OUR RECENT WORK

Healthy Me Healthy Communities are busy throughout the year supporting and bringing fun and informative activities to our communities to promote healthy living. Held across Manchester in our Community Grocers and other community hubs, we have a range of activities that you may find helpful.

Read about some of our recent work below:

Upcoming Healthy Activities with Community Grocers

Healthy Me Healthy Communities continues to create new opportunities for our members to connect and take part in new activities. Below are a few ongoing activities at our Community Grocers that may be of interest - if you'd like to get involved, please email us.


What: Relaxing and creative sessions promoting wellbeing, concentration and confidence in a supportive and social environment. Activities included clay making, book making, marbling, printing, sewing and Eid decoration making.

Where: Miles Platting, Anson and Fallowfield Community Grocers.

When: New dates to be confirmed - ask in your local grocer for more information.


What: Fairs that provide local residents with information about various health, wellbeing and financial support services which they can access across Manchester.

Partners include:
• Citizens Advice Bureau
• Stroke Association, Dementia UK, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, Macmillan
• Manchester Carers Network, Care Navigators
• Big Life, Sure Start
• Manchester Libraries
• ABL Weight Management
• Manchester Fire Service
• Oral Health Team

Where: Gorton, Hulme, Fallowfield.

When: These events are ongoing and will be held 2-3 times per year, visit your local grocer for more information.


What: Weekly knitting sessions aimed at improving participants wellbeing and providing a space for respite, to meet other residents and reduce isolation.

Where: Aquarius Centre Community Grocer.

When: Each Wednesday 11.30am - 1pm.


Recent Healthy Activities with Community Grocers

Our Community Grocers have stepped up efforts to provide activities and training for local residents within their neighbourhoods across the city. Focusing on connecting people with activities and support services locally and across Greater Manchester, we have developed a calendar of events that aims to improve health and wellbeing within local communities. Since late 2018 we've held the following activities and events:


We hosted events in Miles Platting and Coverdale & Newbank Community Grocers to provide local residents with sessions on cooking skills. 14 participants learned new recipes and cooking skills while sharing a meal with other local residents. The aim of the sessions was to encourage cooking with confidence, so that participants could take home the knowledge and ingredients to recreate delicious, healthy dishes.


Vegetarian food is becoming more popular as it can be a cheaper and healthier option, while also being better for the environment. In May 2019, 25 people joined us for a 'Vegetarian for Life Demo and Taster' to encourage our members and volunteers to cook and learn new vegetarian recipes. The sessions at Gorton and Hulme Community Grocers provided participants with information on healthy eating, vegetarian recipes and budgeting. All the ingredients can be purchased at our Community Grocers, making the sessions a simple and easy way to make tasty vegetarian meals.


School holidays allow us to spend time together as families but they can also be a source of stress, as greater costs push our budgets. For some, this time of year can be extremely difficult, so Healthy Me Healthy Communities partnered with One Manchester and Martenscroft Sure Start (funded by Mosscare St. Vincent) at the Hulme Community Grocer to provide free, healthy meals for families struggling to make ends meet. The Holiday hunger meals were able to support over 30 people in need.


The Community Grocer in Hulme hosted a Cancer support day in Sept 2019, in partnership with Macmillan, Prostate Cancer UK, Bowel Cancer UK and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. 15 people attended the event which provided information about Macmillan services, cancer prevention and raising awareness.


This September, our Community Grocers at Hulme, Gorton and Anson opened their doors to 44 local carers to offer an opportunity to relax and find support. The Grocers worked with our partners at Vegetarian for Life, Manchester Carers Centre, Manchester Carers Network, Alzheimer's UK, Dementia UK, Manchester Carers Forum to create a day focused on the wellbeing of local carers. Offering relaxing hand massages, arts and crafts, food and information from our partner carers services who offer support for carers of all ages covering health, finance, carers rights and funding. Healthy Me Healthy Communities would like to thank our wonderful staff, volunteers and members for making these events a valuable part of our healthy communities.

New "No. 93" Harpurhey Wellbeing Centre Café and Kitchen to open in November

As part of the newly refurbished No. 93 Harpurhey Wellbeing Centre, Healthy Me Healthy Communities were invited by GMMH to open a new café and kitchen to offer healthy, wholesome home cooked food to the local community.

The recently renovated Wellbeing Centre is already used by a wide section of the community, and focuses on mental health wellbeing, creating a valuable service to people in the nearby area, including vulnerable adults.


