In September and October we held two special events to mark the 30th anniversary of Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale.
The September event looked back at both the history of Groundwork and of the Environment Centre building in Higginshaw. Over 60 attendees (ex-pupils of Higginshaw School, Groundworkers and members of the public) enjoyed tours of the building, an old style classroom and information displays.
The Celebrate & Co-operate event in October focussed on looking forwards to the next 30 years and how Groundwork can support local partners and communities in changing places and changing lives. Representatives from partner organisations including AKSA Homes, Dyson Energy Services, First Choice Homes Oldham, Hopwood Hall College, NHS, Oldham Council, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Rochdale Council and The Regenda Group attended the event.
Following presentations from people who had benefitted from Groundwork’s support, delegates were split into groups to identify how Groundwork can make a difference in future. Attendees also made pledges of support to future partnerships with Groundwork. After the presentations and workshops, the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor John Hudson, Mayoress Kathleen Hudson and Youth Mayor Emma O’Donnell were invited to cut an official birthday cake.
The afternoon was a great celebration and an extremely useful exercise as part of our future business planning activities. Much of our past success with regards to changing places and changing lives is built on strong partnerships and it is this that we want to continue with, long into the future.
Here are some of the video presentations from the event: