Signpost Stockport for Carers works to improve the quality of life of Stockport's carers through all of the services we offer. This range of free information sessions, interest courses, and social events is designed to help you learn new things, connect with others, and take a break from your caring roles.

We hope there is an activity, time, and place that suits YOU.

Most sessions are free but where there is a small cost involved it will be indicated (£).

If you'd like to book a place or have any questions about an activity, please send us a message using the CONTACT US form at the top right of the homepage, email [email protected] or call us on 0161 442 0442.  

See also our page on Signpost Carer Coffee Mornings running monthly in Heald Green, Woodbank Memorial Park, and Heaton Moor (no booking required).

Here is the full programme of activities from April to July 2018:

April 2018

Thursday 5th April - The Greatest Showman, PG film (Meet at 10.35am outside Stockport Plaza) (£)

A chance to see the musical film 'The Greatest Showman' in the great company of Signpost staff and other carers! This is an open event so all welcome including carers, cared for, family, friends, and children if age-appropriate (it is a PG film so Parental Guidance advised). Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for children, to be paid on the day.

Tuesday 10th April - Tech Time, 10am-12pm, The Heatons Centre

Sociable monthly meet-up for carers combining informal and everyday technical support from the Carers Connect team with coffee and chat. We can help you with using laptops, smart phones and tablets (including installing apps), and show you how social media can help you connect with others

Friday 6th April - Carrots & Carers Coffee Morning, 10.30am-12pm, The Kindling Trust, Woodbank Old Nursery, 78 Park Lane, Stockport, SK1 4JS (inside Woodbank Memorial Park).

Enjoy a brew inside followed by a guided gardening session led by Corinna from The Kindling Trust. The gardening will be outdoors or inside polytunnels.

Wednesday 11th April - Heart to Heart, 2pm-4pm, Salvation Army, Stockport Road, Cheadle Heath, use postcode SK3 0JE

Afternoon tea, chat, crafts and whatever else you fancy! With supported from Salvation Army volunteers, you are welcome to bring the person that you care for if you are both comfortable to be together but apart (same venue and activity, but different rooms). Free (donations welcomed).

Thursday 12th April - Heald Green Carers Drop In, 10am-1pm, Heald Green Village Hall, Outwood Road, SK8 3JL.

Join Jennie from Signpost for a warm welcome, a lovely cup of tea or coffee, and plenty of time to chat to other carers.

Tuesday 17th April - Everyday First Aid – FREE to attend, 10.30am-12.30pm, Friends Meeting House, SK1 3DW (free car park)

Delivered by the British Red Cross, this excellent basic first aid course will teach you how to best respond to common place emergencies such as choking, burns, stroke and cardiac arrest. At the last session, one carer told us ‘I didn’t think it was possible to learn so much in such an enjoyable and relaxed environment’.

Thursday 19th April - Living with Grief & Loss (taster session) 10.30am-11.30am, The Heatons Centre

Run in conjunction with Self-Help services, this one-hour session will give a flavour of what to expect during our upcoming 6 week workshop on understanding, processing and coping with your loss.

Friday 20th April - Carers Coffee Morning - ‘Table Top’ indoor gardening, 10.30-11.30am, The Heatons Centre

Bring your green fingers for a special gardening-themed coffee morning. All the usual tea and chat: planting optional!

Every Wednesday in April (EXCEPT NO SMILE CLASS ON 4th APRIL)

Carers Art Group - 10am-12pm, The Heatons Centre

Led by a professional artist, this is a relaxed and friendly drop-in group open to any carer, arty or not! Something different every week, £5 voluntary contribution for materials.

SMILE gentle exercise - 1.30pm-2.30pm, The Heatons Centre

Delivered by Life Leisure, SMILE is a fun and gentle exercise session; take part seated or standing at a pace that is right for you. This is a very friendly low-key group with a cup of tea to finish! Drop-in, open to all: free for carers, £3 for non-carers.

May 2018

Thursday 3rd May - Living with Grief & Loss (6 week workshop, Week 1) 10.30am-12.30pm, The Heatons Centre

Run in conjunction with Self-Help services, these six two-hour sessions aim to increase your ability to understand, process and cope with your loss.

