Cheetham Hill Advice Centre

Scope and Content

This collection includes a variety of material that illustrates the work of Cheetham Hill Advice

This collection includes:

  • Urban Aid Years reports: Two reports reflect the years 1978-1983 where CHAC received funding
    from a mainstream and local government job creation scheme Urban Aid. The reports contain
    statistical information and case studies.
  • Annual reports: These cover a variety of topics including
    financial reports, statistical information on issues faced by clients and workers reports.
  • Management Committee Meeting minutes: These generally contain information on funding
    applications, staffing,
    correspondence, financial information, policy information, personnel information, statistics
    ,mission statements, research and case studies.
  • Evaluation Report: One report received dated Aug 2019, this report evaluates and measures the
    positive impact of CHACS's work within the North Manchester area.
  • Client information booklets: Booklets provide information to CHAC's users on the U.K Laws and
    benefit and entitlement.
  • Research Material: Contains photographs, copy extracts from annual reports and newspaper
    cuttings collected in preparation for CHAC's 40th Birthday Party Celebration event in 2017.
  • Exhibition Material: Contains a collection of photographs, extracts from annual reports, captions
    and ephemera. The exhibition was produced from the research material and displayed at CHAC's
    40th Birthday Party Celebration event.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cheetham Hill is a ward within Greater Manchester which is densely populated and ethnically

Cheetham Hill Advice Centre was founded by local residents and members of the Halliwell Lane
Action Area in 1975. The Halliwell Lane Action Area was formed by a group of local residents to
give each other advice on the problems they were commonly facing over re-housing.
In 1976 the government announced a job creation scheme Urban Aid and the group applied for
the funding to pay for two workers. Cheetham Hill Advice Centre was formed and they were
offered premises in an office above a local pub.

In 1977 after a local campaign, Manchester Town Hall agreed for CHAC to have premises in the
basement of the Old Library Building on Cheetham Hill Road in Cheetham Hill Manchester.
In 1978 CHAC began receiving funding by the Urban Aid program which was a culmination of
money from Manchester Social Services and the Department of the Environment. This allowed
CHAC to employ a Research Worker and an Administrative Worker.

In 1983 the Urban Aid funding expired and CHAC battled for funds to carry on its work.
Manchester City Council agreed to extend the Urban Aid Grant.
By 1989 the Department of The Environment cut their portion of funding and CHAC became
funded by Manchester City Council.

During the early years CHAC developed clear aims and objectives which came as a direct response
to meeting the needs of the local community. CHAC's aims which have remained throughout are
to promote charitable purposes for the relief of the community and to help relieve poverty,
distress and sickness in particular supporting vulnerable people, the elderly, those living with
disabilities and asylum seekers.

CHAC gives advice on debt, immigration, housing and benefits to those who have little knowledge
about UK laws. They also deliver volunteer training programs to tackle the problem of
unemployment in the local area. CHAC has in the past organised campaigns against social security
cuts and campaign on behalf of a staff member who was threatened with deportation.

In 1993 CHAC moved to larger premises at Alderford Parade on the border of Crumpsall due to
increased demand for services and inadequate working conditions. CHAC experienced problems
with vandalism and a reduction in drop in advice as clients struggled to access the new location.
CHAC became stretched in offering extra advice sessions closer to their original location of the Old

In 1999 due to planned demolition of Alderford Parade by Manchester City Council, CHAC moved to their
current premises on Moorfield Avenue, Cheetham Hill.

CHAC has continued to grow as an organisation despite facing adversity due to inadequate
working conditions, near insolvency, lack of funding and frequent staff changes. Staff remained
committed and dedicated to CHAC's mission; putting the needs of the local people first whilst
continuously keeping up to date with complex U.K laws and welfare changes. This collection
demonstrates the impact felt by communities caused by the governments changing economic
policies and also illustrates how CHAC's work has been shaped by social, economic and legislative

The main themes within this collection are:

  • The commitment to the community.
  • The need to secure better premises.
  • The need to secure long term funding.
  • Communicating the needs of the local people to the policy makers and game changers.


  • GB3228.78/1/1; Urban Aid Years evaluation reports, 1982-1986
  • GB3228.78/1/3; Monthly meeting minutes, 1978-2008
  • GB3228.78/1/4; Evaluation Report, 2019
  • GB3228.78/2; Client Informational packs, 1985-c.1989
  • GB3228.78/3/1; Research Material, 1986-2017
  • GB3228.78/3/2; Exhibition Material, 2017

Access Information

Partial Access Restriction

24 hours notice is required to view this collection, Order through Manchester City Council search
room. Material will then be accessible through Manchester Central Library Search Room.
Some items are access restricted. For further information please contact archive staff at The
Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, 3rd Floor, Central Library, St Peters Square,
M2 5PD. Telephone 0161 275 2920.

Acquisition Information

Received directly from Cheetham Hill Advice Centre

Alternative Form Available

Digital scan copies of some annual reports available

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Material in this collection is analogue with some copies held digitally. There is also a small amount
of born digital material.

Conditions Governing Use

For private research and study purposes only.
Copyright ownership remains with Cheetham Hill Advice Centre.
One item GB3228.78/3/1/10 copyright remains with Asian Express Newspaper

Appraisal Information

Duplicates have been removed and securely disposed.
Some records from the Meeting Minutes; ref numbers GB3228.78/1/3/13, GB3228.78/1/3/21,
GB3228.78/1/3/28, GB3228.78/1/3/31 have been removed and securely disposed of as requested
by the donor. The disposed records contained sensitive personal information and did not hold any
significant informational value.

Custodial History

This material was previously held at Cheetham Hill Advice Centre. The collection was donated by
Barbara Guest the Centre Manager at the time of donation.


Organisation still operational and regular transfers to the archive collection expected

Related Material

Related collections held at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre

  • GB3228.83 Farhat Khan Collection. This collection contains material relating to Farhat's anti
    deportation campaign which was supported by Cheetham Hill advice Centre. Farhat started as a
    volunteer at CHAC and later became an Advice Worker.

Other collections relating to immigration include:

  • GB3228.73 Anwar Ditta Collection.
  • GB3228.28 Steve Cohen Collection.