One Oldham Fund

Since our One Oldham Fund launched in October 2021 the voluntary sector in Oldham has received over £400,000 in investments from our One Oldham Fund. The response has been incredible.

This fund focused on investment in the VCFSE sector’s resilience to deliver the ongoing Covid response, to contribute to the delivery of Oldham’s Covid Recovery Strategy priorities and to enable key VCFSE organisations to remain viable. It incorporates and builds on the support previously offered by Oldham's Community Recovery Fund.

Phase 1 awarded applications - Micro grants up to £200 – for informal groups involved in social action or mutual aid activity. You can find more information about this grant here

Group Amount awarded Project description
Chadderton Community Crafters £200.00 The main purpose of the group is to help with social isolation as many of them live alone and friendships have been formed between many members. They applied for grant for a annual Christmas party providing a buffet. 
Derker Community Gardens £200.00

They are a newly formed group, based in Derker. They requested the grant to purchase a Water Butt so they can make the most of the rain now as there isn’t a water source at the site. They also needed cleaning up items such as Gloves, Big bags, Etc.

Derker Community Gardens £200.00 The group are creating a green space for the residents of Derker, where everyone can come together to grow Fruits and Vegetables. Involving the local primary school (St Theresa’s). They are in the process of cleaning up the site and with the grant they were awarded they were able to purchase equipment needed to start the clean-up. They also would like to purchase gardening items such a trowels, compost and wood for raised beds.
Earls Lodge gentle armchair exercise club £200.00 The group were awarded the grant to help vulnerable elderly residents in Failsworth to come out of their flats and  homes to come together again to do some gentle arm chair exercise ran by a qualified OCL tutor, this will help improve their physical and mental wellbeing.  
Harrow Mews Family, Community Group £200.00 The grant was awarded for the group to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. They are hoping to bring together the local community including elderly and vulnerable residents who have been isolating throughout the pandemic and are still unsure of socialising. They hope to build peoples confidences and self-esteem as well as reducing isolation. 
Housing 21 @ Trinity House £200.00 They requested a speaker which links up to the computer, with the speaker they can do music Fridays with DJ Andy and music bingo. The speaker would allow them to have their own equipment and not to rely on borrowing it. Having their own equipment would mean they would not let residents down and keep the consistency going of a full and varied activities schedule.
Incredible Edible Saddleworth £200.00 Although the group make their own compost and get donations of seeds and tools, they need to buy fruit trees for several places where vegetables will not grow. Most of the planters currently in use we made by the group from old pallets (see photos on Facebook), some new sites need more of a more professional look. The grant awarded was to buy large planters – or the wood to construct them.
Jenny Allen forest School £200.00

Jenny is a qualified teacher who volunteers to deliver Forest School Sessions for Early Years Children, they requested the grant to buy resources, which can be used again, enabling them also to support other groups. 

Little French Cinema £200.00

The grant will cover the costs of producing a publicity brochure that allowed them to keep the admission costs down.

Monday Clubbers £200.00

The group now have to have their own Public Liability insurance the grant enabled the group to be able to purchase this and carry on meeting at St Pauls Court.

Oasis Hub Oldham £200.00 To start a craft group to bring together residents from the Limeside area to an enjoyable relaxed session, reduce isolation and to learn new crafting skills, share talents and produce craft items. The group plans to run on Wednesday mornings 9am start for refreshments so that those who want to have a drink and chat feel welcomed and relaxed and the craft session will be 9.30am for approx. 2 hours.
Old Mill House  £200.00 As restrictions have now been lifted many residents need encouraging to go outside again as they feel afraid and have lost confidence. The garden is invaluable for their health and wellbeing as they slowly start to build up confidence again. With this in mind, they applied for funding to buy flower boxes and hanging baskets.
Saddleworth Spiritualist Church  £200.00 The grant was awarded for the group to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. The event has an open invitation to anyone that wishes to attend, they are hoping to bring together the local community including elderly and vulnerable residents who have been isolating throughout the pandemic and are still feeling vulnerable about socialising in the community.
St Herbert's Tenants Society £160.00 As they are easing out of lockdown, they are looking to get residents who are now wanting to get more involved with each other safely. They wanted to organise an afternoon tea party. The purpose of this is to try and get people connected again and ease isolation and loneliness.

