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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.

Asylum seekers networking workshop 11 May

You are invited to attend a networking workshop to explore how organisations in Oldham can work co-operatively to improve the welcome and support in the Borough for asylum seekers and refugees. This aims to build on the Borough’s proud tradition of supporting people fleeing persecution and conflict.

An emerging issue is the number of destitute asylum seekers and refugees. Some of these are asylum seekers who have not been given leave to remain and have no recourse to public funds, but others are people experiencing delays in accessing the support to which they are entitled – both asylum seekers waiting for their support payments, and refugees who have been given leave to remain but are left waiting for benefit payments to start to be paid.

A lot of support is already being provided by organisations, housing providers and voluntary, community and faith based groups. There may be opportunities to better co-ordinate, and build upon, this.  There is particular potential around developing community involvement in supporting refugees – for example in helping them to access services, secure volunteering opportunities, learn English.

Support for Asylum Seekers & Refugees – Networking workshop will take place on:

Wednesday 11 May 2016

6:00 – 8:00pm

The Performance Suite, Oldham Library and Lifelong Service

To book a place, please complete the booking form below:

Support for Asylum Seekers Refugees – Networking workshop booking form

 The event is being organised in partnership with Action Together (previously Voluntary Action Oldham).

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Virbai Kara on 0161 770 3274 or by E-mail:

Please see below links to Oldham Council’s viewpoints on its support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees:

 ITV Tonight

Is Britain Full? (Current affairs programme)

NOTE: Fast forward to 18 mins.

100 apprentices in 100 days challenge

Oldham Vacancy Campaign

Calling all businesses!

On Monday 25 April, Oldham College are launching the 100 apprentices in 100 days business challenge, where businesses are encouraged to pledge the creation of apprenticeship vacancies in their organisation to increase the number of apprenticeships in the borough.

There are currently 700 young people, school or college leavers actively looking for an apprenticeship in Oldham, offering a significant potential workforce.

To support this campaign, Oldham Council will provide a grant to support the first 100 employer pledges with the costs of recruiting and supporting a young person in addition to the Greater Manchester AGE grant funding available.

Further information can be found in the linked document above, for further information about this opportunity please contact Oldham College on 0161 785 4330 or at

Greater Manchester Walking Festival

The Greater Manchester Walking Festival is back for the second year this May, with over 200 free, guided walks taking place across all ten districts of Greater Manchester. Transport for Greater Manchester is leading the festival, supported by over 30 walking groups and charities who are delivering the walks.

The festival runs from Sunday 1st to  Tuesday 31st May and features some of the best walks in the region, all led by experienced and knowledgeable walk leaders. The festival aims to attract a wide audience, with walks catering for everyone from the experienced rambler, to families with young children, to those new to walking or considering it as an exercise to improve health or recuperate from an illness.

This year’s Greater Manchester Walking Festival is about improving peoples’ health, providing uplifting and stimulating experiences and encouraging everyone to notice and appreciate the green spaces on their doorsteps.  Come and join in a walk to find out how easy – and enjoyable – walking more can be.

Most walks are accessible via public transport and walks take place midweek and weekends, mainly in the daytime but with the odd evening walk too.   More details of the festival can be found  on the festival webpage here:


A brochure featuring all of the organised walks can be found here:

GM Walking Festival Brochure 2016