Age Concern Oldham & Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service are working in partnership with Oldham Council, Oldham Credit Union and a whole host of local organisations to hold a week-long event in Oldham Town Centre to help people stay healthy and well throughout the winter months.

The events are aimed principally at the over 50s and their carers and a range of local agencies will be providing useful information, advice and free giveaways from Monday 12th to Friday 16th December in Unit 27, Spindles Town Square shopping centre, between Bon Marché and River Island.

The venue has been provided free of charge by Mike Flanagan, Centre Manager of Spindles & Town Square shopping centre, and additional funding has come from Age UK, Oldham Housing Investment Partnership, NHS Oldham and Failsworth & Hollinwood District Partnership.

There will be something different on offer every day of the week with a series of themed events.  The programme for the week includes:

Make the most of your money:  Monday 12th December 10am-3pm

Make your house a safe & happy home: Tuesday 13th December 10am-3pm

Free walking stick exchange: Tuesday 13th December 10am-12pm

Get Toasty, electric blanket testing: Wednesday 14th December 9am-4.30pm

Take care of yourself this winter: Thursday 15th December 10am-3pm

Hand in your sloppy slippers, free slippers: 10am-2pm

Local councillors are encouraging local residents to attend and to look out for each other over the winter:

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Deputy Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, said: “I would encourage any residents who are worried about staying healthy this winter to attend this event, which is being supported by a number of local agencies who will be able to help. Among other things residents will be offered help and advice on keeping warm and safe this winter and home visits can even be arranged if required. By looking after ourselves and each other this winter we can ensure we keep safe and healthy in our homes.”

Councillor Phil Harrison, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health, said: “During the cold weather it is very important we go the extra mile and look after people who we think may be a little vulnerable.

“The Council is doing as much as we can but everyone can help out in their own way to help reduce the risk of people feeling lonely or isolated.  Just knocking on a neighbour’s door to see if they are all right or nipping round for a cup of coffee could make a lot of difference to them.



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