Your local housing benefit office

Tameside Council
Housing Benefit Office,
Wellington Road,
Ashton Under Lyne,
Tel 0161 342 3708

Tameside Household Support Fund

Tameside’s Household Support Fund helps residents with essentials including food, energy and water, along with other household needs such as warm clothing, blankets and household equipment. 


To apply click here. If you are having trouble accessing or completing this form, you can call Tameside Council’s customer services team on 0161 342 8355.

Cashbox Credit Union

Cash Box Credit Union offers affordable loans and savings solutions which help local people who live or work in Tameside.

They provide a variety of loan options at fair, affordable rates and a safe place to save money.

For more information click here. 


Citizens Advice

Our Irwell Valley Foundation funds fortnightly Citizens Advice sessions at the Oasis Community Resource Centre, taking place on a Wednesday between 10 am and 1.30pm. On the alternate week, there is a session at the nearby Haughton Green Community Centre at the same time.

Come along for expert help to manage your money, increase your income and deal with debt.

They know that everyone’s circumstances are different, so will listen to you and tailor support to suit your needs.

Support with food and other essentials

The Bread-and-Butter Thing is a social supermarket which offers members discounted groceries to help their income go further.

A typical order costs £7.50 and for that you receive a bag of fridge goods, a bag of cupboard goods and a bag of fresh fruit and vegetables.

They visit Haughton Green community centre each Tuesday between 1.30pm and 2pm. To join as a member text 07860 063304 with your full name, postcode and ‘Haughton Green hub’.

If you’re on certain benefits and are pregnant or have a child under four, you’re eligible for a Healthy Start card.

Receive £8.50 a week for children aged 0 to 1 and £4.25 a week for those aged 1 to 4. The card can be spent in some UK stores on fruit, vegetables, formula, and milk, and you also qualify for free vitamins. Cards are topped up every four weeks.

Click here for more information.

An interactive map highlighting food banks and community pantries has been produced by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and can be accessed here.

Click on your location to see who can help in your area.


Tameside Money Advice Referral Tool (MART)

Greater Manchester Poverty Action is a not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent and reduce poverty across Greater Manchester.

Use their money advice referral tool to maximise your income and find out where you can go to for support and advice. 

Click here to access the tool.

The Oasis Community Resource Centre

The Oasis in Tatton Road, Haughton Green, is our community hub in the heart of our Irwell Valley Homes community.

From there, we host a wide range of outreach services that provide local people with help, support and opportunities in their community.

The weekly activities programme has something for everyone. From art therapy classes to family health clinics, the centre offers a welcoming space for people to meet and access services to help them to live well and get on in life.

For more information connect with the centre on Facebook here.

Magical Memories

Every Tuesday our community resource centre, The Oasis, hosts Magical Memories - a community group which promotes social inclusion for older residents in Haughton Green.

Join them to connect, have fun and make friends.

Find out more on their Facebook page here.

Tameside in Work

Tameside in Work supports people on low incomes and zero hours contracts, as well as those who are self-employed, to develop their skills and increase their earnings. 

It provides access to trained advisors who can help people to achieve career goals and develop new skills, and progress at work. 

 Appointments are available to book at the Oasis Community Resource Centre in Tatton Road, making it easy and convenient for our customers to access. 

To register your interest and set up an appointment click here email or call 07518 299713. 

Fresh Start Club

The Fresh Start Club provides a caring, supportive and welcoming place for people to drop-in and have a free brew and snack and a chat.

It takes place each Wednesday between 10am and 11.30am at our Oasis Community Resource centre in Tatton Road, Haughton Green, in partnership with Tameside Council's Community Safety Team.

Elements include a worry box where people can post their concerns or questions; a wall to post ideas and suggestions; access to and support with computers and getting online; and a chance to enjoy a drink and a chat with others from the community.

The Men's Room

Make new friends and join in a host of activities at The Men’s Room, a social club for men in Denton run on alternate Thursdays from the Oasis.

Hosted by The Shed Project with Action Together,  the sessions run from 1pm until 3pm and include everything from pub games to sporting and music nostalgia.

To find out more contact Mike Barlow – email or call 07984 037920.

Help for Households government campaign

The government has brought together information about the various support available to help with the rising cost of living.

It includes information about income support; energy bills; household support; childcare costs; transport costs and discounts and savings.

Click here for details.

Benefits calculator

Check you are receiving all of the benefits you're entitled to with our quick and easy to use benefits calculator.

In just a few minutes it will search benefits, grants and other support available to see if you and your family are eligible.

Click here to check now.

Helping Hand - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

The Helping Hand initiative by GMCA is there to help people across Greater Manchester access services that support you with the increased cost of living. 

You can find information on energy, money, food, childcare, mental health, and more. 

Click here for more information.