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DEAR OLDHAM…

Oldham Council is asking young people to help shape Oldham’s future.

As part of the Your Oldham campaign we are encouraging children from across the borough to write a ‘Dear Oldham’ letter to the town, or, if they prefer, they can submit a drawing or a collage instead showing their ideas.

The letter, or drawing, could include what activities children want in the town, what they want Oldham to look like, or just simply what they want to do in the future.The best and most creative submissions will be made into a special booklet and showcased at the Your Oldham Festival, which runs from Sunday, September 3 until September 9. Just grab a piece of paper, start the letter with ‘Dear Oldham’ and get the little ones to write or draw what they want to see.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “We want the younger generations to help shape the future of Oldham and ensure we include the views of everyone.

“This campaign will hopefully give children a chance to be creative and express what they want from their home town later in life. Dear Oldham is part of the wider Your Oldham campaign and festival in September. The festival will give everyone a chance to showcase the brilliant co-operative work that’s been going on over the past year.”

Once your submission is completed, write the name, age of the child, your contact details and send it to: Dear Oldham, Room 317, Oldham Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham OL1 1UG Or alternatively, take a picture and email it to: dearoldham@oldham.gov.uk The deadline to enter is Friday 26 August.

The Your Oldham Festival aims to celebrate and showcase the fantastic co-operative activities happening across Oldham. We have a number of family friendly events taking place across the borough for you to discover over the week-long celebration. From the Castleshaw Centre Outdoor Adventure Day, to our EPIC Talks series and Your Future day, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and it’s all free.

As part of the campaign we are also encouraging residents to organise their own street party with neighbours or the local community. Organise your party before Monday 14 August and you could win a bespoke party hamper from Oldham Tesco stores.

For more information about the festival, campaign, or street parties, visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/youroldham

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