Community Explorers is a network that meets on a regular basis in north, central and south Manchester. It is a partnership between Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and Macc, and aims to bring together anyone with an interest in health and wellbeing from across voluntary and community sectors to influence, connect, share knowledge and build relationships.
It is an informal and valued opportunity to collaborate with others whilst sharing information about services and activities and directly influencing some of the key strategies across the city.
North Manchester Community Explorers meet monthly. South and Central Manchester Community Explorers meet bi-monthly as the meetings are alternated with the four bi-monthly Neighbourhood Partnerships supported by the GP Federations.
This creates a useful balance between sharing, connecting and influencing at a locality level at Community Explorers, and working practically at a neighbourhood level at the Neighbourhood Partnerships. The Neighbourhood Partnerships also provide a great opportunity to connect with primary care and other statutory health and social care providers at a neighbourhood level. These meetings are facilitated by a neighbourhood GP Transformation Lead.
Following feedback from Community Explorers, quarterly city-wide events have been added to the 2019 meeting dates. These meetings will enable Community Explorers to influence and inform strategic discussions and themes across Manchester. Recent city-wide events have enabled Community Explorers to be informed and involved in the development of the Population Health Plan and how the Manchester Local Care Organisation works with the voluntary sector.
Community Explorers creates a space to build relationships between VCSE and public sector staff and work across the usual organisational boundaries to look everything that has a positive impact on health and wellbeing beyond access to healthcare services.
Over the past year, Community Explorers have influenced the Manchester Health and Care Commissioning outcomes framework and are working in partnership with us to promote the Lung Health Checks due to start in April 2019 in north and east Manchester.
Here are the dates for next community explorer meetings:
- North Manchester Community Explorers – Thursday 25 April from 2pm-4pm, FAST (First Asian Support Trust), Community Point, 551 Cheetham Hill Road, M8 9HZ
- Central Manchester Community Explorers – Tuesday 21 May from 10am-12pm, Whalley Range Community Forum, 82 Cromwell Avenue, Manchester M16 0BG
- North Manchester Community Explorers – Tuesday 21 May from 1pm-3pm, Miners Moston Club, 35 Teddington Road, Moston, M40 0DJ
- South Manchester Community Explorers – Thursday 23 May from 2pm-4pm, Benchill Community Centre, Benchill Road, Manchester M22 8EJ
At each meeting there are regular updates from the Health Development Co-ordinators, Buzz health and wellbeing service and Citizens Advice Manchester on the Advice on Prescription service. The first year evaluation of the Advice on Prescription service is now complete and has informed further developments for the on-going roll out of this service in GP practices.
If you work in the voluntary and community sector in Manchester, you are welcome to attend any of the above meetings and if you would like to talk about your service or share information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com