Oldham In The Spotlight
- A new pioneering project, MH:2K, enables young people to explore mental health issues and influence decision-making in their local area.Those between 14 and 25, identify the mental health issues that they see as most important engage their peers in discussing and exploring these topics and work with key local decision-makers to make recommendations for change.MH:2K is supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award, Oldham Council and Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group.has been piloting in Oldham since September 2016Twenty young people from Oldham were recruited as ‘Citizen Researchers’. This diverse group includes those with direct experiences of mental health issues and individuals from at risk groups.Zara Akhtar (23), from Oldham, battled anxiety and depression after graduating from university and last year went into psychosis. She spent seven weeks in a psychiatric ward and has since started to rebuild her life.Zara said: “When I was released I had to rebuild my life again. I couldn’t even leave the house to go for a walk I was that anxious.“Being involved in MH:2K has helped me change my life. It’s one of the best things that’s happened to me. This time last year I wouldn’t envisage I’d be doing the things I’m doing today.“There’s nothing like personal experience. The biggest part of making change is hearing the stories of patients. I have that experience and a genuine understanding of mental health and what we can do better.“If I can ever stand up and make changes, I’ll be the first one there.”Issues facing young people in Oldham on mental health were identified and included:The environment and culture of schoolSelf-harmStigmaFamily and relationshipsProfessional practiceWorkshops have also been set up for hundreds of young people in Oldham on these issues, these have given young people important information about mental health conditions and services.Information has also been gathered about on what’s working, what’s not, and potential solutions around mental health prevention, support and services in Oldham.The expert panel then worked with these Citizen Researchers to develop recommendations for change.These changes were recently delivered to key local and regional stakeholders at the Chadderton Suite, Queen Elizabeth Hall on May 9th.The recommendations include; health professionals visiting religious buildings to give talks, target information at the primary school age group, including information for children to take home to their parents.They also recommend a free mediation service for extended family to enable young people to be heard at home, designated areas in schools for relaxation, a peer education approach to address bullying and mental health drop-in sessions at schools.Another key recommendation was for schools and colleges to receive training around social media, with the internet now adding to problems with bullying.Alan Higgins, Director of Public Health at Oldham Council, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with such a remarkable group of young people.“Their insight into issues surrounding mental health is invaluable and we can all learn a great deal from them.“This is a project Oldham Council is proud to be part of and one that can make a real difference to such an important issue, mental health.”Sarah Allan, Engagement Lead, Involve and MH:2K co-lead said: "It's fantastic to see the commitment in Oldham to making changes to mental health prevention, support and services as the result MH:2K's findings and recommendations.“No one knows what is and isn't working for young people as well as young people themselves. It's vital to give them a real voice and influence over the services which affect their lives and that's exactly what Oldham is doing."Rose Dowling, Director, Leaders Unlocked and MH:2K co-lead said: "MH:2K has been a real demonstration of the skills and potential of young people.
- Oldham grabbed a stoppage time winner through Substitute Lee Irwin at Northampton.Northampton's John-Joe O'Toole cancelled out Tope Obadeyi's first-half opener late in the game but Latics collected three valuable points after Irwin came off the bench to bag the winner.Early on in the game both sides had chances, O'Toole tested Connor Ripley while Obadeyi fired wide at the other end before Ryan McLaughlin shot over.Oldham took a 23rd-minute lead when Aaron Holloway got into the box and set up Obadeyi who finished from close range.O'Toole snatched an 84th-minute equaliser for Northampton, netting from close range.Oldham's late pressure paid off with Irwin firing into the bottom corner of the net to give the Latics three vital points in their fight agasinst relegation.
A train collection which belonged to Oldham man Anthony Adler before he died fectched fetched £231,000 at Auction.
The money raised went to charity. It took Anthony 35 years to build the collection up.
- Bar Code Data based in the North West is a leading provider of barcode solutions, renowned in the UK market place as one of the very best. Their expertise includes barcode scanners, mobile terminals, RFID, label printers and the associated consumables such as labels and ribbons together with label design or bespoke software to offer fully integrated solutions their clients include Manchester United, Baxi, John Lewis, Mitsubishi CSM Bakery Products, B&M retail Stores.Bar Code Data have carefully selected hardware from many of the World's leading manufacturers. Including, Symbol, Zebra, Datalogic,HoneywellDatamax O’Neil, Intermec and Citizen.Originally founded in 1990 due to recognising that the market place had a requirement for a company that not only listened to its customers, but could also offer a professional and total solution to all bar coding needs, they have built a strong reputation within the market place ever since.Bar Code Data are one of the few companies in the UK to offer a complete service, as a major user and seller of printers their knowledge and buying power allows them to offer the very highest quality of labels and ribbons at competitive prices.Unlike the majority of bar code equipment suppliers who simply buy in and re-sell label Bar Code Data started to manufacture their own high class adhesive labels primarily aimed at the thermal transfer printer market.Their In-house bespoke software development capability allows total flexibility to meet every business need from markets such as retail, warehouse management, healthcare, manufacturing, pupil tracking and many more.Bar code technology is vital in healthcare at the point-of-care helps to assure the proper prescription is administered to the proper patient, supporting the concept ofpatient’s rights. Bar code usage also advances inventory control, asset tracking, lab specimen tracking, data tracking and pharmacy drug verifications.The company place the highest priority on development, innovation and technology. In March this year Bar Code Data were invited into Zebra’s Partner Connect program.Whether it's a simple low cost reader or a highly complex printer system, Bar Code Data has the professional, total Solution to match your needs. Log onto Barcode Datas website which provides a wealth of information and products to help you make informed decisions.
The Oldham Mountain rescue team is funded almost entirely by public donations.
Oldham Mountain Rescue Team is a voluntary organisation whose objective is “to save life and alleviate distress, primarily in upland and mountain areas” without cost or obligation.
Oldham Mountain Rescue Team was formed in 1964 and is just one of around 53 volunteer mountain and cave rescue teams providing a search and rescue service prepared to help people in difficulties in the wild and remote places of England and Wales. There are 24 teams in Scotland and 3 in Northern Ireland.
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