Social inclusion is about making sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or ability, has the same opportunities and at Birchwood we are helping to level the playing field for all.

Our Inclusion Project is an award-winning innovative initiative that promotes a healthy, social, and active lifestyle for young people and adults with the emphasis for participants to ultimately feel part of their local community.  By encouraging personal growth, helping to build resilience and independence, Birchwood are empowering people to be able to lead fulfilling lives within our communities.    

Some of the classes and schemes we run:

·         Inclusion Cafés: our ‘pop-up’ social enterprise provides a supportive base, a hot meal and access to our shops within a welcoming space for those socially isolated to reconnect within their community.

·         Wellness Classes: Our Mind and Body classes offer a range of exercises for beginners, seniors or those looking to boost their fitness.  These low impact workout classes are great option for everyone, no matter their ability level.

·         Education and Training sessions: linking with local education providers to support people back into work and education.

·         Befriending Scheme: local community volunteers are paired with those individuals socially isolated, encouraging friendship and confidence whilst offering emotional support.

·         Skills-based workshops: such as cookery, budgeting, money management, computing, and IT etc

·         Art, Reading and Music groups: encouraging self-development and resilience through creative participation.

·         Community events: committed to supporting local events and initiatives to help breakdown stigma and build positive links with the wider community.


·         Veteran’s Hub: Our hub provides social activity, ‘walk-in’ or virtual peer support and mentoring, advice on welfare, benefits, pensions, and medal advice as well as support for carers.


The project is wide ranging delivering daily pop-up community cafes and shops serving surplus food, a befriending service, bereavement group, volunteering through to digital-exclusion and wellness/ peer-led classes including yoga, cooking and meditation. 

If you or you know someone who would benefit from accessing or joining any of the classes, please contact our Social Inclusion Team on 01695 728391 for more information or complete our online referral form by clicking here.


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Birchwood has taken all possible steps to ensure that the information provided on this directory is helpful, accurate and up to date. However, the information given on this website is not comprehensive and there may be inadvertent errors for which we apologise. There are links within the directory that take you to external websites which are not managed by the Birchwood and therefore we have no control of their content or changes in their services such as opening times.