Coronavirus: National lockdown

Stay home. Only go out for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work. Avoid travel unless essential. You must work from home if you can. Schools and essential shops will remain open.

Coronavirus: Information and advice

Coronavirus: Early Help Service

In response to the coronavirus outbreak please read the following information before making a referral to the Early Help Service.

Early Help are continuing to provide services for children, families and adults, the majority of this support is over the telephone.

Home visits will be carried out where cases are more complex, or issues can’t be addressed over the phone.

Any visits will be undertaken in accordance with the most current Public Health advice.

Coronavirus Helpline

The Council, Oldham Foodbank and Action Together are working together to coordinate the delivery of emergency food and other essential personal and basic household items to people in need.

TOG Mind

TOG Mind provides a variety of low-level emotional health and wellbeing support services for children and young people aged 8-18 years and their families in Oldham.

During the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, access to services across all boroughs is provided via online and telephone services.

Healthy Young Minds

Healthy Young Minds is a specialist service for children who are experiencing significant mental health difficulties, symptoms suggestive of a mental health disorder.

Online resources

Coronavirus: update and advice

Our Early Help Service works with children, young people, their families and adult only households. The service takes a person, family-centred approach and provides help at the earliest possible opportunity.

It was developed to support people to help themselves, focussing on their strengths, giving them problem solving skills and enabling them to manage their own lives.

Workers in the service support people to build on their positive aspects and look to strengthen resilience rather than solely focusing on needs and problems.

Making a referral to Early Help

Early Help is a consent driven service and as such we require consent at the point a referral is made. If you are considering making a referral to the service, or would like to make a self-referral, and would like more information please contact the Early Help team on 0161 770 7777, (option 1)

The Early Help Assessment – to be completed by professionals making an Early Help referral

The assessment is designed to help individuals and families understand their strengths and any areas where they may need additional support.

The tool was developed following extensive practice; feedback from families and professionals has been positive, the assessment is easy to use and engagement from families is good.

The completed assessment documents can be added as an attachment to your Early Help referral, or emailed to earlyhelpteam@oldham.gov.uk