Providing something for all members of the community is at the heart of what Demesne does – but they realise that some groups need more help than others.

 Thanks to this recognition, they focus much of their work on health promotion, providing services for older people and improving community cohesion across the borough. And it's these three areas that the centre has set as its priorities and to expand its work beyond its Asby Close base.


As well as picking up health problems, people are given top-tips about healthy living. 

The health days have been so successful, that NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale and Middleton Township have funded the centre to take the event to other venues across Middleton.

 Taking the work of the centre into the community has also seen Demesne form an innovative link-up with Deeplish Community Centre in Rochdale, helping to improve community cohesion and fulfilling the centre's second priority.
As well as picking up health problems, people are given top-tips about healthy living. 

The health days have been so successful, that NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale and Middleton Township have funded the centre to take the event to other venues across Middleton.

 Taking the work of the centre into the community has also seen Demesne form an innovative link-up with Deeplish Community Centre in Rochdale, helping to improve community cohesion and fulfilling the centre's second priority. Recognising the importance of keeping pensioners active, the centre also hosts a weekly exercise class for older people.

 The Mature Movers class gives pensioners the chance to keep fit through low-impact exercises which can be tailored to each class member.

 Recognising the importance of keeping pensioners active, the centre also hosts a weekly exercise class for older people.

 The Mature Movers class gives pensioners the chance to keep fit through low-impact exercises which can be tailored to each class member.


Their first key area of work is tackling health inequalities on Langley and beyond, and the centre pioneered the 'one stop health shop' exhibition day. The event was in direct response to the fact that men in the borough of Rochdale live 2.4 years less than the national average while women live 2.1 years less.

 The event allows people of all ages to have a series of health check-ups, from blood pressure checks and diabetes tests to weight measurements and bone density scans, in one day and in one location.


The event allows people of all ages to have a series of health check-ups, from blood pressure checks and diabetes tests to weight measurements and bone density scans, in one day and in one location.

 Health professionals are invited to perform the tests and then to signpost any at risk people to their GP or other agency for treatment or further tests.

The events, which have been running for three years at the centre, have seen hundreds of people find out they had underlying medical problems they weren't aware of.
The two centre's have twinned themselves, sharing ideas and activities to help build relations and understanding between a mainly white community and a predominately Asian community.

 Youngsters from both centres have met to tackle difficult issues including religion while pensioners from each centre's luncheon club regularly visit each other, allowing them to make new friends in different communities. The third priority for the centre is providing services for older people to fill the gap left by changes to adult care services.

 Over 60 pensioners head to the centre each week for their bi-weekly luncheon club, where over 60s are treated to a good meal and a game of bingo. It's the ideal way for house-bound residents from all areas of Middleton to get out of their homes once a week to socialise and make new friends once a week.