Contact Us

We have appointments available Monday to Friday along with sessions to make appointments or drop off documents on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10am and 1pm.

We can provide advice in ten languages and can also arrange interpreters when needed.

You can telephone, text or email us also.


42 years ago a group of Cheetham Hill residents came together to give advice to their neighbours and to campaign around rehousing issues. Initially staffed entirely by volunteers in an office above a pub, this small service very quickly became part of the welcoming committee for the area. The group moved into more permanent offices in the basement of the local library to help newly arrived communities and people in the area facing hardship. In the last year the charity’s team helped increase local people’s income by £1.7 million as well as helping people reduce debt and improve their housing.

Charity Registration

The group registered as a charity in 1978 and has had volunteer involvement and leadership as central component ever since. The current board of trustees has over 68 years’ experience as board members on this charity and on any given week there are around 33 years of experience within the frontline volunteer team. Former volunteers have gone on to become paid staff and even long serving trustees. There are more than three times as many volunteers as staff at Cheetham Hill Advice Centre and it this commitment and dedication that has allowed the charity to serve the people of the community for the last 42 years.


CHAC’s oldest volunteer is 63 and he is a volunteer advisor who speaks English and Yoruba. The volunteer who speaks most languages is a 26 year old woman who speaks English, Urdu, Kashmiri, Punjabi and Spanish. The current longest serving frontline volunteers have been volunteering for 8 years and the longest serving Trustee has been on the Board for 28 years.

Our Services

Anyone from the city can come to the centre for advice where they can be welcomed by a volunteer in over 20 languages. The service provides advice in everything from how to pay your council tax bill, to reducing debt, to representation at court for cases of welfare benefits and tax credits. This service is designed for some of the most deprived in our communities and has helped people with over 17,000 problems in the last six years.

Our Clients

The Cheetham Hill area of North Manchester has been home to newly arrived communities for centuries. Generation after generation of people have come to Cheetham Hill and built themselves a life and built the community that exists today. For the past 42 years this community has benefited from the services provided at Cheetham Hill Advice Centre as well as contributing to the large volunteer team who make this work possible.

Recent Reports

  • CHAC had an independent evaluation carried out in the summer of 2019 which found that the charity was delivering a range of important outcomes including:
    Increasing people’s financial stability, improving people’s wellbeing and having an impact on the wider strategic arena. You can read the final evaluation report here.

  • Cheetham Hill Advice Centre Annual Report 2021-2022 - you can download our annual report for 2021-22 here.

  • Cheetham Hill Advice Centre Annual Report 2020-2021 - you can download our annual report for 2020-21 here.

  • Cheetham Hill Advice Centre Annual Report 2019-2020 - you can download our annual report for 2019-20 here.

  • A North Manchester Approach to the Covid Crisis - you can read it here.

The Covid-19 Crisis

Leaders of Manchester-based charities, including Cheetham Hill Advice Centre, have shared their experiences of the Covid-19 crisis and their thoughts for the future in a new report produced by Macc, Manchester’s local voluntary and community sector support organisation.

You can read the full report here. The article from our CEO begins on page 63.



Opening Times

We are open
Monday to Friday


0161 740 8999




07823 495 307



We can provide advice in Arabic, Urdu, Pushto, Punjabi, German, Cantonese, Mandarin, Malay, Bahasa, Hakka and English.

We can also provide advice in other languages via an interpreter.


You can read CHAC's policies here:

Contact Us

0161 740 8999

 Fax: 0161 720 9231

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