Community Blox Project

Community Blox Project

Community Blox are a group of Burnage residents, who are focused on building confidence in the community of Burnage.

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.

Location

Burnage

Project team

Community Blox

Westcroft Community Centre

Aim

Community Blox look to support local residents, particularly parents, living in Burnage. They created an evening drop in for local parents to share skills and support with each other. When the lockdown happened, they created family packs for people on low income and/or without access to the internet. Buzz contributed to the funding of both projects.

Evaluation

Souper Chatty had to be put on hold, in response to the Covid-19 lockdown and will be started up again when possible. Buzz funded 40 family packs which were well received. Families were pleased to have some entertainment as well to bring them together. Our initial funding was increased with funding from Westcroft Community Centre and contributions from local businesses and residents. From the initial 40 packs, they managed to distribute 130 packs in total.

Strategic links to local/national policies

Benefit

Policy

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

Contact

Bernie Murphy - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Bernadette.Murphy@gmmh.nhs.uk

T: 07971 331 537


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