Maps of support services

Make sure you are claiming all the financial support available to you

This page provides maps of food providers, household items and repair and information and advice services across Greater Manchester. Whilst GMPA’s food providers and other maps are useful tools, it is important that people experiencing poverty are able to access all the financial support that is available to them. People are often missing out on financial help available through national welfare benefits, local welfare provision (such as help with paying Council Tax) or grants. You can read more about why we believe a ‘cash first’ approach that prioritises supporting people experiencing financial hardship to access money is important here. In kind support (such as food handouts or energy vouchers) should be a last resort. Please use the Turn2Us Benefits Checker and Grants search tools below, and find out more about how you can access local welfare support in Greater Manchester through our directory.

Turn2Us Benefits Checker                         Turn2Us Grants Search                         Local Welfare Support

The Maps

These maps were compiled prior to the coronavirus pandemic and now because of the impact it is having, the assistance being provided by organisations that support people in poverty is changing on a daily basis. It won’t be possible for us to keep the information detailed on the three maps below up-to-date, so we would encourage you to contact local councils and VCSE organisations in your area to find out more about services that are currently open. Please bear in mind that it is very unlikely that any service usually offered on a face-to-face basis or within an enclosed space, will still be available in that format, although many organisations have switched to online contact or, in the case of food provision, deliveries can sometimes be arranged. You can find links to useful information here

Food Providers map of the region

We created this Food Providers map, which was launched in January 2017, as we believed that a single source didn’t exist and we hoped that it would be useful and informative. Since then it has become an invaluable resource, receiving over 62,000 hits.

The maps shows three different types of providers:

Key:   GMPA Food Map key for GM Poverty Action

The maps shows that there are 222 food providers in total. Of those 131 are food banks, 52 are pantries or food clubs and 39 are meal providers. In January 2017 there were 136 food providers in total, with the number now at 222 that is an increase of over 60%  – in September 2020 due to the impact of the pandemic on their logistics rather than a decrease in demand, five food banks had to close.

For more information about GMPA’s work on food poverty, please click here

Household items and repairs

GMPA’s Household items and repairs map includes organisations that provide reconditioned, refurbished and repaired furniture, white goods and smaller electrical items for a fraction of high street costs, some that are even able to offer a limited number of these items free of charge.  We’ve included the local Freecycle groups that simply advertise everything, including occasionally the kitchen sink, that is available for free from the current owners who no longer need the item. Also shown are a few organisations that can provide some practical support in the home for those on low-incomes, the elderly and the disabled.

There are currently 63 pins on the map which has received over 9,700 hits.

Advice and Information map

GMPA’s Advice and information map shows a range of different support agencies that provide advice and information targeted at people experiencing poverty. There are two different pins on this map, the orange star pins show accredited advisors such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, the Law Centres and Credit Unions; the smaller brown dot markers show the locations of the many other agencies, community centres, libraries etc where you can go to get help, information and guidance.  Please check the providers website carefully for more information about any restrictions on whom they can assist (eg age range, location), their opening times and access requirements such as appointments, before contacting them or visiting their premises.

This is by far the busiest map we have produced. There are some locations with multiple pins where several agencies may work in the same building. Some pins may show information about more than one agency based at that location, but you can remove one layer of pins by simply unticking the list shown in the information box on the left-hand side of the page.  You can also access the information about any of the providers by opening one of these lists and clicking on the name. To access a single pin where there is a cluster on the map, just enlarge the map scale and it should be possible to access the pin you want.

There are a few pins well outside Greater Manchester, eg London, Newcastle and Liverpool.  These are for organisations that provide support either through a website or by phone but who don’t have a base in the region.

If you are looking for a very specific type of advice eg on immigration, for young people, for families with a member in prison etc then do please use the map’s search facility which is available by clicking on the magnifying glass icon provided in the red section of the left-hand information box when you view this map on the internet rather than via this website.  This will filter the information for you and show you which agencies may be able to provide the support you are seeking.

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