Action Together: Newsletter

People have the power to change the places they live and the things they care about.

At Action Together we know that people can make things happen because we see it every day. Across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside, there are thousands of people changing lives, improving neighbourhoods and contributing positively to our local area. Action Together offers a range of support to strengthen communities. We believe that by learning together, sharing skills and pooling resources we can get more done.

  • We support people to get help, providing opportunities to get better connected to what is going on in their local community and find the support they need.
  • We strengthen community and voluntary groups by providing support to run their group, find and secure resources and work together to do more.
  • We encourage local people, businesses and the public sector to give their time, skills and resources to support local good causes.

To find out how you can give help, or get help across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside please explore our website.

Find out more about what’s happening here:

At DEpressON we have been working on an App for the last 2 years to support people with there Wellbeing and Mental Health.  DEpressON is an app in the making that will allow people suffering from depression, anxiety and a range of other mental health issues, to express themselves freely, through a non-judgemental platform, building a tailor-made support network. With DEpressON, we aim to help eliminate the stigma associated with depression and other mental illness, allowing our users to find solace in each other, their friends and family, fighting isolation to reconnect with the things that truly make our life worth living.
Over the last few months, We have seen the importance of looking after our physical and mental health more than ever, From my own personal experience of the last few months I have seen the affect this has had on families and young children, Missing out on school, not being able to meet friends and family, So we are looking to launch the app into schools in the coming months. 
With a change in our focus, we will need to make some changes to the design and content of the app we were working on, and we want you to get involved with us in making those changes. Helping us ensure that the app really benefits you and those around you. So we are asking you to join our journey. Help us redesign our Logo, help us come up with a new name, and get involved in the app. 
We are holding a competition, send us your ideas and designs, tell us your reasons behind the ideas and designs, and have the chance to see YOUR design or Name used on the app. We will also be offering prizes to the winners. 
As well as entering the competition we are also looking to hold Virtual meetings to get your feedback on the app and see if you have any ideas that could add to the way it works. If you wish to participate in these meetings get in touch via the links below. 
The Competition will launch next week, Monday 13th July, and will run until Friday 21st August. Winners will be announced 2nd September. Virtual meeting dates TBC.  Send your entries to
I look forward to seeing your entries. 
Colin Radcliffe

DCC Summer Fair Event cancelled

It is with great sadness that DCC has to announce the cancellation of the Summer Fair Event for the first time in 8 years.
Unfortunately due to the current situation and social distancing we are having to postpone our 8th Summer Community Fair which was scheduled for Saturday, July 11th.  The event attracts over 1000 people each year and the Community Ambassadors at the school work tirelessly planning the event.
Our next community event will be the “Winter Denton Together” Event on Saturday 28th November please If you are an organisation or local business and would like to get involved please contact Mrs Duffy Head of Community

Denton Community College’s Head of Technology is using the college 3D printers to manufacture vital PPE (personal protective equipment)  for NHS staff and frontline workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mrs Arkinstall explained that she had managed to make 350 visors and had put in preparations & resources to make more.

Staff from the Millgate Medical Partnership Surgery in Denton were the first to receive the PPE Visors made by the Technology department and a batch are being prepared for a local Nursing home. Mrs Arkinstall will continue make and distribute the visors to local frontline workers who are desperately in need of this PPE in their fight against Coronavirus.
Using the equipment and materials Mrs Arkinstall has at her disposal she is hoping to support the NHS with  production of the visors over the coming weeks and has already contacted Tameside Hospital. Mrs Arkinstall plans to continue the manufacture at home on what she has nicknamed the “Arkinstall production line!”

We are very proud of you, thank you for your excellent work and well done from all at DCC for supporting our community against this terrible disease!




Grants Online – Help during COVID 19

Firstly, the Grants Online team hope you are all well and bearing up in these difficult times. 

Since our last email there have been some important updates with regards to funding being made available to help with the impact that COVID-19 is having on local communities and organisations that are helping local people.

Some of the updates include:

Sport England has launched a Coronavirus Emergency Fund. This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances Sport England will consider awards of more than £10,000.

Youth Scotland has launched an Action Fund to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus. the purpose of this fund is to enable youth groups to purchase essential items that will enable them to continue working with young people throughout this period of social distancing and restrictions. Grants of up to £500 are available.

A number of additional Community Foundations have now launched funds to help local organisations and people affected by Covid-19.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has launched a Third Sector Resilience Fund. The Third Sector Resilience fund provides grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 to provide emergency support for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant

We are working hard to keep everyone updated with the latest information and if you are aware of any funding schemes not listed on our page please let us know by email at

To access the list of funds available please go to:

Please feel free to share this information.

Free School Meals: DCC Voucher Scheme

The government and Tameside LA are yet to clarify arrangements for the national voucher scheme. As a response, the College is introducing an interim voucher scheme to support families whose child attends DCC and is eligible for free school meals.

If our records indicate that your child is eligible for free school meals you will be eligible for a voucher this can be redeemed at Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s or Tesco, contact will be made with you, you do not need to contact the college.

A copy of the letter sent to eligible parents can be found here:

Letter to Parents entitled to Free School Meals

IMPORTANT Free School meals SCAM.

BEWARE OF SCAMS: The college has received notification that some parents have received emails that state

“As schools will be closing, you may be entitled to free school meals, please send your back details and we will make sure you are supported”.

The DFE have informed us this is a scam. DO NOT SUPPLY YOUR BANK DETAILS. All information about school meals will be sent directly to Parents/Carers from the school.