The Local Pilot is a Sport England funded programme that invests in a behaviour change approach in a place to enable sustainable change and gain valuable learnings that can be shared across the country. From July 2018, Oldham utilised research and insight to create their initial 12-month plan, starting from April 2019; this can be viewed here.
Oldham’s local pilot is focused on two key areas: Failsworth and Glodwick. It is also focused on three key population groups: Children and young people aged 5-18 in out-of-school settings; People aged 40-60 with, or at risk of, long term conditions: specifically, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disorders and; People out of work, and people in work but at risk of becoming workless.
The pilot work is supported by key stakeholders who sit on the steering group, these include; Elected members; Oldham Council (Public health, Place based teams, Work & Skills and Environmental services); The VCSE organisation Action Together; Transport for Greater Manchester and Oldham Community Leisure.
The pilot team in Oldham have established a Community Investment Fund for people and groups within Glodwick and Failsworth to support and encourage community led initiatives to get more local people active more often. So far over twenty initiatives have been funded through the Community Investment Fund.
The Local Pilot team in Oldham have also worked with local pharmacies, in Glodwick and Failsworth, to promote physical activity to patients. The participating pharmacies have been encouraged and supported to have health conversations with patients and to sign post them to local physical activity opportunities, with a particular focus on also raising awareness in patients who may be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and encouraging physical activity to help lower risk.
To add yourself as a Oldham Moving partner or find more information about the local pilot in Oldham contact: [email protected].