Christmas boxes for Women's refuge

Christmas boxes for Women's refuge

To provide a package of wellbeing resources for vulnerable families at Christmas 2020

Benefits of wellbeing packs

Staying connected has a strong positive impact on physical and mental health and personal resilience. Social distancing restrictions have made staying connected difficult, particularly for those who do have the technology to connect virtually. buzz has found innovative ways to address this. Distributing wellbeing bags, kits and packs helps people who may not be able to stay connected through technology feel connected with their community. The bags remind people that social support is available and gives them a sense of belonging, both of which have been shown to improve wellbeing and resilience. Receiving functional social support i.e. the bags, has also been shown to have emotional value and be interpreted as emotional support.

Location

Whalley Range

Project Team

buzz Neighbourhood Health Workers

Whalley Range Children’s centre

Aim

To provide a package of wellbeing resources for vulnerable families at Christmas 2020.

Testimonial

“receiving the parcel made me feel really special and my 2 teenage daughters also benefitted from the gifts given, thank you so much” – A Family from the Women’s refuge.

Evaluation

The boxes were positively received. 38 individuals will be supported with boxes – 26 children; 12 Women.

Strategic links to local/national policies

Benefit

Policy

Social inclusion

Manchester Population Health Plan

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

Enabling resilient communities

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Addressing health inequalities

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

Research/evidence base

Ambition for Ageing. (2020). Developing social contact models in a time of social distancing: A Response to COVID-19

Centre for Ageing Better. (2020). Gilli's voice - Moments of Joy

Harandi, T. F., Taghinasab, M. M., & Nayeri, T. D. (2017). The correlation of social support with mental health: A meta-analysis. Electronic physician, 9(9), 5212–5222.

Ministry of Social Development (2018) - The measurement of social connectedness and its relationship to wellbeing

Seifert, A., Cotton, S. R., Xie, B. (2020). A Double Burden of Exclusion? Digital and Social Exclusion of Older Adults in Times of COVID-19, The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, gbaa098.

Semmer, N.K., Elfering, A., Jacobshagen, N., Perrot, T., Beehr, T.A. and Boos, N., 2008. The emotional meaning of instrumental social support. International journal of stress management, 15(3), p.235.

Contacts

Ben Talbot - Neighbourhood Health Worker. Start Well Develop Well team

Ben.Talbot@gmmh.nhs.uk

T. 07552 249 937

Laura Cassidy - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Laura.Cassidy@gmmh.nhs.uk

T. 07818 522 978

Aron Thornley - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Aron.Thornley@gmmh.nhs.uk

T. 07425 520 199


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