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Crisis Support available in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside.

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This information will be regularly updated throughout winter, so please keep visiting to check for updates.


Below are crisis support services in Oldham. Follow this link for other Oldham support services, community activities, and other help available over the winter period.

Oldham Council has information about winter services and support on their website and information about coronavirus. Information on help in a crisis from Oldham Council is here. Click here for support if you are homeless or being at risk of being homeless.

Citizens Advice

0300 330 9073 (Lines open Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5.30pm)

#EndChildFoodPoverty Website & New Food Support Map

The new #EndChildFoodPoverty website is part of Marcus Rashford’s campaign and will be launched on the 21st December. The website will feature a map which will allow people to find their nearest support from councils, local charities, food banks or other organisations helping to tackle hunger this winter. The launch will be in line with a documentary about Marcus Rashford’s campaign which will be watched by an estimated 8 million people. If agencies are interested in finding out more about being part of this network, more details can be found here;

Ethical Education Enterprise CIC Plan Your Pathway

Are you unemployed or at risk of redudancy and looking for work and need a boost to get back into employment, we can help. We are offering FREE course for residents in Greater Manchester starting January.

To see if you are eligable to apply please email or telephone 07484243710 or click here to visit our website.

European Islamic Centre iCare Food Hub

The iCare Food Hub is self referring and is open to all members of the community who may need help. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are operating strict social distancing measures and request that you follow the government guidance at all times.

Please note that we have an assessment process for which you will need your ID and documents to show your current circumstances.

The next food hub is on Saturday the 20th of February between 1pm and 3pm. European Islamic Centre, 79 Manchester Rd, Oldham, OL8 4LN. For more information telephone 0161 660 3833 or email

Maggie's Oldham

We understand this new lockdown will be extremely tough for everyone but remember we are #HereWithYou.

Our doors are still open and we will support you in the best way we can. Call us on 0161 989 0550 or visit us online at

Mental Health Crisis Support

Mental health emergencies are serious. You're not wasting anyone's time. Click here for support.

Mighty Moorsiders

With Boris announcing another lockdown, we understand that this can be distressing time for some. 

The Mighty Moorsiders have been lucky as we have all kept in touch and been there for each other when we needed it, but we would like to extend this. Plesae don't feel isolated or lonley during this time. If you or anyone you know could use a chat or a phone call just to check in, please click here to pop us a message and one of our lovely ladies would be happy to give you a call.

Oldham Council Helpline

If you are worried about your wellbeing, are struggling financially, or need food over Christmas, you can ring our helpine 0161 770 7007.

For more information on when it is open over Christmas click here

Oldham Foodbank

Click here to get help. Tel: 0161 622 1061; Email:

Oasis Hub

The Oasis Hub Oldham is supporting requests for emergency food provision in our local communities over winter. Follow @OasisHubOldham for updates on Twitter, or contact

Oldham Social Prescribing

Connects you to community groups, activities and organisations that could support you to improve your health, wellbeing and social connections. Simply contact the Oldham Social Prescribing team on Tel: 0161 339 2345; Email:

REEL CIC - The Clothing Rack

REEL CIC is currently running a crisis clothing support in Oldham. It is able to provide clothing for 7 day's for adults and children. It also has a small stock of prams, baby items and toys. It has a selection of pre loved Children and adult's warm coats available. It aims to get the clothing within the week from receiving the referral but in urgent cases we can respond in 24hrs. Click here for The Clothing Rack referral form. If you have any further questions please feel free to get in contact. If you can complete the referral form and return to


We are still open, no matter what. We're ready to listen if your are struggling in these tough times. If you're feeling like things are too much, please know that you don't have to be alone. We are here day or night 365 days a year.

Call us free on 116 123 or email 

Starling - Neurobeats

Neurobeats is a music workshop run by professional musicians for neurodivergent young people aged 13-25 in Oldham. Do you love making or listening to music? Fancy trying a new instrument or creating your own songs or beats? Or simply want to make friends and have fun? Neurobeats is a free project, offering weekly workshops in a range of musical activities. No experience needed, just an interest in music is all you need.

Workshops start from January - March, every Thursday, 4:30-6:30pm at the Salt Cellar, Oldham. To find out more, register your interest here

Street Support Oldham 

If you are worried about someone you’ve seen sleeping rough in Oldham, you can alert the Council by emailing, by calling 0800 988 7061. Alternatively, you can inform Streetlink by downloading the Streetlink app



Below are crisis support services in Rochdale. Follow this link for other Rochdale support services, community activities, and other help available over the winter period.