The Lydgate Stitches

£200.00 To build on members confidence, skills and social interaction after Covid through a programme of textile workshops.

The Oldham Choir

£150.00 The grant enable the group to purchase new music which the can be delivered at future concerts.

Phase 1 awarded applications - Micro grants up to £1,000.00 - for formally constituted members of Action Together. You can find more information about this grant and how to become a member here

Group Amount awarded Project description
Aim High Enterprise £1,000.00 They wanted to enable children to have a safe place to attend for various activities and advice during holidays and weekend. The idea is to fill in the gap which the pandemic has created and get the youth back up to speed and confident again whilst providing them with aspirational role models/speakers and opportunities to develop into healthier and self-motivated individuals. 
Ambitions Oldham & Tameside £1,000.00

The group wanted to do a mix of face to face and online learning. To help with this they needed a zoom licence to help them with the online learning and if there were further restrictions brought into place in the New Year this will help them to keep in touch with their members, they will be able to check on their mental state and answer any questions they have on Covid.

Bee Together Community Centre and Garden £860.00 The group needed some of their volunteers to be trained in First Aid skills. This will have a 2-fold effect because the community garden space is beginning to pick up momentum after the long break due to Covid 19 restrictions. Running alongside this are our introductory free beekeeping sessions which have been very successful. Both activities involve an increasing number of adults and children and as an organisation that we have a duty to ensure there is a qualified first aid person present at all their activities. 
Chadderton Foxes  £1,000.00 As the Summer training has been so successful, they have continued with their training sessions each week and hired a sports hall for the winter months. As we are a brand-new team this is our first winter season and they really want to ensure that they have enough funds left to pay for the room. The grant awarded enabled the group to do this. 
Chadderton Together £919.26 Covid has affected many communities in Oldham including Chadderton. Substantial feedback from a survey amongst the residents of Chadderton generated the sort of activities which they knew will be well received by residents of all ages within the community. They intend to celebrate the coming of Spring with events to be held during the February half term school holidays at Foxdenton Park in Chadderton. 
Friends of Stoneleigh Park (FOSP) £1,000.00 The grant was awarded to spread Christmas joy to local families that are vulnerable and living in poverty by gifting toys and other essentials they may require as most weren’t able to afford it. They targeted families in the St James ward in Oldham. The local Police team, District Team, local schools, social housing provider have agreed to deliver and identify families that are struggling.
FUNKY FITNESS AND FUN CIC  £1,000.00 With the awarded grant they can build on their sessions and workshops they have offered across the summer to family members. It is now more important than ever that we encourage outdoor/immunity boosting activities and also opportunities for social cohesion and support.
Glodwick & Clarksfield Youth Movement -Football Club £1,000.00

The grant enabled young people of Oldham, especially those from our locality of Glodwick & Clarksfield, active through the medium Football. Due to the lockdowns and the effects of Covid-19 we have seen at first hand the huge negative impact on our local children’s health, physical as well as mental.

Glodwick Cricket Club £1,000.00

With the support of this grant it enabled them to run two eight week blocks of winter, indoor cricket in October/ November and January/ February aimed at different age groups in order to build on the success of the summer school.