In addition to traditional mental health services, the centre hosts a range of services, from community groups to a community drop-in centre for those in immediate need of support. In the café area, people can come for a hot drink, have a chat and a game of pool. Some of the groups they run are creative writing, knit and natter, art group and gardening.

Located at 93 Church Street, Manchester - the new café will be open to the public and will serve breakfast and lunch each day and is scheduled to open towards the end of November 2019. The café will be used to host a range of services supported by Healthy Me Healthy Communities, providing people with training, volunteering opportunities, and a safe space to socialise or have a game of pool. The aim is for the new venture to improve health outcomes of service users, improve employment prospects and connect people by reducing loneliness and isolation.

Furthermore, the kitchen will provide Healthy Me Healthy Communities with a much needed base to support our efforts in the communities through the Community Grocers and education.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new Café in November!

Find out more about the Harpurhey Wellbeing Centre by visiting their website

Find out more about the new café, email us

Dynamo Pop Café - Ambition for Ageing

An exciting new volunteer group has established a series of pop up cafés as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme, in partnership with Healthy Me Healthy Communities. Dynamo group has already successfully provided:
• A pop-up café event providing food, drink and a social afternoon for socially isolated people living in the high rises of Hulme.
• Catering for a Holiday Hunger event at a local children’s centre.


The dedicated group of 7 volunteers in Hulme attended 'Dynamo Build Your Own Social Adventure sessions' with the grand ambition to reduce social isolation and bringing together over 50s. Starting in February 2019, the group were given the tools they needed to stand alone and establish their organisation.

Ambition for Ageing is a programme introduced to Greater Manchester creating more age-friendly places and empowering people to live fulfilling lives as they age. It aims to reduce social isolation of older people.

Dynamo will now be working independently and will be setting up their own constituted group and working as a group of volunteers. Next on their agenda is a regular Pop-Up Café for the community of Hulme.

Find out more about Ambition for Ageing by visiting their website or ask at our community grocers:

https://www.ambitionforageing.org.uk/manchester

Find out more about Dynamo, contact: TBC

Connie's Closet with Anson Community Grocers - Ambition for Ageing

Seven of our fantastic volunteers at Anson Community Grocers opened a charity shop in aid of raising funds for social events, called Connie’s Closet. The venture is supported by the Ambition for Ageing Lunch and Learn sessions, hosted by Healthy Me Healthy Communities, to develop the shop’s business plan and prepare for a makeover.


The group at Anson Community Grocers were already busy hosting events connecting people within the local area and working to reduce isolation. Activities like their weekly knitting group, Eid parties, Easter Parties and Breakfast Bingo proving extremely popular.

However, the volunteers identified an exciting opportunity to open Connie's Closet to commemorate the memory of Connie Strongitharm), who was passionate about supporting the local area. While already established, the Ambition for Ageing Lunch and Learn sessions helped Connie's Closet develop their approach to marketing, pricing, customer service, community mapping, venture planning and listening skills. One outcome of the session was the decision to re-decorated the shop during the Autumn and prepare for a grand reopening.

Ambition for Ageing is a programme introduced to Greater Manchester creating more age-friendly places and empowering people to live fulfilling lives as they age. It aims to reduce social isolation of older people.

Healthy Me Healthy Communities will continue to support the volunteers at Connie’s Closet and wish them every success in their grand reopening.

Find out more about Ambition for Ageing by visiting their website or ask at our Community Grocers.

To find out more about Connie's Closet, contact Sammy Minshull on 07539 268269


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The group at Anson Community Grocers were already busy hosting events connecting people within the local area and working to reduce isolation. Activities like their weekly knitting group, Eid parties, Easter Parties and Breakfast Bingo proving extremely popular.

However, the volunteers identified an exciting opportunity to open Connie’s Closet to commemorate the memory of Connie Strongitharm), who was passionate about supporting the local area. While already established, the Ambition for Ageing Lunch and Learn sessions helped Connie’s Closet develop their approach to marketing, pricing, customer service, community mapping, venture planning and listening skills. One outcome of the session was the decision to re-decorated the shop during the Autumn and prepare for a grand reopening.

Ambition for Ageing is a programme introduced to Greater Manchester creating more age-friendly places and empowering people to live fulfilling lives as they age. It aims to reduce social isolation of older people.

Healthy Me Healthy Communities will continue to support the volunteers at Connie’s Closet and wish them every success in their grand reopening.

