Older people in Oldham came together to learn about new initiatives happening in the borough and celebrate successes over the last year.
Over 40 older people in Oldham were asked to ‘try something new’ at the recent Housing & Care 21 tenant conference at St Herbert’s Parish Centre in Chadderton. The day began with Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Stephen Hughes, Chair of Oldham Retirement Housing Partnership and Ruth Ryan, Housing & Care 21’s Head of Service talking about milestones from the past year, developments coming up and how residents can support ‘The Oldham Plan’.
A green theme ran through the day with Get Oldham Growing giving out free spring bulbs and gardening tips and talking about Oldham’s growing hubs and allotments. Housing & Care 21’s Great Green Garden Competition winners were announced and presented with trophies and five of the gardens received Level 4 Thriving and Level 5 Outstanding RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood In Bloom’ awards.
The day included taster sessions of Pilates, seated exercise and indoor kurling. Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind delivered a mindfulness session giving residents a flavour of what they offered in the local area. The newly installed communal wifi was also discussed and residents were asked for their opinions on using it and how the benefits could be promoted to others.
Issie Howard, Partnerships Manager at Housing & Care 21 comments: “We wanted to deliver a more engaging conference, where residents were getting tasters of new activities and opportunities available to them such as the indoor kurling and mindfulness sessions. The feedback we’ve received from the day has been really positive and we hope to build on this going forward.”
Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, said: “We are always delighted to do our bit and work with partners co-operatively, offering new and exciting opportunities for residents where we can.”
“I personally enjoyed meeting new people, talking about the milestones from the past year and the current developments currently on-going across the borough.”
“The day gave residents the chance to learn something new and socialise, which is a great result and something we always encourage in Oldham.”