EPIC speaker line-up confirmed for Your Oldham festival

A fantastic line-up of inspiring speakers has been revealed as Oldham Council hosts its first ever EPIC Talks series.

The EPIC Talks, which stand for Engaging People and Inspiring Conversations, are part of the free Your Oldham Festival taking place between Sunday 3 – Saturday 9 September.

The  talks aim to inspire and provoke conversations that matter, focussing on three key themes: Inclusive Economy, Thriving Communities and Co-operative services.

The Inclusive Economy talks (on Monday 4 September, 10am-1pm) will start the discussion about our place, how we connect with where we live and how partners and people are working together to improve lives – so bring your thinking caps.

The Thriving Communities talks (Monday 4 September, 2pm-5pm) will ask you to think about other people, their health and wellbeing and how residents, businesses, partners and the public sector can work together in a co-operative borough.

The final EPIC talks (Tuesday 5 September, 10am-1pm) are based around Co-operative Services and will focus on how we deliver public services to improve outcomes for residents and what advances in technology could mean for residents.

Duncan Selby

The line-up of speakers chosen should spark discussion and form a connection within the groups of residents and visitors.

The selection of speakers will include Professor Ruth Lupton, Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, Tracy Fishwick, Managing Director at Transform Lives Company (TLC), Lord John Bird MBE, founder of the Big Issue magazine, Julia Unwin CBE, Independent Chair of the Inquiry on the Future of the Civil Society, Alexandra Hoskyn, founder of Chatty Café, Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, Liz Windsor-Welsh, Chief Executive of Action Together and Lord Andrew Mason, Social Entrepreneur and Executive Chairman Well North.

There are also many more so visit www.oldham.gov.uk/youroldhamfestival for an up-to-date list of speakers.

Councillor Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, said: “This is our first EPIC Talks series and we hope it gives residents and partners the chance to think differently, start a discussion and share ideas.

“We’ve lined up some well-known national and local people to speak so we’re sure there will be something for everyone.”

Julia Unwin

The EPIC Talks are free to attend but tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. To see the full line up or to apply for your free ticket just visit www.oldham.gov.uk/youroldhamfestival or go to:www.eventbrite.com, search ‘Your Oldham’ and select your EPIC talk.

The talks are part of the wider Your Oldham campaign which encourages residents and businesses to do their bit for Oldham.

The Your Oldham Festival will take place between Sunday 3 – Saturday 9 September to showcase the fantastic co-operative activities in Oldham.

There are a number of family friendly events taking place for you to discover over the week-long celebration.

From the Your Outdoor Adventure Day at the Castleshaw Centre, to the Your Digital Roadshow and Your Future day, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – and it’s all free.

To find out more about the festival and to see the full event programme visit www.youroldham.coop

 

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