Christmas engagement 2020

Christmas engagement 2020

Christmas engagement event

Benefit 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.


Brooklands Church of the Nazarene

Wythenshawe Forum

Project team

Emma Farrell

Phil Tomlinson


Due to current Covid-19 restrictions it has been very difficult to engage with new residents, but in addition to this we were hearing how difficult this time has been for people. I continually hear how isolating it has been.

We (both NHWs in Wythenshawe) decided to try and communicate with a small number of people over Christmas. We offered a free Christmas gift bag containing bauble, donated Christmas cake, winter health leaflets, Christmas card and pudding. In exchange for a conversation and complete questionnaire with us.


Considering Covid-19 restrictions this project was very positive and both NHWs gained some new contacts to work with moving forward.

We also managed to promote existing activities and winter health.

When Covid-19 restrictions begin to lift we will be able to start moving forward with some of the ideas that have been put forward. Until then we are communicating with individuals via phone calls and have invited some of them to join the Wythenshawe Age Friendly Network.

Strategic links to local/national policies



Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Social inclusion

More engaged in community

Manchester Population Health Plan

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

Manchester Population Health Plan

Community ownership and long-term sustainability

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (HM Government, 2010)

Empowerment of individuals

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (HM Government, 2010)

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

Increased physical activity and physical health

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Research/evidence base

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

NCVO (2018) Impactful Volunteering: Understanding the Impact of Volunteering on Volunteers

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


Emma Farrell - Neighbourhood Health Worker

T. 0161 271 0582

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