Find out more about Ambition for Ageing by visiting their website or ask at our Community Grocers.

To find out more about Connie’s Closet, contact Sammy Minshull on 07539 268269

People Powered Maps

People Powered Maps are neighbourhood maps of local services, places to visit, for living-well and include themed walks for encouraging being active.


They are coproduced by local people, the experts, who know what is happening in their community and what truly are assets. Our People Powered Maps not only involve local people but train and employ them too as workshop facilitators. Thanks to funding from Manchester CCGs Mental Health Grant programme we are coproducing a map of Rusholme and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Food Works

Food Works trains and mentors people to become community food‐facilitators and includes the RSPH Food Safety Level 2 qualification. Food Works includes healthy-eating, planning and delivering workshops, and exploring local health issues, which provides a fantastic springboard to volunteering and enhanced job prospects.


The heart of our approach is that health improves when people gain economic independence, fulfil their potential, creating an upward spiral of confidence, motivation and responsibility. In short, Food Works works because it improves opportunities and health.

We have delivered programmes with East Manchester Children’s Centres and Rainbow Haven and our current project is based from the Anson Community Grocer.

✔ Improved confidence and skills
✔ I will have a happy life
✔ Qualification
✔ Cooking skills and nutritional knowledge
✔ Improves prospects and health


“I have gained experience & it will enhance my employability in the catering industry. I would like to find a kitchen job”

Teklebrahn, Food Works

Consultancy and Training

✔ We have recently completed work with buzz, the new Health &
     Wellbeing Service for people and communities in Manchester,
     providing PAR training, supporting their neighbourhood
     mapping work and developing an evaluation and impact
     framework.
✔ Providing community organiser training for Southway Housing
     residents, as part of their work in Old Moat for reducing
     loneliness and isolation.
✔ Undertaking community engagement work as part of the
     developments for the North Manchester General Hospital Site.


The heart of our approach is that health improves when people gain economic independence, fulfil their potential, creating an upward spiral of confidence, motivation and responsibility. In short, Food Works works because it improves opportunities and health.

We have delivered programmes with East Manchester Children’s Centres and Rainbow Haven and our current project is based from the Anson Community Grocer.

✔ Improved confidence and skills
✔ I will have a happy life
✔ Qualification
✔ Cooking skills and nutritional knowledge
✔ Improves prospects and health


“I have gained experience & it will enhance my employability in the catering industry. I would like to find a kitchen job”

Teklebrahn, Food Works

Rusholme Social Café

Developing community organising skills


The Rusholme Social Café, now Birch Social Café, was born with a grant from the Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund (Manchester CCGs). Working in partnership with the Birch Community Association, we co‐created a social‐space for coming together and planning community activities with social‐café volunteers and residents. It developed into a space for both older‐people and working‐age people with long‐term mental‐health conditions, creating age‐friendly and mental‐health friendly neighbourhoods through peer‐support and friendships. We are proud that the Birch Social Café is now an established community asset led and developed by the Birch Community Association, volunteers and members.

For information on the current programme please contact the Birch Community Centre on 0161 224 4624 or birchcc@tiscali.co.uk

The heart of our approach is that health improves when people gain economic independence, fulfil their potential, creating an upward spiral of confidence, motivation and responsibility. In short, Food Works works because it improves opportunities and health.

We have delivered programmes with East Manchester Children’s Centres and Rainbow Haven and our current project is based from the Anson Community Grocer.

✔ Improved confidence and skills
✔ I will have a happy life
✔ Qualification
✔ Cooking skills and nutritional knowledge
✔ Improves prospects and health


“I have gained experience & it will enhance my employability in the catering industry. I would like to find a kitchen job”

Teklebrahn, Food Works

Soups

A great idea from over the pond in Detroit arrives in Manchester. Detroit Soup www.detroitsoup.com is the founding project and celebrating 5-years of micro-funding including 95 suppers and £55,000 raised for local projects. Simply a SOUP is a community-supper for micro-funding local projects.


On the night people come along to their neighbourhood SOUP event where they learn about the ideas for their community, share a supper and using the money raised on the night, vote on which project to fund. The funding comes from donations on the night and business sponsorship. There are no losers with people coming together around an idea, identifying and sharing resources. SOUPs are a great way to raise money, build community support and get connections to local resources that can help you carry out your project.

✔ Collaboration
✔ Increases resources
✔ Access to community support and connections