Christmas Opening Hours

Opening Times – Appointments only (no drop-in)

Thursday 24th December 2020 - Normal working day
Friday 25th December 2020 - Closed
Monday 28th December 2020 - Closed
Tuesday 29th December 2020 – Open between 12:00 and 15:00 (last appointment 14:30) for Integrated Health Clinics and Emergency appointments
Wednesday 30th December 2020 - Open between 12:00 and 15:00 (last appointment 14:30) for Integrated Health Clinics and Emergency appointments
Thursday 31st December 2020 - Open between 12:00 and 15:00 (last appointment 14:30) for Integrated Health Clinics and Emergency appointments
Friday 1st January 2021 - Closed
Monday 4th January 2021 - Normal working day

Positive Steps client becomes Young Advocate

 We are really proud to announce that one of our previous clients has become a Young Advocate for ‘Leaders Unlocked’. Find out more about the great work they do at

We asked him to tell us a bit more...

“I'm looking forward to voicing my opinion on what can be improved for young people in the Youth Justice System. I’ve also signed up to be a volunteer at Positive Steps so I can gain experience from working face to face with young people that I feel I can help."

We couldn’t be prouder of him for deciding to use his experience and knowledge in this way to help other young people in the same situation.

With the help of the Moving Up Fund provided by Ultimate Products in Oldham (, we were also able to give him a tablet so that he can attend video meetings as part of his role, and also help with his college work.

Northern Roots Bike Hub & Trails Consultation

 Northern Roots is creating the UK’s largest urban farm and eco park on 160-acres of urban greenspace, five minutes from Oldham town centre. They are proposing to create a state of the art Bike Hub & Trails facility as part of the leisure and tourism activities. They have launched a consultation, running till 18th December 2020 is essential to provide evidence to support a specific funding application – Sport England’s “Places to Ride” programme and to shape the design of the facilities.


What would you like to use, learn, operate or create? What fresh ideas can you bring? Click on the link below to add your suggestions and enter the competition to win free entry to the Dirt Factory indoor bike park in Manchester.

World Suicide Prevention Day

For World Suicide Prevention Day we asked our Early Help Teams to explain how they are always there for people...

“Working with people who may be feeling suicidal is an all too common theme in our casework in Early help. Our Engagement Workers are experts in engaging with people and understanding the root causes of presenting problems. They are skilled in supporting with a wide range of issues which commonly cause distress to people and can, in some circumstances, be the root cause of suicidal behaviour.

Our staff work closely with colleagues in Oldham’s mental health services to ensure services are at the right level and to support clients to navigate the system. They help clients tackle the practical issues that may be contributing to their feelings of helplessness for example unemployment, relationship issues, debt and finance worries, housing issues, social isolation and loneliness, drawing on strong partnerships with other agencies to ensure a joined-up approach. Our engagement workers also support the families and loved ones of the person in crisis - ensuring they are involved in safety planning for example, so they can take action and not feel helpless whilst benefitting from emotional support themselves.

Since Spring 2019 we have been partners in the delivery of the Safe Haven at Royal Oldham Hospital along with TOGMIND and Pennine NHS trust. We have a team of six engagement workers who work shifts in the Safe Haven, supporting people who have presented at A&E as suicidal. Each person is offered an appointment and quite often these appointments lead to Early Help casework to address the issue causing the distress. Over two hundred men and women with ages ranging from late teens to mid-60s have been referred to us via the Safe Haven, over half of them have been escalated to Early Help.

Our teams are well supported with this work which can be time consuming and emotionally draining. We have resources to draw on to help us work with people who are suicidal, specific training has been taken up across the staff team, there is peer support and regular supervision, and excellent relationships with our colleagues in local mental health services. As one of our team says:

“Suicide is a permanent response to a temporary problem. Talking through the problem WILL help and lessen the pain you are experiencing, you can get through this.”