Housing21 £809.99 The aim of the project is to offer Technology training to residents, in a Covid safe environment. They requested the grant funding to acquire the equipment to enable the project to proceed. Using a large screen in the lounge will help those learning on a large screen. Making sure those who are sight impaired can see and are not left behind.
Indian Association Oldham £990.00 They wanted to restart their Luncheon Club every Thursday and safeguard our vulnerable older members who are between the age of 60 and 90. This will alleviate loneliness, isolation, bad eating habits and self-care, resulting in healthy eating and improved well-being for our vulnerable older members, preventing sudden deaths.
Making Space £1,000.00

Our group used to meet five days a week so, the loss of contact caused by COVID-19 left a huge hole in their lives. The funded project helped get people back safely meeting face-to-face and enjoying the benefits that brings to wellbeing. They have found that it, understandably, takes time to build confidence of the vulnerable following the reduction in restrictions during the pandemic.

Manchester City Mission £1,000.00

Manchester City Mission project Operation Joy tackles Homelessness in Oldham. The group were awarded the grant to be able to provide a permanent place where people can go and they can see to the needs of their male clients.

Manchester City Mission £599.99 They run a restart programme in Oldham for sex workers and high-risk vulnerable women, it’s a drop-in centre offering support and opportunities. They are now receiving referral’s from probation and social services and they are putting on an open day at probation with all the women's service. They requested the grant to provide a projector for their event and other service projects.
Oak Community Dvelopment £1,000.00 The group were awarded the grant to deliver workshops that covered themes relating to community and storytelling, connecting to subjects around nature and local outdoor spaces as well as encouraging sharing of knowledge and craft skills in the community. The workshops start with a group conversation and introduction, a co-create session and a opportunity to explore common ground and subjects of interest to the group.

Oldham Fresh Church

£1,000.00 The project was awarded the grant to repeat the successful intervention of the Boxes of Hope project undertaken in the Sholver and Moorside area of Oldham last Christmas/New Year, February half-term and in the summer holidays. 
Oldham Greenhill Community Sports & Recreation Club £1,000.00 The group wanted to hold a social gathering group every week for 3 hours for the deprived women and families who have migrated newly into Oldham. During their recent consultation the families have requested for this kind of provision, so they can come and social liaise, meet new people and make friends and get to know the Oldham communities.
Pennine Mencap £1,000.00

They requested the grant to enable them to use a suitably qualified local electrical contractor to supply and install new motion sensor fittings in all corridors and stairwells leading to/from the upper floors so that these areas are economically useable at all times.

Radio Cavell 1350am Ltd £1,000.00 Throughout the Covid 19 restrictions Radio Cavell has continued to broadcast a free music and information service, providing family and friends the ability to keep in touch and send messages where they could not physically meet. This has however proved very difficult and without donations and grant support they would not have been able to continue.
Real Vision Community Group £1,000.00

Since they have started their Zoom sessions, their challenges have been more financial and this leads to limitation of members taking part in their activities. The grant was awarded to be able pay for charges and possible more registration fees for their members and to continue paying their professional instructor for his ongoing cost, to cover the cost of a professional Counsellor. 

Real Education Empowering Lives (REELCIC) £1,000.00 The group applied for the grant to continue to run their food provision, currently they have 30 families accessing the food project every week who rely on the food provision.
Real Education Empowering Lives (REELCIC) £1,000.00 The group were awarded the grant to provide Christmas activities packs for families over the Christmas period, last year families really loved the packs and said it encouraged them to sit down as a family and get involved in the games and crafts together.
Roc n Rolls Holt's Community Project £1,000.00

Roc ‘n’ Rolls is a community café/centre in the heart of Holts Estate. With the Covid 19 Pandemic they have seen a big decline in community activities and wanted to encourage the community to re-visit and restart events. The grant was awarded to the group to enable them to restart their activities.

