Family wellbeing boxes for Christmas with Citywise

Family wellbeing boxes for Christmas with Citywise

Providing a craft and wellbeing resourced box for Children and families in Gorton.

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.


Gorton and Levenshulme

Project team


buzz Neighbourhood Health Workers


To promote wellbeing and relational activity amongst parents and children.


The project has provided not only some well-deserved treats for families to enjoy, but a number of cooking recipes which has hopefully promoted an intrigue for cooking and baking amongst the young people and their families; maybe inspiring future talent in a kitchen??

Hopefully the families who respond to our community questionnaires will be willing to join us in a World Café engagement in early 2021. It would be great to find out how their talents and ambitions could be utilised amongst their peers and communities.

Strategic links to local/national policies



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.


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

T. 07552 249 937

Noah Mellor - Neighbourhood Health Worker.

T. 07484 546 326

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"My client was grateful for Dina's efforts and her children enjoyed using the toys. She said that Dina had acted in a professional way. Thanks Dina!"

Rachel, Primary Care Network Community Coach, The Big Life Group