Winter Support

Winter support in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside

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Winter Support in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside

Are you looking to give something back to your community this winter? Does your community or voluntary group need a little extra help? We've pulled together key information across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside on this page so you can give help or get help this winter.

If you would like Action Together to share your community, voluntary, faith or social enterprise organisation’s winter needs and activities on this page, please contact us on 0161 339 2345 or email

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

If you'd like to volunteer, please visit our Volunteering Shop.

To find regular activities and community services, please visit our Community Activities Directory.


Crisis Support


Oldham Council have information about winter services and support on their website. 

Information on help in a crisis from Oldham Council is here.

  • Citizens Advice - 0300 330 9076 (Lines open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Foodbank - 0161 622 1061


Rochdale Council have information about winter services and support on their website.

  • Citizens Advice - 0300 330 9073
  • Foodbank - 01706 713701
  • Homelessness - 0300 303 8548 / out of hours 0300 303 8875
  • Rochdale Womens Welfare Association - 01706 860157
  • Sanctuary Trust  01706 649988 - emergency homeless issues
  • Soup Kitchen Rochdale -  01706 526722
  • Urgent Care Centre - Rochdale Infirmary, Whitehall Street, Rochdale, OL12 0ND


  • Citizens Advice - 0300 3309076 (Lines open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6BH)
  • Foodbanks - find locations, opening hours and contact information here
  • Fuel Poverty -
    • Infinity Initiatives Fuel Poverty Project - Contact Support Team, 0161 339 6137, Facebook: Infinity.initiativesCIC, Twitter: @infinityinitia1
      • The Fuel Poverty Project provides support to individuals identified as being in fuel poverty. This includes liaising with energy providers about incorrect tariffs, deal with landlords re their responsibilities, provide advocacy, identify unnecessary consumption, deal with benefit issues, identify energy efficient equipment, training on how to use less energy, provision of slow cookers and emergency equipment to increase warmth
    • Citizens Advice Fuel Poverty Project - Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6BH - Contact, 07739100424
      • Fuel Poverty project based at Tameside One and home visits to support people who are experiencing fuel poverty and who may require help with costs of fuel, repayment of fuel, ensuring on correct tariff and benefit advice
  • Health Services - find pharmacy opening times plus health care services available over Christmas and New Year here on NHS Tameside and Glossop’s website
  • Homelessness - If you’re facing housing difficulties, the most important thing to do is get advice as soon as possible. If you think you are, or may be about to become homeless, contact Tameside Housing Advice between  9am - 3pm (Monday-Thursday), 10am - 3pm (Friday). A Bed Every Night is a commitment to provide a bed, welcome, hot meal and support for anyone sleeping rough in Greater Manchester. There is A Bed Every night provision every single night in Tameside. 
    • Visit Tameside Housing Advice, 119-125 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside OL6 7RL. Telephone:  0161 331 2700  (including out of hours). Click here to download the referrals form and email to
  • Winter Wellbeing Project - Worried about how you will cope over winter? Can this time of year get you down? If so come to TOG Mind's Topaz cafe to get immediate access to mental health support at a Winter Wellbing check. Vouchers are available to get a hot drink and a snack too (Up to the value of £2.50). Vouchers are available at the Ashton Wellbeing Centre and Action Together's Penny Meadow office.

            The wellbeing check will include:

            - Wellbeing assessment
            - Tools for mental health self care over winter
            - Information about social and wellbeing activities
            - Signposting for practical help

         * The vouchers are redeemable at any time during the cafés opening hours, but the wellbeing checks will be available at

            certain times:

            - Mondays 1-3pm
            - Tuesdays 10-12pm
            - Thursdays 1-3pm
            - Fridays 10-12pm

            Ashton Wellbeing Centre, 216-218 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7AS, 0161 330 9223

Greater Manchester

  • Christmas to New Year Pharmacy Opening Times including Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale; Oldham; and Tameside and Glossop
  • 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.




ldham Foodbank

Can you support Oldham Foodbank this Christmas by donating non-perishable food? Click here to view items in need. Click here to view a full list of drop-off points. For further information, contact Zubair Seedat Tel: 0161 770 462; Email:

