THE Mayor of Oldham saw firsthand how a housing association is homing in on residents to help make their lives better.

Councillor Shadab Qumer met up with residents at First Choice Homes Oldham, in Union Street, to hear how their lives have been changed by the organisation.

He was also introduced to volunteers in the Customer Zone before having a tour of the First Place headquarters to witness the work employees are doing and learn more about FCHO's on-going initiatives.

The organisation has six pioneering health which are helping to keep people out of hospital and independent.

It is currently helping to provide more than 800 new homes for people in Oldham through its building programme, providing support to end homelessness and an award-winning employment service is helping people back into work.

Cllr Shadab Qumer said: “I am committed to raising the profile of Oldham and forging links with the private, voluntary and public sector.

"First Choice Homes Oldham is an ambitious organisation which plays an important part in the borough. It’s uplifting to see how they are championing the town and local people through some inspiring initiatives.”

First Choice Homes Oldham Chief Executive Vinny Roche said: “We’re delighted to have the mayor visit and see all the great work we and our partners, like Oldham Council, are delivering.

"Oldham deserves a bright future and we have the right skills, commitment and passion to make this happen. These are challenging times but we’re determined to make real and lasting positive change to the borough and to people’s lives.”

The mayor also visited the new Primrose Place building which will provide improved facilities for property repairs, grounds maintenance and caretaking services.