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Statue of Annie Kenney outside the Old Town Hall in Oldham

Suffrage Centenary: a year of celebrations in Oldham

Toward the end of 2017, Councillor Hannah Roberts was appointed by the full council meeting to the role of Member Champion for the Suffrage to Citizenship Programme.  The aim of the programme was to celebrate the centenary of The Representation of the People Act which allowed men over the age of 21 and some women over the age of 30 the right to vote.

In order to commemorate this significant civil rights victory, various events and activities took place throughout 2018 involving Oldham Council services, schools, community groups, partners and the public.

It felt only right to honour and remember those who had dedicated their time to suffrage, especially given the prominent role Oldham’s women played to ensure the success of the cause. Suffragette Annie Kenney, from Springhead,  was  heavily involved with the Pankhurst family in campaigning for votes for women and was the first woman to be imprisoned for her Suffragette activities. We also had some notable suffragists too, including Marjory Lees. Marjory and her family were intertwined in the suffrage movement and were key figures in the town, particularly as the cause was gaining momentum.  Her mother, Dame Sarah Lees, was the first female Mayor of Oldham and only the second woman in the UK to be elected to the title of Mayor.

There are so many great moments to reflect on over the past year. Some of the highlights include the rare and special screening of an episode from the BBC’s 1974 drama ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ – we were only the second organisation to be granted permission to show this since it was first broadcast. We also made the news with a brilliant feature about Marjory Lees appearing on BBC Breakfast, and the unveiling of Annie Kenney’s statue in Parliament Square finished the year off perfectly.

Through tireless fundraising and the generosity of the public we have a lasting legacy to the suffrage movement. This timeline shows some of the other achievements from the past year. Thank you to everyone who was involved, whether you organised events or just attended them, you should feel a sense of pride as you look back on what we have all achieved.

Funded with Food

Funded with Food is a regular crowdfunding event, with the most recent happening just before Christmas.  Attendees all contribute to a pot which invited speaks can pitch for.  After the pitches, there is a vote as to whose pitch will win the pot.

Oldham Street Angels were our most recent winners.  They were awarded £520 from an audience which included HACK Oldham, Action Together and IF Oldham.

If you would like more information about Funded with Food or want to know how to pitch your own ideas, visit  The next event will be on Wednesday 3 April 2019, from 6pm.

The closing date for application forms is 30 March 2019.  

Fast Grants make quick work for Oldham’s communities

Fast Grant applications may have closed for now, but the impact they’ve had has been felt across the borough.

Money from the Fast Grants fund has helped the Breath Easy support and advice group for people with breathing difficulties continue their members’ newsletter, Chadderton Together to get residents out and about to tea dances at Chadderton Town Hall, and Street Scene Greenfield to buy a real Christmas tree for village residents.

Fatima Women’s Group put on a traditional dress-making course to help keep traditions alive for the younger generation.  They learned new skills and socialised whilst improving spoken English, literacy and numeracy.

Fulwood Community Garden is buzzing after their Fast Grant award helped to improve their bee hives. They protected the bees during the cold winter, increasing the bees’ productivity.  The garden will eventually be open to the community and local schools for educational activities.

Keep any eye out for news of our next round of Fast Grants via the Partnership and Oldham Cares websites, as well as our social media channels.

Oldham Food Network

What is it?

The Oldham Food Network:

  • Is a community-led organisation – run by local people, for local people
  • Brings together groups from communities across Oldham involved in food activity
  • Engages members borough-wide

What do our members do?

Why does this help?

Through the work of our members, the network helps to:

  • Improve individual and community resilience
  • Increase healthy eating and health outcomes
  • Tackle social isolation 
  • Make healthy food a choice for residents
  • Support enterprise around food
  • Reduce food insecurity

What have we done?

Since establishment, the Network has grown from a group of volunteers into an active movement, driving Oldham’s co-operative approach to food and growing and supporting a range of people and projects. 

In December 2016, the Network led a successful crowdfunding campaign for a Community Kitchen for Oldham Foodbank.  Through a myriad of fundraising activity, over £20,000 was raised in under 8 weeks, successfully galvanising support and investment from residents, partners, businesses and organisations across the borough.  The collaborative approach to community involvement created a swell of interest and support that continues to grow beyond the campaign.

What we’d like to achieve

We have five ambitions priorities we focus on:

  1. To co-ordinate food activity and support local communities (growing, cooking, sharing – and eating!)
  2. To increase food education and skills
  3. To grow food enterprise in Oldham
  4. To communicate opportunities and share resources around food
  5. To eradicate food waste

How do we achieve this?

Key to what we can achieve is:

  • By working co-operatively with partners
  • Through exploring joint opportunities
  • Supporting shared ambitions
  • Sharing knowledge and experiences
  • Communicating with others

What next?

Through connecting, joint-working, sharing and action we are empowering leaders across Oldham to drive a movement around the future of food. 

The Network is also moving towards establishing an entity to help increase sustainability, and seek and secure funding and investment to increase communications, marketing and activity that makes a difference. 

By empowering a Network for all Oldham, we are fostering a culture of collaboration by default. 

The Green Oldham Campaign – are you green for Oldham?

The Green Oldham campaign launched in June 2018 and aims to engage residents in thinking about how they can be more green.  The campaign covers topics from air quality, energy and environmental education to food growing, recycling, parks and single-use plastics. 