Oldham Unity - Support for Destitute Asylum Seekers

Each week Unity provides tinned and dry food plus fresh fruit and veg to aprox 40 asylum seekers who receive no state support at all. The supplies are heavy to carry and many asylum seekers walk a considerable way to collect them. Unity do not want to add to the problem of plastic pollution and would welcome new or good quality used rucksacks for clients to use instead of plastic bags. Plus, good quality clothing for young men is always needed. The majority of Unity clients are men aged 25-35. Thursdays at 11.30 am - 2pm at c/o Oldham Baptist Church, Chaucer St, Oldham OL1 1BA. Email:


Middleton Central Foodbank 

The foodbank relies on goodwill and support. Can you show your support by donating food or money? Click here to find out more. Email:  Tel: 0161 643 1163.

Rochdale Foodbank 

Can you support Rochdale Foodbank this Christmas? The foodbank wants to make sure that no one in our local community has to go hungry, but it needs your help to make this happen. Your gift of financial support, time, business partnership and food can make a real difference. Rochdale Foodbank, 8 South Parade, Rochdale, OL16 1LR. Tel: 01706 713701; Email: here to find out more.



Angie's Angels 

Angie's Angels work closely with homeless veterans and street homeless to provide furniture and household items to ease the transition back into accommodation. Would you like to donate gifts and toiletries to the Angie's Angels Christmas Hampers? Or if you'd like to volunteer to wrap the presents please get in touch! Contact Angie’s Angels on 07453 015 169 or on Facebook.


Below are regular events and activities, and one-off events including events on Christmas Day

Regular Events and Activities:

These events and activites will offer ongoing support unless stated otherwise. Please use the contact details provided for more information.

Active Tameside Free Meals and Activities - Beatrix House / Together Centre

Free meals and activities at Beatrix House and meals at The Together Centre to those experiencing difficulties and loneliness or who may just want a hot meal and a little bit of company. Also includes Active Afternoons including activities and transport. The offer also includes the option to take meals away if that is preferred. Contact Oliver Davey-Day Tel: 07860804288 Email:

Age Uk Tameside Free Meals - 131 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7AW

Free Meals with additional support and information, assessments and referrals to other services, winter warming packs and stay warm information, assertive outreach, project worker, driver costs and provision of wellbeing calls to the most vulnerable of clients. Contact Linda Bunting Tel: 0161 308 5005 or email

CAB Fuel Poverty project based at Tameside One and home visits to support people who are experiencing fuel poverty and who may require help with costs of fuel, repayment of fuel, ensuring on correct tariff and benefit advice.

Community Cutz Community Salon - 07511028023,

Provision of an extra salon day in the community salon which will mean providing free hair treatments for vulnerable people. It will offer intergenerational work for both young and old and the weekly sessions will include lunches, activities 1:1 sessions and also groups. The sessions are open to all Tameside residents who feel they will benefit and will be open on a drop in basis. to vulnerable people. The project also includes the donation of food bags and a Christmas event on 18th December. Contact Wayne Coyle, Tel: 07511028023, email:

Curzon Ashton Mindfulness and Wellbeing Sessions - Every Friday until end of March. Tameside Stadium, Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 9HG

Every Friday from 12pm-3pm from Friday 13 December until the end of March. The event will host up to 50 people for a free two course cooked meal at 12pm followed by art workshops, sports workshop, yoga, massage/reiki, hairdressing and BeWell services as well as support services from its partners at Infinity Initiatives. Every activity free of charge. It is open to anyone over the age of 18. If you require transport please contact Andy Cheshire at the Curzon Ashton Community Foundation Tel: 07914015532 or Email: For more information click here.

Dipak Dristi – Light of Vision Dementia Support - Broadoak and Smallshaw Community Centre, Ashton

To provide transport for dementia group members to sessions and to provide blankets and free hot meals to vulnerable people. The sessions will take place at the Broadoak and Smallshaw Community Centre in Ashton. Contact for further details: Champaben Mistry, Telr: 07932521930, email:

Hope Community Church – Silver Cords Support - 7446 893 445,

Relief fund to provide food hampers, gifts, taxi, transport, café costs, blankets etc for befriending service users in the Longdendale and Denton areas. A Christmas Day meal is also on offer for those experiencing social isolation and loneliness and find themselves in need at Christmas. Contact Debs Fidler Tel: 07446 893 445,

