Sir Norman Stoller donates £50,000 to help borough’s young people

MORE COMMUNITY groups and organisations will benefit from Oldham Youth Council’s Kerrching Youth Opportunity Fund thanks to the generosity of Sir Norman Stoller.

Sir Norman Stoller
Sir Norman Stoller

The Oldham businessman, through the Stoller Charitable Trust, has donated £50,000 to the fund, which aims to help improve the lives of the borough’s young people

The cash injection means groups which may have missed out on funding when this year’s deadline closed in May now have another chance to bid.

Every year the local authority gives grants from the Kerrching Youth Opportunity Fund to provide enjoyable leisure opportunities and activities to help improve health and wellbeing.

The fund is for 11 to 19 year olds, or up to 25 if the young people have additional needs. It is managed by Oldham Youth Council which decides how the money is allocated.

Marouf Ahmed, 18, Chair of Oldham Youth Council, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Sir Norman and the Stoller Trust for this very generous donation.

“It means we can provide much needed funding for youth groups in Oldham to create positive activities.

“Sir Norman is a great champion for young people and this money will make a real difference and improve outcomes for many across the Borough.”

Councilor Jean Stretton, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “Sir Norman’s contributions to the local area, the economy, young people, business and good causes are simply unmatched.

“The way he has continued to support future generations of young people here has been inspirational.

“He helped inspire the building of our fantastic Mahdlo youth zone, and has donated millions to our get Oldham Working campaign and the Oldham Enterprise Fund.”

She added: “There are lots of good youth projects and organisations running across the borough but some may be finding things hard due to lack of resources or funding.

“Receiving up to £5,000 thanks to Sir Norman’s donation could make a huge difference to these groups and what they are able to provide in our communities.”

A spokesman for the Stoller Charitable Trust, said: “We are delighted to be able to help this very worthwhile initiative.

“What better way can there be than to provide some financial support to the Members of the OYC in their decision making process.

“Together we hope to enable progress to be made with worthwhile local organisations working with the young people of the borough.

“Oldham’s youth are our future and anything we can do to improve their capability through Mahdlo and elsewhere, gives us great satisfaction.”

The Kerrching Youth Opportunity Fund is for 11 to 19 year olds, or up to 25 if the young people have additional needs.

They are inviting applications from all types of groups who currently offer positive activities and opportunities.

The theme of the funding is ‘Things to Do and Places to Go’. OYC will only fund applications for activities that address at least one of these priorities enabling young people to:

  • achieve aspirations and expectations
  • be ready for work and lifelong learning
  • lead healthier and more active lifestyles
  • be involved in meaningful, enjoyable and positive activities
  • to participate in decision making processes that affect their lives
  • to be safer from harm

Anyone can make an application and all applications will be assessed by members of Oldham Youth Council.  The deadline is 3pm on Friday 9 September, 2016.

For more information or to request a nomination form please contact Jodie Barber, Senior Youth Work Manager at Oldham Council, on 0161 770 3117 or email

Completed applications can be sent to or via post to Jodie Barber, Senior Youth Work Manager, Integrated Youth Services – Central team, Room 222 – Youth Council Offices, Civic Centre, West Street, OL1 1UL.


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