Working Group

The Working groups below have been set up to deliver projects across all the partners in line with OHIP Board priorities

  • Allocations  

    The aim of the Allocations group is to provide a forum for effective partnership working and to ensure a strategic approach is taken to the continuous development of the Common Allocations Framework (CAF) and of My Move Oldham. The Allocations group supports delivery of projects through sub-groups. Projects are agreed by the Allocations group taking into account challenges faced by organisations including looking at solutions to the changing welfare system in relation to housing.  The group provides a key forum for policy consultation and considers local, regional and national policy implications for Oldham residents. The group provide regular updates to OHIP Board and any other relevant Boards and Forums.

    Allocations Project Group
    Project groups are set up to deliver projects identified by the main group. All OHIP partner organisations have the opportunity to have a representative on the project group. The work carried out by the project group is to the benefit of all OHIP partners. Progress is fed back regularly to the main working group. As and when projects are completed, further project groups will be set up to deliver new relevant projects in relation to the aim of the main working group.


    Projects


    • Affordability

      With current changes to welfare in especially in regards to the expected cuts to Local Housing Allowance for under 35’s, this project will:

      • Look at the amount of people who could potentially be affected by these changes

      • Collate information if there is an offer available for those affected and how viable the offer is

      • Research and come up with options for the OHIP board on what the housing providers could offer to residents who will be affected by the cuts to the under 35’s Local Housing Allowance

    • Under 35's

      With current changes to welfare in especially in regards to the expected cuts to Local Housing Allowance for under 35’s, this project will:

      • Look at the amount of people who could potentially be affected by these changes

      • Collate information if there is an offer available for those affected and how viable the offer is

      • Research and come up with options for the OHIP board on what the housing providers could offer to residents who will be affected by the cuts to the under 35’s Local Housing Allowance

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  • Neighbourhood Strategy  

    The Neighbourhood Strategy group’s aim is to work together as a partnership and with wider partners to help improve the neighbourhoods of Oldham and the facilities and services within them in the most cost effective way possible; to raise the profile of the work which the partners are doing both individually and collectively in neighbourhoods and to promote partnership working and work together to deliver innovative solutions in neighbourhoods as well as assisting with the delivery of the Housing Strategy and Oldham Plan.

    The group supports the delivery of projects through the project groups and looks at tackling issues in the neighbourhoods. They will use the Asset Based Community Development approach when working in neighbourhoods and delivering projects. The group provides regular feedback to OHIP Board and the Neighbourhoods and Communities Cluster.

    Neighbourhood Strategy Project Group
    Project groups are set up to deliver projects identified by the main group. All OHIP partner organisations have the opportunity to have a representative on the project group. The work carried out by the project group is to the benefit of all OHIP partners. Progress is fed back regularly to the main working group. As and when projects are completed, further project groups will be set up to deliver new relevant projects in relation to the aim of the main working group.


    Projects


    • 'Binning is Winning' Environmental Project

      This project will:

      • Look at upskilling all OHIP partners’ staff with up to date information on waste management, fly tipping and recycling. This involves each partner organisation sending frontline staff to a training session with the waste management team at Oldham Council. This will then enable staff to be better prepared to deal with issues relating to recycling and fly tipping.

      • The second part of the project is to work in conjunction with Oldham Council’s  waste management team to deliver workshops and learning sessions in education establishments especially within areas where the waste management team or OHIP organisations has highlighted to be ‘hot spots’ for low levels of recycling or fly tipping. These sessions to be expanded to include community groups and target adults as well as children. Each session will include a training session to be led by OHIP partner staff and a practical session led by the waste management team.

      • Pledges to be taken from attendees and followed up to establish outcomes.

      • Group will also be looking at Borough wide initiatives that are happening in Oldham through OMBC and will work in conjunction and where possible in partnership to avoid duplication. 

