The MiNT partners are a number of organisations based in Tameside, which is east of Manchester. All the partners share a vision of giving people the right tools and skills so that they can manage their personal finances and avoid the “debt trap”. We are working towards this in a number of ways.
The MiNT partners include a wide range of organisations: housing associations, the Council, independent advisory groups, the education field and our local credit union. Our aim is to ensure that every group of people, irrespective of age, race or gender has access to all the personal finance information that they need.
131 Katherine Street
Tel: 0161 308 5000
Making more of life. Our aim is simple…to help you make the most of life.
Age Concern Tameside provides and Information and Advice service to people over the age of 60, their relatives and carers. We have staff who speak Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Bangla which makes the service accessible to the black and Asian minority communities.
Our office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.00pm. You do not need an appointment for general advice however the office is extremely busy so it is wise to telephone first. Our number is 0161 308 5000. We also offer a home visiting service for people unable to travel into our office.
Part of our role is to assist older people to maximise their income, we are able to assist people with the following benefit claims.
Attendance Allowance (for ages 65 and over)
Disability Living Allowance (for ages 60 to 64)
Bereavement Payment (for ages 60 and over)
Carers Allowance (for ages 60 and over)
Incapacity Benefit (for ages 60 to 64)
Winter Fuel Payments
We are also able to assist with claims for Housing and Council Tax benefit. In certain circumstances we are able to approach benevolent funds on behalf of older people for financial assistance once all other avenues have been explored.
We are able to assist older people with debt issues, we can offer advice, help to complete financial statements and liaise with creditors.
We provide an Advocacy and Mediation Service – if further information is required please telephone for details.
Our service is provided by trained staff and volunteers; we carry identification which you should always ask to see.
Ashton Pioneer Homes
Tel: 0161 343 8128
Established through voluntary stock transfer in 1999, Ashton Pioneer Homes (APH) has quickly developed to become the leading community based Housing Association in the Tameside area.
Cash Box Credit Union
6 St Michael’s Court
St Michael’s Square
Tel: 0161 343 7621
Cash Box Credit Union is a financial co-operative, which is open to all who live or work in Tameside. We aim to promote financial inclusion by offering secure savings and affordable loans. We now also offer a special White Goods Scheme. (Ask a volunteer or see website for details.)
Hyde collection point at Hyde Town Hall: Monday 10.00-12.00, Wednesday 10.00-12.00,
Ashton collection point at the council offices: Tuesday 10.00-2.00, Saturday 10.15-12.15
Denton collection point at Denton Town Hall: Monday 11.30-12.30, Friday 11.00-2.00
Haughton Green collection point at the community centre: Monday 11.00-12.00
Mossley Youth Base: Friday 10.00-12.00
Citizen’s Advice Bureau
Tameside Citizens Advice Bureau
9 George Street,
Ashton under Lyne
Tel: 0161 330 2156
Fax: 0161 344 2139
We provide free, confidential, independent, impartial advice to the general public.
Advice covers a wide range of subjects: Benefits, Housing, Consumer, Relationship issues, Employment, Legal issues, Immigration, Health and Taxes, etc.
There are specialist advice sessions hosted for Debt, Welfare Benefits, Housing, Immigration, Family, Community Care, Bankruptcy and Insolvency. Appointments are sometimes necessary.
Additionally, Tameside CAB also currently provides…
- Outreach advice sessions at community locations across Tameside.
- An Information Shop in Ashton to provide an independent information service about all aspects of Residential & Nursing Care homes in Tameside, including details of current vacancies and details on Home Support Agencies.
Contour Housing Group
Quay Plaza 2
Tel: 0345 602 1120
Fax: 0161 875 8200
Contour Homes and Peak Valley are part of the Symphony Housing Group. Between them they manage nearly 2000 properties in Tameside offering a range of Housing Services. Their vision is “to be a strong, diverse partnership that makes the most of our individual and combined strengths, to deliver real and lasting benefits for our tenants and for the wider communities we work in” They provide specialist Financial Inclusion Officers who can assist with a range of financial issues. Please contact directly for further information.
