TLC (The Luke’s Centre) is based within St Luke’s Church in Longsight, south Manchester. It offers facilities for recreation, leisure and learning, and provides a safe friendly space to increase wellbeing and reduce isolation. It was established to help people with enduring mental health needs and runs a drop-in every Tuesday and Thursday. Activities include food & mood cookery classes, gardening, IT and arts and crafts, and regular social outings are arranged too. The drop-in also offers an advocacy and advice service and overall more than 50 people benefit each week.
A grant of £4,000 was awarded to the Centre in October 2019. This will contribute towards running costs of the drop-in. Outcomes of the work include reduced social isolation, reduced stigma around mental health, and the creation of friendship groups for people attending.