Oldham Cares Fast Grants available to help improve local communities

OLDHAM Cares is inviting residents and community groups with a great idea to improve their local area to apply for a Fast Grant.

Amounts available range from £50 – £500 and can be spent on:

  • Improving a local area
  • Running activities such as stay and play groups and arts and craft group
  • Developing local talent and skills
  • Or encouraging the community to be fit and healthy

These grants are designed to bring communities together- and anyone with an idea which will have a benefit for Oldham can apply.

The Fast Grants have been made available through the Thriving Communities programme which focuses on building on the strengths that already exist within communities.

Cllr Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said “Often the best medicine is to enjoy community facilities and activities such as walking, gardening and support groups.

“Helping everyone to enjoy all the community has to offer also reduces isolation and loneliness by connecting people.”

Cllr Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, added: “I’d encourage anyone with a great idea or who wants to make a difference to their community to apply for a grant.

“It’s a really simple process and only takes five minutes.”

Local health and social care systems are being brought closer together under the banner ‘Oldham Cares’, the new way health and social care services are working to improve the health and quality of life of patients and residents.

Together with the support and co-operation of other partners, Oldham Cares will focus on delivering the greatest and fastest possible improvement in the health and wellbeing of the borough’s residents by 2020.

Applicants can apply for a Fast Grant by visiting www.oldhamcares.com/fast-grants or by emailing thriving.communities@oldhamcares.com

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