Assisting in enhancing the quality of life within our community

Residents in Oldham are receiving assistance with mental health, housing issues, and financial matters closer to home thanks to a new initiative from Oldham Council and its partners.

The Residents’ First pledge by the council means that staff from Tameside, Oldham, and Glossop (TOG) MIND, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, and the council will be available at various locations across the borough to help improve the lives of local residents.

Councillor Peter Dean, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, announced the partnership at an open day at Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, stating that the goal is to provide tailored support to residents in need, whether it be financial advice, mental health support, or housing assistance, all within their local community.

Stilyana Massey, Access and Crisis Project Manager for TOG MIND, expressed her delight at being able to provide support to residents in their own community, making it easier for them to access the help they require.

Jonathan Yates, CEO of Citizens Advice in Stockport Oldham Rochdale and Trafford, highlighted the importance of community partnerships in ensuring that everyone in Oldham can easily access the advice they need.

The initiative to offer support and services closer to home aligns with the council’s digital services push, with many services available online. Support is currently available at Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, Neon Community Centre, and Access Oldham, with plans to reopen Royton Town Hall in Summer 2024.

Residents can also seek assistance at local libraries and Access Oldham customer support centres, with staff on hand to help connect them with the necessary support and services.

Councillor Abdul Jabbar, MBE, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Resources, emphasised the council’s commitment to ensuring residents can access services both in person and online, with support available for those who may struggle with accessing services online.

For more information on services available in each district centre, residents are encouraged to visit the council website or their local library or Access Oldham centre.

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