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£20,000 funding for our communities

November 21 2017 | Articles | News

(Two residents enjoying fun in a sumo suit at one of our fun day events)

We've teamed up with the NHS to help bring people together in the community.

We’re able to do more to improve the health and wellbeing of tenants thanks to £20,000 community engagement funding from Manchester Health and Care Commissioning.

We’re working together to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living with mental health problems. We’re also using the money to reduce social isolation, as well as listening to people’s views about health and care services in the area.

The money will be used to fund:

  • fun days, like those our resident involvement team put on across north Manchester last summer
  • events at our retirement schemes to help bring the tenants together and reduce loneliness
  • events to support the local community
  • small projects, such as over-50s keep fit sessions and purchasing cooking equipment for Victoria Square’s Dinner Club. 

Rob Doherty, who leads our resident involvement team, said: “We’re really excited to be helping the NHS bring people together. Loneliness and social isolation are big problems within our communities. Bringing people together is good for the community and it’s good for health.”

David Regan, director of population health and wellbeing at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, said: “Loneliness and isolation can have a huge impact on a person's mental wellbeing.

“Tackling this problem early can improve someone’s quality of life immeasurably and, by keeping them engaged and active, avoid other health issues from developing. This is why we’re proud to support Northwards Housing’s initiative.”