Army of Kindness

Army of Kindness are providing hot meals (takeout only). Army of Kindness hand out hot food and groceries to take away from The Old Courthouse opposite Rochdale Town Hall from 17:30 every Tuesday. For more information contact Mohammed Sheraz on 07940 470705. 

Aspire2Inspire Communities

Aspire2Inspire are currently delivering food parcels to families in need, they are also providing food, cooked meals and also basic essentials to women who are staying in shelter homes and single mothers. For more information please contact Kalsoom Khanum on 07786 273841.

Citizens Advice

0300 330 9073 (Lines open Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5.30pm).

The Food Solutions Network 

Supports all foodbanks, pantries, clubs and social food projects in the borough of Rochdale. If you want to find food support in the borough, please take a look at the Food Aid signposting sheet.

Equal Education Chances

Equal Education Chances are supplying tomatoes, parboiled rice, chicken, turkey, beef, spice, noodles, beverage, yam, plantain to people in need throughout the festive period. Please contact Mary on 0161 211 9016.


Open hours 9.30am -12pm and 1pm – 3.30pm Monday, Tuesday and Fridays; 1pm – 3.30pm on Wednesday and Thursdays. You can also contact the team by email at Call during office hours 9am – 4.45pm, Monday – Friday: 0300 303 8548. For out of hours enquiries please call 0300 303 8875.

Rochdale Council has information about support on its website.

Middleton in Action Together

Providing a food parcel delivery, we are open as usual except for Christmas Day and New Years day for deliveries of food parcels to the Middleton Community. For more information please call Neil on 07568 765379.


Providing a weekday hot breakfast to homeless people, people with support needs and others with the opportunity to access support, advice and guidance on all issues. 

For more information contact Edmund on 01706 526 289.

Rochdale Borough Council

The Prevention Team can support with accessing food parcels, information on food pantries and the options available to people who are able to pay for their food but unable to shop. Anyone supported to access food parcels and food pantries will also be supported to identify solutions to the issues they are facing around their finances in order to be more independent in different areas of their health and wellbeing. This includes accessing benefits and employment as well as things like being supported to resolve issues with housing, healthy lifestyles, better mental health and being able to use digital solutions.

Phone number: 01706 923 685

Rochdale Connections Trust

Following the new Government Guidance, Rochdale Connections Trust wanted to let all their followers know they will be carrying on as normal and offering support groups, 1:1s and counselling via zoom or telephone. Everything will continue to run as planned. 

For more information or support, please call: 01706 345111

Rochdale Foodbank

Providing three days food for people in crisis presenting with a voucher, Monday - Friday 11am - 12pm, Saturdays at Smallbridge Methodist Church 10.30am - 12pm.

01706 713701

Sanctuary Trust

01706 526 722

Soup Kitchen Rochdale

Urgent Care Centre

Rochdale Infirmary, Whitehall Street, Rochdale, OL12 0ND


Below are crisis support services in Tameside. Follow this link for other Tameside support services, community activities, and other help available over the winter period.

Food Bank Information

Tameside Council has information regarding support for people experiencing food poverty or may need support with food in some way. 

Homelessness Advice

Tameside Housing Advice continues to support customers who are homeless or threatened with Homelessness.

T: 0161 331 2700 and you will be given a telephone appointment to discuss your housing situation.

Tameside Citizens Advice Bureau

Email us:
Chat to an adviser online at:
T: 0808 278 7805 (Free phone Tameside residents)

For help claiming Universal Credit
T: 0800 144 8 444
Textphone: 18001 0800 144 8 444

For consumer advice
T: 0808 223 1133
Textphone: 18001 0808 223 1133

Tameside Council

Links to service change information, how to volunteer, support for businesses, council tax recovery, mental health support, wellbeing, how to contact the Council for support and more. T: 0161 342 8355.

