422 Community HubSupporting a project with planning, networking and circulating updates.
The iconic local building at 422 Stockport Road has been renovated by professionals and volunteers, overseen by Manchester Vineyard.
The aim is to build a sustainable community hub in Ardwick that can also be used by local groups in adjacent Rusholme and Longsight.
buzz’s involvement aims to support the team in making local connections to best meet the needs of local residents and signpost them to useful resources.
Benefits of community based projects
Volunteering in community projects and performing acts of kindness can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. There is a small amount of evidence to suggest that getting involved in environmental activities and projects may also have a positive impact on physical health. Community engagement can foster a greater sense of ownership and identification with the local area, which may lead to long-term sustainability. It can also combat social exclusion and empower individuals.
“Being linked to buzz has been phenomenally helpful when establishing the 422 Community Hub in its very early stages! Having Nico drop into one of our first Community Lunches and speak with local residents set the precedent for 422 being a Hub of opportunities, advice and championing of ideas and wellbeing. We look forward to continuing working together in the future!”
This relationship between buzz and 422 Community Hub has remained strong, with support from buzz, links have been made with organisations and local GPs for events and room hire.
Nico held a community conversation event in the café to highlight the work of buzz, and as a result of this was able to link local residents up with other community groups.
422 Community Hub have identified funding pots to continue their community engagement work whilst the remaining building works are being completed.
With the new and growing ties to local residents and community groups, 422 Community Hub will be a strong central venue for the neighbourhood and be able to offer a valuable space for local events.
422 Community Hub
Pure Innovations Café
buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service
Strategic links to local/national policies
Increased mental wellbeing
More engaged in community
Community ownership and long-term sustainability
Empowerment of individuals
Increased physical activity and physical health
Curry et al (2018) Happy to help? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of performing acts of kindness on the well-being of the actor. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76, pp. 320-329
Husk et al; Cochrane Systematic Review (2016) Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well‐being in adults: a review of quantitative and qualitative evidence
Pillemer et al (2010) Environmental Volunteering and Health Outcomes over a 20-Year Period, The Gerontologist, 50 (5), pp. 594-602
Public Health England (2015) A guide to community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing
Chris Doyle – Neighbourhood Health Worker
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