Mind Body Soul Event

We're inviting you to our Mind Body Soul event!

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We are delighted to invite you to our Mind Body Soul event for the people we support and our volunteers.

Taking place on Thursday 10 October at the beautiful Manchester Monastery, our Mind Body Soul event will be a day designed to not only put a smile on the faces of our guests and the opportunity to try something new but to also support World Mental Health Day.

It will be a day of celebration, awareness, laughter and friendship. There will be performances, creative stalls and an award ceremony, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the people we support and our volunteers.

There is no way we could hold an event in Manchester on World Mental Health Day without a performance from Bee Choir, Manchester’s Mental Health Choir! Prepared to be wowed by internationally acclaimed dancers who will teach you some basic steps, as well as perform their own spectacular routine.

From smoothie making to flower arranging and learning more about mindfulness, the day is set to be a truly unforgettable day.

The main event

10:00 – 11:00 - Registration

Arrive bright and early to enjoy a breakfast sandwich and to take in beauty of The Manchester Monastery.

We want to make sure you get as much out of the day as possible, which is why our stalls are open all day, starting from 10am!

11:00 – 11:15 - Welcome speeches

11-15 – 12:00 - Boomwhackers

We will be starting off the day by transforming ourselves into a colourful boomwhacker orchestra, creating vibrant rhythm and soul music from five different harmonies, it’s set be to an ice breaker like no other.

12:00 – 12:15 - Refreshment break

12:15 – 12:45 - Chairercise!

Physical activity is good for your body – having a healthy heart and improving your joints and bones are just two, but it’s also beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing. We will be learning basic chair exercises suitable for all ages and abilities, so much fun that it won’t even feel like exercise.

12:45 – 1:45 - Lunch

Lunch will be served at your tables so you can recharge ready for the afternoon sessions. An Elvis impersonator will be in the building entertaining guests whilst you tuck in.

1:45 – 2:45 - Bee Vocal Choir

We will be joined by The Manchester Mental Health Choir, led by Choir Master Dan McDwyer who was featured on One Love Manchester. The choir will allow us to join together as one voice.

2:45 – 3:00 - Refreshment break

3:00 – 3:30 - Awards

We will be shining a light on the incredible achievements of the people we support and our dedicated volunteers.

3:30 - Event close

Check back for more information about the amazing stalls we'll have available on the day.

Tickets can be booked through our online booking system. The booking system is simple to use, you can book tickets for the people you support, staff and your volunteers. If you want to add more people, then great, just go through the booking system again.

You will notice that we ask for accessibility information about each attendee, this is to make sure that on the day we are able to fully cater to everyone’s need. We therefore ask that you encourage your team to make sure this is completed to the best of your knowledge.

The people we support and our volunteers do incredible things every day. This is your opportunity to give those who have achieved something amazing the recognition they deserve. Anyone can nominate someone, however, we ask that you only nominate people we support or a volunteer at Making Space. Take a look at the nomination categories.

Please return your completed nomination form by email to Mindbodysoul@makingspace.co.uk or by post for the attention of Marketing by Friday 20 September 2019.

It's important to us that our venue and event is accessible for the people we support and our volunteers.

The Manchester Monastery not only boasts of being an iconic and magnificent building but for being fully accessible. We've pulled together some information that should answer any questions you have about accessibility and put your mind at ease.

Entrance to the venue

There is only one way to enter the venue that is fully accessible through large sliding doors, into a large open plan reception area.

Take a virtual tour around the venue: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=9x8jbNwD6QP

Wheelchair friendly

The entire building is wheelchair accessible, wheelchair friendly tables will be clearly marked in the main hall.

Quiet area

We know that sometimes loud and exciting places can be overstimulating for people, which is why we have a designated two relaxation zone on the first floor of the monastery.

In one quiet room, you will be able to take part in some colouring in, the second quiet room will be available for complete silence.


If you need more information about how to get to the venue, please visit our transport page. If you have any more questions about accessibility, please get in contact with us at mindbodysoul@makingspace.co.uk.


There are many accessible toilets in the monastery which are light and spacious.

There are a few ways to travel to the event, you could:


The Monastery is less than a fifteen-minute drive from Manchester City Centre and a free, secure car park is available on-site. There is parking available on site if you would like to drive to the event. There is a 140 space car park right outside the main front door of the monastery.


The Monastery is also accessible by train or bus from Manchester Piccadilly Station. Take the number 205,206,207 bus from London Road (outside of train station) to reach the Monastery. If you would like to get the train to the event, please order you tickets and claim the cost back using the cost code 0005-2704.

Mini bus

A mini bus is a great idea if there are a few of you coming from the same area.Talk to other Making Space services that are local to you and organise a joint mini bus. Please book the mini bus and claim the cost back using cost centre 0005-2704.

You can park the minibus or be dropped off in the car park directly outside the main door to the monastery.

We have complied a list of everything you need to know prior to our Mind Body Soul event. If you require more information, please email mindbodysoul@makingspace.co.uk.

When and where is the event taking place?

The event is taking place at The Manchester Monastery on Thursday 10 October, the day will begin at 10am.

Who can attend?

The event is for the people we support and our volunteers, staff are also welcome to attend if they are supporting someone on the day. If you are not someone we support or a volunteer for Making Space, but would still like to attend, email mindbodysoul@makingspace.co.uk.

How can I get there?

There are a few ways to travel to the event, see our transport tab above for information on how to travel to the event and expenses.

Will there be a quiet space?

We will have two designated quiet spaces at the venue, easily accessible via a lift, designed to give you an opportunity to take a minute to yourself. A volunteer on the day will be able to sign post you to these areas.

Can I volunteer on the day?

Absolutely, we would encourage anyone to be a volunteer on the day. See our available roles here.

In order for our event to run smoothly, we’ll need some incredible volunteers.

These volunteers will be the go-to for any information, support and, most importantly, enthusiasm on the day. If you think you fit the bill, get in touch with our volunteering team.

Any Making Space employees will need to have permission from their line manager to volunteer. Find out more about the roles available here. We can't guarantee that you will get your chosen role, however, we have arranged it so you will get to do more than one thing in the day.

If you would like to volunteer, please speak to our volunteering team who will share with you the roles available.

E: volunteering@makingspace.co.uk

T: 01925 581747

If you would like to speak to someone regarding the event, please email mindbodysoul@makingspace.co.uk

A member of the marketing team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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