Face It TogetherA volunteering opportunity for local residents who sew to create masks which we could distribute to people who were in need.
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.
Chorlton, Whalley Range and Fallowfield
The Place at Platt Lane
Whalley Range Community Forum
To provide a volunteering opportunity for residents who are able to sew and to provide masks for those who may not be able to afford them or who may not have been able to go out and get one.
“Laura was coordinating fabric face masks across the city and I needed a mask for a patient. This patient was shielding due to cancer and needed something comfortable, affordable and reusable. Laura went the extra mile and left the fabric masks for the patient in the local area and the patient was really happy with this.” – Macmillan Cancer Support
“Thank you so much for letting me know where the masks have gone. It has made me feel really good to know that something I have made is going to someone in need.” – sewing volunteer
In the wards of Chorlton, Whalley Range and Fallowfield we received 289 masks from volunteer makers in the area. In the whole of Manchester we received over 1000!
229 were distributed to residents of Chorlton, Whalley Range and Fallowfield. Others were distributed through citywide projects.
A big success was connecting with Stitched Up, a local sewing co-operative who teach sewing courses. They promoted it widely on their social media channels and to their mailing list. They also acted as a drop off point, until they were moving to a new site. Also a Council officer promoted the project for us on the MCR VIP site which promotes volunteering opportunities leading to more enquiries and masks. Manchester College got in touch and had their fashion students and staff make masks for us also and are keen to get involved in more projects with us.
The libraries were also a great drop off point as people could also go and collect them from there also if they needed one.
The masks have been a great addition to packs being sent out to isolated people.
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
Laura Cassidy - Neighbourhood Health Worker
T. 07818 522 978
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