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Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) have partnered with Housing 21, to deliver a brand new project “back to the future”.

The project will see OACT deliver in Housing 21 sites across Oldham, delivering low level physical activity sessions on a weekly basis. The project will use Nintendo switches to enable participation in different sports, with other engagement opportunities available within the sessions to help reduce social isolation. The partnership will initially see four Housing 21 sites selected, each receiving one visit per month.

Housing 21 is a leading not for profit provider of Retirement Living and Extra Care for older people of modest means. They operate in 240 local authority areas across England, managing over 22,000 Retirement Living and Extra Care properties and provide over 38,000 hours of social care each week. 

Holly Espie, OACT Community Engagement Manager, commented: “As a community trust we want to ensure that our community based work is as varied and inclusive as possible and this is the next step to achieving this objective.

Whether it is participating in the low level physical activity or simply coming to grab a brew and have a chat we aim to provide a monthly drop-in which has something for everyone.

We are incredibly excited to be partnering with Housing 21, it is a partnership which builds upon our recent successful work with them and we look forward to continuing the relationship.”

Issie Howard, Partnerships Manager at Housing 21 comments  “This is an exciting partnership for Housing 21, we are looking forward to working with Oldham Athletic on this project and can see the real positive benefits that physical activity and social interaction have on the wellbeing of residents living in the borough.

we have worked with numerous housing 21 venues, these where Violett Hill, St Herberts Court, Trinity House, Cloughgate and Throstle House.

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