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Welcome to our website, we’re an independent mental health charity based in Ashton-Under-Lyne, who provide long-term opportunities for people who are aiming to rebuild their lives and improve their social integration.

Update of the Skills Centre

A Change…

Firstly, we have recognised that our project name on Google maps was not Making a Difference- Tameside skills centre but Oasis Café which does not represent the nature of our work, but is part of the training centre. Therefore the first thing that needed to change was the sign. The original sign, while it was suitable at the time, was not a full representation of the company’s objective.

Grand unveiling of the new signage for the Making a Difference – Tameside Life Skills Rehabilitation Centre and Café. A new year and a new sign. Keep a look out for training sessions to be offered to the community through the skills centre.

Allotment Update

Update- the allotment has now been officially cancelled we will be moving all the equipment out by the end of June.

The following items are for sale:

-Petrol Strimmer -3 Spades -1 Fork -1 Rake -Set of small hand tools

Should you wish to purchase any of these items please contact Making a Difference Tameside to discuss price and to view the equipment.

Thank you to the allotment team.

Allotment Memories

We have now given back the allotment to the Moravian allotment society. We have had seven wonderful years of growing vegetables which were used in meals in the skills centre.

“Ay up I’ve found a nest of squeaking frog over here we’ll put them in good ol’ Jim’s pound” Janice exclaims.
The Start of our Allotment 7 years ago. As a man looks down onto the work ahead he expresses “We’ll grow an allotment they said… easy work they said…”
“I’m too young for this I just got me nails done!” Chantelle said.

Onions sunbathing in the hot sun…

“Pete waves us off after handing over the keys”

Handing over a nice tidy plot for the next person to take over. I hope they enjoy it as much as we have done.

Upcycling Furniture for Sale

Over the 12 months of lockdown Making a Difference Tameside has used this time to develop new training opportunities, for example: Refurbishing and up scaling items of furniture to sell. The craft area has now been changed to display furniture (as the picture opposite shows).

We have taken most of the craft items out of the café with a view to selling them on the market.

We have now booked a regular Tuesday stall on the market in Ashton under Lyne. Come and buy some of our crafts and support our charity!


For anybody buying from Amazon remember that Making a Difference – Tameside uses Amazon Smiles, so be sure to consider us at the check out for a chance to donate. We receive 0.5% of every purchase. Thank you to everyone who donates. You are contributing to the well being our members.

Opening Times

Skills Centre

9:30am – 3:30pm

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays

Oasis Café

9:30am – 3:30pm

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Should you need support or help, or encouragement please email me and I will contact you – or ring 07142925873 and leave a message,  I will aim to get back to you within the shortest possible time.

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Making a Difference- Tameside

Registered Charity No. 1103513