Tameside’s Social Prescribing

Here to support you to focus on improving your wellbeing through making connections in your local community. Contact us on Tel:0161 830 6833 or Email:

Tameside Welfare Rights

The advice given by the service is completely independent, impartial, confidential and free.
Tameside Welfare Rights T: 0800 074 9985 – available Mon-Fri, 9.30am-12.30pm
Derbyshire (For Glossop) Welfare Rights T: 01629 531535 – Monday, Tuesday Thursday and Friday between 11.00am-4pm

Tameside Winter Self Care

For information on local Dr Surgeries, Pharmacies, Walk-in Centre etc. T:0161 342 500

Age UK Tameside

Age UK are providing  Winter support through provision of essential items and food. Support to older people across Tameside who need help.

For more information please contact Marcia Thorpe 0161 308 5000 or email 

Rough Diamonds

Rough Diamonds are proving Winter support through provision of essential items and food including emergency fuel, heat packs and toiletries.  For anybody in the local St Peters area of Ashton who needs support.

For more information please contact Nicola Woods 07442809496 or email

Community Cutz

Community Cutz are providing Winter support though delivery of support sessions in Droylsden and the provision of food. They also support with haircuts and care. Available to anybody in Tameside.

For more information please contact Wayne Coyle 07511028023 or email

Cascade Baby Bundles

Cascade Baby Bundles are provding Winter support though provision of essential items and food for families who are experiencing difficulties.

For more information please contact Lynne McMylor 07593 815538 or email

Dukinfield Pantry

Dukinfield Pantry offer a food service to help people in the Dukinfield and surrounding area who are in need of a little help. They ask £3 to fill a bag of food. Doors open 9am until 12pm

Please bring some identification with proof of address and name £3 and a carrier bag.

For more information please contact James Heywood 07938801279,07716103532 or 07703618859 email address

STAR – Smallshaw Tenants and Residents

STAR are providing Winter support through provision of essential items and food. This is for identified families and not open to new referrals but food parcels may be available on a Monday for people in the Broadoak and Smallshaw area.

For more information please contact Justine Hughes 07591268478 or email

Carmel Christian Centre

Carmel Christian Centre are providing Winter support through provision of hot meals, emergency food shops, emergency utility top ups, clothing, bedding. Also emergency overnight shelter, access to showering facilities, washing machine and dryer. Access to arts and crafts sessions, linking to befriending schemes, transport to medical appointments.  Open door policy for anybody in need of help, based in the church.

For more information please contact Mark Thomas 0161 320 7308 or 07980944646 or email

Hyde Bangladeshi Welfare Society

Hyde Bangladeshi Welfare Society are providing Winter support through provision of essential items, food, foodbank and wellbeing calls. Once a week provision of a café facility with free hot Food, drinks and biscuits for people who need help.  Use of facilities at the centre and support with financial issues such as housing, benefits, etc.

For more information please contact Abdul Mussabir 07747151067 or email


We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome are providing Winter support based at the Station Pub in Ashton. Provision of daily lunches for people in need including emergency food packs. Start-up packs for those moving into permanent accommodation following homelessness. Clothing and ongoing support for people experiencing homelessness and support to access help.

For more information please contact Pauline Town 07502260520 or email

Ashton United in the Community

Ashton United in the Community are providing Winter support to vulnerable families in the Hurst, Smallshaw area of Ashton. Provision of food, groceries, clothing, blankets, nappies, activity packs and more.

For more information please contact Steve Hobson 07868849184 or email

West African Development

West African Development are providing Winter support through provision of essential items and food to the West African, asylum seeking and refugee communities. Delivery of pop up soup kitchen in Hyde and Ashton. Support with staying warm with heaters, duvets etc and delivery of essential food when needed.

For more information please contact Alade Sanni 07754715849 or office 0161 327 3095 email


People First Tameside

People First Tameside are providing Winter support through provision of essential items and food for people with learning disabilities. Online activities, essential social contact and clothing bundles together with emergency food parcels.

For more information please contact Alison Shockledge 07746 167643 or 0161 308 3699 email

Mossley Community Association


Mossley Community Association are providing Winter support through the delivery of twice weekly support sessions for mums with young children who are at risk of post-natal depression and/or isolation.

For more information Susan Ash 01457 832361 or email

Infinity Initiatives

Infinity Initiatives are providing Winter support to vulnerable people experiencing poverty, mental health issues, homelessness, no recourse to public funds etc. Can provide 1:1 support, counselling, provision of food, fuel, clothing and essential items such as bedding. This is done through assessment and a voucher scheme working with local businesses.

For more information please contact Gemma Whittaker 07943079846 or email

Silver Cord

Silver Cord are providing Winter support through delivery of a free Tameside wide befriending scheme to vulnerable people. Will also refer people to other support services following assessment.