St Barnabas Church £1,000.00 The group applied for the grant to upgrade the audio-visual system in the Main Hall the existing system cannot read from a laptop or phone; it does not recognise Bluetooth; it cannot accommodate both voice and music. They also wanted to improve their security by installing equipment. This will enable more and different groups to use the Hall and enable existing groups to do different and better activities.
Saddleworth Environmental Education £1,000.00 Through working with young people, they have trailed some animal assisted interventions (AAI) techniques, which have proved to be a real success and something they wanted to develop and build on. To do this, they need to enrol some of their team onto a training course. The intervention will be offered to their most vulnerable service users who have been referred to them because they have either stopped engaging with mainstream education or are at risk of exclusion.
Saddleworth School of Dance £1,000.00

With Break dancing now being part of the 2024 Olympic games in Paris, they are very passionate about introducing this style of dance to children and young adults in the area. During these unprecedented times  it's beneficial for children and young adults to be able to access classes like these to keep their social, physical and emotional wellbeing at their best.

Spotlight Theatre Group £910.00 The group requested the grant to help them with storage fees, to give them more time to find accommodation for their staging either for themselves or for another community group to make use of. Having funding until 31st of March for storage will give the group the opportunity and time to find a new home for all the equipment.
The Cycling Imaam Club £1,000.00 Since the beginning of the new year, they have been busy engaging the communities with their challenges. They started the year with over 70 participants in and around Oldham taking part. They have an upcoming challenge for participants of all abilities to take part in, in respect of ability and fitness. The grant was awarded to the group to be able to achieve this.
Trinity House at Housing 21  £999.99

On Friday's they have a session known as Music Memory with DJ Andy. They applied for the grant so they can purchase their own computer for all to use when we want to do music and more.

Union Street United Reformed Church £1,000.00

The aim of the project is to renovate the garden surrounding Union St Church. It is always visible to the public, particularly on Queen St. We carry out regular maintenance, however some bushes are old and some plants have spread too much. They use the garden as a place of remembrance which is especially important due to the pandemic.

Women's CHAI Project - Care, Help & Inspire £1,000.00

The grant was awarded to the group to train their volunteers to take over the delivery of the projects. To make this happen, they would needed an outside facilitator to lead on the sessions, arts and craft resources, DBS checks for the volunteers, increase in public liability insurance, branded t-shirt and lanyards for identification.

Phase 1 awarded applications - Small Grants up to £10,000 – for formally constituted members of Action Together. You can find more information about this grant and how to become a member here

Group Amount awarded Project description

Air Athletics Cheer & Dance


The aim of the project is for the children and young people of the club to compete in their first ever National Cheerleading Championships. This grant will allow them to cover the direct costs of preparing the entire team for competition.

All Nations Church


The grant helped them partition and install a semi commercial kitchen. This allowed them to offer soup kitchens and meals to vulnerable people, support cook and taste sessions to promote cultural diversity and cooking skills.  

Ancora Project


During Dec 2021, they have seen a huge surge in requests for support and are struggling to meet demand. A temporary addition to available staff hours would greatly support their work.

Beulah Community Church


The project involved refurbishing the kitchen in the youth centre, which is part of the church building, as it is currently not fit for purpose and in urgent need of an upgrade. The grant enabled them to be able to provide hot nutritious meals and drinks.

Chill Out Zone


To support young people around the Medlock vale area to take part in activities including football which will help in their well-being and this will help reducing isolation.

Cracking Good Food


The grant awarded will make a positive difference in many ways. It will help counter the impacts of food poverty, improve health, wellbeing and resilience and consolidate cross-sector partnerships for community benefit in Oldham.

Empowering Equine CIC


Project will deliver 100 sessions of equine facilitated learning (EFL) to children/young people aged 5 -18 with special educational needs (SEN) and/or social, emotional, mental health (SEMH) needs/behavioural issues.

Family Action


Support two of Family Action’s FOOD (Food on Our Doorstep) Clubs, based in Oldham - Hollinwood FOOD Club and Fitton Hill FOOD Club.

Fatima Women's Association CIO


Domestic violence, mental health has been on an increase because of changes in lifestyle and financial circumstances due to the pandemic. Community services are more important now than ever before to support, advise, protect women and young people.

Fullcircle NW CIC


Deliver a weekly youth club Drop-In session aimed at children and young people based at Sholver and Moorside Community HUB. Sessions will be structured to incorporate a range of activities including arts and crafts, games, multi-sports and more.

