Staying mentally well & socially connected
We understand the importance of mental health on your overall wellbeing. This includes feeling socially connected, combatting social isolation and loneliness.
Getting active is not only good for your physical health, but for your mental health too. Even a short walk each day can help to boost your mood and mental wellbeing. Trying a new sport, exercise class or physical activity can also be a great way to make friends.
Our sports, activities and fitness pages have information on different ways you can get active, including cycling and walking, or joining a local Leisure Centre. MCRActive has information about sport offered across Manchester, facilities, activities and events for all ages and abilities.
Why not start a new hobby? Learning a new skill is good for your self-esteem and your brain. It’s also a great way to make new friends.
Find activities for everyone, a lot of which are low cost or free. Including youth clubs, leisure centres, dance and drama groups, museums and a whole lot more. Take a look at our online directory of things to do.
Community and Voluntary Groups
Manchester has loads of community and voluntary groups that can offer support and a place to make friends. You can search our online directory for community and voluntary groups.
Getting out and about
Manchester has got lots to offer, including parks, museums and art galleries, however we understand getting out and about may be difficult.
You may be eligible for a travel pass, which entitles you to free and low-cost travel on buses, trains and metrolink services in Greater Manchester. People who may be eligible include:
Older residents: if you live in Greater Manchester and qualify for a state pension. Find out more on the Travel pass for older people page.
Disabled residents: if you have a disability or long-term health condition. Find out more on the Travel pass for disabled people page.
Care Leavers: if you are aged between 18-21 and are a live in Greater Manchester and were previously in the care system, you may qualify for free travel. Find out more on the Free bus travel for Care Leavers page.
Ring & Ride – Accessible Minibuses
An accessible, low-cost minibus service for people who have difficulty in using public transport. Find out more on the Transport for Greater Manchester Website.