Friday 4th May - Carrots & Carers Coffee Morning 10.30am-12pm, The Kindling Trust, Woodbank Old Nursery, 78 Park Lane, Stockport, SK1 4JS (inside Woodbank Memorial Park).

Enjoy a brew inside followed by a guided gardening session led by Corinna from The Kindling Trust. The gardening will be outdoors or inside polytunnels.

Tuesday 8th May - Tech Time, 10am-12pm, The Heatons Centre

Sociable monthly meet-up for carers combining informal and everyday technical support from the Carers Connect team with coffee and chat. We can help you with using laptops, smart phones and tablets (including installing apps), and show you how social media can help you connect with others.

Wednesday 9th May - Heart to Heart - 2pm-4pm, Salvation Army, Stockport Road, Cheadle Heath, use postcode SK3 0JE

Afternoon tea, chat, crafts and whatever else you fancy! With supported from Salvation Army volunteers, you are welcome to bring the person that you care for if you are both comfortable to be together but apart (same venue and activity, but different rooms). Free (donations welcomed).

Thursday 10th May - Heald Green Carers Drop In, 10am-1pm, Heald Green Village Hall, Outwood Road, SK8 3JL.

Join Jennie from Signpost for a warm welcome, a lovely cup of tea or coffee, and plenty of time to chat to other carers.

Friday 18th May - ‘Fish and Chips’ Carers Coffee Morning, 11am-1pm, The Heatons Centre (£)

Join us for the best of British, a cup of tea and a ‘chippy’ lunch in honour of the Royal Wedding. Red, white, and blue and/or patriotic headwear optional! Suggested contribution £2.

Tuesday 22nd May - Going Roaming, Going Retro, 10am-2pm, meet outside Vernon Museum and the Conservatory Cafe

Nature enthusiast Dave guides us on a walking exploration of the flowers, trees and bugs of Vernon Park. End the day with complimentary tea and cake and a look around the nearby Vintage Emporium. Carers and cared for all welcome. While the pace will be gentle, carers will be on their feet for some time so good mobility is essential.

Every Wednesday in May

Carers Art Group - 10am-12pm, The Heatons Centre

Led by a professional artist, this is a relaxed and friendly drop-in group open to any carer, arty or not! Something different every week. £5 voluntary contribution for materials.

SMILE gentle exercise - 1.30pm-2.30pm, The Heatons Centre

Delivered by Life Leisure, SMILE is a fun and gentle exercise session; take part seated or standing at a pace that is right for you. This is a very friendly low-key group with a cup of tea to finish! Drop-in, open to all: free for carers, £3 for non-carers.

June 2018 – (Carers week 11th-17th June)

Friday 1st June - Carrots & Carers Coffee Morning, 10.30am-12pm, The Kindling Trust, Woodbank Old Nursery, 78 Park Lane, Stockport, SK1 4JS (inside Woodbank Memorial Park).

Enjoy a brew inside followed by a guided gardening session led by Corinna from The Kindling Trust. The gardening will be outdoors or inside polytunnels.

Tuesday 12th June - Tech Time, 10am-12pm, The Heatons Centre

Sociable monthly meet-up for carers combining informal and everyday technical support from the Carers Connect team with coffee and chat. We can help you with using laptops, smart phones and tablets (including installing apps), and show you how social media can help you connect with others. Room is booked

Wednesday 13th June - Heart to Heart, 2pm-4pm, Salvation Army, Stockport Road, Cheadle Heath, use postcode SK3 0JE

Afternoon tea, chat, crafts and whatever else you fancy! With supported from Salvation Army volunteers, you are welcome to bring the person that you care for if you are both comfortable to be together but apart (same venue and activity, but different rooms). Free (donations welcomed).

Thursday 14th June - Heald Green Carers Drop In, 10am-1pm, Heald Green Village Hall, Outwood Road, SK8 3JL.

Join Jennie from Signpost for a warm welcome, a lovely cup of tea or coffee, and plenty of time to chat to other carers.