6/8 Tatton Road
Tel: 0161 610 0011
Fax: 0161 336 8839
Minicom: 0161 610 4555
Irwell Valley Housing Association is a Registered Social Landlord, we own and manage 6814 homes and also provide homes and/or services to 534 shared owners and leaseholders. We have around 900 properties on our Haughton Green estate which has undergone a massive multi million pound regeneration programme since a stock transfer to Irwell Valley HA in 2005.
Our local Haughton Green Office is situated on: 6/8 Tatton Road, Haughton Green, Manchester, M34 7PL, Telephone: 0161 611 0011, Fax: 0161 336 8839, Minicom: 0161 610 4555.
Irwell Valley recognises that a key element of creating fantastic neighbourhoods that are affordable, sustainable and desirable is by addressing Financial Inclusion, hence its recruitment of a Financial Inclusion Officer and more recently a Debt Prevention Officer. Irwell Valley partly funds the Denton South Outreach surgery hosted by Tameside Citizens Advice Bureau that runs every Wednesday from the Centre Haughton Green 9am – 12pm and operates on a drop in basis.
Your Housing Group
St. Christopher House
217 Wellington Road South
Tel: 0845 345 0272
Harvest housing group is a not-for-profit housing group providing 18,000 affordable, high quality homes supported by comprehensive neighbourhood services. Our unique way of working delivers Group-wide resources at a truly local level.
Our expertise means we have the experience to work with communities to deliver local services to people with different needs in a friendly and professional way.
Manchester and District Housing Association is the part of Harvest Housing Group and has 500 properties for social rent in Tameside, mainly in the central Hyde area, with smaller developments in Droylsden, Stalybridge and Audenshaw.
General housing queries should be directed to harvest response on 0845 345 0272.
The neighbourhood regeneration officer for Tameside is Diane Russell who can be contacted on 0161 475 2681 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Harvest Housing website is http://www.harvesthousing.org.uk
New Charter Housing Trust Group
New Charter currently owns and manages around 18,600 homes. It was created in March 2000 with the transfer of the whole of the Council’s housing stock. The Group is based in offices in Ashton under Lyne, but also delivers its services from shops in Ashton, Denton, Hyde and Stalybridge.
New Charter exists to build and support communities in the provision of safe, comfortable, secure and affordable homes through partnership with customers and others. The Group recognizes that a key element of developing sustainable communities is by addressing issues of financial exclusion.
100 Hattersley Road East
Tel: 0345 270 3501
Fax: 0161 882 9840
Contour Homes and Peak Valley are part of the Symphony Housing Group. Between them they manage nearly 2000 properties in Tameside offering a range of Housing Services. Their vision is “to be a strong, diverse partnership that makes the most of our individual and combined strengths, to deliver real and lasting benefits for our tenants and for the wider communities we work in”.
They provide specialist Financial Inclusion Officers who can assist with a range of financial issues. Please contact directly for further information.
The Regenda Group
St. Chad's Centre
Tel: 0344 7360066
The Regenda Group is a leading independent North West housing and regeneration organisation. Managing around 13,000 homes for rent and sale across the region, the Regenda Group is more than a housing association. Through innovative community projects, expertise in shared ownership and a strong track record in regeneration projects, we are working to make the North West a better place to live.
Tameside Families Information Service
Early Years Quality Development Centre
Tel: 0161 342 5434
Fax: 0161 342 5448
Sure Start is the Government's program to deliver the best start in life for every child by bringing together: early education, childcare, health and family support.
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Tel: 0161 342 8355
Fax: 0161 342 3070
For debt advice – www.tameside.gov.uk/debtadvice
For benefit advice – www.tameside.gov.uk/welfarerights
The Business Compliance Section advises businesses and consumers on trading standards and environmental health matters. This includes illegal money lending, harassment of debtors, doorstep crime, unfair contract terms, counterfeiting and underage sales of alcohol and tobacco. We also administer the Buy with Confidence scheme for approved traders.
We also have a Neighbourhood Team who deal with complaints about consumer and environmental issues such as noisy neighbours, fly tipping, unsafe or mis-described goods etc.