Thanks for your post.
I have found a painting group in Heywood, thanks to Rick at Cartwheel Arts, a charity in Heywood, http://www.cartwheelarts.org.uk/
and Jo O'Grady an SAA member.
The Heywood Art Group meets on Tuesday afternoons 1.00 - 3.00 at the Holistic Pathways Healing Centre opposite LIDL (the old Sally Army Building) on Bridge street. There is no tutor, but it's a supportive environment. Sessions cost £2 towards room hire etc. I attended for the time last week and thoroughly enjoyed the very welcoming group. I will be going again this Tuesday.
I am delighted you would like to be a paint pal. Feel free to email me at email@example.com
to chat further.