About CWTC


Centre of Wellbeing, Training & Culture (CWTC) is a community development organisation formed in 1987.  In 1994 we registered as a charity and in June 1996 we opened a unique Skills Learning, Health Awareness and Cultural Centre in our  premises.

Rooted in the communities we serve, CWTC has been actively supporting and enabling the diverse communities of Rochdale for nearly 30 years.

Our core objectives are to:


1. Advance public education, understanding and appreciation of multicultural arts and media education in all its forms – using arts as a powerful tool to promote health and wellbeing.
2.Work in partnership to support disadvantaged people across Rochdale Borough and Greater Manchester through education, recreation, training and health.


Our Aim is to develop and to work with hard to reach groups who experience one or more of the following characteristics:


  • low confidence and/or self-esteem
  • Dementia, mental health and wellbeing issues
  • out of work
  • little work experience
  • low skills or qualifications
  • facing barriers to work such as lack of understanding of job search techniques


Beneficiaries of projects will include:


  • People with mental health challenges
  • People with dementia
  • Carers, including young carers
  • Unemployed people
  • BAME Community
  • Young people aged 11-24
  • Older people including over 60s and over 85s


CWTC Project aims to make a difference by:


  • increasing transferable skills, confidence, and empowering local individuals.
  • improve awareness of their own mental health and wellbeing.
  • improve awareness of dementia and support available.
  • identifying opportunities to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people and communities within their own networks.
  • increasing awareness of local services available whilst changing behaviours on how these services are used.
  • enable people to improve their financial wellbeing and independence.
  • moving onto further training, jobs or volunteering.
  • creating networking opportunities and supporting local partners in working practices, resources and knowledge.
  • increase cultural understanding.


Training Experience / Approved Training Centre


As an Approved Training Centre through Open Awards, CWTC has been providing accredited and non-accredited courses since 1999 from Entry Level to Level 3.  Over the years we have developed internal and external quality control systems for the delivery of courses and training.

A WorkClub at CWTC has also been developed by CWTC (funded by Jobcentre Plus) to assist work placements to look for job, training, skills and further education opportunities.


Current Venue


CWTC current venue offers excellent in-house training resources with disabled access and bilingual provision in the heart of the  community and is easily accessible through train, tram and public transport. Free car parking is available in the car park at the rear of the Unique Enterprise Centre.

CWTC as a venue provides excellent support for the community and organisations with facilities  for Meetings and Conferences (for up to 120 people), The CWTC Wellbeing Cafe, Training Courses, a Professional Audio, TV and Video Recording studio and a Video Editing Suite.


Management Experience


CWTC has excellent Management Committee of diverse members of business skills and experiences. The organisation has managed major projects through the Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR), Link4Life, Awards for All, Arts Council, Skills Funding Agency, Neighbourhood Learning Development Fund.

At CWTC the management committee make the decisions about the organisations running and work with the staff, partners and volunteers, seeking their views and expertise in the relevant subjects relating to delivery, funding and targets. Regular meetings seek the views of elected members, service users, staff, learners and volunteers on an ongoing basis, to continue to develop the organisation and its work.


Governance arrangements


The organisation has in place all the relevant policies and procedures, including Health and Safety, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Safeguarding Children, Fair recruitment and selection, etc. These are reviewed on an annual basis in line with national policy changes.

CWTC has also achieved level 1 in PQASSO (supported by CVS).


Partnership Working


Some of the Volunteer Partners include: Jobcentre Plus, Rochdale Training Association, Adult Care Services; Integrated Neighbourhood Teams; Rochdale Gateway Leisure Centre; Muscan Learning Disabilities Group; Community Centres; Aashiyana Carers’ Group; Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Alliance, Burnside Community Centre, Contour Housing, Petrus, Hopwood Hall College, Rochdale, Making Space, Rochdale District & Mind, Pakeeza Group, Khubsurat House, Pride Media, Rochdale Pioneers Museum, Asian Women’s Project, HMR Circle CIC, Stonham Housing, Rochdale Council, Millercare, MAC Clinical Care, PossAbilities, Home Instead, Youth Service to provide marketing of projects, provide referrals, share information and new partners as they are identified.

Current & previous partners include: Big Lottery – Reaching Communities, HMR Clinical Commissioning Group, Link4Life,  NHS Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks, Awards4All, The Tudor Trust Skills Funding Agency, Arts Council, Contour Homes, The Percy Bilton Charity, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Worldwide Cash & Carry, Sterling Currency Exchange Ltd.