This is a tough time for families in Oldham, but we can help.
We’ve all faced difficulties, coming out of the Covid pandemic, the rising cost of basic goods and even the ability to heat your home. That’s why Oldham partners are working together to offer families a little more help to get them through a tough winter.
We’ve put together our top 10 tips for families
1. Mental health
Our mental health is equally as important as our physical health. We have resources such as:
- 5 steps to mental wellbeing
- Kooth - a service for 10-25 to talk confidentially with trained professionals and peers
- you can take your child to a Take5 drop-in session run by MIND
- You can also visit your GP, or if in immediate danger call 999 or go to A&E.
We’ve pre-paid for every parent, grandparent and carer to access £100 of parenting courses. You can claim yours today with the code “DAISY”. Courses cover all ages from bump to 19; get tips to manage challenging behaviour.
3. Community support
Oldham has lots of amazing voluntary, community and faith groups which provide help and run activities.
4. Winter activities
Holiday Activities and Food will be available over the winter for children aged 5- 16 who are receiving free school meals.
For younger children, download the 50 things to do before you’re five app,
Young people can check out local youth groups
Oldham’s Family Information Service includes a range of support and activities for all children including additional needs.
We don’t want any Oldham child to go hungry. There is direct help such as:
- Free school meals
- your local Foodbank
- If you’re pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be able to access the NHS Healthy Start food and milk scheme.
6. Financial help
If you’ve lost your job or are struggling with rent, heating, debt or benefits we can help. There are people to talk to so you’re not alone.
7. Domestic abuse
If you or your family are affected by domestic violence or abuse you can get advice:
- Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 254 0909
- End the Fear website.
- You can ask for ANI to get help confidentially in any pharmacy.
- In an emergency, call 999 to contact the Police. If it isn’t safe to speak and you have called from a mobile, press 55 when prompted and your call will be transferred to the police.
8. Problems with drugs or alcohol
Turning Point offer advice and support if you want help about drugs or alcohol. You can call them on 0300 555 0234.
The national charity Smart Recovery also provides help and support in recovering from addictive behaviour.
If you have a concern about the safety or welfare of a child, young person or vulnerable adult, please contact the Oldham Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0161 770 7777. If you believe they are at immediate risk of harm, contact Greater Manchester Police on 999.
Take a look at our Covid page for the latest advice or to book a vaccination - www.oldham.gov.uk/coronavirus