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Referral Agencies & Voucher info

We know that anyone can find themselves at a crisis point for all sorts of reasons. Don’t sit and worry, ask for support. We don’t judge, we are just here to help when that happens.

We work with many different organisations and agencies to increase our reach into the community, and to make us more effective. This is also so that we can guide you to the most appropriate help for your circumstances and situation. Details of some of these groups are listed below.

You can contact us about your situation, and we will guide you appropriately, but please do not just call-in hoping to get a voucher straightaway, our processes require that we direct you to one of our referral organisations so they can issue a voucher for you. The Foodbank does not issue vouchers.

If you would like to access the foodbank then you should contact one of our referral organisations and arrange to speak with them, or to visit, to explain your situation. If you are struggling to put food on the table they can issue you with a foodbank voucher – which may be a paper voucher or an e-voucher. The local agency may also be able to provide additional support to help tackle the issues which have put you in difficulty, or crisis.

When you visit the referral agency they will take some basic details from you to verify your situation before they complete the voucher. This will help them to identify the cause of your crisis and offer practical guidance. It also means we are able to prepare suitable emergency food for the right number of people. Please take any supporting documents to evidence of your situation when you visit the referral organisation.

Once you have been issued with a voucher, you can exchange this for a food parcel which will be sized to suit the number of people in your household, and it will contain a variety of items to provide you with at least three days of emergency food.

If your situation is such that you may need a series of food parcels, this is allowed but you can only attend the foodbank once a week, and the number of times you can use the foodbank over a period of time is limited.

Please be aware: We are here to help but there is no automatic entitlement to a foodbank voucher. Being in work or not doesn’t matter, being on benefits or not doesn’t matter, if you are eligible for support we will give it to you. Food is donated to us for the specific purpose of helping people in crisis therefore we need to check this.

We understand that it can be hard to ask for help, and we are not trying to make getting that help any more difficult, however our referral agencies have to verify your situation and their decision is final. We are able to track multiple-agency applications. Your understanding is appreciated.

If you are a support worker, or an organisation that supports people facing need or crisis, and you would like to become one of our registered referral agencies please contact us to find out more.

Some of the Middleton Central Foodbank Community Referral Organisations
Advocacy Together Hub Rochdale
Alkrington & Providence URC
All Saints Rhodes & Parkfield C of E Parish
Beacon Medical Centre
Boarshaw Children’s Centre
Brentwood Middleton Day Centre
Burnside Community Centre
Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care – Royal Oldham Hospital
Charlestown Medical Practice
Children with Disabilities Team – RMBC
Children’s Social Care – RMBC
Clinical Psychology, North Manchester General Hospital
Drs Stockton & Thompson (The Hive)
Early Intervention Team – Pennine Care
Freedom From Torture
George House Trust
Great Places Housing Group
Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit
Heywood & Middleton Community Mental Health
Higher Blackley Children’s centre
Hollin’s Children’s Centre
Home Treatment – North
Home-Start Rochdale
Kirkway Children’s Centre
Langley Children’s Centre
Long Street Methodist Church
Manchester Secondary PRU
Middleton Health Centre
Middleton Job Centre
Mills Hill Baptist Church
National Probation Service Cheshire & GM CRC
Out there supporting families of prisoners
Pathways – The Big Life Group
Positive Steps (Oldham & Rochdale)
Recovery Republic
Riverside Housing
Rochdale & District Mind
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
Rochdale Carers Hub (N-Compass)
Rochdale Probation Service
Royal Voluntary Service
Spiritual Care Chaplaincy – Royal Oldham Hospital
St.Michael’s Tonge Church
Standguide Limited Manchester
Stepping Stone Projects
Support and Housing Management
The Bond Board
Upper Room Christian Fellowship
Veterans in Communities
Victim Support Rochdale
Walking with the wounded
Windermere Road GP Surgery
Your Housing Group


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