For more information please contact Deborah Fidler 0333 772 1939  or email

LEAP/Diversity Matters

Leap/Diversity Matters are providing Winter support through the delivery of the Warm Hearts in Winter Befriending Scheme. Bilingual support can also be provided.

For more information please contact Angie Knowles 0161 214 8300 or email

Curzon Ashton Community Foundation

Curzon Ashton are providing Winter support through delivery of hot food on a weekly basis to people who are struggling, shielding, isolated or experiencing poverty.

For more information please contact Issac Keast 07384 291226 or email

Hattersley Big Garden/Zest/Community Matters

Winter support through provision of care packs for people in the Hattersley and Mottram area. Care packs will consist of essential food, mental health support activities, information about support available such as befriending and help with fuel poverty and emergency winter items such as blankets, hand warmers etc.

For more information please contact Samantha Powers 07889 646 619 or email


PcRefurb are providing Winter support through provision of digital solutions for vulnerable digitally isolated people. Provision of a device and relevant training to use digital devices. Also provision of support to other community groups who wish to take their services online.

For more information please contact Claire Webber 07547 681 469 or email

Cultural Arts and Engagement

Cultural Arts and Engagement are providing Winter support through provision of nature based projects. Projects are Bird table Buddies and Fish tank Friends. Provision of free start up equipment, regular newsletters and contact with other buddies involved in the scheme.

For more information Lesley Bardsley email

Tel. 0161 342 4144

Mobile: 07971117001

Made by Mortals

Made by Mortals are providing Winter support through provision of Armchair Adventures musical theatre sessions which involves a podcast and activity pack. Designed by over 55’s specifically for older people.

For more information please contact Paul Hine 0161 706 1011

Pennine Mencap

Pennine Mencap are providing Winter support through the delivery of welfare, checking and support services and online activities (including weekly Live cook-along sessions) for people with autism, Asperger’s and learning disabilities.

For more information please contact Elliott Sparks 01616271025 or email

St Barnabus Church

Winter support through provision of digital solutions for vulnerable digitally isolated people. Provision of a device and relevant training to use digital devices.

For more information please contact Denise Hayes 07736523168 or email

The Shed 

The Shed are providing Winter support through provision of essential items, food and support sessions. Specifically aimed at older people and in particular older men, people living alone and experiencing mental health issues. To provide a range of digital, non-digital and outdoor activities.

For more information please contact Michael Barlow 07984037920 or email

Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau are providing Winter support through the provision of an additional project to provide support and advice for energy related issues and for people who are in need of assistance with their energy supply, cost, insulation and usage.

For more information please contact Nigel Morgan 07739100424

Key to the Door

Winter support through provision of essential items and food.  Available for people in the Smallshaw, Broadoak, Hartshead and Waterloo areas. Activity packs, essential shopping, book delivery and foodbank. Families have already been identified but dependent on resources, could offer support to additional people in the above areas.

For more information please contact Bev Taylor 0161 344 1121 078333873 email

Arc of Hope

Arc of Hope are providing Winter support through provision of essential food to vulnerable people in Hyde and Hattersley. Through either delivery or from pick up points. Families identified but may be able to offer support to new referrals dependent on capacity.

For more information please contact Arike Lanlehin 07913 203 662 or email

New Life Church

New Life Church are providing Winter support through provision of essential items, food and support sessions. Hot food provided 2 times per week. Basic emergency food packs and basic emergency warm packs.

For more information please contact Jo Saunders 0161 339 7924 or email

Our Kids Eyes

Our Kids Eyes are providing Winter support through provision of essential items, food and activities to families of disabled children. Also provision of critical support to relieve pressures on these families and signposting to other services..

For more information please contact Elaine Healey0161 371 2084 or 07952 671473 email

Tameside South and Longdendale Foodbank

Providing Winter support through provision of foodbank and additional support with fuel crisis.

For more information please contact Jan Malpass 01457 766244 email

Friends of Waterloo Park

Providing Winter support through provision of essential items and food for people who are struggling in the Waterloo area of Ashton. Provision will be through a partnership with local retailers.

For more information please contact David Reed 07928491140 or email

Greater Manchester

Street Support is an online search tool where you can find help and advice aimed at homeless people and people in crisis. Click here to find out more.