To find out more, see our video playlist below or visit

Springboard to Achieving New Environmental Vision for Greater Manchester Agreed

Ambitious plans to make Greater Manchester one of the leading green city-regions in the UK and Europe were approved on 27 July 2018.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, together with local leaders, are aiming to bring Greater Manchester’s date for achieving carbon neutrality forward by at least a decade to 2038. Not only is this a globally leading standard, it is based on a science based approach.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “Greater Manchester was at the heart of the industrial revolution, a leading contributor of green-house gases. The city led the computer revolution which changed our lives. Now we are leading the low carbon revolution which will form the next chapter of how we live, work and travel. The science is clear on the steps we need to take to become carbon neutral, and some of these are very challenging. But our ambitions are high and we need communities and businesses to work with us to make this happen.”

“Our vision will not only make us a global leader for smart energy innovation, but will transform Greater Manchester into a world-leading greener, cleaner city region, improving the health and quality of life for millions of people and protecting our green spaces and environment for future generations.”

Read more about this on

Residents Love Where You Live Alley

Residents Love Where You Live – it’s right up our alley!

In an effort to clean up our streets and reduce flytipping in Oldham, residents and community organisations have been finding creative ways to come together as a community and deal with the problem.

To get the word out about the hard work of our residents, ifOldham and their team of volunteers have created a pop-up alleyway at Manchester Chambers in Oldham Town Centre, called the Love Where You Live alley.  There’s an array of planters, hanging baskets, flowers and edible plants to inspire you to spruce up your own neighbourhoods – and plenty of ifOldham experts around to talk to about the Love Where You Live alley.

If you’re not sure how to find Manchester Chambers, start from the Spindles entrance on the High Street and look for the little birds and bugs on the pavement – they’ll show you where you need to go!


To find out more about all the fantastic work that is going on across the borough, brightening up alleyways and bringing communities together, check out @ifOldham on Twitter and Facebook.

Flowers on Inspiration Street

Are you interested in growing your own fruit and vegetables?  If so, you may be interested in a free Level 2 Food Hygiene Course taking place on Wednesday 18 June.  See our previous post  for more info. 

Enter a 7-a-side team in local St George’s Day charity event

Local charity ‘0161 Community’ has arranged their first ever St George’s Day event taking place on Sunday 22 April to celebrate equality and diversity across our local communities.

The event will take place at Tameside Stadium, Ashton-under-Lyne kicking off with a football tournament from 9am – 12noon followed by delicious food and live music until 3pm

Why not get your colleagues, friends or family together and enter a seven a-side team? If you’ve got enough people to enter a team, email

Everyone who takes part will receive a free St George equality and diversity t-shirt on the day.

All ages are welcome so come along for a day of fantastic family fun. For more information, head over to their Facebook page.

Oldham West Integrated Community Team

What is it?

This is a programme of work to fundamentally see how community service work with each other.  The programme will see the true integration of community service teams from the Pennine Care Foundation, Social Care Trust, and Oldham Council in the Oldham West Cluster.  These service teams include: Social Care teams, district nurses, Healthcare Assistants, and the Specialist Palliative Care nurses.  The team will also work closely with the Age UK PiP worker, as well as an Action Together representative.


What does it aim to achieve?

The integration of these teams, centred around the ten GP practices within the Cluster, will help to improve patients experience and outcomes, as f the various teams are now able to work closely together to deliver cross-specialism response to patients’ needs.  The ability to work closely together, and share data, enables far better health and care outcomes to be delivered.



Case Study 1


Heart failure
Kidney failure
Cognitive impairment


District nurses visited for wound management in multiple areas due to the patient scratching his skin.  The patient’s spouse spoke to the nurse and confided in her that she was really struggling to maintain the level of care needed and that she felt trapped within the confines of her home.

Support from the Integrated Team

The Social team visited the day after and organised for the spouse to have a full Carer’s Assessment as she appeared very vulnerable.  Rotational respite was put into place, as well as day care.  This have given Mrs A opportunities and peace of mind to do things herself, such as visiting friends and family.


Prior to integrated working, this particular case would have been referred to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub via a phone call or e-mail, followed by a first contact and screening process.  The case would then have been transferred to the Neighbourhood Active Intervention Team and onto a waiting list, which is currently at around 8 weeks for awaiting allocation.

Case Study 2


Asperger’s Syndrome


Complex case; poor living circumstances; depression and anxiety

Support from Integrated Team

Full IMDT review to find a pro-active support plan.  Social Services retrieved Patient B’s archived records to get a full case history, joint visits arranged with the GP and the Mental Health team to review relapse indicators.


Full background information gathered from knowledge shared in Cluster team.  This process would have taken much longer prior to integration.

Support and care package put into place and housing situation resolved.  Patient B now has an allocated LD working and care plan, and support is meeting needs to avoid behaviours escalating to a point of crisis.


Click here to download your copy of The Oldham Plan

10 Things about the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector

10 Things You Should Know About the Oldham Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE)

Oldham is home to a thriving VCSE sector, with new enterprises starting up each day.  Take a look at our Top 10 facts from CRESR report about Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise in the UK.

1.  The sector is made up of  1,231 voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises

2.  70% are micro organisations (annual income under £10,000)

3.  £152 million the total value of the overall contribution of both volunteers and employees  to Oldham

4.  £102 million total income of the sector (2014/15)

5.  85% of organisations have at least one source of non-public sector funds bringing  significant added value

6.  47% of organisations now have less than 3 months of running costs in reserves

7.  37,000 volunteers (including committee/board members), giving 90,300 hours each week,  valued at £81.7 million per year

8.  3,400 total employees in the sector (2,200 full time equivalent paid staff) whose    contribution is valued at £70.7million per year

9.  94% have some direct dealings other VCSE organisations, 88% with Oldham Council and 61% with private businesses

10.  8 million interventions were made with beneficiaries in the past year

The full collection of reports can be downloaded from the CRESR website.  Click here to take a look.

Interested in finding out more about the future direction of Oldham?  Have a look at The Oldham Plan for 2017-2022.