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Age UK Oldham services

Choosing the Right Care and Support

This service provides independent information and support to anyone who requires assistance finding suitable care within the community or in a care home in Oldham.

Day Care Service

Our Day Care Centres provide a friendly and caring environment combined with opportunities for pursuing old and new interests.

Disability, mobility and healthcare aids

Our More Mobile shop and Independent Living Showroom provide information, advice, equipment and gadgets that can help older people in the community stay independent.

General advice, money and benefits

Providing free, independent information and advice for people over 50 and their carers with a range of information covering general advice, local services, money and benefits.

Life Story

Everyone’s story is unique and important. Our Life Story project works with older people to produce a personalised Life Story Book that can be shared with family, friends and carers.

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Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Service

The Alzheimer’s Dementia Support Service offers information, support, signposting and guidance to a person with dementia or their carers and wider family or friends.

Their Dedicated Dementia Support Worker can provide you with expert practical advice and support to help you understand dementia, cope with the day-to-day challenges it brings and prepare for the future. This can include helping you to access other support services and build support networks within your community, aiming to help you feel supported to maintain independence and have choice and control over your life.

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Gallery Oldham

For many years Gallery Oldham has run successful reminiscence projects and activities. They are a dementia friendly gallery and museum and all of otheir staff have been trained as Dementia friends.

Making Memories is a new programme of arts activities, talks, performances and training to help the carers of people with Dementia.

It is all about introducing museums objects to people who may never visit a museum or gallery.  These objects – a clog, rolling pin, a hat box or an old football programme – can inspire marvellous memories and truly creative responses.


Phone: 0161 770 4742

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Making Space – Dementia Activities Service

Making Space provides specialist dementia care and support to hundreds of people across the country. Their services can support you to stay in your own home for as long as possible, helping you with daily living, personal care, keeping safe, and accessing local community groups and day services.

Being diagnosed with dementia is a daunting prospect, but having a diagnosis means that you can make plans and take positive steps to maintain your independence, plan for the future and ultimately live life to the full.


Phone: 0161 633 2403

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Oldham Carers Centre

Oldham Carers Centre provides practical and emotional support, information and advice to unpaid carers in Oldham.  

  • Carers Assessments on behalf of the local authority.
  • One-to-one emotional support and guidance.
  • Signposting and referrals to external agencies.
  • Access to an advocacy service.
  • Carers Counselling.
  • Personal Budget 
  • Oldham Carers Emergency Support Scheme (OCESS). This is an emergency back up service that can provide up to 72 hours free care for the person you care for in the event of an emergency that prevents you from fulfilling your caring role.


Phone: 0161 770 7777 (option 4).

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Oldham Council Assessment, Reablement and Recovery Service

Supports individuals, in their own home, to regain the skills needed to live as independently as possible and increase their confidence in their own abilities. This service works alongside other agencies to devise and deliver an appropriate programme of support.

Support is available for up to 6 weeks following a period of illness, disability or loss of confidence. The service will be appropriate for some people on discharge from hospital or when they are in danger of being admitted to hospital. To receive the service people must be assessed by Oldham Social Services as having an eligible need.


Phone: 0161 770 8246

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Oldham Council Assistive Technology Services

A range of gadgets are available to help people with dementia to continue to live in their own home and maintain an independent lifestyle, and to support their carers. Equipment can also be installed to assist in the assessment process to establish what care package is required and identify needs following concerns raised by others regarding someone’s safety in the home or a person’s deterioration in health. 
Referrals to the service can be made between the hours of 8.40am - 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday, with a facility to respond to emergencies out of hours.


Phone: 0161 770 3497  /  0161 770 3498

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Oldham Council Helpline/Response Service

A 24/7 service that provides clients with an alarm system, call monitoring service and responds to emergency calls when people have triggered their alarm to request help.

The client is given a personal alarm unit which connects them to specially trained staff in a control centre. In an emergency, you can summon help by pressing a button on the unit or a small portable button which can be attached to clothing, wrist strap or a neck cord. When you press the alarm, the operator at the control centre will be able to talk to you and assess the situation.


Phone:  0161 770 5189

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Oldham libraries' support for dementia

Oldham Council Libraries have a range of resources to support people who live with dementia and their carers. Libraries can provide access to free and non-stigmatised community spaces with Health Information Points offering resources specifically to support those living with dementia, including Reading Well Books on Prescription, Dementia and Mood Boosting Books collections in each library.

Books on Prescription Dementia Titles offer information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.

Library staff have received Enhanced Dementia Awareness Training.

Some of the libraries also host NHS Memory Service Drop-in Sessions, offering those concerned about memory a friendly chat and advice.


Phone: 0161 770 8000

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Oldham Local Studies and Archives

This service is responsible for the preservation of historical material relating to the history of Oldham and District. They have an extensive collection of photographs; local newspapers back to 1854; and access to a wide range of family history resources such as the census, military and parish records.Oldham Local Studies and Archives is free to use.

For many years they have been actively assisting the Age UK Oldham Life Story programme and can offer valuable assistance to people with dementia and their carers in helping to compile family histories and aid in reminiscence therapy.


Phone: 0161 770 4654
Address: Oldham Local Studies and Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN

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Oldham Social Services

The Oldham Council website has information and advice on a range of services.

Help to live at home

  • Equipment and adaptions
  • Support to live at home
  • Meals & nutrition

Choosing Somewhere to Live

  • Care homes
  • Housing with care and support

Getting out and about 

  • Blue Badges
  • Transport

Caring for someone

  • Carers Assessments
  • Carers Centre
  • Financial help for carers

Disabilities and sensory loss 

  • Sight and hearing loss
  • Learning disabilities and autism 

Looking after myself and keeping healthy and safe

  • Recovering from illness
  • Mental health
  • Drugs and alcohol treatment services 

Arranging and paying for your social care

  • Can I get care and support to live at home?
  • What is a Personal Budget?
  • What will I have to pay for care services? 

You can ask for a Needs Assessment for yourself or someone you know which will carried out by a Social Care Professional to find out what help and support you need - like personal care, equipment or help in your home. After the assessment they will then help you to get the care you need.

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This information is provided by the individual service providers and is correct at time of publishing. This website is updated at regular intervals to reflect changes made. Please contact the service directly to confirm service details.

If you would like to inform Age UK Oldham of any changes please do so by email or telephone:



  • 0161 622 9309

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