Thriving Communities

Across Oldham there are a wide range of resources available in our communities to help you to improve or maintain your health and wellbeing.

We believe that sometimes the best medicine is to use your community facilities and activities such as support groups, physical activity and sport. We also want to reduce isolation and loneliness by connecting people to each other, helping everyone to enjoy all the community has to offer.

We’re doing this through Thriving Communities.

Thriving Communities focuses on building on the strengths, people and groups that already exist within our communities and highlights how by using our community resources we can tackle problems earlier, rather than dealing with the symptoms later.

Social prescribing

By working closely together with GPs, nurses and other health care professionals patients are now being referred to a range of local, non-clinical services.

Growing community capacity

As people are increasingly choosing the ‘more than medical’ approach, using community support to improve their health and wellbeing, it is important that we give more support to it. That is why Oldham is providing new funding streams to help support community groups and residents.

Fast Grants

Fast Grants are small amounts of money, awarded to an individual resident or a community group who has a great idea and requires a small pot of money to deliver something in their community. 

Social Action Fund

Loneliness is a real challenge in today’s society with ten percent of people of all ages in Oldham feelingsocially isolated.

That’s why we are investing £850k into up to four community initiatives which will look to reduce social isolation and loneliness.