Funky Fitness & Fun CIC


This is an intensive 10-week programme designed to strengthen the organisation and enable a healthy recovery from COVID. The programme will increase the fitness, flexibility and strength of members and encourage them to work more harmoniously together.

Glodwick Cricket Club


The grant awarded enabled to group to upgrade their lighting in the club, but also helped them to buy a defibrillator which is a great benefit and peace of mind to their users to know there's one available in the worst circumstances.



Delivered unique programs of specialised activities for the community, in particular youth. They applied for funding to continue the running of our projects, for the future viability and sustainability of GRACE as an organisation

Henshaws Society for Blind People


Individual families have been found to have a lack of confidence and understanding around the support of a visually impaired child, especially with the context of additional pandemic challenges.

Higginshaw Community Project


The grant awarded enabled them to bring their community hall back in use. The floor is not safe and secure and would have to close, activities would stop and people’s health would suffer as the as the nearest other community centre is too far away.

Holland Close Residents Association


Teaching new digital skills to reduce isolation and loneliness through smart technology and access to voice activated tech top connect with the internet, listen to music, video family and GP appointments.

Intraquest CIC


The grant was awarded to continue their goal to heal and develop people so that they are able to be healthy, well-adjusted members of society with the chance to lead independent, successful lives.

Kaskosan Roma Charitable Company


The grant enabled them to hold 10 weekly get-togethers and 1 field trip with the group and open the membership to other Roma women across Oldham. At each session they use art and craft exercises and food as a vehicle to start conversations.

OBA Millennium Cultural Centre


The grant enabled the group to provide sessions, where people can get advice on COVID-19, get directed and referred to other support services and networks, speak to a friendly person and get help. 

Oldham Athletic Community Trust

£9,936.00 Their overarching goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of a variety of different groups across the borough, whilst for the remaining months of Covid-19 restrictions continue to reinforce the messages of staying safe

Oldham Table Tennis


They applied for funding to help get the club back to where it was before  COVID and applied for funding to help them with the equipment costs. They are open to everyone regardless of age, gender, culture, ability and religion.

Manchester City Mission


The grant will cover core costs, including salaries of Restart and Operation Joy staff who run individual weekly project drop-ins in Oldham and one to one support throughout the week.


£10,000.00 NEON Hub is a vital community asset based in East Oldham. NEON has been operating from these premises for over 10 years. As such, the premises are now showing their age, and is in need of some immediate attention to prevent any further deterioration.

Oldham Boxing and Personal Development Club


An 8-week project that aims to improve the mental wellbeing and lifestyles of young people in Oldham who are most at risk from COVID-19.

Oldham Community Radio


There are numerous costs involved in operating the broadcast service, these include licence fees (Ofcom, Wireless Telegraphy, PRS, PPL, news agency), technical and infrastructure costs (telecoms and lines, IP and internet connections) staff and volunteer expenses costs.

Oldham Enterprise Trust


To inspire, connect and educate people from Oldham with the essential skills for life, learning and work in enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Oldham Greenhill Community Sports & Recreation Club


To deliver a Women’s program which will be a combination of sessions requested by Women during their social gathering event. The programme will run over a 10-week period.

Oldham Inspiring Youth


Weekend Warrior will give children a platform to develop essential skills, techniques and knowledge through participation in a wide range of sport.

Oldham Play Action Group


Family play sessions and learning around the following themes - Art of Play, Wellbeing and Healthy Arts, Art Of Science, Arts On Message - continuing the COVID message and aiding containment, Art Write - Collective Story making session with art and creative writing.

Outta Skool


This grant was awarded to be spent on fixtures/fittings and extension in the back for storage. The Community Café generate income so they can continue to support the community.

