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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.

Health and Wellbeing College Spring 2017

The Health and Wellbeing College has announced its Spring Semester for 2017.

Health and Wellbeing College

The Health and Wellbeing college offers a range of recovery-focused educational courses, aimed at supporting people to recognise  their potential and make the most of their talents and resources, through self-management.

The spring semester will run from May to July 2017. 

Download the briefing below to learn further information about the college, along with details about how to get the college prospectus.

Health and Wellbeing College Spring Semester 2017

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The college is for anyone aged 18 years and above who lives in Bury, Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside or Glossop.

People are welcome regardless of whether they have a health condition or challenege, or they simply want to improve their health and wellbeing.

The college also welcomes those who care for someone – including friends, family and loves ones, as well as any staff working for Pennine Care.

Further details about the college, courses and how to enrol are provided in the college prospectus. This is available at

People can also contact the college at the following details:
? Telephone: 0161 716 2666
? Email:
? Facebook: @Health and Wellbeing College

Warm Homes Oldham Wins!

December 2016


Warm Homes Oldham topped the ‘Sustainability’ category at the 2016 Guardian Public Service Awards on Tuesday night. This annual event recognises national excellence in a variety of fields, and Team Oldham were out in force including our coordinator Angela Broadhurst and representatives from the all the funding partners (pictured above). This achievement has only been possible thanks to support from all of you – our contractors, partners, referrers and supporters. Thank you and well done to us all! For more information



Cartoon fun has a serious ‘stay well this winter’ message for people of Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have today launched a series of fun animations to help show Greater Manchester residents some easy ways to stay well this winter.

Supporting this year’s Stay Well This Winter campaign, which was launched by Public Health England and NHS England in October, the three short clips show a variety of colourful cartoon characters demonstrating the importance of taking simple steps like keeping warm, protecting yourself against flu and knowing where to go to get the right treatment if you should feel ill over the winter months.

Lord Peter Smith, Chair of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Board said:

“No-one wants to get ill over the winter months, but there are some simple and effective steps you can take to stay well. By staying warm, protecting yourself and your family against flu and making sure you know where to go to get the treatment you need, you can help yourself and those you love stay well this winter. These animations are a great, fun way for us to get this simple yet important message across to the people of Greater Manchester.”

“We know that hospitals can face admission demands in winter and so earlier this year, to help make sure the NHS and social care in Greater Manchester can deal with the extra workload the winter months bring, the Partnership also launched a £5m fund to help prepare for colder weather.”

Keeping warm – both inside and outdoors – during winter is a really top tip as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. Where possible, you should heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F) – although you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer (especially if Granny is coming over to visit).

Flu can really give you the winter blues and getting vaccinated against the virus is the best way to help protect yourself. It is particularly important to get the flu vaccine if you are 65 or older, if you have a long term health condition (such as chronic respiratory disease like asthma; heart, kidney or liver disease; diabetes, etc.), or if you are pregnant. If you fall into any of these groups, the vaccination is free, so don’t put it off – it’s free because you need it.

If you’re pregnant, you can be assured that the flu vaccine is safe and will help protect both you and your baby. It’s also important for children to be vaccinated against the flu as we all know that, as cute as they are, kids love to share everything, including their germs. If your child was 2, 3 or 4 on 1 September 2016 they can have a free nasal spray – quick, easy, painless and no need for needles.

Last year across Greater Manchester, over half a million people were vaccinated. This included 335,000 people aged 65 years plus; 186,000 people in at risk groups, over 16,000 pregnant women and more than 46,000 children through the school programme. We want to help even more people this year. Remember, to be protected you need to have the vaccine every year as flu is unpredictable and previous years’ vaccinations may not protect you against the types of flu virus that are going around this year.

Knowing where to get the best treatment for you if you feel poorly this winter is also really important. Dr Richard Preece, Medical Director for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said:

“If you are feeling unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, the place to get help quickly is your local pharmacist.

Pharmacists are skilled healthcare professionals. You don’t need to book an appointment to see them and usually they can give you the advice and medicines you need straight away.

Remember, A&E really is for accidents and emergencies, like serious and life-threatening injuries and illnesses.”

You can watch the videos here – Please also visit for further helpful tips and advice on staying healthy in cold weather.


Public & patients invited to discuss Key health and social care services

NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group and Oldham Council are inviting patients, carers, service users and members of the public to give their opinions on improving health and social care for people living in the Borough.

The health and social care leaders are asking members of the public to come along to four workshops, happening later in July. The workshops will focus on four key areas:

  • Older people’s health and social care services
  • Children & Young People’s health and social care services
  • Services for people with long term conditions
  • Urgent Care

Dr Ian Wilkinson, Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Oldham CCG and also a Chadderton GP, said: “We are already working on improvement plans for each of these areas, but we want to know what the people of Oldham think about the changes that have happened so far, and what needs to be done in the future. We want to hear from people living in Oldham and using these services, so that we can hear their voice and take their opinions on board.”

Health and Social Care Workshop Dates

  • Children & Young People – 21 July, 6pm, The Gallery, Oldham
  • Long term conditions – 26 July, 6pm, The Gallery, Oldham
  • Urgent Care – 28 July, 6pm, The Gallery, Oldham

How can I register?

If you’d like to come along to one or more of the workshops, contact Carly Harper, Engagement Officer at NHS Oldham CCG, on 0161 622 6617 or email to register.

If you are interested in taking part but cannot attend a workshop, please do register your interest as we are likely to hold further engagement opportunities over the coming months, which we can then invite you to participate in.

For more information contact Louise Nicholson, Communications & Engagement Manager, NHS Oldham CCG at or  0161 622 6625.

Oldham Community Power share offer launch

OCP launch

Oldham Community Power are holding a share offer launch event on Sunday 12 June from 1pm to 3pm at Alexandra Park conservatory. Come along to find out how you can get involved in placing community-owned solar panels on the borough’s schools and community buildings!

There will also be a plant sale and seed planting on the day organised by IF Oldham in support of the Action Oldham fund.

More information about the event can be found here.