The Ancora Project

"My life has changed for the better since I contacted Ancora. They didn't just help me with my problems, they taught me how to deal with things myself. I feel happy and confident and the best thing is, I can help other people."

-Mandy, Ancora project participant. Mandy's story.

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The Ancora Project is a collaboration between KeyRing, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and Oldham Foodbank. The project commenced on 1st August 2016 and is funded by the Big Lottery for five years.

The aims of the project are:

- To provide immediate help and ongoing support to the people of Oldham who are experiencing crisis

- To identify people who are at risk of experiencing hardship and offer support so they are better able to plan for the future

- To identify the underlying causes of hardship, tackling these issues and sharing learning at a local and national level

- To encourage and facilitate peer support so that those experiencing hardship have a stronger, more collective voice


People can access our support by presenting at any of the hubs in person or by contacting us by email or phone and arrange a meeting. For information on the times and locations of our hubs click here to view the latest rota.

We also run money management and Life Skills courses so people are better able to manage their finances and other issues. 

During the last 12 months, Ancora has received almost 600 referrals from people and agencies in the local area. It has been a challenging time but we continue to gain both knowledge and skills which we are able to use to address the many changing difficulties that our referrals present.

A couple we recently supported said:

"Ancora treated us with respect and it felt like the family that we should have had. Nothing was too much to ask for and Ancora went out of their way and beyond what we ever expected, sometimes out of hours."

Read some more of our Ancora case studies and see what our beneficiaries have said.

Universal Credit waiting times alongside growing homelessness and those vulnerably housed are constant sources of hardship but we continue to offer our support and a listening ear to people.

For more information, please contact us on 0161 669 5868 or by email at