ARMR Store Christmas Meal

ARMR Store Christmas Meal

Christmas Day meal provision for vulnerable residents.

Benefit of funding local projects

Identifying funding empowers communities to deliver the solutions they have designed. Research has shown that staff who can offer mediation, guidance and support in the funding application and project process are as important to community groups as receiving the funding itself. Staff who have a good knowledge of the area and who needs support, enable funding to be accessed by more marginalised people and groups. Funding sometimes needs to come from multiple sources and Neighbourhood Health Workers save time being able to quickly identify multiple potential sources.


Ardwick & Longsight

Project team

ARMR Store

Manchester Wellbeing Fund (Funding)


Local Organisations (referring in residents)


To provide a hot meal and small gift to vulnerable residents on Christmas Day.

To reduce loneliness and isolation through in person (distanced) interaction by delivering on Christmas Day.


This was a success. The turnaround between conception and delivery was tight (less than 20 days).

The funding was a factor to be considered as Buzz has a timeframe of 30 days. Luckily Manchester Wellbeing Fund grants had a quick turnaround and £500 was granted.

The use of a referral form helped Raph at ARMR Store manage workload and expectations as this was being done on voluntary time.

Strategic links to local/national policies




NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Our Manchester Strategy

Communities engaged in the design and delivery of local services

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

The Manchester Prevention Programme

Addressing inequalities

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Research/evidence base

Ambition for Ageing (2020) - Changing a place: Microfunding, co-production and community development

Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis - Sourcing Financial Resources for Community Development Initiatives

National Lottery Community Fund (2019) - Understanding Thriving Communities

Young Foundation (2013) - Improving small scale grant funding for local voluntary and community organisations


Nico Dhillon - Neighbourhood Health worker

T. 07553 708029

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