Gaddum – About us

Gaddum is a charity established in 1833 with a long history of providing quality services in the field of health and social care.

Our aim is to empower and enhance the lives of people in Greater Manchester.

We have three main focus areas:
•therapy services (mental health and wellbeing)
•statutory advocacy
•carers support service (including provision for young people)

We currently work in five Greater Manchester authorities, Bury, Manchester, Rochdale, Salford and Stockport.

Gaddum has managed to survive over 180 years due to its ability to adapt to changing needs of the people of the area, it also seeks to find out how to provide the most efficient and appropriate services for communities in need.

Click on our services from the menu to find out more about what we do.


At Gaddum we are committed to providing a range of services that go the extra mile. All our work is underpinned by the following values:
Supportive – we work in partnership with people who use our services, to provide support tailored to their specific needs.
Empowering – we empower people who use our services to develop their confidence and knowledge, with the opportunity to actively improve and sustain their wellbeing.
Professional – we provide confidential people-centred services delivered with accountability and integrity to the highest standards.
Innovative – we seek out creative ways of working to provide quality, sustainable services, responding positively to change and building upon our core strengths of listening, advising, supporting.
Diverse – we recognise and value diversity and the unique needs, experiences and qualities of the people both using and delivering our services.

Lynne Stafford - Chief Executive

Lynne joined Gaddum in 2014 as Chief Executive to be part of an organisation helping to support local people through difficult times in their lives.

David Carmicheal - Board of Trustees Chairman

Experienced NHS Senior Management Career and Chairman.

Events and Training

We have an outstanding reputation for the events that we organise and the thorough training we offer in the field of social care.

Our History

Our history has reflected the changing needs of Manchester for almost 200 years and makes compelling reading.

Support our Work

Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte and Winston Churchill have all made donations or given help.