Peaceful Minds CIC

£8,410.00 Provide a Pilot Multi-lingual Crisis Counselling and befriending service for the South Asian Community. Languages available shall be Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Pahari, Mirpuri/Potwari, Bangla, Pushto, Hindko

Pennine Mencap


The grant enabled the group to replace their fire doors and also install roller shutters to protect the new fire news. Also the grant helped them install a toilet cubicle in their gym. These changes have allowed them to be safer and more secure for their service users.

Power2 £9,786.00

Each young person will receive 10 weekly sessions with a Power2 facilitator, each lasting an hour. Sessions are young-person led and will follow a plan devised by the young person and facilitator together that addresses each young person’s individual COVID-related needs.



Without this funding, our opportunities to provide services to meet the early intervention and prevention support requirements would push more families into crisis.

Progress Education


Provide free skills classes to primary school children who are at risk of underachievement, help develop literacy and numeracy skills. In secondary school children target children who are at risk of exclusion helping develop their maths, English and Science.

Relax With Lucy & CO


In response to the current COVID–19 pandemic and the more recent variant Omicron, we would like to ask for funding to build on our existing Ellie’s Gift Project that works to support the mental health and wellbeing of the baby loss community in Oldham.

Rio Ferdinand Foundation

£9,998.00 Co-deliver a 3-month engagement programme. Engaging 20 young people aged 16-25 from deprived communities across Oldham.

Roc "n" Rolls Holts Community Centre


Their plan for the new year is to re-start the ROC Café, to be a safe, fun place where young people can come and build relationships with each other and receive support from positive adult role models.

Rochdale Dawah Centre


Organise 6 online zoom sessions (90mins each) to be aimed at Oldham teenagers to discuss Mental Health and Wellbeing topics.

Royton & Crompton Over 60s


During the lockdown the group were closed for 15 months and this meant their members have been cooped up for so long. They wanted to now move forward into 2022, the grant enabled the group to plan activities, including being able to celebrate Mother's Day. 

Samurai Ju-Jitsu Academy


Provide an extracurricular activity for children 3 times per week. Include exercise, education, discipline and integration. having a range of faiths attending the classes and teach tolerance and understanding, both on and off the mat.

St Mark's Heyside


They requested the grant to help fund the re-opening of the hall, enabling it to fully re-open in line with all current COVID-19 guidelines and to ensure they provide a safe and secure venue that limits the spread of COVID-19 which can be accessible by the people of Heyside.

Support and Action Women's Network - SAWN


To use the funding to refurbish the coffee morning/drop- in room and office area, within SAWN’S Furniture Hub in Chadderton, Oldham. The space they use is far too small and in dire need of extending.

The Chatty Café Scheme


Use the grant to purchase a new database system and web-development support to create automated workflows to store, track and manage all data received from volunteers and social prescribers in Oldham.

The Flowhesion Foundation


The 2 programmes under the ‘silver lining project’ ensure that there is adequate culturally appropriate help and support for marginalised diasporas in Oldham i.e. Bangladeshi women that are not fluent in English, so that they can access the support their need.

The Oldham Phab Club

£5,000.00 We are hoping to increase our sessions back to the weekly ones that we held before the pandemic and hopefully this would encourage more members to attend. In order to do this we would need help with our weekly rent for the Crossley centre.

WIFI North West


The project focuses on families food, health and wellbeing. It will rebuild confidence and connections after the disruptions and hardship resulting from the pandemic.

Your Home Yoga Community Interest Company


The project will offer Free, funded 60-minute classes, twice weekly to over 50’s accessible, online yoga & wellbeing classes, 

Yuvanis Youth


Organise two series of workshops targeting the mental and physical health and wellbeing of young people. Topics of workshops will include the health and wellbeing.

Veg in the Park


The group had limited internet data to use for their EPOS System, this meant the younger/older generation and volunteers were unable to use the WIFI. The grant awarded helped everybody who uses Veg in the Park to connect to the internet. 

Action Together’s Development team have a wealth of experience that could help you find and secure funding. Please contact us on Tel: 0161 339 2345 or Email: