£20,000 funding for our communities

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and Northwards Housing partner up to help bring people together in the community

Thanks to funding from Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, Northwards Housing are able to do more to improve the health and wellbeing of tenants with £20,000 community engagement funding.

We’re working together to improve the mental health and well-being 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 stop loneliness
  • events to support the local community, such as our annual ‘Love Your Neighbour’ day at the White Moss Housing office
  • small projects, such as over-50s keep fit sessions and purchasing cooking equipment for Victoria Square’s Dinner Club

Rob Doherty, who leads the 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.”

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