Deeplish Community Centre

Deeplish Community Centre Association exists for the benefit of all the inhabitants of the Deeplish and Milkstone area and their surroundings.  It will do this by establishing, maintaining and developing the Community Centre, in order to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants and promote community cohesion throughout the borough.

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Deeplish Community Centre is working with local communities from the past 22 years. We respond to local community needs, take innovative approaches to deliver services and take pride in taking challenge to work with communities, groups and individuals.  The current purpose built building is the result of a joint initiative from the local residents association, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) and the National Health Service NHS / PCT Trust. The building was divided into two sections; one was run and managed by the PCT with the other part being run by Deeplish Community Centre Association until 2009. Due to Clinic & Health services moved into new purpose built Health Centre,  “Nye Bevan Health Centre”,  Deeplish Community Centre  has acquired the whole building and provides services to local communities, including young people, vulnerable adults, children and the elderly people.  Deeplish Community Centre is also linked well with Deeplish Children’s Centre and Deeplish primary School.

Our Mission Statement

Deeplish Community Centre Association is a community-based organisation that promotes voluntary and community services - with the core purpose of improving the quality of life of our residents, by working with them, to promote sustainable communities.

Our Vision

Deeplish - Milkstone is an exciting, diverse Area of Rochdale with national and international significance, where people choose to live, work, visit and play and in which small businesses are growing ; an Area  where physical and economic regeneration is going on as part of the HMR programme.  We will achieve our objectives by establishing, maintaining and developing the community services, in Order to improve the quality of life of inhabitants


Our Objectives

Participation and provision

·        To provide a safe, secure and friendly environment for the local community and user groups, enabling them to participate fully in activities organised by the Centre.

·        To provide services those are relevant, efficient, effective and best value for money.

Crime and Community safety

·        To reduce crime and disorder and help people to feel safer within our neighborhoods.

·        To empower young people and children to play a leading role in their future development, so that they can achieve their full potential and aspirations.

·        To encourage local residents to participate effectively in Police and Community Development projects, and to establish regular surgeries /consultations at the centre. 

Health and well being

·        To prevent ill-health and improve local people’s health and well being.

·        To promote social inclusion and community cohesion and support people

      to enjoy good health and ease in our neighborhood and

Education, employment and training

·        To develop and enhance the skills of local communities through lifelong education and training provisions for everyone - also promoting confidence in learning new skills.

·        To improve the educational results of the town’s children at all levels; to increase the number of young people going into further and higher education; to support people into work through training and provide opportunities for lifelong learning. 

 Transport & Mobility 

·        To develop and provide community transport services for local voluntary, community and statutory organisations, and individuals, which support people in connecting with mainstream businesses and a range of services.

·        To continue to work in partnership with key organisations, including Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM), RMBC,  and the Community Transport Association UK ( CTA), to develop competence in service provision, planning and delivery.   

Information about The local area

·        There are 9,763 people living in Milkstone & Deeplish area and 3278 households.

·        Children, ( aged 0-15), in Milkstone & Deeplish make up 27.98% of the total population,      ( 27340).

·        In milkstone & Deeplish 55.28% of the population is Pakistani. The second largest ethnic group is white with 37.40% of the population (3651)

·        The majority of people aged 16-74 in milkstone & Deeplish are economically inactive, ( 50.60%). Of the employed population, 32.51% work in the distribution, hotel & catering industry, (872). This is followed by 23.19% of people being employed in the manufacturing industry, (621). In Mikstone & Deeplish 20.40% of people classified their occupation as process machine operative,(505).

·        56.54% of households in Milkstone & Deeplish own their home, (1853), and 14.89% rent from social landlords.

·        Health statistics for Milkstone and Deeplish show 11.9% are in poor health or in an unpaid caring role for someone in poor health and people suffering from a long term illness in the ward stood at 21.8%.  These figures should be compared with 9.2% nationally of ill health and 18.2% having a long term illness. (2001 Census Table KS08). 

All these statistics link low educational achievement and unemployment and highlight the need to address these issues holistically to build an economically sustainable community.  Greater focus also needs to be given to economic inclusion measures to maximise the potential of those living in areas of disadvantage.


Deeplish is one of the;

·        Highest areas of Rochdale of households with dependant children and unemployed people with no formal qualifications.

·        Highest areas in Rochdale of households with
      dependant children and no adults in  employment.

·        Highest areas in Rochdale of households with dependent

·        Highest areas in Rochdale of unemployed people.


 HMR & Deeplish Strategy

Deeplish Community Centre is heavily involved for many years in regeneration and renewal programmes. HMR & Deeplish Strategy work has made noteable progress with RDA, Ground work, Housing associations, TfGM, RMBC and other partners to have a look at the local issues of Housing, employment, Health &  transport.  Deeplish Community Centre is actively involved with Transport for Greater Manchester ( TFGM) to provide transport solutions within Borough of Rochdale.

Deeplish Community Centre, has established the following recruitment practices and guidelines in order to safeguard both staff and participants from the threat of child abuse.

All staff / volunteers will be subject to a Criminal Record Bureau Checks (enhanced).  It will be recommended that anybody working with young people and children for a prolonged period of time should undertake some form of child protection training.

All those who work or come into contact with children and familieshave a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. If you have a child protection concern you must report it.



Deeplish Community Centre
Tel: 01706 860151


Children's Social Care

Tel: 0845 226 5570

Safeguarding Children Unit

0845 226 5050

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline

Tel: 0808 800 5000

Greater Manchester Police
Tel: 0161 856 8067/66
Switch Board: 101

101 is the new police non-emergency telephone number.

It is part of a national programme to make it easier for you to contact police in a non-emergency where you don’t require an immediate police response.

For instance:

  • Reporting a crime that has already happened
  • Getting crime prevention advice
  • Giving police information about crime in your area
  • Contacting local officers or,
  • Any other non-emergency

101 replaces the current GMP non-emergency number 0161 872 5050 and provides one easy to remember number that will make it easier for you to contact police wherever you are in the UK.

Call from landlines and mobile networks cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day or how long you are on the phone for.

Using 101 for situations that don’t require an immediate police response will help to make sure 999 calls can be dealt with speedily. 

Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired callers can access the service via textphone on 18001 101.


All those who work or come into contact with children and families have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. If you
have a child protection concern you must report it.

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Hare Street, Rochdale, OL11 1JT, Tel: 01706 860151, Fax: 01706 347115, Email: