Greater Manchester has a fantastic network of hard-working and dedicated organisations providing useful help and advice to those experiencing poverty. However, knowing exactly where to turn to can be challenging. Thanks to the excellent work of our friends at the Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) finding out how to reach these organisations is now easier than ever.
GMPA coordinates networks of organisations and individuals to reduce poverty across Greater Manchester. They provide opportunities, ideas and support to encourage and strengthen collaboration, to collectively influence policy and practice to address poverty in Greater Manchester.
Below you will find a map created by the GMPA locating providers of free advice in your local community and the wider Greater Manchester area.
It has now a permanent place on our website under Help & Advice/Information: https://www.gmlaw.org.uk/gm-advice-map/
We stand in solidarity with GMPA’s fight against poverty in Greater Manchester. #FightingTogetherForFreeAccessToJustice
They tackle the following issues in Greater Manchester: housing & homelessness, public services & fuel, child poverty & education, finance & debt, food & wellbeing as well as work & wages. And they are doing a tremendous amount of research (see their Greater Manchester Poverty Monitor here).
How does this map work
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 (e.g. age range, location), their opening times and access requirements such as appointments, before contacting them or visiting their premises.
If you click on the square at the top right of the map below it will open in a larger window.
Further guidance on who to use the map is available on the GMPA website here.
The map is constantly developing, so if you think a provider has missed or think any details should be changed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On their website you will also find other useful maps showing the location of emergency food providers and businesses and organisations where you can purchase reconditioned or refurbished household items at a fraction of high street prices (and sometimes for free).