Bread And Butter

OL1-Oldham launches The Grocery Store Project with The Bread and Butter Thing to support those in severe need

  • £500 grant will allow 13 weeks support to people who are homeless, refugees or asylum seekers
  • Vouchers worth £7.50 will access £35 worth of food

OL1-Oldham has been home to a weekly The Bread and Butter Thing project since 2017. The organisations work closely together supporting people on low incomes and living in deprived communities across the BGreen and OL1 areas.

This week OL1-Oldham is launching The Grocery Store Project, a voucher scheme in partnership with TBBT and the local Emerging Communities team, enabling people in severe need and food insecurity to access nutritious food supplies.

OL1-Oldham Chair, Angie Brain explains: "It's clear that many people locally have been severely affected by the pandemic - particularly people who have no recourse to public funds.

"We had a small amount of funding available - just £500 - and we were determined to make that go as far as possible. So we've developed The Grocery Store Project, creating TBBT vouchers which we will distribute to those most in need and support them with food. Each voucher is worth £7.50 enabling people to receive three bags of food from TBBT worth at least £35 - meaning our small grant is now worth more than £2300."

OL1-Oldham have teamed up with the local Emerging Communities team to help distribute the vouchers. Five people will receive vouchers each week for the next 13 weeks. Angie Brain is determined to continue fund-raising to ensure the scheme can run through the winter and into 2021 as the effects of the cold weather and the pandemic continue to bite.

"We've teamed up with the Emerging Communities team who can ensure vouchers reach those who need them most. By sharing the vouchers around the community, we're allowing people in real poverty to be treated with dignity, accessing food alongside TBBT's regular members."

Rachel Reid-Fernandez, Operations Manager for TBBT adds: "This kind of grassroots community support is the foundation of the work that TBBT does, ensuring that the most vulnerable members of society have access to affordable, nutritious food. OL1-Oldham have been long term partners and we're delighted to support this innovative and critical work that they are doing for their local citizens."

OL1-Oldham - Not just another residents group! 

We are working closely with many agencies to help everyone understand how they can get the most from public services and play their part in helping to create a healthy, safe and proud community. 


  • We freely support local people who are struggling with things that affect their lives and give them useful contact details to inform them of the help they can expect from each service.


  • We talk to local services about individual and collective problems local people tell us about and ask the services to actively assist with those problems.


  • We talk to local people about how each and every one of us can help to keep our areas clean, safe, healthy and happy. We inform our communities about the BGreen Community Agreements and actively encourage others to contribute, agree, and take part.


  • We meet regularly and welcome all residents of the BGreen and OL1 postcode areas.


  • Our meetings are held at places where everyone can feel comfortable talking about things that concern or affect them, knowing that their concerns will be addressed.


  • We do this voluntarily, as good neighbours who are committed to caring for our community.