Record referrals of support as families continue to struggle
published on 4 Jan 2024
Record referrals for support as families continue to struggle across Oldham
The Salvation Army across Oldham has provided a record number of children with Christmas presents this year, giving welcome relief to struggling families.
Over 1,000 children had a Christmas to remember thanks to generous donations from the local community to the church and charity’s present appeal across its three churches in Oldham; Fitton Hill, Roundthorn and Failsworth, which saw a dramatic increase in families coming to them for help from the year before.
The church and community centre, located on Raikes Parade in the town, exceeded last year’s appeal figures and struggled to keep up with demand from social workers, schools and GPs all working to support children whose families cannot put food on the table, heat their homes or pay their bills.
Kim Rogers, community engagement co-ordinator at The Salvation Army in Oldham Fitton Hill said: “We have seen over this last year that people are depending more and more on charity to help get them through day-to-day life with many living hand to mouth. Low paid jobs, increased bills and food prices and the ongoing cost of living crisis are all factors that affect many within our town.
“In the challenging times that everyone is facing, we have witnessed the sad truth that people who once could manage to live are now struggling to make ends meet, finding themselves in difficult situations. The generosity and support we have received to help us support those children that otherwise would have no presents has shown a new level of community compassion and has put smiles on the faces of thousands of children, and many more family members.
“It is a wonderful feeling and amazing to see and be a part of, but the stark reality is that people need this support as they are struggling, they have lost hope and they are in desperate need of kindness and support. We expect this to only continue as people face challenges like they have never before.
“To the members of our community who have generously supported our Christmas present appeal or have made financial donations, we give our sincerest thanks for the difference you have made to families who needed a helping hand.”
A church and charity, The Salvation Army expresses its Christian faith by offering friendship, practical help and support to some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities. To help support The Salvation Army’s year-round work please visit: salvationarmy.org.uk/donate.