Harpurhey Community EventA community fun day to help raise awareness of the Lung Bus in the area.
Benefit of health promotion and opportunistic interventions
Health promotion supports personal and social development and enables people to take more control over their own health. Providing information and screening are some examples of health promotion. Giving people access to relevant and accurate health information puts them in a better position to make healthier choices for prevention and self-management of conditions. Qualitative data shows that opportunistic and community-based screening opportunities can reach people who would not have accessed screening otherwise.
Harpurhey Neighbourhood Project
Lung Health Check
Harpurhey Neighbourhood Project
The project came about from a meeting with Jessica Herbert Co Ordinator of the Lung Health Check Scheme. Jess was interesting different ways to promote the Lung Health Check Bus being in Harpurhey on the Asda. There was a lack of uptake in the area and due to Perder they were unable to sponsor the Christmas lights switch on as planned. buzz explained that Harpurhey Neighbourhood Project was a great space to have community day in the area to promote the long health check and for myself to see what projects people would like to see develop in the community.
"Harpurhey's three councillors would like to thank Lauren and Jess for the successful health, engagement and Christmas celebration at Harpurhey Neighbourhood Centre last Sunday. It was a fantastically successful day and we recognised the hard work and effort that had gone into the day. Hope to talk to Lauren and Jess in the New Year.
Yours sincerely, Pat Karney, Joanne Green, Sandra Collins. Harpurhey Ward Councillors"
The event had a really positive response from the community, over 300 adults and children attended the event and the feedback from the day was over all very encouraging. As well as having outreach for the bus, we are used a community development tool to speak to residents and find out what they would benefit from in the area, from this we had quite a few ideas of projects that could be started in the neighbourhood. These projects are now in the process of being organised, including a bingo session and an exercise group.
Jessica also stated that she had money to pay for activities for groups she could promote to and asked for advice on who best to visit.
From this buzz introduced her to Smithies Bereavement Group and over 40 ladies.
buzz also introduced her to John Bigg who runs Whitemoss Community Centre, she funded a luncheon with John Biggs for older people and is doing a follow up luncheon to raise awareness and give advice on COPD.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Supports self-care and self-management of conditions
Increases participation for groups who would not usually access
King’s Fund (2008) Using Information to Promote Healthy Behaviours
Health Foundation (2011) Evidence: Helping People Help Themselves
Institute for Public Policy Research (2020) Prevention in the Age of Information: Public Education for Better Health
Perry et al (2016) The NHS health check programme in England: a qualitative study Health Promotion International, 31 (1), 106-115
WHO (1986) The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion
Lauren Evans - Neighbourhood Health Worker
T: 0161 271 0565
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Rob Willis, Centre Partnership & Development Manager, Fallowfield Library & Community Resource Centre (The Place at Platt Lane)