Scheme offering hot shower to those who can't afford one

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A scheme offering those a hot shower who can’t afford one is being rolled out  at Oldham's leisure centres.

It is aimed at non-gym members and includes free shower gel and shampoo.

Oldham Active Community and Partnership manager Kelly Tattersall said it would ensure "nobody was left to suffer".

She said those using the service would get "a warm welcome" and "respect".

The scheme is at at five sites run by Oldham Council:

  • Oldham Leisure Centre
  • Royton Leisure Centre
  • Saddleworth Leisure Centre
  • Failsworth Sports Centre
  • Radcliffe Athletics Centre

An Oldham Active representative said with the cost-of-living crisis affecting most people, it has been advised that people should "take advantage of their gym membership and shower there instead of at home".

"This may be great advice for some, but there is a percentage of people in our community that can't afford a gym membership, thus unable to take advantage of this," they said.

Ms Tattersall said the firm was "determined to support our local community during these difficult times, and we want to make sure nobody is left to suffer as the weather gets colder".

"The option for people to have access to free warm showers and to be able to get clean is a basic human right," she said.

"We will provide hot showers to those most vulnerable, treating them with respect, dignity and a warm welcome."

She added that "friendly staff" would be on hand to to answer any questions, and "if you are struggling and need further help, they will... signpost you to other warm and food bank schemes".

An Oldham Active representative said the showers will be provided in 10-minute slots to anyone who has registered for the free scheme and while shower gel and shampoo was included, people will need to bring their own towels.

 
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