New ladies’ group can help combat loneliness and improve mental health

A women’s social group aimed at forming new friendships and helping to tackle loneliness has been launched in Shaw and Crompton.

Sharon McDonnell-Devereux, Sue Madden, Denise Gordon

The first get together of the Shaw and District Ladies Co-operative Group has been held at Crompton Bowling Club.

Now organiser Sue Madden, a funeral arranger at Shaw Funeralcare, is urging more women to come down to the Glebe Street club on the third Monday of every month.

“Because of the industry I am in I realise there is a need to tackle loneliness and mental health,” explained Newhey based Sue.

“It’s about younger people as well because there are a lot struggling with loneliness.

“So, I decided with a couple of friends we would set up this group; to get women in the community together to go on nights out, meet or drinks, meals, the cinema, maybe form bowls and darts teams, even clay pigeon shooting and zip wiring.

“There are so many things we can do. Once people get to know us I will hope they will come in for a chat and brew.

“We are nice, friendly people, we are not scary. We want them to know we are approachable.

“Making friendships is so important because there are so many people with mental health issues because they suffer from loneliness.

“I’ve worked for the Co-op for three years and I love what I do. It is very rewarding and I love helping people.”

Sue’s friends, Julie Berry and Sharon McDonnell-Devereux, help run the new Ladies Group while Denise Gordon from Crompton Bowling Club helped them secure the premises on a monthly basis.
Meetings take place between 7pm-9pm.

For more details contact Sue on 07950 039349 or email

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