Cost of Living Support for the Rochdale Voluntary Sector

Published date: 
Thursday, 22nd September 2022

The information on this page was accurate as of September 2022 and may be out of date.


The national cost of living crisis is resulting in unprecedented pressure on people.

Rochdale Borough Council are working with local partners, including Action Together and the wider voluntary sector, community groups and charities to deliver targeted cost of living assistance this winter.

Action Together is working alongside the council and local VCFSE sector to offer support in the following ways:


Warm Spaces

Rochdale Borough Council are working with local partner organisations to create a network of Warm Spaces across the borough of Rochdale this winter. These include libraries, leisure centres, community centres and other places.

Warm Spaces in the borough of Rochdale are places where local people can gather for free in a warm, safe, welcoming place and enjoy a free drink, activities and access to other services. They are free to use for anyone struggling to heat their home.

Any organisation wishing to become a Warm Space must meet our Warm Spaces Charter and continue to offer a Warm Space until March 2023, unless otherwise agreed. All organisations will need to undertake the required site assessment. If approved you will be awarded a grant of £500 and be added to the Warm Spaces directory.

This grant could be used, for example, to improve an existing space so more people can use the facility, develop an unused space, improve disabled access and facilities, or used to buy catering equipment. Grants cannot be used for staffing costs.

Find out more and sign up to be a warm space here.


Household Support Fund

From November 2022, Rochdale Borough Council are investing a further £2.3 million to help support older residents and households most in need. This is in addition to the £3.3 million that has already been spent which mainly focussed on supporting older people and households with children.

This additional financial support will be used for: 

  • Food vouchers - we'll be targeting support for low-income families by providing e-food vouchers. 
  • Energy costs for older people - we'll be targeting support and contacting individuals.
  • Household Fund - we'll be investing further in our Household Fund for anyone who is in financial need. 

Find out more about the fund here.


Rochdale Cost of Living Toolkit

This tool, developed by our Economic Support Network, is for anyone in Rochdale Borough looking to do something about money matters. It will help you work out your first priority, what options there are, and who to speak to first.

Find out more on this page of our website.


Help with food

In partnership with current food providers, Rochdale Council and Action Together have developed this signposting resource that will help groups, individuals and families get access to food in the borough.

Find support with food in Rochdale Borough



Cost of Living Support Information

We're working alongside local partners to pull together key information for Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside on our website so you can find or direct people to support:

This page will be updated as new information and support becomes available.

Our Community Activities Directory features a range of services and support delivered by local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations.

If you are a local charity or voluntary organisation looking for funding support, you can find Cost of Living related grants on our Find Funding page