Access Support
If you live in Oldham you can access immediate and ongoing support to help you through a crisis.
"A lot of our support is done outside of hub times. We meet in a library or café or, if we get to know a beneficiary well, we sometimes meet them in their home"
Ancora Team Member

What support can we offer?

Ancora is a free service for anyone in Oldham. We can help you in a crisis with access to food and support with housing issues.

We can also provide support in Oldham with finances and debt, income/benefit maximisation and building your life skills.

We provide one to one support with trained members of our team as well as the opportunity to connect with others through our hubs or through one of our local courses.

Hub Support

Our Community-based Advice Hubs are located at a range of venues around Oldham, including Oldham Library 9.30-1.30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

We offer telephone support Monday-Thursday from 10-3pm. We will take your initial enquiry and support you if we can. If this doesn’t work for you, we are happy to meet with you in person and can arrange this at a convenient time and place.

Whatever issue you are facing, we will happily talk through it and decide the ways in which Ancora can find you the help you need. 

Click here to view our timetable for venues and times.


Our courses unite a variety of people of all ages, creating a welcoming and informal atmosphere where attendees can learn new skills and tips to take into their everyday lives. These courses give the opportunity for 1 to 1 personal advice and goal setting, as well as being visited by experts for tailored tips on a variety of subjects. Free bus tickets are also available for those who need it to allow accessibility for all. 

Money Management

The CAP Money Course is a revolutionary money management course that gives people the opportunity to learn skills that have a lasting impact on their finances. It’s designed for anyone who wants to take control of their finances and all are welcome to join us for the next course.

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Life Skills

CAP Life Skills is a friendly group that gives people the confidence and decision making skills they need to survive life on a low income. We teach people practical money saving techniques, such as cooking on a budget, living healthily on less, and making your money go further. A free lunch is also provided to attendees.

Join the next Life Skills Course

FREE 8 week course including lunch covering topics such as making your money go further, cooking on a budget, energy saving advice and more.

For more information on the next Life Skills course or to register contact the Ancora team on 0161 669 5868 or contact Lisa: / 07917 686 654.

We are available Monday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm. We aim to get back to you within 1 working day.

Telephone number – 0161 669 5868

Facebook messenger – @ancoraproject

You can also meet with us at one of our face-to-face hubs or through one of our courses. 

Ancora staff are also present to offer support at:

That Tuesday Thing, 10-12pm at 19 Rhodes Street, OL1 3SZ. Tea, toast & conversation.

Oldham Library, Greaves Street, Tuesday and Thursday, 9.30-1.30 (please arrive by 1). Drop-in advice sessions.

Street Angels, Wednesdays 1-3pm at Sabr House, 19 Rhodes Street, Oldham. This service offers a hot meal and drinks to those who need it.

Ancora @ NEON, Wednesdays 9.30-12.30 at Holt Street, Oldham.