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Oldham Alchemy – Video and Case Study

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Northern Roots Case Study

Northern Roots is a bold initiative being supported and enabled by Oldham Council.

Its ingredients: a currently underused 65-hectare site and a new brand centred on food growing and production. Together they will be a catalyst for community health and wellbeing, new leisure opportunities, skills development, employment, enterprise creation and service transformation.

At the heart of the project lies Snipe Clough, majority-owned by the council, which proposes to make it available to communities, partners and social investors to trial new ways of harnessing green assets to deliver sustainable social outcomes. Over the last two years Oldham Council has taken the project from initial concept to pilot phase with support from Salford University, Planit-ie and E3M.

E3M Alchemy events are catalysts for change. They involve insights and application from impactful, sustainable and mature social enterprises. They promote the reformation of community relationships and public institutions and the integration of local services, facilities, businesses and stakeholders.

We convened Oldham Alchemy to bring new perspectives on how everyone can do “our bit” to make Northern Roots succeed.

Several exciting and innovative ideas were considered during Oldham Alchemy, learning from the experiences of participants. Some are bold, some radical. They may require courage and vision. All aspire to create transformative social enterprises and maximise the opportunity of Northern Roots for Oldham’s people.

Download the 14 page case study here.