Friday 15th June - Carers Coffee Morning, 10.30-11.30am - The Heatons Centre

Every third Friday of the month. Often: a guest speaker or activity. Always: company, tea and a chat.

Thursday 28th June - Air Raid Shelters Historic Tour, 12.45 pm, meet at the entrance to the Air Raid Shelters, 61 Chestergate, Stockport, SK1 1NE (£)

Join a private guided tour of Stockport’s intriguing network of underground tunnels offering visitors an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain in the 1940's. We will finish the afternoon with complimentary tea and cake at the Plaza café. Carers are welcome to bring friends and those they care for. Cost: £3 for carers, £5.75 for everybody else.

Every Wednesday in June

Carers Art Group - 10am-12pm, The Heatons Centre

Led by a professional artist, this is a relaxed and friendly drop-in group open to any carer, arty or not! Something different every week. £5 voluntary contribution for materials.

SMILE gentle exercise - 1.30pm-2.30pm, The Heatons Centre

Delivered by Life Leisure, SMILE is a fun and gentle exercise session; take part seated or standing at a pace that is right for you. This is a very friendly low-key group with a cup of tea to finish! Drop-in, open to all: free for carers, £3 for non-carers.

July 2018

Friday 6th July - Carrots & Carers Coffee Morning , 10.30am-12pm, The Kindling Trust, Woodbank Old Nursery, 78 Park Lane, Stockport, SK1 4JS (inside Woodbank Memorial Park).

Enjoy a brew inside followed by a guided gardening session led by Corinna from The Kindling Trust. The gardening will be outdoors or inside polytunnels.

Tuesday 10th July - Tech Time, 10am-12pm, The Heatons Centre

Sociable monthly meet-up for carers combining informal and everyday technical support from the Carers Connect team with coffee and chat. We can help you with using laptops, smart phones and tablets (including installing apps), and show you how social media can help you connect with others. Room is booked

Wednesday 11th July - Heart to Heart, 2pm-4pm, Salvation Army, Stockport Road, Cheadle Heath, use postcode SK3 0JE

Afternoon tea, chat, crafts and whatever else you fancy! With supported from Salvation Army volunteers, you are welcome to bring the person that you care for if you are both comfortable to be together but apart (same venue and activity, but different rooms). Free (donations welcomed).

Thursday 12th July - Heald Green Carers Drop In, 10am-1pm, Heald Green Village Hall, Outwood Road, SK8 3JL.

Join Jennie from Signpost for a warm welcome, a lovely cup of tea or coffee, and plenty of time to chat to other carers.

Thursday 12th July - The Wimbledon Experience, 12.30-3pm, The Heatons Centre

Cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and cream, and non-alcoholic Pimms (or tea!) served up to a backdrop of the Wimbledon Women’s Semi-Finals on the television. The game starts at 1pm.

Thursday 19th July - Summer Wellbeing Day, 10.30am-2.30pm, Alma Lodge Hotel

Treats, tea and taster sessions for carers! A chance to indulge in some me-time, meet old friends and make new ones, take part in free workshops, and find out about some of the other things going on in Stockport for carers. Pop the date in your diary now.

Friday 20th July - No Carers Coffee Morning at The Heatons Centre given this week’s Summer Wellbeing Day.

Every Wednesday in July

Carers Art Group - 10am-12pm, The Heatons Centre

Led by a professional artist, this is a relaxed and friendly drop-in group open to any carer, arty or not! Something different every week. £5 voluntary contribution for materials.

SMILE gentle exercise - 1.30pm-2.30pm, The Heatons Centre

Delivered by Life Leisure, SMILE is a fun and gentle exercise session; take part seated or standing at a pace that is right for you. This is a very friendly low-key group with a cup of tea to finish! Drop-in, open to all: free for carers, £3 for non-carers.

Events still to be finalised

The finer details are being finalised, but if you are interested in any of these activities contact us on 0161 442 0442/ [email protected] and you’ll be the first to know….

Blurt Event & Living with someone with depression

Canal Trip in Carers week – week commencing 11th June

Provisionally Thursday 21st June - Cocktails & Mocktails Masterclass

That's all folks!

Keep an eye on our social media pages for the most up-to-date information

and announcements of new activities.