Please see a selection of resources below.
Advice, Support and Help for Families
Information on how families can access help and support:
We Can Help: www.oldham.gov.uk/wecanhelp
Free School Meals (FSM) eligibility checker: www.oldham.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
Children and family benefits: www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200230/early_years/194/children_and_family_benefits
Help paying for childcare eligibility checker: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Healthy Start Voucher – pre-birth to 4 years https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/
Benefits checker https://www.entitledto.co.uk/
Online Solihull Parenting Courses (worth £100) aligned with best parenting practice is free to use for anyone in Oldham.
Parents, carers, grandparents, and staff can access the resources by entering the passcode: DAISY into this web page: https://inourplace.heiapply.com/online-learning.
Get Oldham Working: www.oldham.gov.uk/gow
This may help – This is a new national initiative providing mental health advice to parents and carers who have concerns about their child’s mental health: https://thismayhelp.me
Winter in Oldham. Please check here for school closures during periods of bad weather.
How to access your local library services.
Let's Go with the Children
Search for activities and events near you.
Days Out with Kids
Explore the links or use the filters at the top of the page on their website to plan your next adventure.
Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Oldham with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.
If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.
Best of Oldham
The ultimate guide for local events.
Find information on our gym, swim and classes, as well as our extra activities including Outdoor, Sports & Leagues.
Mahdlo Youth Zone
Mahdlo is a state-of-the-art Youth Zone in the heart of Oldham for 8-21 year olds (up to 25 for young people with a disability). Open 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year, we offer an exciting range of activities and opportunities that all young people from across Oldham can access for just 50p as a member.
Gallery Oldham Children and Families
Exhibitions across four galleries, events, courses, talks and concerts as well as popular schools workshops and family activities. Open 6 days a week.
Money Saving Expert.com - Family
Great offers on days out and deals for a great time with the kids.
Get Birding Podcasts
Presented by Dr Mya-Rose Craig, the Get Birding series encourages people up and down the UK to look out of their windows, venture into their gardens and walk through their local parks to get to know Britain’s birds, our most accessible connection with nature.
WWF Garden Safaris
A garden safari is a fun way for families and young people to explore their gardens - or other outdoor spaces - and learn more about local flora and fauna using the SEEK app.
WWF provide a series of fun 'make-it' activities that have been designed to encourage wildlife into your local area and explore your love of nature.
Photography is one of the many ways you can get out and embrace the wilderness. Why not submit a photograph to a wildlife photography competition? There are plenty to choose from.
Why not download the geocaching app and go treasure hunting as a family!
Join the #GetOutside campaign and mix up your daily exercise – find ideas and challenge calendars for getting outside and trying new things.
Get Out with the Kids
A database of family-friendly outdoor adventure ideas.
Ability Wheelz provides opportunities for children, young people and adults with additional needs and/or disabilities to access a wide range of adapted and universal cycles in Alexandra Park. The whole family can enjoy exercise, whilst learning to cycle.
Our location within the award winning Alexandra Park, Oldham gives you clean green space where you can not only enjoy exercise and activity, but where our person centred offer enables service users to access a range of events, peer support opportunities and the chance to learn new skills.
Ability Wheelz now offer 'Learn to ride' cycling lesson, so that children, young people, and adults with or without additional needs can learn to ride a bike and enjoy the independence and health benefits this can bring.
Riding for the Disabled Association RDA
With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, RDA provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement. RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. They welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions.
The Disabled Ramblers
The Disabled Ramblers is a small charity working across England and Wales to help make the countryside more accessible to people with limited mobility – which benefits everyone. They run 25 – 30 rambles designed for mobility scooters each year, organised into groups of 3 or 4 in selected areas of the country. They are run from April to October, whatever the weather.
Beach Wheelchairs is a Scottish Charity which believes that everyone has the right to enjoy our beautiful beaches. All of the wheelchairs have been specially designed to enable individuals with disabilities to get back on the beach. Unlike a standard manual wheelchair they have large, rubber wheels which move easily over the sand. They hire out beach wheelchairs free of charge from each of our seaside locations using local volunteers.