Fun day to help youngsters thrive

A new health service for children and young people is holding an exciting, free fun day in Rochdale to celebrate its launch.

Thrive graphic#Thrive is a new emotional health and wellbeing service offering support from birth to 19 years.

It is run by Pennine Care, Link for Life and Youth in Mind – the dedicated young person’s element of Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind.

There will be a range of free activities* planned such as pet therapy, circus skills masterclass, music and poetry, craft and art activities, smoothie making, face painting, sport and leisure activities and a mindfulness taster session.

There will also be the chance for children to meet and have pictures taken Batman and Elsa (from Frozen).

The event will run from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 25 March at The Butts, at the bottom of Drake Street in Rochdale, OL16 1EY (in front of the Regal Moon pub).

Activities will also be at the new #Thrive hub and other nearby venues, which will be signposted to from The Butts.

The Mayor of Rochdale will also be attending at 12pm to officially launch the service alongside young people from #Thrive.

Mark Wood, #Thrive lead, said: “Our launch event will provide a great opportunity to bring the whole family along, have some fun and find out about the range of support the service can offer.

“#Thrive helps young people to access the emotional health and wellbeing support they need; whether they’re feeling sad, stressed about school, experiencing bullying, lonely, having relationship worries or feel bad about themselves.”

#Thrive can provide support for children and young people who live, or are registered with a GP, in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

For more information, call 0161 716 2844 or visit:

There is also a video about the service which is available to view on YouTube at:

*Some activities may not be available for the full event and some may require booking on the day, so people are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.