Providing immediate and ongoing support to the people of Oldham who are experiencing crisis
"Ancora never let me down once. If they offered support, they didn't forget. They always got back to me when they said they would. I can't fault the support Ancora gave and continue to give"
Jonathan - Ancora Beneficiary


If you live in Oldham you can access immediate and ongoing support to help you through a crisis.


Offer your time or donate. We rely on the generosity of donors and volunteers to keep this project going.


Work with us to support citizens of Oldham to make a difference in their own lives.

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0161 669 5868

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Who We Are

Ancora is jointly run by KeyRing, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and Oldham Foodbank. Together we support the people of Oldham to:

Get support through times of crisis

Plan for the future

Have their say so that things get better

We share the difference our support makes both nationally and locally. Our key aim is to reduce the need for support like ours. You could say we aim to work ourselves out of a job! We are currently funded by the Big Lottery until November 2024.

How We Know We Are Good At What We Do

Quotes from beneficiaries

‘Ancora is an amazing service. I felt suicidal when I walked through the door earlier on, I just didn’t know what to do and what was going to happen to me. I’ve got food and electricity now. I have a plan of action and know what I have to do – I feel so much better.

‘Ancora really have helped me. I thought that when I was in my darkest hour, I didn’t think that there would be anybody that would be willing to help me. I now know differently and feel so much more confident about my future’.

‘I’ve now referred 2 people over to yourselves who were struggling for food and had financial issues during this time and they have both said how helpful you were and how grateful they are. So I just wanted to start off to say thank you so much for the services you’re providing in the community at the moment, you’ve been such a massive help to people – keep up the good work!’

We work Monday to Thursday and will respond to your query within 1 working day.

We are available via the phone, email, on Facebook and at our hubs.

See our venues and times here

We help people feel valued, listened to and have their experience validated. Which means we are able to gain trust and get to the heart of a problem quickly. From this point successful solutions can follow.

We don’t judge how you’ve got where you have – we just want to help.

If you need us again – come back as often as you need.

We are the go-to organisation for many and have become embedded in the fabric of agencies in Oldham.

Supporting People In Oldham To Overcome Crisis

"The Ancora Project Is a crisis intervention service, and a crisis is a catalyst which sets off a negative chain of events which causes need to escalate."
Internal Stakeholder
“My life has changed for the better since I contacted Ancora. They didn’t just help me with my problems, they taught me how to deal with things myself. I feel happy and confident and the best thing is, I can help other people.”
Ancora Project Participant
“Ancora treated us with respect and it felt like the family that we should have had. Nothing was too much to ask for and Ancora went out of their way and beyond what we ever expected, sometimes out of hours.”
Local Family
Helped by Ancora Project
"With Ancora it's not just referral job done, its understanding and unpicking the situation. It's emotional support. This is the difference that makes the difference for people with multiple complex needs."
External Stakeholder

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