Gorton and Levenshulme Community UpdateInformation sharing within the local community.
Benefit of digital inclusion
Digital inclusion has numerous benefits that have a positive impact on multiple areas of an individual’s life. These benefits include: increased connection; improved mental wellbeing; access to learning; increased employability; economic benefits; health benefits e.g. increased self-care, more informed decision making; increased independent living for people with disabilities.
Gorton & Levenshulme neighbourhood
Gorton & Levenshulme neighbourhood
The aim of the project has been to enable organisations to share information with local residents, community groups and workers that is relevant to the local community. This has been done by building a network of people who send the buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker information which is used to create a bulletin that is sent out to the network as a whole.
The focus is on raising awareness of opportunities to take part in community activities and support which is available for residents. This includes information on topics such as new community groups, new community activities and events that people can take part in. other topics included information about employment and volunteering opportunities offered locally, support in the community such as mutual aid groups, and helplines for current issues such as domestic violence.
The project came about after two separate groups requested a way to share and receive information. Firstly, during a Gorton and Levenshulme Age Friendly Network meeting a group of residents suggested that it would be beneficial to have a way to share information to help tackle social isolation and make people in the area aware of opportunities that are available to them. At around the same time during a Gorton and Levenshulme GP federation meeting the lead GP for the area highlighted the usefulness of an update of local community information to support workers involved in social prescribing and signposting.
The project was recently discussed by local residents during a World Café engagement event held by buzz at Gorton Community Centre which highlighted the benefit of the projects. The format has altered as the project has developed but the aim and focus has remined constant.
"Your information sharing emails are really useful, both as a volunteer and a resident in the Gorton Community. They are a great way for me to both share and receive information about events in the local area. I hope that you can continue to send them out."
There are currently 170 participants in the area who receive the information sharing emails many of whom regularly share information about community activities they are involved in to share with the network.
Something which really makes it work is that many people who receive the emails then pass them along to their friends or residents they are working with helping to cascade the information to others in the community.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Increased mental wellbeing
Improving employment prospects
Reduced health inequalities (as a result of improved employability, finances etc)
Supporting self-care and enabling individuals and communities to manage their own health and wellbeing
Addressing the digital divide
Age UK (2018) - Digital Inclusion Evidence Review 2018
Centre for Economics and Business Research (2015) - The economic impact of Basic Digital Skills and inclusion in the UK
DevicesDotNow (2020) - Interim Impact Report #2: 24 March - 26 June
Iriss (2020) - Digital inclusion, exclusion and participation
Tinder Foundation and the Good Things Foundation (2016) - HEALTH & DIGITAL: REDUCING INEQUALITIES, IMPROVING SOCIETY - An evaluation of the Widening Digital Participation programme.
Noah Mellor - Neighbourhood Health Worker
T:07484 546 326
T:0161 271 0501
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