The mental health benefits of gardening are broad and diverse; as well as being a very therapeutic activity gardening also provides social stimulation for our residents regardless of physical or mental health conditions, studies have also shown significant reductions in depression and anxiety and improved social functioning, gardening can be a great way to relax and occupy the mind, and here at Mary & Joseph House residents can work alongside the staff in our award winning gardens, we have recently created allotments in an overgrown and unused area of the garden at Mary and Joseph House so that our green-fingered’ residents can engage in developing raised beds and a polytunnel to grow vegetables and fruit. Activities on offer to our residents include seed sowing to vegetable growing in our allotments as well as other landscape and garden maintenance tasks. Over the years the gardening team have worked in collaboration with the Art Group to help achieve Gold Awards in various Royal Horticultural Society competitions. If you don’t want to get involved, our extensive gardens provide a relaxing and peaceful retreat for those who wish to take time out. As an extension to our horticultural work, we have also engaged in conservation projects working alongside environmental teams across Greater Manchester. We also invite organisations to carry out practical training and educational workshops at Mary & Joseph House. In 2013 we were very proud to receive a Gold Medal and Best in Show at The Royal Horticultural Society Tatton Park Flower Show.

Out of House

Here at Mary & Joseph we offer a wide variety of activities for residents to improve physical health, social networks and self-esteem. We believe that engaging in activities in the local community encourages social inclusivity and challenges addictive behaviour. Andy, our activities co-ordinator produces a weekly activities programme catering for a wide variety of interests. We have three vehicles on site, including a 12 seat Minibus with wheelchair access At present our activities programme includes a weekly visit to St.Marys Irish Community Club in Levenshulme, swimming at the local leisure centre, weekly social club at the local library trips, bowling, fishing, community gardening and conservation, walking football and local walks. We also work alongside Manchester City Councils Community Engagement Team and can help residents to set up an individual membership at a local gym. We also organise a holiday for our residents and staff once a year, usually offering a choice of two destinations with pre-arranged activities and days out.

In House

Andy, our activities co-ordinator produces a weekly activities programme catering for a wide variety of interests. Access to many of our in house activities are available to all residents at all times.  Mary & Joseph House offer a wide range of in house activities for all abilities, we provide daily armchair exercises to promote well being, , board games, play your cards right, quizes (to promote memory recall), Nintendo Wii, Choir practise and performances, also pool tournaments, bingo, movies, craft group, newsletter group, art, gardening, woodwork projects and card games. We have suggestion boxes around the house and hold a monthly residents meeting for those wishing to discuss or suggest a new activity, alternatively residents can always voice their ideas to a member of staff at any time.


Here at Mary and Joseph house we are very aware of the therapeutic benefits of creative activity and therefore offer regular art sessions in our bright and cheerful art studio. Residents with or without an artistic background can experience numerous different art activities. These include painting, drawing, mosaic making, pottery, weaving, model making and glass painting. Participation in meaningful activity can play a key role in the management of an illness leading to the possibility of recovery. For many of our residents past and present the art group has provided this activity by being both a creative outlet and a welcoming social setting to develop new skills, improve self esteem and gain greater confidence and independence. The subsequent pride in achievement has played a significant role in the improved health of many group members especially evident in those returning to independent living. In addition to the many personal benefits residents experience by participation in the group, members have also brought pride to the home through success in various creative competitions and involvement in community festivals. This has resulted in art work being displayed in prominent locations for the general public to enjoy and appreciate whilst raising awareness of the great work achieved.

Project Room

Our Therapeutic worker Tom has a dedicated room where residents can use existing skills or learn new ones. Projects include but are not limited to woodworking, model making, carving, project planning and other house maintenance skills such as painting and decorating, plumbing and tiling. These projects can be extremely beneficial to residents who aim to move out into the local community and live independently in their own homes. Recognising individual’s skills and abilities from their previous work or leisure activities enables Tom to personalise these one to one sessions and the materials used for the individuals capabilities.