Here at Great Places we understand that sometimes we all need a little helping hand. Life can be challenging for many reasons and for some people making ends meet each month can be a worrying time.
To help support our customers, our dedicated Community Investment Team offers a range of services and solutions for customers, to help them become more independent and financially resilient. If you’d like to know more about the support available to you, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and someone will be in touch.
Boss It –Lancashire’s Great Places customers supported into setting up own business.
Burnley FC in the Community – Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale – Working in partnership to provide employability session, social action projects, volunteering projects for 16-24 year olds.
SIA – Provide fully funded full security course plus badge and guaranteed interview.
Social Value i.e Casey and Tysons – Work experience, jobs and apprentices available through our supply chain partners in Lancashire.
Inspira – Sector based training available across Lancashire in Health Care, CSCS, Civil service, customer service and care work.
Employability Coach – One to one support with Great Places employability coach.
Morecambe Parish Food pantry
Burnley Community Kitchen – Food Bank and low cost food available at café
Northern Community Network, Burnley – Bilingual debt and welfare advice service available
Debt Based counselling service for residents living in Lancashire through CAP (Christians against Poverty)
Counselling in the Community – Anyone in Lancashire – on line and in person 1-2-1 counselling.
Claremont Digital Library – Digital support and training available to residents in Claremont, Blackpool
Manor Castle Development Trust (MCDT) – Support into employment, job searching, CVs, interview skills, careers advice. help with applications and training searches. Adult education.
Call 01142655145 for Employment and Training, 0114 2789999 for Adult Education or Volunteering. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheffield Volunteer Centre – Part of Voluntary Action Sheffield, they offer advice and support for people looking to volunteer in Sheffield. Call 0114 253 6649 Email email@example.com
Working Win – 1-2-1 support around employment and health issues. Individuals in work or looking for work that have a physical or mental health condition and struggle to find or keep regular work.
Call 0114 2900218. www.workingwinreferrals.co.uk
Business Sheffield – Training sessions and one-to-one support to start or grow your business.
Call 0114 224 5000 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/business
MaTReC – Provision of Adult Functional Skills, GCSE Maths and English and other training programmes
Call 0114 2642194 Email email@example.com www.matrec.org.uk
S2 Food Bank – Community and faith organisations coming together to provide food parcels to those in need. Suitable for low-income households. 12 weeks of free food support then if required 26 weeks of Food Club (£2.50/week). Referral required – St Swithuns (open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-4pm – contact 07804 406 267) – Salvation Army (open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm – contact 0114 273 1778) www.s2foodbank.org.uk
S13 Foodbank – Handsworth Foodbank – Food provision for the S13 area of Sheffield. Referral required. Call 07559 878 715 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pantry Project – located at The Park Centre, attendees can access £15 worth of food for £3. Call 0114 275 7497 Email email@example.com
Hope City Foundation – Pantry Project style scheme. £5 membership for the year with £3 paid on each visit. Customer fills up basket with a range of fruit, vegetable, chilled, tinned and toiletry items up to twice a week. Members will also have access to the range of free support services
Location: Hope City Foundation, The Megacentre, Bernard Road, Sheffield, S2 5BQ
Opening times: 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday
Call 0114 376 7511 www.hopecommunityfoundation.org.uk/services/community-grocery
The Food Works – Redistributing unused food from business. The Handsworth Food Hub on the edge of Richmond Park contains a pantry style market where food is available for a small donation and discount pre-prepared meals can be purchased.
Call 07542 379 246 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.thefoodworks.org
National Energy Action – Fuel support for those in need. Emergency top-up available via Great Places referral. Additional service provides support switching providers/maximising savings, support accessing fuel grants and advocacy with energy companies. cy meter top-ups for residents experiencing fuel hardship.
Call 0800 304 7159 www.nea.org.uk
St Vincent’s Furniture Store – Provide free good quality, second hand furniture to those requiring it. Referral required. Call 0141 270 3990 Email email@example.com
Emmaus – A furniture re-use, recycle and recycling centre with cheap furniture.
Call 0114 272 0677 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.emmaus.org.uk
Essential Living Fund – If residents want to buy furniture or white goods they can borrow £250 from Credit Union Sheffield and they will receive an additional £50 grant (from Great Places) that will cover their interest repayments. Contact your Neighbourhood Services Manager for more information and referral.
Sharewear – Free clothing for residents who require it. Referral required. Email: email@example.com
The Suit Works – Free professional clothes for job interviews and starting work. Referral required. www.thesuitworks.co.uk
Citizens Advice Sheffield – Provide support and advice on legal, benefits, pensions, universal credit, debt advice and more. Direct referrals available from Neighbourhood Service Manager
Universal Credit Help to Claim Line 0800 144 8444
Advice Line 0808 278 7820
Credit Union Sheffield – not-for-profit savings and loans provider for people across South Yorkshire
Call 0114 276 0787 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sheffieldcreditunion.com
Boss It – Great Places customers supported into setting up own business
First Choice Homes – Oldham & Rochdale Customers/work placements/training/support
Working Wardrobe – Oldham & Rochdale/Targeted interview prep/confidence building/full grooming package and corporate attire for an interview.
Rochdale FC – Rochdale & Bury – Working in partnership to provide employability sessions
SIA – Bolton . We can provide full security course plus badge and guaranteed interview.
Social Value i.e Casey – Work experience, jobs and apprentices available through our supply chain partners.
Employability Coach – One to one support with Great Places employability coach.
Food pantry at Crossley CC – Once a week customers pay £3.50 and receive £15 worth of food – Oldham
Community Store Bolton & Bury – Great Places have vouchers for annual membership and one grocery shop
Humans MCR – Mobile food bank that will deliver to Great Places customers in Little Hulton and Bury . This is free to Great Places customers a referral is made by NSM
Little Hulton Food bank Great Places customers can access through community Little Hulton.
Food Cycle Oldham – Primrose Community Centre – Oldham – FoodCycle Oldham cook free vegetarian meals every Tuesday at 7pm – Anyone Welcome.
Community Fridge – Primrose Centre – Oldham. Fresh produce available to take away for free. Please ring on 0161 624 7202 for more information on opening times.
SAWN – Unwanted furniture in good condition can be collected from Great Places properties and voids to be passed on to the SAWN furniture recycle project. Oldham & Rochdale
Money Management sessions for anyone in the area, delivered digitally.
Peaceful Minds – Anyone in the area – on line 1-2-1 counselling & group
Food Cycle – Primrose Community Centre – Oldham – FoodCycle Oldham cook free vegetarian meals every Tuesday at 7pm – Anyone Welcome for a chat and a bite to eat.
HMR Circle – Over 55’s digital library and IT lessons for Rochdale.
NEA – Access to free top ups for fuel, grants for paying off arrears, tips on energy saving and best tariff advice.
Befriending – Anyone who is experiencing social isolation receives a weekly call from a Volunteer for a chat.
Digital Hardship Fund