Dual Diagnosis Group Dates

The Dual Diagnosis Group is now being held twice a month 5-7PM. Below are the sessions for the rest of this year.

The Dual Diagnosis Group is a peer support group for people who have mental health and substance issues (including alcohol). It is a friendly, welcoming group with an emphasis on members supporting each other through shared experiences and open minded discussions. Please give us a call before attending for the first time.

Dual Diagnosis Group Dates:

August 2017

17th and 31st

September 2017

14th and 28th

October 2017

12th and 26th


9th and 23rd

December 2017

14th and 28th


This years holiday was a great success!

In May a group of our members and staff went to Scarborough and stayed in the Grand Hotel for the second time. The weather was beautiful, fun was had, memories were made and chips were eaten.



Here’s Sue’s account of the trip:

“This year for the SPARC holiday we returned to the Grand Hotel Scarborough by popular demand. The holiday was facilitated by staff Sue and James and 9 members went along. Travel was with National Coaches from Stockport; it was a great way to travel.

Whilst we were in Scarborough we spent time exploring the area and we visited places of interest in Peasholm Park, South Cliff Gardens, the castle area and the church where Ann Bronte is buried. Midweek we had a coach excursion taking us to Whitby via Goathland where the popular TV programme Heartbeat was filmed. Everyone had a great time and the weather was fantastic. At Whitby we all enjoyed delicious fish and chips. Meals were provided in the hotel as part of the package and we were treated to nightly cabaret and bingo. The holiday was a great success and enjoyed by all.”

Summer Fair Prizes and Fun!

At our summer fair on the 14th of July there are many things to look forward to, our very talented music group will be performing, there will be a visit from the fire service, a book stall, a bric-a-brac stall, a tombola and a raffle and afternoon tea!

But lets talk prizes. There’s a lot of prizes; all of which have been donated by generous individuals and businesses. All of which can be won by you. You can come into the centre and buy 5 raffle tickets for £1.00 or buy them on the day (tombola tickets will be available on the day) if you want to take part.

Prizes include:

Rosé wine and a soft toy- courtesy of One Stop Bramhall Lane

£10 Marks and Spencer Voucher- courtesy of M&S Stockport

£50 Marks and Spencer Voucher- courtesy of M&S Handforth Dean

Family Tickets to a Stockport County Match- courtesy of Stockport County F.C.

Manchester City Stadium tour for 2 adults and 2 children- courtesy of Manchester City F.C.

2 boxed pens, 2 colouring books, 2 pencil cases, pencil crayons, a calculator and a clip frame- courtesy of Offizone.

And that’s not even everything! We look forward to seeing you on the 14th for a few hours of fun!





New Funding for the Alliance Counselling Service!

We have just received funding from the National Lottery that has allowed us to further develop our Counselling Service!

The service has been running for some time already; providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Integrative Therapy to members of the Stockport Mental Health Alliance.

The the demand for this service has been increasing week on week and we are thrilled to be able to provide a paid therapist who will be able to undertake CBT and facilitate a range of related activities at SPARC and Stockport Mind.

If you are a member of the Alliance and would like to be referred for counselling take a look at our leaflet below for how  (click the pictures to enlarge them).





We are excited that the Counselling Service will add to our other existing activities and groups to create a truly holistic approach to enablement and recovery.


You can donate to us through PayPal

If you get the urge to donate to SPARC you can do it in a number of ways such as Everyclick, GiveAsYouLive and good old fashioned coins

If you have a PayPal account you can also donate to us through that. Its quite easy and secure. We appreciate any donation, whatever the amount. Everything donated gets put back into the centre and helps to support the plethora of groups that we run every week.

If you would like to donate you can do so by clicking HERE. Thank you for your support!

Nick has done his run!

Nick: one of our very generous members ran the Manchester half marathon in May raising money for SPARC and achieving an impressive feat of athleticism. If that wasn’t enough Nick also donned a Forrest Gump outfit. Adding the insulation of a hat and fake beard to the already hot day.

We’re still getting sponsorship  money brought in so we are not sure how much has been raised yet but we will be sure to keep everyone updated.

However much is raised, we can all agree that Nicks generosity and dedication is an inspiration to us all.

Keep on running Nick!

We are having a summer fair!

We at SPARC are holding a summer fair on July 14th from 1:00-4:00 pm. Amongst other things there will be a raffle and a tombola, a visit from the local fire service and police as well as a chance for members of the public to see what we do here in the centre.














So save the date and cross your fingers for sunshine!


Aquarium Software Is Running For SPARC!

Aquarium Software have made us one of their charities of the year! This is great news and to kick it off one of their employees is planning a gruelling 62 mile run to raise money for us and two other equally deserving causes.

All is explained; in their words below:

Aquarium Software based in Cheshire, have been operating for over 10 years and provide technical solutions to the Fintech and Insuretech sectors.  As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility policy they have chosen three charities to support, SPARC being one of them.  

One of Aquarium’s employees, Gavin Reynolds, is raising money by taking on the ‘Race to The Stones’, a 2 day, 100km ultra-marathon along Britain’s oldest path; The Ridgeway. His goal is to raise £1,000 for their charities, but with over a month to go before the run he and everyone at Aquarium are hoping they can raise much more! His page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gavinreynolds

So good luck to Gavin and thank you to Aquarium for thinking of us! Its uplifting to know that there are businesses with such strong values of social responsibility and community. That choose to support charities at a local level and understand that mental health is an important issue for us all.