From gardening projects to knitting groups, buzz is bringing Manchester communities together through common interests that in turn benefit residents’ physical and mental health and wellbeing focusing on supporting residents of local communities to take control of their health and wellbeing in ways that interest and excite them.
Neighbourhood Health Workers are central to the new buzz approach, there are 12 of them, one covering each of the 12 neighbourhoods in the City of Manchester. There are also specialist Neighbourhood Health Workers whose role it is to specifically engage with older people and families with young children. By talking to local residents and getting to know them, buzz workers are able to find out what health and wellbeing initiatives people want to see in their neighbourhoods and support them in making these happen.
buzz Operational Manager Aron Moss, says: "buzz workers are out in Manchester’s neighbourhoods engaging with a diverse range of residents, empowering them to bring their health and wellbeing ideas to life. This is a refreshing and exciting time for both buzz staff and Manchester residents who are working closely together to bring about real, meaningful change to the people and communities of this great city."
buzz also includes the Physical Activity Referral Service (PARS) and Knowledge Service. PARS Exercise Tutors deliver condition specific exercise classes within Manchester communities, specialising in helping people with cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, amongst many more conditions. buzz’s Knowledge Service is a specialist hub of interactive resources and books for health and social care professionals working in Manchester. buzz’s team of information professionals offer training to community, health, social care and charity organisations on a range of topics around health information, for example the Better Information Programme helps people learn the best ways to access reliable health information.
Follow buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service @buzzmanc on Twitter for daily health and wellbeing news and conversation, and visit buzzmanchester.co.uk for more information. If you would like any further information or high res images, or would like to contact the buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker for your community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 271 0505