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Oldham Council awarded funding to tackle domestic violence

Oldham Council has today been given a share of a £3.5 million government grant to make sure that victims of domestic abuse get access to the support they need.

The £70,000 funding will be used to increase security at 25 properties in the borough which provide safe and secure temporary accommodation for the victims of domestic violence and their families.

Therapeutic play sessions will also be organised for children who have witnessed family members being abused.

Councillor Barbra Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “Tackling domestic violence and abuse is a priority for the council and our partners. It has a devastating effect on the victim but also impacts on the whole family.

“Children and young people who witness it can be emotionally and psychologically scarred for life. Research has shown those who are exposed to violence can suffer low self-esteem, become low achievers and even go on to become offenders themselves.

“In Oldham we are doing as much as possible to protect victims and families and this funding will help.”

Historic and mysterious crest returned to former splendour

Conservation work has returned an historic and enigmatic Chadderton shield – which was discovered after years hidden away – to its former splendour.

Refurbishment workers at Chadderton Town Hall stumbled upon the broken and damaged crest under the building’s stage area – uncovering a mysterious piece (or pieces) of Chadderton’s history.

The shield contains the unofficial insignia used in the early days of the Chadderton District Urban Council* and before the current one which was constituted in 1955 as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Mystery not only shrouds why the shield was stored away in this location for many years – but even its origins.

In the 1950s doubts had been cast on its authenticity and experts commented that the design was one that the College of Heralds (often known as the College of Arms) would not have suggested.

The crest was taken to Gallery Oldham and has since been restored to its original grandeur by Heritage Project Management, on behalf of Chadderton District Executive

It is now out of the dark for all eyes to see and enjoy at Chadderton Town Hall.

Councillor Graham Shuttleworth, Chair of Chadderton District Executive, said: “This crest is a piece of Chadderton’s heritage, culture and identity. It is wonderful to see it restored to its former glory.”

Oldham Council saddened by death of Michael Meacher MP

Oldham Council is saddened to learn of the death of Michael Meacher – an Honorary Freeman of the Borough and MP for Oldham West and Royton.

Mr Meacher, a Labour MP and former minister, has died after a short illness.

The 75-year-old had been an MP since 1970 and retained his seat with a 14,738 majority at May’s general election.

In April 2013 he was awarded the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough at Full Council in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the local community.

Mr Meacher served as an environment minister during Tony Blair’s first administration from 1997 and later spent time as shadow transport secretary and in other front bench roles.

Along with Sir Gerald Kaufman, Kenneth Clarke and Dennis Skinner he was the longest-serving MP in the House of Commons.

Mr Meacher was married to Lucianne and has four children and nine grandchildren.


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