Hundreds gather to celebrate launch of new service

On Saturday 25 March, hundreds of people gathered together in the Rochdale sunshine to celebrate the launch of the borough’s new #Thrive service. This is an emotional health and wellbeing service for young people.

#Thrive launch photoYoung and old thoroughly enjoyed the many fun and free activities on offer.  This included face painting, soft play, circus skills, balance bikes, pet therapy, a smoothie bike, planting activities, arts and craft, exercise bikes and more. Free food and drink was on offer, along with goody bags.

There was also a special appearance from Elsa and Batman; not to mention the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale (Councillor Ray Dutton and his wife Elaine) – who formally launched the service.

During the event, attendees were able to visit the newly opened #Thrive central hub – which young people have named Around the Corner.  This is located at 48-50 Drake Street, Rochdale and will offer a range of activities and therapies.  There is also an on-site café providing a range of hot and cold food and drinks.

#Thrive is commissioned by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group and provided by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Link4Life and Youth in Mind. 

#Thrive launch photo (1)

It is for children and young people aged up to 19 years, who live or are registered with a GP in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale. 

It aims to provide support and advice to those who are feeling stressed, sad, unhappy with how they look, angry, having relationship problems, being bullied or just not feeling themselves. 

Lots of different types of support is available - including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (a talking therapy), counselling and guided self-help.  The service will also provide access to wellbeing activities such as sport, drama, music or something else.

The service is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.  Some evening appointments are also available and it will be open on a Saturday morning in the near future.  Appointments will be offered at Around the Corner (the new hub), along with a range of venues across the borough.

Mark Wood, #Thrive lead, said: “We are really keen to make sure as many people as possible know about #Thrive, so we are all delighted that there was such a fantastic turn out at our launch event.  Everyone seemed to have a great time and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. 

“We’re very grateful that the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale took time out from their busy schedule to attend. 

“I’d like to thank everyone who helped to plan and deliver the event; in particular the young people and families who have helped to develop #Thrive from the very beginning. 

“I’d encourage any young person who feels like they’d benefit from some support to get in touch.  We look forward to welcoming them!”

Simon Wootton, HMR CCG Chief Officer said: “We are extremely pleased to be part of the #Thrive partnership and being able to provide such an important supportive service for young local people.

“It was by working with children and young people that this new service was commissioned and it was great to see so many people at the launch event in Rochdale town centre.  We are hopeful that #Thrive can truly make a difference to the young people of Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.”

Lots of photos from the event can be viewed on Pennine Care’s Facebook page at:

#Thrive can be contacted on 0161 716 2844.  More information is available at