Hyde Bangladeshi Welfare Society Wellbeing Hub - 19 Chapel St, Hyde SK14 1LF, 0161 368 8716

The provision of a wellbeing hub for people in Hyde. To provide a weekly luncheon club with free hot meals and also access to assistance with housing/benefits etc. There will also be a food bank provision on the same day for people who are struggling. Wellbeing calls will also be made to vulnerable people to ensure that they are not in need of any services. Sessions may include food, crafts, wellbeing packs, social activities, transport. Contact Ali Reza (Secretary) 0161 368 8716

Hyde Little Theatre Weekly Soup and a Sing-a-long - Every Tuesday, 11am-1pm, 314 Market Street, Hyde, SK14 1RJ (top of Market Street, next to Fiat and Stoneacre. Car Park available at rear)

Weekly musical sessions, soup & sandwich, theatre tickets, transport and winter pamper packs. The soup is homemade and the music is performed by our award winning director, Michael Holmes. All welcome, no need to book.

Infinity Football Club Community Football - Contact 07516714302,

Accessible community football over the winter months aimed in particular to those who are the most vulnerable in the community and those who would benefit health-wise (mentally and physically) from being part of a team and may be experiencing poverty, lack of provision or social anxiety. Sessions will be open to all but specifically, those most in need which may include; Asylum seekers and refugees; individuals in temporary and supported accommodation; individuals struggling with mental health; those who are socially isolated. To facilitate additional sessions free of charge, training, kits and social event hire for new members. Contact Djamal Denidni (Manager) 07516714302,

Noah's Art Dog Friendly Coffee Mornings - Noah’s ART, The Together Centre @ Loxley House, 285 Birch Ln, Dukinfield SK16 5AU, 07973 453942

Pop Inn dog friendly coffee mornings, providing food/drink, social activities, learning activities, company, therapeutic sessions and encouragement of future involvement in the organisation.

People First Tameside - Suite 3, St Michael's Court, Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, OL6 6XN. 0161 308 3699

Facilitation of an emergency crisis day with learning, quick needs response to deal with specific issues, home checker with suggestions for improvement to living conditions, and coaching sessions to make positive lifestyle changes. Contact Tel 0161 308 3699, Email,

Rough Diamonds Emergency Food - 07442809496,

Based in St Peters Ward, Ashton, the project aims to provide emergency food and keep warm packs to local people which will be distributed by a team of volunteers. Contact for further details: Nicola Woods Tel: 07442809496, email:

Tameside South and Longdendale Food Bank - Contact 01457 766244,

Additional supply of food to cover the winter months and reduction in school meals during the holidays and also Christmas treats. 10 meals for 250 people. Contact Jan Malpass (Outlet Manager), 01457 766244

The Anthony Seddon Fund - 11A George St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6AQ. 0161 376 4439

The opportunity to come together for a free hot meal and meet with peers in a safe and supportive environment. Priority will be given for people who are experiencing mental health issues, who live alone, and/or are in receipt of benefits. A peer support worker is available to assist with other services that people can access. Contact Tel: 0161 376 4439, Email:

The Together Centre @ Loxley House Membership - The Together Centre @ Loxley House, 287 Birch Lane Dukinfield SK16 5AU, 0161 366 1987

To support 50 vulnerable people with 12 mths membership of the centre, free activities, winter gift bags, a social afternoon together which includes food and entertainment, transport and purchase of equipment. Open to all Tameside residents who find themselves particularly in need and who will welcome becoming part of the Together Centre Community, making friends and be involved in the centre and what we offer. Contact Tel 0161 366 1987, Email

We Shall Overcome - The Station Pub, 2 Warrington St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6XE, 0161 330 6776

Healthy pack lunches and drinks for up to 60 people per day, music sessions, gifts for people who would not normally receive any Christmas gifts, craft equipment, emergency supplies for people experiencing poverty and homelessness and support to facilitate access to accommodation.

Tameside Christmas Toy Appeal 

Thank you to everyone who supported our 2020 Tameside Christmas Toy Appeal. You donated an incredible 4,406 toys to children across Tameside! The appeal has now closed, but we will continue to share appeals and information on this page.