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Our Shop Local campaign aims to highlight everything Tameside’s town centres have to offer and urge people to spend their money locally.

Our town centres each have their own unique character, boasting a mix of big high street names and independent shops, cafes, salons and other businesses - all offering variety, quality, service and value all close to home.

In addition, there are also beautiful parks, museums, galleries, sports facilities and other attractions for visitors to enjoy.

Local traders have proven to be invaluable throughout the covid pandemic – going that extra mile to support the community, providing a lifeline with home deliveries and other bespoke services. Now it is time to give something back and support Tameside businesses, which have been hit hard by these unprecedented times.

Shopping local helps the local economy, keeping money in the borough - which everyone will benefit from. We also want people to feel proud, supportive and enthusiastic about their local town centres and be able to benefit from all the brilliant offers, products and services on their doorstep.

Our Shop Local campaign aims to encourage shoppers and visitors to look at Tameside’s town centres with fresh eyes, and explore all the great things they have to offer.

Some of the highlights our town centres offer include Ashton Market, Hyde Market, Ashton Artisan Market, Stalybridge Street Feast and Hyde Artisan Market.

There are also cultural events and activities, libraries, museums and galleries.

And don’t miss the town centre Christmas events and activities planned for 2021.

Tameside Town Centres are here for everyone
THERE are lots of brilliant resources and facilities across Tameside’s town centres which make them a welcoming place for all.

As COVID restrictions ease and town centres reopen residents are alerted to the accessible offer in place to support the community help everyone to feel confident in getting back out and about.
Getting into town
Disabled residents may be eligible for a pass that gives you free and low-cost travel in Greater Manchester and the rest of England under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme. More info:
Ring & Ride offer free low-cost journeys to those who may find it difficult to access public transport in an accessible minibus with low entrance steps and tail-lifts. Residents over 70 or with a learning disability can use the service to travel for up to six miles from their home, as long as the journey is within Greater Manchester. More information here:
Those who are visually impaired or unable to access public transport due to disability may be could be eligible to buy vouchers for discounted travel taxis in taxis, private hire vehicles and community transport schemes. More info:
Digital Library Resources
There are a wealth of digital library resources available - eBooks and eAudiobooks with BorrowBox, eNewspapers with PressReader and eMagazines with Libby, these all have accessibility features - different font sizes, listening speeds, background colours which make the written world available to all, so everyone can experience the joy of reading.
All digital services are free to library members and are available 24/7. Large print and talking books are also available in all libraries with Dukinfield having the largest collection.
Leisure Activities
Active Tameside centres run their award-winning inclusion and disability service which includes a range of services, programmes and interventions aimed at removing barriers to enable everybody to live well, feel great and reach their potential.
Services include outreach targeted support, supported internships, adult day services and disability community respite – learn more about what’s on offer here:
Quiet Spaces
Tameside Council has quiet spaces across the borough, starting with Ashton Library. Individuals who are having a sensory overload in buildings involved in the scheme can request a set of ear defenders, ear plugs and sunglasses to use whilst on the premises.
The quiet spaces scheme is expanding across the borough and is being adopted by GP practices and Tameside Hospital’s Accident and Emergency unit.
Quiet spaces are also available at COVID-19 vaccination centres for those who may experience sensory difficulties when going for their vaccine. These were the result of engagement and feedback from learning disability and autism groups in the borough.
Primary Care Networks are also working closely with the Community Learning Disability Team to encourage uptake and support delivery of the vaccine to Learning Disabled and Autistic people to give them the best protection.

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