The Ancora Project was set up in 2016 to support people in crisis brought on by financial hardship and is a collaboration between KeyRing, Christians Against Poverty and Oldham Foodbank. Together we offer crisis support, long term training including life skills, peer support and case work.
The high level of need for this support in Oldham comes not only from people in financial crisis but we also reach those who typically do not ask for help such as people who have mental health needs, people who are homeless and have already fallen through the cracks plus people on low income, working long hours and still can’t make ends meet to support their families. We are currently supporting over 700 people each year.
Like most mums Kerry’s key concern in her time of crisis was that her daughter be impacted as little as possible.
Kerry was living in temporary accommodation many miles from her daughter’s school and the extra pressure of the additional travel costs meant that Kerry’s budget was not stretching far enough for food and fuel.
Ancora supported Kerry with food parcels and fuel credit which addressed the immediate situation. The next step was to support Kerry and her daughter to build a brighter future.
We chatted with Kerry about her situation and supported her to contact her local councillor and share her story. With the Councillors support Kerry was soon moved to accommodation nearer her daughter’s school and her family.
“Without Ancora, I could not have achieved this outcome. I was getting more and more depressed and could not see a way out of my situation. Thank you for your continued support, your understanding of our needs and the way you dealt with us. Our lives are so much better, thank you.”
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Numbers Speak - Last 12 months:
Referrals for Crisis Support who presented 4534 times
Vouchers for emergency food
Referrals made to Warm Homes Oldham
Rough Sleepers secured accomodation