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    • Connecting Communities - Cohesion

      This project will:

      • Identify the work that is being carried out in the Borough in relation to Cohesion or bringing communities together through a mapping exercise

      • Identify work being carried out by OHIP partners that could be linked to Cohesion

      • Working closely with the Community Safety team highlight areas with high tensions and conflict with communities-match these to activities already taking place

      • Increase partnership working within OHIP organisations and other community/voluntary organisations

      • Raise the profile of OHIP

      • Identify a sustainable and effective activity through the mapping that could be linked in to in these high tension areas and then in other areas. Achieving maximum outcomes

      • Maximise external services that are working on Cohesion related activities and link in to them to save on resources i.e. staff time etc.

      • Create a sustainable project to tackle Cohesion in a positive and effective manner that is fun for residents but sustainable as well.

  • Financial Inclusion and Employment & Enterprise  

    The Financial Inclusion and Employment & Enterprise group aim to promote employment and training opportunities for Oldham residents; assess the impact of the Welfare Reform and wider Public Sector Reform changes on the RP’s businesses and Oldham as a borough; work to improve employment opportunities for the residents of Oldham and improve their financial circumstances; provide  support to groups excluded from the labour market and look at delivering projects through the project groups to create additional offer and support to residents of Oldham.

    The group reviews linkages with the Council’s housing benefit team and DWP as Universal Credit rolls out, sharing relevant experience and best practice, including forward-thinking on digital technology and access to IT.

    Financial Inclusion and Employment & Enterprise Sub-Group Projects
    Project groups are set up to deliver projects identified by the main group. All OHIP partner organisations have the opportunity to have a representative on the project group. The work carried out by the project group is to the benefit of all OHIP partners. Progress is fed back regularly to the main working group. As and when projects are completed, further project groups will be set up to deliver new relevant projects in relation to the aim of the main working group.


    Projects


    • Give it a Go

      A 12 month project will:

      • Support all residents across Oldham into self-employment and enterprise to ensure that customers of all OHIP partners have access to business start-up support

      • Provide a joint approach between OHIP partners to support the residents of Oldham into self-employment and provide a self-employment service which is not currently available developing economic prosperity within Oldham communities.

      • All partners will benefit from delivery of a shared service to provide a value for money solution.

      • Support Oldham to achieve the objectives of the Oldham Economy and Skills Strategy.

      • Secure ERDF funding to expand project

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    • Smart Access Oldham

      This project was designed to support residents with the transition to full digital service for Universal Credit as well as getting residents of Oldham more digitally inclusive. It is a joint project between Lifelong Learning Oldham, DWP and OHIP. It gives special emphasis to the elements of the housing element within Universal Credit.

      The project will:

      • Deliver 6 weeks training sessions through Lifelong Learning for residents who have no digital skills and are struggling with the transition to full digital service for Universal Credit. There is also an opportunity for residents to take alternative courses if this designed course isn’t suitable and a route of progression following this course.

      • Link to the Governments Digital Inclusion strategy which Local Authority are committed to, as well as the Oldham Plan getting residents ready for employment.

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    • MOTIV8

      Motiv8 is a Manchester Athena project which helps to build better opportunities for people across Greater Manchester. The program supports men and women who are under-represented in the labour market, such as ex-offenders, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups, ethnic minorities and migrant communities.

      • Designed to develop a joint approach by Oldham RP’s to link in with the Motiv8 project

      • Offer a smooth and consistent referral process into the delivering organisation for Oldham.

      • Understand the Motiv8 outcomes for our customers.

      • Highlight the key elements of partnership working between OHIP partners as well as other providers in the Borough.

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  • Health & Wellbeing  

    The Health and Wellbeing group is working to identify shared health issues and priorities across Health & Housing and consider possible actions and focus for the next few years, to complement the projects and services already in place or being developed within each borough. These priorities will be then filtered down to Boroughs and linked into Oldham Plan which will develop projects. The aim of the group will be to improve the health and well-being of residents in Oldham through partnership working between OHIP, health providers and other voluntary or community services. The group will be looking at working in partnership with other agencies across the North East sector such as Rochdale, Oldham and Bury.


    Projects


  • Working Group Chairs  

    The Chairs of each of the working groups meet quarterly to coordinate projects and ensure projects cutting across more than one group are not duplicated.


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