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!





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!


New Fundraising!

Hello all! We have decided to start a push for funding for 3 of our most in need services; Cognitive Behavioural therapy, the Under 30s Group, and the Dual Diagnosis Group.

You can donate online by clicking HERE or or on any of the pictures in this post. You are also welcome come into the centre and donate in person. If you would like to donate to a specific service simply write down which one in the ‘donation comment’ box near the bottom of the page.

Cognitive behavioural therapy at SPARC– A part of the wider mental health alliance counselling service. At the moment CBT at SPARC consists of 2 therapists that operate to very high standards and tailor therapy to each individual that they work with. As they are part of SPARC and not bound by the requirements of statutory services they are able to work with each person to identify how many sessions are needed rather than work to a fixed number of weeks. CBTs at SPARC are also able to work with staff to deliver a highly holistic intervention in order to promote sustained positive results. Funding for this group would go towards paying for our qualified therapist so that we can maintain the high quality therapy that we currently have. This service is a new direction for SPARC and we are passionate about keeping it going so we can help as many people as possible.

Dual Diagnosis Group– The Dual Diagnosis group is one of our longer running groups and is an impressive example of peer support in action. The group runs after normal SPARC hours (5-7pm). The group provides a safe place for people to discuss mental heath and substance issues. It is a supportive environment that allows people to speak with others who have similar experiences but also share different insights and coping mechanisms. Alongside this the group also enjoys social activities where people can come to relax and have fun. Money raised for this group would go towards running the group and setting up day trips/outings arranged by the members themselves. This is a very popular and unique group that  is highly valued by both members and staff.

U30s– The Under 30s group was created as here at SPARC we have a core of younger people who were missing out on a place to engage with individuals of a similar age. This group has developed into a highly social and inclusive group where members are responsible for what the group does from week to week. This put the power in the hands of the under 30s themselves and promotes debate, coordination and teamwork. Any funds raised for this group would go towards costs for the group so that they can go to more places and do more varied activities. This group has been running on a shoe string for quite a while now and we really hope we can upgrade this to a boot strap!

Womens Group: Dance Movement Therapy

Good news for the Womens Group! If you want to try a different kind of therapy that uses creativity, body senses, movement and stillness you now have the opportunity to get involved with Dance Movement Therapy at SPARC.

This therapy is for anyone who would like to develop emotionally, cognitively, physically, spiritually and in particular developing in relationship to one’s body.

Dance Movement Therapy can help with: Depression, anxiety, stress, confidence, body image, social functioning, physical functioning, creativity and focus, balance and poise and issues with loss/grief.

It will run on Wednesdays from the 25/01/17 between 11:00 and 12:00.

This group is for members of SPARC and women only, please ask a member of staff or give us a ring if you would like to get involved.

Psyche by 100

We recently submitted a piece to the 100 moments project. This piece was completed using the contributions of 100 members, staff and volunteers from SPARC. If you want to have a look at it on the website you can click here and you can see the full size picture below. This is a great example of shared experiences and working together to create something meaningful.


“SPARC was contacted in September 2016 to be a part of Manchester Devolution’s Live Well Make Art social movement, designed to promote the benefits that art has on well-being.

The 100 moments week was a showcase for community/health/arts organisations to provide a ‘moment’.

A moment could be a public event or workshop, a talk or interview with a participant, an online moment or a collection of images. As the time frame was narrow I decided to facilitate a piece that would capture the thoughts of members, staff, volunteers and associates of SPARC about the things that keep them well.

The Comments are written on butterfly shaped pieces of white card and presented on a white canvas as a minimalist artwork (white on white) which draws attention to the text.

The title alludes to psyche, who in Greek and Roman mythology was the personification of the human soul and from whose name we have psychology and psychiatry.

The submitted pieces to the 100 Moments will be published on the 100 Moments blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and will be incorporated into a publication that will be sent to all Public Health and NHS commissioners in February 2017.”

-James Campbell

Lets Look at the Under 30’s Group!

The Under 30’s group is a great group if you are looking for something to break up the routine. It is a supportive, social group for young adults with a mental health issue. The group aims to reduce stigma and isolation by bringing together people of a similar age in a relaxed and supportive environment.

They do a different activity each week and all the activities are chosen by the group members.

Have a look at the list below if you for an idea of the kind of thing they get up to.

The group runs at the centre every Tuesday from 1:30 to 4:30. If you are interested please give us a ring or ask a member of staff before attending.



Lets look at the Day Trippers!

Have you ever been on a trip with SPARC (if not you should give it a go)? Would you like to be more involved with how these trips happen? If yes then you should get involved with the Day Trippers group!


The Day Trippers are a group who meet every three weeks on a Monday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm. This group is unique in that they have the responsibility of planning trips and the holiday; events which can be accessed by any member of SPARC. The group makes decisions about all aspects of a trip such as train/bus times, coach services, when and where to meet and managing deposits.

As well as this the group also organises  fundraising for the events to help lower their overall cost. This means that more people can afford to access these great opportunities.

If you want to take on a little more responsibility and get involved working with your peers the Day Trippers is for you. The group gives you a great chance to contribute to these trips and hopefully give you a bit of a confidence boost as well.

If you are interested in joining this group just ask a member of staff or give us a ring.


Stay tuned for updates about up and coming trips!


Lets look at the Table Top Gardening Group!

Here at SPARC we are committed to our local community and improving the wellbeing of as many people as we can. Part of this dedication is reflected in the Table Top Gardening Group that runs for the residents at Runnymede Court in Edgeley.

This group was originally funded by the Peoples Health Trust and proved so popular with the residents that when this funding finished it was decided to apply to the Equity Foundation. The application was successful which means that we can facilitate this great group until April next year.

The Table Top Gardening Group is so popular as it not only gives residents a chance to try something new and socialise. It also gives people a sense of achievement in seeing something grow and helps people feel pride in their surroundings; as they have a direct impact on the look of where they live.

Check out the pictures below to see some of the Table Top Gardeners achievements:








Lets look at the Crafty Crew!

If you are ever feeling creative and want to try something new then give the Crafty Crew a go.DSCF1660

In this group members can create a variety cards and other paper craft items. If you want to make a card for a loved one or for an occasion then give this group a try because even new members can come out of a session with a beautiful card made by their own hand.

Group Facilitator Rob Hart employs a variety of craft techniques to help you create something unique and special. This is a great group that thrives on creativity and fun in a supportive and friendly environment. It runs from 11:30 to 1:30 here at the centre so give us a ring or ask a member of staff if you would like to give it a go.

Lets look at SPARC on Sunday!

SPARC is even open on a Sunday!

If you ever find yourself wanting to have a chat or a bite to eat give us a ring or ask a member of staff about the Sunday session.

Traditional Sunday roast beef dinner with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and vegetables

This is a very relaxed group that runs between 11:00 and 15:00. There is a friendly and social atmosphere where you could come to have a chat and have a cup of tea. If you decide to stay into the afternoon you can buy a hot Sunday lunch (vegetarian option available) which is served up sometime around 1:30.

This is a great session to attend if you’re looking for a chance to socialise, eat and relax.

If you would like to eat, the lunch costs up to £3.00 and you need to put your name down for it as soon as possible in the morning or ask a member of staff.