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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

It’s Not Okay – Keeping our young people safe

It is now a year since the launch of the ‘It’s Not Okay’ child sexual exploitation awareness campaign in Greater Manchester.

In a week of action, young people across the area were being urged to consider their friendships and think twice before they post images online. The theme, ‘know who your friends are’, aims to raise awareness of peer-on-peer sexual exploitation and warn young people of the consequences of sending sexually explicit images of themselves – often referred to as sexting. Peer-on-peer sexual exploitation, where young people are sexually exploited by other people in their age group (or only a little bit older), is growing increasingly common, and over the last 12 months thousands of young people and their families have received advice and guidance.

If you’d like to find out more information, or need some help or advice, you can visit the website at