REPORTER PATCH: Oldham
Our reporter, Mike Dodd, is passionate about people staying connected in their local communities. He is a governor at a primary school, committee member of a social group, member of the Patient Participation Group who, in conjunction with Action Together Oldham and Tameside, are producing an Activities Guide for Shaw, Crompton, and Royton for use by the Medical Profession and the public in relation to Social Prescribing. Has been a Parish Councillor, is a volunteer for AgeUK, and is a member of the 1000 strong Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Circle, with a remit to organise extension into Oldham.
He has worked with the media before, writing articles and identifying news opportunities for a local newspaper, and was a trained community reporter for Oldham Chronicle – skills he will be bringing to the Talking About My Generation campaign.
Mike, who has nine grandchildren and brought up four children, wants to change perceptions of growing older, by showing people how they can help themselves and others to live a more interesting and energetic lifestyle to reduce isolation and build interactions.
Mike says: “Older people are seen by some of the younger generations as a nuisance, a necessary imposition, a drag on health care costs, with too many freebies such as travel passes, prescriptions, TV licenses, and the like. I want to show younger generations that this is not the case – and older generations are a benefit to society as a whole.”