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Help and support in your area


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.

Support in the North Area

Employment and skills

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.

Food, fuel and furniture

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

Financial resilience

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.

Digital support

Claremont Digital Library – Digital support and training available to residents in Claremont, Blackpool

Support in the South Area

Employment and skills

  • Smart Works support women from across all Greater Manchester into employment by providing coaching so they feel more confident and start believing in their own ability to succeed and provide high-quality interview-appropriate clothing, shoes and accessories (theirs to keep) to wear for their job interview and high-quality work-appropriate clothing, shoes and accessories when they get the job.l 0161 974 0669 or email greatermanchester@smartworks.org.uk
  • One Manchester offer job clubs, access to computers and interview clothes in areas of South Manchester – call 0161 230 1057 or email onefuture@onemanchester.co.uk
  • Northmoor Community Centre offer the Next Step service supporting people to access online courses and employment and develop their CVs. Call 161 248 4170
  • The Growth Company Offering a full employment support package, CV/interview skills and training call 0161 359 3338

Food, fuel and furniture

  • The Bread and Butter Thing Discounted food service  breadandbutterthing.org
  • Hulme Community Grocer Aquarius Centre, 21 Eden Close, Hulme, M15 6AX Open Wednesday from 10am-4pm 07305 325 369
  • Barakah Food Aid Cooking and delivering food parcels for vulnerable residents. 07506 527 523
  • Northmoor Hub Community Diner Wednesdays and Fridays 12-2pm 95-97 Northmoor Road Longsight M12 5RT
  • Emmaus South Manchester Providing used furniture St. Andrews Church,Brownley Road,Wythenshawe, M22 0DW  0161 769 9555
  • Mustard Tree Providing furniture food and support 10 Oldham Rd, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6AG https://mustardtree.org.uk/get-help/community-shops/

Financial resilience

  • Credit union South Manchester offering ethical borrowing and saving https://www.smcreditunion.co.uk/
  • CAB offer drop in sessions at many locations in South Manchester 03444 111 222

Support in the East Area

Employment and skills

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 info@manorandcastle.org.uk

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 vc@vas.org.uk

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 businesssheffield@sheffield.gov.uk www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/business

MaTReC – Provision of Adult Functional Skills, GCSE Maths and English and other training programmes
Call 0114 2642194 Email matrec@matrec.org.uk www.matrec.org.uk

Food, fuel and furniture

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 foodbank@sheffieldchristianlifecentre.co.uk

Pantry Project – located at The Park Centre, attendees can access £15 worth of food for £3. Call 0114 275 7497 Email parkcommunity@gmail.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 info@thefoodworks.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 info@svpfurniturestoresheffield.org.uk

Emmaus – A furniture re-use, recycle and recycling centre with cheap furniture.

Call 0114 272 0677 Email enquiry@emmaus-sheffield.org.uk 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: sheffield@sharewearclothingscheme.org

The Suit Works – Free professional clothes for job interviews and starting work. Referral required. www.thesuitworks.co.uk

Financial resilience

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 admin@sheffieldcreditunion.com www.sheffieldcreditunion.com

Support in the Central Area

Employment and skills

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, fuel and furniture

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

Financial resilience

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.

Digital support

HMR Circle – Over 55’s digital library and IT lessons for Rochdale.

Support in All Areas

Food, fuel and furniture

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 support

Digital Hardship Fund

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