News

Find out about the latest news from FCHO

Our regular newsletter First Choice for News is sent out to all our tenant and leaseholder customers every six months, in April and September. We will post news items here too so you can still keep up to date with the latest news from across Oldham.

For media enquiries please contact a member of the Communications team on 0161 393 8803. Alternatively, you can email communications@fcho.co.uk.

First Choice For News previous editions:

New homes boost for people in Oldham

New homes boost for people in Oldham

More than 150 new houses will start being built in Oldham in the next few months to tackle the housing shortage.

There are currently 20,000 people on the housing waiting list in Oldham. These new First Choice Homes Oldham developments in Coleridge Road, Sholver, and Acre Lane, Derker, will help provide much needed homes for local people.

Crossbank House water supply

Crossbank House water supply

Update: The water is now back on at Crossbank House. Thank you for your patience. Update: We have a team on site at Crossbank house dealing with the water issues. United Utilities will also be on site this afternoon. We are aware that there are problems with the water supply at Crossbank House. W...
Doorstep crime on the rise

Doorstep crime on the rise

Doorstep crime on the rise First Choice Homes Oldham has joined forces with Oldham Council to raise awareness of how to avoid falling victim to doorstep crime. There has recently been a large increase in doorstep callers who are signing up customers to make legal claims and saying they are workin...
A new start in life for rough sleepers in Oldham

A new start in life for rough sleepers in Oldham

A new start in life for rough sleepers in Oldham An Oldham housing association aims to turn around the lives of rough sleepers as part of a £1.8m Greater Manchester drive to help them off the streets. First Choice Homes Oldham is in a partnership of housing providers, charities and social investo...
Green fingered residents come together to celebrate!

Green fingered residents come together to celebrate!

This year’s Growing Together awards evening was another blooming success!

Customers from all over Oldham were brought together through their love of gardening and being able to brighten up not only their own gardens, but their communities too.

The event was organised by First Choice Homes Oldham in partnership with Oldham Council and held on November 7 at local venue Smokies Hotel. It recognised the talents and dedication of its green fingered customers.

Chief executive hands over reins to keep transforming lives in Oldham

Chief executive hands over reins to keep transforming lives in Oldham

Oldham has seen many significant improvements in housing during the seven years Chief Executive Cath Green has led the award-winning First Choice Homes Oldham.
Cath will have an impressive legacy when she leaves at the end of December, following the recent appointment of new Chief Executive Vinny Roche. First Choice Homes Oldham is the largest housing provider in Oldham, looking after 60 per cent of the social housing properties.

First Choice Homes Oldham cracks down on housing fraud

First Choice Homes Oldham cracks down on housing fraud

First Choice Homes Oldham is tackling housing fraud with a new investigation team.

This week is International Fraud Awareness Week (November 12-18) and with the recent launch of their Fraud Investigation Service, First Choice Homes want to make customers aware that they can help to reduce housing fraud.

The new service has a dedicated team who will investigate housing fraud claims and pursue them further. This ensures that all  homes available are offered to people who are in genuine housing need.

Inspiring women win national award for changing lives

Inspiring women win national award for changing lives

A team of seven women at an Oldham housing association has transformed local people’s lives, by giving them the skills and self-belief they need to get fulfilling long-term jobs.

First Choice Homes Oldham’s Directions employment team has helped 202 people over 18 months into work since their launch. And they won in the Excellence in Career Development category at the Women in Housing awards 2017, on Thursday Novmeber 2, for their help.

FCHO joins the Greater Manchester Big Clean Switch

FCHO joins the Greater Manchester Big Clean Switch

The Greater Manchester Big Clean Switch is being launched by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and supported by organisations from across the city.

Trapped Campaign

Trapped Campaign

The criminal exploitation of children and adults (many of whom are vulnerable) is an issue in Greater Manchester.

This exploitation takes many forms, the most common being supply and movement of drugs, gun and weapon offences, money laundering, violent offences and in some cases “cuckooing” where criminals forcibly take over control of a person’s home.