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Our A to Z of groups at St Paul's 
We are pleased to be running a full timetable of activities
and will continue to work hard on keeping our information updated and correct! 
Last updated Jan 2024


Carribean and African Health Network

Supporting the Carribean and African communities in areas of mental health, physical health and through advocacy. They are running Green and Arts mental wellbeing sessions on Wednesdays at 2pm.

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Chair Yoga

This friendly supportive group meets every Wednesday for seated exercise classes with a professional instructor. 10-11am at St Paul's Community centre just £5 per session. Contact us to book a space

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Creative Writing

We've loved running these sessions, but we don't have any happening at this time, however you can see previous work in our gallery. Click here

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Fun Days

Looking for a safe, warm, friendly place to go with your baby or toddler? This could be the place for you and your child to make friends and happy memories. Our sessions are Tuesdays 9.30-11.15am at St Paul's Community centre, with plenty of space for toddlers and a dedicated baby area too. Just £1.50 for an adult and child, 50p each if you bring an additional child, no need to book.

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Our motto is 'belong, believe, become'. More than 100 young people engage with HAFWAY each month and with the majority of the young people coming from deprived backgrounds, ethnic minority groups and broken homes we really are making a difference in their lives. 
Contact for more details, or see the website

> Youth group & sports sessions

Space and activities for young people 11-18yrs, we are currently running sessions on Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings at St Paul's Community Centre plus Monday evenings at Brownlow Fold MUGA. All session are free and open for young people to pop in, no need to book


> Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh award is for young people aged 14 and above and is a youth achievement award designed to give young people the opportunity to become the best they can be. HAFWAY support young people through all 3 levels of the award; bronze, silver and gold.

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> Youth Council

Empowering young people to develop their skills, their ideas and their confidence in representing the views of our next generation! Our young people are key to shaping the service we provide.

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Halliwell Befriending Service
Halliwell Befriending Service aims to provide a visiting, befriending and support service to housebound, isolated, disabled, lonely and mentally frail older people living in the Halliwell area. The offices are based in the community centre. For more information, please ring 01204 840808, or drop into the centre in a morning!

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> Activities Club
Run by Halliwell Befriending Service, Table tennis, pool, dominoes, whatever you fancy joining in with.  Fortnightly on a Monday 12.30-2.30pm, running the alternate week to Lunch Club

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> Lunch club
Share a 2-course lunch with friends, raffle and a game of bingo. Meets weekly on Mondays in the Community Centre. Contact HBS to enquire about spaces.

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> Crafters friendship club 
Tuesdays 1-3pm in the Community Centre. Sewing, knitting, cardmaking, lace making, adult colouring books and more! A safe and warm place to learn new crafts skills and enjoy expressing your creativity. 

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> Breakfast Club & Digital drop-in
Run by Halliwell Befriending Service, this is an opportunity to have a bit of breakfast and learn digital skills in a warm and friendly environment.
Thursday mornings 10-11.30am in the Community Centre

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Kabod Church

Meets in the St Paul's Community centre, Sundays 12-2pm, Visitors welcome. 

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Line Dancing

A warm and friendly group of dancers, open to newcomers too at St Paul's Community Centre on a Friday morning 10-11am. Just £3 per class, and you can pay as you go.

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Saturday Cafe 

Meets fortnightly in St Paul's Church, for tea, coffee and snacks from 10am-12noon. Catch up with friends or make new ones, talk to the Vicar about church services, weddings, Christenings and events too. Email: Rev Rodger Petch for details or call 01204 843060

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Slimming Support session

Wednesdays, 11.15-11.45am at the St Paul's Community centre. Open to all, whether you are staying after the Chair Yoga session, or just popping in after. Come and get weighed, but get encouraged in your journey too, chat with others, get tips and meal ideas to help you on your way. 


St Paul's Church

St Paul’s Church seeks to serve in the Halliwell Community witnessing to the love of God shown to all in Jesus Christ. Worship is low evangelical with a more contemporary feel at the all age service on the first Sunday of the month. We are a small friendly congregation. 
More details on the website

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St Paul's community WhatsApp group

An online community group to help you stay connected to others in local area, share news, encourage each other. Open to all who use the Community centre or live locally. Contact us for more details

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Thursday Friends


A brand new group to build friendships and community connections. Join us for bingo, scattergories, brews and toasties at St Paul's Community Centre, Thursdays 12.30-2.30pm. Contact us for more details

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Walking Group

We have a lovely group that meets for a gentle walk around the Smithills and Halliwell area. Not done much walking? Or not used to walking far or fast - this is the group for you! Meeting at St Paul's community centre, now on every Monday. Contact Steph on 07833 567 475 for more details

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