Denton Park Social Bowling Club Case Study

Victoria Park bowling club transformed itself into Denton Park Social group in April 2018. Victoria Park bowling club was a traditional bowling club taking part in the local bowling leagues. Due to a fire on the bowling green and in the club house, the club had to shut down in 2016-2017 season.

As a result of the amazing effort form the volunteer members, the club rebranded itself in 2018 as Denton Park Social Bowling Club. Throughout the rebranding they have become a member of Action Together and have worked closely with the community development team.

A group of volunteers have set up three new bowling teams, Tameside Men’s veterans, Friday evening Tameside mixed squad of 12, social bowling afternoon open to the public and new weekly sessions for the local community to have a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation if, and when, they need it.

The aim of the session is to increase new opportunities (not just bowling members) for everyone in the local community and to have a place where people of all ages feel safe to connect, belong and contribute into the session and local area. The sessions will also help to avoid social isolation and encourage independence to meet new people, healthy lifestyle and to support people with low mood, low self-esteem / loss of confidence. The new sessions are open both men and women of all ages, include a walking group and a range of different activities including darts, pool and cards.

Intervention

An Action Together community development officer first met with Tony Moran, secretary, and John Pyne, chair of Denton Park Social Group, to discuss setting up a constitution, funding opportunities and options on how to engage with new people from the local community who are not engaging within the group already and who are socially isolated.

Action Together are currently working with the group to compete the Quality in Action award and to increase the awareness by helping them set up new social media accounts.

We have run three community events in the past few months to raise awareness of the club by offering free tea & coffee out to everyone who attended any of the session or who takes part in the bowling competitions. We have agreed that we needed to target people who were socially isolated and who were not already engaging in any activities and try to link the session with Action Together Social Prescribing Team.

Following on from the success of the past few months, Tony Moran is setting up a new Homewatch group across Denton. The new Homewatch group are setting up a new project called “Knock on for your neighbour”. The project is designed to target socially isolated people by neighbours going around to their neighbours’ homes to check they are ok and to have a community conversation with them, making them aware of the local groups they can attend.

Next steps

  • To look at funding opportunities for a long-term approach to keep the session sustainable for the next 12 months.

  • A wider networking approach to link new community groups into the session, to offer new activities to keep the session fresh and to engage new people.

  • Increase number of members in the club.

  • Action Together to continue to support both clubs.

  • To set up a monthly steering group.

  • Micro Grant/Quality in Action Award

Quotes

Tony Moran

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes the newly formed “Denton Park Social Bowling Club”. The Club reopened its doors in April 2018 the aim and purpose of the cub will be to engage with all local community who could benefit from the club.

We have had a great success setting up the new club by working in partnership with Action Together, TMBC officers and local MPs office, thanking them for their help in making this possible and looked forward to their support in the future.

We’re pleased to add that the new club now has a total of 38 social members with the aim going forward to encourage new members from across all sections of the local community to enjoy the full benefits of the club.”

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