Good health at the Satellite Centre in Greenfield

PLENTY of positive news was reported about the Satellite Centre in Greenfield at Saddleworth Sports Youth and Community Association’s AGM last month. 

Chairman Mike Rooke told the meeting it seems the future of the building as a community centre is far more secure than it was 12 months ago, now a longer-term leasing agreement is planned with Oldham Council. 

For much of the year, the room spaces at the Satellite are booked for community activities for 70 per-cent of the day and evening times available, including major involvement of four major tenants: Funky Fitness and Fun, YoLo, Baby Ballet and Uppermill FC. 

The keynote speaker at the AGM was Debbie Clough, NHS manager for the cluster of our local GP practices. 

As a member of the Satellite’s Body Mind & Well-being Forum, Debbie spoke of a wider vision of local health services now a change of culture was coming into place. 

She said: “Although people will still need medical treatment through medical centres and hospitals, parallel to this is a more holistic view of health linked to the person’s overall wellbeing is emerging.” 

The Satellite’s Body Mind & Well-being development programme is serving as a trailblazer to help bring this vision more into reality.

Backed by an Action Together Oldham project grant, a part-time project worker – Jane Bevan – has been appointed. 

As part of the charity Mind’s Community Wellbeing Service, a one-to-one support service is being provided at the Satellite. 

“Whether you’re feeling stressed, or anxious and worried, or you’d just like to improve your well-being, these sessions can help you learn new techniques to help you manage your thoughts and emotions,” explained Jane.

To book an appointment, email Jane at: or call: 07432 793612 (please note messages will only be picked up on Tuesday mornings and all day Thursdays).

Meanwhile, qualified practitioners Sarah and Karen will be running meditation sessions on June 6, 13 and 20 from 7pm–9pm.

For further details and booking email Sarah at: or call: 07871 506775.

A ‘Health Check and Wellbeing’ event is planned for Wednesday, July 25 from 2pm-4pm. More details to come soon. 

News of the Satellite’s Community Brew charity events was also reported at the AGM. 

Led by volunteers from Greenfield & Grasscroft Residents’ Association, these coffee mornings are held from 10.30am-12pm on the second Monday of each month. 

For a £2 entry charge, multi cups of coffee/tea are provided with homemade cakes and treats. 

Along with income from raffles and donations, these events have raised almost £700 for charities in the past year.

The programme planned for the rest of 2018 will benefit the following charities:

  • Parkinsons (June 11)
  • Oldham Mountain Rescue (July 9)
  • Saddleworth Olympics (August 13)
  • McMillan (September 10)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society (October 8)
  • Help for Heroes (November 12)
  • Home Instead’s ‘Santa for Seniors’ (Dec 10)

For enquiries about room bookings at the Satellite Centre, for one-off events/parties or for longer term bookings, email Melissa McDermott at: or call: 07852 909115.


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