Oldham has its roots in the industrial-revolution era cotton industry. Though only five miles from Manchester City Centre, almost a quarter of the borough is located in the Peak District National Park. No household in the borough is more than two miles away from open countryside.
An estimated 237,628 people live here, and that’s projected to increase to 261,018 by 2041. A high proportion of residents are under 16 now, but the number of people over 65 is set to grow by 30% by 2041, which is expected to impact on adult social care and healthcare provision.
Oldham Integrated Care Partnership is working to improve health and wellbeing in the borough, where high levels of deprivation affect residents’ health outcomes and life expectancy. A priority is to give every child in the borough the best start in life; this includes providing opportunities to improve healthy eating and physical activity, making the most of the borough’s countryside to encourage healthier living for a better future.