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Critchley Community Hub, Social Centre and Garden Cafe welcomes people to make new friends, learn a new skill, and enjoy a speciality coffee and cake or a homecooked lunch all in bright and modern surroundings.

Critchley Cafe

At Critchley Community Hub, we encourage healthy living, group activities, and gentle exercise. We offer volunteering opportunities to help to alleviate social isolation and loneliness.

Everyone is welcome at Critchley Community Hub. The Garden Cafe, which has a five point hygiene rating from the food standards agency, serves homecooked lunches and light bites together with speciality coffee and freshly brewed tea and homemade sweet treats. We have a friendly team of over 12 volunteers.

We also sell locally made crafts and gifts, quality second hand clothing, and bric-a-brac all at affordable prices.

Groups and Activities

A wide range of activity groups meet on a regular basis at Critchley. Groups are all open to new member. If you're not sure which is the group for you, why not call and chat to one of our friendly volunteers who can explain more and arrange an introduction for you.

Heritage Health Walks Group

A programme of guided walks through the local area, led by an accredited Walking for Health volunteer. Every other Wednesday at 11am; meet at Critchley House, wear sensible footwear and dress for the weather. Free to join. Contact the Hub for details of the next Heritage Health Walk

Reading Group

An informal, friendly tutor-led group who meet every other Friday over a speciality coffee or pot of tea, slice of cake and plenty of discussion. All for fee of £5. All printed texts are provided; attendance of your first session is free.  

Lunch and More

A social gathering where you can enjoy a nutritious lunch and make new friends.

The Lunch and More group meet every week on a Tuesday 12-2pm. Come along to Critchley Community Hub and enjoy a homemade three course lunch which includes a delicious soup, a hot main meal, dessert and a tea or coffee all for just £5.50. There is also the opportunity to join in a game of bingo or karaoke. 

Friday Film Club

Every second Friday of the month. We show local and nostalgic films whilst enjoying popcorn, a hot drink and a slice of cake all for just £3.00.  The film starts at 1pm. 

Gardening Social Group

Do you enjoy meeting new people whilst learning or enhancing your knowledge of gardening? If so then why not join us every Thursday 1-3pm; it's free, friendly and fun. 

Crocheting/Knitting Social Group

Every Friday 10-12pm and is free to join. This is an informal and friendly group who meet and enjoy sharing a passion for knitting and crocheting.  Beginners are welcome. Enjoy a speciality coffee whilst learning or developing a new skill.

Tech and Tea

A free five week basic computer course for people who are new to computers and those who want to improve their skills. A tutor-led group based in an informal friendly environment. A hot drink is included. Places are limited so contact the Hub to reserve yours. All equipment is provided or you can bring along your own laptop or tablet. Contact the Hub to find out when the next course is due to start.

 IT Drop in/Support

Free and informal support where you can learn skills such as how to set up and send emails and access the internet securely. This a twice weekly drop-in service. No need to book, simply drop in with your own device, or just bring your questions for our tech expert to answer.

  • Wednesday 11-12.30pm
  • Friday 11-12.30pm

Local History Group

This group meets on a Saturday once a month 10-12pm.  A light hearted quiz/historical film show and guest speaker.  If you are interested in local history, why not come along.  Contact the Hub for further information.

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Creative Writing Group “Switch” (Swinton Writers in’t Critchley House)

A friendly tutor-led group open to people of all abilities who are keen to improve writing through practice.  If creative writing is not for you, you could still get involved in the group by offering help with services such as illustrating, proof reading, editing and copy typing.  Price of £2.50 per session includes a hot drink.

Healthy Hips and Hearts Class

A gentle exercise session led by a qualified leader from Salford Community Leisure. Free to join - Once a month on Tuesday at 10.30am. Contact the Hub for details of next class.

Carer’s Support Group

An opportunity for people living with dementia and their carers to come together and enjoy good company and support from Age UK Salford specialist Dementia Support Service.  Lunch and refreshments are available from our garden cafe.  The group meet on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Contact the Hubfor times.

Pension Wise Service

By appointment only, free impartial and practical information call in to the centre for further information.

Salford Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB)

Every Thursday 9-12pm, drop in information and advice for the over 55’s.  No appointment is necessary.

We always welcome new members to join the many fun and varied activities, if you would like to find out more about Critchley Community, please contact: Critchley Community Hub Manager,  Nichola Swettenham on 0161 359 3410.


Further Information

Where to find us

75 Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 4AF

Opening times     

9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday 

Parking facilities

Some street parking on Chorley Road.

Accessible facilities

Ramped access into the cafe, wide doors, level access inside and accessible toilets.

Critchley Community Hub's cafe has been awarded five star food hygiene rating.   

All our staff are DBS checked


Want to volunteer?

Many of  Critchley Community Hub's activities are run or supported by volunteers. Volunteering is a great way of getting actively involved in your community, making new friends and making a real contribution to local life. Click here for further information about volunteering with Age UK Salford