Oldham

What we are doing in Oldham

The Coordinated Community Support team are working with Action Together, the local voluntary and community sector (VCS) coordinator, to map how VCS crisis support services are currently operating, and to disseminate information on how this amended provision can be accessed. Action Together is an infrastructure body which helps local people access available assistance, in addition to providing support to strengthen VCS organisations across Oldham. Alongside the Local Authority and Oldham food bank, Action Together is leading delivery of the emergency Covid response in district hubs across the Borough.   

The team are working with SAWN (Support and Action for Women Network) to provide emergency furniture packs, fuel top-ups and food to some of the most vulnerable, including those with No Recourse to Public Funds. SAWN run a reused furniture shop in Oldham and work to promote the welfare of Black/African women in Oldham and the surrounding area. SAWN have recently opened a helpline and are currently offering information and guidance by phone and online in several languages to help overcome language barriers in the local community. They work with partners to not only meet the emergency need but also provide longer term holistic support on issues relating to housing, immigration and mental health. 

Funding secured by the CCS programme from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation has facilitated the creation of a centralised local hardship fund for refugees and asylum seekers, including those with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). This fund is administered by a single lead agency but accessible to a newly established network of local organisations. Emergency expenses covered by the fund include children’s supplies, fuel top-ups, digital devices and phone and data top-ups.  

The CCS programme is funding a 6-month emergency expenses pot for the Ancora project. Ancora provide holistic and ongoing support to people in extreme financial hardship across Oldham. The project is a partnership between KeyRing Living Support Networks, Oldham Foodbank and Christians Against Poverty. CCS funding will enable Ancora to provide emergency fuel and phone top-ups, supermarket vouchers, safer travel costs and support with digital inclusion.  

Covid-19 Response

As a result of the ongoing situation with Covid-19 we have had to change and adapt the plans and timeframes for the programme in the pilot sights. We are currently working in these areas to ensure those who are supporting people facing financial crisis have the help they need:

Since March the Cordinated Crisis Support programme has hosted regular video calls with local authority and VCS organizations in each pilot area to establish how the CCS programme can support local responses to Covid-19.

In Oldham the Coordinated Community Support team are working with Action Together, the local VCS coordinator, to map how VCS crisis support services are currently operating, and to disseminate information on how this amended provision can be accessed. Action Together help local people access available assistance, in addition to providing support to strengthen VCS organisations across Oldham. Alongside the Local Authority and Oldham food bank, Action Together is leading delivery of the emergency Covid-response in district hubs across the Borough.   

The team are working with SAWN (Support and Action for Women Network) to provide emergency furniture packs to some of the most vulnerable, including those with No Recourse to Public Funds. SAWN are also offering information and guidance by phone and online in several languages. SAWN run a reused furniture shop in Oldham and work to promote the welfare of Black/African women in the surrounding community.