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26.11.19

Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service relaunch brings a buzz

The people of Manchester are to see the relaunch of their Health and Wellbeing Service buzz. The service will be focused on community development, concentrating on supporting residents of local communities to take control of their health and wellbeing in ways that are stimulating and fun, for example gardening projects to knitting groups.

Neighbourhood Health Workers are to play a key role in the new initiative, with 12 of them in total covering a neighbourhood each 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 welling initiatives people want to see their neighbourhoods and support them in making these happen.

Buzz also provides support through Physical Activity Referral Service (PARS) and Knowledge Service. PARS Exercise Tutors deliver condition specific exercise classes with Manchester communities, specialising in helping people with cancer, diabetes and other conditions.

Buzz also provides a Knowledge Service which is an expert 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 variety of topics around health information, for example the Better Information Programme helps people learn the best ways to access reliable health information.

Buzz Operational Manager Aron Moss said: “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.”

Image Credit: Greater Manchester Mental Health, NHS. Featuring Neighbourhood Health Worker Patsy & Manchester residents - buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service. 

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