Covid-19 ShoppingArranging shopping and medication to be delivered to isolated and vulnerable residents.
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.
Local people in the Old Moat and Withington community
Sadie Roberts buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker
Providing medication and shopping to those in need.
People who are disabled and vulnerable the need for community inclusion.
“I am 84 and a half years old who lives alone with no family, I am disabled with chronic kidney disease and heart murmurs etc.
I only have a landline not good with technology so when corona virus came I was so worried and scared on how I was going to get by.
Thanks to Sadie who put me in touch with people who could get my shopping and collect my medications I was so grateful to her and the volunteers.
To my knowledge she is helping a number of senior citizens in the local area.
When I was in The Hospital before the virus I was only allowed home because Sadie arranged cover and also for me to get home.
Sadie is one in a million with her great consideration for her fellow human beings giving me call checking to see if I was ok, after my hospital stay and throughout the pandemic.”
This project went very well and fulfilled its aim. The main success was getting people in great need the help they needed in response to Covid-19 which is a challenge never seen before.
Engagement tools that were used included community conversations, volunteers, isolation and age friendly networks.
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
Sadie Roberts - Neighbourhood Health Worker
T: 07890 533 373
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