Oldham Health Research Festival

Saturday 13 May, 11am-2pm

Oldham Library, Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL

A festival for all the family will give people the chance to learn about and get involved in health and care research in Greater Manchester.

Everyone is welcome at the free-to-attend NHS event which will take place inside Oldham Library. The drop-in event will feature fun, games and exhibitions running throughout the day, as well as refreshments. It’s suitable for all ages.

The festival is the second one to be organised by Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester, part of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). It is being run in partnership with Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust.

The occasion will show how getting involved in health and care research can help you learn more about a condition that affects you, and how your participation can make a difference to local communities and the NHS by helping to improve treatments and quality of life – now and for future generations.

Health checks

People who attend will have access to free health checks and the opportunity to meet local community health and wellbeing support organisations. They will be on hand to speak with people about free-to-access support services.

Throughout the event, there will be the opportunity to take part in a number of research studies looking at a range of conditions. People can also sign-up to hear about other upcoming opportunities to be part of research which is taking place in Greater Manchester to help discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses.

During the event, the NIHR will be launching its first ever children’s story book about research, with readings taking place inside the library. The picture book, co- produced with Wigan-based best-selling author Alex Winstanley, takes the reader on a journey alongside a young person who, after being invited to participate in research, overcomes their fears and helps others do the same.

Opportunities to take part

Further information is available on the festival Eventbrite page, although people do not have to register their attendance – everyone is welcome to drop-in on the day.

In the meantime, people can sign-up to hear about different types of research they can get involved with in Greater Manchester by visiting Research for the Future or Be Part of Research.

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