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.
Community Explorers also have quarterly city-wide events to discuss common themes across Manchester. Recent city-wide events have covered the Manchester Locality Plan, the Population Health Plan and Manchester Local Care Organisation.
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.