Lalley Centre, Community Pantry & Allotment

The Lalley is a welcoming centre, community pantry and allotment in North Manchester.

The team supports people to improve their lives via a whole range of wrap around services, including food support, health and wellbeing support, social tariff access, Wood Street Mission referrals, Health Start referrals, utility support, accessing toys for Christmas and uniforms for the new school year, DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) benefits and housing. We‘re also able to refer to other specialised services where necessary.

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adults and children accessed the service last year.


emergency food parcels were provided to individuals and families.


of food was produced on the community allotment, equivalent to 739 meals.

The centre, community pantry and allotment in Collyhurst supports people on low incomes with practical needs in health and wellbeing, housing, family life and employment.

Staff and volunteers assist people who are unemployed or receiving benefits, families facing or experiencing homelessness, those struggling with addictions, mental health issues or conditions that prevent them from working.

The community allotment also offers the chance for local people to learn new skills whilst also providing fresh produce as part of a healthy-eating scheme. Food grown also supplies our community pantry at the centre.

In addition to the support highlighted above, visitors can also access:

  • Parents as Partners course to support parents to build positive relationships with their children (from 1st February, Thursdays from 10am to 12.30pm for eight weeks)
  • Money skills sessions
  • Wednesday Friendship Group, 11am to 2pm
  • Digital skills sessions
  • Tea, coffee and toast on Wednesdays and Fridays 10.30am to 1pm
  • Wellbeing drop-in sessions (Fridays from 9.30am to 11am, term-time only)
  • Allotment or food pantry volunteering (We are supported by community volunteers. Taster sessions can be offered to try out what’s on offer – please get in touch for more information)
  • The team is also open to suggestions from people in the local community about activities they would like to access.
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We also have regular sessions available with our specialist energy advisors for help around saving money on household bills, including:

  • LED bulbs and draught excluders.
  • the efficiency and appropriate use of heating and hot water appliances and systems and the functions of the controls.
  • domestic fuel cost data using the domestic heat cost (Sutherland) tables.
  • how to record gas and electricity consumption and work out costs.
  • payment options for gas and electricity.
  • insulation methods for improving the energy efficiency of a range of building types.
  • information about Government initiatives.
  • the causes of condensation dampness, how to avoid condensation and remedial actions to combat existing condensation.

To find out more or book a session, including to enquire about sessions with BSL interpreters, please contact or call 0161 817 2250.

“I can’t tell you how much this means to have support.  Things are so hard at the moment and I’m really grateful for everything you do. My boys don’t know where the food comes from, but they know they will be fed.”

Parent accessing our service

Help more families to access the food they need now:


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Where to find us

Address: St Malachy’s RC Primary School, Eggington Street Collyhurst Manchester, M40 7RG.

Telephone: 0161 205 2754


The Lalley Centre is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.

The Community Allotment is open Monday, 10.30am to 1pm, Tuesday, 10.30am to 1pm, Thursday 1pm to 4pm and Friday 2pm to 4pm.

The Community Food Pantry is open on Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 1pm. This can be accessed once a week. Please attend the Lalley Centre first before the pantry to check in with staff. For emergency appointments outside these hours, please ring the Lalley Centre landline. Please note, to access the pantry you will need to bring details as outlined below – please don’t hesitate to contact the team if you have any questions or are unsure about which documents or information to provide and they can support and advise.

  • Household make up which means all adults and children living with you such as:
    • Letters with their names (from the last 3 months)
    • Child benefit letter
    • UC page saying child allowance (Birth certificates or passports needed alongside this)
  • Income – for all adults in the household you’re getting food for such as:
    • UC payment
    • Wage slips
  • Evidence of No Recourse to Public Fund, for example:
    • Letter of confirmation of working with an immigration team
    • Status cards

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