Our vision is for people and communities to have the power to be healthy, happy, able to make positive choices and both offer and access insightful and responsive support when required.
Thriving communities is shorthand for the way that Oldham wants to work with communities and citizens. It builds on a shift that is already taking place from traditional, top down services to a more co-productive relationship in which people are supported to do more for themselves, their families and the communities around them. We know that the benefits can be immense through better health, better job prospects and better life chances. But making it happen takes a sustained shift in the way that we all work.
Oldham has done brilliant work in this area. In areas like Holts, Lees and Oldham West a range of health and care agencies (including the Council, NHS and First Choice Homes) are already joining up services to get the best out of citizens. Police and Fire services have led the way in promoting prevention in communities. Award winning innovation in primary care and community support is nationally recognised and the role played by organisations like Oldham College, Oldham Leisure and Action Together in mobilising community assets is both vital and notable for regularly going above and beyond mandated requirements.
Using these assets to drive better outcomes in Oldham cannot just be about improving the service offer. The principle of co-production is fundamental with citizens enabled, encouraged and engaged to inform, design and support services for the public.
In Oldham we know that ‘community’ really means something. That is why we are committed to investing in social action and infrastructure and also why we are also seeking to end permanent social isolation and loneliness in Oldham.
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