weekly sessions held in Didsbury Library on Wednesdays 10.00am- 11.45am. Brush up on the basics, learn how to shop on line, look at comparison web sites, learn to Skype or send emails.

Exercise Classes – chair exercises for those with limited mobility, to be held in the Holt Pavilion, Didsbury Park, starting in September 2013. Improve your posture, mobility, flexibility, strength, coordination and balance.

A small fee is charged for these activities.

From summer 2013 all activities will be based in The Holt Pavilion, Didsbury Park, Gillbrook Road entrance.

Didsbury Good Neighbours in brief: volunteer led scheme • supporting older members of the didsbury community • outreach work • coffee mornings & themed events •