Accommodation and the ability to cope with independent living is one of the biggest concerns for many young people leaving care.

To help you in your transition from leaving care to living independently, we can provide various options:

Semi-independence units and supported flats

Oldham Council partners with Great Places Housing Group to provide semi-independence units and supported flats.


The accommodation is just for looked after young people and care leavers and a referral is completed by your after care social worker and places are allocated when vacancies arise.

You will sign an agreement and have a licence for the semi-independence units and a shorthold assured tenancy for the flats.

Semi-independence units

Hawthorne Crescent, Fitton Hill

Hawthorne Crescent in Fitton Hill has five self-contained rooms, one of which is used as emergency accommodation. 

Suffolk Street in Werneth has six self-contained units. The units are owned by Great Places and managed by the Oldham After Care Team with 24 hours staffing. One bedroom is used as emergency accommodation.

Both accommodation provides you with

  • further steps towards independence
  • 24-hour residential support workers
  • a key worker who provides support and links into the after care worker
  • weekly budgeting (includes shopping, bus pass and other bill payments)
  • support to help develop independence skills such as cooking, cleaning and laundry
  • an individual Pathway/Support Plan that identifies where support is needed
  • A package of support which is reviewed regularly to meet the young person’s needs
  • their own tenancy
  • the option to attend the many after care groups and social activities
  • regular support meetings, supported by a manager.

Supported flats

Oldham also has three supported housing projects – Ripponden Road (four flats), Goddard Street (six flats) and Clyde Street (three flats, training room and office).

You will have shorthold assured tenancies for an agreed length of time.

Support is provided by staff from the semi-independence units, dependent on individual need.